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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.

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There’s nothing seemingly historic about this duplex penthouse on the 13th and 14th floors of Marathon House, a modern-ish high-rise in London (Map). Thankfully for someone who loves big views, modern buildings are not the issue in London that it can be in Paris where old almost always beats new.

For those not familiar with Marylebone (pronounced Marla-bone), it’s just north of Mayfair and borders the 410-acre Regent’s Park. It’s highly residential and lighter on tourists. But as you can see, it’s still quite close to the action. The tall light slightly left is the Shard while slightly right you can see the arc of the London Eye Ferris wheel. Truly, London is at your feet.

This 4,079-square-foot apartment has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. It’s listed with Simon Tollit and Hannah McDougall of Sotheby’s International Realty for £7.950 million ($9.857 million) which works out to $2,417 per square foot.

I say you’re Sherlock’s neighbor because the closest underground station is Baker Street, which, as fans will recall, is the street Mr. Holmes fictionally lived on…number 221B to be exact. It’s also just down the road from Euston Station, the home of Eurostar where Sharon Quist of Dave Perry-Miller and I alighted from a train to see this beauty (Brits don’t “hop off”).

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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.

 

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Living in Paris is a dream for many people, but a dream financially unattainable.  It may also be that the vagaries of foreign property ownership and the added wrinkle of currency fluctuations are simply not for you.  I mean, while a property may appreciate, if the currency tumbles, appreciation can quickly turn to loss.  For example, in late 2008 the Euro was pushing $1.60. Today it’s nearer $1.05 … essentially erasing a third of its value in nine years.  As recently as the autumn of 2014, the Euro was hovering around $1.40, making for a precipitous loss is a short time … simply from currency. I can tell you that any Parisian market gains in no way offset the currency declines.

You want a second home, not a tax write-off.

Rent.

While I was in Paris last month, I had a perfect confluence of the stars.  CandysDirt.com friend and HGTV hostess Adrian Leeds was on hand to give a sampling of rental units. Also scoping out the market was Dave Perry-Miller agent Sharon Quist who was in town with a friend selling her Paris home.

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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. 

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Barefoot Ranch, Texas. Photo credit: Icon Global.

Barefoot Ranch, Texas. Photo credit: Icon Global.

It’s about as luxe-y as it gets for a recreational property in Texas. Barefoot Ranch is not a “working” ranch per se, but an uber-luxe hunting, golf, and lake resort set just a little over an hour from

It’s about as luxe-y as it gets for a recreational property in Texas. Barefoot Ranch is not a “working” ranch per se, but an uber-luxe hunting, golf, and lake resort set just a little over an hour from Dallas at an undisclosed specific location. Amenities include a 35,000-square-foot lodge, a PGA-rated golf course, a boat house, tennis courts, an equestrian center, and more. Once held by the Murchison family, the property’s current owner is an investor group headed by hedge fund honcho Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management LP. Bass has hosted an annual economic summit at the ranch every year, bringing together top-tier government and business leaders to pow-wow over economic issues in between golfing, trophy fishing, and sport shooting at the on-site gun range. Hidden away, protected with high fencing, and near a jet strip, the ranch is well-suited to hosting high-security executives, politicians, and music and film celebrities in sheltered, private splendor.

At this level, you don’t name a listing price – it will be a matter of negotiation. Austrailian-born broker Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global, who led the marketing of the $725M Vernon, Texas-based W.T. Waggoner Ranch last year, expects the property will see a lot of interest from foreign investors and will go for $50 million to $100 million.

Kick off your shoes and click here to see the full post on SecondShelters.com with photos of this bodacious East Texas paradise.

Country Cottage Idea House at Round Top

Country Cottage Idea House at Round Top

 

Here’s the teaser — a sketch of the pint-size Country Cottage Idea House opening March 24, 2017, in Round Top, the Fayetteville County hamlet that has been hosting mega antique shows each spring and fall for decades.

The 1920s-era building which measures less than 800 square feet, was transported by trailer to The Compound of Round Top earlier this year. Award-winning designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors in Houston has overseen a complete makeover of the tiny house, utilizing finds from the vendors of Round Top, to create cozy “Southern Country Chic” guest quarters.

Looking for ideas to build a nest for your guests? Find out more on SecondShelters.com.

A view you could sell tickets to see

A view you could sell tickets to

I hadn’t even got on the plane and this Florence villa captivated me.  Is it any wonder when this is the view from the home’s back deck?  Perfectly situated to frame the ancient city of Florence, this home could be a dump and still there’d be this.  Of course it’s no dump …

The home is listed with Sotheby’s Italy for $15.96 million (€15 million) with Diletta Giorgolo Spinola.  It contains six bedrooms and eight full bathrooms with a staff apartment and outbuildings containing a gym, personal spa, and bathroom. All in all there are 7,534 square feet under roof resting on 0.865 acres with some of the best views in the city.

As you might know, the city of Florence is on the Arno River.  This home is across the river from the city center and is the perfect vantage point to see Florence end-to-end. It rests between the Boboli and Bardino Gardens bordering Fort Belvedere (Map).

You’ll really want to hop over to SecondShelters.com to see more. Really.