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International homebuyers seeking an abode in the U.S. still have their sights set on Texas, according to a new report.

The Texas International Homebuyers Report, released this month by Texas Realtors, shows that Texas remains the third hottest U.S. destination for international homebuyers.

The Lone Star State comes in behind Florida and California, just like in years past.

From April 2021-March 2022, 7,888 Texas homes were purchased by buyers from out-reportside the U.S., accounting for 8 percent of the country's international home purchases. No. 1 Florida, meanwhile, accounted for 24 percent of purchases, with No. 2 California at 11 percent.

In total, 98,600 U.S. homes were sold to international buyers during the time period, to the tune of $59 billion. This year's report does not include total sales dollars for the Texas purchases.

“Texas remains one of the most desirable destinations for people looking to purchase a home in the United States,” said Russell Berry, chairman of Texas Realtors, in a release.

“The region of origin for homebuyers choosing Texas had a noticeable swing this reporting period. Historically, the largest number of homebuyers purchasing in Texas from outside of the United States are from the Latin America and Caribbean region. While that is still true, European homebuyers nearly closed the gap this past year.”

Thirty-one percent of Texas' international buyers were from Latin America/Caribbean, with 27 percent from Europe, 21 percent from Asia/Oceana, and 11 percent from Africa.

Texas also holds onto its status as a hot market for international commercial real estate transactions. According to the 2022 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends from the National Association of Realtors, Texas accounted for 14 percent of international commercial buyers in 2021, second only to Florida's 22 percent.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

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Might Galentine’s Day one day become as popular as Valentine’s Day? The unofficial holiday celebrating all gal pals is said to be February 13, and there’s a special Galentine’s wine tasting and charcuterie class for the occasion this week. There’s also a tasting of natural wines, a four-course wine pairing dinner, a class for bottle-wrapping that comes with bubbly, and a 12-course meat tasting dinner with wines paired with every dish. Work it all off with yoga at a distillery by the weekend. Looking for the best Valentine's Day dining options? Find that list here.

Tuesday, February 7

The Ultimate 12-Course Meat Tasting at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The most elaborate meat tasting in town is back for 2023 at B&B Butchers & Restaurant, where just a few lucky guests get to indulge in 12 courses of the best cuts. Wine pairings, sides, and desserts are included as diners work their way up to the holy grail – A5 certified Kobe beef. The intimate dinner will take place in the B&B Butcher Shop. Tickets are $375, plus tax and gratuity, and the experience begins at 6:30 pm.

For the Love of Wine Dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill
All locations of the Italian chain will host a four-course wine dinner Tuesday night ahead of Valentine’s festivities next week. Courses include antipasti served with toasted sourdough bread; linguini pescatore; filet topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and lemon butter sauce; and a fudge brownie with chocolate mousse and strawberry cream. Wines will be paired with each course. The dinner is $70 per person and begins at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, February 8

Vivanterre Wine Tasting at WineHaus
Learn about natural wine during this informative tasting with a rep from Vivanterre wines, which are produced in the Auvergne region of France. The process uses organic and biodynamically-farmed grapes untouched by any filtering or added sulfites. The flights will be available from 6-8 pm.

Friday, February 10

Valentine’s Bubbles + Bows at The Kimpton Harper
Bows before bros. Become a “wrap” star during this champagne tasting and bottle wrapping class to be held at downtown’s Kimpton Harper hotel. Hosted by WirrWarrWraps, the class includes bubbly, charcuterie, and all supplies needed to wrap a bottle including paper, ribbons, and gift toppers. The class is $100 and will run from 6-7:30 pm.

Saturday, February 12

Yoga at Whiskey Ranch
The second Saturday of the month means it’s time for yoga at Whiskey Ranch, home of TX Whiskey. The $15 ticket includes the class plus one TX cocktail to enjoy afterwards in the TX Tavern. Class one-hour class will begin at 11 am.

Monday, February 13

Galentine’s Day Rosé the Night Away Charcuterie Class
It’s the unofficial holiday to celebrate your best gal pals, and this Grapevine winery is hosting a class for the occasion. Sip rosé with a tasting of Messina Hof’s best, then create your own charcuterie board to enjoy or take home. The class is $45, plus gratuity and a small fee, and will run from 6-8 pm. Note that ticket sales end on Friday, February 10.

Step inside the $20 million Southlake mansion going wild on social media

WALKING ON SUNSHINE LANE

One of the most expensive homes in Texas is on the market for $20 million in Southlake - and it's drawing more than a little attention on social media.

And, no wonder: The opulent 31,000-square-foot mansion, at 1469 Sunshine Ln., features such over-the-top amenities as a full-size basketball court, bowling alley, batting cage, movie theater, and "indoor glass-enclosed" trampoline.

The transitional Mediterranean estate hit the market in December for a whopping $19.99 million. A January 30 post on the Zillow Gone Wild Facebook page called it "the most Southlake, TX home we’ve ever seen," and made it instantly social media-famous. Thousands of people have chimed in to comment.

Seated on 3.6 acres and boasting 31,234 square feet, the home was built in 2016 and features - at first glance - all the "normal" nice things that a nice mansion has: seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half-baths, an open floor plan, smart home technology, and plenty of natural light to experience Texas sunsets.

Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The mansion at 1469 Sunshine Ln., Southlake, is on the market for $20 million.

Then the listing gets to the part about it being “an entertainer’s paradise,” and that's where things get wild. The home can accommodate multiple athletic activities, has designated yoga and beauty rooms, a spa, wine room, and nine attached garage spaces.

Other features include:

  • Chef’s kitchen
  • Elevator
  • Gym
  • Game room
  • Two guest suites with a private entry
  • Turfed backyard

Elsewhere on the grounds is the perfect solution to enduring the hot Texas summers – two climate-controlled saltwater pools and hot tubs with a hidden waterslide, jumping rock, and diving board. The outdoor space is completed by an enclosed heated terrace, outdoor living area, and kitchen.

Zillow Gone Wild commenters have, predictably, expressed their awe or disdain for the extravagant manse. One commenter said they could imagine fictional mafia boss Tony Soprano “walking down that driveway in his bathrobe to get the paper,” after looking through the listing’s photos.

“This is the first mansion where I’m like, yep. I’d buy this if I was rich,” another admirer said.

A more sarcastic commenter wrote, “I’m sorry, but only one lane for bowling? I’m out.”

Critics were quick to call out the home’s opulence while others in the state struggle with homelessness or financial stability. “This kind of wealth actually makes me sick to my stomach. There’s so much better that could’ve been done with all this money,” one critic commented.

Others focused on guessing who the mansion belonged to. Southlake, after all, is home to plenty of celebrities and professional athletes.

Some guesses landed on a former baseball player’s home. “Serious question, is this A-Rod’s former house? It looks familiar, and he did play for the Rangers,” asked a curious viewer.

Other commenters believed the home belonged to a former Los Angeles Lakers player, after witnessing the signature gold and purple colors decorating the walls of the basketball court.

While Douglas Elliman listing agent Breah Brown said the owners wish to remain private (one might imagine the security concerns when a house goes viral on social media), she revealed they constructed the home themselves and are behind all aspects of the design and customization.

As for the next owners ... they can brag that they live in one of the top 10 most expensive homes in Texas in the richest city in the state.