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Tourism is up in Hawaii, which is a very good sign for Hawaiian real estate. The number one reason buyers purchase a vacation home in any location is because they love it. It goes like this: visit the location, love it, feel like you never want to leav… Continue reading
Want to watch the leaves change color in the Ozarks, but don’t want to worry about the maintenance of a full-time home? Explore fractional ownership in Eureka Springs, Ark., over on SecondShelters.com.
San Francisco — about $200,000 fractional purchase buys you this view for 35 days a year… that’s half of July and August in Texas! As usual, we have the second and vacation home market deets all over on SecondShelters.com…
Right across from The Four Seasons Residence Club in beautiful Vail, Colorado, are the homes of Ross Perot, Jr. And Sr., right next to each other! (Ross Jr.’s is to the right of this picture, Ross Perot Sr. to the left.) Just back from a great weekend jaunt to Vail after attending NAREE in Denver. Lots to tell you. We may have to worry about hail and tornadoes in Dallas, but some poor Colorado residents are dealing with at least eight scary forest fires that have burned thousands of acres of forest lands and are now threatening (and destroying) some vacation homes and tourist spots. Some major state highways were closed in southern Colorado. Passengers told me of seeing smoke from about a half-dozen fires across the state, some threatening places like Estes Park, home of the Stanley Hotel, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and even Boulder. And we saw the firefighters stopping in Georgetown, Colo. With the bone-dry, Texas-type weather conditions — Denver is enjoying 100 degree plus temps — the whole state is under a fire ban. Some people were telling me the fires could have started because some residents are trying to rid the state of the annoying bark beetle that is killing off the tall lodgepole pine pine trees and markedly affecting the appearance of the usually lush, green mountainsides. The pest is thinning out the pretty pines with dying trees leaving piles of dead wood poles, the wood some say completely useless. Others, like our fly fishing guide, told me you can use the wood for furniture after it dries out and the beetles depart. Just don’t build houses with it! Local journalists told me the beetle is caused by global warming, as the critters thrive and reproduce in warmer climates. Do the beetles fuel the fires? Good question. The director of bark beetle operations in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest says people are alarmed by the timber loss:
This home is in Kingston, New York, in the Hudson River Valley, and was just written up in the New York Times. I’m writing about it because a) it is a second home for a NYC couple and b) it was built in 1958 by the grandparents of a friend who grew up in the area but now lives in California. They were the “meticulous couple” mentioned in this article. My friend, Samantha, says all that is missing is the Day-Glo white Christmas tree and — oh yes — she also says she has never heard it referred to as the Jetson’s House. The home is in a lovely neighborhood and the mid-mod design makes for easy maintenance, which can be a real pain when you own multiple homes. (Maintaining one drives me nuts!)!
Yup, that’s an Airstream that friends have used as a second home now for over a year. They love it so much, they snapped the family holiday card in it. Adventures in the Airstream are forthcoming here on Second Shelters.
I will not say I told you so, but I did, and this is the very¬†reason why we are talking today. The Wall Street Journal today reports that sales in vacation communities soared last year to heights not seen since the real estate boom that crashed (and burned) in 2008. (For those of us in Texas, it was more like 2009.) Of course, this is because prices are down and smart buyers are digging in. Other areas doing quite well: Montana, Idaho, Santa Fe, N.M. and the entire state of North Carolina. Stay very tuned: I’m in New York City for Inman’s Real Estate Connect and will bring you all the latest.