Folks, SecondShelters just got a little bit cooler. Today’s Ranch of the Week is truly an estate, with custom imported materials spread across two homes, all overlooking a private lake. The main home at 541 Hidden Lakes Blvd. is a spacious 4,462-square-feet, with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
This home is just so beautiful, so one-of-a-kind, I’m a bit at a loss for words. Built in 1914 by a prominent Commerce family, the John T. Knight home is a fully renovated masterpiece of charm and elegance. Mr. Knight was a big shot in this little town, serving as both the banker and the grocer, and the home is reflective of his Edwardian-era status.
Boot Ranch is our favorite vacation (or permanent!) home community in the Texas Hill Country. When Chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier moved to Fredericksburg (from Dallas — he worked under Chef Kent Rathbun at Abacus, Jasper’s and at the farm-to-table concept, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen) to become the Boot Ranch Executive Chef in October 2012, he came with a vision to showcase the best of the Texas Hill Country farms and vineyards in five-star style. With several seasons of exploring the best farmers and vendors in the area under his belt and refining his creative ideas with their ingredients, Chef Staudenmaier is ready to share some of his introspection and findings. His quest continues and the bounty begins:
Y’all were expecting the typical Pilot Point white-columned mansion-on-the-hill, huh? Nope! This magnificently unique ranch home is just waiting to be loved by the adventurous, equally unique modern family. A Santa Fe style hacienda on the outside, the interior is straight out of Meet The Jetsons with a dash of Mad Men. Does it get cooler? No, no it does not.
Doug Gibbs, Director of Resident Services over at Long Cove, tells us he is gearing up for the most active spring season ever. EVER. And he means that literally because The Toy Barn — remember that? — is filling up with athletic equipment of all kinds. From Lacrosse to biking and baseball and fishing, there is enough gear in this the fanciest of “toy barns”for everyone in the family! That means at least an activity or two per family. And the golf clubs are on order.
But if athletic activity doesn’t float your boat, well, the Coast Guard Auxiliary sure will.