Orange County conjures up sun-drenched images of Southern California at its finest: suburban living with pockets of great affluence in a perfect palm trees-and-Pacific breeze climate. Its 40 miles of craggy coastline are studded with standout beaches. To the east, the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains provide a striking backdrop.
The Hamptons may be internationally renowned as a playground for the rich and famous, but there’s so much more to this striking region on the eastern end of Long Island, New York than parties and polo.
Park City, Utah, conjures up sporty images of luxe living and leisure with an infusion of arts and entertainment, no matter the season. A winter wonderland the U.S. Ski Team calls home and favorite second-home destination for skiers, Park City’s picturesque meadows, snow-capped Wasatch Mountains and meandering streams are equally enticing in spring, summer and fall to hikers, mountain bikers, anglers and golfers.
It’s about the altitude in the High Rocky city of Aspen, which at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, offers a bird’s eye view of the world. And it’s about the lifestyle. Building on a reputation for its world-class slopes, Aspen draws not only ski-lovers but also tree-huggers for its leadership in environmental stewardship. Residents never take their breathtaking natural assets for granted.
For some people, any state that has more than a thousand golf courses is reason enough to relocate. Yet, Florida’s 1,250-plus courses are a fraction of the attraction. The land of sun and sand is also the land of lifestyle: Ocala horse farms, Palm Beach mansions, Miami penthouses. The attraction is global. Florida property is found in luxury real estate portfolios worldwide.
Portugal is a country best appreciated slowly, like a sip of its vintage port wine. For those interested in relocating, the opportunity to settle in this charmed corner of the continent is a powerful incentive.