5 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S
Cool breezes, fresh air, and stunning mountain views galore.
The mountains have always been a welcome break for travelers and are experiencing a rise in popularity. The global press has further helped this trend since conservationist John Muir, who was responsible for creating several national parks, once said: “Our tops breathe the purest breath of all living nature.” We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” His poetic description beautifully depicts the mysterious influence mountains have over us. Mountain ranges are no longer restricted in America and people want to relocate to them more than ever.
In less than 2 hours from Seattle, you’re right next door to 6,000 acres of mountainous landscapes that can also act as a second home.
“I’ve lived in this community since 2010 and love the four-season resort,” says Susan West, a broker with John L. Scott Real Estate, Luxury Portfolio International. There are a variety of activities to take part in close by and over the course of the year. There is also a winery, golf courses, playgrounds, tennis courts, restaurants & bars for dining out and then time to watch some sporting events on TV. It’s all about having fun!
Buying a home via FaceTIME is becoming more common and entities are now bidding for properties that they might not have even seen in person, being confident things will go their way. Wholesalers & sellers are also seeking out buyers who plan to keep the property rather than flip it as is so often seen before.
Snowmass Village, Colorado
You’ll be captivated by the beauty of the mountains and will be glad for the chance to slow down and enjoy their views. Whoville is a fictional town from the book “It’s our very own Whoville” said Walker Moriarty. Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty brokers are located about 8 miles west of Snowmass Village and this is a quieter, family-friendly, and more affordable alternative to its famous neighbor.
The new developments of Base Village, Aura, the Havens, Electric Pass Lodge, and One East have made this resort town popular in recent years. These major complexes attracted many visitors to the area, which increased the local economy.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is home to some of the most beautiful natural locations in North America and a number of outdoor activities are effortlessly accessible. Not only is it a great place for those looking for greenery, but there’s also plenty to do in Asheville – such as hiking, skiing, and fly-fishing! For those not ready to give up the benefits of a big city while still enjoying the natural wonders and vibrant cultural life of a smaller town, Asheville is perfect. It has both beauty & culture.
Asheville is known as one of the top destinations in North Carolina despite being a small city with a population of only around 100,000. Part of the reason for this is because of its many opportunities to experience distinctive flavors from some of America’s best local breweries.
“What’s been happening recently is that buyer demand has increased while the number of listings available has decreased. This means there are a lot more buyers in the market, but not as many homes for sale,” said Alec Cantley of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. With daily flights to feeder markets, the Asheville Regional Airport has been getting more and more business from buyers in the area.
With this valuable business growth has come a new influx of buyers to the market. Asheville has a growing number of flights to popular cities, no matter where you are from. All it takes is some planning and practice beforehand and you’ll be able to get around the world so easily!
Lenox and Great Barrington, Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires are best explored in the summertime for outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, and water sports. It is also a great place to go skiing in the winter!
Lenox and Great Barrington are receiving more interest from second-home buyers because they are 13 miles apart. These two towns have a lot to offer on their own, but people also agree that the easy commute is a huge selling point for them.
Lenox, once the summer home of author Edith Wharton, is known for its grand “Berkshire Cottage” estates. Great Barrington’s brick buildings make it feel like an extension of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Both towns offer a variety of things to do, from boutiques to restaurants and art galleries to parks. Lenox has the 200-acre Central Park Preserve while Great Barrington offers access to Monument Mountain Reservation.
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Bretton Woods is New Hampshire’s largest ski area and a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. There are 63 trails (including 464 acres) spread out over the beautiful White Mountains region. This scenic destination nestled in the White Mountains is also popular with golfers in the summer, as it’s home to a spectacular 18-hole course that treats players to stunning views of Mount Washington.
Bretton Woods is still the best second home to buy! Demand from customers has been strong, and inventory remains very limited!” Multiple offers are the norm, and ‘days on market’ remain extremely low,” said Michele Penner, managing broker at Badger Peabody & Smith.
“This means your home is constantly moving. You might want to get a professional who knows what they’re doing all the time.” Although L.A. is a popular vacation home, properties have continued to appreciate in value since there is a constant demand for accommodations. The most in-demand type of residence is the four-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium with mountain views.