Photo credit: Aaron Costilla.

More of a good thing’s on the way: Cinnamon Shore, one of Texas’ most charming beach communities, has just announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion. We’ve been following the master-planned beach development in Port Aransas on a 19-mile barrier island off the Texas Coast since inception.

Homeowners and rental guests there enjoy beachfront access, parks, interior lakes, restaurant dining, recreational activities, and events all within a picturesque walkable community. Construction on the horizon will dramatically increase the size of the existing development and add a boutique hotel, a 10-acre lake, a spa, retail shops, and more. 

Click for the story today on, of all the vibrant Cinnamon Shore community has to offer to its residents and vacation rental guests, plus details of good things to come.


That arctic blast made me long for a warm beach with a tropical breeze! Time to head for Seven Mile Island, named by Travel and Leisure as “The Caribbean’s Best Beach.” The destination I am longing for? The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, the first new hotel in the Cayman Islands in a decade. Developer Dart Realty opened the boutique hotel just this past November, and announced the launch of an affiliated residential option: The Residences of Seafire, 62 luxurious modern units in floor plans ranging from 600-square-foot studios to 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom abodes that share the resort’s landscaped gardens and pools, panoramic views, and open access to gorgeous Seven Mile Beach.

Click here for a peek at pics of this posh paradise, enhanced with famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullards’ Carribean-inspired public spaces and the stunning natural beauty of the setting on

Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cape Cod has historic roots in American history, one of the earliest places the Pilgrims settled, later becoming a thriving fishing, whaling, and trading area.

But the romantic mythos of the Cape took off during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, much of which was based out of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port. JFK gave his acceptance speech there after winning the 1960 election, and returned frequently during his presidency. The Kennedy’s Camelot and Cape Cod are inextricably linked in the American imagination.

But contrary to popular belief, Cape Cod is not just a haven for the rich and famous. There’s a range of housing available, with many beauties available for under $400,000.

Read the full article over on!


301 Western Lake Drive Santa Rosa extBy now you are either back from your weekend getaway, or like me, moving from beautiful relaxation mode to WORK! But I am bound and determined to spend my next holiday in a beach house, like this beauty that was featured in Veranda Magazine. Once the Wright Amendment goes bye bye in October, we will be able to climb onto a Southwest Air Lines flight at Love Field and get to Santa Rosa Beach via Panama City in less than two hours. I am sooo ready! (more…)

4305 Arcady ext frontThis is Valentines week, and we are committed to bringing you the most romantic homes in town every single day. Like 4305 Arcady. This strong, sultry Tudor has it all including something money cannot buy: class. (It also just hit the market!) Perfect location on one of Highland Park’s French Streets, it was built by the greatness that is Tatum Brown Custom Homes, a CandysDirt approved home builder  in 2006, one of the tip top home builders in town. (Who is currently building out two dynamo celeb homes in Bluffview.) Perched on a whopping 90 by 167 lot, the home is as pristine as it was the day Mark Danuser did his final walk-through.

But the story is even more beautiful than the home. It is a story about love and homes. Liz met Robert In January of 2010, and they were married a year later. Robert adored Liz from the moment they met. Robert was everything Liz had ever wanted to find in a husband, but she was concerned over four precious things: her four children. Most men, she says, do not want to marry women with an entourage.

But Robert is not most men, and marry Liz he did indeed, and then brought her and the children home to this beautiful dream home with five bedrooms, six full baths, to house their new family of six!

4305 Arcady LR2 4305 Arcady foyer 4305 Arcady dining roomWalk into custom millwork that lends the feel of The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, with rich hand-scraped oak hardwoods, herringbone and limestone accents, arched doorways and ironwork. The 18th century front door leads you into the foyer and adjoining open formal living room with a large cast stone fireplace and a wall of windows to enjoy the street view, which you will with the expansive front yard. The dining room has a cross beam ceiling, a 350 bottle wine room with iron gate, and French doors to a front terrace. A large walk-in wet bar is conveniently located between the dining room and family area. The kitchen is well-equipped with Viking appliances, granite countertops, a deep sink and platinum designer fixtures, an island with room for seating, European wood inset cabinetry, and a full breakfast area loaded with built-ins. The kitchen also has a large pantry. Off this is the large family room, both rooms enjoying views of the backyard. The family room features oak beamed ceiling, an entertainment system, full surround sound and three pairs of European-style arched doors leading out to the covered terrace and outdoor living area.

4305 Arcady kitchen 1 4305 Arcady kitchen 2 4305 Arcady kitchen 3 4305 Arcady breakfastThere is a gallery hall with groin ceiling accents leading to a study covered with millwork — very British regency. You really do expect Lord Grantham to stroll in and ring for tea. Also downstairs is a guest room with en suite bath, built-ins and doors to the covered terrace. Liz, a talented artist, has been using this as her art studio.

Walk the grand stairs, front or back, or take the elevator up to the grandest master suite on the French streets. This one has a sitting room, private balcony, and of course his and her baths, both a sea of white carrera marble. Each side also has a separate walk-in closet. (Separate potties, too, keeps that love humming.) Upstairs are three more large bedrooms with tray ceilings, walk-in closets and en suite baths.

