Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams – Weekend Getaways: Austin

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ever thought about Austin?

A perfect time for a Road Trip to check this area out! Home to the Texas State Capitol, The University of Texas, iconic Sixth Street and keeping things weird, Austin has established a vibe all its own — think California-cool meets classic Texas charm. Every street, shop and local hotspot is buzzing with a vibrant elegance, yet offers a cool and eclectic flair.

Here are some of our favorite recommendations for the perfect weekend road trip to Texas’ most Instagram-able city.

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Where to Stay

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Hotel Saint Cecilia@hotelsaintcecilia

A secluded property that embodies the elegance of old-world luxury and the irreverence of artistic spirits and revolutionary idols alike. Visit the lobby shop for exclusive finds, like fragrances crafted with flowers from the hotel’s own garden.

Where to Dine

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The Knotty Deck & Bar | @knottydeck

Cap off an eventful day with Texas-themed cocktails, farm-to-table scratch fare and arguably one of the best patios in town.

Where to Play

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Unbarlievable | @unbarlievable

Toast delightful libations in an incredibly fun atmosphere with a carnival theme.

Let’s Chat: 214.769.2142 or read the full story in our spring/summer issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

For more information on Austin or any other city around or near DFW, just connect with us by calling or texting 214.769.2142.

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Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams – OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING TRENDS 2019

As warmer weather approaches, party planners start buzzing about outdoor entertaining. For many people, nothing can beat a springtime garden party, mid-summer poolside gathering, or early fall bonfire. With good planning and vision, your outdoor gathering can boast just as much luxury and style as any indoor soiree.

In general, the trend for outdoor entertaining in 2019 will be a blend of comfort and elegance, with well-designed outdoor spaces, thoughtful food and drink, and bursts of creative flair like unique flower arrangements or craft cocktails.

If you’re interested in incorporating some upcoming trends into your outdoor entertainment plans, here are some ideas to get you started:

JUST ADD FIRE

Attractive and functional fire pits are a popular choice for those who frequently entertain outdoors. Safer and more elegant than an open fire, the right fire pit can enhance your patio decor while providing a cozy spot for guests to gather. Outdoor dining tables with built-in fire pits combine functionality with comfort and fun, and fire pits can be found in many styles to match your taste. Toasting marshmallows can be a luxurious activity with specialty flavored marshmallows and whimsical skewers.


ECO-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINING

Sustainability is a trend across the board, and for outdoor entertaining that means sustainable decor and tableware. With more and more companies offering eco-friendly products, hosting a sustainable party can still be both elegant and tasteful. Melamine dishes come in a spectrum of colors and patterns and are perfect for outdoor dining. Try fun patterned paper straws instead of plastic ones. As a bonus, these alternatives feel much more luxurious than plastic.

Local food is a big part of the sustainability trend, and it fits right into the atmosphere of an eco-friendly outdoor gathering. Find a high-end catering company that sources local ingredients, and let your guests know where the food is coming from. From quality grass-fed steaks and locally caught fish on the grill to seasonal fruits blended into cocktails, sustainable food can elevate your festivities.


CAPTIVATING CORAL

Adding color to outdoor spaces is an exciting trend for 2019 (no more greige!), and what better way to embrace this concept than using Pantone’s Color of the Year? This year, the color is Living Coral, a mellow, uplifting shade. Try incorporating coral into your outdoor design with throw pillows, blankets, outdoor rugs, and tablecloths. You could even work it into your flower arrangements or cocktail recipes. Bold color choices are also trendy, so don’t be afraid to use colors that pop for your outdoor entertaining.


CREATIVE LIGHTING AND FLOWERS

Now that more extravagant lighting solutions are available and accessible, expect creative hosts to ramp up their lighting style when planning outdoor gatherings. Layered lighting, projections, and strong lighting statements are all ways to create an impressive atmosphere for outdoor entertaining.

Floral arrangements have moved beyond simple tabletop centerpieces and are often a striking piece of design in and of themselves. Monochromatic floral designs, flower ceilings, and unique plants like succulents will be gracing patios and gardens in 2019. If floral design is beyond your own comfort level as a host, hire a good local florist to help prepare for your outdoor parties.


