Where Are the Top Spots to Own A Vacation Home?


The Monterey Peninsula is a popular vacation destination for Bay Area, Central Valley, Texas and Arizona residents. With world renowned golf courses, beautiful coastlines, sandy beaches, wineries, art galleries and lots of wonderful shops and restaurants it is the perfect place to getaway. A big factor? The cooler coastal weather that brings relief to many who live in the hotter areas of California and beyond.


Here are a few highlights of the area:

Carmel -Small intimate inns like the La Playa, the Cypress Inn, L'Auberge, cozy cottages, beautiful sandy beaches, upscale shops and art galleries and lots of wonderful restaurants but I can't forget the historic Carmel Mission, Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch and historic architecture

Monterey offers - Marriott, Portola Hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel, the state historic park, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, Coastal trail, water sports and a bustling downtown area with shops and restaurants

Pacific Grove - Beautiful Victorians, the Coastal trail, Lover's Point, Asilomar Beach and of course shops and restaurants in the quaint downtown. We even have a little movie theater.

Carmel Valley and Village - Wineries, restaurants, Earthbound farms, Garland Ranch, golf courses, artist studios and equestrian centers

Pebble Beach - Golf courses, 2 luxury Lodge at Pebble Beach & Spanish Bay, 7 golf courses, the famous 17 Mile Drive, equestrian center, amazing estates and a gorgeous coastline with trails and beaches.

With all that said, it doesn't look like we hit the top 15 places to buy a vacation home. Why? I assume home prices play a big role in these selections. Since the Pandemic, demand in our area has increased dramatically and so have prices. Average price for a home in Pacific Grove is $1,477,000. Average price in Pebble Beach $4,526,307.


Here are the top 15 places to buy a vacation home in 2021, according to Vacasa’s rankings:

  1. Gatlinburg, Tenn.: $320,111 (median home sale price)

  2. St. Augustine, Fla.: $365,576

  3. Gulf Shores, Ala.: $402,905

  4. Dauphin Island, Ala.: $382,699

  5. Norris Lake, Tenn.: $343,907

  6. Blue Ridge, Ga.: $290,934

  7. Palm Springs, Calif.: $539,370

  8. Deep Creek Lake, Md.: $439,367

  9. Seaside, Ore.: $466,086

  10. Ludlow, Vt.: $346,950

  11. Big Bear, Calif.: $372,667

  12. Rockaway Beach, Ore.: $330,831

  13. Cle Elum, Wash.: $551,586

  14. Big Sky, Mont.: $850,000

  15. Twentynine Palms, Calif.: $263,897

Source: Realtor Magazine August 19, 2021

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