Our Splurge: 2201 Daybreak Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado, is currently listed by Ed Swinford of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate for $12,650,000.

With autumn just around the corner, everyone has pumpkins, fall hikes, and vibrant fall foliage on the brain. What better way to experience the unrivaled beauty of fall with a getaway to Colorado’s own Beaver Creek – an exclusive enclave located in the Vail Valley that offers four seasons of nature-filled recreation. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Kameron Westcott of the Real Housewives of Dallas who recently took her castmates on a snow-filled getaway to her family’s sprawling vacation home in Beaver Creek. You may have already heard of this charming ski town from your friends, read about it in a post from SecondShelters.com, or visited during ski season to enjoy a weekend on the slopes.

For second home buyers who want luxury, convenience, and world-class recreation all rolled into one, this mountain hotspot can’t be beat! Check out what’s currently on the market in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d rather buy – the ski-in/ski-out splurge or the woodland oasis steal?

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Our Splurge: 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently listed by Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate for $1.495 million.

Whale-watching, world-class cuisine, and quaint New England charm? It’s no wonder Kennebunkport draws all types to indulge in its idyllic, coastal way of life. Located in Southern Maine, Kennebunkport is revered for its strong sense of community, waterfront recreation, and picturesque beauty, making it the perfect place to vacation or retire. Just ask the Bushes, whose very own Walker’s Point is quietly nestled on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.

As the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush, it has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state, and celebrities alike, but you don’t need deep pockets to live the coveted Kennebunkport lifestyle. Case in point, our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we highlight two exceptional Kennebunkport properties, each with sought-after locations and stunning architecture, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Cape Cod splurge or the marsh-view Mansard steal? In Kennebunkport, there’s truly something for everyone.

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Our Splurge: 3285 Crestwind Drive, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is currently listed by Dennis Roberts with Realty One Group Mountain Desert for $1.425 million.

If you’re looking for the intersection of majestic and unique, Lake Havasu, Arizona, is tough to beat. The destination is a regular list-topper for most-sought-after tourist destinations in Arizona, and we can see why! From history to sports to nature, this spot has it all – including a slice of London. That’s right, if you want to visit a piece of history from the UK but don’t have your passport ready, fear not! Lake Havasu is home to London Bridge. Meticulously dismantled and transported stone-for-stone to Arizona, this historic sight is one to behold – as is the quaint English-inspired village near it.

With all that Lake Havasu has to offer, it’s easy to see why vacation buyers choose to make it their home away from home. The best part? We’ve located two exceptional Lake Havasu retreats for under $1.5 million and share all the details in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Which would you choose? The custom forever view splurge or the private paradise steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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The view from our Splurge: 18241 Skyline Drive, Lakehead, California, is currently listed by Scott Swendiman with Swendiman & Associates for $700,000.

For those looking for a lake home on the West Coast, “Lake Shasta” as it’s commonly known, is tough to beat for the price. As California’s largest reservoir, it offers incredible outdoor recreation with 370 miles of shoreline and crystal blue waters for fishing, boating, and epic water-skiing. Located in the state’s northeast corner, the Shasta Cascade region is a place where you can explore volcanoes, hike through lush forests, and fish on blue-ribbon, trout-filled rivers — offering something for everyone. The best part? We located two Lake Shasta retreats for under $1 million and spill all the details in our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Which one would you choose? The furnished Tahoe-style splurge or the forested summer home steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Our Splurge: 30 Papaua Place, Lahaina, HI is currently listed by Mary Anne Fitch for $8,500,000.

Mahalo! Just saying that word makes me more relaxed. And what better way to escape the daily grind than dreaming of Maui? This week we found two exceptional Maui retreats, each with oceanfront views and luxurious appointments, but with price points that are miles apart. Are you eager to hang ten with the best of them? Then check out our latest Splurge vs. Steal where we pin a surfer’s paradise splurge, against a golfer’s whale watching steal. Which one would you choose? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Our Steal: 3009 Geronimo Trail, Austin, is currently listed by Kirk Lewis of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate for $575,000.

Looking for a Texas-sized second shelter to call your home away from home? This week we pin two exceptional Austin retreats against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal – both ideally located and equally appointed, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one will you choose, the modern masterpiece splurge for entertaining, or the Lake Apache/Lake Austin steal for fishing, canoeing, and boating with friends? The choice is yours.

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Our Steal: 7102 Via Locanda Ave, Las Vegas is currently listed by Don Kuhl with Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty for $899,900.

From dinning to spas, to shows, to high-stakes gambling — Las Vegas has no shortage of entertainment when it comes to living life in the fast lane. And if you love that flashy, fast-paced Vegas lifestyle, but need a spot to wind-down, then look no further than today’s Splurge vs. Steal! We’ve found a couple of Las Vegas crash pads that are sure to help shake off the gold dust after an epic night on the town.

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Our Splurge: 3038 N. Manor Drive W, Phoenix, AZ is currently listed by Robin Orscheln of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,600,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than “The Valley of the Sun” – better known as Phoenix, Arizona. With scenic desert sunsets, towering saguaros, world-class golf, and poolside cabanas, Phoenix attracts those who seek a relaxed, yet untamed way of life.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal zeroes in on two incredible Phoenix retreats, each with luxurious outdoor amenities, and stunning natural landscapes, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose – the country club splurge or the mountain-view steal?

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