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Events of the past few weeks in Hawaii should send second home owners looking for their home insurance policies.  Regardless of whether your property is located in the mountains, by the sea or anywhere else, insurance is critical. Remember, there’s always some disaster to be protected from. And in the case of second homes, their often far flung location may catch you off guard in insurance matters.

Think about it. You’re used to the potential disasters where you live, but those risks are often different elsewhere. My Dallas home owner’s policy has little need to discuss avalanches, hurricanes, tsunamis or volcanos.  Homes in Hawaii may fall victim to all four, but are unlikely to be concerned with tornados.

Head over to SecondShelters.com for more.

3845 Tapadero Drive, Colorado Springs, CO is currently listed by Thomas Lazzaro with Sellstate Alliance Realty for $1 million.

From Garden of the Gods and iconic Pikes Peak, to the Broadmoor AAA Five-Diamond resort and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Colorado Springs. With second home prices on the rise, it got me thinking, what can I get for $1 million in Colorado Springs?

Let’s take a look at what’s currently on the market and see on SecondShelters.com now.

 

Our Splurge: 61623 Hosmer Lake Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Brian Ladd with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,396,000.

Just around the bend – Bend, Oregon, that is – sits a marvelously lush, nature-filled paradise with every outdoor adventure imaginable. It’s a place you go to play, a charming mountain town that has it all. Whether you’re looking to ski, hike, mountain bike, or just get away, the majestic snow-capped peaks and high-desert skyline ensure a fabulous locale to buy a second shelter. Today, we put two of the area’s finest homes to the test in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, but the real mind-bender – pardon our pun — would you rather spring for a magnificent modern with sweeping mountain views, or save with a rustic retreat on the Big Deschutes?

Let’s see which one piques your interest on SecondShelters.com now.

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.

The world is captivated by the images coming out of the big island of Hawai’i this week as Kilauea erupted into the Leilani Estates subdivision. Thus far there are 10 fissures opened along the Eastern Rift Zone that runs along a historic volcanic path, marked by ancient volcanic ridges to the south.

Heat Map listing the 10 current fissures.

Next week, I’ll be in Hawaii on special assignment (ha!) looking into the perils of natural disasters and how insurance is likely the best defense in areas prone to a host of potential disasters. As you can see from the heat map above, there are a lot of homes near this unfolding eruption. There are already multiple stories out about how many regular insurance policies won’t cover homeowners’ damage.

 

Remember:  High-rises, HOAs and renovation are my beat. But I also appreciate modern and historical architecture balanced against the YIMBY movement. In 2016 and 2017, the National Association of Real Estate Editors recognized my writing with two Bronze (2016, 2017) and two Silver (2016, 2017) awards.  Have a story to tell or a marriage proposal to make?  Shoot me an email sharewithjon@candysdirt.com. Be sure to look for me on Facebook and Twitter. You won’t find me, but you’re welcome to look.

 

It’s a home designed by a famed architect, and it is also potentially the keeper of secrets of Houston elite — and now the Davis Mansion (or the Kingston-Davis House, as it’s now called) is up for sale.

Depending on who you ask, Evalyn Davis was either romantically involved with oilman T.P. Lee, was a friend to Lee, or was romantically involved with Lee and he had something to do with the death of her husband (something he always denied). (more…)

The Splurge: 97 Pelletreau Street, Southampton, NY is currently listed by Harold Grant and Bruce Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty Southampton Brokerage for $2.995 million.

Summer in the Hamptons anyone? Our Splurge vs. Steal will have you dreaming of a getaway to the posh second home area, and for good reason. From sandy beaches and celebrity sightings, to crystal blue waters, wineries, luxury shops and fine dining, Southampton is the summer vacation spot we all need! This week we zero in on two exceptional Southampton, NY properties, each with sparkling pools, ample square footage, and plenty of bedrooms to host a crowd, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which one would you choose? See them both and tell us which one strikes your fancy on SecondShelters.com now.

Looking to buy a ski home in Park City, Utah? Recently, we’ve presented  what a million dollars will buy in the famed resort area, and at the upper echelon — the multimillion dollar Stein Eriksen Residences. Now here’s a look at the other end of the spectrum —new condominiums in the works at price points beginning at just $275K. YOTELPAD Park City will consist of 144 units located in Canyons Village at the base of Park City Mountain.

The project is a joint venture between resort developer Replay Destinations and YOTEL, an innovative hotel company which offers affordable compact lodging in airports and dense urban spots. With smart technology, Italian-designed multi-functional furniture, hotel-like concierge services, and communal spaces designed for social gathering, YOTELPAD is sure is sure to appeal, especially to Millennials. 

Click here for a look at these compact clever dwellings in the story today on SecondShelters.com.