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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Paradise Valley AZ retreat currently listed for $10.490M by Kirsten Johnson and Denise Pruitt of Arizona Best Real Estate. Photo Credit: Luxury Portfolio International

If you are anything like us, you’ll need a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor after one look at this Paradise Valley dream home. We’ll wait … but the listing won’t. It’s currently priced at $10.49 million and will be scooped up faster than you think, as it comes from a pedigree of architectural talent.

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6063 W Seven Saguaros Circle

Photos courtesy of The Residences Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain, Arizona is a golf resort community, high in the Sonoran Desert, backed by the five-star Ritz-Carlton. Spectacular desert scenery, nestled in the Tortolita Foothills, under wide-open skies offering a riot of colors in orange, pink, and purple sunsets. Miles and miles of natural space for hiking and biking. The challenge of 81 holes of golf in the region, including the Ritz-Carlton’s own Jack Nicklaus-designed 26 holes, the setting for the PGA Tour’s WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. World-class spas (think Ritz-Carlton, Canyon Ranch, Miraval.) Proximity to Tucson, which has all the amenities of a modern city, including the intellectual scene surrounding a prestigious research university, the University of Arizona. Climate? Ideal three seasons of the year and cooler in summer than other Southwestern desert areas, such as Palm Springs and Scottsdale.

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain .

Affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, the Residences offer private single-family home ownership in eight customizable floor plans, and homesites on lots as large as seven acres. Residents enjoy the best of single-family homeownership and have access to the Ritz-Carlton’s amenities: golf, pools and cabanas, a 235-foot water slide, a spa and fitness center, and kids’ programs. Thinking ahead about where to hightail for winter, we’re taking a look at a stunning home now for sale in this magical desert setting.

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