Best areas for inexpensive vacation homes

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Submitted by mydogsarelazy on September 16, 2007 - 8:51am

Hi Everyone,

We live in Temecula/Murrieta, and sometimes talk about how nice it would be to have a cabin or weekend place.

So, if you were us, and you wanted something within a 2 hour drive, and you had a limited budget -- say up to $150k -- where would you look? I know that this is a low figure, but I am hoping that some of you know an area that has been overlooked, if there is such a thing in SoCal.

For some background, I have had cabins in the high desert, and there are still some values there, but this time around I am thinking mountains and pines.

Give me your thoughts.


Submitted by robyns_song on September 16, 2007 - 10:29am.

Did you try Big Bear or Julian? It depends on how big of a "cabin" or "weekend place" you're looking for, but there are small towns in those areas which have less expensive housing that San Diego. $150K still won't buy you much in these areas...

Submitted by luxuryglow on September 16, 2007 - 8:58pm.

Perhaps fractional ownership? for 150K? unless you my want to wait and see..

Submitted by mydogsarelazy on September 17, 2007 - 7:23am.

I guess that waiting and seeing would be the way to go. I found a "cabin" just under 1,000 sq feet listed in Julian, and it is listed for $299k.

Interesting that both Julian and Big Bear were threatened by fires this past week. That gives me pause. Wonder if people in those areas can get good fire insurance?


Submitted by desmond on September 17, 2007 - 9:23am.

I was up at the "Pine Mountain Club", 60 miles north of LA, last weekend, what a dump. Lots of crappy little cabins next to MCcabins. I would say 30-40% of the place is on the market. It was so bad it reminded me of Big Bear.

Submitted by one_muggle on September 17, 2007 - 12:09pm.

Check out South America. If you can afford the travel costs and speak the language there are areas worth looking into.

Submitted by luchabee on September 17, 2007 - 12:32pm.

Do you have lots of money?

Why not just rent a cabin? No $150,000 tied up or mortgage and closing costs, no property taxes, maintenance, weed abatement, no cleaning, or fires? Also, you can rent different cabins if you get tired of the same place.


But that's just me.

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