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.

See it on SecondShelters.com now!

Dogleg Ranch Bandera

Beauty seems so fleeting at times. Wouldn’t it be great to capture a moment, your home’s moment, in a book that you could share and hold on to for generations? Read more about the company that can do it — for a price, of course. That’s what Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy did for their Bandera ranch pictured above.

Those with family estates and deep pockets will love these gorgeous books created by a husband-and-wife company called Kubaba. Read about it on SecondShelters.com.

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Seriously, do not miss this story from the impeccable Deidre Woollard over on SecondShelters.com. She tells us about the former Aspen home of Paula Zahn and Richard Cohen in Aspen. It’s a retreat so amazing that it oozes style and magic.

Zahn and Cohen remodeled the home down to the studs in 2003. Interior designer David Easton designed this modern homage to Aspen living, using  his custom furnishings, carpets and fabrics, wall coverings, cabinetry and hardware. Easton is more generally known for his classic style but for this home his style was refined into a contemporary showcase for art and an understated elegance.

And it is breathtaking. See all of the photos of this gorgeous home on SecondShelters.com

More than $50 million in upgrades are planned for Park City Mountain Resort.

More than $50 million in upgrades are planned for Park City Mountain Resort.

Today on SecondShelters.com we outlined the planned improvements for Park City Mountain Resort, which was recently purchased by Vail Resorts for $182 million. Infrastructure upgrades will surpass $50 million, and there are plans to link Park City Mountain Resort to the nearby Canyons Resort, too.

You can read all about it on SecondShelters and tell us: With this investment, would you consider a Park City ski home over Dallas’ favorite escapes in Colorado?

 

Jane McGarry Ski

There’s no shortage of snow in Big Sky, Montana!

The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

See the rest of our interview and Q&A with McGarry on our sister blog, SecondShelters.com!

 

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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…)

La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.

La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.