Special Report

25 Hottest Markets for Second Homes

25. Stover, MO (65078)
> County: Morgan
> Share of vacation homes: 34.9%
> Median home price: $95,000

Nearly 35% of homes in Stover are vacant for most of the year. Within driving distance of Kansas City and St. Louis, and with a typical home costing only $95,000, Stover is an inexpensive area to own a second home for a weekend getaway.

24. Frontenac, NY (13624)
> County: Jefferson
> Share of vacation homes: 40.7%
> Median home price: $198,500

Accessible only by water, Frontenac is a small island located in the St. Lawrence River, roughly 100 miles north of Syracuse. Aside from its physical remoteness, the island is likely appealing as a vacation destination for its relatively low median home price. A typical Frontenac home is worth $198,500, far less than the statewide median home value of $277,600.

23. Obsidian, ID (83340)
> County: Blaine
> Share of vacation homes: 45.6%
> Median home price: $787,624

Situated in the Sawtooth National Forest, less than 150 miles from Boise, Idaho’s largest city, Obsidian is one of the most popular markets for second homes in the country. With all the scenic beauty and natural amenities of a protected forest, a typical home in Obsidian is worth over three quarters of a million dollars.

22. Burkesville, KY (42717)
> County: Cumberland
> Share of vacation homes: 9.2%
> Median home price: $139,000

In Burkesville, a small city within driving distance of Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, a typical home costs only $139,000, roughly $35,000 less than the nationwide median home value. With the Cumberland River going through Burkesville, and the Daniel Boone National Forest located just over an hour east, there are plenty of natural attractions for retirees and vacationers to enjoy.

21. Sand Lake, FL (32819)
> County: Orange
> Share of vacation homes: 19.1%
> Median home price: $295,000

Located in the Orlando metro area, vacationers in Sand Lake have easy access to such popular destinations as Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. The Orlando area is an especially popular, and relatively affordable, area for New York City residents to own a second home.