08/19/18 9:00am

BrenhamThe beautiful 1883 Folk Victorian farmhouse built by Atreus and Katherine Clay went off the market before we could feature it as a historical shelter, and we were bummed. But it’s back on the market now, and it’s even ready to become a business again if the new buyers wish.

The farmhouse was home to four generations of the Clay family before it went on the market. The first Artreus Clay was a Texas Ranger and built his family home near Independence and Brenham to last.


And the residents of the home have honored that by keeping the home in incredible shape throughout its history. It’s been used as a bed and breakfast and wedding venue called the House of Atreus, and if the new buyer was the entrepreneurial type, it could be again.

Listing agents Savannah Gutierrez and Susan Kiel of Market Realty said it’s a chance to “own a true piece of Texas history.”


The three-bedroom, four-bath home located at 8708 Captain Scott Road in Brenham (which, by the way, is home to a certain ice cream company and lots of other attractions) has high ceilings to keep it light and airy, lots of space in the living and dining areas, plenty of fireplaces for chilly winter nights, and a spacious kitchen.

The downstairs master suite has a fireplace, and the en-suite bathroom is bright and has a to-die-for claw foot tub.

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with private bathrooms and fireplaces as well.

But this house won’t leave you feeling like you’re completely stuck in the 1800s — finishes and appliances have been updated, and there is an enclosed pool space with a lounge as well.

Gutierrez and Kiel said the original cistern for the home is still in the basement, which is also home to the wine cellar. There is also a 4,840 square foot metal shop and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest quarters on the 3.5-acre property.

Outside the property’s “beautiful, ancient live oaks and pecan trees whisper of its past and beckon you home,” the two Realtors said.

The home is listed for $449,000.

08/16/18 10:48am

128 Leisure Mountain Road, Asheville, North Carolina, is listed by Libby Mijanovich with Beverly-Hanks & Associates for $1.05 million.

Nestled in North Carolina’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains lies a town riddled with architectural history, from the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence to the 19th century Biltmore estate commissioned by one of America’s best-known families. With a vibrant arts scene, historic downtown shops and eateries, plus breathtaking mountain views, there is a lot to love about Asheville, North Carolina. But is it the right spot to buy a vacation home? We did some digging and found the best homes for around $1 million. What we uncover may surprise you.


08/14/18 8:27am

Our Splurge: 30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8,500,000.

Mahalo! Just saying that word makes me more relaxed. And what better way to escape the daily grind than dreaming of Maui? This week we found two exceptional Maui retreats, each with oceanfront views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Are you eager to hang ten with the best of them? Then check out our latest Splurge vs. Steal where we pin a surfer’s paradise splurge, against a golfer’s whale watching steal. Which one would you choose? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


08/12/18 9:47am

saint simons Summer vacation is winding to a close, but when we found this beach cottage on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, we knew we could always start thinking about next summer.

We don’t often hear about the gorgeous properties located in Georgia’s East Coast, but for folks looking for a beach home without the crowds, Realtors in the know will frequently point them in that direction.

Although Tybee Island and Jekyll Island tend to be more well-known, Saint Simons has a lot to offer — marshlands, waterways, beaches, shopping, golfing, fishing, kayaking, and dolphin watching can easily fill summer days. (more…)

08/09/18 5:49pm


Our Steal: 3009 Geronimo Trail, Austin, is currently listed by Kirk Lewis of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate for $575,000.

Looking for a Texas-sized second shelter to call your home away from home? This week we pin two exceptional Austin retreats against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal – both ideally located and equally appointed, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one will you choose, the modern masterpiece splurge for entertaining, or the Lake Apache/Lake Austin steal for fishing, canoeing, and boating with friends? The choice is yours.


08/07/18 8:30am

6034 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, is currently listed by Kimberly Fern of 1st Louisiana Realty for $1,074,990.

The “Big Easy” is known for its non-stop-nightlife, vibrant music scene, and signature spicy cuisine that plays to its rich heritage of French, African, and American roots. Add to that three centuries of storied celebrations and culture, and it’s no surprise that the most creative second shelter seekers look to New Orleans.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the most authentic and mouth-watering beignets, looking to experience the best jazz on famed Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, or fancy a stroll through the historic French Quarter, New Orleans has endless opportunities to take a step back in time and let loose. This begs the question: What can I get for $1 million in New Orleans? Here’s what I found.


08/06/18 7:30am

From 1969 to 1974, the Brady Bunch was America’s family. The show was originally a reaction to creator Sherwood Schwartz reading that a third of American marriages contained children from previous relationships. But as we learned well after the show ended, the Brady’s were more American than we knew. Patriarch Mike Brady actor Robert Reed was a closeted gay man who’d had his own sham marriage. Alice the maid was played by long-rumored lesbian Ann B. Davis. Meanwhile, the various Brady children over the years have struggled with drugs, alcohol, hair plugs, homophobic tirades, and a lot of reality TV.

The 1959 Brady Bunch house, at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, ignited a bidding war after being listed for the first time since 1973. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 2,477 square feet on nearly a third of an acre. Priced at $1.885 million, its fame pushed the listing price a third more than neighboring comps. The bidding war included Lance Bass and Miley Cyrus, who’d bid waaaay above the already fame-inflated asking price. Bass tweeted he’d gotten the home over the weekend only to retract that statement in a last-minute twist. As of this writing, the home has reportedly been purchased by an unnamed Hollywood studio willing to pay any price for the home.

UPDATE: It’s been revealed that HGTV is the buyer of the home. Parent company Discovery networks made the announcement on their earning call early this morning (8/7). The most likely scenario will be a show following the renovation and restoration of the home. Will the home then be flipped or wind up as an HGTV Giveaway home?

Being Hollywood, the home, like the show’s actors, offers a different reality to its “America’s family” façade.


08/05/18 8:59am

Every Sunday for a year, we’ve looked at some incredible historical shelters, but this week we hop the pond to England to take in a stunning church conversion.

Listed by Mount and Minster, this church is located in the village of Cold Hanworth, and was built in 1861. Originally All Saints Church, it was built by J Croft of Islington for Commodore Peter Cracroft, and also served as a memorial for his late father.