waxahachie[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com and CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: I adore writing about these historical shelters every week, but I especially loved talking with the Warrens, who took this historic Waxahachie home and embraced its period charm while still keeping an eye on modernizing where appropriate, to create a perfectly darling home.

Whether you’re looking for that quiet weekend home for play after your workweek, or a great potential second home that has some income prospects as well via Airbnb, this week’s historical shelter in Waxahachie is an opportunity to get an adorable home at a great price point, with plenty of designer upgrades.

And we say designer, we mean it. Award-winning interior designer Courtney Warren and her husband Joel bought this home to create a homey, yet luxurious retreat with the comforts of big city living (restaurants, shopping, entertainment) but the quiet of the small town. (more…)

It’s a home that’s seen a lot of Norman, Oklahoma, history, and after painstaking renovation, it’s going to make some Sooner fan a great potential second home, since it’s a quick walk from campus and all the game-day fun.

L.J. Edwards was one of the original homesteaders, arriving when it was still Norman Station in June 1890, a year after the Land Run of 1889 brought settlers to the town. Four years later, he built a beautiful Victorian home for his family and his first wife, Mary. Edwards served as the president of the chamber of commerce, president of the Norman school board, and chairman of the park board. (more…)

Nestled in the Quachita Mountains, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is one of those towns that tourists have historically sought. Its hot springs have been the stuff of legend since anyone can remember — Native American tribes ascribed medicinal attributes to them.

The town fell under federal protection in 1832 (and even now, it’s historic core is still the oldest federal reserve in the country today), and by the time it incorporated in 1851, its hot springs made it a resort town. In the 1920s and 30s, it was the place Al Capone and other mobsters went to get away from it all. (more…)

For $350,000 and some elbow grease, someone is going to snag this bed-and-breakfast ready historical shelter on the way to Toledo Bend Lake in Shelbyville, Texas. It’s just a matter of when, and who, not if.

The Bickham House, built in the 1880s, is located at 794 FM 2694 and is a 4,232 square foot farmhouse with five cottages, a prayer room, and an old drugstore, all sitting on 42 acres of East Texas land. In between the town proper and Toledo Bend Lake (and less than 10 minutes from the lake), it would make a great spot to open a B-and-B for people that enjoy lake life and fishing, especially when you factor in the three-story farmhouse and five cottages that give you 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.

We have more on SecondShelters.com.


It’s not often that you can find a property with the kind of income potential this week’s historical shelter has for less than $1 million.

But this six bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath colonial revival home in Cape Charles, Virginia, has been lovingly restored and renovated, and also had an addition to accommodate the history of the home (indeed, it pre-dates the town’s founding by almost 60 years) and the modern needs for more living space and amenities.

We have the details at SecondShelters.com.

Imagine a home that’s a brief drive to everything Manhattan has to offer, but also gorgeous water views that stretch from Larchmont Harbor to the Long Island Sound. (more…)

fixer upperIf you’re a fan of the farmhouse aesthetic of Chip and Joanna Gaines and historical homes, a 1910 home minutes from downtown Waco and the popular Silos has come on the market this week.

We have the details over on SecondShelters.com.

Wiscasset, Maine, has been dubbed the “prettiest village in Maine,” and for a little more than $200,000, someone will get to live in a cozy, historic Cape Cod nestled within walking distance of downtown.

Built in 1818, this week’s historical shelter is a  three-bedroom, two-bath home that has been updated and renovated with an eye for the history (the home was built two years before Maine became a state) and modern-day creature comforts.

Check it out on SecondShelters.com.