A Concord, Massachusetts, home that was built before the Revolutionary War is on the market for the first time since 1949 — making it a perfect choice for this week’s historical shelter.

We have all the details on this lovingly updated home on SecondShelters.com.

This week we take you to a place known as “America’s Favorite Island” where 12 miles of pristine beaches, 24 world-class golf courses, and 300 tennis courts make low-country living a way of life. Hilton Head, South Carolina, is revered as a magical place, abundant in natural beauty, and home to one of the top 10 family beaches in the U.S.

We think it’s the perfect site for our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we pin two incredible vacation homes against one another – both equal in size and amenities but with price points that are miles apart. If you are considering a beachfront setting for your second home, Hilton Head is worth a look.

See them both on SecondShelters.com now. Which one is your favorite?

Single Family Resale Median Prices

News media loves the biggest car crash, so during the Recession, Las Vegas and a few other cities were ever-present in the headlines of bad real estate news.  The table above illustrates how deep the crater went and how far it’s returned to pre-Recession levels. For homebuyers in the market, you may have missed out on the gains from the depths of the market, but there is still room for building equity.

I say that because, as of March 2018, The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reports just over a month’s supply of homes on the market with roughly 30 percent fewer homes listed this past year (but 6.4 percent more condos).  Couple that with a 15.7 percent year-over-year increase in single-family home sales prices and a 30.1 percent increase in condo prices. That translates into a median single-family home selling price of $280,000 and $160,000 for condos and townhomes.  That compares with a historical average of 5 percent annual appreciation.  All this activity and you’d think you were in Dallas.

Head over to SecondShelters.com for more on the Las Vegas real estate heatwave.

When you travel to Tuscany, you cannot help but fall in love with the lifestyle, the landscape, and the architecture. It never leaves your soul. If you’re very lucky, you can take the latter two elements and recreate them. That is what the owners of 4655 Meadowood Road did, and they accomplished it in my opinion. They created a perfect Italian villa in Old Preston Hollow. In fact, when the photos first rolled across my desktop, I was certain someone had sent me an Italian SecondShelters.com property for consideration. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Italy, and I’ve never seen anyone get the look and feel quite so right before. (more…)

3107 Brass Buttons Trail Austin, TX is listed for $999,900 by Jacque Krenek with Austin Area Properties.

A little birdie told me that a recent networking event in Austin was a huge hit, drawing top producers from all over the country who are raving about the city’s culture, cuisine, and nightlife in their Instagram feeds. Seeing all my real estate friends living it up in the state capitol got me thinking. What can I get for a million in Austin? From a lakefront darling on Brass Buttons Trail, to a Travis Heights stunner oozing flawless modern design, what I found may surprise you.

See these gems deep in the heart of Texas on SecondShelters.com now.

13 Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC is currently listed for $4,695,000 by Lenora White of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

This week we zero in on one of the country’s oldest and most beloved port cities, South Carolina’s own Charleston. Originally founded as “Charles Town” to honor King Charles II of England, the historic town was recently voted America’s No.  1 Small City for the fifth year in a row!

From its cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses, to its elegant French Quarter and Battery districts, Charleston is a town filled with character and seaside charm. Whether it’s island hopping you’re after, or a desire to savor the heirloom culinary fare, there is something for everyone – including fabulous second homes for vacationers, or those looking to relocate or retire. Here we showcase the city’s hottest real estate in our latest Splurge vs. Steal featuring two Charleston properties that are equally refined and ideally located, but with very different price points.

See it now on SecondShelters.com and tell us: Which would you choose?

3337 Walton Way Ext, Augusta, GA, currently listed for $925,000 by Dorothy Peterson of Blanchard & Calhoun-Evans.

Come for the golf, stay for the pimento cheese, they say.

As if Amen corner, blooming azaleas, and the way the sunlight peeks through the trees weren’t enough, Augusta, Georgia, is flush with golf’s greatest moments. Yes, since 1934, Augusta has played home and host to the iconic Masters Tournament, but it’s also known for its historic and downright breathtaking architecture. With the Masters looming, I was inspired to see just how far a million dollars would go in the Augusta real estate market. What I find will leave you wanting more!

See for yourself on SecondShelters.com now.

Back in the day — 1852, to be exact — Fort Clark (now Fort Clark Springs) was a bustling headquarters for the C and E companies of the U.S. First Infantry Regiment under the command of Major Joseph H. LaMotte. Nestled in Kinney County, it was meant to guard the Mexican border and protect the military road to El Paso.

During its heyday, it was home to officers like Gen. George S. Patton, Major General William Rufus Shafter (otherwise known as Pecos Bill), Gen. John Lapham Bullis, and Gen. Jonathan Wainwright. (more…)