Summer dreaming: 8 great vacation homes

One bright side of the housing bust: Prices for vacation homes are down! So with summer coming, it's time to start dreaming. 8 deals from around the country.

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Perry, Maine
Price: $220,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2

The cool, rocky Maine coast has been a favorite summer destination for generations of boaters, recreational fishermen and nature lovers. This year-round home perches on 700 feet of shore on Cobscook Bay, where huge tides flood in and out four times a day.

The two-story Cape Cod features a wood-burning stove, galley kitchen, an artist studio and a workshop. It's fully insulated so off-season stays are possible as well.

This part of Maine, hard on the Canadian border, is quieter and less touristy than the parts closer to population centers. Recreation mostly focus on the outdoors, with whale watching, sailing and birding all popular. There are also great hikes and lobster pounds and lighthouses to visit.

For more information: HomeAway


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Last updated April 11 2011: 6:06 PM ET
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