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.”

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Overall, the Honolulu Market continues to go from strength to strength, with price increases unbothered by increasing inventory. Often, when inventory rises, prices take a hit as buyers with more choice have increased bargaining room. Not in Hawaii. The only hint of more inventory has been an increase in days on market

For single-family homes, the median time to sell was 29 days compared with 15 days a year ago – nearly double the time. However, for condos, days on market only increased from 21 days last year to 25 days in October 2018. The inventory bump has been welcomed by Darryl Macha, president of Honolulu Board of Realtors.

“The inventory of homes and condominiums available for sale has been rising, providing more options for potential homebuyers and leading to an increase in the days on market,” Macha said. “Oahu’s housing market continues to be a stable environment for both buyers and sellers.”

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When you get to a certain stage in life, there is really only one thing left to gift your family: a place where the entire clan can enjoy layers of generations under one roof, basking in the tranquility of nature.

In other words, a home on the range where memories can be created between generations, and then passed down to future generations.

For many North Texans, that dream is a ranch, one perhaps offering equestrian experiences and certainly, if in neighboring Colorado, relief from the Texas summer heat as well as a full ski season.

However, let’s face it: real life on a ranch is never anything but hard work. As you hike or ride, you notice the fence that needs repairing, the barn that was bashed during the October storms, and oh yes, the horses that need constant tending. Add that to the rest of the inevitable days’ worth of sun-up to sun-down chores, and despite the romantic allure, you begin to wonder, ‘is Ranch ownership a realistic option for our family?’

Pondering this very question inspired our recent visit west to Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, located in picturesque, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which we knew for awesome skiing.

But ranch life?

We’d heard that this property was different, that it was the perfect solution to mountain ranch ownership: a beautiful mountain property in the northwest corner of the state, acres of breathtaking forest and soaring mountain views that lower your blood pressure every time you open your eyes. There is horseback riding, fly-fishing, golf, ski-in/ski-out mountain access to fresh powder, fresh water swims, critters and cattle, and the best gift of all: a luxurious home on the range without the maintenance.

In other words, you own this ranch: it doesn’t own you.

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The Wilde House located at 4466 Vz County Road 4106, Canton, Texas, listed by Jenni Stolarski and Shelle Carrig of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $450,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than The Wilde House in Canton, Texas. Situated just 60 miles east of Dallas, this eye-catching little gem is coming in hot with a list price of $450,000, and a short-term rental history that’ll put a lot of coin in your pocket.

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Photos courtesy of the Kimpton’s Seafire Resort + Spa Residences

Good news for Cayman Islands vacation home owners this year: Tourism numbers are up and, with that, real estate sales. A recent independent report singled out the sales launch of luxury condominiums affiliated with the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman as representing a significant amount of the luxury condominiums sold.

We’ve been following the Residences at Seafire located on Grand Cayman since the project was announced. Lodged in a ten-story LEED ® Silver-certified building designed to Miami-Dade hurricane standards, the Residences at Seafire offer residents unlimited access to all the amenities and services of the AAA Five Diamond-rated resort property: communal amenities with interiors by acclaimed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, three signature restaurants, an 8,500-square-foot spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a spectacular setting on famed Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island’s western shore.

The Residences include 62 condominium units ranging from 600-square-foot studios to 4,000-square-foot, five-bedroom homes and penthouses, listed from $1.5 million to $8 million. Developer Dart Real Estate recently added the neighboring Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, to its portfolio, and announced another luxury brand with approximately 225 guest rooms, 80 residences and 10 villas with ocean views of Seven Mile Beach, the North Sound, and the Camana Bay Town Centre is also included in their master plan.

Click here to see the story and have a look at one of their gorgeous beach destination homes.

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Joanie McNamara and Long Cove Founder Don McNamara with one jolly old elf at the Long Cove Holiday Bash.

Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party? And better yet, who doesn’t love a good Christmas party where you don’t have to do any of the work? If it sounds too good to be true, you must not be a resident of Long Cove, one of the best second home communities in Texas. Situated on Cedar Creek Lake, this stunning vacation home community is a popular destination for Dallasites, considering it’s a getaway that’s only an hour drive south of the Metroplex.

Of course, being so close to the city means that you have access to some great amenities and events, and to show their appreciation, Long Cove went all out at the annual Holiday Bash this year. See for yourself after the jump!

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Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Shore, taken in late September, 2017

The post-hurricane recovery of the vacation rental community Cinnamon Shore was a bright spot in 2017’s fall second home news. While the town of Port Aransas lost as much as 80% of its structures, the gorgeous Texas vernacular beach development weathered the storm well. Fast-acting management restored the property to mint condition within days following the storm. Beach-lovers looking to visit the Texas Coastal Bend community in 2018 will find a warm welcome from grateful local citizens who depend upon tourism for their livelihood. Here’s the story, originally published on SecondShelters.com October 6, 2017:  (more…)

Villa Esperero Tucson, AZ is currently listed for $9.9 million by Long Realty.

Tucked away in the exclusive Rattlesnake Canyon Estates rests Villa Esperero, a private and luxurious custom estate that lives like a five-star resort. We are told by co-listing agents of the property, Judy Smedes and Kate Herk at Long Realty Company, that Villa Esperero was built “to synthesize international influences with the natural beauty of Tucson’s surroundings.” In our humble opinion, mission accomplished.

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