02/09/19 9:00am

CharlestonEditor’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 28th city on the list — Tampa, Florida. This week, we look at Charleston, South Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“You can live comfortably in Charleston on an income of around $55,000, and the median price of homes is about $250,000,” MoneyWise said. “In Charleston, you will have access to beaches, excellent restaurants, and plenty of outdoor fitness activities.”

“The summers can be hot, but winters are relatively tame. The city also boasts two hospitals and eight healthcare centers.”

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02/07/19 9:45am

Tammie Bennett has listed 2140 Williams Lakeshore for $1,350,000.

If you’re looking for a lakefront retreat on Lake LBJ with all the bells and whistles, Kingsland is a great place to start. This week we put the spotlight on a gem of a property that’s right on the water and offers fresh interiors for hosting a crowd. The best part? It’s perfectly priced at $1.35 million. Take a peek inside and see if it’s the needle in a haystack you’ve been searching for.

Lakefront Location

Perfectly nestled on 2140 Williams Lakeshore sits this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom lake house with a laid-back lifestyle we can’t help but dream about. Listing agent, Tammie Bennet of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty calls it, “The perfect Lake House for weekend retreats with the family, and an excellent set-up for short term vacation rentals, providing a steady income model.”

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02/05/19 9:55am

Debra Guy and Leslie Lamora of RE/MAX Cherry Creek have listed the SOBO 58 condos in Denver, Colorado ranging from $320,000 to $620,000.

Some markets may be slowing down, but Denver is still hot, hot, HOT. In fact, home prices in the Mile High City continue to remain at an all-time high (no pun intended), with fewer options for those looking at or below the $600,000 price range. That is where SOBO 58 comes in. And we are among the first to highlight their offerings in our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

As the newest condominium development in Denver’s trendy South Broadway neighborhood, now is your chance to snag one of 58 units ranging from $320,000 to $620,000. We think the building’s premier location and interior design are sure to appeal to a variety of buyers, from Millennials to empty-nesters.

“SOBO 58 is unlike any other mid-rise in Denver,” says says co-listing agent Debra Guy of RE/MAX Cherry Creek. “It is an incredible location nestled in the heart of South Broadway, just one mile from Platt Park. Buyers also have a level of customization that is rarely offered at this price point.”

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02/03/19 9:00am

chapelThis week’s historical shelter takes us to the village of North Lopham, Norfolk, England, where a Methodist chapel built in 1826 shows us that you can never, ever, judge a book by its cover.

The former chapel that once contained three bays, is now an open floor plan sitting on a little more than a half acre of land. And as you know, we’re suckers for a good church conversion.

Listed by Bedfords, the 2,245 square foot conversion takes advantage of the grand proportions you’d expect of a chapel, creating a light-filled interior that is anything but stuffy. Curved walls were designed intentionally to draw the eye up.

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02/02/19 10:00am

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 29th city on the list — Wichita Falls, Texas. This week, we look at Tampa, Florida, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Tampa is located in a protected ocean inlet, so it is less susceptible to the harsh weather problems beach communities tend to have,” MoneyWise said. “Sunny Tampa is also home to a diverse population of about 350,000, and the cost of living requires an income of around $44,000.”

“With two hospitals and 17 health care centers, you can count on getting high-quality medical care in Tampa.”

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01/31/19 9:00am

Geoffrey Wolcott of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 506 N. Hill Road, Stowe, Vermont for $10.95 million.

How about an oasis of luxury, privacy, and visual indulgence? For $11 million dollars, you can own a secluded Vermont retreat that epitomizes rustic modern elegance. At least, that’s what we gather from the stunning listing photos and eloquent description. And trust us, you won’t be able to take your eyes off it!

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01/30/19 9:00am

Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

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01/29/19 9:30am

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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