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Not Houston, not tech-savvy Austin, but Dallas.

This week principles marketing the exclusive Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson, Wyoming, will be in town to introduce the newest lineup in its real estate portfolio: a future homeowner’s lodging program available in late 2017 that could be as many as 62 units when completed. This will allow buyers of vacation/second home properties to place them in a revenue-generating program completely run by the Snake River Sporting Club when not in use. It is the ONLY program of its kind in a private club community in uber hot Jackson Hole, and was made possible by recent approval from the Teton County Board of Commissioners for new developments on the club’s land. This will include the rezoning of parcels to allow short-term and overnight rentals on property.

“Snake River Sporting Club‘s plan for overnight accommodations significantly expands the destination’s hospitality offering and allows more guests and members to visit and enjoy the rugged wilderness of Jackson Hole,” says Dan Collins, partner and Chief Marketing Officer of IMI Living, the South Carolina-based firm marketing Snake River. “This is similar to a very successful program in one of our Hawaii properties, Kukui‘ula.”

Basically it’s a way to have your cake and eat it too with a vacation home: rather than let it sit idle when you are NOT in town, the property is leased, and someone is there to maintain it. That they chose Dallas as the launch site proves how strong our second home market is.

Tall Timber condo at Snake River Sporting Club. CREDIT: David J Swift

Tall Timber condo at Snake River Sporting Club. CREDIT: David J Swift

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If you have thumbed through your latest Grand Vie Magazine, you have seen what I wrote about the Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole’s newest and quite frankly most fabulous new home community, be it first, second, third or whatever. I had the pleasure of jetting up there in early May — it snowed!!

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Located just south of the confluence of the Snake and Hoback rivers, about 12 miles from the town of Jackson, the Snake River Sporting Club offers 800-acres of unbelievable lifestyle experience. Live and play here when it’s 110 degrees in Dallas, and just be kind enough to put all the fun on Facebook. Owner/investor Christopher Swann says it is the perfect marriage of rugged nature and authentic western lifestyle.  I have already mapped the mileage to Dallas: 1309 miles. A 20 hour drive or a direct 3 hour flight on American. Or there is always private.

Lot prices are north of $850,000 and homes are $2.3 to $2.9 for turn key, Wyoming-style lodges running about $800 a square foot.

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There are 68 residential lots, some with 6,200 (!) foot elevations, ranging in size from the turn-key, woods-nestled Tall Timber Cottages to a handful of 35 acre ranch estate sites with one acre building envelopes. Available next week are the Cottonwood Court Resort Homes, a unique ownership program perfect for Texans, which will have the option of participating in the club’s newly established resort hospitality program.

The Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course is the development’s crowning glory. Ranked by Golf Digest as the “No. 1 Golf Course in Wyoming” and “No. 2 Best New Private Course in the U.S.” in 2007, the world-class course is delicately woven among the natural terrain and along the river, offering more than 7,500 yards of stunning western landscape. Weiskopf has called this course his best work.

With the Snake River, there are miles of Blue-Ribbon fishing, attracting fly fishing enthusiasts from across the globe. If golf and world class fly-fishing are not enough to keep you busy, there are hiking trails for foot and mountain bike, beautiful equestrian facilities and trails, archery, shooting clays and skeet. There is rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding on Club waterways. Jackson Hole is one of the fastest growing art communities in America, with more than 35 galleries, including monthly tours and fabulous restaurants.

That’s just how you’ll spend your summer. A private event to unveil this property is coming up next week — email us if you’d like to learn more.

For the whole background story, we send you over to our sister blog on vacation homes, SecondShelters.com…

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Lee Trevino Oakhurst

Lee Trevino is one of FOUR golfing greats designing the new mountain course

Here is a little video teaser to a much longer, more in-depth report coming up on CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com…  who was there (EVERYONE!), what we did, what happened, where Allie Beth Allman took refuge from the storm… and the most beautiful homes a Mountain Momma could dream of! Check out the debut of the Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Oakhurst Golf Course and Mountain Homes… 

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10,000 plus square feet with only four bedrooms, four baths and some change. Sounds like some of our Preston Hollow listings. But warning: Telluride has heated up. Looking for something a bit more affordable than $59 million? We’ve already told you about the the Villas at Cortina. We’ll tell you about some more, too.  But go check out Mr. Scientology’s home over on on SecondShelters.com.TomCruiseTelluride-thumb

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We all know how much North Texans love to head to the mountains of Colorado for the holidays. One of the top destinations for Dallasites is Telluride, Colorado. The town happens to be the county seat of San Miguel County in southwest Colorado, a former mining town in the San Juan Mountains. But ever since skiers discovered its steep mountains and fabulous snow in about 1972, Telluride has become known as the pinnacle of Colorado mountain living, both in summer and winter.

