It’s charming. It’s magical. It’s perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ever been to Dollywood? For those who haven’t, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains amusement park is the top destination for family vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. But there’s more to Pigeon Forge than Dollywood’s Splash Country. The town is ideal for second homebuyers looking to vacation or retire. And this week, we are showcasing two of its best offerings. Each has a story to tell but with price points that are miles apart.

Now there’s only one thing left to do. Make like a Draper James t-shirt and ask yourself, “What would Dolly do?” 

Splurge: Farmhouse In The Foothills On 25-Acres

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The Austin City Limits Music Festival just announced their line up and it’s going to be good! So we thought it only fitting to dedicate this week’s Splurge vs. Steal to homes near Zilker Park.

New to the fest? No problem! The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. It takes place on two consecutive, three-day weekends, and is inspired by the KLRU/PBS music series of the same name. The festival is produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents, which also produces Lollapalooza. In a nut shell, it’s one of the most epic outdoor music fests in Texas. And this year they have Guns N’ Roses, Childish Gambino, The Cure, and Cardi B, y’all!

Living near the park is a great idea, regardless of the show. Homes near Zilker Park run the gamut too, from swanky condos to eclectic moderns to updated farmhouses. And we found two that put you right near the action. All you have to do is snag tickets and stroll into Zilker park like you own the joint. Plus, the income potential could be massive for those who want to lease their home during the festival. Just check out the rates on some nearby properties on Airbnb!

Splurge: Geometric Modern With A Pool For $1.995M

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Our Steal: Ariel Trouche with Carolina One Real Estate has listed 154 N. Shelmore Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for $995,000.

This week we take you to South Carolina for the best of low country living under $1.6 million. Are you on the hunt for a second shelter or place to retire? These two gems are minutes from the beach and offer lots of space for hosting family and friends. Take your pick!

Splurge: Sullivans Island Stunner Minutes From The Beach For $1.549M 

In this gorgeous island home, the sandy beach is barely a five-minute walk from the house! Or, as the listing says, “bring your golf cart!” Can you imagine living here? We sure can. This stunning five-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom home boasts a gracious 3,636-square-foot floorplan that is perfect for guests.

Open, airy, and all the fixins! This includes a massive front porch and a huge island kitchen. But what really makes it special is the access to all the fabulous Sullivans Island amenities.

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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 

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Our Splurge: Debbie Lowe with Moreland Properties has listed 4609 Amarra Drive, Austinfor $3,850,000.

The Masters is just around the corner, so we thought it only appropriate to put the spotlight on these two green-jacket-worthy gems. For our latest Splurge vs. Steal we are zeroing in on two of the “most searched golf properties” from Luxury Portfolio International. One is ideally situated in Golf, Illinois. The other is on a hillside perch in Austin, Texas. Both offer a golf lifestyle, so good you’ll be dreaming of life on the green. Which would you choose, the contemporary Hill Country splurge or the magnificent newer construction steal?

Splurge: Contemporary Hill Country Estate With Golf Course Views For $3.85M


This five-bedroom, five-full-and-two-half-bath beauty is all new and sits right on the Fazio Canyons Golf Course. Sharp angles and clean lines define the contemporary exterior, while inside, walls of glass bath the interiors with natural light.

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Our Splurge: Brady Johnson with C Lazy U Ranch Realty, LLChas listed 4414 County Road 40, Granby, Coloradofor $2.995 million.

There’s plenty to do in the sleepy mountain town of Granby, Colorado. With its family-friendly atmosphere, close proximity to Denver, and idyllic location in the majestic Rockies, people come for the views and stay for the western hospitality. Plus, epic skiing at Winter Park Resort is just a short drive down US-40 E. And there’s lots to love about the summer too! This includes hiking, camping, world-class golfing, mountain biking, and so much more.

If owning a second home in Granby sounds like your idea of heaven, we have two exceptional offerings for you to consider. Which would you choose, the rustic luxury splurge or the mountain view steal?

Splurge: Rustic Luxury Retreat On Over 37-Acres For $2.995M

 

Those looking for private luxury living in the Rockies will be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable, move-in ready retreat. This five-bedroom, six-full-bathroom home sits on a whopping 37.03-acres and features generous interiors built to entertain.

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Our Splurge: Gregg Klar with Keller Williams Lake Travis has listed 5303 S. Scout Island Circle for $2.5 million.

Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the amenities are plentiful, and deep blue water views go on for miles. Itching to get away? What’s better than heading to your very own lakefront retreat? This week we zero in on two exceptional lakefront beauties in Austin, Texas. Each are big on views and recreation but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you pick, the sprawling Lake Austin Splurge or the Hill Country Polo Club Steal? With this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose.  (more…)

Our Splurge: Dawn Maddux of Engel & Volkers Missoula has listed 5080 Old Bitterroot Road, Missoula, Montana for $3.995 million.

Wander the rugged terrain across Mount Sentinel and Mount Jumbo. Embrace the forested range of the Rattlesnake National Recreation area. Enjoy the wilderness with all its peaks, forests, and waterfalls. This is what living in Missoula, Montana, is all about! And if you’re thinking of purchasing a second home or investment property near this historic western town, we have a couple for you to consider. Peruse them in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d choose, the Bitterroot splurge or the Spanish Peaks steal?

Splurge: Old Bitterroot Road Landholding To Build Your Dream Home For $3.995M

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