What better way to enjoy summer in Texas than at the lake? This week we take you to Cedar Creek Lake where we zero-in on two exceptional lake homes, each with fabulous amenities and waterfront views, but with price points that are miles apart. Whether you’re looking for a Texas lake home with all the bells and whistles, or a rustic charmer right on the water, our latest Splurge vs. Steal has you covered.

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We all know and love pro golfer Hunter Mahan, who used to live in the Creeks of Preston Hollow, but sold his home to another well-loved, Texas-born and raised pro golfer, Jordan Spieth.

Hunter and his family moved to Highland Park. I knew they had built a gorgeous lake house out at Long Cove, our closest heart throb, vacation home nirvana only a couple hours east of Dallas on the deepest, coolest part of Cedar Creek Lake.

Long Cove rocks.

We have more details on CandysDirt.com.

This cottage at Long Cove would be a fabulous getaway for a family!

This cottage at Long Cove would be a fabulous getaway for a family!

Cedar Creek Lake is a popular go-to location for North Texans who need a little time by the water. It’s a perfect spot to while away a three-day weekend, take the boat out, maybe paddleboard a little. For us, you can’t do much better than Long Cove, a fantastic community of gorgeous luxury properties that make lakefront living a breeze.

“Long Cove was made with family in mind. Beyond the homes and amenities, the heart of our community is focused on reconnecting with those closest to you. Forge meaningful conversations and create lasting memories without any distractions,” said sales director Josh Ellis. “We wanted a place where you can escape close to home and build relationships with new families like yours. We’ve created a haven where you can be a kid with your kids and let the family feel safe to run free, as you once did.”

Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

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Long Cove Boat LaunchA “Proving Ground” for golf, a Toy Barn that is filling up faster than you can say “I’m bored” and a Boater Education Course instructed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Long Cove, on the deepest, prettiest end of Cedar Creek Lake, is gearing up for spring… and trying to keep up with spring break.Long Cove proving grounds

Here’s the nice thing about owning a home at Long Cove: your spring break vacation is an hour and a half away, and you are already having fun! The whole darn story is waiting for you on SecondShelters.com…Long Cove Dodd's Landing

Is it just me, or is the Vegas all-you-can-drink uber-debauched stag/bachelorette party gone passe? Maybe I’ve watched “The Hangover” one too many times (OK, I watched it once, which may be one too many), I think so. Or maybe it’s just because I’m officially in my 30s, but what this dear CandysDirt.com reader is describing sounds just perfect.

Our dear reader is looking for some out-of-the-way bachelor party accommodations for eight guys to get their relaxing weekend on. Requirements: near a lake or river, within about an hour or two of Dallas, and plenty of room to get rowdy.

This sounds like someone who would really love a weekend stay at Long Cove, which is a perfect second home haven for lake lovers and weekenders on Cedar Creek Lake.

Read the full plea for help after the jump!

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I’m a writer in New York, early 30s, and planning a bachelor party for eight active, outgoing guys in the Dallas area, where I used to live.

The groom is well past the age of Vegas/Hangover-style antics and wants something more low-key. So, I’m looking for a nice house or cabin somewhere outside the city to plan a perfect weekend packed with core summer guy stuff — grilling, fishing, tubing, volleyball, you get the idea.

He’s having a destination wedding, so most of us have already invested quite a bit on his behalf. I could probably squeeze another $200 or so out of everyone—putting our budget around $1,600 to $2,000 for two nights, plus the inevitable extras like food, gas, etc. We’d probably be willing to drive 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours from downtown Dallas.

I’d like to find something truly special — a big, impressive, beautiful place with plenty of things to do on the property where eight guys could comfortably stretch out.

If there’s easy access to amenities like boat/jet ski rentals, golf, etc., even better. The more we can fit into two nights, the better.

Comment with suggestions, or if you have a rental offer, email candace@secondshelters.com!

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429 Sun Valley extIf you left at eight, you’d be in the water by now and still wallowing in luxury. Less than an hour drive from Dallas on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake, the third largest body of water in Texas, 429 Sun Valley comes with a double lot totaling approximately 3.07 acres in the 505 Cedar Creek development, Mabank, Texas.  One of three new high end second home developments out that way, there is Beacon Hill, the 505 and Long Cove on the southern tip of the lake. This home is 5,500 square feet of fun constructed by Dallas builder Jim Reilly of Reilly Homes, Inc. Dallas interior designer Adrienne Sams duded up the interiors. The 505 Ranch Club boasts everything from lake fun, of course, to horse back riding and polo to skeet shooting, an ATV course to stocked fishing ponds and a campground with teepees. This is a concierge-type community where you can enjoy second home living without a full-time caretaker to take care of the mess.

429 Sun Valley foyerThe house holds plenty of kids, best friends and easily sleeps 16. There are four bedrooms, four full baths plus one-half bath in an open floor plan. You will never  worry about your floors with hand-scraped hardwoods everywhere: the dining room and family room combine clerestory and transom windows, creating a massive wall of glass overlooking the lake.  A stunning vaulted ceiling with exposed wood trusses and a handsome wood-burning, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace center the family room.  There is a bar with a Sub-Zero mini-fridge and this is so smart: a locked liquor closet complete with an emergency exit button.

429 Sun Valley LR 429 Cedar Creel Lake LR2The kitchen has everything you will need to attractively cook for and clean up after a crowd: granite countertops, punched tin backsplash, a generous center island with vegetable sink and seating.  There are commercial-grade appliances include two GE Profile dishwashers flanking the main sink, Wolf double ovens, a six-burner gas cook top with griddle for morning flapjacks and a warming drawer. Before you leave, tuck all food into the  Thermador refrigerator/freezer and two Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers.

429 Sun Valley kit 429 Sun Valley porches 429 Sun Valley porchThere are two mud rooms, what you need with wet feet scurrying in and out 24/7. The master bedroom is a true retreat with a fireplace, soaking tub, dual sinks, separate shower and walk-in closets. I am in love with the river rock backspash and tub surround. Also down and great for the in-laws: a guest suite with corner bunk beds and full bath.

Head upstairs for two bedrooms: one a secondary guest bedroom, one a bunk room with paneled walls and ceiling. Up here is also a secondary living room and a game/media room with mini-fridge.

The home captures breathtaking views of the lake and the 505’s lush trees, while a finely-meshed screened-in porch keeps the critters at bay. You also get a porch with fire pit and covered patio. Of course, there is a dual-level dock, tree house, zip line, trampoline and double swing — so much to do!

429 Sun Valley master 429 Sun Valley master bath 429 Sun Valley bedroom 429 Sun Valley bunk room 429 Sun Valley media gameWhen you get ready to lock and leave, this house is built with second-home security and cost savings in mind: there are tankless water heaters and Iceynee foam insulation. You are in Kaufman County so load up the gun safe. Security cameras are placed throughout the property and can be monitored from an iPhone or iPad when you are back in Dallas. But if you are like most folks who buy at Cedar Creek, you may end up monitoring the Dallas home more than this one. Asking $1,995,000. Happy Fourth!429 Sun Valley dock

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It’s Thursday. Last week about this time we were getting ready to get off for a nice long weekend. Did you, like me, stay put in Big D? But did you vow to have a second home for the next long weekend? Long Cove and the delights of Cedar Creek Lake are only 45 minutes east of us.

I know, it totally looks like Seaside, but without the security check and delays on Southwest. Making my arrangements to visit Long Cove and kick the tires for you over on SecondShelters. Meantime, YOU should check out Long Cove… before I do!