INNOVATIVE COCKTAILS

Nothing enhances an outdoor gathering like the perfect cocktail. For outdoor entertaining in 2019, cocktails will have surprising ingredients – think turmeric or mushrooms. Locally-produced spirits (especially gin) will be a hot ingredient and educating guests with tastings and flights will be a highlight. Even mocktails will be elevated beyond the standard Shirley Temple as more sophisticated nonalcoholic mixers and recipes are available.

Whether you follow some of these trends or bring your own creative touches to your outdoor parties, this entertainment season is sure to be full of fun, comfort, and luxury.

Looking for more entertaining inspiration? Check out our tips on how to Pamper Your Party Guests with The Finest Offerings.

For more information on outdoor entertaining, just connect with us by calling or texting 214.769.2142.

Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams – MAKE A STATEMENT: WATERFRONT LIVING

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Imagine awakening to views of the sun glimmering off the surface of a nearby lake or feeling a cool ocean breeze just outside your window every morning. The crisp smell of nature and the relaxing sound of gentle waves can only be experienced when you live steps away from a stunning body of water. Take a look at these homes for an inside look at some of the most beautiful seaside retreats around the world.

We are here to Connect you to your perfect Lifestyle…..

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PENTHOUSE AMONG THE CLOUDS

Naples, Florida, USA  |  $1,650,000

Situated just above the Venetian Bay lies this remarkable 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom luxury penthouse. Updated features, including wood flooring and high-end accents throughout breathe new life into this stunning beachfront home. Residents will enjoy views of the Gulf, white sandy beaches and tropical palm trees through the 9ft floor to ceiling windows inside the home. The Park Shore Beach promenade walk and an upscale shopping center are located only steps away from the main residence. Web ID: DMHO


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UNIQUE CARIBBEAN JEWEL

Petite Saline, Saint Barthelemy  |  PRICE UPON REQUEST

This incredible estate overlooks the bay of Lorient and is surrounded by greenery and vegetation. Both expansive and private, the home hosts incredible amenities including an infinity pool, a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar and a private tennis court. The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate spans more than three acres and includes several rooms with direct views of the ocean nearby. Web ID: SIDQ


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CASA REAL

Playa del Carmen, Mexico  |  $13,500,000

Designed by renowned Mexican architecture firm Sordo Madaleno, this beautiful beachfront estate is truly one of a kind. With a rooftop lounge area, master bedrooms overlooking the ocean and a unique contemporary design, this home is equipped to satisfy even the most discerning buyer. For residents looking to enjoy the sights, the estate is only five minutes away from Playa del Carmen’s famous Fifth Avenue, which hosts several boutiques, restaurants and nightlife for locals. Web ID: UDAE

Click here to View more stunning waterfront listings around the world using our advanced search.

Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams…Featuring: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Here’s an idea –  Named the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure in both 2017 and 2018, the small town of San Miguel de Allende is revered around the world for its stunning architecture, incredible cuisine and peaceful lifestyle. Gaining attention from both retirees and expats, the city is becoming increasingly popular leaving many to wonder if home prices will increase over time. In this month’s Global Market Guide, we take an inside look at the current state and the predicted future of the luxury real estate market in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  Want to know more…just call us: 214.769.2142

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MARKET TRANSACTIONS

Transactions in San Miguel are primarily done in cash, so many agents have found that it is easier to vet clients because they know that potential home owners are coming to the table prepared to buy.

Exclusive listings are prevalent among sellers in the market. Buyer representation is not dominant like it is in the United States although, there are agents in San Miguel de Allende that focus specifically on helping buyers throughout the transaction since the process is much different than in other parts of the world.

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CURRENT HOUSING MARKET

Clients come to San Miguel for the high-end location, stunning views, pools and a relaxing quality of life. Recently, buyers in the area have been looking for homes with cleaner lines and contemporary design, which differ from the arches and Spanish colonial aesthetic that is dominant in the area.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION

There has been an influx of new construction just outside of the city within the past 5-7 years, and many luxury buyers have been attracted to these new developments. Traditionally buyers are interested in nearby attractions such as vineyard and equestrian offerings and several have been attracted to the mall and golf course near many of the new developments outside the city.

LUXURY BUYER PROFILE

Because San Miguel is a secondary market, where many buyers travel to purchase second and vacation homes, many buyers are often very clear on their preferences when purchasing a residence. These buyers are focused on harnessing the cultural experience with a level of sophistication.

CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE

Last year (2018) proved to be the best year on record for our member. Sales saw a significant decrease during the election, however following the election, when it was confirmed that the peso would not be affected, sales began to increase. Since the election prices in the area have remained steady and buyers are once again confident in the market.

