If you're looking for a great place to buy a vacation home on a budget, the northwestern corner of the United States offers any house shopper many unique, family friendly, and cost effective choices. Here are 5 top choices for any taste and style.
Oregon Coast, Oregon. The Oregon coast is quieter and less expensive than its southern neighbor, California. Dotted with small towns, seafood, and quiet beaches, this section of the Pacific shoreline attracts lots of visitors, but not too many. Depending on how close to other attractions—ranging from Portland's convenient international airport to Southern Oregon's breathtaking Crater Lake—you'll find excellent real estate bargains in small towns like Bandon, Brookings, Florence, and Tillamook.
Twin Falls, Idaho. For outdoors fanatics, Idaho is both an adventure and a great deal. Twin Falls serves as a great base in which to buy real estate and explore the surrounding parks and trails. From the underground drama of Mammoth Cave/Shoshone Ice Caves to nearly endless trails in City of Rocks National Reserve, you can enjoy the summers of Idaho along with its ski-friendly winters.
Whidbey Island, Washington. Looking for a convenient getaway with a seafaring vibe? Try Whidbey Island and its neighbors off the coast of Washington. While property may be a little more expensive here than in some other choices, you'll be sure to enjoy outdoor activities like sailing and kite flying as well as the artistic side of island life. Modern transportation options throughout the islands also mean you can hop over to Seattle when you want, too.
Port Townsend, Washington. If your budget can't quite get you a vacation home in more expensive areas like Seattle or the San Juan Islands, you might find a good compromise in the seaport town of Port Townsend. This charming historic village features Victorian architecture and easy access by ferries and bridges to islands and cities alike—both in the U.S. and in Canada!
Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This little gem of the Canadian Pacific coast is beautiful and ancient. Fancy a European summer home with the price tag? Victoria, on Vancouver Island in Canada, is your answer. The classical architecture takes you back to days of yore. And you'll find endless photography opportunities in the stunning Butchart Gardens and among native whale pods in the area. Be sure to work with a qualified real estate professional with experience helping foreigners buy property in Canada.
No matter what your budget or your lifestyle calls for, in the Pacific Northwest, you can find a less expensive but thoroughly enjoyable vacation spot to call your own. To learn more about your options, contact a local real estate agent.