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I know we cover a lot of high-end, amazing properties here at SecondShelters.com, but let’s face it: That’s purely window shopping for the vast majority of us. This week, I decided to showcase a darling little property in Princeton. The ranch at 9176 Lakeridge Drive is the type of property I sell all the time.

As horse owners, we spend all of our money on the bottomless pit we call “horse ownership,” and the reality is, for the majority of us a $1 million-plus property just ain’t gonna happen. Situated on 10 acres just east of McKinney, this property is still within commuting distance to Dallas, and is very fairly priced within normal people range at $339,900. It’s on the south end of the peninsula off FM 546, so extremely close to Allen, Wylie, Lavon, etc.

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Summer months in Texas reach scorching hot temperatures. You need a home where you can beat the heat in style with family and friends. Look no further than 472 White Rock Road – your own personal vacation spot at Richland Chambers Reservoir. While just an hour away from Downtown Dallas, it is a convenient and easy way to spend a few weekends or an entire summer. This large, inviting Mediterranean style house boasts all the amenities for an idyllic retreat. (more…)

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I don’t know if a summer spent sunning on the Andalucían coast just permanently got into my head, but every time I see a good, old-fashioned Spanish home, I get a major case of the I Wants. La Bella Vida is no exception, with an oh-so-impressive drive-up appeal and classic sculpted fountain entryway.

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Well, looky here! Surely this charmer is someone’s dreamhome. Located within the magical one hour bubble from D/FW in Italy (pronounced It-LEE, if you’re a local), this stunning estate on 33 white-fenced acres is sure to please.

If you haven’t visited yet, Italy is a lovely community with many ridiculously awesome horse farms and ranches, giving the impression you are in the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, rather than 50 minutes from downtown Dallas. Italy is the perfect landing point for a family that wants to be in the country, but yet still within commuting distance for work and entertainment.

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If Mabank is the new Athens, then this house is the place to be. Located a mere 60 miles from Dallas, this is the perfect weekender, but is close enough to the city to commute if you need to. For the price of a typical subdivision home in Highland Park, you can have your own ranch paradise on 220 acres, right near Purtis Creek State Park. Talk about a great bang for your buck!

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The more I look at property in Grayson County, the more I like it. Green grass, tons of big trees, serenely peaceful and quiet. Properties out here are truly country living, and the ranch at 3445 McFarland in Bells, TX is no exception.

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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…)

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Welcome to your beautiful chateau tucked away in the hills of… Fort Worth? Hidden behind an automated-gate entry, this home is so far beyond what you would expect to find in Texas. It is simply a stunning oasis of charm and class, with an out-in-the-country feel while only minutes from the city.

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