GROWTH IN THE MARKET

Currently, San Miguel is seeing significant price improvement in the area, which our member predicts will stabilize the market for the next quarter. The demand for real estate is high in the area as more retirees and expats flock to the area.

Both culturally and artistically dynamic, the small city is protected by UNESCO preserving much of the original architecture and historically significant monuments that draw potential buyers to the area.

In mid-2018 local authorities temporarily blocked individuals from selling buying or remodeling properties until new regulations were set up to limit and preserve architecture in the area. Since then, new construction has remedied much of this and San Miguel de Allende continues to expand welcoming locals and foreign buyers alike.

 

Special thanks to our member CDR Bienes San Miguel for providing their insights about the luxury market in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

For more information about properties in San Miguel de Allende, browse here.  OR just contact us directly at 214.769.2142

Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams…5 REASONS YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A LUXURY VACATION HOME IN 2019

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? If you’re thinking about buying a luxury vacation home, now is the right time. According to real estate experts, 2019 is a great year to make the move, especially if you’re looking to purchase in a popular location like the Hampton’s or Hawaii. This year’s sales are already up in these luxury markets, which means if you’ve been on the fence, it may be time to start looking before prices go up. Despite an uncertain housing market, second home purchases remain strong. Here are the top 5 reasons to purchase a vacation home in 2019.

POTENTIAL FOR RENTAL INCOME

Vacation rental revenue for 2019 is already up to over 14 million dollars in the US, and it’s expected to show an annual growth rate of 6.4 percent, resulting in a market volume of more than 18.5 million by 2023. Although your primary reason for purchasing a vacation home is to enjoy your time off work in a relaxing location far from home, you’ll likely only be there during specific times of the year. So, why not turn your vacation home into a temporary rental property for periods when you are away?  In addition to gaining a second income from the rental property, you may even be able to deduct expenses for the property at tax time. Be sure to contact your tax professional for detailed information regarding your specific property and financial situation.

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ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS

Speaking of potential tax benefits, any home you own provides a significant tax break. Especially if you use the property solely as a second home, your mortgage interest and property taxes may be tax-deductible. Again, be sure to seek advice from a tax professional before making any assumptions about your tax situation.

PROFIT OVER THE LONG TERM

Although all property fluctuates in value, vacation properties are more likely to appreciate due to their location in popular areas. Especially if your vacation home sits on land where it’s difficult to build, like on the side of a mountain or near a small piece of shoreline, it can increase in value as more people visit the area and want to move in.

IT’S CONVENIENT AND FAMILIAR

If you’ve ever planned a vacation to a place you’ve never been, you already know the challenges that come with the experience. Not only are you in the dark as far as how enjoyable the trip will be, but you have to trust online reviews and photos of hotels. Once you book your reservation, you can only hope that your vacation spot turns out to be the wonderful place you imagine. Alternatively, if you already have a vacation home, you never have to worry about the unknowns. You can have peace of mind in knowing exactly what to expect in advance. You hand-selected and purchased the property yourself, so you know you’ll love the area. Plus, after a few weekend getaways in your new place, you’ll grow to love the familiarity of coming home to your second home.

THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A CELEBRATION

Another fantastic benefit of purchasing a luxury vacation home is that you never have to search for the perfect venue for your cousin’s wedding reception or your grandmother’s birthday party. In your gorgeous vacation home, hosting memorable celebrations is easy and stress-free. Instead of wasting time searching for a venue and then worrying about whether it will work out to your specifications, you can spend your time focusing on celebrating the momentous occasion ahead.

Whether you’re looking to purchase your luxury vacation home in the US or abroad, the time to invest is now. Make your dream a reality in 2019 by beginning your search for the perfect luxury vacation home today.

