Our Splurge: Andie Cummings with Matt O’Neill Real Estate has listed 79 Sandbar Lane, Folly Beach, South Carolina for $519,999.

Known by the locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach has long been a haven for South Carolina residents and vacationers alike. For those who appreciate rich history, painted sunsets, and waterfront fun, this beachside city just south of Charleston has lots to love. If you’re considering a second shelter near the water, we have two Folly Beach beauties that deserve a look. Which would you choose, the Sandbar Lane Splurge or the Mariner’s Cay Steal?

Splurge: Rooftop Retreat Just A Short Walk To Folly Beach 

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Our Splurge: Leslie McElwreath with Sotheby’s International Realty Greenwich has listed 17 Ivanhoe Lane, Greenwich, Connecticut for $3.1 million.

For architecture buffs and house enthusiasts alike, few structures are more appealing than a big white Colonial. So this week, we are taking you to Greenwich for the chicest homes this side of Connecticut. The only question is, which will you choose?

Splurge: Masterful Colonial With A Private Pond For $3.1M

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Our Steal: Mark Jenkins with Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 38 Morse Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts for $3.2 million.

What is more patriotic than a summer house in Martha’s Vineyard? If it’s good enough for the Kennedys, it’s good enough for us! In fact, the Obamas and the Clintons have also summered here. And this week, we are putting the spotlight on two of its gems! A prize offering right on the water, and a historic, red, white, and blue steal. Both are in Edgartown, Massachusetts – one of the quaint harbor towns that occupies the idyllic summer island of Martha’s Vineyard – but each have price points that are miles apart.

Splurge: Picturesque Harbor Front Compound For $17.5 Million

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It’s charming. It’s magical. It’s perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ever been to Dollywood? For those who haven’t, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains amusement park is the top destination for family vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. But there’s more to Pigeon Forge than Dollywood’s Splash Country. The town is ideal for second homebuyers looking to vacation or retire. And this week, we are showcasing two of its best offerings. Each has a story to tell but with price points that are miles apart.

Now there’s only one thing left to do. Make like a Draper James t-shirt and ask yourself, “What would Dolly do?” 

Splurge: Farmhouse In The Foothills On 25-Acres

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The Austin City Limits Music Festival just announced their line up and it’s going to be good! So we thought it only fitting to dedicate this week’s Splurge vs. Steal to homes near Zilker Park.

New to the fest? No problem! The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. It takes place on two consecutive, three-day weekends, and is inspired by the KLRU/PBS music series of the same name. The festival is produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents, which also produces Lollapalooza. In a nut shell, it’s one of the most epic outdoor music fests in Texas. And this year they have Guns N’ Roses, Childish Gambino, The Cure, and Cardi B, y’all!

Living near the park is a great idea, regardless of the show. Homes near Zilker Park run the gamut too, from swanky condos to eclectic moderns to updated farmhouses. And we found two that put you right near the action. All you have to do is snag tickets and stroll into Zilker park like you own the joint. Plus, the income potential could be massive for those who want to lease their home during the festival. Just check out the rates on some nearby properties on Airbnb!

Splurge: Geometric Modern With A Pool For $1.995M

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Our Steal: Tracy Madeley with Keller Williams has listed 131 Quiet Oak Circle, The Woodlands, Texas for $440,000.

When it comes to the hottest hoods in Houston, The Woodlands stands out. Not only does it afford easy access to award-winning golf, but also a variety of parks, shops, and fine dining. The Texas enclave also ranks among the best suburbs of Houston year after year. So this week, we put the spotlight on two fabulous Houston homes in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. The only question is, which would you choose?

Splurge: Masterful George Weaver Custom Home In Player Crest For $1.259M

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Our Splurge: Lynda Weaver with Texas Lifestyle Realty Group has listed 12451 Foutch Road, Pilot Point, Texas for $1.349 million.

As the old adage goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. And the horse ranches and historic homes in Pilot Point do not disappoint! So this week we take you to the sleepy country town, just an hour north of Dallas, for two Texas-sized offerings. One a custom horse ranch, the other a historic craftsman with acreage to do use as you like. The only question is, which will you choose?

Splurge: Custom Horse Ranch With All The Fixin’s

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Our Steal: Ariel Trouche with Carolina One Real Estate has listed 154 N. Shelmore Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for $995,000.

This week we take you to South Carolina for the best of low country living under $1.6 million. Are you on the hunt for a second shelter or place to retire? These two gems are minutes from the beach and offer lots of space for hosting family and friends. Take your pick!

Splurge: Sullivans Island Stunner Minutes From The Beach For $1.549M 

In this gorgeous island home, the sandy beach is barely a five-minute walk from the house! Or, as the listing says, “bring your golf cart!” Can you imagine living here? We sure can. This stunning five-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom home boasts a gracious 3,636-square-foot floorplan that is perfect for guests.

Open, airy, and all the fixins! This includes a massive front porch and a huge island kitchen. But what really makes it special is the access to all the fabulous Sullivans Island amenities.

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