Ever wish that all-too-short vacation would never end?
One solution: Move to your favorite getaway location. Whether you’re beachcombing, reeling in trout, schussing down the slopes or having a great meal before seeing a show, you can enjoy it all whenever you want and without the added cost of airfare and hotels.
And while hotels in a popular tourist destination can be pricey, a home in the same place doesn’t necessarily have to cost a bundle.
Bankrate looked at a price range of roughly $220,000 to $250,000 and found five options in five hot vacation destinations. From a whitewashed bungalow on the sunny island of St. John to a cozy condo in a Colorado ski village, there’s something for just about everyone who’s ever wanted to make everyday life feel more like an extended escape.
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Photos courtesy of Kim Hebron, RE/MAX Properties of Summit
This furnished one-bedroom, one-bath condominium is in Keystone, Colorado.
Facing due east, it has views of the Continental Divide, says Kim Hebron, broker/associate with Re/Max Properties of the Summit.
The condo has an open floor plan with a vaulted living room, gas fireplace and oversize windows, she says. The kitchen has a stone floor, spotlights and a breakfast bar adjacent to the dining area.
The community, River Run Village, is a vacation hamlet with shops and restaurants, and it’s also walking distance to the slopes, Hebron says.
There’s also a heated outdoor pool and several hot tubs, plus a fitness center, game room and ski lockers, she says. A monthly fee of $435 covers the home’s individual power, water and sewer, cable and Internet bills, as well as on-site management, she says.
Keystone, in the heart of Colorado ski country and adjacent to the Snake River, is a popular year-round destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Hebron says.
While the winter hosts skiers and snowboarders, the summer brings hikers, kayakers, fly fishermen and nature lovers, she says. “The wildflowers are incomparable.”
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Photos courtesy of Louis Basoli, Kinlin Grover Real Estate
This one-bedroom, one-bath bungalow is on Cape Cod and was sold on Sept. 5.
“Right on the water,” it is 374 square feet and was built in 1956, says Louis Basoli, salesman for Kinlin Grover Real Estate.
“When you walk in, you’re actually in a pretty large room — a combination living room, dining room and kitchen,” he says. The bungalow has wood floors, whitewashed wood walls and ceiling and lots of windows for plenty of light, he says.
The galley kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, stove and small dishwasher, he says. “It utilizes the space very well.”
And living right on the beach is a big draw, Basoli says. “Sagamore Beach is a sugar-sand beach with fairly significant tide action,” he says. “At low tide, it’s a mammoth expanse of beautiful sandbar.”
Cape Cod is a popular vacation destination, and Sandwich, incorporated in 1639, lays claim to being the oldest town on the Cape. With fishing, boating, shopping, beaches and plenty of fresh seafood, it’s a hot spot for vacationers who want a side of history with their seaside fun.
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Photos courtesy of La Nora Kay, Good Life Realty
Built in 2008, this contemporary ranch is set on a quarter-acre lot. It has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,731 square feet.
The arched entry gives way to a carpeted living room with cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace with stone hearth and recessed lighting, says La Nora Kay, broker/owner of Good Life Realty. The eat-in kitchen features granite counters, tile floors, recessed lighting, a dining nook and a breakfast bar with pendant lighting, she says. “It has a really good workspace and layout, plus being open to the dining space makes it easy for entertaining.”
The master bedroom, with coffered ceiling and crown molding, also has a bath with jetted tub, glass shower and water closet, she says.
While the covered deck has views of the mountains, the home is about 10 minutes from shopping areas and a 35-acre state-of-the-art complex with fitness centers, concessions, walking trails, ball fields and adjacent aquatic center.
Branson, with four mild seasons and a chain of three large lakes, is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fishing and boating, Kay says. It’s also known for music and entertainment venues, as well as museums and restaurants.
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Mount Dora, Florida
Photo courtesy of Jack W. Howarth, RE/MAX Assured
This contemporary ranch, built in 2006, features a relaxed, open floor plan.
It has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,180 square feet, says Jack Howarth, sales associate with Re/Max Assured.
With cathedral ceilings in main rooms and plenty of glass, half-walls, transoms and wall cutouts, “it has a tremendous amount of light,” he says. The house has wood floors, crown molding and architectural details throughout.
The great room, with a cathedral ceiling, opens to the covered lanai, as well as the kitchen, Howarth says. The kitchen features a breakfast bar, recessed lighting, a walk-in pantry and a high-arc faucet.
It also has a formal living room and formal dining room.
The master suite has a cathedral ceiling, sitting area, walk-in closet and a master bath with a garden tub and glass-and-tile corner shower, he says.
And it has three additional bedrooms, plus a second full bathroom with double sinks.
The backyard, which has established large trees and established landscaping, is completely fenced.
Mount Dora is an hour from the beaches on the east coast and 40 minutes from Orlando’s theme parks. The local area, with a chain of five lakes, is known for bass fishing and boating, says Howarth.
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St. John, Virgin Islands
Photo courtesy of Sandy Mohler, Holiday Homes of St. John
This whitewashed, one-bedroom, one-bath cottage is on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands.
The home has an open plan with clean lines, wood floors in some areas and oversize windows. It has “a nice kitchen; not big, but it’s got everything,” says Sandy Mohler, sales associate for Holiday Homes of St. John.
In a nod to the island location, many of the finishes — like hatches and closings — “are very boat-like,” she says. Finished in 2009, it’s 554 square feet, she says.
The bungalow has a large open front porch and a screened back porch, Mohler says. The wooded lot is a little over half an acre, she says, “and there are lots of orchids in the trees.”
The community fee is $50 annually and includes deeded rights to a stretch of beach and boat docks a short drive away, Mohler says.
St. John, known for national parks and nature areas, is “a little more laid-back” than neighboring St. Thomas. With no airport, boats are the only way to the island, she says.
It’s popular for hiking, boating and fishing, as well as kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling, Mohler says. “It has trails with gorgeous vistas and beautiful beaches.”