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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 20th city on the list — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This week, we look at Athens, Georgia, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

“For a healthy dose of Southern charm and affordable living, you can retire in picturesque Athens, Georgia,” MoneyWise said. “With just 120,000 residents, this friendly college town offers a warm climate without being stuffed to the gills with retirees like Florida.”

“Although multiple neighborhoods have made it into the National Register of Historic Places, Athens maintains a youthful atmosphere and is known for its low cost of living, internationally famous music scene, and great golf, hiking, and other active pursuits in nearby state parks.”

Want to see what we found in Athens? Head over to SecondShelters.com.

Strait“I still have my home in San Antone
When I greet my neighbor with a ‘hi y’all’
I’m wealthy as a king upon a throne
You can have your mansion or your cottage small
I’ll just take my home in San Antone”

Or, you know, not. Seems George Strait is putting his San Antonio Santa Fe-style abode on the market — and if you’re looking for plenty of room to roam and some pretty plush living, this estate in The Dominion might just be the luxury property you’re looking for.

How do we know? Well, there’s the 12.2 secluded acres that come with the property at 10 Davenport, the one-of-a-kind design by the late Bill Tull, 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces, stained glass windows, Saguaro cactus rib shutters, custom long leaf yellow pine hardwood floors, and a custom-designed copper bar top, for starters.

Outside, there are plenty of spaces to entertain, including an infinity pool and spay that overlooks downtown San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Realtor Tamara Strait (yes, the country legend’s daughter-in-law) with Strait Luxury and Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty told Cowboys & Indians the nearly 8,000-square-foot home isn’t just special because of who is currently on the deed.

“What is so special about this house is not really who owns it,” she said. “It’s special because of the amazing thought and attention to detail that was put in to every step of the build. This home truly is one of a kind and can never be recreated.”

Interested? Head over to SecondShelters.com to get more details.

BerkeleyIf you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind historic showplace in Berkeley, California, this 1926 treasure is a must-see. From the stunning 3,087-square-feet home to the naturesque 6,970-square-feet lot, every inch of indoor and outdoor living space is designed to dazzle the senses.

Located on a private cul-de-sac at 2772 Hilgard Avenue, the sprawling two-story home – nestled amid lush native greenery and old growth trees – has the secluded feel of an intimate compound although UC Berkeley and the Greek Theatre are just steps away.

Between sweeping interior design, arched doorways, ceramic tilework accents, terra cotta tile flooring, and multiple stucco fireplaces, the three-bedroom – four bath home has the look and feel of a European villa.

The home’s distinct connection to nature and the outdoors is part of its magical appeal. In addition to expansive paned windows and glass walls with loads of natural light, double doors opening to the balcony and earthy courtyard let the alfresco feel in, and views of San Francisco and the bay are breathtaking. (more…)

second homeHawaii? Nope. California? Nope. Florida? Nope. Where is the hottest second home market in the U.S.? Ocean City, New Jersey.

According to an analysis of second home purchases by SmartAsset, Ocean City rose to the top of the list thanks to a whopping 79.38 percent of its mortgages were for secondary residences. The coastal town has 2,865 mortgages for second homes and 744 for primary residences.

For comparison’s sake, the next closest city on the list, Salisbury, Maryland, had 54 percent of its mortgages going to second homes.

And areas you’d think might be at the top like Destin, Florida or Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii had a mere 53 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

“To complete our rankings, we compared two metrics: the total number of home purchases and the number of home purchases made for non-primary residences,” SmartAsset said.

How did Texas fare? Who else made the list? Head over to SecondShelters.com to find out.

 

RichardsonEditor’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 23rd city on the list — Thousand Oaks, Calfornia. This week, we look somewhere very familiar: Richardson, where we found three great homes — all for less than $410,000.

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DelanoBy Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

If the walls of this timeless 1914 treasure could talk, what name-dropping stories they could tell! Some of the world’s most notable structures are among the works of award-winning New York architect, William Adams Delano, including palatial mansions for the Rockefeller family and Otto Kahn. But Chestnut Court was his personal haven that he designed for himself.

Located at 2 Chestnut Court in Muttontown, New York, this 6,100-square-foot stucco Tudor contains two and three levels, eight bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, and an immaculately-landscaped two-acre estate with a stone patio, wooden deck, and swimming pool. (more…)

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 24th city on the list — Las Cruces, New Mexico. This week, we look at Thousand Oaks, California, and found in California “frugal” is relative, but still found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

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NeutraWhen shipbuilder John Rados purchased a large, hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles in the 50s, he turned to a fellow Austro-Hungarian to create a home that would put those views to best use — Richard Neutra.

Rados fled the Austro-Hungarian Empire with his family 50 years prior to the purchase of that land, and by then his family had built the Harbor Boat Building Company into one of the country’s most prolific shipbuilding firms.

Neutra was a wise choice for the Rancho Palos Verdes, California, land, as he was known for his unfussy post-war design that showcased the phenomenal views available in Southern California.

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