4305 Arcady family 4305 Arcady elevator 4305 Arcady study 4305 Arcady master 4305 Arcady master sitting 4305 Arcady master bath 4305 Arcady master bath 2Do you ever have that argument about where to have the laundry room, first floor or second? How about BOTH floors? (That solves it!) The media room is on the third floor with full bath, coffee bar and additional storage.

Now let us wander outside, to the covered terraces spanning the back breath of the house. This entertainment area overlooks the pool with attached spa and water features, a full outdoor kitchen area with built-in grill, drink cooler and seating area. The port cochere allows easy drop of groceries or catering goodies, and there is a three car garage above which you have another 1,000 square feet of elegant living space, perfect for two teenagers, a nanny or the help.

4305 Arcady pool 4305 Arcady guest houseAs Lady Mary said in the most recent Downton, “we may be aristocrats, but we like to get our money’s worth.”

Get your money’s worth you will, here at 4305 Arcady with 6837 square feet on one of the most romantic streets in Old Highland Park. Asking is a mere $4,795,000, listed with Christine McKenny, Dave Perry-Miller, who lives nearby.

Back to our love story. Where are Robert and Liz going? On a recent trip to the beach in northern Florida, Liz fell in love with a home and, well, Robert bought it for her. Just like that. He’s perfect, no? So is she, They are meant to be. The couple plan to divide time between their second and third homes.

And that’s what we call true love around the house.Wedding-Canopy-WaterColor-Beach




We may not have a beach in Dallas, but we do just a few hundred miles south at Cinnamon Shore…

I almost did not post this foreclosure, and while I have some issues with the kitchen — what in bejesus were they thinking with those wood cabinets, all beach house kitchens need to be white! — and the master bath looks like it might get you a good bash on the head if you get in after a few too many Mojitos, I will fix said issues for that Bay view right from the porch. (Not giving up the Top Shelf.) Mix me up a pitcher of anything with booze in it, rustle up some cheese and Carr’s wafers, and let’s enjoy the sunset. One acre, across from beach, 2420 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths, garage and bonus room with bath. Bank-owned at $252,000.

OK, painting party on Saturday — that green gives me indigestion! But man oh man, let the bank throw in some Sherwin Williams and camel hair brushes, I am so signing on the dotted for this number.

Oh my, now Jupiter Island is lovely, and I could tan myself into some basal cells on that private beach, but this is the place Elin should make Tiger pony up for her and the kids: the Cooke House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Virginia Beach, VA. See, everyone dreams of having perfect homes. And everyone who has ever built a home since the dawn of time has gone over-budget and square footage. The rich today and 50 years ago are no different from you and I in that regard except that they can, ah, afford them!

In the early 1950’s, Maude and Andrew Cooke had a dream: live in a house designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.¬† Mrs. Cooke wrote Mr. Wright in 1951: “Dear Mr. Wright, Will you please help us get the beautiful house we have dreamed of for so long?‚Äù

A rendering was not up until 1953, which means a lot of planning and research must have been going on. Plans were delivered in 1957.¬† Construction was begun in 1959, two weeks before Wright’s death.¬† The home is a hemicycle design of soft yellow brick built into a sand dune. An arcing wall of windows faces south to soak up light and heat and look over Crystal Lake, a deep-water lake that feeds into Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A copper, cantilevered roof tops the home, which follows the shape of a question mark.¬† The 70 foot long Great Room still has Wright’s originally designed furniture, cypress beams, a heated Cherokee red concrete floor, and huge hearth cleaved into the masonry. Typical of Wright’s linear design,¬†a long wing off of one side holds four bedrooms three bathrooms. After Wright’s death, the home was completed six years after its design. The total square footage is about 3000.

The house was completed¬†in 1960, and it was completely Wright’s rendering save for the pool surrounding the patio, rightfully thought to be a hazard to the couple’s three young children. Besides, they wanted to see the lake.

Here’s a shocker: the Cook’s original building budget of $40,000 had grown to over four times that amount; they actually asked Wright’s firm for a smaller re-vision of the home, but ended up building the larger, original design. Great lesson: the Cooke family lived in their dream house for 23 years and loved every¬† minute of it.

In 1983, Maude sold the home — it must have killed her, my mother also sold our family home in the mid 1980’s — to a Daniel and Jane Duhl.¬† The house needed TLC, and this couple dug right it. The restoration was stunning and received an award for preservation from the AIA of Hampton Roads.¬† They undertook a green construction with passive solar design. Since air conditioning was not standard in fifties era homes (nor in Wright’s — can you feel him rolling in his grave?), the Duhls added two central air conditioning systems, ostensibly to protect the house from damage of heat and humidity. A/C preserves homes and helps them last longer.

This time, a A 14 foot swim spa was installed in a terrace overlooking Crystal Lake.  In order to accommodate the mechanisms needed to operate the swim spa, a large underground bunker was built into the dune above the lake.  This included a sauna and an exercise room.   Also at lakeside are two docks; one floating for launching small boats and a larger dock which can accommodate two large yachts.

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this:$4,513,783 including half a million for Wrights’ artistic value, and $150,000 for his furniture, which is a steal. STEAL.

Ask Santa to put the deed under your tree.