03/09/18 11:00am

Perhaps you, like me, continue to be intrigued by the “tiny house” trend.  For one exclusive area of Malibu, California, the tiny house thing has been more than a trend for more than 50 years.  Welcome to Paradise Cove, one of the most photographed and filmed parts of the greater Los Angeles area.  Paradise Cove is unique, not only in Malibu, but for all of the beach communities along the Pacific Coast Highway. Paradise Cove is, in simple terms a trailer park — a very fancy trailer park.

Fans of Grease, The Rockford Files, and pop culture junkies, stick around. We’re going to dish all the dirt on Paradise Cove.


03/07/18 11:00am

As yet another “Snowbird Season” draws to a close, newbies are no doubt planning the next trip to Florida.  Many are looking for the perfect place to winter over from all points north and cold.  I’ve lived in coastal areas for several years, and have witnessed the Snowbird Season up close and personal.  There is such a thing as a snowbird starter home. And, there’s one particular place many of them will choose a second, and eventual retirement home — The Villages.  As active senior developments have grown in popularity, The Villages is unique and absolutely fascinating.


03/05/18 1:33pm

SecondShelters.com loves to bring you truly exceptional homes.  This Jacksonville Beach listing is perhaps the most talked about and anticipated listing in northeast Florida in the last several years.

Jacksonville Beach is on A1A, bordered to the north by Atlantic Beach, and to the south by Ponte Vedra.  “Jax Beach,” as the locals call it, is a beachside sweet spot.  The beaches to the south and east of A1A are protected preserves.  There is no chance a residential tower or tacky souvenir shop will ever pop up and block your stellar view.


03/02/18 3:12pm

Ono Island is the most exclusive island in the Gulf Coast. Situated between Old River and the Intracoastal Waterway, Ono is a narrow sliver of paradise, just 5.5 miles long. Only 800 home sites comprise Ono’s residential-only island.  Of those, less than 30 percent sit on premium waterfront lots. This private, gated island is second home to titans of industry, celebrities, musicians, and retired professional athletes.  However, there is an unspoken rule of Ono Island for residents: We don’t drop names or discuss the locals.  It’s one of the big reasons Ono Island is so prized.  It’s private — very private.

If you love Hilton Head, but hate the traffic, Ono Island might just be your perfect Second Shelter.


02/28/18 9:40am

Aerial view of the fabulous beach retreat of Gary C. Evans and Ashley Halsey prior to the extensive landscaping devastated by Irma.

August and September 2017 was unprecedented for hurricanes in the coastal areas of the U.S. and beyond. Harvey and Irma were the houseguests from hell.  These storms delivered a one-two punch we won’t soon forget.  Hurricane Harvey pummeled and parked over Houston, dumping torrential rains — leaving the core of Texas’ largest urban area a broken shell. The Texas Gulf Coast took a beating, too.

However, Irma was a bit more fickle.  She left a swath of destruction across Florida and beyond, but many of the damaged properties were vacation homes — “Second Shelters” we like to call them.  Here’s a look at how one Dallas couple weathered the storm, literally.  Their retreat, their happy place and sanctuary is located in Marathon, Florida, the middle key of the Florida Keys.  How they came through it, and what the future holds for the people and place is nothing short of inspirational.


02/23/18 12:00pm

Sawtooth design maximizes views in all units.

In a city of celebrity, glitz, and glamour, an exceptional newcomer is creating quite a buzz. Dubbed simply “3550,” as in 3550 S. Ocean Blvd, this Palm Beach stunner is a 30-unit, gleaming glass masterpiece.  SecondShelters.com recently caught up to premier Palm Beach real estate broker John Abdelsayed of Trends Realty. “This is the first new tower in Palm Beach in more than a decade.  (The) 3550 has everything you expect from Palm Beach.”