Category Archives: Beach Homes
I love the Florida Keys, but Key West isn’t always the best place to spend a vacation. I mean, I love the Conch Republic and all, but sometimes I just want to watch the waves crash, do some surfing, or have a cocktail without navigating Duval Street.
Upstate New York is an escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC, and contains some of the most stately mansions imaginable. Want to move to where the movers and shakers retreat? This waterfront mansion owned by Kaplan CEO Jonathan Grayer is on the market for just $16 million — a paltry sum considering what you get for the money.
Top-5 Friday is my chance to dream, and boy, I am dreaming of a beach vacation right now — Myrtle Beach, to be exact! This East Coast town is the perfect getaway for sun-seekers, golfers, and fishermen, too!
Brrr! It’s the first week of May and it’s chilly in Dallas! Aren’t we supposed to be basking in 72-degree weather and enjoying cocktails on our covered porches?
If that’s what you really want to do, then perhaps looking into a second home in a tropical locale is in order. Me? I’m taking my dreamboat to Kauai, Hawaii! This island is so gorgeous, with forests, plantations, mountains, and tons of gorgeous ocean views. The breaks are perfect for surfing, and with every gorgeous home comes a lanai worthy of admiration.
In California, they have even sold out of the most famous outdoor showers in the world! The award-winning Calistoga Ranch in the Napa Valley has sold out of its private residence club offering.
I saw these coolio floors in a restaurant down in Nassau, The Bahamas, where we visited second homes this past weekend. This is the floor at a beach club restaurant called, appropriately, “Footprints”. Yes, the entire floor is made of sand. No, they don’t vacuum it but rather sweep and rake it nightly. The restaurant is adjacent to the pool area and encourages casual dining, but turns elegant at night. How cool would floors like this be for some rooms in a beach house? I mean, that sand is going to come in regardless!
Not every second home location is a hot spot for starlets and the uber wealthy. Take Kiawah Island, S.C., for instance. This coastal hideaway has everything you want in a retreat — a secluded location, gorgeous views, and plenty of fantastic homes. This area is the perfect place to daydream about your next vacation home. Here’s a quick-hit list of a few of our favorite listings in this charming Southern getaway:
Don’t wait until the last minute to find a spot to sip your Sunday brunch mimosa (or bloody Mary, if that’s your thing) come May. Dallas’ epic summers mean it’s time to head for the coast, and there’s no better place to lounge by the pool (or on the beach, in the spa, or at the club) than the Hamptons.
Tourism is up in Hawaii, which is a very good sign for Hawaiian real estate. The number one reason buyers purchase a vacation home in any location is because they love it. It goes like this: visit the location, love it, feel like you never want to leave. This is the point where buyers start perusing the real estate and actually, finally, pulling out the checkbook.
I don’t know how many divorcing couples own vacation homes. But I have a feeling it’s not a small number. After all, the latest numbers from the National Association of Realtors show that buyers purchased 502,000 vacation homes last year, an increase of 7 percent from the year before.