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…)

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…)

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.

Brenham

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.” (more…)

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…)

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.

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WrightIt’s not uncommon to find a midcentury modern, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home that embraces nature — after all, that was pretty much Wright’s forte. And this week’s historical shelter definitely embraces that yen for nature the famous architect’s work inspires.

And even better, it belongs to a SecondShelters.com reader. Pat Wood wrote us this month to tell us about her home — Kittatinny Manor, located along Eastern Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, which is part of the Appalachian mountain range.

“Our home is a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced, environmental, and eco-friendly poured concrete home on 15 wooded Clean and Green acres,” Wood said. “This is a nature lover’s paradise or for someone looking for some seclusion.”

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