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!

The Isaac Heffron House, a two-story Victorian in the East End Historic District of Galveston, has seen a lot since it was built in 1890 — thanks in part to the occupants who called it home over the years.

Isaac Heffron immigrated to the U.S. from Wales and settled in Galveston in 1860. He worked on the docks, making his way eventually to a career in construction, winning bids with the city of Galveston for a railroad and trestle bridge that connected the city to LaPorte. (more…)

Photo: Beauchamp Estates

Photo: Beauchamp Estates

I love history, texture, and wine. This gorgeous estate in Tuscany has all three! If you’re imagining your escape after the hectic holidays, perhaps it’s time to truly consider this sun-drenched Italian vineyard:

What could be more perfect than a stone farmhouse on 13 hectares (32 acres) with a hilltop position that allows you to survey the rolling hills of vineyards and properties that have existed in a mostly undisturbed state for centuries?

We can’t imagine anything right now! Go read the rest of Deidre Woollard’s write up on SecondShelters.com

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: Elite Realty Group

Photo: Elite Realty Group

Of course, the first thng you probably said was “Where the heck is Yucaipa?”

It’s a small, remote town in San Bernadino County, says Deidre Woollard, and it’s where this gorgeous log cabin is located. If you’re thinking about how much you’re ready to escape all of the holiday crazies, then maybe its time to consider buying a place where you can truly retreat. This cabin fits the bill completely, with more than 30 acres surrounding the grand log home in California.

Find out more about this amazing property 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?

 

Photo: The Boutique RE

Photo: The Boutique RE

We are beyond thrilled to say that one of the top real estate writers in the country, Deidre Woollard, is now blogging for SecondShelters.com. Woollard, who has written for realtor.com and founded Luxist.com, profiled the luxurious Hawaiian getaway, Hale Ali’i:

Winter months have just about everyone dreaming of Hawaii and the luxury of warm weather and soft white sands. But like every other dream destination, there are levels of luxury to explore. The Kapalua resort area on Maui has quickly become a favorite for both vacations and long stays.

Part of the allure is location, it is surrounded by mountains and framed by two nature preserves that give its idyllic beaches a feeling of protection. There’s also a sense of ideal living here with a spa, great restaurants and shops, a farm that sells organic produce to the community. This isn’t just a resort where you drop the conventions of the world but is instead a place where you experience a deeper connection with nature and yourself.

Read more about this amazing location on SecondShelters.com!