04/21/17 9:38am
The Reserve at Sulphur Bluff

Photos courtesy of Icon Global Properties

You may remember an enticing members-only hunting and fishing resort featured in sporting magazines a few years back: The Hageman Reserve, an uber-posh private club with lodging in where members could hunt, fish, dine, and relax in baronial splendor in a scenic northeast Texas rural setting. Now known as The Reserve at Sulphur Bluff, the over-the-top property is on the market, offered separately or together with nearby 13,500ish-acre Sulphur Bluff Ranch.

The venue looks ideal for a single owner retreat and entertainment destination or a joint ownership venture interested in marketing the 30-plus room lodge as a fractional ownership property. Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global Properties, the listing broker (who negotiated the record-breaking $725M 2016 Waggoner Ranch sale) estimates that together, The Reserve and Sulphur Bluff Ranch properties could fetch $80M-100M.

What kind of property could draw such a sum?  Click here for details on SecondShelters.com.


04/14/17 1:29pm

Norman Estates

Golfers with Baja-leaning souls listen up: a stellar oceanfront golf resort with a luxury residential component in Cabo San Lucas is on the horizon, a partnership between famed golfer Greg Norman and the Solmar Group, longtime developers of award-winning resorts.

In early 2016, Rancho San Lucas on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula broke ground. Phase one, the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort and The Residences at Rancho San Lucas is expected to open in winter 2017. Soon to follow is an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, and announced just today, Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas is opening in 2018, the first community in Mexico under the umbrella of the lauded golfer’s global residential brand.

Get a glimpse of what’s in store there for homeowners and visitors on SecondShelters.com.

04/05/17 7:40am

Equest 16

Last week we posted on the Tolkien-inspired home and garden tour event in Preston Hollow April 6 to 8 you can attend to benefit Equest.

More details on the whimsical property: the main house is 9,000 square feet and, along with an Old World forest garden, there’s an underground hobbit-friendly guest house with a secret passage, indoor slide, and child-sized furniture, all of which will transport you to the enchanting Middle Earth realm of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. The event is this upcoming weekend, so RSVP pronto if you haven’t done so!

And, here’s more news: Equest has put its 42-plus acre prime horse facility on Lake Ray Hubbard up for sale. They are consolidating operations at the Texas Horse Park in South Dallas in order to make the best use of resources to serve the 1,200 clients each year who benefit from the organization’s equine therapy programs. Purchasing the Wylie land is another way you can assist this wonderful organization to bring comfort, joy, and healing to children and adults through therapeutic horse-related activities.


03/30/17 11:59am


Tolkein house

Cozy cottage. Estate-size lot. Garden setting. Heavily-treed. Water features. No, it’s not for sale, but you can tour it and support a great cause, too.

Equest, the wonderful organization that brings hope and healing to children and adults with special needs through horse-assisted activities and therapies, is hosting a cottage and garden tour open to the public April 6 – 8 at The Shire of Preston Hollow, an enchanting Tolkien-inspired venue you’ll have to see to believe. The event will include live music, drinks, bites, and fashions and accessories available for purchase. It’s a spring event you won’t want to miss.


03/28/17 8:26am


Panama Opener

Panama: it’s routinely touted as one of the best places on earth for American retirement, with its stable government, spectacular climate, welcoming attitude, and low cost of living. Lil and Robert Miller moved to Panama from New Jersey eight years ago when they took early retirement. They’ve loved every minute of their adventure in a luxurious, gated community of mainly American, Canadian, and European expats in a rain forest mountain setting. Family matters now call them back to the States, and having met many Texas expats in Panama, the Millers contacted SecondShelters.com to spread the word they’re selling their home by owner.

Valerie Jarvie’s post on SecondShelters.com’s covers the appeal of Panama and get a look at their Panamanian paradise. 

03/17/17 2:45pm


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



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


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.