01/19/18 2:00pm

505 Ranch, Cedar Creek Lake | Candysdirt.com

Lake or ranch, lake or ranch … now you can have your lake and horses too! On SecondShelters.com, we’ve been following the luxury waterfront development The 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake. The 505 Ranch has all the amenities of a posh lake community, plus equine facilities (polo, anyone?), too, and it’s only 45 minutes from Dallas. The community is now 77% sold; homesites are still available, and they’re just about to unveil a lovely spec home, too.

Click to see the property and get the scoop on SecondShelters.com.

01/09/18 9:38am


Photo credit: Aaron Costilla.

Great news from the post-hurricane Texas Coastal Bend region: Luxury vacation rental community Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas on Mustang Island reports record sales of $20 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, despite the ravages of Category Four Hurricane Harvey earlier this year. See the story today on SecondShelters.com.

01/08/18 9:31am

Maravilla, Los Cabos|CandysDirt.com

Chilly weather has us wishbooking vacation homes in warmer climes. A lovely residential community in Los Cabos caught our eyes.  A site that once had Texas ties is now home to luxury residences with all the amenities of a five star resort. On SecondShelters.com, check out the details about the Twin Dolphin development and the residential community known as Maravilla there, plus another fabulous community in the development opening soon. 

See it on SecondShelters.com now.

01/02/18 9:30am

3730 Prosper Trail, Prosper | CandysDirt.com

Love dogs and horses? Looking for a place in the country? The 4,400-square foot, two-story, four-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath Prosper home at was built with canines in mind; it’s well-suited for horse lovers, too. Located at 3730 E. Prosper Trail, the property’s 10.59-acre site makes the term”country estate” apropos. The heavily wooded property is surrounded by a creek and boasts a stocked pond. The traditional-style house has all the amenities you’d expect of a luxury home: an oversized kitchen with a cozy keeping room; a study; a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms downstairs, split for privacy; a large game room and en-suite guest bedroom upstairs; and built-ins throughout, including a dog bathing space in the laundry room.

There’s also a 1,000-square foot workshop, a barn, an outdoor kitchen and pool, plus customs dog quarters and a dog run — it’s the perfect set up for family with four-footed kids, perhaps in abundance: room to run, woods and creeks to explore, a pond and a pool for cooling off, a place for grooming and abundant grassy space for training and playing ball.


12/22/17 10:29am
Megg Braff Book|candysdirt.com

A Braff New York bedroom. Photo credit: J. Savage Gibson

Looking for gift ideas for anyone with an eye for beautiful interiors? Check out the first book by notable interior designer Meg Braff, a Mississippi-born, Long Island-based designer who’s known for chic timeless style. Braff visited Dallas recently, presenting a program for the Dallas Woman’s Club on her modern take on traditional design fusing bold colors, rich patterns, and incorporating antique pieces with up-to-the minute furnishings. The hallmark of the the mother of four young boys is home design that is pretty and polished but welcoming and livable.

Charlotte Moss wrote the forward to Braff’s book – that says it all. We caught up with Braff at a book-signing at a private home following her appearance at the Dallas Woman’s Club for a Q&A:


12/20/17 2:28pm



Roxor Gin | CandysDirt.com

Create your own delicious skyline with the architecture-inspired bottles of Roxor Gin. (Photos courtesy of New Artisan Spirits)

Looking for a last-minute gift for that architecture aficionado/cocktail connoisseur? Craft spirits, especially anything local in origin, are hot-as-a-pistol gift items this year. Here’s a product distilled in Dallas, with themed packaging that makes it a perfect gift for architecture fans, to boot. Roxor is a world-class artisan gin made with all-natural botanical flavors and bottled in a gorgeous glass decanter inspired by the cosmopolitan architecture of city skylines.  (more…)

12/19/17 11:00am
Mesa Vista Ranch | candysdirt.com

Photo courtesy of Mesa Vista Ranch

In a year of spectacular property listings, this $250 million Texas ranch stands tall. Built as the personal retreat for a legendary oilman, Mesa Vista Ranch is an oasis in the Panhandle.

T. Boone Pickens developed and improved the property over five decades, adding housing, landscaping, and recreational amenities fit for a king, along with restoring grazing lands to pristine condition optimum for wildlife. He’s dialing back and ready to sell. We share details and a feast of photos today on SecondShelters.com.

12/15/17 2:36pm

All photos courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

It’s a vacation trend that sweeping the globe — glamping, or camping in luxury tents that offer all the comforts of a posh home.

The Resort at Paws Up a offers a knock-your-socks-off Western version, replete with world-class trout fishing and dude ranch activities set in pristine Montana wilderness. Valerie Jarvie shares details and photos today of a Ralph Lauren-esque tent camp set in the wilds of Montana on SecondShelters.com now