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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Party Line Real Estate – Webisode 1 from Party Line on Vimeo.

Hey guys, listen up. I’ve finally got my own TV Show! It’s called Party Line Real Estate, it’s loaded with real-time Real Estate news, and you are going to LOVE IT! 

I LOVE IT when Real Estate agents get together and TALK! After all, that’s how they network! And we know there is no better way to network than at a party with the top agents in town, great food, a little string quartet music, and a Candy Bar! Well, we got a whole camera crew and invited Realtors to have some fun and give me the inside scoop on this crazy market. It was such a success, we are going to have a party and a Candy Bar every month! And you are invited to come and share!

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Because really, who doesn’t love Paris? If trans-atlantic travel just will not fit into your busy schedule, the gorgeous ranch at 632 County Road 43400 in Paris, Texas, just may be the perfect locale to get you and the family out of the hectic city. This property is so much more than a vacation home, it is truly an estate. Located on 22 sprawling acres complete with a six-acre lake, attention to detail abounds on this stately compound.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Designed with friends and family at the forefront, the main house is absolutely built for entertaining. Featuring three living areas, the kids, teens, and adults can all have their own space. No fighting over the television here! MainLivingArea

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It’s hard to say what kitchen you’ll like more – indoor or outdoor? Both spaces are state-of-the-art with Subzero and stainless steel appliances.

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The crown jewel of this property is really the outdoor space. The property has an astounding total of seven (yes, seven) fireplaces, including one outside, and a firepit for marshmallow-roasting lovers.

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The sparkling 60-foot saltwater pool is overlooked by a cozy outdoor seating area, perfect for sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.

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One of the major standouts of this outstanding property is the choice of both the 1,800-square-foot carriage house or the newly constructed 2,000-square-foot guesthouse for lodging. The simpler carriage house is perfect for kids or teens, while the guesthome features a stone fireplace and full master suite.

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Carriage House Apartment

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This peaceful, quiet property is such a gem, it is not to be missed. The ultimate in private family compounds, this ranch is just waiting for your friends and warm summer nights.

Your new weekend paradise is offered for $1,098,00.00 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dee Evans.

“…You could say goodbye to everyone and retreat to your land, hunkering down and living off it.” – Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Kathryn Roan 1Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at Kathryn@TexasEquestrianProperties.com

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The line at Breckenridge Cannabis Club goes out the door as vacationers and residents alike take advantage of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana laws. (Kathryn Olson/AP)

We’ve seen photos and stories from Colorado ski towns such as Aspen and Breckenridge showing vacationers filing lines out the door at marijuana shops, so of course, we had to wonder what kind of impact legal pot could have on Colorado real estate. Are more buyers putting it in their pipes and smoking it?

Turns out the Colorado Association of Realtors was wondering the exact same thing.  After all, with 136 pot retailers in the state as of Dec. 2013, buyers were throwing green after green, eventually causing a state-wide shortage of smokables. But is recreational marijuana a boon for Colorado real estate, or a burden?

“Some people don’t want to come [to Colorado] with their families,” says Joyce Burford, executive director of Colorado Association of Ski Towns. “Because they have this image that all these pot smokers will be everywhere.” That’s not happening, she says, and “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Analysis from the Colorado Association of Realtors shows that while state law no longer forbids recreational pot sales and retailers, local governments hold the keys to the lease.

The majority of counties in Colorado have either already passed bans on recreational marijuana retailers or have delayed making a decision and placed a moratorium on pot business; closely monitoring how enactment is working in other parts of the state.

It looks as though recreational marijuana businesses will be absent from large portions of the state for the foreseeable future. According to the Denver Post, of the ten largest cities in Colorado (by population), only Denver is expected to accept license applications for recreational marijuana stores this year.

It’s also important to note that in counties and cities that have decided to allow recreational sales, grow operations will only be in areas zoned industrial.

Right now, Denver and Denver County are the only areas where you can still apply for a marijuana sales license. So vacation property owners don’t really have to worry about an influx of new ganja businesses. And in Vail, there’s a complete moratorium on recreational marijuana sales. Still, folks in Aspen are buying pot, but at least one Realtor doesn’t think it will do much for real estate sales, if anything at all.

“I don’t think [legal marijuana] is making that much difference,” Joshua Landis, a real-estate agent in Aspen, said in this piece in The Daily Beast.

