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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 27th city on the list — Charleston, South Carolina. This week, we look at Springfield, Missouri, and found three great homes — all for less than $350,000. (more…)

Mardi GrasOn a street lined historic homes, in a neighborhood full of historic homes, this week’s historical shelter may be small, but it’s also the antidote for any Mardi Gras FOMO you might be experiencing this year.

On a street lined historic homes, in a neighborhood full of historic homes, this week’s historical shelter may be small, but it’s also the antidote for any Mardi Gras FOMO you might be experiencing this year.

After all, if you’ve been flicking through photos of all the festivities going on right now, you might also be having a bit of internal conflict — how do you get close to all that fun, but not so close that you’re dealing the hustle and bustle of the New Orleans French Quarter?

The answer just might be in this 1919 Greek Revival building, where one of 10 units is up for sale for $299,500. Located at 1206 Chartres St., Unit 2 is the perfect pad for the occasional NOLA visitor, who wants more comfort and freedom than the usual hotel.

Courtesy of MardiGrasNewOrleans.com

And, bonus, it’s also on a few of the parade routes, but not every parade route. (more…)

North PoleAs we count down to mere single digits before Christmas Day, what better town to visit than North Pole, Alaska, where we’ve found a renovated Midcentury cabin surrounded by trees?

That’s right, North Pole.

Now, purists will say that the town, with a population of a little more than 2,000, just 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks is not the true North Pole, but hundreds of thousands of children each year send their Santa letters there just the same, and thousands of people ship their Christmas cards to the post office there just so they can have the town’s postmark on the envelopes.

The charming community also responds to letters addressed to 1 Santa Claus Lane, too, and the city’s fire trucks and ambulances are all red, and the police cars are green and white. (more…)

The Splurge: 97 Pelletreau Street, Southampton, NY is currently listed by Harold Grant and Bruce Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty Southampton Brokerage for $2.995 million.

Summer in the Hamptons anyone? Our Splurge vs. Steal will have you dreaming of a getaway to the posh second home area, and for good reason. From sandy beaches and celebrity sightings, to crystal blue waters, wineries, luxury shops and fine dining, Southampton is the summer vacation spot we all need! This week we zero in on two exceptional Southampton, NY properties, each with sparkling pools, ample square footage, and plenty of bedrooms to host a crowd, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which one would you choose? See them both and tell us which one strikes your fancy on SecondShelters.com now.

anteks spring social

Join us at this evening at Anteks Curated (Preston Center East) when we’ll host the Villas at Cortina (Telluride) and 505 Ranch (at Cedar Creek). Time is 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Yours truly will  speak on housing trends, particularly vacation home properties, and my beloved True Food will share hors d’oeuvres alongside Stoli cocktails.

505 Ranch Cedar Creek

The 505 Ranch at Cedar Creek Lake

I cannot think of a better way to prep for a ski trip, can you?

Villas at Cortina

The Villas at Cortina, Telluride, CO

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Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cape Cod has historic roots in American history, one of the earliest places the Pilgrims settled, later becoming a thriving fishing, whaling, and trading area.

But the romantic mythos of the Cape took off during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, much of which was based out of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port. JFK gave his acceptance speech there after winning the 1960 election, and returned frequently during his presidency. The Kennedy’s Camelot and Cape Cod are inextricably linked in the American imagination.

But contrary to popular belief, Cape Cod is not just a haven for the rich and famous. There’s a range of housing available, with many beauties available for under $400,000.

Read the full article over on SecondShelters.com!

 

Hickory Tree Sunset HCOTW

Do you have lake house fever? I know I do. It seems like I am constantly combing through listings at Cedar Creek Lake, trying to find a getaway for my family and favorite peeps. After all of this rain we’ve had recently, the lake is in great shape, too, which means this summer you’ll want to find your own little weekend property where you can dock your boat, crack open a Corona, and enjoy a sunset.

This little spot on Hickory Tree Road in Mabank is the perfect place, too, and Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans can make sure you get the right financing for you lake house. Don’t take chances on your lake house dreams! Call Lisa Peters today to finance your slice of summer heaven on Cedar Creek Lake.

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Glorious pond, lighted fountain, gazebo with power, metal roof.Anyone who can work from home and live in the country, pay attention: I have found your paradise! Chefs and gourmands, go from ground to garnish in five minutes. This is truly one of the most amazing properties I have ever seen, and it is just an hour east of Dallas on I-20. There are so many “firsts” and innovative design touches in this compound, you do feel like you are in the heart of Preston Hollow but have just kind of helicoptered over the traffic.

Well, you could very well have: there is a helicopter pad and even a fuel tank, so you won’t run out of gas.

Located near the quaint town of Canton, county seat of Van Zandt County, home to the famous “First Monday Trades Days” flea market, you are in God’s green acres out here with trees, water, rolling hills and the freshest air you can find. And even better, you can grow your own food! Top notch medical facilities and equally excellent schools are available nearby. At night, you hear no sirens or tires screeching — just birds and the jack rabbits scurrying through the grass. Rather than watch traffic jams on the mixmaster with a glass of wine while you cough cough on polluted air, you can count the bats flying over the house from the back porch. Like a natural Mosquito Mist, these guys eat the mosquitoes and keep them off of people. Canton has a country club with golf course, a new Splash Kingdom, not a $3.5 billion Dreamvision vision, no Starbucks but Val’s Italian in town. Recreational lakes are thirty minutes away — Tawakoni, Cedar Creek and Lake Palestine.

Of course, why would you drive there when you have your own lake?

Why would you even leave this pastoral heaven except to go to church and shopping? Like I said, if you can work from home even two days a week, listen up.


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