Photo courtesy of The Ranch Advisors

Forget Southfork — if J.R. Ewing were for real and among us, this would be where he’d want to live. Because, no doubt, while the oil market is depressed, he would be diversified into (what else?) tech.

This cool ranch 90 miles outside of Dallas (with plenty of room for a heliport) at the very beginning of the Texas Hill Country would be just the thing for J.R.’s pad. The Hill Country-esque Glen Rose area in Northern Bosque County is scenic, a setting for exotic wildlife (Fossil Rim), and home to Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Indeed, there are dinosaur tracks on the 267-acre property known as Flat Rock Creek Ranch (physical address: 674 PR 2955) in the tiny community of Eulogy. It’s listed by Jim Brosche of The Ranch Advisors in association with Keller Williams Realty at $4.69 million.

Find out more about this stunning property on SecondShelters.com.

Views of Waikiki exactly where you want them ... over there.

Views of Waikiki exactly where you want them … over there.

While the views above are truly million dollar, they’re not wildly more expensive than during last year’s Hawaii special edition.  Once again, I’m taking one for the team to scope out a favorite place for Texas second home buyers.  In 2015, the state reported that 2.3 percent of all Hawaiian real estate was purchased by Texans and represents 10 percent of the total mainland buyer’s market (the top slot goes to California of course … they’re closer and have tech money to spend).

For the record, the views above belong to a 1,000 square foot studio condominium that would sell for about $1.6 million. Heart-stopping for most, oceanfront condos are in terrifically short supply on Oahu with nearly all build before 1970.  With scarcity comes demand and cost.

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News from Alys Beach, the stunning Florida Panhandle luxury home and vacation rental community inspired by the traditional architecture of Bermuda: a new phase of custom three- and four-bedroom rowhouses is scheduled for construction with an estimated completion date of Spring 2019. The new project, called Clermont Courts, mimics the design of Caliza Courts, the first phase of rowhouses offered at Alys Beach, which sold out in two weeks when its marketing opened in 2014.

Find out more about this stunning new second home opportunity — it’s selling fast! — on SecondShelters.com.


If you follow television and radio chefs and cooking teachers, you’re likely to be familiar with Christy Rost, who hosted the Texas-based television cooking and lifestyle show Just Like Home for 12 years, and a PBS special in 2009 that has become a Thanksgiving tradition, re-airing nationally every November since.

Christy Rost

Christy Rost

Rost and her husband, Randy, maintain a home in Dallas where they live for much of the year, but bought a second home in Colorado in 2006, which they have renovated to applause.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance recently honored the Rosts with the Theobald Award for historic preservation and advocacy for their outstanding remodel and preservation of Swan’s Nest, a house built in 1898 by Colorado gold baron Benjamin Stanley Revett for his bride.

It wasn’t an easy remodel, notes columnist Valerie Jarvie. Swan’s Nest was in a state of disrepair throughout, with sinking floors and faulty wiring. But the Rosts rose to the task, and the results are absolutely stunning.

See why Rost’s tireless historic remodel earned accolades on SecondShelters.com.

Mandarin Atlanta Night

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta on Right

One episode of Designing Women has Julia Sugarbaker boast, “I don’t like to brag, but I’ve turned a few heads in my time.” To which Mary Jo retorts, “Well, you didn’t do it with those.”  Of course they weren’t talking about the Atlanta penthouse situated atop the Mandarin Oriental Residences hotel and condominium project, because heads would certainly turn without argument.

The unfinished shell is two full floors encompassing 9,627 square feet with four bedrooms and four full, plus three half bathrooms.  It’s listed with Karen Rodriguez of GROUP KORA, part of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.  The price is a secret … well, not a secret, but it depends what a buyer wants.  There’s a shell price. Finished out similar spec to the other units price. And a “ya want us to do what?” price.

The building has a bit of a Dallas connection …pop over to SecondShelters.com to find out more.


Photo: Shawn O'Connor.

Photo: Shawn O’Connor.

Yes, we know it’s still rather warm outside, but it’s time to start thinking about ski season says columnist Valerie Jarvie. During a recent trip to Denver, Jarvie detoured through Aspen and fell immediately in love. But, ever the bargain hunter, Jarvie discovered the splendid fractional opportunities to be found in Aspen, namely the luxurious Residences at Little Nell, where you can get six weeks of incredible resort-style Aspen living in the most prime location.

Find out more about this tremendous development today on SecondShelters.com.


Fall is here, which means winter is coming! Does your boat have a home for the winter? Or perhaps you need a new vessel? Here’s news from East Texas: This past month, Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake opened a new marina complete with dry dock storage, and it’s open to the public.

Find out more about the beautiful new digs and the fab sales center now at Long Cove over on SecondShelters.com


Hall Wines

All photos courtesy of Hall Wines

Do you dream of a second home with a vineyard, a place to unwind with a wine country lifestyle? Kathryn and Craig Hall, who split their time between Dallas and Napa Valley, have penned a memoir of their journey from purchasing a dilapidated Rutherford winery to seeing a Hall-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon receive a perfect score from Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker, arguably the world’s most influential wine critic. Officially debuting Sept. 13, 2016, A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery by Craig and Kathryn Hall (Center Street/$26) will rank 11th on the October 1 New York Times’ Nonfiction Hardcover list.Hall Wine

Read more about A Perfect Score and the Halls’ idyllic California wineries on SecondShelters.com