Here’s Where Americans Are Buying Vacation Homes — and Some Destinations Might Surprise You
Vacation home sales have been on the rise across the U.S.
Even on vacation, there's no place like home.
And the most popular destinations among buyers may surprise you.
Coming in at number one is Marion, North Carolina. Second-home sales were up nearly 22% in Marion, which sits at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just an hour-and-a-half-drive from Charlotte.
At approximately 35 miles away, Marion is a more affordable alternative than booming Asheville and comes complete with its own adorable Main Street. This is a place where remote cabins are popular and outdoor entertainment (including a lake, several golf courses, and a couple of water parks) is abundant.
Hudson, a charming town in New York's Catskills region, came in fifth on the list. With a median home price of $595,000, Hudson is more expensive than some of the other cities on the list, but it offers a unique benefit: It's a comfortable small town with Hudson River views just a two-hour drive from bustling Manhattan, one of the least affordable housing markets in the U.S. It's also linked to Manhattan by Amtrak and bus services.
Branson, Missouri — one of the most affordable lake towns in the U.S., according to Realtor.com — landed in eighth place, thanks in part to its ample space and 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, a perfect spot for paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating. The median home price in Branson is approximately $256,200.
Overall, second-home purchases accounted for about 6% of all mortgages in the first three months of 2021, Realtor.com reported, noting that data doesn't include all-cash purchases.