Our Splurge: Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2,900,000.

Town or country? In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose. That’s because we are taking you to Taos, New Mexico – one of America’s foremost art colonies, where high desert living meets historic adobe architecture and breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. For this reason, we zeroed in on two exceptional Taos retreats, each with impressive locations, architecture, and amenities, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Equestrian splurge or the in-town adobe steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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If you’re of a certain age, or your parents or grandparents are of a certain age and were TV western aficionados, you can probably readily identify the theme song to “Bonanza” — as well as its iconic Ponderosa ranch, home to the Cartwright family.

But what many don’t know is that Lorne Greene, who played patriarch Ben Cartwright, loved the layout and design of the ranch-style (duh) home his alter ego lived in so much that he had a replica built for his own home, located in the Apache Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. (more…)

1325 5th Ave. Apt 2H, New York, New York is currently listed by Makeba G. Lloyd with MNS for $1,000,000.

“Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York” – Sinatra’s iconic New York, New York lyrics still ring true for many buyers looking to make a name for themselves in the Big Apple today. As one of the nation’s leading luxury real estate markets, we thought it was about time we researched just how far a million dollars would go in New York City. What we find will blow you away.

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Our Splurge: 2201 Daybreak Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado is currently listed by Ed Swinford of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate for $12,650,000.

With autumn just around the corner, everyone has pumpkins, fall hikes, and vibrant fall foliage on the brain. What better way to experience the unrivaled beauty of fall with a getaway to Colorado’s own Beaver Creek – an exclusive enclave located in the Vail Valley that offers four seasons of nature-filled recreation. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Kameron Westcott of the Real Housewives of Dallas who recently took her castmates on a snow-filled getaway to her family’s sprawling vacation home in Beaver Creek. You may have already heard of this charming ski town from your friends, read about it in a post from SecondShelters.com or visited during ski season to enjoy a weekend on the slopes.

For second home buyers who want luxury, convenience, and world-class recreation all rolled into one, this mountain hotspot can’t be beat! Check out what’s currently on the market in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d rather buy – the ski-in/ski-out splurge or the woodland oasis steal?

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At first, it was believed to have been sold for a record $80 million in December, but Vincent Viola’s 20,000 square foot townhome on the Upper East Side appears to be back on the market — and this time the list price is $88 million.

It’s unclear if Viola (who owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers, is CEO of Virtu Financial,  and was briefly President Donald Trump’s nominee for army secretary) and his wife Teresa are still the current owners (although what we could find in property records seems to indicate they probably are). But the home was listed in 2013 for $114 million, making the current list price a relative bargain.

Viola bought the townhome in 2005 for $20 million.

The home sits at 12 E. 69th St., and is currently listed by Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens. Built in 1884, the home was updated by the Violas to include a panic room. (more…)

Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort, Caye Chapel, Belize

Trend alert: now more than ever, high-end developments are offering exclusive getaways and glamping retreats to qualified luxury home buyers. If you’re in the market for a vacation home or place to retire, there’s no better way to experience the lifestyle than with try before you buy.

Not sure where to start? No problem! We’ve done all the work for you in our list of top “try before you buy” vacation spots. Pick a place that speaks to you and indulge in a brief (and sometimes free) house hunting expedition for the second home of your dreams. Disclaimer: You’ll want to pack your bags immediately.

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Via della Maolina, Lucca, Tuscany, currently listed for $1,098,266 by Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

Make like Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sunand buy your own slice of paradise with our million dollar find in Tuscany. This rustic Farmhouse nestled in the hills of Lucca at Via della Maolina is the perfect place to sip a big glass of red and take in the magnificent views of the medieval city of Lucca – one of the most beloved cities in all of Tuscany.

In the distance, bell towers and ancient churches add to the ambiance. An old military border has been transformed into a pedestrian promenade. Green grass and trees grow mightily along the walls, and couples can be spotted taking bike rides around the perimeter, strolling cobbled streets for a gelato and stopping for a rest beneath the Clock Tower or Basilica of San Frediano.

 

Currently listed by Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,098,266 US dollars, and only 15 minutes from the city center of Lucca, Via della Maolina is a treasure worth having.

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Our Splurge: 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine is currently listed by Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate for $1,495,000.

Whale-watching, world-class cuisine, and quaint New England charm? It’s no wonder Kennebunkport draws all types to indulge in its idyllic, coastal way of life. Located in Southern Maine, Kennebunkport is revered for its strong sense of community, waterfront recreation, and picturesque beauty, making it the perfect place to vacation or retire. Just ask the Bushes, whose very own Walker’s Point is quietly nestled on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.

As the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush, it has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state, and celebrities alike, but you don’t need deep pockets to live the coveted Kennebunkport lifestyle. Case in point, our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we highlight two exceptional Kennebunkport properties, each with sought-after locations and stunning architecture, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Cape Cod splurge or the marsh-view Mansard steal? In Kennebunkport, there’s truly something for everyone.

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