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…)

Have we got the million-dollar listing for you! This week we zeroed-in on Atlanta and found a Southern Living Georgia home that is gone-with-the-wind-fabulous, honey!

Nestled in the exquisite High Point community on the south side of Sandy Springs just north of Atlanta, you’ll enjoy a pristine 0.34-acre cul-de-sac lot, coupled by a generous 3,590-square-foot interior, and a stunning wrap-around front porch so you can twirl, twirl, twirl.

Come check out this week’s edition of “What Can I Get For a Million” at SecondShelters.com.

Our Steal: The Astoria Lodge in Jackson, WY is currently listed by Jeff Heilbrun with Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates for $1.695 million.

When the unofficial town motto is “Stay Wild” you know you’re in for adventure. Hidden in a picturesque valley, beneath the shadow of the Grand Tetons and gushing geysers of Yellowstone National Park, sits Jackson Hole – a gateway destination for second home buyers looking to get off the grid. And if it’s a brush with nature you’re after, there’s no better place to be.

Known as the “last of the Old West,” Jackson Hole offers miles of untamed wildlife, pristine lakes, awe-inspiring views, and exquisite mountain retreats to hole up in, with natural beauty right outside your door. Today, we put Jackson Hole to the test in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. What we find is nothing short of well, wild. See for yourself on SecondShelters.com now!

Craig Ellwood wasn’t always Craig Ellwood, but the Clarendon, Texas, native became renown under that moniker as he made a name as a premiere modernist architect. His homes, often considered works of art (and rightly so), are perfect blends of spare, midcentury German Bauhaus architecture and the more informal California sensibilities of the state he called home longer than the Lone Star State.

Born John Burke in 1922, his family left Texas and found themselves in Los Angeles by the mid-1930s. After joining the Army Air Corps in the forties, he, his brother, and two friends set up shop as contractors under the name Craig Ellwood. Not long after, Burke changed his name to Craig Ellwood, and began night classes in structural engineering.

He opened his own firm, and began to make a name for himself. Despite never having a license as an architect, he was a sought-after guest lecturer and continued to create residential and commercial masterpieces until he closed his shop in 1977 and moved to Italy. He died in 1992.

One of those masterpieces is The Smith House in Los Angeles. Built in 1958, it was restored this year under American Institute of Architects fellow (and former Ellwood associate) Jim Tyler’s guidance. It is now on the market, and we have the details on SecondShelters.com.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Coonley House: Second Floor Living Room (Main House)

Exploring the history of a 100-year-old house is interesting. Exploring the history of a 105-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright structure leaves “interesting” in the rearview mirror. To begin, Avery Coonley and Queene Ferry-Coonley were both heirs to fortunes, but it was Mrs. Coonley who purchased the 10-acre parcel in Riverside, Illinois, and engaged Wright as architect. Mr. Coonley was said to have been interested in a Georgian-Colonial house. That the estate is called the Avery Coonley House, instead of the Queene Coonley House, reflects the woman’s subordinate role of the era.

The house is actually an estate comprising several buildings totaling over 9,000 square feet. Flashing forward for a second, it’s important to understand that in 1952 the property was in the crosshairs of developer Arnold Skow who wanted to demolish the property and put up 14 ranch homes. A deal was reached to split the main residence in half with a firewall and sell off the gardener’s cottage, stable and playhouse as separate residences. Compared to Wright’s brilliance, the resulting ranch homes have all the majesty of a Taco Bell next to Versailles (one is currently for sale).

Two of Wright’s original compound are currently on the market. To see more, head over to SecondShelters.com.

Our Splurge: 1828 Cypress Isle, James City County, Virginia, is currently listed by Numbers Marley of Long & Foster Real Estate for $1,800,000.

Only a handful of locations have a history as rich as Williamsburg, Virginia, but taking a walk through the past isn’t the only thing drawing visitors from all over the world — luxurious spas, world-class golf, hiking, five-star restaurants, and living history museums pack quite a punch when searching for a sweet second shelter with historic flair. That is why today we pin two exceptional properties against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, both exuding elegance and style, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which Williamsburg home would you choose? The Riverfront Splurge or the Federal-Style Colonial Steal? Take your pick on SecondShelters.com today!

205 Bay Point Drive Horseshoe Bay is currently listed for $2.9 million by Joanie Capalupo with Moreland Properties. 

It has been featured on the cover of Metropolitan Home. It sits on a .64-acre lot on the shores of Lake LBJ. It has a Horseshoe Bay address with lagoon-style pool, stunning live oak trees, and mature green space. This listing is hotter than a firecracker, and it’s currently on the market for a cool $2.9 million. What makes it a stand out from the crowd? Just take a look at those views.

There’s more where that came from over on SecondShelters.com!

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.