03/17/17 2:45pm

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So your family wants a vacation home in the country, but peace and quiet are just not enough for you — you require art and social outlets built around it to feed your soul, even in a rural retreat.

Take heart. There’s a North Texas place not far from Dallas-Fort Worth that just might fill the bill. The thriving community of Clifton, Texas, has cultural amenities galore and is easily accessible to townies, lake house and ranch owners in the area.

Pre-eminent in the vibrant little town is its art scene. Clifton is such a creative nexus, and we’ve got a nifty little waterfront home on Lake Whitney for sale to satisfy the soul of art lovers looking for a weekend getaway spot with cultural treasures.

Mosey on over to SecondShelters.com to read the whole story!

03/14/17 1:15pm

 

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Photos courtesy of Dallas CASA

Here’s another sweet opportunity to vacation for a cause: a one-week stay in a mountain home in Breckenridge, Colorado, is among the auction items coming up at the 10th annual Dallas CASA Cherish the Children luncheon April 5 at the Fairmont Dallas. The luncheon raising funds for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA will feature guest speaker Casey Gerald, a Dallas native whose inspirational TED talk on “The Gospel of Doubt” has been viewed by more than 1 million people.

A silent auction at the luncheon will include one-of-a-kind children’s furniture created by Dallas designers and a very special vacation package: a one-week stay in a 5,044-square foot, six-bedroom, six-bath Westridge Lodge home which sleeps 20 in luxurious comfort. It’s just a short walk to Beaver Run Chairlift and a quick shuttle or car ride to Main Street or any of the base areas. SecondShelters.com provides a look today on the details on this gorgeous property, which vacation home rental site VRBO lists at an average rental rate of more than $1,600 per night, as well as details on luncheon ticket purchase. Click here to make the jump over to SecondShelters.com.

 

03/08/17 9:29am

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Since posting last September about the idyllic living setup Kathryn and Craig Hall have with residences in both Dallas and Napa, Calif., wine country housing has been on my radar. News from Napa jumped off the screen when word came out that the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts has announced residential sales at their venue opening in Calistoga in early 2019.

Along with five-star lodging, in its first phase of development, the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Napa Valley will include 20 full-ownership private homes. Guests and homeowners will share in a full-access winery on-site, overseen by famed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, whose achievements include crafting 20 wines earning perfect 100-point scores from The Wine Advocate. 

Head to SecondShelters.com for the images and more detail of the plans.

03/03/17 10:44am

 

Barefoot Ranch, Texas. Photo credit: Icon Global.

Barefoot Ranch, Texas. Photo credit: Icon Global.

It’s about as luxe-y as it gets for a recreational property in Texas. Barefoot Ranch is not a “working” ranch per se, but an uber-luxe hunting, golf, and lake resort set just a little over an hour from

It’s about as luxe-y as it gets for a recreational property in Texas. Barefoot Ranch is not a “working” ranch per se, but an uber-luxe hunting, golf, and lake resort set just a little over an hour from Dallas at an undisclosed specific location. Amenities include a 35,000-square-foot lodge, a PGA-rated golf course, a boat house, tennis courts, an equestrian center, and more. Once held by the Murchison family, the property’s current owner is an investor group headed by hedge fund honcho Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management LP. Bass has hosted an annual economic summit at the ranch every year, bringing together top-tier government and business leaders to pow-wow over economic issues in between golfing, trophy fishing, and sport shooting at the on-site gun range. Hidden away, protected with high fencing, and near a jet strip, the ranch is well-suited to hosting high-security executives, politicians, and music and film celebrities in sheltered, private splendor.

At this level, you don’t name a listing price – it will be a matter of negotiation. Austrailian-born broker Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global, who led the marketing of the $725M Vernon, Texas-based W.T. Waggoner Ranch last year, expects the property will see a lot of interest from foreign investors and will go for $50 million to $100 million.

Kick off your shoes and click here to see the full post on SecondShelters.com with photos of this bodacious East Texas paradise.

03/01/17 3:04pm
Country Cottage Idea House at Round Top

Country Cottage Idea House at Round Top

 

Here’s the teaser — a sketch of the pint-size Country Cottage Idea House opening March 24, 2017, in Round Top, the Fayetteville County hamlet that has been hosting mega antique shows each spring and fall for decades.

The 1920s-era building which measures less than 800 square feet, was transported by trailer to The Compound of Round Top earlier this year. Award-winning designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors in Houston has overseen a complete makeover of the tiny house, utilizing finds from the vendors of Round Top, to create cozy “Southern Country Chic” guest quarters.

Looking for ideas to build a nest for your guests? Find out more on SecondShelters.com.

02/10/17 11:21am

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What a shame to let a gorgeous vacation house stand empty when it could be put to good use raising funds to support the homeless!

If you’re going to rent a vacation place anyway, why not book a spot that will do the same?

Austin Street Center is hosting a fundraiser that has your name all over it if you own a vacation home that you are willing to lend, or if you are interested in purchasing a stay at a lovely vacation property to benefit the Center’s facilities and programs to help the homeless. The second annual No Place Like Home Event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Pirch NorthPark Center. Linda and Frank Roby are co-chairing the event.

Find out what beautiful getaways you can bid for on SecondShelters.com.

02/08/17 4:36pm
Photo by Noah Wetzel, courtesy of Colorado Tourism Board.

Photo by Noah Wetzel, courtesy of Colorado Tourism Board.

Lucky you if you’re heading for a snow vacation over Presidents Day weekend. And, you’re in for a treat if Steamboat Springs happens to be your destination. This welcoming northwestern Colorado town has very a unique amenity — mystical therapeutic waters that spring from the ground to soothe tired muscles after a long day on the slopes. Click here for the scoop from Valerie Jarvie, plus a peek at a luxe property that may be just what you’re looking for in a mountain retreat.

01/26/17 9:55am

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Today’s highlighted agent may be a familiar face to you, especially if you are a member of the congregation at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church — he’s Steve Cairns, who served as youth minister in the 3,000-member church for more than 20 years.

It turns out the character traits needed to provide guidance and support to young people in a spiritual setting lend themselves nicely to assisting individuals purchasing a new home. Steve’s personal journey finding a new home and navigating the complex waters of the buying it led him to join the team at the Lakewood/Lake Highlands office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, where he’s planning to help others seeking shelter themselves.

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