04/21/17 9:36am
The Reserve, Sulphur Springs

All images courtesy of Icon Global Properties.

You may remember an enticing members-only hunting and fishing resort featured in sporting magazines a few years back: The Hageman Reserve, an uber-posh private club with lodging in where members could hunt, fish, dine, and relax in baronial splendor in a scenic northeast Texas rural setting. Now known as The Reserve at Sulphur Bluff, the over-the-top property is on the market, offered separately or together with nearby 13,500ish-acre Sulphur Bluff Ranch.

The venue looks ideal for a single owner retreat and entertainment destination or a joint ownership venture interested in marketing the 30-plus room lodge as a fractional ownership property. Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global Properties, the listing broker (who negotiated the record-breaking $725M 2016 Waggoner Ranch sale) estimates that together, The Reserve and Sulphur Bluff Ranch properties could fetch $80M-100M.

What kind of property could draw such a sum?

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04/14/17 1:28pm

 

Norman Estates, Los Cabos

Photos and renderings courtesy of Rancho San Lucas

Golfers with Baja-leaning souls listen up: a stellar oceanfront golf resort with a luxury residential component in Cabo San Lucas is on the horizon, a partnership between famed golfer Greg Norman and the Solmar Group, longtime developers of award-winning resorts.

In early 2016, Rancho San Lucas on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula broke ground. Phase one, the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort and The Residences at Rancho San Lucas is expected to open in winter 2017. Soon to follow is an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, and announced just today, Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas is opening in 2018, the first community in Mexico under the umbrella of the lauded golfer’s global residential brand.

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04/07/17 2:07pm
All photos courtesy of Four Seasons Anguilla

All photos courtesy of Four Seasons Anguilla

Ahoy there! Carribbean sunshine, sand, and breeze ahead!

The Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences Anguilla beckons with crystal turquoise waters, pristine white beaches, and sleek modern style in this elevated seaside retreat on the southwest shore of Anguilla. The British overseas territory is in the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles of the British West Indies and encompasses just 35 square miles, most of which is on the main island. No cruise ships or casinos are allowed here, so residents and visitors enjoy peaceful, unspoiled beaches, boating, fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and posh resorts in uncrowded splendor.

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03/28/17 9:00am
Altos del Maria

Photos Courtesy of Lil Miller

Panama: it’s routinely touted as one of the best places on earth for American retirement, with its stable government, spectacular climate, welcoming attitude, and low cost of living. Lil and Robert Miller moved to Panama from New Jersey eight years ago when they took early retirement. They’ve loved every minute of their adventure in a luxurious, gated community of mainly American, Canadian, and European expats in a rain forest mountain setting. Family matters now call them back to the States, and having met many Texas expats in Panama, the Millers contacted SecondShelters.com to spread the word they’re selling their home by owner.

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03/17/17 1:00pm
Clifton

Artist Bruce Greene’s bronze sculpture, titled “On the Banks of the Bosque,” the centerpiece of Heritage Plaza in Clifton, Texas

So your family wants a vacation home in the country, but peace and quiet are just not enough for you — you require art and social outlets built around it to feed your soul, even in a rural retreat.

Take heart. There’s a North Texas place not far from Dallas-Fort Worth that just might fill the bill. The thriving community of Clifton, Texas, has cultural amenities galore and is easily accessible to townies, lake house and ranch owners in the area.

Pre-eminent in the vibrant little town is its art scene. Click below for the story of how Clifton became such a creative nexus, and see a nifty little waterfront home on Lake Whitney available to satisfy the soul of art lovers looking for a weekend getaway spot with cultural treasures.  (more…)

03/14/17 1:00pm
Dallas CASA Cherish the Children Luncheon

Photos courtesy of Dallas CASA

Here’s another sweet opportunity to vacation for a cause: a one-week stay in a mountain home in Breckenridge, Colorado, is among the auction items coming up at the 10th annual Dallas CASA Cherish the Children luncheon April 5 at the Fairmont Dallas. The luncheon raising funds for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA will feature guest speaker Casey Gerald. He’s a Dallas native whose inspirational TED talk on “The Gospel of Doubt” has been viewed by more than 1 million people.

Gerald’s background makes him uniquely pertinent to the subject of the mission of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). This is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected Dallas County children living in protective care. The son of a drug-addicted father and a mentally ill mother who disappeared when he was 12, the Yale University and Harvard Business School graduate credits a community that surrounded him with support for his remarkable rise to success as a business leader, writer, and motivational speaker. CASA volunteers advocate for supportive situations for abused children, assisting judges in gathering information to decide where children in danger can safely and permanently live and thrive.

A silent auction at the luncheon will include one-of-a-kind children’s furniture created by Dallas designers  and a special vacation package: a one-week stay in a 5,044-square foot, six-bedroom, six-bath Westridge Lodge home, which sleeps 20 in luxurious comfort. It’s just a short walk to Beaver Run Chairlift and a quick shuttle or car ride to Main Street or any of the base areas. Here’s a look at details on this gorgeous property, which vacation home rental site VRBO lists at an average rental rate of more than $1,600 per night, as well as details on luncheon ticket purchase.

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03/08/17 7:30am

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Since posting last September about the idyllic living setup Kathryn and Craig Hall have with residences in both Dallas and Napa, Calif., wine country housing has been on my radar. News from Napa jumped off the screen when word came out that the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts has announced residential sales at their venue opening in Calistoga in early 2019.

Along with five-star lodging, in its first phase of development, the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Napa Valley will include 20 full-ownership private homes. Guests and homeowners will share in a full-access winery on-site, overseen by famed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, whose achievements include crafting 20 wines earning perfect 100-point scores from The Wine Advocate. 

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03/03/17 10:42am
Barefoot Ranch, Texas

Barefoot Ranch, Texas. Photos courtesy of Icon Global.

It’s about as luxe-y as it gets for a recreational property in Texas. Barefoot Ranch is not a “working” ranch per se, but an uber-luxe hunting, golf, and lake resort set just a little over an hour from Dallas at an undisclosed specific location. Amenities include a 35,000-square-foot lodge, a PGA-rated golf course, a boat house, tennis courts, an equestrian center, and more. Once held by the Murchison family, the property’s current owner is an investor group headed by hedge fund honcho Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management LP. Bass has hosted an annual economic summit at the ranch every year, bringing together top-tier government and business leaders to pow-wow over economic issues in between golfing, trophy fishing, and sport shooting at the on-site gun range. Hidden away, protected with high fencing, and near a jet strip, the ranch is well-suited to hosting high-security executives, politicians, and music and film celebrities in sheltered, private splendor.

At this level, you don’t name a listing price – it will be a matter of negotiation. Austrailian-born broker Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global, who led the marketing of the $725M Vernon, Texas-based W.T. Waggoner Ranch last year, expects the property will see a lot of interest from foreign investors and will go for $50 million to $100 million. Kick off your shoes and click here for a gander at this bodacious East Texas paradise:

 

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