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While flipping the filets yesterday, while it was pouring rain, I was aghast that I had left you with the impression that only a gadzillionaire could afford a vacation home at The Greenbrier. In fact, the Greenbrier Sporting Club is one of the best values in vacation home properties. I showed you a $5 million house, how about one for UNDER a million?

Lookie here: while the Sporting Club LOTS start at about $150,000, here is a 3-bedroom retreat, within close proximity to the resort, for less than a million. $989,900 to be exact. Reduced even.

And at this point I could at least grill on a LOT without rain seasoning the food! (more…)

You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

Boot Ranch has the most amazing Overlook Cabins, decorated by a brilliant design team and given the posh treatment you’d expect from this Texas Hill Country development.

Located just outside picturesque Fredricksburg, this development pairs excellent golf, amazing views, and five-star accommodations in the most perfect, designer package. And with the Overlook Cabins, you can have all this to yourself! Find out more about this incredible development and our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com!

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Not only is Boot Ranch a gorgeous place to play and stay, it’s also a fabulous community that focuses on supporting America’s heroes — our veterans.

More than 150 golfers turned out at the fifth annual Nimitz Golf Classic on June 12. The 2014 Nimitz Golf Classic raised more than $100,000 for both the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Combat Marine Outdoors, a non-profit organization which seeks to provide an outdoor adventure of a lifetime to some of our heroes. This year’s proceeds bring the total funds raised over the past five years to benefit the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the National Museum of the Pacific War and co-beneficiary non-profits serving the needs of veterans and military personnel to well over $500,000.

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I found myself dreaming of being inside a cozy lodge, next to a fire, watching fresh snow fall outside. Immediately I decided to see if I could find the perfect ski cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Here’s my top-5 list for this incredible winter destination!

1) Singing Trees

Singing Trees

I dare you not to fall in love with this incredible log home dubbed “Singing Trees.” Shaped by Gerry Spence, this amazing eight-bedroom, seven full and five half bath home has all the rustic touches you’d imagine — stone accents, antler chandeliers, Native American-style textiles, and oodles of leather — all designed to resemble the magnificent lodges built inside national parks during the 1920s. It’s listed for $18.9 million.

2) 8910 N. Deland Dr.

8910 N. Deland Dr.

A luxurious Jackson Hole estate, indeed. With six bedrooms, eight full baths and more than 13 acres, this gorgeous compound, complete with aerated pond, is a retreat that will dazzle anyone. Views of the Tetons and plenty of room for guests, this home is listed for $13.9 million.

3) Gorgeous Snake River Ranch Estate

Snake River Estate

Doesn’t that look like the perfect Christmas? Snow outside, stockings hung by the chimney, and I bet this Dutch colonial revival is super cozy when the fire is roaring. Located on the Snake River in one of the most scenic areas of Jackson Hole is this amazing 52-acre ranch. Just lovely! It’s on the market for $11.5 million.

4) Wild By Nature

Wild By Nature

Here’s another classic Jackson Hole lodge, dubbed “Wild By Nature.” This home has stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers, and decor that looks like any one of the well-curated showrooms at Anteks. It’s more modest, though, with five bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths. It’s on the market for $10.75 million.

5) Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch

Rounding out my top-5 Jackson Hole lodges is Triple Creek Ranch, a stunning and utterly classic log home that overlooks a placid creek and is hidden by trees and mountains. Beautiful and absolutely cozy inside, with picturesque views outside. Price is hush, hush, though, for this four-bedroom, four full and one half bath abode.

When you buy a vacation home, you want it to be an escape, right? Maintenance and upkeep can be a wet blanket on second home ownership, though. So why not aim for something with excellent management that’s more like staying at a five-star hotel than a vacation home?

Well, those who buy into the Queen Anne Mansion in Eureka Springs, Ark., will get the red carpet treatment. The Queen Anne Mansion has all of the great things vacation homes have to offer without all of the stress.

We’ve talked about this unique historic property before. It’s an amazing house that was lovingly restored in a unique and beautiful area. And now you can have a vacation home nestled in the Ozarks without the worry.

What do you get with a Private Residence Club fractional property? There are seven suites inside the Queen Anne Mansion, and all of them offer all of the graciousness you’d expect from a property built in 1891 with the modern amenities available in high-end hotels — spa services, concierge, maid services, and turndown.

The Queen Anne Mansion has a corner on the fractional market in Eureka Springs, too.

“It is my experience that the first fractional in a market generally does very well because of the benefits to buyers and the lack of competition,” said David Disick with The Fractional Consultant. “We anticipate the Mansion sales to have strong momentum.”

But how will the Mansion’s club work? Here are the details:

In the Mansion’s model, the first 12 Patron Owners of The Queen Anne Mansion Preservation Trust will benefit from privileged launch pricing of $150,000 per interest. A threshold to closing of 24 deposits has been established, at which point each of the owners will begin to have access to the property.

Ownership will afford each purchaser the right to reserve a minimum of 28 nights of annual usage in seven-night blocks. Owners may reserve a single suite, multiple suites or the entire estate, with each suite counting as one night of usage. Additional nights beyond the 28 reserved nights may be enjoyed on a space-available basis to owners and their accompanied guests via the Club reservation system.

With the name “Private Residence Club” attached to the Queen Anne Mansion’s moniker, do you think this great fractional property will become more attractive to buyers?