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In Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Every June, my family and I rent a cottage in Orleans, Mass., for a week, which is in the heart of Cape Cod. Our place is right on the bay, and we watch the tide ebb and flow from our large front porch. We just returned last week and the temperature was never above 80°. Last summer, it was so chilly, we rarely swam. The air smells clean and briny, and the architecture everywhere is like a storybook. If this sounds like paradise, you’re not far off.

cape codLife is pretty sweet in Cape Cod—I’ve had the opportunity to spend many hours driving and exploring the 15 towns that make up its 339 square miles. Cape Cod stretches from Woods Hole in the southwest (where you catch ferries to Martha’s Vineyard) to Provincetown in the northeast (where we go whale watching and fishing).

The year-round population of 220,000 swells during summer months, when many thousands like us flock to Cape Cod for a holiday. I can’t help but wonder what it would cost us to buy a place up there—it’s easy to afford something if your budget is massive, but what about more reasonably priced Cape Cod real estate?

I found three places that I think just might fit the bill.




A true retreat on an island, featuring more than 5,000 square feet of luxurious interiors and a dock complete with a party deck — this is just the lake house for celebrating those patriotic holidays, holding your family close, and appreciating all of the splendid summer activities Cedar Creek Lake has to offer.

Plus, it has a bit of a celeb history, Candy says.

Read more about this beautiful listing from Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors on, and have a safe, memorable Memorial Day!




Sometimes we want to get away, but the thought of travel is just too much. Packing up everything, getting the kids ready, and climbing in the car or in a plane for hours is enough to keep us at home, ensconced in air conditioning and watching the latest releases on Netflix.

But what if you could enjoy a lake house that was just 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth? What if there was a property big enough to host you and your extended family without feeling cramped and uncomfortable? What if you could enjoy all the best things about lake living without the drive?



We’ve found just the thing! Go check out this hip pocket listing from Williams Trew over on, as it is the absolute perfect spot for a low-key family Fourth of July getaway that feels private.


Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

Vail Resorts has planned more than $50 million in upgrades to the recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort.

I know we’re all dreaming of the slopes and yummy apres ski cocktails, and if you don’t already have your winter getaway planned, well, we have some fodder for your ski vacation dreams! News just broke that Vail Resorts, which purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182 million back in September, is planning more than $50 million in upgrades to this mountain destination.

It’s all part of Vail Resorts’ ambitious capital plan to transform the guest experience at Park City, connecting the resort to the Canyons, and thereby creating more than 7,300 skiable acres. Infrastructure upgrades will be tremendous, and the impact will be felt throughout the valley. Vail Resorts is known for great skiing, and we can’t wait to see what they do!


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Even though it’s located 75 miles north of Dallas in the North Texas Red River Valley, the charming and private ranch at 423 Butterfield Road in Denison reminds me much more of a Hill Country paradise than a Grayson County compound, but at about half the price you’d expect to pay down south. Amidst a heavily wooded 16 acres behind a gated drive, this celebrity getaway-style retreat is the ultimate in relaxation and privacy.



Wow, check this gorgeous place out. Sitting high on a hilltop with stunning views in all directions, the ranchtopia at 11812 County Road 1104 in Celina is a massive spared-no-expense masterpiece of Texas charm. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and this 21.416 acre horse property is absolutely no exception. (more…)

cp fishingWe’ve looked at a few ski areas recently (namely Aspen and Taos), but as the temperatures warm and ski season begins to wrap up, it’s time to return closer to home and talk about the really important stuff: bass fishing! (more…)

This beach house at 1 Esther’s Island Road is on the market for $3.695 million.

“The sales market — this is probably the strongest season we’ve had in probably five years,” said Jennifer Shalley, research director at Windwalker Real Estate based out of Nantucket, Mass. “It’s a really, really healthy market. A lot of buyers have been waiting.”

Not many locations can claim to have the kind of brisk sales that Nantucket does. Part of it is cache, of course. The island off the northeastern coast is very popular with the well-to-do, and the prices reflect that.

“We’re definitely seeing more activity in the higher end,” Shalley said. “The $4 to $5 million range is seeing the most activity.”

Shalley took a few moments with Second Shelters to tell us why Nantucket is so popular for second home buyers:

Second Shelters: In top-tier properties, what are some typical amenities second home buyers should look for? What are some popular upgrades?

Shalley: Given that Nantucket is a unique island destination, “turn-key” vacation homes are highly sought after so that vacation home buyers may move right in and enjoy immediate use of their summer home. Those properties that have been recently constructed or renovated, and are offered completely furnished, are in very high demand. Properties with pools are also highly sought after, especially if they are located near the town of Nantucket. If the property does not have a pool, many buyers will look at the feasibility of adding one, and then upgrade at a later date, both for their own enjoyment and for the potential to boost rental income.

SS: As far as on/off seasons go, when is the island the busiest? What time of year do sales peak?

Shalley: Nantucket’s high-season is typically during the months of July and August when New England’s weather is the warmest. The island offers a wonderful respite from the summer heat and it tends to lure the most number of visitors during this time. However, if you ask someone who knows Nantucket well, I imagine one might say that the most beloved months are September and October. The weather is still beautiful and the water’s warm — the island has a less subtle, but still spectacular buzz about it. As property sales go, the summer and fall months typically are when home sales peak — it’s hard not to fall in love with the island when you are here!

You can’t help but fall in love with the classic East Coast feel of 200 Polpis Road, which is on the market for $6.95 million.

SS: What’s the inside track on some of the homes for sale? Anything eyebrow raising? Any home(s) that pique your interest in particular?

Shalley: The best thing about the current Nantucket real estate market is that there remain compelling values for buyers seeking opportunity in a recovering real estate market. From beach home to renovation project, to quaint properties nestled in town there are so many choices.

Find out more about some of the gorgeous Nantucket homes for sale on Windwalker Real Estate’s home page.