Our Splurge: Di Ann Norkus with Better Homes and Gardens BloomTree Realty has listed 2775 W. Vista Pines Trail, Prescott, Arizona for $1.4995 million.

Have we got a treat for you! Panoramic views, the sights and sounds of National Forest, architectural lines that elevate the way you live. These are but a few of the highlights in this week’s Splurge vs. Steal in Prescott, Arizona. Which would you choose? The Mickey-Meunnig-Designed splurge or the High Valley Ranch steal? Let us know in the comments.

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Karen Abrams of Keller Williams Charleston has listed 2186 Wappoo Hall Road, Charleston, South Carolina for $2.6 million.

Named the most romantic city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston’s charms are hard to shake. At least that’s what David Szlam told T&L back in 2015. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” said Szlam. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh-steamed oysters — the list goes on and on.” Hang tight, we’re googling flights to Charleston as we speak.


But in all seriousness, Charleston is a place of romance. What is more alluring than pastel-colored mansions and cobblestone streets? In fact, Charleston is so romantic, it was named the best city for a romantic escape in T&L’s Favorite Places Survey. Readers were tasked to rank American cities across 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch — the very things that couples are drawn to.

Of course, our love affair with Charleston is nothing new. This week, with Valentine’s Day looming, we look at two Charleston waterfront retreats that afford all the romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel. And the price points might surprise you.

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Debra Guy and Leslie Lamora of RE/MAX Cherry Creek have listed the SOBO 58 condos in Denver, Colorado ranging from $320,000 to $620,000.

Some markets may be slowing down, but Denver is still hot, hot, HOT. In fact, home prices in the Mile High City continue to remain at an all-time high (no pun intended), with fewer options for those looking at or below the $600,000 price range. That is where SOBO 58 comes in. And we are among the first to highlight their offerings in our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

As the newest condominium development in Denver’s trendy South Broadway neighborhood, now is your chance to snag one of 58 units ranging from $320,000 to $620,000. We think the building’s premier location and interior design are sure to appeal to a variety of buyers, from Millennials to empty-nesters.

“SOBO 58 is unlike any other mid-rise in Denver,” says says co-listing agent Debra Guy of RE/MAX Cherry Creek. “It is an incredible location nestled in the heart of South Broadway, just one mile from Platt Park. Buyers also have a level of customization that is rarely offered at this price point.”

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Our Splurge: Hunter J Finch with Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 88482 Agate Lane, Bandon, Oregon for $2,950,000.

Ever dream of living on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast? Perhaps a second home in Bandon, Oregon, is for you?

With an idyllic coastal setting and year-round fishing, hiking, cycling, and golf, Bandon affords a one-of-a-kind lifestyle. And as the local say, “If the wind picks up, just bundle up – and experience some of the most dramatic storm watching in Oregon.”

This week we zero in on two exceptional oceanfront properties for our Splurge vs. Steal. Which would you choose, the coastal Bandon Dunes splurge, or the Seaside Bungalow steal?

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Our Splurge: Adriana De Castro of One Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 90 Leucadendra Drive, Coral Gables, Florida, for $29.9 million.

With a prime location close to the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport, and Miami Beach, Coral Gables is a mecca for the jet set looking to live large. Known for its tree-lined boulevards, ivy-covered mansions, and historical landmarks, “The City Beautiful” is just that – a jaw-dropping place to escape the winter’s chill and soak up the sun in style. Aside from being a shopping and dining paradise, Coral Gables is also home to the world-famous Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool, both built in the 1920s. And it’s the site of this week’s Splurge vs. Steal! Which would you choose, the opulent Leucadendrasplurge or the Villa Rosales steal? Let us know in the comments.

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Our Splurge: Ray Chin with Hawaii Life has listed 972 Kai Hele Ku Place Apt. A in Lahaina for $3.998 million.

A new study finds Hawaiians have the longest life expectancy in America. This is according to a recent review published in the highly respected journal, JAMA, entitled “The State of US Health, 1990-2016 Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States.”

The group analyzed previously published studies and data to look at things including mortality, life expectancy, and disease by state. In 2016, the review found that Hawaii had the highest life expectancy, averaging 81.3 years. As for other U.S. States? Mississippi had the lowest, clocking in at 74.7 years, respectively. Are you intrigued by this study?

Do the winter doldrums have you wishing for a beach getaway? Well, take a moment for yourself and warm up with our latest Splurge vs. Steal in West Maui, Hawaii – also known as the second most visited island with around 2.4 million visitors each year.

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Cedar Creek Lake

Our Splurge: David Burgher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 5663 Lakeshore Court in Log Cabin, Texas for $1,850,000.

It’s only a matter of months before lake season creeps in. And if you’ve been eyeing lake homes in and around the Dallas area, have we got the Splurge vs. Steal for you! This week we put the spotlight on Cedar Creek Lake – a charming destination located just one hour southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

As the fourth largest lake in Texas with over 320 miles of shoreline it affords idyllic lake recreation, water sports, and a variety of lake homes at every price point. Whether you’re searching for a Lakeshore splurge or a Malakoff steal, Cedar Creek Lake has it all. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

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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…)