chapelThis week’s historical shelter takes us to the village of North Lopham, Norfolk, England, where a Methodist chapel built in 1826 shows us that you can never, ever, judge a book by its cover.

The former chapel that once contained three bays, is now an open floor plan sitting on a little more than a half acre of land. And as you know, we’re suckers for a good church conversion. (more…)

TampaEditor’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 29th city on the list — Wichita Falls, Texas. This week, we look at Tampa, Florida, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

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Jeff Buerger with Hall and Hall has listed Cascade Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colorado for $3.975 million.

An approximately 260-acre gentleman’s ranch/executive retreat is up for grabs and you’re not going to believe the location! The rare mountain property, known as Cascade Ranch, is ideally nestled in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and comes enveloped by Arapahoe National Forest.

And it’s the ranch’s southern exposure that really wows! The property faces Mt. Goliath, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Bierstadt for jaw-dropping mountain views with the privacy of a secluded forest.

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Vermont

Geoffrey Wolcott of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 506 N. Hill Road, Stowe, Vermont for $10,950,000.

Curious how far your money will go in Vermont? Why not consider this oasis of luxury, privacy, and visual indulgence. For $11 million dollars, you can own a secluded retreat that epitomizes the “rustic modern country experience.” And trust us, you won’t be able to take your eyes off it!

Privately nestled on 68.47-pristine-acres, sits this eleven-bedroom, twelve-full-and-three-half-bathroom estate awaiting its new owner. According to the listing, the property includes “stone walls, hardscapes, ledge outcroppings, curated plantings, woodland paths, streams, and deep interconnected ponds.” If that doesn’t entice you, there’s more … so much more.

For starters, Stowe is a coveted mountain enclave located in northern Vermont. It’s known for breathtaking trails, fantastic ski slopes, and the famed “Little River,” which runs right through the heart of town. And here at 506 N. Hill Road, you’ll live close to it all yet feel world’s away. (more…)

Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

Mary Martin

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

While everything we could find on Kellogg indicated he was a farmer, we can’t help but appreciate that he did an excellent job making sure every inch of this house has a view of those rolling lawns, stacked Connecticut fieldstone walls, mature trees, and gardens, too. (more…)

Tahitienne is one of the first “high-rises” built on Oahu’s Gold Coast. Originally an eight-story building, a ninth-floor penthouse was added at some point. It rests alone with 2,800 square feet plus an additional 645 square foot lanai that stretches 50 linear feet across the ocean. There are three bedrooms with two and a half bathrooms in this Hawaiian condo.

Listed at $6.4 million with Anne Oliver from Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, it’s a sweet place to call home. (more…)

Our Splurge: Hunter J Finch with Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 88482 Agate Lane, Bandon, Oregon for $2,950,000.

Ever dream of living on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast? Perhaps a second home in Bandon, Oregon is for you? With an idyllic coastal setting, and year-round fishing, hiking, cycling, and golf, Bandon affords a one-of-a-kind lifestyle.

And as the local say, “If the wind picks up, just bundle up – and experience some of the most dramatic storm watching in Oregon.” (more…)

Passing by a long-vacant lot, a sign suddenly appeared heralding the future of six townhouses facing the ocean on Oahu’s storied Kahala Avenue.

The lot’s most recent history involves a Japanese billionaire who purchased over 30 homes and lots in this small enclave that he subsequently let deteriorate. Some thought his plan was to degrade the neighborhood so he could buy more at a bargain.

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