A SHM Architects-designed lakehouse in Long Cove, Texas

Architects — well, good architects — think about interior and exterior space to a degree that most lay people would never think of. That’s why when you hear Mark Hoesterey, principal architect at SHM Architects in Dallas, talk about Costco closets and other things you never think of when building a second home, you nod your head vigorously in agreement, wondering why you never noticed these things before. We tapped into Hoesterey’s brilliant mind to share the most sought-after features that homeowners want (and need) in a vacation home. (more…)

Sean and Beth Payton have this yummy beach house on the Gulf coast of Florida in between Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Florida. Commenters on NOLA have said he’s fighting to keep it. If I were his wife, I’d fight like hell for it. Hell hath no wrath like a man who comes between a woman and her beach home. Anyhoo, here is the Payton beach house on one of my favorite beaches, Watercolor, near Panama City Beach, Florida. Walk about twenty feet and you are in Seaside.  Sean is apparently super generous with his beach house and it is often loaded with football celebs who get an impromptu game of “7 on 7″ touch football going on the beach that usually generates a lot of Watercolor buzz, especially when Tony and Candice Romo are in the fun.

Payton was the Cowboys assistant coach in Dallas from 2003 through 2005.


Looking at homes in Watercolor, this one is right on the beach and not too far from the Payton’s pad. Because it’s on the beach and ,mere minutes from the Beach Club, this one will set you back about $3,200,000 with 3500 ish square feet, three stories, three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and tons of relaxing porches.