3970 N. Lake Boulevard Carnelian Bay, CA is currently listed for $2.625 million by Tamara McKinney of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Ideally situated in Carnelian Bay, Calif., on the crystal blue waters of North Shore Lake Tahoe, rests the most charming waterfront retreat we’ve seen all year! Located at 3970 N Lake Boulevard is a thoughtfully designed, newly remodeled log home on a lush, .14 acre lot, offering a coveted lakefront address, surrounded by mature trees and professionally landscaped grounds.

Fall in love with your Lake Tahoe dream cabin on SecondShelters.com.

What happens when you don’t bulldoze a vibrant urban core for an urban office park?  Austin. What happens 60 years later when you finally realize the huge mistake you made? Houston and Dallas. What happens when you want the very best pied-à-terre in Austin? You head to the Austonian at 200 Congress Avenue. And putting the “high” in highfalutin is unit 50T.

Yes, the 50th floor.  It’s not even the highest unit in this building but it’s still eight floors above Dallas’ tallest residence.  It’s a 4,845-square-foot, three-bedroom unit with four full and one half bathrooms This decked out unit is listed with Christie’s affiliate Eric Moreland with Moreland Properties for $7.25 million.  Oh, and add another 468 square feet of balcony space spread across three outdoor areas.  Levels 55 and 56 are an added bonus of resident space (like Dallas’ Mayfair). I like buildings that reserve the best views for everyone, not just the penthouse owners.

The building itself is in the thick of Austin swing.  On the streets below, you’re two blocks from the Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake, and Austin’s famous bat bridge.  You’re also a hop-skip to the Four Seasons Hotel, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Oilcan Harry’s, and the Austin music scene. And let’s not forget being a short mile from Franklin Barbeque and Amy’s Ice Creams (you’ll feel less guilty if you walk to those).

Hope over to SecondShelters.com for the fab interiors.

Malibu Real Estate Malibu, California: Located on a 21-mile stretch of shore 30 miles west of Los Angeles, it’s the coastal playground of movie stars, rock artists, writers, producers, and the elite of the entertainment and business worlds. Without question, Malibu real estate includes some of the most glamorous residential properties in the world.  

Per current listings on Realtor.com, the average home on the Malibu real estate market is listed at around $4 million but can run to the high eight figures.  By way of example, we’re taking a look at two stunning contemporary Malibu properties, each with its own ambiance.  One is light and airy, with an almost nautical air, perched in the hills overlooking the shore. The other a powerbroker’s moody, sexy retreat, with a spectacular lake-like pool.  

U.S. home building trends tend to start on the coasts, so for a look at what the west has to offer in coastal splendor, keep reading at SecondShelters.com now

La GrangeOver on SecondShelters.com, we’re featuring a property in La Grange that could be both a second home and an income property – and it boasts some of the richest connections to pre-state Texas history we’ve seen in quite some time.

The Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House was home to an Alamo hero, a couple of heroes from the Battle of San Jacinto, and was a proposed site for the capital of Texas. And of course, nowadays it would make a perfect getaway for all those fun things to do in and near La Grange – Round Top, kayaking and more!

Check it out here.

Queue the James Bond music

Perched 1,600 feet above the St. Lawrence River, any James Bond villain would be at home plotting the fate of the world in this modern luxe pad.  Just looking at the exterior, it’s no wonder it was the winner of a 2014 Nobilis prize awarded by Provincial Association of Quebec Homebuilders. It’s doubly no wonder it was seen in the pages of Wallpaper and Architectural Digest.

This aerie is located about 90 minutes northeast of Quebec City. By the numbers, it has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms within a generous 4,059 square feet of genius architecture.  It’s listed with local Christie’s rep Profusion Realty LLC agents Guillaume L’Ecuyer and Stéphane Caron for C$1.988 million.  Thanks to a strong US dollar, that’s more like US $1.57 million to you and me.

Schuss over to SecondShelters.com to see the inside of this masterpiece.

416 Lighthouse Drive, Horseshoe Bay, TX, Photos Courtesy Tammie Bennett, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

When former NASA astronaut, Captain James A. Lovell, first listed his beloved Horseshoe Bay lake house back in 2016, I thought it would be scooped up faster than you can say lightyear – but as many real estate markets prove, it takes time to find the right buyer.

So what would Jim Lovell do when he’s ready to get serious about selling his lake house? He’d stay calm, cool, and collected, then pull the trigger on a price cut when he’s go for launch.

Fast forward a bit and I am on the receiving end of such news. “I just got off the phone with Jim,” says Tammie Bennet, listing agent and top producer at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. “He and Marilyn are some of the nicest people I have ever met, so accessible and willing to share.”

My ears perk up as if I were on the phone with Jim Lovell myself. This is the man who gave us, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” and commanded one of the most iconic Apollo missions next to NASA’s first landing on the moon.

See what Bennet had to say on SecondShelters.com …

Why consider renovating an old house in Corsicana?

The small town off of Interstate 45 between Dallas and Waco is familiar to some Dallasites, if only for the stigma-defying fruitcake at its Collin Street Bakery.  But recently, Corsicana has been enjoying quite a different sort of buzz — a downtown art center, 100 West, or 100W, as it is known, is calling attention to the community, and in a good way. An artist and writer’s residency program offers space and support for promising creatives. Gallery space is springing up. Shops and restaurants are being cultivated in the historic downtown.

Corsicana was a thriving metropolis in oil boom years of the early 1900s. Wealthy residents built lovely houses. Many still exist and are good prospects for renovation. It’s a chance to get in on the ground floor of the promising renaissance of a small town. See an example of a house which would make a lovely bed and breakfast, or second home under an hour away from Dallas-Fort Worth. Read more on SecondShelters.com now.

Stowell Ranch, 3133 County Road 518 Fraser, CO – Photo Credit LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Few mountain retreats compare to the stunningly crafted, third-generation log builder’s estate at Stowell Ranch, currently listed for $2.295 million. Nestled on 20 pristine acres in the lush and mountainous valley of Fraser, Colo., this log-built beauty is ideally situated between two sparkling ponds – with water rights – surrounded by towering Aspen and Colorado Pine trees with views that go on for miles.

See it all on SecondShelters.com.