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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com and CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: I adore writing about these historical shelters every week, but I especially loved talking with the Warrens, who took this historic Waxahachie home and embraced its period charm while still keeping an eye on modernizing where appropriate, to create a perfectly darling home.

Whether you’re looking for that quiet weekend home for play after your workweek, or a great potential second home that has some income prospects as well via Airbnb, this week’s historical shelter in Waxahachie is an opportunity to get an adorable home at a great price point, with plenty of designer upgrades.

And we say designer, we mean it. Award-winning interior designer Courtney Warren and her husband Joel bought this home to create a homey, yet luxurious retreat with the comforts of big city living (restaurants, shopping, entertainment) but the quiet of the small town.

“It’s part of the Metroplex, but it feels so far removed,” Warren said about the town. “It’s so nice to get away to a slower pace.”

In recent vacation home surveys from the National Association of Realtors, buyers say the ideal vacation home is located within a two-hour drive of their primary residence. Waxahachie is roughly a 30 to 40-minute drive.

“Waxahachie is one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets,” Warren said. “It’s still so charming. We have a lot of growth, and it’s an easy commute.”

Warren said it took about three months to bring the home from drab and dated to updated and charming.

“In the beginning, you can’t even imagine what it could be, and when it’s finished, you can’t even remember how bad it was,” she said.

Photos courtesy Courtney Warren

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It’s a home that’s seen a lot of Norman, Oklahoma, history, and after painstaking renovation, it’s going to make some Sooner fan a great potential second home, since it’s a quick walk from campus and all the game-day fun.

L.J. Edwards was one of the original homesteaders, arriving when it was still Norman Station in June 1890, a year after the Land Run of 1889 brought settlers to the town. Four years later, he built a beautiful Victorian home for his family and his first wife, Mary. Edwards served as the president of the chamber of commerce, president of the Norman school board, and chairman of the park board.

He was also responsible for selecting the slogan of the town — “The University City.”

In the years that followed, the home at 204 S. University Blvd., became the place where things happened — including a meeting that ushered in the beginning of the University of Oklahoma. (more…)

hot springsNestled in the Quachita Mountains, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is one of those towns that tourists have historically sought. Its hot springs have been the stuff of legend since anyone can remember — Native American tribes ascribed medicinal attributes to them.

The town fell under federal protection in 1832 (and even now, it’s historic core is still the oldest federal reserve in the country today), and by the time it incorporated in 1851, its hot springs made it a resort town. In the 1920s and 30s, it was the place Al Capone and other mobsters went to get away from it all.

Today, Hot Springs retains its spa and resort beginnings with its bathhouses and fine dining, but there’s also something for the sportsman, too, from fishing to Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. It’s also a family friendly place, with state parks, museums, and a short day trip to dig up diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

This week’s historical shelter was built about 45 years after the town’s incorporation and is perfectly situated near downtown Hot Springs and the historic Bath House Row in the Quapaw-Prospect District, an area chock full of historic homes (in fact, in district’s application to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, the count was 230 historic homes within the confines of the proposed district) that sits at the base of the West Mountain. (more…)

For $350,000 and some elbow grease, someone is going to snag this bed-and-breakfast ready historical shelter on the way to Toledo Bend Lake in Shelbyville, Texas. It’s just a matter of when, and who, not if.

The Bickham House, now on the state registry of historic homes, was built around 1885 after the original home (built in 1850) was razed by fire. The builder, Frederick Lee Bickham, was the stepson of longtime Shelbyville resident J.M. Crawford.

By 1972, the land and the homes on it had passed to N.O. Thomas, Jr., who restored the main home and renamed the historical shelter “Welcome Hall.”

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historical shelterIt’s not often that you can find a property with the kind of income potential this week’s historical shelter has for less than $1 million.

But this six bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath colonial revival home in Cape Charles, Virginia, has been lovingly restored and renovated, and also had an addition to accommodate the history of the home (indeed, it pre-dates the town’s founding by almost 60 years) and the modern needs for more living space and amenities. (more…)

MamaroneckImagine a home that’s a brief drive to everything Manhattan has to offer, but also gorgeous water views that stretch from Larchmont Harbor to the Long Island Sound.

Hi — we’ve found it for you. Check out this gorgeous and luxurious 1927 Spanish Mediterranean home in the gated Edgewater Point area of Mamaroneck, New York. With four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, this home is beautifully appointed both inside and out. (more…)

Historical shelterThe bones of the Baer Barn B&B in Fredericksburg are steeped in history — the original structure was built in 1860. But this historical shelter has seen a little bit of new construction and a great deal of upgrading, making it a seamless combination of old and new.

The home sits on 4.81 acres of Hill Country land, just outside of the main part of Fredericksburg proper. Built of log, timber, and rock, the home and guest house would be a great income generator and also a great place to plan a day of wine tours and fine dining. (more…)