Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.

See how Boot Ranch honors the heritage of the Texas Hill Country on SecondShelters.com.

Designed by Maestri Studio, this stunning contemporary in Forest Hills offers bright and open entertaining. (Photos: Aaron Dougherty Photography)

When it comes to residential architecture, our city is just lousy with incredibly designed homes thanks to our stacked lineup of talented Dallas architects. And like any house porn addict, we here at CandysDirt.com look forward to the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes with excitement, as there’s no faster way to induce heavy breathing among us than with high design and risk-taking concepts come to life. 

This year, the sole architect-curated home tour doesn’t disappoint. With seven incredible houses ranging between 2,700 and more than 6,000 square feet, you can get a taste and feel for the modern and contemporary residential architecture of Big D, from Forest Hills to Preston Hollow and beyond. 

One of our hands-down favorites on this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, is a beautiful, warm contemporary with a touch of the Texas Hill Country vernacular on a beautiful lot in Forest Hills from Maestri Studio. Unlike many more traditionally styled homes in the neighborhood, Santa Clara offers front yard living with huge glass walls that open the home’s interior to the neighborhood. 

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As if it was even possible, Boot Ranch’s award-winning Hal Sutton-designed course just got better. The 18-hole golf mecca in the Texas Hill Country now offers improved playability with an enormous, tailor-made practice area. We got a chance to preview the completely redesigned links at this incredible resort just outside of Fredericksburg last weekend, and we came away absolutely impressed.

To find out more about the impressive upgrades this already phenomenal facility, we chatted with Barbara Koenig of Boot Ranch, who took me on a quick tour of the still under-construction course as the resort graciously hosted us for our editorial retreat Sept. 15-17. 

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Most expensive homes listed in U.S.

Photos courtesy of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

A Texas ranch was included in Curbed.com’s roundup of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. earlier this week. Perhaps the Hill Country town of Lampasas should rebrand itself Lampa$a$, given the $81 million price tag on the Hill Country property, which ranks among the 25 most expensive homes currently listed for sale in the nation. It ranks 21st in the lineup that ranges from $250 million to $78 million, with most in what seems to be a sweet spot for top-tier housing prices — the low to mid-80s.

See the full story on SecondShelters.com.

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We can’t imagine a more fabulous long weekend than sipping wine produced right here in Texas at one of the Hill Country’s best spots, Boot Ranch. Not only does this luxury second home development have a fabulous Hal Sutton-designed golf course and fully equipped spa, but it also has the daring and creative executive chef Aaron Staudenmaier who ready to wow you with novel food and wine pairings.

And that’s just a fraction of what guests and journalists enjoyed during the Wine Workshop at Boot Ranch. Oenophiles enjoyed discussions with some of the best wine critics and insiders in Texas, too. See what you are missing right here on SecondShelters.com.

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Staying true to Vacation Home Week, we had to find a phenomenal property that would make a great spot to run to should you get the itch to get out of town.

And of course, we love Boot Ranch, a gorgeous community in the Texas Hill Country with golf, scenery, and luxury accommodations.

“Here you’ll find a delicious tension between rural and refined,” writes Jeannie Ralston for The New York Times. “With the vineyards and boutique farms (lavender, olives), some people make comparisons to Napa Valley or even Provence (France). But those assessments ignore something fundamental: The Hill Country – being Texas at its finest – is like nowhere else in the world.”

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Proposition 6 Results by County

 

The results are in, and while many agreed that Proposition 6 was the best plan available to secure the future of Texas water, it garnered 73.37 percent of the statewide vote — a considerably safe margin.  Among constitutional amendment propositions on the statewide ballot, Proposition 6 garnered more votes that Propositions 3, 5, and 8.

What’s most interesting is the county-by-county reports from the Texas Tribune. While the Texas Hill Country and West Texas will likely be those most desperate for water, Proposition 6 didn’t pass muster in several counties throughout those regions. And many areas of East Texas shunned the proposed constitutional amendment that would tap the state’s Rainy Day Fund to secure more water resources. Find out more about Proposition 6 and its provisions here.

Check out more detailed results from last night here.

717 Kessler Lake driveI am down at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country on a press trip. The hills are so high here, my ears are actually popping. I’ll be updating you on the growth and expansion of this dynamo second home community and all the goings-ons here (Bourbon tours? More wineries!) over on SecondShelters.com. Boot Ranch homesite_52_3-960x350Meantime, for those of you stuck in the flatlands, I was going to whet your appetite with 717 Kessler Lake Drive, a lot in Kessler Park, which is often described as the beginning of the Hill Country. In fact, the rugged terrain of this part of Oak Cliff makes you feel as if you are in the Hill Country of Texas without leaving 75208, especially on this lot.

But it’s already sold!

Asking $650,000, David Nichols sold this one acre pastoral dream in less than 60 days after the house burned. That home, R.I.P., was a beautiful mid century modern built in 1962 with Viking, SubZero, wine chiller, and two dishwashers, incredible master bedroom and bath, media room and and sound system plus a pool and four-car garage. The home burned down recently while the former owners, both physicians, were out of town. Home or not, David Nichols sold it and the new owners will tear it down to build anew.

The former owners, both doctors, now live in Highland Park.