If you’re looking for a second home in upstate New York, why not settle into Saranac Lake? It offers a bounty of seasonal beauty, adventure, and three lakes all connected by the Saranac River. And the homes are equally impressive too!

We found a pair of cozy campfire retreats right on the water on coveted Bartlett Carry Road, boasting incredible views and privacy, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Camp Dancing Waters Splurge or the Adirondack Steal?

Splurge: Camp Dancing Waters Treasure With Boathouse On 24.5-Acres & 1,200-Feet of Shoreline For $2.795M



Our Splurge: Tom Speet with Coldwell Banker has listed 2506 Eagle Lane, Holland, Michigan for $1.45 million.

This week we take you to Holland, Michigan, for a fantastic Splurge vs. Steal. Holland is a stunning Michigan hamlet, best known for its often-photographed Big Red Lighthouse. The Windmill Island Gardens are a popular attraction, as is the town’s history, which recalls the area’s fascinating Dutch roots. We love that Holland rests right on the shores of Lake Macatawa – a low-key destination for waterfront living, and perfect place to buy a second shelter.


Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a place for the cool kids. A home for the folks who want nature at their doorstep but art museums, craft breweries, and live music too. Ranked as one of America’s greatest walking cities, with superior golf courses, pristine lakes and streams, and a reputation for some of the best fishing around, Grand Rapids is a popular spot for anyone looking to live large. So this week we are featuring two of its finest listings. Each offers glorious views and are close to fun things to do, but have price points that are miles apart.

Which is your favorite, the Woodland Oasis Splurge or the Thousand Oaks Steal?


Splurge: Buff LaGrange with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Pebble Beach has listed Santa Fe 2 NE of Mountain View, Carmel, California for $1.65 million.

Known for its storybook cottages and beachfront charm, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect place to start living your California dream. But all that beauty comes at a cost. Here we highlight two such cottages, each with idyllic locations mere blocks to town but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose the Carmel Cottage Splurge or the Whimsical Garden Steal? We would love to hear your pick in the comments. (more…)

Our Splurge: Quinn Myers with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 2634 Bayside Walk, San Diego, California for $1.998 million.

Make the most of oceanfront living in Mission Beach! As one of San Diego’s most laid-back, surfer-friendly neighborhoods, Mission Beach attracts all types looking to post up in the sand. From sunbathing to water sports, cafes to boardwalk shops, it has everything you need to start living the ultimate coastal lifestyle. And its beach is a favorite among 20-somethings and families alike! So this week, we zeroed in on two of its prize offerings. Which one would you choose?


Our Splurge: Adam Stults with Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 2731 Battlement Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabamafor $3.5 million.

This week we take you to Tuscaloosa, Alabama – home of the Crimson Tide and sntebellum beauties like the famed Battle-Friedman House and Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. Our top picks offer fantastic lots with lushly landscaped lawns and gorgeous architecture that harkens back to a bygone era. Which do you prefer, the cliffside splurge or the stately steal?


MiamiMiami and Miami Beach have a bit of a reputation — thanks in part to the celebrities that have second (or third, or fourth) homes in the area — of being where you go for luxury beach living.

And luxury, as we all know, doesn’t come cheap. But for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal, we’re heading to Miami Beach, the city connected only by bridges to mainland Miami, where the prices vary as widely as the beaches, and the southern end — South Beach — is nearly synonymous with models and celebrities.

We have a gorgeous beachfront condo with luxurious amenities thanks to its affiliation with a luxury hotel, and a more modest option that is much lower in price point, but ripe for becoming that blank slate ready for your modern touches. Which one will you pick? (more…)

Our Splurge: Andie Cummings with Matt O’Neill Real Estate has listed 79 Sandbar Lane, Folly Beach, South Carolina for $519,999.

Known by the locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach has long been a haven for South Carolina residents and vacationers alike. For those who appreciate rich history, painted sunsets, and waterfront fun, this beachside city just south of Charleston has lots to love. If you’re considering a second shelter near the water, we have two Folly Beach beauties that deserve a look. Which would you choose, the Sandbar Lane Splurge or the Mariner’s Cay Steal?

Splurge: Rooftop Retreat Just A Short Walk To Folly Beach