Oh my, from Beverly Hills to Beverly Drive! I am so very, very proud to announce that  SecondShelters.com, has been named one of the top 25 luxury real estate blogs in the nation by one of the top luxury Realtors in the nation, Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International, in Beverly Hills. What makes me blush with even more pride is the fact that SecondShelters tops a power list of my brilliant blogging mentors like CURBED, Homes of the Rich, Hooked on Houses, Reside SF, among others, including my bestest blog mentor, friend and hero of them all, Mama at The Real Estalker!!! Many of the blogs are online web step-children of print pubs. Here’s what Jade says about all of us:

We love providing Jade’s readers with the best luxury homes resources available, and we know that you like to keep up with the latest news, trends and tips on luxury real estate. That’s why we’ve made a careful examination of all that’s available on the web and selected for you the Top 25 Luxury Home Blogs. Each of these blogs has something unique to offer you, whether you simply like to keep an eye on the latest news in the luxury homes market or are interested in inspiration for changes to the exterior and interior design of your home. Even if you have no particular project in mind, these sites offer gorgeous eye candy for anyone with discerning tastes.

We are so honored! I called Mama at The Real Estalker, and we celebrated over the phone. Mama, of course, is in L.A. so gave me the lowdown on Miss Jade – agent to the all the movie stars. She sold Jennifer Aniston’s $35 million manse in 4 months!  She’s not just totally successful, said Mama, everyone loves her!

We are so thrilled and plan to keep on keepin’ on. Coming up soon: an exclusive look inside the hottest new fractional ownership in Costa Rica: The Palms! Then owning a piece of the rock at Trump SoHo, Calistoga Ranch, Park Cities, Utah’s hottest new fractionals, and more! There are just not enough hours in the day!

Mama’s got the scoopola on the Aikman estate and even unearthed some things I had no idea of! God, “she’s” good. Like didjaknow:

“Mister and Missus Aikman acquired the first parcel of their two-lot compound in April of 2004. A few minutes research did not turn up a sale price but public records Your Mama peeped show the purchase price was high enough they took a seven million dollar mortgage on the property.”

And boy oh boy the Aikmans could be poster children for SecondShelters — second home addicts like us!

“Over the years the Aikmans have owned a fair number of investment properties in places like Irving and Roanoke, TX. Hopefully they’ve done better with their investment properties than they have with some of their personal properties. In September 2002 they sold a .42 acre vacant residential parcel behind the gates of the Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA for $1,500,000, $195,000 less than they paid for the property just two years prior. In November 2007 Mister Aikman sold a 10,971 square foot mansion with 6 bedrooms and 7 full and 3 half bathrooms in Plano, TX for $1,330,000, a painful to the pocketbook $665,000 less than he paid for the property in May 1996.”

Meantime, at Cooper Aerobics Center, where I work myself out after sitting at this blog all day, I’ve gotten quite a few members hooked on real estate gossip and blogs. (Go figure!) One is taking Troy’s DCAD appraisal right down to the Appraisal District and fighting his taxes. The rather high profile gent did not want me to use his name but he said, and I quote,

“If Troy Aikman pays $100,000 on a $24 million home, I want my taxes lowered immediately!”

Actually, Troy is paying more than $227,000 in real estate property taxes on the Highland estate(s).

Oh… Troy also owns a home in Coppell (as Mama mentioned) where I hear he may be hiding out. $654,000 ish. Photos forthcoming.