We are here doing a site visit, and very impressed with the extent of the work going on to create an entirely new Base Village at Snowmass Village, one of the country’s top ski areas right around the mountain from Aspen. SnowMass and Aspen ski resorts share the same mountains and climate — 300 plus sunny days a year (like today), great snow and 70 degree summers. But Snowmass is a better buy right now because it’s always been Aspen’s sleepy, more family-oriented sister. I think a lot of that is going to change when this Base Village is complete by December, so now is probably a great time to go shopping! Still, the hiking and amenities here are great, about to be incredible. This is the largest expansion of a ski resort happening in the U.S. right now, like $600 million. We’ve got more on SecondShelters.com…

Front entrance, Greenbrier

Sometimes Mother Nature is a beast! The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, just re-opened July 13 after shuttering two weeks ago so the resort’s owner, Jim Justice, could provide housing and food to hundreds of local families who lost their homes to recent catastrophic flooding. The hotel also suffered extensive damage to the tennis building, chapel, and flooded the hotel’s elegant (and newly Carleton Varney- polished) spa.

Justice bought the resort in 2009 and revamped the historic (1778) white hotel on 11,000 acres of land to it’s former glory. He also the Democratic nominee for West Virginia governor.

The Greenbrier is also home of a 112,544-square-foot emergency bunker that was once secret, ready to protect the U.S. President and Congress, and is where they took Vice President Dick Cheney during 9/11.

Flood damage to the Old White TPC golf course even prompted cancellation of the PGA Tour, the Greenbrier Classic.

Shortly after the flooding, four Allie Beth Allman agents, including Allie Beth Allman herself, Kyle Crews, Doris Jacobs and Juli Harrison donated to the relief fund set up for flood victims by Greenbrier executives to further aid local families who have lost their homes and belongings. These funds will be used primarily towards rebuilding homes and other housing needs.

Now they are opening the donation to anyone who would like to help out West Virginia flood victims.


anteks spring social

Join us at this evening at Anteks Curated (Preston Center East) when we’ll host the Villas at Cortina (Telluride) and 505 Ranch (at Cedar Creek). Time is 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Yours truly will  speak on housing trends, particularly vacation home properties, and my beloved True Food will share hors d’oeuvres alongside Stoli cocktails.

505 Ranch Cedar Creek

The 505 Ranch at Cedar Creek Lake

I cannot think of a better way to prep for a ski trip, can you?

Villas at Cortina

The Villas at Cortina, Telluride, CO


Lee Trevino

He may be one of our local golfing greats, but Lee Trevino was back east in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia a couple weeks ago in a very historic gathering:

Jim Justice, owner of the world-famous Greenbrier, brought together, for the first time, four Hall of Fame golf icons: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Dallas’ own Lee Trevino.

The four will collaborate on a first-of-its-kind championship golf course called Oakhurst. The Greenbrier is, of course, one of the foremost destination golf resorts and vacation home residential communities in the country. It is also home to the annual PGA Tour FedExCup event, The Greenbrier Classic.

The four golfing legends joined Jim Justice in breaking mid October on the new mountain course. With its dramatic elevation changes and spectacular vistas overlooking the historic
Oakhurst Links course, the moment was the first-ever course collaboration between these four golf legends. Their combined experience will be the centerpiece of Oakhurst, the newest real estate neighborhood planned for The Greenbrier Sporting Club Subdivision. For the whole story, click on over to our sister blog, SecondShelters.com…

Boot Ranch

I was sitting in Craig Martin’s office up at Windsong Ranch — if you haven’t seen or experienced the amazing Windsong Ranch in Prosper, then you don’t know  North Texas real estate greatness —  and he was telling me about this amazing ranch in the Hill Country just north of Fredericksburg.

Boot Ranch I asked? I love the place!

Yes, he said. We are buying it!

But I was sworn to secrecy until the deal was closed. Closed, signed and sealed it is: Terra Verder Group LLC, the devloper of Windsong Ranch, has indeed purchased the 2,000 acre Boot Ranch north of Fredericksburg. Terra Verde and financial partner Wheelock Street Capital bought the luxury vacation home golf course community from Lehman Brothers.

Boot Ranch, the brainchild of Texas golfing great Hal Sutton, opened in 2006 just in time for the Great Recession. Like so many of its brethren, Boot fell into foreclosure. But during the four years that Lehman Brothers operated it, the community slowly, steadily kept the momentum moving forward. In fact, Boot Ranch may well become a poster child success story for how a vacation home community survives a downturn.

“The previous developer opened the project at the wrong time in the market,” said Terra Verde founder Craig Martin. “Our plan is to complete the development.We like Boot Ranch because of its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Midland-Odessa – within a 4-hour drive.”

Boot Ranch overview


IMG_8733 Located in Wells, off of Route 1. Dying to find out how much they want. All she needs is a little paint and TLC…

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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While flipping the filets yesterday, while it was pouring rain, I was aghast that I had left you with the impression that only a gadzillionaire could afford a vacation home at The Greenbrier. In fact, the Greenbrier Sporting Club is one of the best values in vacation home properties. I showed you a $5 million house, how about one for UNDER a million?

Lookie here: while the Sporting Club LOTS start at about $150,000, here is a 3-bedroom retreat, within close proximity to the resort, for less than a million. $989,900 to be exact. Reduced even.

And at this point I could at least grill on a LOT without rain seasoning the food! (more…)