“People have always been able to access marijuana in Aspen. Nobody is out smoking marijuana on the corner” just because it’s suddenly legal to possess and use it in private (it’s still illegal to use publicly). In addition, he says, “I don’t think it has any effect” on property values. “No one who can afford to buy property in Aspen is going to make their decision based on marijuana policy.”

If the lines snaking outside of the Breckenridge Cannabis Club are any indication, pot tourism might make Colorado the new Amsterdam. And heck, it might be a draw so much in that it awakens latent demand for buyers who want to move to a 4:20-friendly state, but perhaps in more affordable areas such as Denver and its surrounding suburbs.

Others, like Lubbock’s Colt and Amanda Smith, are among those planning to move to the state to ride the new economy. The couple founded the Lubbock chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

They had talked about retiring in Colorado but decided to act early once the new law took effect.

“We have our house on the market right now,” Colt Smith said. “It makes sense to find exile in a place that has more reasonable laws than to sit around and wait for Texas to get there.”

The Smiths hope to launch a marijuana edibles business once they establish residency.

“We feel like Colorado is just beautiful and has beautiful laws,” Smith said. “When people tell me they’re going there to ski now, they use air quotes.”

“Skiing,” indeed.

 

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Congratulations to Boot Ranch, one of the most beautiful vacation home communities in the nation, for having one of the nation’s best golf ranges as ranked by the Golf Range Association of America. So exciting!

Truly, Boot Ranch is becoming a top golf destination in Texas and the U.S., with immaculate PGA-level courses as well as an executive Par 3 course. Read on for more details!

The Golf Range Association of America has again honored Boot Ranch as one of the nation’s top 50 private ranges and the only award winner in Texas. Boot Ranch, Estancia Club, Hazeltine National, The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe and Valhalla Golf Club are quickly becoming regulars within the Top 50. The award was announced in the January issue of Golf Range Magazine.

In addition to the 34-acre practice park, which includes a short game range and an executive Par 3 course, there’s the championship 18-hole golf course designed by PGA legend Hal Sutton. The 18-hole golf course rises and falls along the natural ridges and valleys and makes full use of natural water features, one being the twin 40-foot waterfalls in front of the 10th green. The course measures 7,250 yards from the longest tee for a Par 71.

“As the primary location for young players’ entry into golf and for players wanting to improve their overall game, a greater value is being put on practice facilities across the nation. Boot Ranch is at the forefront in meeting this demand,” says Boot Ranch PGA Director of Golf Emil Hale. “A lot of qualities go in making a golf course great,” he added. “In the case of Boot Ranch, players generally praise the uniqueness of holes, conditioning, challenge, length and history.”

A limited number of Non-Resident Memberships are available for those who want to enjoy golf; access to the property’s Club House Village, spa and fitness facilities; and the new Ranch Club featuring four separate pools, outdoor pavilion for events and parties and soon-to-be-completed sports and tennis courts. A complete list of award winners can be found in Golf Range Magazine.

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Horse people are an efficient bunch. As a rule, we are much more concerned with the “creature comforts” for our animals than ourselves. Searching for property, the land is way more important than the house, and I’m repeatedly asked by clients to find them a “tiny house on a big piece of land.” And, quite frankly, we do not want to clean (or pay for) rooms we just will not use.

If this describes you, the barndominium at 3363 County Road 115 in Whitesboro could be your dream property. Fronting 20 beautiful treed sandy loam acres, this barn-home combination features a modest 1,696-square-feet of living space, complete with three bedrooms and two full baths. The open floorplan is warm and inviting, centered around a traditional stone fireplace.

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The opposite end of the main structure conveniently has two stalls with turnout runs, a washrack, and tackroom. Covered parking for two cars seperates the home from the barn, making access to the horses just a short walk from your bedroom.

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An additional 36 x 36-foot barn currently houses portable stalls, which the seller will consider selling with the property. This barn is big enough to continue as a horse barn, or make a fabulous shop or storage building.

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The pastures are an absolute horse heaven with vinyl fencing, two ponds, automatic waterers, and loafing sheds for shelter from the elements.

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One of the spectacular added bonuses to this lovely property is the optional opportunity to join the neighboring Horseman’s Ranch, which allows access to their 130 x 250-foot covered arena, fitness center, meeting room, and community maintained riding trails.

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Everything a true horseperson could possibly want, this little slice of heaven is offered by Ebby Halliday Realtor Lisa Moden for $378,000.

“A canter is a cure for every evil.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Kathryn Roan 1   Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at kathrynroan@ebby.com.