Articles by

Bethany Erickson

04/27/19 9:00am

Boise photos 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 19th city on the list — Athens, Georgia. This week, we look at Boise, Idaho, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located along the Oregon Trail and nicknamed ‘the city of trees,’ mid-sized Boise is a green and active place to retire,” said MoneyWise. “With a large selection of shopping and dining choices, walkable downtown Boise is a lovely place to spend the afternoon.”

“For the truly adventurous, Southwest Idaho is also home to mountains, canyons and whitewater rafting opportunities! The median home price is around $208,000, and there are several highly-rated hospitals in town.”

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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…)

04/16/19 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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04/13/19 9:55am

Photo courtesy city of Bethlehem Pennsylvania

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 21st city on the list — Las Vegas, Nevada. This week, we look at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

Here’s another welcoming college town that offers low home prices, a walkable and lively downtown, and a lower cost of living than average,” MoneyWise said. “The median house price is just over $150,000, and retirees gain extra benefits because the state does not tax certain employer-sponsored retirement income.”

“The city is also well-equipped with hospitals and healthcare facilities.”

Want to see examples of what you can find in Bethlehem? Let’s jump! (more…)

04/06/19 12:30pm

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.

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04/06/19 9:00am

Las VegasEditor’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?

In our last story, we looked at the 22nd city on the list — Richardson, Texas. This week, we look at Las Vegas, Nevada, and found three great homes — all for less than $315,000.

“Despite being known for its famous gambling strip, Las Vegas features a number of communities where retirees can enjoy a high-quality, low cost of living,” MoneyWise said. “A household income of around $50,000 will get you a great lifestyle here.”

“The weather is warm and dry, and the population is quite diverse. And of course, Vegas nightlife is among the best in the world, and entertainment is never far away,” the report continues. “A wide variety of healthcare centers makes this a great place for medical care, too.”

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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.”

Want to see examples of what you can find in Richardson? Let’s jump! (more…)