Our Splurge: Ray Chin with Hawaii Life has listed 972 Kai Hele Ku Place Apt A, Lahaina, Hawaii for $3,998,000.

Because life is better on the beach, right? According to a new study it is, and it’s increasing the life expectancy of Hawaiians like you wouldn’t believe! So much so, that we are using it as an excuse to feature two fantastic Hawaiian properties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

In 2016, a review in a respected medical journal found that Hawaiians had the highest life expectancy, averaging 81.3 years. As for other U.S. States? Mississippi had the lowest, clocking in at 74.7 years, respectively. Are you intrigued by this study?

This week we take you to Maui, also known as the second most visited island with around 2.4 million visitors each year. Would you ever consider settling down in paradise? Which will catch your eye, the stunner on 1.13 acres with ocean, mountain, and island views, or the condo with plenty of opportunities to gaze out on that Hawaiian beach?

Learn more about the study and check out our top Maui, Hawaii picks on SecondShelters now!

 

Cedar Creek Lake

Our Splurge: David Burgher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 5663 Lakeshore Court in Log Cabin, Texas for $1,850,000.

It’s only a matter of months before lake season creeps in. And if you’ve been eyeing lake homes in and around the Dallas area, have we got the Splurge vs. Steal for you! This week we put the spotlight on Cedar Creek Lake – a charming destination located just one hour southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

As the fourth largest lake in Texas with over 320 miles of shoreline it affords idyllic lake recreation, water sports, and a variety of lake homes at every price point. Whether you’re searching for a Lakeshore splurge or a Malakoff steal, Cedar Creek Lake has it all. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments. (more…)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Amy: If you are a real estate junkie like many of us at CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com, then you know there is nothing more thrilling than finding the find of all finds. Such is the case with our best of 2018 pick for Splurge vs. Steal. Who knew you could own postcard-perfect views of Lake Shasta at this price? The original post ran in August of 2018. Enjoy!

Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Lake Shasta, California

For those looking for a lake home on the West Coast, “Lake Shasta” as it’s commonly known, is tough to beat for the price. As California’s largest reservoir, it offers incredible outdoor recreation with 370 miles of shoreline and crystal blue waters for fishing, boating, and epic water-skiing. Located in the state’s northeast corner, the Shasta Cascade region is a place where you can explore volcanoes, hike through lush forests, and fish on blue-ribbon, trout-filled rivers — offering something for everyone. The best part? We located two Lake Shasta retreats for under $1 million and spill all the details in our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Which one would you choose? The furnished Tahoe-style splurge or the forested summer home steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments! (more…)

Our Steal: 327 Fletcher Schoolhouse Road, Woodstock, Vermont is currently listed by Carol Wood of Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,700,000.

What’s better than a year-round destination offering picturesque beauty and timeless New England charm? How about being centrally located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and at the crossroad of the Vermont Scenic Byway? Add some Windsor County Green Mountain views, and it’s easy to see why today’s Splurge vs. Steal is situated in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont.

We’ve located two incredible Woodstock retreats, both with impressive acreage and stunning architectural styles but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose? The hilltop classic splurge or the charming Bybrook Farm steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com

 

Our Splurge: Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2,900,000.

Town or country? In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose. That’s because we are taking you to Taos, New Mexico – one of America’s foremost art colonies, where high desert living meets historic adobe architecture and breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. For this reason, we zeroed in on two exceptional Taos retreats, each with impressive locations, architecture, and amenities, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Equestrian splurge or the in-town adobe steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com

Our Splurge: 2201 Daybreak Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado is currently listed by Ed Swinford of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate for $12,650,000.

With autumn just around the corner, everyone has pumpkins, fall hikes, and vibrant fall foliage on the brain. What better way to experience the unrivaled beauty of fall with a getaway to Colorado’s own Beaver Creek – an exclusive enclave located in the Vail Valley that offers four seasons of nature-filled recreation. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Kameron Westcott of the Real Housewives of Dallas who recently took her castmates on a snow-filled getaway to her family’s sprawling vacation home in Beaver Creek. You may have already heard of this charming ski town from your friends, read about it in a post from SecondShelters.com or visited during ski season to enjoy a weekend on the slopes.

For second home buyers who want luxury, convenience, and world-class recreation all rolled into one, this mountain hotspot can’t be beat! Check out what’s currently on the market in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d rather buy – the ski-in/ski-out splurge or the woodland oasis steal?

See which properties made the cut on SecondShelters.com now!

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Our Splurge: 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine is currently listed by Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate for $1,495,000.

Whale-watching, world-class cuisine, and quaint New England charm? It’s no wonder Kennebunkport draws all types to indulge in its idyllic, coastal way of life. Located in Southern Maine, Kennebunkport is revered for its strong sense of community, waterfront recreation, and picturesque beauty, making it the perfect place to vacation or retire. Just ask the Bushes, whose very own Walker’s Point is quietly nestled on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.

As the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush, it has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state, and celebrities alike, but you don’t need deep pockets to live the coveted Kennebunkport lifestyle. Case in point, our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we highlight two exceptional Kennebunkport properties, each with sought-after locations and stunning architecture, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Cape Cod splurge or the marsh-view Mansard steal? In Kennebunkport, there’s truly something for everyone.

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com now!

Our Splurge: 30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8,500,000.

Mahalo! Just saying that word makes me more relaxed. And what better way to escape the daily grind than dreaming of Maui? This week we found two exceptional Maui retreats, each with oceanfront views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Are you eager to hang ten with the best of them? Then check out our latest Splurge vs. Steal where we pin a surfer’s paradise splurge, against a golfer’s whale watching steal. Which one would you choose?

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com