Our Splurge: Hunter J Finch with Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 88482 Agate Lane, Bandon, Oregon for $2,950,000.

Ever dream of living on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast? Perhaps a second home in Bandon, Oregon, is for you?

With an idyllic coastal setting and year-round fishing, hiking, cycling, and golf, Bandon affords a one-of-a-kind lifestyle. And as the local say, “If the wind picks up, just bundle up – and experience some of the most dramatic storm watching in Oregon.”

This week we zero in on two exceptional oceanfront properties for our Splurge vs. Steal. Which would you choose, the coastal Bandon Dunes splurge, or the Seaside Bungalow steal?

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Our Splurge: Adriana De Castro of One Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 90 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables, Florida, for $29.9 million.

With a prime location close to the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport, and Miami Beach, Coral Gables is a mecca for the jet set looking to live large. Known for its tree-lined boulevards, ivy-covered mansions, and historical landmarks, “The City Beautiful” is just that – a jaw-dropping place to escape the winter’s chill and soak up the sun in style. Aside from being a shopping and dining paradise, Coral Gables is also home to the world-famous Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool, both built in the 1920s. And it’s the site of this week’s Splurge vs. Steal! Which would you choose, the opulent Leucadendrasplurge or the Villa Rosales steal? Let us know in the comments.

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Our Splurge: Ray Chin with Hawaii Life has listed 972 Kai Hele Ku Place Apt. A in Lahaina for $3.998 million.

A new study finds Hawaiians have the longest life expectancy in America. This is according to a recent review published in the highly respected journal, JAMA, entitled “The State of US Health, 1990-2016 Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States.”

The group analyzed previously published studies and data to look at things including mortality, life expectancy, and disease by state. In 2016, the review found that Hawaii had the highest life expectancy, averaging 81.3 years. As for other U.S. States? Mississippi had the lowest, clocking in at 74.7 years, respectively. Are you intrigued by this study?

Do the winter doldrums have you wishing for a beach getaway? Well, take a moment for yourself and warm up with our latest Splurge vs. Steal in West Maui, Hawaii – also known as the second most visited island with around 2.4 million visitors each year.

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Cedar Creek Lake

Our Splurge: David Burgher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 5663 Lakeshore Court in Log Cabin, Texas for $1,850,000.

It’s only a matter of months before lake season creeps in. And if you’ve been eyeing lake homes in and around the Dallas area, have we got the Splurge vs. Steal for you! This week we put the spotlight on Cedar Creek Lake – a charming destination located just one hour southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

As the fourth largest lake in Texas with over 320 miles of shoreline it affords idyllic lake recreation, water sports, and a variety of lake homes at every price point. Whether you’re searching for a Lakeshore splurge or a Malakoff steal, Cedar Creek Lake has it all. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com and CandysDirt.com!]

Amy: If you are a real estate junkie like many of us at CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com, then you know there is nothing more thrilling than finding the find of all finds. Such is the case with our best of 2018 pick for Splurge vs. Steal. Who knew you could own postcard-perfect views of Lake Shasta at this price? The original post ran in August of 2018. Enjoy!

Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Lake Shasta, California

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! (more…)

Our Splurge: Lauren Meader of Far West Texas Realty has listed 208 E San Antonio Street in Marfa for $1.5 million.

Marfa – to know it, is to love it. And there’s so much more to this tiny West Texas town than its famous Prada installation. This week, we showcase two incredible Marfa properties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, each with stand-out architecture and cozy interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Ever consider going off the grid? On the hunt for a place with a hip, artsy, down-home kind of vibe? Perhaps Marfa is for you.

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Our Steal: Colin Hebson of Dream Town Realty has listed 3126 W. Wallen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois for $2 million.

From world-class museums and epic shopping down the Magnificent Mile, to its Michelin Star restaurants and spectacular sports, there’s a lot to love about the Windy City. Which is precisely why we decided to take a closer look at Chicago real estate in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Here we pin two exquisite properties against one another, each with excellent neighborhoods and amenities but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the Lincoln Park Splurge or the West Ridge Steal?

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Our Splurge: 296 Center Hill Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts is listed by Kathleen S. Byrne with Robert Paul Properties, Inc. for $1,850,000.

In the spirit of “Turkey Day” we thought it only fitting to take you to Plymouth, Massachusetts – home of Plymouth Rock, the historical landmark signifying where the Mayflower Pilgrims disembarked to begin their settlement on a new continent. Although visitors of the rock often describe it as “underwhelming,” the town itself is not. Plymouth is a quintessential New England destination, nestled conveniently between Boston and Cape Cod. This week we found two fabulous Plymouth properties, each with incredible locations right on the water, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Cape Cod Bay Splurge or the White Horse Beach Steal?

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