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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Glorious pond, lighted fountain, gazebo with power, metal roof.Anyone who can work from home and live in the country, pay attention: I have found your paradise! Chefs and gourmands, go from ground to garnish in five minutes. This is truly one of the most amazing properties I have ever seen, and it is just an hour east of Dallas on I-20. There are so many “firsts” and innovative design touches in this compound, you do feel like you are in the heart of Preston Hollow but have just kind of helicoptered over the traffic.

Well, you could very well have: there is a helicopter pad and even a fuel tank, so you won’t run out of gas.

Located near the quaint town of Canton, county seat of Van Zandt County, home to the famous “First Monday Trades Days” flea market, you are in God’s green acres out here with trees, water, rolling hills and the freshest air you can find. And even better, you can grow your own food! Top notch medical facilities and equally excellent schools are available nearby. At night, you hear no sirens or tires screeching — just birds and the jack rabbits scurrying through the grass. Rather than watch traffic jams on the mixmaster with a glass of wine while you cough cough on polluted air, you can count the bats flying over the house from the back porch. Like a natural Mosquito Mist, these guys eat the mosquitoes and keep them off of people. Canton has a country club with golf course, a new Splash Kingdom, not a $3.5 billion Dreamvision vision, no Starbucks but Val’s Italian in town. Recreational lakes are thirty minutes away — Tawakoni, Cedar Creek and Lake Palestine.

Of course, why would you drive there when you have your own lake?

Why would you even leave this pastoral heaven except to go to church and shopping? Like I said, if you can work from home even two days a week, listen up.


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El-Corazon

As an art gallery owner with a love for Southwestern artists, Brian Roughton found himself making the trip to Santa Fe pretty regularly for a while. Roughton, who owns Roughton Galleries in the Dallas Design District, actually grew up in the area and knows Santa Fe quite well. So when it was time for Roughton and his wife, Kayla, to buy a second home in Santa Fe, they knew exactly what they wanted. 

“We started going to Santa Fe pretty often when we were furnishing our home in Dallas,” Roughton said. “When we decided to purchase a second home in Santa Fe, I had already decided that I wasn’t building or buying anything that I would have to furnish.”

It was a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave condo that would be perfect for the pair, Roughton said. They wanted a spot that had some flexibility, but was easy to love because they visited Santa Fe fairly often. Of course, they also wanted the option of renting an additional unit should they have friends or family visit, too. They found all of this with fractional ownership at El Corazon de Santa Fe, a Fairmont Heritage Place property.

Read the rest of the story here, on SecondShelters.com.

Telluride snow

We all know how much North Texans love to head to the mountains of Colorado for the holidays. One of the top destinations for Dallasites is Telluride, Colorado. The town happens to be the county seat of San Miguel County in southwest Colorado, a former mining town in the San Juan Mountains. But ever since skiers discovered its steep mountains and fabulous snow in about 1972, Telluride has become known as the pinnacle of Colorado mountain living, both in summer and winter.

Telluride is a laid-back Aspen: no Prada store, no Louis Vuitton.  Rumor has it that even Starbucks must get permission to move to Telluride, and thus far that permission has not been granted.  There is a Starbucks in Mountain Village in Hotel Madeleine, about as close as a Skinny Vanilla Latte will ever get to this place.

Funny thing about Telluride: folk lore says it was first called Columbia, Colorado but because there was a California town with the same name, the post office wisely changed the town’s name to Telluride in 1887. There was a separate town called Columbia located near the current Shell station. But really, the Town of Telluride was never called Columbia. Rumor has it that Telluride was named either for the element Tellurium, a rare element not found in the valley, or (and this is very cool) from the phrase “To Hell You Ride” because the town is so remote.  No one really knows for sure.  For years, before the slopes became the main draw, Telluride’s mines produced copious amounts of zinc, lead, copper, silver and other gold ores.

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Kenny Chesney Dallas Cattle Barons Ball

I was lucky enough to attend Cattle Baron’s this year, Saturday night, my date for the night being the beautiful frauline Bernadette Schaeffler. We had a blast! We had a ball! We saw so many people I lost track of my iphone pics as the night wore on and the Vodka and water flowed. (And flowed!) As you always should, check out Cynthia Smoot’s take on the night — I say it was right on. Also, her date was Jane McGarry! Personally, I liked being indoors at Gilleys, the big location change this year after way too many years of mudslides and mudpies at Cattle Baron’s on-the-ranch.

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As you know, we LOVE Anteks Home Furnishings. It’s our favorite place to furnish your second home, even your first!

For more than 20 years, Anteks has been providing Dallas buyers with rustic but chic western furniture and home accessories. For most of those 20 years, owner Jason Lenox  served up his wares from a spot on Lovers Lane next to Dr. Delphinium Designs. It was convenient, but then the landlords got stars in their eyes with the real estate. Jason packed up and moved to a great spot in the Dallas Design District. (more…)

 

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Just in time for Vacation Home Week, we found this very favorite listing of our’s in Watercolor, Florida, one of our very favorite second home spots, on the bargain table. This is like when you find a Firenzie handbag on sale at Neimans — you know it doesn’t belong there, but it’s there and reduced and you snap it up faster than you can locate your credit card. That’s exactly what you need to do with this house. If you know anything about Watercolor and the panhandle Gulf coast of Florida, you will know what a steal this home is.

Located in the heart of Watercolor, 401 Western Lake Drive, less than a five minute walk to the beach, this home is now less than $3 million! (more…)

El-Corazon

Santa Fe is one of my favorite rubber-tire escapes. I can get there in about 9 hours (10-plus if we make a stop in Amarillo and Cline’s Corners), and it’s worth every minute in the car. The thought has struck me lately that maybe it’s a good idea to consider a vacation home in Santa Fe …

Of course, it’d have to be close to the plaza, near shopping and restaurants, and have great amenities. Fairmont Heritage Place El Corazon de Santa Fe fits all the criteria in a gorgeous package. Seriously, this fractional second home development has some of the most beautiful units, and you can purchase a 1/8 undivided deeded interest in one of these gorgeous condos.

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