Our Splurge: 651 Conundrum Creek Road, Aspen, Colorado, listed by Krista Klees of Palladium Properties for $8,900,000.

Is there anything more magical than spending the holidays in Aspen? Second home owners in Colorado know all too well the joys of waking up to freshly fallen snow, the exhilarating feeling of hitting the slopes, then heading home for a well-deserved meal or dip in the hot tub beneath the stars. We’ve covered Aspen extensively in the past and can’t stop now.

Today we showcase two exquisite Aspen retreats in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, each with unbelievable locations and fabulous interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Let’s see which one suits you best.
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Our Steal: 305 Plantation Estates Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii, listed by Patrick Sullivan with Sullivan Properties Inc for $5,495,000.

The temps may be cooling down, but things are heating up in the Hawaiian islands, and somehow we just can’t stop dreaming of Maui. For those of you who follow us, you can read our last Splurge vs. Steal in Maui here. Today we dive deeper into Maui real estate to share two exceptional retreats that are just too good to pass up! Which one would you choose, the Makena Road splurge or the Plantation Estates steal?

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Our Splurge: 3 W King Street, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania is listed by Dick Tucker of Howard Hanna Camp Hill for $1,190,000.

All Hallows’ Eve is just one day away, so it has us thinking of America’s spookiest cities. Near the top of everyone’s list is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – known for its numerous sightings of the 51,000 soldiers who died in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Teeming with ghostly encounters, including those with Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, the city makes for one thrilling Halloween getaway.

If you’re really brave, you’ll post up in one of Gettysburg’s historic inns, which are said to be haunted, or head over to Gettysburg College, once the site of a Civil War field hospital. The town is pegged with so many hauntings it will have you shaking in your boots! But, like any good city, there’s more to Gettysburg than fabled soldier tales, sallow figures, and those spooky orbs that make themselves known in ghost hunter photos.

For this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we found two fantastic Gettysburg homes, each with head-turning interiors and exceptional locations, but with price points that really set them apart. Which one would you choose, the Abbottstown Victorian splurge or the Log Home Living steal? We would love to hear in the comments.
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Our Splurge: 1 Daniels Street, Salem, Massachusetts, is listed by the Merry Fox Team of Merry Fox Realty for $610,000.

Who is ready for the popped corn, the bat brownies, the fabulous return of Hocus Pocus on repeat?  Well, then it shouldn’t take long to figure out why we selected Salem, Massachusetts for our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Need a Hocus Pocus refresh? Here goes, courtesy of Wikipedia:

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Thus, comedy, sibling rivalry, and teenage love ensues. We love a cult classic this time of year! And speaking of classic, the historic town of Salem affords more than witch trials and its annual Halloween Ball. Salem is a seaside city nestled on the northern coast of Massachusetts. It’s famous for its 1692 witch trials, but has come a long way since. There’s oodles of authentic New England charm, gorgeous lighthouses, eerie museums, historic homes, and more! In fact, today we feature two historic beauties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal that truly capture the spirit of the fall. Take a look!

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Our Splurge: 1 Puuikena Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, currently listed by Dan and Julie Ihara with Keller Williams Honolulu for $6.9 million.

Off-the-beaten-path beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, epic surfing, and an island steeped in historical culture — these are but a few reasons why Oahu, Hawaii, is calling your name!

The third largest Hawaiian island is the cross-section of ancient and modern, complete with bustling night life and mellow surfer towns. With five different regions — from the island’s capital, Honolulu, to one of the world’s most popular surfing destinations at North Shore — Oahu has something for everyone and no shortage of things to do.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on a massive oceanfront splurge and a cozy beach cottage steal. Which one would you choose?

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Our Steal: 7432 Deerwood Avenue, Oakland, California, listed by Mark Lederer and Derrick Tyler of The Lederer Team, Red Oak Realty for $589,000.

Real estate can surprise you in unexpected ways. Such is the case in Oakland, California. Movers and shakers in the industry are suddenly seeing the Oakland housing market transform. Prices keep going up, demand continues to surge, and a nice crop of wonderfully updated older homes and new construction beauties are changing the face of Oakland as we know it. So this week, we zeroed in on two fantastic Oakland offerings for our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Why Oakland you ask? We say, why not? 

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Our Steal: 327 Fletcher Schoolhouse Road, Woodstock, Vermont, is currently listed by Carol Wood of Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty for $2.7 million.

What’s better than a year-round destination offering picturesque beauty and timeless New England charm? How about being centrally located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and at the crossroad of the Vermont Scenic Byway? Add some Windsor County Green Mountain views, and it’s easy to see why today’s Splurge vs. Steal is situated in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont. We’ve located two incredible Woodstock retreats, both with impressive acreage and stunning architectural styles but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose? The hilltop classic splurge or the charming Bybrook Farm steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Our Splurge: Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2,900,000.

Town or country? In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose. That’s because we are taking you to Taos, New Mexico – one of America’s foremost art colonies, where high desert living meets historic adobe architecture and breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. For this reason, we zeroed in on two exceptional Taos retreats, each with impressive locations, architecture, and amenities, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Equestrian splurge or the in-town adobe steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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