All photos courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

It’s a vacation trend that sweeping the globe — glamping, or camping in luxury tents that offer all the comforts of a posh home.

The Resort at Paws Up a offers a knock-your-socks-off Western version, replete with world-class trout fishing and dude ranch activities set in pristine Montana wilderness. Valerie Jarvie shares details and photos today of a Ralph Lauren-esque tent camp set in the wilds of Montana on SecondShelters.com now

There’s an old investment adage: Buy when people are selling and sell when people are buying.

On July 14, 2017, there was a fire at the Marco Polo high-rise in Honolulu that damaged some 200 units and will cost approximately $100 million to repair.  It wasn’t the first. There was also a fire just four years prior in 2013 causing $1.1 million in damage.  There are no sprinklers in the 1971 building.  After the first fire, the HOA got an estimate to retrofit the building with sprinklers. The average cost was $8,000 per unit or roughly $4.5 million.  After this fire, I think it’s highly unlikely a sprinkler retrofit wouldn’t happen. I suspect insurance companies would demand it.

Doesn’t exactly smell like a dream Hawaiian getaway, does it?  What it should smell like is opportunity.

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Nine years before Sammy Hagar purchased nearly 10 acres on Maui, he helped pen Why Can’t This Be Love for Van Halen’s “5150” album, perhaps presaging the purchase. It was the band’s first album featuring Hagar, who had replaced David Lee Roth.  Oddly enough, it was about this time that I’d run into Hagar at the Versace store in Chicago.

A friend and I were upstairs in the men’s department trying on fabulous, though gawd-awful-expensive clothes we had no hope of buying. All the while, our salesman/friend plied us with (free) champagne from the store’s bar. A fun Saturday.  Hagar and entourage came in and set up shop at the other end of the room.  We were laughing and carrying on while another salesman helped them.  A very staid group, they kept looking over, we assumed wondering who the heck we were. Being more Eurythmics than Van Halen, we didn’t really pay them any mind.  Such was life at 24.

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Sit back, relax, and drink in the views. With the timelessness of a European masterpiece, 1548 La Via Favorita affords a rare combination of exquisite natural beauty atop a dreamy 230 acres, in a private secluded location just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts. 

“This is a truly timeless legacy estate that is perched atop vast and pristine acreage with unsurpassed views of every sought-after mountain range in the Vail Valley,” says co-listing agent Malia Cox Nobrega who represents the property alongside Barbara Scrivens – both from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

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A home that has its foundation — literally — with one of the first settlers in what would become the United States is now up for grabs in New York.

Known as the Teunis Slingerland house, the original homestead was built after Teunis Slingerland purchased almost 10,000 acres of land near the Hudson River from a Mohawk tribe in what is now New Scotland, New York. (more…)

It’s that time of year again, time for the annual Hawaii roundup.  For those planning for a permanent or part-time Hawaiian getaway, the past year hasn’t been too bad in the 50th state.  Before you read further, pack up your tablet and head to Agu Ramen in Mockingbird Station for the full Hawaiian effect.  Just opened the day before Thanksgiving, Agu’s based in Hawaii and was slathered in foodie awards before branching out to Houston and now Dallas (I have no idea why Texas was their first stop).  Having checked it out before heading back to Hawaii, I can say the Dallas branch is as good as the original.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting year in Oahu real estate.  The big news is in the condo market (the landing place for many second home owners. Several new high-rises have come online and their listings have flooded the market with high-priced units.  As of this writing, there are 28 condos listed above $5 million. All but three of them are in new buildings.  Like Dallas, all the new high-rises are high-priced. But when any ocean front/view condo hits above $1,000 per square foot, some of the new crop are hitting $3,000 per foot.

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Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa Residences

The approach of the holidays means it is none to soon to think about where to head to for warmer weather when the thermometer drops. We’ve been following the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman Island, a luxe property featuring communal spaces by a Kardashian-endorsed designer, world-class amenities, and posh residential condominiums, “The Residences at Seafire” that are just about to open. Valerie Jarvie has an update today on SecondShelters.com. Click here for the story.

For less than $900,000, someone will soon own a home so steeped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War history it still has two cannonballs stuck in it.

The Schultz House in Gettysburg has been home to an awful lot of U.S. history – and we have all the details on SecondShelters.com.