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25 Hottest Markets for Second Homes

20. Friendship, WI (53934)
> County: Adams
> Share of vacation homes: 46.4%
> Median home price: $109,604

Friendship is situated at the Western end of Friendship Lake, a body of water with fishing and a sandy beach. Property in the village is relatively inexpensive, with a typical home costing less than $110,000.

19. Walton, NY (13856)
> County: Delaware
> Share of vacation homes: 21.3%
> Median home price: $119,000

Walton is a small town situated along the Delaware River, just west of the Catskill Mountains. Along with its seclusion and scenic beauty, vacationers are also likely attracted by low property costs. A typical area home costs only $119,000, well below the statewide median value of $277,600.

18. Kissimmee, FL (34747)
> County: Osceola
> Share of vacation homes: 63.7%
> Median home price: $269,900

Kissimmee is one of only three of the top vacation destinations where over half of all homes are vacant for part of the year. Located only a half hour from the Orlando airport, Kissimmee is especially popular among vacationing and retired New Yorkers.

17. Lake Lure, NC (28746)
> County: Rutherford
> Share of vacation homes: 53.7%
> Median home price: $259,000

Vacationers in Lake Lure have easy access to the lake of the same name, as well as Chimney Rock State Park, an area known for its hiking trails and rock climbing. Though Lake Lure is relatively secluded, vacationers can benefit from the cultural amenities of an urban area, as Asheville is less than 30 miles away.

16. Vashon, WA (98070)
> County: King
> Share of vacation homes: 12.3%
> Median home price: $529,000

Vashon is an island located in the Puget Sound. Vacationers can access the island by ferry from several points, including Seattle and Tacoma. Vashon is known for its beaches, shops, and restaurants. The area is not especially cheap, however. A typical area home costs more than half a million dollars.

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