As Seen in Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2012: Be Home on the Range for the Holidays

The following properties were featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Grand Vie magazine in a special section about second home opportunities in Texas. The section was written by Dallas real estate blogger Candy Evans.

A second home need not be far. In fact, more and more North Texans are finding their second home-escapes right here in the Lone Star State. And, not surprisingly, many of those are ranch and lake properties. Whether you re looking for a true home on the range or something a little smaller and closer to home, the latest issue of Grand Vie magazine offers an array of Texas second-home options that will suit every want and need. To learn more about buying a Texas ranch or lake property, click here. Below are some of the luxury second home opportunities featured in Grand Vie:

CAMP VERDE, TX | $16,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Phyllis Browning Company

Camel Ridge Ranch, in the heart of the best of the Texas Hill County, is less than an hour from San Antonio and only 15 minutes from Kerrville. High fenced for game, sporting Oryx, black buck and white-tail deer, this exceptional setting provides excellent hunting and wildlife habitat. This unique property features a luxurious, approximately 9,000-square-foot estate home with a hand-cut limestone facade and travertine columns. Additional amenities on the approximately 1,130-acre property include a foreman s house, a hunting cabin, a large barn and workshop area, a pecan orchard, two ponds, 80 cultivated acres with coastal and a large wet weather creek. Relax with family in the splendor of the Texas Hill Country!

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AUSTIN, TX | $9,690,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Moreland Properties

This one-of-a-kind masterpiece on Lake Austin offers more than 550 feet of main-body waterfront on over 1.5 acres at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac in prestigious Waters Edge. Impeccably designed by Charlotte McFadin of Lyndon West, this property features umber-stained, rift-sawn white oak cabinetry and floors that complement the home s clean lines. Warm track lighting fixtures accent European barn ceilings, while intricate glass tiles splash color throughout. This gated estate has it all and captures luxury living at its finest indoors and out. Also included are a two-lift boathouse, beachfront area, infinity pool/spa, smart-home technology and a magical location on Lake Austin.

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SUGAR LAND, TX | $6,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Martha Turner Properties

This quintessential Texas Ranch House offers country living a short distance from Dallas and only minutes from downtown Houston. Situated on more than 6 acres of scenic grounds, this special property includes a baseball field, a three-stall barn with tack room and plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors. Inside the main home are a game room, a media room, one-of-a-kind en suite bedrooms, third-floor flex space and an elevator. Outside, you ll enjoy beautiful views, relaxing in the outdoor entertaining area with a fireplace and a stunning pool and spa. Exceptional in every way!

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AUSTIN, TX | $3,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Amelia Bullock Realtors

Designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Berkus, this exceptional soft contemporary-style home offers graceful spaces framed by clean, modern lines. Nestled on a private, approximately 1.5-acre lot, this property features main-body water frontage and the privilege of a private cove. High ceilings allow for large windows that highlight the impressive view of beautiful Lake Austin. Enjoy the sparkling pool with spa complemented by abundant outdoor spaces. Created so three generations could live together but still have privacy, this residential masterpiece offers guest quarters along with a separate casita with Zen gardens, columns made out of sculptures, artistic light fixtures and extensive landscaping. This luxurious property also has a two-stall boat garage.

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TOMBALL, TX | $2,545,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Heritage Texas Properties

Tuscan style and Old World charm abound in this magnificent custom estate in the gated community of Saddlebrook Estates. Approximately 30 minutes from downtown Houston and even closer to public and private airports, this home features an impressive gated entry with a pavestone motor court and a fountain. Also featured are five bedrooms, each with en suite bath, plus a master suite with an exercise room, a sauna and a private courtyard. Additional features include travertine flooring downstairs and reclaimed Louisiana pine upstairs, a wine grotto and a gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The property s spectacular, approximately 4-acre grounds include a covered lanai, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace and a saltwater pool.

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LAKE CONROE, TX | $1,849,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member John Daugherty, Realtors

Own your own private resort a short distance from Dallas, yet a world apart! This 3-plus-acre gated estate offers manicured grounds and gorgeous views of Lake Conroe. The six-bedroom, six-bath residence features an open floor plan with the well-appointed kitchen, breakfast room and living room overlooking the backyard pool and the lake beyond. Just a few of this home s features include a large downstairs master suite, two game rooms, a study and an elevator. Additional resort-style amenities include a tennis/basketball court, a pool and spa with rock surround and waterfalls, two boat slips, a boat lift, a jet-ski left and two generators. Cancel your trip, your own resort awaits.

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Longing for more? Check back here at the Ebby Blog in the next few days for other luxury second home opportunities – this time in North Texas.

Comprised of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive North Texas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International. The company is also the luxury market leader in North Texas, selling more homes priced at $1 million and above than any other broker.