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Charleston South Carolina has been having a moment lately, but then again, when hasn’t it been a desirable spot? It’s consistently been ranked as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Cities In the World and was ranked as the best city in the United States by Travel + Leisure in 2014. What makes Charleston such a great place to visit or live? It’s a potent mix of history, beauty, great weather, and world-class cuisine.

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Photo: Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate

High Point, North Carolina is currently famed for being the furniture capital of the United States, bringing furniture designers from around the globe in for the High Point Market two times a year. High Point, though, like many other Southern towns, was also built on textiles and tobacco.

Hillbrook, was built for textile baron Comer Covington (he and his wife  Elizabeth Harriss Covington, were the founders of Harrris-Covington Mills) in 1930 and is considered one of renowned architect Luther Lashmit’s preeminent works. Lashmit, of the firm Northrup & O’Brien, was the architect behind other notable North Carolina homes such as  Graylyn Mansion (built for an RJ Reynolds president) and Adamsleigh (another grand home built for a textile titan). The home has alternately been described as a Norman Tudor and, in archival materials at the NCSU libraries as a Cotswold Tudor.

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Cedar Creek Lake

We have talked about the changes, and rise, in vacation home ownership trends. Sales are getting stronger in this market. In fact, the Wall Street Journal tells us that the world’s super-rich have now marked their favorite spots to store all those mega millions is New York City #1 and Aspen #2. That’s their top choices in the entire world! Sadly, no Texas cities even made the list — only the top two plus Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Miami in the U.S.

Here in North Texas, we love our second homes, too, we just want them to be within driving distance of soccer practice!

Take the 505 Ranch. Named for the pristine grasslands tucked along the tranquil shoreline of the area’s most coveted lake, the 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake is a privately shared, lakefront community rich with ranch amenities. And it’s as exclusive as it is beautiful.

Designed after the shared-community model, but with the added bonus of world-class facilities, the 505 Ranch offers lakefront living nestled within a stunning ranch setting.  The lush, tree-filled concierge community offers the best of parallel settings – lake and ranch; a sense of community combined with privacy; a refuge and an escape; rustic unspoiled nature and modern amenities. (more…)

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Maybe it’s the frothiness of the One Percent, or maybe the drop in oil prices just hasn’t sunk in. But people are buying vacation homes more than ever, the buyers are younger, and the vacation properties are further from the primary home. We know this from a terrific Austin-based company called HomeAway. The vacation rental guru celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Because HomeAway has more than one million listings, they’ve seen it all! They have witnessed vacation rental owners take what was seemingly a “cottage industry” and become micro-entrepreneurs, turning their second homes into significant profit-drivers, funding college tuition, future retirement homes and family vacations. The vacation home market is good for business!

To celebrate, they reviewed a decade’s worth of data to compile a list of five trends driving meaningful change in the vacation rental ownership industry. Yeah I know, most people would open a bottle of bubbly, but the HomeAway folks really like pulling data, which they have plenty of. here are five key insights of the current vacation home market: (more…)

Telluride snow

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…)

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This summer I had the chance to visit an amazing property in Albany, Texas, about 125 miles due west, where I understand Trevor Rees-Jones recently bought land. I’m hearing more and more about this part of Texas, which I called west texas until I actually SAW west Texas a few weeks ago!

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When I was in Midland last week, I ran into the sister-in-law of a former neighbor, kind of high profile guy, and she told me all about the ranches in Albany and how everyone wanted land here. (more…)

19-Kokanee_08-great-roomImagine a place where you can mingle with Olympians and extreme athletes, be surrounded by panoramic views, fish off your sailboat in the summer, throw on your skis in the winter, and warm yourself by the fire at night – all without ever leaving the mountain or the comforts of home. Of course we find this in Crested Butte, a hop jump and skip away from Big D. Designed by architect Daniel J. Murphy, this exceptional ski-in/ski-out offering, is a true legacy estate, located just 24 miles south of Aspen. A scenic car drive through the exquisite Maroon Bells will have you at Aspen in a few hours, or in the summer make the 12-mile hike right from your property, via the postal route.  (more…)