Our Splurge: 651 Conundrum Creek Road, Aspen, Colorado, listed by Krista Klees of Palladium Properties for $8,900,000.

Is there anything more magical than spending the holidays in Aspen? Second home owners in Colorado know all too well the joys of waking up to freshly fallen snow, the exhilarating feeling of hitting the slopes, then heading home for a well-deserved meal or dip in the hot tub beneath the stars.

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galvestonIt’s not often that the home of what many would consider to be Texas retail royalty comes up for sale — which is why this week’s historical shelter in Galveston immediately caught our attention.

The Victorian Robert I. Cohen built in 1896 is a half mile from the beach and a little more than a mile to the Strand.

If Cohen’s name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps the store he bought will. In 1917, Pat and James Foley sold their Houston store, Foley Brothers, to Robert, who then turned the day-to-day running of the dry goods store to his son George, who then grew sales to almost $1 million by 1919. By 1922, the Cohen’s moved the store to a three-story building on Main Street in Houston, becoming the city’s largest department store.

Foley Brothers Store, 1906, Historic Houston Photographs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 10, 2018.

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Cape CoralEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 40th city on the list — Scottsdale, Arizona. This week, we look at Cape Coral, and found lots of incredible inventory for as low as the $150,000s to the millions.

There is something for every budget, it seems. (more…)

Winnsboro

416 Pleasantview Road, Winnsboro, Texas, is currently listed by Carla Perez Whitefield of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,200,000.

What can you get for $1 million in Winnsboro? A striking custom home situated on the banks of Lake Cypress Springs! Offered at $1,200,000 and built by the acclaimed S. Clements Homes in 2017, this stunning estate offers a versatile layout, walls of windows, pristine lake views, an in-ground swimming pool, and fire pit, all perfectly nestled on a lushly landscaped waterfront lot. (more…)

saint augustineCatch us, we’re swooning. This week’s historical shelter in Saint Augustine, Florida, is a magnificent marriage of vintage and updated, ably combining the old-world craftsmanship you’d expect of an 1887 Queen Anne Victorian in the nation’s oldest city with the design sensibilities needed to navigate 2018.

The four-bedroom, four-bath Hibbard House at 272 St. George is located just south of the Plaza de la Constitucion, surrounded by more historical homes between the Matanzas River and Lake Maria Sanchez. (more…)

scottsdaleNot everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

We decided to take a look. Number 40 on the list? Scottsdale, Arizona. Just east of Phoenix, the town of about 200,000 or so is home to a lot of golfing, a lot of shopping, and warm weather pretty much year around.

It’s also (for a few months every year) a baseball lover’s paradise, since the Major League Baseball spring training camps of the Cactus League are sprinkled around Arizona, with two in Scottsdale proper. (more…)

Breckenridge

165 River Park Drive, Breckenridge, Colorado is listed by Jack Wolfe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty for $10,000,000.

This Breckenridge beauty caught our eye when it made a splash in the Denver Business Journal this week for its rustic, Castle-like elegance. “Castle on the Blue” as it’s called – aptly named for its perch on the banks of the Blue River – boasts incredible river and mountain views, an impressive glass elevator, and a prime location just minutes from Breckenridge Ski Resort. With five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a sprawling 9,025 square feet, we are convinced it’s the storybook castle of our dreams. (more…)

Our Splurge: 3 W King Street, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania is listed by Dick Tucker of Howard Hanna Camp Hill for $1,190,000.

All Hallows’ Eve is just one day away, so it has us thinking of America’s spookiest cities. Near the top of everyone’s list is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – known for its numerous sightings of the 51,000 soldiers who died in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Teeming with ghostly encounters, including those with Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, the city makes for one thrilling Halloween getaway. (more…)