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We love getting vacation and second-home photos from readers, especially the unconventional. A loyal reader sent us his photos of Christmas lights from Oslo, Norway, which gets only 5 hours of sunlight on the clearest days in December. Continue reading
Tourism is up in Hawaii, which is a very good sign for Hawaiian real estate. The number one reason buyers purchase a vacation home in any location is because they love it. It goes like this: visit the location, love it, feel like you never want to leav… Continue reading
Want to watch the leaves change color in the Ozarks, but don’t want to worry about the maintenance of a full-time home? Explore fractional ownership in Eureka Springs, Ark., over on SecondShelters.com.
San Francisco — about $200,000 fractional purchase buys you this view for 35 days a year… that’s half of July and August in Texas! As usual, we have the second and vacation home market deets all over on SecondShelters.com…
Right across from The Four Seasons Residence Club in beautiful Vail, Colorado, are the homes of Ross Perot, Jr. And Sr., right next to each other! (Ross Jr.’s is to the right of this picture, Ross Perot Sr. to the left.) Just back from a great weekend jaunt to Vail after attending NAREE in Denver. Lots to tell you. We may have to worry about hail and tornadoes in Dallas, but some poor Colorado residents are dealing with at least eight scary forest fires that have burned thousands of acres of forest lands and are now threatening (and destroying) some vacation homes and tourist spots. Some major state highways were closed in southern Colorado. Passengers told me of seeing smoke from about a half-dozen fires across the state, some threatening places like Estes Park, home of the Stanley Hotel, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and even Boulder. And we saw the firefighters stopping in Georgetown, Colo. With the bone-dry, Texas-type weather conditions — Denver is enjoying 100 degree plus temps — the whole state is under a fire ban. Some people were telling me the fires could have started because some residents are trying to rid the state of the annoying bark beetle that is killing off the tall lodgepole pine pine trees and markedly affecting the appearance of the usually lush, green mountainsides. The pest is thinning out the pretty pines with dying trees leaving piles of dead wood poles, the wood some say completely useless. Others, like our fly fishing guide, told me you can use the wood for furniture after it dries out and the beetles depart. Just don’t build houses with it! Local journalists told me the beetle is caused by global warming, as the critters thrive and reproduce in warmer climates. Do the beetles fuel the fires? Good question. The director of bark beetle operations in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest says people are alarmed by the timber loss:
It’s not huge, and it’s on the ground floor of a brand-spanking new condo about two seconds from the bridge over the dunes. I love me some Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, Texas!
Not as much as Miami, where 60% of home sales now are pure, cold cash, much of it foreign.
When the mercury pushes 100 degrees, life is just cooler on a ranch.
Which is where we are going over on SecondShelters…
Boot Ranch, a luxurious second home “ranching light” community in Fredericksburg, Texas, where you can play city slicker one minute, Arnold Palmer the next, says it’s back. I still have the press kit I received from Boot Ranch now some four years ago. It was the most beautiful kit I have ever received, and useful, to boot: a stitched leather notebook folder, 8 by 10.5. Presto, I was in love with the place. It’s all about the presentation, of course! I was told that George Bush, Sr. would be one of the regulars on the “Augusta” golf course created by Hal Sutton and recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top ten private golf communities in the country. (Rumor was he was buying or being offered a home.) Knowing Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country like I do, I was dying to get over there.