505

We are hot on the 505 Ranch at Cedar Creek Lake, one of the few ownership ranch concepts in Texas, where buying a one-acre lot nets you a whole lot more (pardon our pun): There is an entire ranch at your disposal.

And if you have ever considered owning a lake house, today is the perfect time to find out if the fit is good for YOU. First up, the 505 is so darn close to Dallas. So close, in fact, that you can get in your car at 10 a.m. and be at a very special 505 event even later this morning! Can’t make it till 2 p.m? No worries, the event goes until 4 p.m., Mabank-time.

What’s happening at the 505 today is what happens just about every weekend. Folks will be test driving a Malibu 2019 22MXV or 23LSV, then check out the magnificent open houses from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Do you dare to hop the ATV track on one of the top-of-the-line Can-Am Turbo Mavericks? Go ahead and get wet: try wakeboard lesson before the lake season starts, administered by Waterski America.  ATV rides are operated by Brinson Powersports; all concierge services are provided by Prep My Lakehouse, so your lake house visits are free of chores. Chow down on Burgers With Bob, and bites and beverages from Festive Kitchen.

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While we’re already hot on 505 Ranch Club at Cedar Creek Lake, you can find out why this community provides the very best of lake living this Saturday: stay tuned.

56 private, waterfront home sites meander along the lake, dotting a 505-acre shared ownership ranch. (Insiders say the total house population may only top 40 or less, as buyers snap up more acreage per purchase.) And if you are not familiar with the shared ownership ranch concept, well get ready. City Slickers, you’ve met your nirvana. Enjoy the attributes of living on a ranch with zero work. Suzanne Warner of Compass, marketing the property, has sold many vacation homes to buyers on Cedar Creek Lake as well as local ranches. She says 505 Ranch Club buyers are looking for more than just a place to go on the weekend and vacations.

“They don’t want to just have a lake house, or a ranch, they want to have the lifestyle,” says Suzanne. “And the 505 offers you both the fun of living on the lake with a full ranch at your disposal.”

And now, a new offering for the future is a private polo and equestrian facility that will provide homeowners with exciting events, membership programs, riding lessons, polo lessons, and boarding and stabling opportunities. And all so close to Dallas.

In recent vacation home surveys from the National Association of Realtors, buyers say the ideal vacation home is located within a two hour drive of their primary residence.

“The drive to the 505 Ranch Club is not stressful drive at all,” says Suzanne. “In fact, it’s downright peaceful. It’s just enough time to make a few calls and wrap up the hustle.”

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Suzanne Warner

Real estate is a tough calling. Any agent can deck themselves out, buy some vanity ads, build a website, and call themselves a Realtor.

But for Suzanne Warner, real estate is in her DNA. The natural networker — she makes new acquaintances literally every single day — knew she would sell luxury properties because it was something she always wanted to do. She brings much to the table, including a background in both luxury fashion and high-level marketing. Plus, she knows a ton of powerful people.

It’s no wonder, in less than two years in real estate, Suzanne topped $20 million in sales.

“I know that sellers want results above all else,” Suzanne said. “And everything I do, from the moment I take a listing, is focused on the results: how quickly can we sell this home for the maximum market price.”

That’s when her event-planning gene kicks into action, tailoring a specific, results-oriented platform for each unique property she represents. Yet all share a common goal: finding and alerting the right people, then getting them in the door. According to Suzanne, it’s about catering to your audience and offering the unexpected. Among her most creative endeavors: a 50’s themed martini party in her midcentury listing and private luxury helicopter rides for the 505 Ranch Club launch of Firebird Targets.

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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…)

midcentury

It is no secret that midcentury modern homes fetch more eyeballs, interest and buyers these days. Discriminating lovers of well-maintained and lovingly updated midcentury moderns are familiar with the name William E. Benson — his name became synonymous with significant Dallas architecture in the fifties and sixties. Truthfully, owning a home with a William  E. Benson signature would be a coup in any city.

Benson, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 after a year of graduate work in design, moved to Dallas and hung up his shingle in 1952, quickly making a name for himself. Another home designed by Benson, in collaboration with interior designer Louise Kahn, is 5848 Colhurst. The home is well known as one of the most significant midcentury modern homes in Dallas.

Congruently, during a period of rapid church expansion, Benson designed nearly fifty church projects, from master plans and first units to complete sanctuaries.

And now, the luck of market is upon us. A Bishop Arts District abode Benson designed — 524 N. Manus Drive — has just been listed with Suzanne Warner of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. Even more, the home has been updated to perfection with a serious effort to maintain Benson’s original midcentury modern aesthetic. Built in 1952, 524 N. Manus Drive home was constructed by a Dallas custom builder who hired personally Benson to design his own private home.

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Mad Men Obsessed: This Glam Midcentury Condo Behind the Pink Wall Is a Dream | CandysDirt.com

If you love the look of Mad Men and all things of that era, then we’ve got an iconic midcentury condo for you! 

The glam, spacious first-floor condo at 6307 Bandera Ave. has over 2,000 square feet and is owned by a Dallas interior designer. Located behind the Pink Wall, it features one of the most awesomely retro and cohesive midcentury looks we’ve ever seen.  

“The owner used to own an incredible Uptown retail store that focused on antiques and vintage furniture and a lot of what’s in this midcentury condo comes from things she’s collected over the years,” said listing agent Suzanne Warner with Coldwell Banker Residential. “She wanted to maintain the authenticity of that period but saw that some of the condo needed to be updated, so she did things like put in new Terrazzo floors, new bathrooms, new cabinetry, and a wine cooler.” 

For those of you swooning over the furniture and accessories, grab your smelling salts and get ready. Much of it is for sale with first right of refusal going to the buyer. Even better, things like the fixed lights and draperies convey. 

This home has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 2,110 square feet on one story, built in 1960. There is an open house Sunday, April 8, from 2-4 p.m. 

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