Robert B. Kinlin with Robert Paul Properties, Inc. has listed 49 Oyster Way, Barnstable, Massachusetts for $8.9 million.

The Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is the equivalent of a warm blanket — a cozy place to land after a long day at the beach. And according to the folks at SmartAsset, the Cape Cod destination ranks among the top places to buy a second home in 2019. In March of this year, 51.63 percent of mortgages in Barnstable were for secondary residences, which prompted us to do some digging. What we found is nearly every listing, whether it is in Barnstable or not, is listed as if it is in Barnstable.

So without further ado here are a few great offerings in the Barnstable area, all under $9 million.

(more…)

brenhamSituated at one of the highest points in Washington County, Texas, this Queen Ann Victorian in Brenham clearly still has some stories to tell.

Built in 1901, the grand lady was moved to its current site — the former home of the Live Oak Female Seminary established in 1853 — much later and restored to its Victorian glory. Sitting on nearly 47 acres of land along the historic La Bahia Trail, 9105 Mayfair Lane sits near Independence and Brenham, and boasts rolling views clear to Lake Somerville and College Station.

(more…)

buckinghamNo word on where Fleetwood Mac rocker Lindsey Buckingham is heading to next, but he and his wife have turned into quite the real estate investors — and their latest home, a true celebrity compound in Brentwood, California, is now up for grabs.

Realtor.com reports that Buckingham and his interior designer wife Kristen bought a 1.2-acre double lot for $6.6 million in 2004, and have listed the custom home they built and decorated for $29.5 million. Several years ago, the two bought a $5.8 million lot and built a spec home, and eventually sold it for $19 million.

This latest listing is very private, sitting behind double gates and tons of lush landscaping. Inside, the main home is full of Old-World, European touches, without feeling stuffy. (more…)

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 

(more…)

If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind historic showplace in Berkeley, California, this 1926 treasure is a must-see. From the stunning 3,087-square-feet home to the naturesque 6,970-square-feet lot, every inch of indoor and outdoor living space is designed to dazzle the senses.

Located on a private cul-de-sac at 2772 Hilgard Avenue, the sprawling two-story home – nestled amid lush native greenery and old growth trees – has the secluded feel of an intimate compound although UC Berkeley and the Greek Theatre are just steps away.

(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.

(more…)

KentuckyBy Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

You can get lost in this 4,932-square-foot home and its rich Blue Grass history in Millersburg, Kentucky.

Located on a quarter-acre lot at 1001 Main Street, the two-story gem is filled with 19th century wow factors and current upgrades. A gorgeous wooden staircase winding from the front room is the centerpiece of the single-family home.

In addition to two more staircases, features range from a living room, parlor, formal dining area, and stainless-steel kitchen to four large bedrooms, two full baths, and stunning hardwood flooring. (more…)

RichardsonEditor’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 23rd city on the list — Thousand Oaks, Calfornia. This week, we look at Richardson, Texas, and found three great homes — all for less than $410,000.

“Richardson, Texas, has hot summers and mild winters, and this friendly city has a low crime rate,” MoneyWise said. “The cost of living is a bit higher than in some of the other cities on our list: you’ll need an income of around $72.000 to live comfortably here.”

“Richardson is located near Dallas, so you’ll have big-city amenities while living in a small community of just over 100,000. Three hospitals and 15 medical centers ensure you’ll never be without healthcare when you need it.”

Want to see examples of what you can find in Richardson? Let’s jump! (more…)