Telluride is a laid-back Aspen: no Prada store, no Louis Vuitton.  Rumor has it that even Starbucks must get permission to move to Telluride, and thus far that permission has not been granted.  There is a Starbucks in Mountain Village in Hotel Madeleine, about as close as a Skinny Vanilla Latte will ever get to this place.

Funny thing about Telluride: folk lore says it was first called Columbia, Colorado but because there was a California town with the same name, the post office wisely changed the town’s name to Telluride in 1887. There was a separate town called Columbia located near the current Shell station. But really, the Town of Telluride was never called Columbia. Rumor has it that Telluride was named either for the element Tellurium, a rare element not found in the valley, or (and this is very cool) from the phrase “To Hell You Ride” because the town is so remote.  No one really knows for sure.  For years, before the slopes became the main draw, Telluride’s mines produced copious amounts of zinc, lead, copper, silver and other gold ores.

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270 Van Buren Ridge ext GreenbrierI happen to be checking out the luxury real estate offerings at The Greenbrier Sporting Club in White Sulphur Springs, West Virgina. Whole story coming up on SecondShelters.com. This place is exploding with growth and fun. Thought you might want a sneak peak to see what five and a half million buys you in the form of a rugged mountain home here at The Greenbrier. We toured this home Friday and I was so blown away by quality of construction and ideas I had not seen in some Dallas mansions. Like: a meditation room facing the mountain for the ultimate “ahhhh”. Redwood steam sauna. Separate his and her commodes with little vanities right in there next to the potties. Iroko wood Swedish butcher block island in a kitchen with more mountain views. Come on in this place, you just have to see! (more…)

mineola-small-23Ola — wanted to introduce you to one of our shining new expert contributors on SecondShelters.com… 

As a quick intro, my name is Dallas Addison, and my passion is real estate.  I’m trained as a lawyer and have helped many clients throughout the country buy, sell, develop and manage all types of  real estate over the years, with a  particular focus on recreational and hospitality-based real estate,  such as golf courses, resorts, ranches, second homes, etc.  I’m also a founding principal of Preservation Land Company, which has created several incredible (if I may say so) conservation-based recreational ranches near Dallas and worked on projects in Montana,  Hawaii and New Mexico.  On the educational side, I’m a long-time member of the Recreation Development Council  of the Urban Land Institute, a  global organization of leaders in the  real estate industry  whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

So  why am I boring you with a bio?  Because I want to share with you interesting things that are going on in recreational real estate (which we’ll broadly define) and we think it’s important to know that your source is not only reliable but actually 100% involved in the industry.

I also have a personal interest in how sustainability concepts are applied in recreational real estate.   While completely overused, the concept of sustainability still has merit.   Locally, it’s darn hot here and by the looks of our rapidly dropping lakes, we’re using lots of water.  Plus, our area is quickly growing, one way or the other, putting even more stress on our resources.  We should be looking to make choices that create better and more livable communities.  So, where I see interesting and innovative sustainability practices being applied, I want to share those as well.

Finally, how  did I connect with Candy?  Well, interestingly, her husband unexpectedly delivered our first daughter, but that’s not actually how we met.  We bumped into each other years ago as we share a passion for real estate. She came out to visit one of our projects, Cross Pines Ranch near Mineola.  We’ve had many interesting conversations about what’s going on in this space and we thought others might want to listen in on the conversation.

Stick around,  and I think you’ll  enjoy the ride. I’ll be posting on SecondShelters.com, the sister site for vacation properties, but we will be sure and let you know when we post by including a teaser here on CandysDirt.

Next up—the Aspen report (just in time for ski season) and Cross Pines Ranch... over on SecondShelters.com.

 

 

Tourism is up in Hawaii, which is a very good sign for Hawaiian real estate. The number one reason buyers purchase a vacation home in any location is because they love it. It goes like this: visit the location, love it, feel like you never want to leave. This is the point where buyers start perusing the real estate and actually, finally, pulling out the checkbook.