Best places for vacation home deals

Whether you love golf, the water, the outdoors or theme parks, here are the best places to find a bargain.

Best for golf nuts

vacation home haines florida
If golf is your game, Haines City is a great affordable second home market.
  • Place: Haines City, Fla.
  • Median home value: $123,000

There are two big advantages to vacation life in Haines City, according to city administrator Jonathan Evans. The first is that several of the best golf courses in the nation are 30 minutes or less away.

Many residents, like Evans himself, live right on a golf course.

Related: 10 most affordable small cities

The second is home prices. "You can build a new home here for $50 to $60 a square foot," he said. "It's very affordable."

Existing home prices are also low. At a median of $123,000, they're about two-thirds of the price of a typical U.S. home.

Getting to Haines is easy. Vacationers can fly into either Tampa or Orlando international airports and be less than an hour from their second home. And with both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts within a 90-minute drive, there's plenty to do, even for non-golfers.

Source: Zillow
The best places to buy were determined by rating towns' proximity to popular recreational amenities, local home values and potential for price appreciation.
- Last updated July 14 2014 03:48 PM ET
Join the Conversation
Real Estate Calculator
recalchome

Was my home a good investment?

Find out now
Find Homes for sale
  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
    New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
    Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed4.30%4.25%
15 yr fixed3.29%3.32%
5/1 ARM3.45%3.63%
30 yr refi4.27%4.20%
15 yr refi3.26%3.24%
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com