01/27/15 9:00am
Photo: Influence Real Estate

Photo: Influence Real Estate

Historic Glennwood is one of the most majestic villa estates in the West. The home was built in 1938 and is a local legend in Holladay, Utah, serving as the host for local events. Many of the home’s original details have been preserved but it has been updated for the modern owner.  A long lane leads to an old world mansion with tile roof and marble steps. 

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01/26/15 3:50pm
Brian and Kayla Roughton chose the luxury and convenience of a unit at El Corazon de Santa Fe, a Fairmont Heritage Place property.

Brian and Kayla Roughton chose the luxury and convenience of a unit at El Corazon de Santa Fe, a Fairmont Heritage Place property.

As an art gallery owner with a love for Southwestern artists, Brian Roughton found himself making the trip to Santa Fe pretty regularly for a while. Roughton, who owns Roughton Galleries in the Dallas Design District, actually grew up in the area and knows Santa Fe quite well. So when it was time for Roughton and his wife, Kayla, to buy a second home in Santa Fe, they knew exactly what they wanted. 

“We started going to Santa Fe pretty often when we were furnishing our home in Dallas,” Roughton said. ”When we decided to purchase a second home in Santa Fe, I had already decided that I wasn’t building or buying anything that I would have to furnish.”

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It was a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave condo that would be perfect for the pair, Roughton said. They wanted a spot that had some flexibility, but was easy to love because they visited Santa Fe fairly often. Of course, they also wanted the option of renting an additional unit should they have friends or family visit, too. They found all of this with fractional ownership at El Corazon de Santa Fe, a Fairmont Heritage Place property.

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01/23/15 2:42pm

 

Photo Credit: Kathryn Roan

Photo Credit: Kathryn Roan

(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a fantastic series from Realtor and writer Kathryn Roan. You can read the first part here.)

Finding the perfect farm is best categorized as online dating. You put your criteria into a search engine, and you get a 100 smiling, shiny faces in return. And like anything else, a ranch’s listing online is the best version of itself. Each profile shows only the best angles, and begs the viewer to “Pick Me! Pick Me!” Only the best features are shown, rarely does the listing mention the crumbling shack with 13 cars in the yard across the street. Much like dating, at the beginning farm shopping is somuchfun and there are just so many possibilities (!). And then you turn 30 and it seems like all the good ones are taken, and the leftovers have serious mommy issues. Sorry, I seem to have over-mixed my metaphor…

I am going to be honest with you. If you don’t drink heavily now, you may start sometime during your property search. For one, it will feel like the perfect property is just out of your reach financially. This happens to everyone, and I mean everyone, no matter the price range. Ok, maybe not those with $10 million to spend, but I don’t know any of those people. (If you do, please direct them to Kathryn@TexasEquestrianProperties.com).

The shopping process can be a beating. You’ll find farms where you love the location, and hate the house. Or you love the house, hate the location, and it doesn’t have a barn. Or you love everything, but it’s on the wrong soil. Inevitably, you’ll find several that look great on paper, only to find out that the only reason it’s in your price range is that it is right next to a rail road track and there’s a decent chance the next door neighbor’s a drug dealer. Most importantly, do not shop way out of your price range. If you cannot afford to buy a Lambo, do not (and I repeat, do not) go test drive a Lambo. Everything else will feel like a 1991 Honda Civic with no doors in comparison. You’ll only set yourself up for disappointment. 

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01/19/15 12:13pm
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Photo: E.J. Murphy Realty

These days we tend to think of second homes as being located as a plane flight or at least a several-hour car ride from the primary residence, but it wasn’t always this way. In the days before cars, a smaller distance might provide all the respite necessary.

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Photo: E.J. Murphy Realty

Case in point: Weather Watch Farm, a country estate in Litchfield, Connecticut. The 28-acre estate offers rolling green vistas and tranquil meadows just as it has for centuries. The estate includes a colonial farmhouse that dates back to the 1800s and was once home to the Howe family among other residents. Ernest Howe (1872-1915), was a Yale-educated geologist who spent his winters in New Haven but his summers at the farm.

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01/13/15 6:10pm
rancho mirage real estate

Photo: Leaskou Partners

In the winter months, the resort city of Rancho Mirage, California, becomes a popular destination in large part because it boasts one of the warmest winters in the United States. The combination of bright sunshine and snow-capped mountains in the distance create a perfect backdrop for golf, and snowbird recreation. It began to flower in the 1940s and 1950s when Hollywood stars and monied Angelenos sought a warm retreat for the winter months.  Golf, martinis, and afternoons by the pool were the order of the day (and not out of fashion yet). There are nine country clubs in the area including Thunderbird and Tamarisk, the country club designed in 1952, that today’s home is located in.

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01/13/15 3:33am

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Maybe you’ve just returned from a holiday escape to the hills. Or maybe you are planning a ski outing in a month or two. We all know how much North Texans love to head to the mountains of Colorado to get their downhill fix. One of the top destinations for Dallasites is Telluride, Colorado. The town happens to be the county seat of San Miguel County in southwest Colorado, a former mining town in the San Juan Mountains. But ever since skiers discovered its steep mountains and fabulous snow in about 1972, Telluride has become known as the pinnacle of Colorado mountain living, both in summer and winter.

Telluride is a laid-back Aspen: no Prada store, no Louis Vuitton.  Rumor has it that even Starbucks must get permission to move to Telluride, and thus far that permission has not been granted.  There is a Starbucks in Mountain Village in Hotel Madeleine, about as close as a Skinny Vanilla Latte will ever get to this place. (more…)

01/02/15 10:55pm

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Tom Cruise has listed his 298-acre Telluride spread featuring a 10,000-square-foot main house for sale in Telluride for $59 million. If that sounds like a lot, no worries: the Telluride real estate market is heating up. While Telluride home sales were $18 million in November of 2013, they were double that in 2014: $36.8 million alone in San Miguel County, which includes Telluride and Mountain Village.

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12/24/14 9:00am
Photo: Beauchamp Estates

Photo: Beauchamp Estates

There are certain fantasies that seem to be nearly universal, running away to a tropical island, living in a penthouse in a major city, and yes, moving to Italy to a beautiful old estate and making wine.

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Here’s your chance. This estate is just a couple of kilometers from the unbelievably charming Tuscan village of Panzano in the Chianti Hills which just happens to be located midway between Florence and Sienna on the via Chiantigiana.  The estate is primely situated within the finest vineyards of Chianti Classico and the historical estate of Le Masse di Greve. What could be more perfect than a stone farmhouse on 13 hectares (32 acres) with a hilltop position that allows you to survey the rolling hills of vineyards and properties that have existed in a mostly undisturbed state for centuries?

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