Missouri’s claim to fame is Lake of the Ozarks and we are seeing what we can get for under $1 million, right on the water. Our latest Splurge vs. Steal looks at two waterfront homes, each with a great location and space to dock your boat, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the sprawling two-story splurge or the family-friendly waterfront steal?

Splurge: Sprawling Two-Story With Impressive Lake Views For $829.9K 

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The world has changed significantly since contractors put the first board in place on this historic lakefront Connecticut home in 1940. In addition to changing styles, trends, and innovations, the pace of society has accelerated dramatically as well, so the need to retreat from hustle and bustle stress has never been greater.

But this modernized log main house and guest cabin contain everything right outside the door to put you in rest and relaxation mode, including beautiful lake views, a large dock, private beach, two decks, and three-quarters of an acre lot with old growth trees, natural greenery, a lush lawn and plenty of room for entertaining and parking.

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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: 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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Realtor Casey Lewis with Cearnal Realtors has been waiting for a good while to deploy his dinomite marketing strategy — and he finally did in Granbury last week.

In fact, when he saur this two-bedroom, one-bath lake house, he also knew that the owners wouldn’t think it was a pterrible idea.

Yes, you can see where we’re going with this, probably.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get raptored up in this mammoth marketing story of a ploy that, despite some super short arms, had tremendously long reach.

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Long Cove is hosting a Lake Home Sales Event for Henderson Bay, pictured here, this Saturday, March 31st on Cedar Creek Lake.

It all started with a big idea – to create a luxury lake front community close to Dallas with all the comforts of home, but without all the maintenance. A place where you can unplug, unwind, and enjoy time with your family and friends. That place is Long Cove, the brainchild of Dallas’ own Don McNamara, developer and investor behind Cityplace and West Village in Uptown. Inspired by getaways like those of Seaside, Watercolor, and Horseshoe Bay, the folks at Long Cove bring those memorable experiences closer to home, spanning more than 1,000 acres, and boasting six miles of shoreline at the clear, deep end of Cedar Creek Reservoir – and it just keeps getting better with newly developed Henderson Bay.

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12570 E Hendryx Dr Suttons Bay, MI |secondshelters.com

All photos: Erin Attwood

Location, location, location, you say? This Lake Michigan home has all that plus timeless Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design going for it!

The three-bedroom house is set on a wooded lot on the tip of Lee Point, a unique landmark on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in northwestern Michigan. The home’s perch with waterfront exposure to the north, east, and south offers views that are extraordinary. With lake accessibility, privacy, and 500 feet of sugar sand beach, it’s a dream location for enthusiasts of boating, swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Take a look at this secluded hideaway in one of the prettiest vacation regions in the country:

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Trip Advisor recently announced a list of the Top High-End Vacation Rental Properties in the World. What does it take to head the list?

  • A great locale
  • Spectacular views
  • Gorgeous architecture and furnishings
  • Posh amenities
  • A wonderful host

Can you guess the location of the No. 1 property pictured above? Make the jump to check your answer, learn more about it and catch a link to the entire list of high-end rental venues TripAdvisor declares the world’s best:  (more…)