Special Report

25 Hottest Markets for Second Homes

10. Hallettsville, TX (77964)
> County: Lavaca
> Share of vacation homes: 12.5%
> Median home price: $200,157

With Houston 100 miles to the east and San Antonio 100 miles to the west, Hallettsville may be an ideal area for second-home owners looking to escape a major city. Hallettsville is steeped in cultural history and hosts events year-round, including an antique tractor pull, a beauty pageant, and the world’s largest fiddle contest.

9. Dagsboro, DE (19939)
> County: Sussex
> Share of vacation homes: 15.5%
> Median home price: $289,900

A small town of only 850 residents, Dagsboro is just 11 miles from the beach, along Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline, and less than 25 miles from Ocean City, Maryland. Vacationers in Dagsboro are also a short drive and ferry ride away from the popular summer getaways in New Jersey, including Cape May and Wildwood.

8. Saint George Island, FL (32328)
> County: Franklin
> Share of vacation homes: 49.9%
> Median home price: $469,000

While the Keys are perhaps Florida’s most iconic island vacation destination, there are other islands in the state that cater mostly to vacation home owners. Saint George Island is located in the Northern Gulf, just off shore from Tate’s Hell State Forest. Roughly half of the island’s homes are vacation or second homes.

7. Nancy, KY (42544)
> County: Pulaski
> Share of vacation homes: 29.8%
> Median home price: $130,000

Vacationers and second home owners in Nancy are within driving distance of Nashville, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and Daniel Boone National Forest. They also benefit from inexpensive real estate, as the typical area home costs nearly $45,000 less than the nationwide median home value.

6. McCall, ID (83638)
> County: Valley
> Share of vacation homes: 49.2%
> Median home price: $299,900

With a local airport and easy access to outdoor sports venues, including golf courses and ski areas, McCall is an ideal area for many to keep a second home. In addition to man-made outdoor attractions, McCall is partially comprised of parts of Ponderosa State Park and borders Payette Lake.