According to USA Today, Bar Harbor, Maine, is one of the best places to buy a second home in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. In fact, it ranks No. 5 on their list, which encourages buyers to “Come for the beautiful town, stay for a hike in breathtaking Acadia National Park, which draws a steady flow of tourists from around the world.”

However, it’s not all tourist traps in Bar Harbor. There is a peace and serenity about the idyllic coastal town. It sits on Mount Desert Island along Maine’s famous Frenchman Bay. Here, you’ll get lost in scenic paths, enjoy a day out on the water, or cozy up in one of the town’s charming cafes.

And if you’re like any of the wide-eyed tourists who vacation here, real estate will eventually be top of mind. The homes in Bar Harbor can cost you a pretty penny. But we found something out of the ordinary that stopped us in our tracks.


Our Splurge: Micki Tannerwith Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties, LLC, has listed 1111 Crackers Neck Road, Greensboro, Georgia, for $774,000.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reynolds Lake Oconee? The luxury golf and lake community in Georgia sits just 85 miles east of Atlanta. And for those who haven’t, have we got a treat for you! Founded on 12,000 acres of brilliant lakefront property, the upscale community features six carefully crafted golf courses, a unique sporting ground, and all the recreational and culinary amenities befitting a world-class private club.

You may be surprised to learn that homes here run the gamut as far as price point and style. But attainable golf and waterfront offerings are plenty! At Reynolds Lake Oconee, you can not only get a taste for the luxury golf and lake lifestyle, but you can also live it! And for a price point that won’t break the bank.

Enter this week’s Splurge vs. Steal – two Reynolds Lake Oconee golf homes affording exceptional waterfront views and world-class recreation, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose? The premier golf course splurge or the sensible waterfront steal? We would love to hear in the comments.