More news from Boot Ranch, the luxe private golf club and residential community we’ve been following in the Texas Hill Country: a new toque in the kitchen. Boot Ranch chef (and Abacus alum) chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier left the ranch in October to return to Dallas to join Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing in Lovers Seafood and Market which opens in the next few weeks. Fredericksburg pastry queen Rebecca Rather filled in during the transition while Boot Ranch management sought out their new executive chef – Casey McQueen. McQueen is now at the helm of the Boot Ranch kitchens, overseeing the clubhouse dining room, outdoor bar and grill and catering activities.
Six months has gone by fast for me writing about vacation homes for SecondShelters.com. What have we been covering? Beach, lake, ranch, and mountain abodes, among other destinations of interest to North Texans. Year end is a time to look back and reflect. What are the top spots for vacation homes for DFW residents?
Gas up the virtual jet and click to see highlights; we’re taking a tour of some of our favs…
An aerial view of a Sunday House compound. All photos courtesy of Boot Ranch.
Do you hanker for a Hill Country vacation home for family gatherings, but question if you’d use it enough to justify the trouble and cost? Or perhaps, you don’t want to dedicate all your free time to the same place — but, you’d like a spot to get together for vacations and occasional weekends, especially if your children are grown up, live in scattered Texas cities and now have children of their own?
Among the options in this 2,000-acre premier golf community are large “Sunday Houses” shared among eight owners, each of whom has use of the property for approximately 40 days per year. Shares are now available in Sunday House Six, scheduled for completion in Spring 2017. Here’s a look at this deal with appeal to those who can’t do all the time, but, like me, have Hill County in their soul:
If you’ve imagined yourself on the links, by the pool, or gazing out into the endless vistas of Boot Ranch, now is the perfect time to make that daydream a reality.
For the month of September, Boot Ranch is offering special purchase incentives on select estate homesites and luxury overlook cabins. Considering how hot the Hill Country is right now, this might be the deal you’ve been waiting for to buy your little slice of heaven in one of the most sought-after second home locations in the state.
Estate homesites included in this special property release range from 2 to 18 acres, many with building locations strategically located to maximize the beauty of the hill country.
Overlook Cabins on half-acre homesites along the Palo Alto Creek accommodating personally selected homes from 1,800 to 4,000 square feet, with architectural plans included for your custom configurations.
You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!
But I was sworn to secrecy until the deal was closed. Closed, signed and sealed it is: Terra Verder Group LLC, the devloper of Windsong Ranch, has indeed purchased the 2,000 acre Boot Ranch north of Fredericksburg. Terra Verde and financial partner Wheelock Street Capital bought the luxury vacation home golf course community from Lehman Brothers.
Boot Ranch, the brainchild of Texas golfing great Hal Sutton, opened in 2006 just in time for the Great Recession. Like so many of its brethren, Boot fell into foreclosure. But during the four years that Lehman Brothers operated it, the community slowly, steadily kept the momentum moving forward. In fact, Boot Ranch may well become a poster child success story for how a vacation home community survives a downturn.
“The previous developer opened the project at the wrong time in the market,” said Terra Verde founder Craig Martin. “Our plan is to complete the development.We like Boot Ranch because of its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Midland-Odessa – within a 4-hour drive.”
Boot Ranch hosted a fabulous wine weekend for members, guests, and journalists.
A crowd of about 70 journalists, bloggers, Boot Ranch members and guests participated in the first Boot Ranch Wine Workshop and Tours April 22 and 23. Hosted in the Texas Hill Country’s finest private golf and family community nestled on more than 2,000 picturesque rolling acres, the wine was flowing and the pool was warm. The master-planned retreat is just five miles north of the quaint, historic town of Fredericksburg and offers a variety of living options. The clubhouse features expansive vistas, a spa, bar, casual and fine dining. What more could you possibly need?
Boot Ranch, the private golf and family community just north of Fredericksburg, hosted about 45 guests including some 25 members of the lifestyle and sports media October 29 and 30. This included representatives from Sports Illustrated, The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Texas Golfer, KLBJ Austin, NBC Sports Radio, Texas Traveler, Avid Golfer, Fredericksburg Standard, Austin Food and Wine Alliance, Houston Links, The Society Diaries, and more.
The newest issue of the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is out, and includes a fantastic column from Candy herself on life in Boot Ranch. The fall/winter 2014 edition of the direct-mailed glossy went out to 30,000 of North Texas’ most tony abodes, and is chock-full of the most amazing dirt in Texas.