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Home is Where the Heart is for Philanthropist Berber



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Home is Where the Heart is for Philanthropist Berber

Samantha McCaughren– “To have been blessed with success in business was exciting, but to be able to use those skills to help make a real difference in the lives of so many is fulfilling and purposeful.” So says Texan-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Philip Berber, who sold his share-trading firm CyberCorp to Charles Schwab for a sweet $488m in 2000. The Dubliner – who co-founded the charity ‘A Glimmer of Hope’ with his wife Donna to reduce extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia, as well as helping charities in Austin, Texas – is counting his blessings now that their children have flown the nest.

Berber is selling his stunning lakeside holiday home in Austin, where the couple also have a main home, for €12.9m.

The four-bed, seven-bathroom home is on sale in several lots because it sits on 36 acres of land. It comes with basketball and tennis courts, equestrian facilities, a boat dock, walking trails, fountains, ponds, streams, a pool and spa.

“It’s full of wonderful memories for us, particularly from when our children were younger,” says Berber who has been listed, along with his wife Donna on Barron’s 25 ‘best givers’ list. Berber’s charity, engaged in microfinance and water provision in Ethiopia, boasts a 98pc repayment rate on its micro-finance loans – an outstanding return that any business, let alone a charity, would want on its books., 4521 Commanders Point Drive is listed with Dave Murray and Eric Moreland.

Looking to sell your home? Want to invest in land? Broker Dave Murray is one of the top brokers in Central Texas. Contact Dave Murray today!

Dave Murray in China, Meets with Foreign Real Estate Investors



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Jonathan Berry– DMTX Realty Group’s own Dave Murray and Josh Smith recently traveled to Beijing, China, to meet with some of the foremost real estate investors in the world. Presenting at the LPS Beijing conference, Dave met with top investors and developers from not only Asia, but across Europe and the Middle East, particularly from Dubai.

“Austin was well known to many I spoke with, but some were not completely familiar with the outstanding growth Austin is seeing,” said Dave Murray. “I had the chance to talk to them about some of the incredible opportunities there are in both development projects, and land investments around Central Texas.”

LPS has become a major hub for real estate investors on an international scale. They also host a conference in Hong Kong as well.

“We were able to really make a lot of strong contacts, and we are in touch with several investment funds looking for opportunities. It was also great to compare notes on widely different real estate markets and learn from each other. We are currently working on portfolios to present. Overall, everyone I talked to seem to have a keen interest in Texas.”

Luckily, Dave and Josh had some time for a little R&R, visiting the Great Wall of China, among other places. See the photos below!

Wine Traveler’s Top Hill Country Wineries | Interactive Map of Texas Wineries



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The Best Hill Country Wineries
Check out our Interactive Map Here of Wine Traveler’s Favorite Hill Country Wineries

Greig Santos-Buch– From finely tuned Tempranillo, crisp Viognier to beautiful rhone-style red blends, Texas Hill Country Wineries are not only situated around beautiful scenery, the wines they’re producing are only beginning to gain world-wide recognition.

1. Pedernales Cellars

Did you know Texas Hill Country is an up and coming Viognier growing area? Elevated, sunny, windswept, limestone hillsides provide ideal growing conditions for stubborn grapes like Viognier. Some Vintners here have really begun to fine-tune their craft and produce refreshing white wines. While the whites are great, my favorite red in all of Hill Country came from Pedernales.

Pedernales Cellars makes for a great first stop for a wine tour in Fredericksburg because it will leave an impression on you. This is an award winning winery, with a beautiful patio that offers 360 degree views of the surrounding hill country. You’ll often encounter live music at the winery, adding a bit of an Austin-esque feel to this remote and flavor prone property.

Don’t be shy to roam around the estate! Grapes are sourced from multiple vineyards within the region, and as I mentioned above, their GSM red blend is my favorite red wine thus far in all of Texas Hill Country. Tastings do not need to be scheduled in advance. Visit the Pedernales Cellars website.

2. Becker Vineyards

Becker is a bit more mainstream (now producing around 1.3 million bottles annually) and has a few other… attractions associated with the property. If you time your visit in either May or June, there’s a good shot you’ll get to see a sweeping lavender field not far from the tasting room. They also have extensive fields of wild flowers if you time your visit right.

The beginning of summer is also peak season so it can get somewhat crowded. Try to plan your visit during the week. Checkout a virtual tour of the Becker tasting room and property. On-site tours typically run every 30 minutes on weekends. Visit the Becker Vineyards website.

3. Torre di Pietra Vineyards

Next stop and just up the road – Torre di Pietra appears to be a boutique winery from the outside and an intimate inviting experience on the interior. This is a family run venue that offers Tuscan-inspired vines and flare. Active military members are given free tastings.

Don’t be shy to try some of the blends, especially the Red Flirt, Dirty Girl. their Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Feel free to bring a pet along to Torre di Pietra – they’re permitted on the grounds and in the tasting room as long as they’re on a leash. You can also catch some live music out on the patio over the weekend. Visit the Torre di Pietra website.

4. Grape Creek Vineyards

Grape Creek winery is an Italian-styled winery located pretty much next door to Torre di Pietra. If you’re following along with this itinerary, this will likely be your last stop for the day.

Be confident in your decision – Grape Creek Vineyards has snatched up over 100 medals over the years with their wines. Done up in a Tuscan-themed architectural style, the buildings on the property are primarily made of stone with classic red roofs. Visit the Grape Creek website.

Check out our new Hill Country Listing on the Hwy 290 Wine Trail

On 142 Acres, this incredible ranch is positioned to be the next great vineyard destination. It is located just west of Johnson, City, in one of the most beautiful parts of the Hill Country. Very ideally, it is situated right at the gateway into the Hwy 290 Wine Trail, where patrons from Austin and San Antonio enter the area. The ranch was also previously owned by President LBJ!

142 Acres – Johnson City, TX