The idea of snapping up a holiday home where you could unwind during summer can sound utterly idyllic, the kind of thing that’s only practically possible for wealthy businesspeople. You might even have quite a few locations in mind – the Costa del Sol, Ibiza, Hawaii… the list could go on.
Still, finding the “best” place for that retreat doesn’t necessarily mean just following where everyone else is putting their money. Here are places that especially warrant consideration, hype or no hype…
If you’re a fan of the BBC Four series Inspector Montalbano, a visit to the Mediterranean island of Sicily could soon see you catch sight of many of its filming spots. The series was shot in many southern Sicily areas, including towns Ragusa and Noto as well as, on the coast, village Punta.
The island’s south-eastern strip running down from Catania and along the Ionian Sea is especially beautiful; it “offers archaeological sites in Syracuse, nature and wineries, beaches on the coast, and big city life in Catania,” Antonio Carnazza of estate agency Engel & Völkers has told The Telegraph.
Palm Springs, California
The United States can seem like a glamorous magnet to many of us, but the question remains: where exactly should we stay there for our summer getaways? After all, we’re not exactly short of choice in the land of Uncle Sam. An obvious choice, and not an ill-advised one, is Palm Springs.
If you’re a culture vulture, you’d be well-served by the art galleries and film festivals here, while the California city lives up to its name with its provision of delightfully therapeutic hot springs mineral water. On top of all of that, Palm Springs is a surprisingly affordable place in which to live.
Essex, New York
The super-bustling New York City might seem like another clear choice for people contemplating a holiday home – but, if big crowds make you stressed, you might prefer to head to Essex, a geographically blessed hamlet in the big city’s namesake state, New York.
“People love Essex because it’s on Lake Champlain between Vermont and the High Peaks. And it’s much quieter and less developed on the New York side,” real estate broker Lauren Murphy explained to Forbes, adding: “It’s like stepping back in time here.”
Given that outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, sailing and kayaking can all easily be enjoyed in the local area, active types could especially feel as though they are in paradise in Essex.
The UK coast
Certain UK areas, like Cornwall’s Padstow and Devon’s Salcombe, are pricy places to snap up holiday homes, but the UK coastline offers better value. After all, there’s 11,000 miles of it, as the Daily Mail points out, leaving you with plenty of seaside options.
Consider Exmouth, where you could fossil-hunt on the Jurassic Coast, or Bognor Regis, which is popular with sailors and windsurfers. Even the more far-flung North East England has some tempting options, with roofers for Hartlepool, Seaham or Sunderland holiday homes needing repair.