04/23/19 9:30am

Missouri’s claim to fame is Lake of the Ozarks and we are seeing what we can get for under $1 million, right on the water. Our latest Splurge vs. Steal looks at two waterfront homes, each with a great location and space to dock your boat, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the sprawling two-story splurge or the family-friendly waterfront steal?

Splurge: Sprawling Two-Story With Impressive Lake Views For $829.9K 

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04/21/19 9:00am

This 1910 beauty in St. Petersburg, Florida will be hard to pass up. Between its historic charm, new ultra-modern renovations, and resort location, be prepared for a dazzling experience.

Located at 140 13th Avenue NE in a walkable and bikeable part of town, the property includes the 2,974-square-feet main house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as a separate one-bedroom, one-bath, 504-square-feet mother-in-law suite situated atop the detached three-car garage. Though the front of the façade contains a small porch and window flower boxes, the back is encircled with a mostly covered, nearly 200-square-feet wrap around deck that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining.

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04/20/19 9:00am

Photo courtesy Visit Athens

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.”

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04/18/19 12:30pm

Game of ThronesAre you the ultimate “Game of Thrones” fan? Are you sure? Because maybe you can’t lay claim to that unless you pony up $656,452 for the castle in Northern Ireland that has served the series as Riverrun Castle, the ancestral home of Catelyn Stark.

Gosford Castle — or, you know, Riverrun, was of course also the site of the Red Wedding from the HBO show’s third season as well.

But even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, the history behind the castle and the income property potential might also sway you toward opening up your bank account. (more…)

04/18/19 9:30am

This week we see just how far our money will go in Holland, Michigan. The lakeside enclave ranks among one of the most beautiful places to visit in spring, after all.

Blooming With Tulips

In fact, “Each May, more than four million tulips come into bloom in Holland, Michigan, which welcomes the blossoms with its annual Tulip Time festival,” reports Reader’s Digest. “The festival celebrates the state’s Dutch heritage and features three parades, carnival rides, and traditional Dutch food.”

Lakefront Beaches

Of course, there’s more to love about Holland than its springtime pursuits. The town is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering the best beaches and outdoor adventure.

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04/16/19 9:30am

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where Storybook charms and waterfront cottages make for the ultimate Easter backdrop. If you love the idea of kiddos playing in the back yard while the adults are cooking up Easter brunch in the kitchen, this one’s for you. Each of these second shelters showcases the best that South Carolina has to offer, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which is more you, the Hobcaw Creek Splurge or the Masonborough Steal?

Splurge: Waterfront Cottage With Sunroom & Treehouse For $1.295M

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04/16/19 9:00am

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.

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04/14/19 9:30am

The world has changed significantly since contractors put the first board in place on this historic lakefront Connecticut home in 1940. In addition to changing styles, trends, and innovations, the pace of society has accelerated dramatically as well, so the need to retreat from hustle and bustle stress has never been greater.

But this modernized log main house and guest cabin contain everything right outside the door to put you in rest and relaxation mode, including beautiful lake views, a large dock, private beach, two decks, and three-quarters of an acre lot with old growth trees, natural greenery, a lush lawn and plenty of room for entertaining and parking.

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