03/23/19 9:00am

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 at Richardson, Texas, and found three great homes — all for less than $410,000.

“Richardson, Texas, has hot summers and mild winters, and this friendly city has a low crime rate,” MoneyWise said. “The cost of living is a bit higher than in some of the other cities on our list: you’ll need an income of around $72.000 to live comfortably here.”

“Richardson is located near Dallas, so you’ll have big-city amenities while living in a small community of just over 100,000. Three hospitals and 15 medical centers ensure you’ll never be without healthcare when you need it.”

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03/21/19 9:40am

Cowboy culture, oil wells, the grit and glimmer of a modern metropolis – this is Oklahoma City. And for those looking to buy a home in “The Sooner State,” we are taking a closer look at just how far $1 million will go. What we find may surprise you.

Oklahoma City is no stranger to luxury buyers, and this week our home search led us to 108 Lake Aluma Drive. The four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom ranch rests in an idyllic setting. According to the listing it’s nestled in Lake Aluma, a luxury lakeside micro-community hidden in the heart of Oklahoma City, offering the serenity of nature amidst the bustling city.

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03/19/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Micki Tannerwith Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties, LLC, has listed 1111 Crackers Neck Road, Greensboro, Georgia, for $774,000.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reynolds Lake Oconee? The luxury golf and lake community in Georgia sits just 85 miles east of Atlanta. And for those who haven’t, have we got a treat for you! Founded on 12,000 acres of brilliant lakefront property, the upscale community features six carefully crafted golf courses, a unique sporting ground, and all the recreational and culinary amenities befitting a world-class private club.

You may be surprised to learn that homes here run the gamut as far as price point and style. But attainable golf and waterfront offerings are plenty! At Reynolds Lake Oconee, you can not only get a taste for the luxury golf and lake lifestyle, but you can also live it! And for a price point that won’t break the bank.

Enter this week’s Splurge vs. Steal – two Reynolds Lake Oconee golf homes affording exceptional waterfront views and world-class recreation, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose? The premier golf course splurge or the sensible waterfront steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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03/17/19 9:00am

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.

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03/16/19 9:00am
Thousand Oaks

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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.

“The cost of living in Thousand Oaks is on the higher side, but for those with an income of about $100,000, this can be an amazing choice for California living,” MoneyWise said. “This city is green and home to many parks and outdoor activities.”

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

“It’s located near Malibu and not far from Los Angeles,” the article continues. “Good healthcare is found in surrounding areas, so be prepared to travel to your doctor.”

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03/14/19 9:35am

Whether you’re looking to build your dream family legacy home or you’re ready to escape to lake living right now, the popular Long Cove luxury community at Cedar Creek Lake has several options that’ll fit you.

If you’ve ever tried to purchase land to build your dream home from the ground up, you’ll know it’s not as easy as it sounds. Finding available land that’s truly buildable is a challenge. Luckily, Long Cove has a few last lakefront sites in the established Dodd’s Point neighborhood that can be combined to create an acre-plus of waterfront property ready for construction. The lakefront home site, available for $1.75 million, measures 0.775 acres with 227 feet of waterfront land. The adjacent lot is available and can be combined to add a half-acre.

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03/14/19 9:00am

Dean Anderson with Delta Realty Inc. has listed 776 Eldorado Avenue, Clearwater, Florida for $3,690,000.

This stateside beach just beat out Hawaii as the best beach in the USA and it’s probably in the last place you would expect. Clearwater Beach, Florida, is a known tourist spot and most recently ranks highest among TripAdvisor travelers in both quantity and quality of reviews over a 12-month period.

One TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.” And this got us thinking: What can I get for a few million dollars in Clearwater, Florida? What we find may surprise you. (more…)

03/12/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Gregg Klar with Keller Williams Lake Travis has listed 5303 S. Scout Island Circle for $2.5 million.

Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the amenities are plentiful, and deep blue water views go on for miles. Itching to get away? What’s better than heading to your very own lakefront retreat? This week we zero in on two exceptional lakefront beauties in Austin, Texas. Each are big on views and recreation but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you pick, the sprawling Lake Austin Splurge or the Hill Country Polo Club Steal? With this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose.  (more…)