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There’s much to be discovered on the road less traveled, and the same is true for lesser-known second-home markets. Of course, there are incredible cities and regions that immediately spring to mind when it comes to buying an additional property—their top-rated amenities and bespoke luxury homes speak for themselves. But if you’re seeking more solitude, a fresh perspective, and possibly even more square footage for your dollar, these second-home locales are well worth your consideration.
For those seeking year-round outdoor adventure, Snowmass is peak perfection. With 3,000 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain, there’s no shortage of fresh powder during the winter. In the summer, enjoy access to over 80 miles of picturesque trails from the village.
Located on 49 acres for total seclusion, this rustic yet contemporary ranch property is the perfect place to unwind at the end of an adrenaline-filled day on the slopes. With spacious decks and 360-degree panoramic views, this mountain retreat offers all the benefits of indoor/outdoor living.
Another top location for outdoor enthusiasts? Telluride. Known for some of the most rugged alpine terrain in the United States, an abundance of outdoor summer activities—including fishing, mountain biking, golfing, and horseback riding—and its world-class film and music festivals, Telluride is rich in entertainment no matter the season. This secluded lodge with stunning mountain views borders on 120 acres of wide-open space, inviting guests to breathe deep and rest easy.
As this sunny, custom-built home proves, Oyster Bay Cove has much to offer in the way of upscale living. With all the warmth and comfort of a Hampton’s-style property, including a spacious open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and lush manicured grounds, it provides the luxury of private residential living in the country. The area is also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Songbird Center; if access to city life is also important, Manhattan is a convenient thirty miles away.
If a warm locale is top priority for your home away from home, Fort Lauderdale is a prime candidate for sun and sand, culture and entertainment. With 23 miles of beaches, there’s ample aquatic recreation to be had, including jet skiing, snorkeling, or just taking in the exquisite sunsets over the Atlantic. Or, when circumstances permit, enjoy the cosmopolitan side of Fort Lauderdale with its many outdoor festivals and events. For access to this sunny lifestyle, consider luxury properties like palm-tree lined Las Olas Estate, featuring a resort-style pool and spa area, and this contemporary penthouse condominium with its glittering central chandelier.
Though Sedona is often associated with the Grand Canyon, it has much more to offer in addition to its Wonder of the World—and this luxury ranch retreat with dramatic red rock views provides first-rate access to it all. Soak up the outdoors whether enjoying the firepit or the hot tub, and take full advantage of Sedona’s luxury lifestyle full of fine dining, shopping, spa experiences, and idyllic hillside wineries just outside of town.
When it comes to choosing an additional home base, it can be worth expanding your search beyond the usual suspects. These five locations offer many of the same amenities and advantages of their more popular counterparts, with perhaps even more to discover. Whether you’re leaning towards a mountain lifestyle, sun and sand, East Coast luxury, or desert living, take the time to explore these second-home neighborhoods to land on the property best suited for where life takes you next.
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