Brevard

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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 16th city on the list — Lawrence, Kansas. This week, we look at Brevard, North Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $400,000.

“Sometimes called ‘the land of waterfalls,’ the teeny town of Brevard has a mild climate and is surrounded by scenic mountains and natural spaces,” MoneyWise said. “With a population of less than 8,000 people, you’ll definitely get to know your neighbors!

“This town offers many outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as a small and friendly downtown area. Transylvania Community Hospital is the main health service provider nearby.”

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Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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 17th city on the list — Savannah, Georgia. This week, we look at Lawrence, Kansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

Not only does it have all the amenities you expect from a college town, but it’s also widely accepted as a mecca of college basketball, with a sizeable museum dedicated to University of Kansas athletics. It’s been said you really haven’t been to a college basketball game until you hit a certain list of fieldhouses — and Phog Allen Fieldhouse is on that list.

“An unexpectedly lush spot in the middle of dusty Kansas, Lawrence is a green and tree-filled town that’s growing very popular with retirees,” said MoneyWise. “With a population under 100,000, this relatively quiet college town has an energetic downtown, an art museum and theatre, and a farmer’s market.”

“With its affordable medium home prices of $143,000, snow-less winters, and hot summers, what’s not to love?” (more…)

Savannah

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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 18th city on the list — Boise, Idaho. This week, we look at Savannah, Georgia, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

“Known as one of the most beautiful cities in America, Savannah is a gorgeous town designed for pedestrian enjoyment,” said MoneyWise. “With its mix of public squares, historical homes, and charming stores, the town is a popular tourist destination and home to a vibrant community of retirees.”

“There are many cultural and natural attractions, and the weather ranges between mild and wet winters and hot, humid summers. In addition to the great atmosphere, Savannah is surprisingly affordable, with a median housing cost of $120,000.”

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Turks and CaicosThe Turks and Caicos are hot, but it’s getting harder to sell a house in the Hamptons (good news if you want a deal, though). We also look at the most expensive listing this week, and a home in a certain favorite movie that is now up on the market.

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Looking for Luxe? Turks and Caicos Brings It

Turks and Caicos

Photo courtesy Turks And Caicos Tourist Board

Thanks to strong demand for luxury homes and the popularity of Airbnb and VRBO, Turks and Caicos is becoming quite the demand destination for second-home purchasers who want a safe bet for a relaxing break, Ellen Paris writes in Forbes. (more…)

Boise photos courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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 19th city on the list — Athens, Georgia. This week, we look at Boise, Idaho, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located along the Oregon Trail and nicknamed ‘the city of trees,’ mid-sized Boise is a green and active place to retire,” said MoneyWise. “With a large selection of shopping and dining choices, walkable downtown Boise is a lovely place to spend the afternoon.”

“For the truly adventurous, Southwest Idaho is also home to mountains, canyons and whitewater rafting opportunities! The median home price is around $208,000, and there are several highly-rated hospitals in town.”

Want to see what we found in Boise? Let’s jump! (more…)

Photo courtesy Visit Athens

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 20th city on the list — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This week, we look at Athens, Georgia, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

“For a healthy dose of Southern charm and affordable living, you can retire in picturesque Athens, Georgia,” MoneyWise said. “With just 120,000 residents, this friendly college town offers a warm climate without being stuffed to the gills with retirees like Florida.”

“Although multiple neighborhoods have made it into the National Register of Historic Places, Athens maintains a youthful atmosphere and is known for its low cost of living, internationally famous music scene, and great golf, hiking, and other active pursuits in nearby state parks.”

Want to see what we found in Athens? Let’s jump! (more…)

Second HomeHawaii? Nope. California? Nope. Florida? Nope. Where is the hottest second home market in the U.S.? Ocean City, New Jersey.

According to an analysis of second home purchases by SmartAsset, Ocean City rose to the top of the list thanks to a whopping 79.38 percent of its mortgages were for secondary residences. The coastal town has 2,865 mortgages for second homes and 744 for primary residences.

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AspenWhile the house itself may look a bit different from when John Denver and his wife Annie bought it in the 1970s, the Aspen estate still has the views that inspired him to write “Starwood in Aspen.”

The local couple that bought the home in 2016 put the home on the market last month, after doing extensive remodeling, telling the Denver Business Journal that they installed new floors, and replaced the windows and the roof. They took pains to save the fireplaces, stained-glass work, copper sinks and fixtures, and the cabinetry, which was refinished and, in places, repurposed.

Denver purchased the home, and expanded it while he lived there. (more…)