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Looking for your next vacation home? Contact us directly at 214.769.2142

Connecting our Clients to the Lifestyle of their Dreams…

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?  We are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and part of a Global Community that can help you make your move anywhere in the world.
Tell us where you want to go!  Cynthia and Diego Lopez
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ELEGANT AND SOPHISTICATED ESTATE  |  $23,990,000 

EWM Realty International
Coral Gables, FL

The masterpiece comprises 19,086 of impressive interior space, featuring 7 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms, 4 half bathrooms, and impressive double height ceilings in the main living areas; ideal for showcasing art. The gourmet eat-in chef’s kitchen is equipped top-of-the-line Wolf and Miele appliances, along with a full butler’s pantry. The movie theater with built-in bar and beverage center, 2,500-bottle temperature controlled wine cellar. Web ID: PLPA


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WATERFRONT CUSTOM SIX-BEDROOM HOME  |  $18,750,000 

Halstead Real Estate
Greenwich, CT
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SUPERBLY RESTORED MEDITERRANEAN LUXURY VILLA  |  FR12,500,000

WETAG Consulting
Barbengo, Lake Lugano, Switzerland
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MASTERPIECE IN THE CORONA HIGHLANDS  |  $10,999,000

First Team Real Estate
Corona Del Mar, CA
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ONE OF A KIND ON MARCO ISLAND  |  $4,800,000

John R. Wood Properties
Marco Island, FL
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AN EXHILARATING LIFESTYLE IN JOHANNESBURG  |  R65,000,000

Jawitz Properties Ltd.
Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa
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RARE ESTATE IN MYERS PARK  |  $4,250,000

Dickens Mitchener
Charlotte, NC
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STUNNING NORTH CHATHAM ESTATE  |  $3,990,000

Kinlin Grover Real Estate
North Chatham, MA
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EXTRAORDINARY OCEANFRONT RESIDENCE  |  $3,900,000 

Robert Paul Properties
W. Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA
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Information from the Luxury Portfolio International Blog.

Where To Watch the Super Bowl in Dallas

The best watch parties for Sunday’s big game.

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Happiest Hour in Harwood District is hosting a free Big Game Watch Party in its downstairs lounge and lawn, and a VIP watch party upstairs on its covered patio. The free party will have beer tower specials and $5 off Team Happytizers. The VIP party, which costs $35, will have an all-you-can-eat buffet. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Checkered Past Winery in the Cedars has a Big Game Watch Party with lots of prizes and tasty bites. $25 tickets will get you access to the game day buffet, while $50 tickets also include tickets to win prizes and guaranteed seating. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Sports radio authority The Ticket is hosting a free Patriots vs. Rams watch party at The Bomb Factory on Sunday. Doors open at 3 p.m. and there will be food and drink specials all day. The venue’s giant screen always draws a crowd on game day, so reserve your spot here.

House of Blues has a watch party with two big screens, a live DJ, and discounted drinks and appetizers. Admission is free with RSVPbefore 4:30 p.m. and $5 between 4:30 p.m. and  5 p.m.

Three Links Super Chili Bowl IV is on Sunday, so you can watch the game on the big screen while judging an array of meaty stews. Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs will also give a performance during the cook off. Doors open at 3 p.m. and admission is free.

If you want to enjoy a wide assortment of snacks during the Super Bowl, Legacy Hall’s watch party might be your best bet. The Plano food hall will have happy hour from 3 p.m. to the end of the game, and there are more than 20 food stalls to choose from.

Four Corners Brewing Co. starts its watch party at 2 p.m. with food from LUCK, trivia, and pregame festivities. Admission is free and doors open at noon.

White Rock Alehouse & Brewery has a Superb Owl Party with prizes and food and drink specials starting at 5 p.m.

Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard is teaming up with Bumble for a Super Bowl viewing party starting at 5:30 p.m. Show your Bumble app for a free drink and Bumble merch.

Watch the game at Doc B’s and enjoy happy hour specials all day ($2 off bottled beer, $4 off  draft beer, $5 off house spirits, $6 off wine and champagne).

Scout at The Statler’s watch party is all about the food deals. $1 wings, $1 sliders, $1 off draft beers, $5 wells, and $20 buckets of beer. Plus: ping pong, pool, and foosball.

Perle on Maple, the newly renovated bar inside The Stoneleigh Hotel, is offering $4 draft beers and discounted bar bites starting at noon.

Watch the game and play some bingo to win beer and prizes at On Rotation. Party starts at kickoff.

Noble Rey Brewing will have the game will be playing on all of the breweries TVs. Oh, and there’s a potluck (bring your favorite dip!), complimentary hot dogs, and plenty of beer.

Go to Stan’s Blue Note to nosh on half-priced food from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and enjoy happy hour specials from 4:30 until the end of the game.

Bonus: MUTTS Canine Cantina (for the Puppy Bowl): Bring your fur child to this dog park this Sunday  from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to watch the Puppy Bowl.

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