weather watch farm

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.

weather watch farm

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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Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy commissioned a book on their Hill Country ranch.

Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy commissioned a book on their Hill Country ranch.

It’s true that buying a piece of land is like a long-term relationship. The buildings on it may change, as well as the owners, and after many years you are left with something beautiful but different. Haven’t you ever wanted to capture the history and essence of a home or ranch at one point in time? Now you can.

Sure, there are many monographs that make for good coffee table books, but the books that John Bigelow Taylor, a photographer, and his wife, Diane Dubler, create are a category in their own.

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We’re here reporting from the Westin Oaks Galleria at the National Association of Real Estate Editors Houston conference where we’ve heard from some exceptional experts in second home and vacation real estate, including Natalie Binder of Telluride Rentals, Ben Jenkins of Land Advisors & Resort Solutions, and Matey Veissi, founder of Veissi & Associates.

Each of these professionals offered interesting perspectives on the vacation and second home market for 2014, which is one where buyers, developers, and investors are cautiously rebuilding after the economic downturn.

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cp fishingWe’ve looked at a few ski areas recently (namely Aspen and Taos), but as the temperatures warm and ski season begins to wrap up, it’s time to return closer to home and talk about the really important stuff: bass fishing! (more…)

Boot Ranch Chef Aaron StreitmaterBoot 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:

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Long Cove LonghornsA precious family of three just “bought” some major water-front property over at Long Cove: Betty, Wilma, and Pebbles!

And even better news: they are expecting! 

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Long Cove proving groundsDoug 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. 

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89 Watercolor BoulevardThis week is spring break for a lot of peeps, and we know that a hefty slice of Dallasites and North Texans have invaded the Beaches of Walton County, Florida, those picture-perfect white sands along Highway 30-A in the panhandle of northwest Florida.

And after October, we might just re-populate the place.

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