Most second home shoppers build vacation home dreams on one or two activities — the beach, the lake, or the hills. But buyers at the 505 Ranch Club  are getting three or more activities to fill the lazy days of weekends and turn every day into an experience. The private, exclusive enclave on Cedar Creek Lake, one of the largest lakes in the state, sits on one and a half miles of sparkling shoreline. There is water, there are 505 acres (hence the name) of dense woods to explore on foot, skeet shooting, target practice, trail rides, mountain biking, and unlike most vacation home communities, each home is set far apart from its neighbors, as if you were living in the middle of the woods.

The 505 Ranch Club also offers one of the top equestrian centers in North Texas, with ample paddocks and corrals, all available to owners at their whim but no upkeep. The shared ownership ranch concept marries the carefree freedom and fun of the ranch experience. But it almost completely eliminates the back-breaking hard work!

Still, the best part may be just pure geographical luck: when you buy your vacation home at the 505 Ranch Club, your no-maintenance ranch is only a 45-minute drive from Preston Center. (more…)

We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Dallas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

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Lakefront Living Looks Lovely in These Three Homes, Repped by Ebby Halliday | CandysDirt.com

About 60 miles southeast of Dallas, Cedar Creek Lake beckons residents for stress-free living in one of multiple communities. Many DFW residents buy weekend houses there because it’s about an hour from the city and makes for a quick getaway. 

“This is a huge lake that offers a relaxed lifestyle, but it’s close enough to have everything in the city, too,” said by Shelly Brown-Qualls with Ebby Halliday — Preston Center. “I lived down there for many years and now I live in North Dallas and have a lake home there, which I can get to in about an hour and ten minutes.” 

Almost every price point is represented around the lake, from budget-friendly to super luxe, and Ebby Halliday represents some of the best. I’ve found three that range in price from $199,999 to $1.9 million. Let’s take a tour. 

 

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Long Cove is hosting a Lake Home Sales Event for Henderson Bay, pictured here, this Saturday, March 31st on Cedar Creek Lake.

It all started with a big idea – to create a luxury lake front community close to Dallas with all the comforts of home, but without all the maintenance. A place where you can unplug, unwind, and enjoy time with your family and friends. That place is Long Cove, the brainchild of Dallas’ own Don McNamara, developer and investor behind Cityplace and West Village in Uptown. Inspired by getaways like those of Seaside, Watercolor, and Horseshoe Bay, the folks at Long Cove bring those memorable experiences closer to home, spanning more than 1,000 acres, and boasting six miles of shoreline at the clear, deep end of Cedar Creek Reservoir – and it just keeps getting better with newly developed Henderson Bay.

Get the whole story on this fantastic new development just a stone’s throw from DFW on SecondShelters.com.

505 Ranch, Cedar Creek Lake | Candysdirt.com

Lake or ranch, lake or ranch … now you can have your lake and horses too! On SecondShelters.com, we’ve been following the luxury waterfront development The 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake. The 505 Ranch has all the amenities of a posh lake community, plus equine facilities (polo, anyone?), too, and it’s only 45 minutes from Dallas. The community is now 77% sold; homesites are still available, and they’re just about to unveil a lovely spec home, too.

Click to see the property and get the scoop on SecondShelters.com.

14150 Ridge Front

Imagine a vacation home that’s not only close by, but is ready for all types of family gatherings big and small. Now put it on Cedar Creek Lake, surround it with more than 12 acres of gorgeous wooded land, put in a beautiful pool and a dock, and you have the ultimate lakeside getaway.

That’s exactly what you’ll find with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This incredible, private compound is listed by David Griffin & Company Realtors Seth Loncar and Miranda Cordero for $2.17 million.

Considering what you get for your money, that’s a great value.

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If you, like me, are stuck in Dallas this weekend, put an end to that right now with this stupendous listing at the Island at Pinnacle Club on Cedar Creek Lake. Truly one of the most extraordinary homes out there I have seen.

But wait, there’s more!

So yes, I am in Dallas for the weekend, which of course means a trip or two to Cooper Aerobics Center. Who do I see there on the elliptical? Luke and Owen Wilson, in town visiting their parents who still live on Strait Lane, for the Memorial Day weekend. Which got me to thinking about close in lake retreats — you can get to 16 Island Drive in Mabank on Cedar Creek Lake, in less than two hours. Mabank is, of course, the deepest end of Cedar Creek, where Long Cove is sited: best, deepest water and hilly topography.

What does this have to do with Luke and Owen? The folks who own 16 Island Drive are dear friends, former neighbors, and our daughters went to school together. Our girls used to hide in the kitchen cabinets of their Preston Hollow home and spy on their older daughter when she was in high school and dating Owen Wilson, who was a St. Mark’s student. Oh the stories we got! Thank God this was before iPhones, or I’m sure there would have been photos!

So when I saw 16 Island Drive, I couldn’t believe how perfect this home is for having family at the lake, especially their old boyfriends!

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Hickory Tree Sunset HCOTW

Do you have lake house fever? I know I do. It seems like I am constantly combing through listings at Cedar Creek Lake, trying to find a getaway for my family and favorite peeps. After all of this rain we’ve had recently, the lake is in great shape, too, which means this summer you’ll want to find your own little weekend property where you can dock your boat, crack open a Corona, and enjoy a sunset.

This little spot on Hickory Tree Road in Mabank is the perfect place, too, and Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans can make sure you get the right financing for you lake house. Don’t take chances on your lake house dreams! Call Lisa Peters today to finance your slice of summer heaven on Cedar Creek Lake.

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