Our Splurge: 1828 Cypress Isle, James City County, Virginia, is currently listed by Numbers Marley of Long & Foster Real Estate for $1,800,000.

Only a handful of locations have a history as rich as Williamsburg, Virginia, but taking a walk through the past isn’t the only thing drawing visitors from all over the world — luxurious spas, world-class golf, hiking, five-star restaurants, and living history museums pack quite a punch when searching for a sweet second shelter with historic flair. That is why today we pin two exceptional properties against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, both exuding elegance and style, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which Williamsburg home would you choose? The Riverfront Splurge or the Federal-Style Colonial Steal? Take your pick on SecondShelters.com today!

205 Bay Point Drive Horseshoe Bay is currently listed for $2.9 million by Joanie Capalupo with Moreland Properties. 

It has been featured on the cover of Metropolitan Home. It sits on a .64-acre lot on the shores of Lake LBJ. It has a Horseshoe Bay address with lagoon-style pool, stunning live oak trees, and mature green space. This listing is hotter than a firecracker, and it’s currently on the market for a cool $2.9 million. What makes it a stand out from the crowd? Just take a look at those views.

There’s more where that came from over on SecondShelters.com!

6409 Bouquet Spgs, Victor, Idaho is currently listed by Mark and Julie Rockefeller of Teton Valley Realty for $920,000. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

Many have heard of the “Grand Tetons” but few realize the iconic mountain range spans approximately 40 miles in a north-south direction through the state of Wyoming, just east of the Idaho state line. With a variety of mountain ranches, luxurious golf courses, phenomenal breweries, distilleries, and a plethora of hiking options, Victor, Idaho, is Teton County’s hidden gem.

Whether you’re looking for a hiking and craft brew experience, a horse ride through breathtaking mountain trails, or want to sip a nice red on the patio surrounded by everything mother nature has to offer … Victor has you covered, and without the sticker shock of its pricier counterparts. Ahem, Cour d’Alene, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley.

This made me wonder, what can I get for $1 million in Victor, Idaho? What I find is the epitome of rustic luxury living with, you guessed it, Teton Mountain views! The best part? It’s listed for $920K! See it on SecondShelters.com now!

Perhaps you’ve heard about it from a friend, saw it in a magazine, or read about it on CandysDirt.com – whatever it is, the secret is out on Horseshoe Bay. This striking resort community attracts second home buyers of all kinds, from captains of industry, to watersport enthusiasts, golfers, to astronauts. Above all, it’s where families go for a slice of Texas paradise on Lake LBJ. This begs the question, what can I get for $1 Million in Horseshoe Bay? What we find may surprise you. And yes folks, it’s a waterfront estate!

See it now on SecondShelters.com!

Our Splurge: 206 Arlington Road, West Palm Beach, FL is currently listed by Brandon L. Rinker of Rinker Realty for $1.7 million.

Nothing beats fun in the sun in West Palm Beach, Florida, so we are going to get right to it! These Splurge vs. Steal picks speak for themselves, and while both have three bedrooms, two baths, and luxuriously updated interiors, the price points and locations are miles apart. Which one would you choose for your West Palm Beach escape?

Pick your West Palm Beach poison over on SecondShelters.com now!

Not the newspaper you want to see on your vacation over coffee and croissants

Events of the past few weeks in Hawaii should send second home owners looking for their home insurance policies.  Regardless of whether your property is located in the mountains, by the sea or anywhere else, insurance is critical. Remember, there’s always some disaster to be protected from. And in the case of second homes, their often far flung location may catch you off guard in insurance matters.

Think about it. You’re used to the potential disasters where you live, but those risks are often different elsewhere. My Dallas home owner’s policy has little need to discuss avalanches, hurricanes, tsunamis or volcanos.  Homes in Hawaii may fall victim to all four, but are unlikely to be concerned with tornados.

Head over to SecondShelters.com for more.

3845 Tapadero Drive, Colorado Springs, CO is currently listed by Thomas Lazzaro with Sellstate Alliance Realty for $1 million.

From Garden of the Gods and iconic Pikes Peak, to the Broadmoor AAA Five-Diamond resort and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Colorado Springs. With second home prices on the rise, it got me thinking, what can I get for $1 million in Colorado Springs?

Let’s take a look at what’s currently on the market and see on SecondShelters.com now.

 

The Splurge: 97 Pelletreau Street, Southampton, NY is currently listed by Harold Grant and Bruce Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty Southampton Brokerage for $2.995 million.

Summer in the Hamptons anyone? Our Splurge vs. Steal will have you dreaming of a getaway to the posh second home area, and for good reason. From sandy beaches and celebrity sightings, to crystal blue waters, wineries, luxury shops and fine dining, Southampton is the summer vacation spot we all need! This week we zero in on two exceptional Southampton, NY properties, each with sparkling pools, ample square footage, and plenty of bedrooms to host a crowd, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which one would you choose? See them both and tell us which one strikes your fancy on SecondShelters.com now.