It’s not often that we are able to bring you a historical shelter that is a) close enough to be able to attend an open house, and b) is having an open house so you can actually go see it in the flesh.

Today, you’re in luck, because we have an adorable historical storefront that could be commercial property, but is currently staged and used as a home — in the cute little East Texas town of Golden.

Close to Mineola, as a home, it manages to give up both a farmhouse country feel and an industrial loft feel at the same time.

Check it out on SecondShelters.com.

Glorious pond, lighted fountain, gazebo with power, metal roof.Anyone who can work from home and live in the country, pay attention: I have found your paradise! Chefs and gourmands, go from ground to garnish in five minutes. This is truly one of the most amazing properties I have ever seen, and it is just an hour east of Dallas on I-20. There are so many “firsts” and innovative design touches in this compound, you do feel like you are in the heart of Preston Hollow but have just kind of helicoptered over the traffic.

Well, you could very well have: there is a helicopter pad and even a fuel tank, so you won’t run out of gas.

Located near the quaint town of Canton, county seat of Van Zandt County, home to the famous “First Monday Trades Days” flea market, you are in God’s green acres out here with trees, water, rolling hills and the freshest air you can find. And even better, you can grow your own food! Top notch medical facilities and equally excellent schools are available nearby. At night, you hear no sirens or tires screeching — just birds and the jack rabbits scurrying through the grass. Rather than watch traffic jams on the mixmaster with a glass of wine while you cough cough on polluted air, you can count the bats flying over the house from the back porch. Like a natural Mosquito Mist, these guys eat the mosquitoes and keep them off of people. Canton has a country club with golf course, a new Splash Kingdom, not a $3.5 billion Dreamvision vision, no Starbucks but Val’s Italian in town. Recreational lakes are thirty minutes away — Tawakoni, Cedar Creek and Lake Palestine.

Of course, why would you drive there when you have your own lake?

Why would you even leave this pastoral heaven except to go to church and shopping? Like I said, if you can work from home even two days a week, listen up.


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3056 Concord Front

For an East Texas town, Tyler isn’t small potatoes. For those inclined to journey to Shreveport every so often, it’s considered the halfway point on the drive toward casino gambling and Louisiana State Police speed traps. But it’s so much more than that. It has tons of parks including a nationally renowned rose garden, as well as nearby lakes, and is home to several small college campuses.

So you can see why this city can support a luxury development, Colonial Estates, in which you’ll find this stunning chateau at 3056 Concord Place. This home is just lovely, and is a true value considering the size and level of quality in the finish-out.

3056 Concord Living

With three bedrooms, three full and two half baths, this home is spacious enough for both day-to-day life as well as hosting parties or weekend guests. And with almost 5,000 square feet of space, you’ll be sure to find a nook for some privacy and down time. It’s marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Drew Burroughs for $1.25 million.

Built in 2006, this home has all of the latest interior features buyers want with the very best materials. In the living areas you’ll appreciate the grand floor-to-ceiling arched windows and custom draperies, the dramatic chandelier and stately fireplace flanked by candelabra-style sconces. The millwork, with arched doorways fitted with well-crafted mouldings and cavernous ceilings sporting huge exposed beams, is exceptional.

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In the dining room you’ll notice the luxurious fixtures convey a sense of graciousness, with the salmon paint and white trim warmed from the glow provided by the beautiful crystal chandelier and sconces. The only turn off to this room is the carpet, which can be easily updated with either tile or hardwoods — take your pick.

The kitchen, though, is where I wouldn’t change a thing. The immense island and breakfast bar make this whole room feel huge, and considering that it is open to the family room and the breakfast nook, well, this is the space that all 21st century families crave. Polished stone floors, white custom cabinetry, granite counters, commercial-grade appliances, and beautiful fixtures make the whole cooking area an enviable environment for the most discerning home chefs.

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The master bedroom is a huge retreat, with a 24 x 17 footprint and a huge lounge area. The painted paneling (or is that wallpaper? I can’t tell) feels a bit dark and masculine, but I don’t see that as being a tough fix. I love the soffited ceiling, which adds a touch of grandeur to the room.

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The master bath has the same color scheme as the bedroom, but you’ll notice that it feels a little more sedate, thanks to the tile floor and light-colored window dressings. This is the very definition of a spa-worthy master bath, with a gigantic jacuzzi tub and a huge steam shower. Separate vanities would take it to the next level.

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In the backyard you’ll find a great little pool and an outstanding loggia for relaxing in this incredible weather. Honestly, if you’re considering moving out of the hustle-and-bustle city life to a town that’s a little more slower paced without sacrificing luxury, this home is just what you’re looking for.

3056 Concord Backyard