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Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications in Boulder, Colorado, a bespoke content services firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a luxury real estate writer and communications specialist, Amy's marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com

10/23/18 2:13pm

Our Splurge: 1 Daniels Street, Salem, Massachusetts, is listed by the Merry Fox Team of Merry Fox Realty for $610,000.

Who is ready for the popped corn, the bat brownies, the fabulous return of Hocus Pocus on repeat?  Well then, it shouldn’t take long to figure out why we selected Salem, Massachusetts for our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Need a Hocus Pocus refresh? Here goes, courtesy of Wikipedia:

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. (more…)

10/22/18 9:40am

Our Splurge: 5323 Swiss Avenue is listed by Kay Weeks of Ebby Halliday for $3.7 million.

Don’t let Halloween get you spooked! Tour these Swiss Avenue stunners instead. Two properties. One neighborhood. Drastically different price points. If it weren’t for all the Halloween hub-bub, we’d still think they’re a great buy.

Didn’t you hear? They’re located smack dab in a treasured Dallas enclave that’s known for getting its trick-or-treat on! That’s right. Enter the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The neighborhood with the good candy. The houses that spring for the big bars. Whether you’re all chocolaty goodness or pure vanilla smoothie, these two beauties will take a bite out of your Dallas home search and are the creme de la creme in the neighborhood for the price. Don’t believe us? Enter if you dare. Mwahahahahaha…

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10/21/18 9:00am

Pictured: A Work Shop Denver project. The group is currently listing a similar new construction opportunity at 3317 W. 33rd Ave. in Denver, Colorado for $1,100,000.

So you have a million dollars to burn and want to invest in Denver real estate but not sure where to start? You could put an offer in on a chic downtown Denver loft with historic pedigree circa 1905 in the heart of the city. Or you could head east, to Park Hill, for a true walker’s paradise and throw down on a 1940s Mediterranean chock full of elegant upgrades.

But if you’re looking for something brand spanking new, that lets you live your best life a mile high, we suggest pointing your home search west. Nestled deep in West Highland, just minutes from downtown, is a million dollar new construction opportunity that will blow. you. away. (more…)

10/20/18 9:20am

ranch

The dream of ranch ownership is real. And steeped within the fabric of American West ranching is Wilder on the Taylor, an iconic Colorado property sandwiched between Crested Butte and Gunnison with a lineage dating back to 1893.

As the story goes, three young men filed claims for a parcel of 160-acre homesteads that year. Within five years they were granted ownership, and soon, began occupying and working the land. (more…)

10/19/18 9:55am

9797 Broken Bow Road, Dallas, Texas, is listed by Robert Villanueva with City Connections for $464,000.

Nestled at the corner of Broken Bow Road,
we can’t take our eyes off this midcentury abode.
It’s been taken down to the studs and has a whole new look.
New roof, new paint, new windows, new nook.
And yes, it’s private, it’s made for entertaining.
A fireplace, tall ceilings, there’ll be no complaining.

Of course, it has a kitchen, for whipping up a spread.
And yes, those interiors have us dreaming in our beds.
One look inside, and we think you’ll see,
at Broken Bow Road is where your holiday should be!

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10/16/18 4:38pm

Our Splurge: 1 Puuikena Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, currently listed by Dan and Julie Ihara with Keller Williams Honolulu for $6.9 million.

Off-the-beaten-path beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, epic surfing, and an island steeped in historical culture — these are but a few reasons why Oahu, Hawaii, is calling your name!

The third largest Hawaiian island is the cross-section of ancient and modern, complete with bustling night life and mellow surfer towns. With five different regions — from the island’s capital, Honolulu, to one of the world’s most popular surfing destinations at North Shore — Oahu has something for everyone and no shortage of things to do.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on a massive oceanfront splurge and a cozy beach cottage steal. Which one would you choose?

See our picks on SecondShelters.com

10/15/18 9:55am
Devonshire

Our Splurge: 5630 Stanford Avenue, Dallas listed by Sam Sawyer of Compass for $1.649 million.

Dreaming of Devonshire? Yeah, us too. Tucked away in a lush little corner of North Dallas, Devonshire draws buyers who want to shop and dine on Lovers Lane, hit the Arts District downtown, or take a quick drive over to Preston Center for a bite to eat with friends.

Bordered by Lovers Lane, Northwest Highway, Inwood Road, and the Dallas North Tollway, many of the streets in Devonshire share the same names with those you’ll find in University Park. Think Stanford Avenue, Caruth Boulevard, West Amherst, and Greenbrier Drive. These tree-lined streets are filled with block after block of charming cottages, fabulous remodels, and newly built custom homes that will have you at hello.

This week, we found two exceptional offerings on two of Devonshire’s most iconic streets, each with a prime location and stunning interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. One look at these beauties and we think you’ll agree, there’s a lot to love about Devonshire.

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10/14/18 9:00am

1361 Nottinghill Court SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is listed by Ann Despres with Coldwell Banker for $999,999.

Grand Rapids is a gem of a city situated on the Grand River, east of Lake Michigan. With a vibrant arts scene, trend-setting beer and food offerings, plus a slew of lively music venues, there’s a lot to do in Grand Rapids. The locals will tell you it’s easy to get to, easy to get around in, and easy to afford, which begs the question – just how far will $1 million dollars go in Grand Rapids, Michigan? What we find is the ideal Grand Rapids home, clocking in with a list price of $999,999. Let’s take a look inside.

Learn more on SecondShelters.com