A custom-built compound on an 8,600 acre lake, with pool, tennis and sport court, kids pavilion and putting green where one of the most significant decisions in financial history went down. This is definitely the deal of a lifetime for anyone who wants an extraordinary lake home retreat in North Texas, or even a primary home that happens to be on a beautiful lake with a two story boat dock and oh yes, two boats.

Fort Worth billionaire John Goff, a self-made man, founder and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings, and his wife Cami, are selling their 8,000 square foot plus compound on Eagle Mountain Lake, about 15 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. The sale will be made by auction October 8 without reserve. That means no minimum, though one will probably be established by the bidders. Not only are the Goffs selling the compound they re-shaped from an existing home on Eagle Mountain Lake, they are selling every piece of furniture, plate, bedsheet, even the fluffy white towels monogrammed with the compound’s Jack Sprague-designed logo, Mariposa del Lago.IMG_9488

“We are even selling the margarita machine,” jokes Cami Goff, “and selling the mix that comes with it!”

The winning bidder can grab their toothbrush and move right in!



The beautiful Missy Woehr, who is truly as beautiful on the inside as she is the outside, and a hot-shot agent to boot, has moved her Allie Beth Allman chair cushion over to join Kyle Crews and the rest of the Allie Beth Urban gang at the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. Next week I hope to show you an amazing unit there, a two-bedroom turned into a two bedroom with studio, all sleek contemporary by designer Abbe Fenimore, that you will need smelling salts for. Truly. And isn’t Abbe adorable?

Whom, you may ask, did Missy replace. Well, you can never replace Josh Ellis, but after seven years on the Uptown development working with The Ritz, Crescent, Traditions Management and Allie Beth Allman, Josh is now Sales & Marketing Director for Long Cove Development, Inc.,  a new Don McNamara (CityPlace) development at Cedar Creek Lake.

Yep, another gorgeous high-end development over at Cedar Creek, Long Cove Development has already churned dirt on phase one of Long Cove, a new luxury residential second home community on the best part of Cedar Creek Lake, which is only about 75 minutes southeast of Dallas. Not to fear: the SecondShelters crew will be kicking tires soon. Proximity, hence the appeal for a vacation home, as I may have mentioned.

Long-Cove is situated on the south side of the lake, on more than 900 acres. Final build-out will include 300 homes, while the initial phase includes 33 lakefront properties. Residents can choose among pre-designed homes, or customize their own. Lots range up to 2.5 acres per lot.

The site will have an amphitheater, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a pool, among other amenities, catering towards affluent Dallas families with school-age kids. A complete second home community.

Like most second home hot spots, Don McNamara, owner and developer for Long Cove, has owned a family home on Cedar Creek Lake for nearly 20 years and just loves the area.

Abbe Fenimore