Villa MarreIn the Candy’s Media Group family, there’s at least one person with a special place in her heart for the sitcom Designing Women (maybe specifically, Julia Sugarbaker, but that’s neither here nor there). So that one person may have gotten very excited when the historic Villa Marre in Little Rock went on the market.

Why? Because Villa Marre, in addition to being a grand historic mansion, is also the exterior that stood in for the Atlanta mansion the Sugarbakers worked in.

Indeed, a few years ago Southern Living shot a video of the home in part because of its ties to the show.

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Vieux Carre It’s difficult to find an area more steeped in history — and more fun at the same time — than the Vieux Carre (or you know, French Quarter) of New Orleans.

Which is why we fairly screamed when we saw this absolute charmer of a home at the edge of the quarter, just a couple blocks from Rampart Street. In other words, close enough to enjoy the Vieux Carre entertainment, but far enough away that you can still describe the home as having a tranquil setting.

This 1897 3-bay Victorian at 915 Dauphine St. boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in about 3,100 square feet of living space.

Gloriously maintained and obviously loved living space, we might add.

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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…)

PonderosaIf you’re of a certain age, or your parents or grandparents are of a certain age and were TV western aficionados, you can probably readily identify the theme song to “Bonanza” — as well as its iconic Ponderosa ranch, home to the Cartwright family.

But what many don’t know is that Lorne Greene, who played patriarch Ben Cartwright, loved the layout and design of the ranch-style (duh) home his alter ego lived in so much that he had a replica built for his own home, located in the Apache Country Club in Mesa, Arizona.

He and his wife, Nancy, lived in the home for several years, enjoying almost 325 feet of golf course frontage. (more…)

At first, it was believed to have been sold for a record $80 million in December, but Vincent Viola’s 20,000 square foot townhome on the Upper East Side appears to be back on the market — and this time the list price is $88 million.

It’s unclear if Viola (who owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers, is CEO of Virtu Financial,  and was briefly President Donald Trump’s nominee for army secretary) and his wife Teresa are still the current owners (although what we could find in property records seems to indicate they probably are). But the home was listed in 2013 for $114 million, making the current list price a relative bargain. (more…)

While he was filming the series that made him most famous — “The Honeymooners” — Jackie Gleason built himself a New York compound that was both a place to relax in nature and a nod to the actor’s fascination with UFOs.

And today his Round House, as it’s often referred to as, is on the market for a cool $12 million, and when you see the photos, we think you’ll find this historical shelter is worth every penny. (more…)

galvestonThis week’s historical shelter is a Galveston home that the listing agent says is renovation-ready, but is also perfectly fine as it is.

We’ve talked about Galveston before, and how much the island has to offer. It isn’t a long drive from Dallas, which makes it a frequent spot for second shelter seekers in the area who want homes near the beach they can visit frequently.

And the Nephtali Grumbach House, located at 1718 Church Street, is a great example of a historical shelter that is still a quick drive (or bike ride) to a public beach, the Strand, and more that the island has to offer.

Grumbach, according to a newspaper ad we discovered, owned a dry-goods store in Galveston. (more…)