DreIt may not be “a crib with a studio and it’s all full of tracks to add to the wall, full of plaques, hanging up in the office in back of his house like trophies,” but when we saw his Los Angeles manse was on the market, we didn’t forget about Dr. Dre.

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Dre’s 16,200 square-foot home is in the luxury-laden and private Westchester County Estates, an enclave protected by guards and a gate. The home itself also sits behind a gated drive.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy-winning rap artist and founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics paid $2.35 million for the home in 1999. The French country-style home has been extensively renovated since the purchase.

Inside, the renovations include two kitchens, a 250-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, and an elevator so you can reach all three stories of the home with ease (although don’t miss the grand staircase in the foyer).

 

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Castle Life, But No Castle Dollars? Head to Scotland

Want to live in a castle, but don’t have castle coffers? The historic Dalnair Castle in Loch Lomond — roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow, Scotland — may be the answer.

The castle has been converted into 10 luxurious two and three-bed apartments, Glasgow Live reported.

“Since its purchase by FM Group in 2016, the castle has undergone a £3.3 million refurbishment,” the story said. “Built in 1884 by Glasgow merchant, Thomas Brown, on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House, the castle boasts a striking tower and Tudor-arched doorway.” (more…)

Bella Vista

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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 14th city on the list — Clemson, South Carolina. This week, we look at Bella Vista, Arkansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

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“This relatively small town is home to just 27,600 people and has amazing weather and lovely natural surroundings for active retirees,” MoneyWise said. “In addition to its seven lakes, hardwood forests, and many walking trails, homeowners can also choose from several golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and shooting ranges for low monthly fees.”

“With a median home price of $102,000 and a median monthly rent of $895, Bella Vista is a truly affordable spot to settle down.”

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Clemson

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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 15th city on the list — Brevard, North Carolina. This week, we look at Clemson, South Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located just two hours from Atlanta, Georgia, this growing college town is still an affordable spot to retire,” MoneyWise said. “Median home selling price is currently about $180,000, but naturally pricing varies by neighborhood.”

“The west side of town is close to the college — home to the famous Clemson Tigers football team — so it’s both a livelier and louder part of town during the school year. Clemson is considered to be very friendly to newcomers and offers plenty of continued learning opportunities and a good tax base for retirees.”

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

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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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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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.”

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