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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

08/14/18 8:35am

Our Splurge: 30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8,500,000.

Mahalo! Just saying that word makes me more relaxed. And what better way to escape the daily grind than dreaming of Maui? This week we found two exceptional Maui retreats, each with oceanfront views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Are you eager to hang ten with the best of them? Then check out our latest Splurge vs. Steal where we pin a surfer’s paradise splurge, against a golfer’s whale watching steal. Which one would you choose?

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com

08/10/18 9:45am

4412 Beechwood Lane is currently listed by Scott Jackson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $525,000.

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic, and this 1951 ranch in Midway Hollow is just what we need this Friday. With a prime location close to the heart of the Dallas, it’s the kind of house that makes these neighborhoods so special. Featuring all the charm of a bygone era, but with the modern-day updates we all crave, this Midway Hollow beauty is what real estate deals are made of. And it could be yours for just $525,000. Let’s take a look inside.

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08/09/18 6:02pm

Our Steal: 3009 Geronimo Trail, Austin, TX is currently listed by Kirk Lewis of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate for $575,000.

Looking for a Texas-sized second shelter to call your home away from home? This week we pin two exceptional Austin retreats against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal – both ideally located and equally appointed, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one will you choose, the modern masterpiece splurge for entertaining, or the Lake Apache/Lake Austin steal for fishing, canoeing, and boating with friends? The choice is yours.

Learn more on SecondShelters.com now. 

08/09/18 8:22am

5840 Belmont Avenue is currently listed by Kyle Baugh of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $549,900.

According to Lee Arenberg, “Renovating a home is like building a character. You start with the foundation, work with the lines, then there’s the costume fitting. It’s the same with remodeling and staging.”

In his downtime from acting in mega-hits like Pirates of the Caribbean, Seinfeld, and Once Upon a Time, Arenberg parlays his movie dollars into selling imported rugs from Morocco and remodeling homes in top markets with his designer wife Katie, who was in Dallas in the early 2000s when the pair met. “She opened my eyes to the Dallas market,” he says.

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08/07/18 9:00am

6034 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, LA is currently listed by Kimberly Fern of 1st Louisiana Realty for $1,074,990.

The “Big Easy” is known for its non-stop-nightlife, vibrant music scene, and signature spicy cuisine that plays to its rich heritage of French, African, and American roots. Add to that three centuries of storied celebrations and culture, and it’s no surprise that the most creative second shelter seekers look to New Orleans.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the most authentic and mouth-watering beignets, looking to experience the best jazz on famed Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, or fancy a stroll through the historic French Quarter, New Orleans has endless opportunities to take a step back in time and let loose. This begs the question: What can I get for $1 million in New Orleans? Here’s what I found.

See more on SecondShelters.com now.

08/03/18 8:30am

1429 Foxgrove Circle is currently listed by Ashton Cherry with Vibrant Real Estate for $539,900.

Now this is what we call a masterclass renovation! Located on a prime 0.25-acre lot in the Casa Linda area sits this exceptionally renovated Dallas home, ideally positioned near White Rock Lake just steps to White Rock Montessori School. From its high-end finishes to its gorgeous outdoor oasis, this four-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom charmer will have you at hello. Take a look and see what makes this Crestview East remodel a real showstopper.

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08/02/18 2:30pm

A visionary masterpiece. Yes, this week we dodge the million-dollar question and up the ante to $50 million because Sandcastle Bridgehampton came across our desk. The 17,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom, 17-bathroom estate is currently listed by Bespoke Real Estate and sits on 11.5 pristine and manicured acres of prime East End real estate. Oh and Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Madonna have stayed here. NBD.

But it’s the Sandcastle’s developer, Joe Farrell, that is grabbing headlines for shaping the way people buy and sell real estate in the Hamptons. Google “Sandcastle Hamptons estate” and you’ll find as many naysayers as there are fans, but there’s a common theme – curiosity. And everyone wants in. Nikki Teperman of 5W Public Relations gave us the chance to do just that.

Learn more on SecondShelters.com now.

07/31/18 11:30am

Our Steal: 7102 Via Locanda Ave, Las Vegas, NV is currently listed by Don Kuhl with Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty for $899,900.

From dinning to spas, to shows, to high-stakes gambling — Las Vegas has no shortage of entertainment when it comes to living life in the fast lane. And if you love that flashy, fast-paced Vegas lifestyle, but need a spot to wind-down, then look no further than today’s Splurge vs. Steal! We’ve found a couple of Las Vegas crash pads that are sure to help shake off the gold dust after an epic night on the town.

Which one will you choose? Learn more on SecondShelters.com.