What Will $1 Million Get You In The World’s Most Famous Resort Destinations?

(CNN) — Vacation homes are one of those things that many people strive for.

And with house prices recently seen double digit percentage increases in 90% of US metropolitan areas, along with other urban centers andere around the world, some of those fantasy properties in less expensive destinations are starting to look quite attractive.

While there are still travel restrictions in many parts of the world, it’s still fun to think about the places we could go if we decided to uproot and buy our dream homes overseas.

“As restrictions ease in most countries, the purchasing process is becoming less cumbersome and interest in buying abroad continues to increase,” Joyce Lee, associate vice president for Asia-Pacific at Christie’s International Real Estate, told CNN.

“Inventive Americans have continued to buy real estate abroad.”

So what do you get out of a million dollars these days? Here are some of the properties currently on the market in some of the world’s most popular travel destinations.

Phuket, Thailand

When you’ve had enough of Phuket’s many beaches, relax in your private pool.

Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Phuket

ThailandPhuket Island has long been one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in all of Asia, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.

Local broker Norbert Withinrich of Coldwell Banker Phuket confirms that Covid-19 may have cooled the market slightly, but not dramatically.

“Over the past 15 months, we’ve seen some second-home owners drop their prices,” he says, adding that some properties were even sold over the internet without a single in-person viewing. But that won’t be necessary now — Phuket reopens to vaccinated travelers on July 1

Among Coldwell Banker Phuket’s offerings within the million-dollar range is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa in a gated community in the island’s hills, a short drive from Bang Tao Beach.

Sitting on a 995-square-meter (10,710-foot) lot, the house is laid out in a U-shape around a 15-meter swimming pool, where the bedrooms open out.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

This three bedroom pool villa is located in the Sosua Ocean Village in the Dominican Republic.

This three bedroom pool villa is located in the Sosua Ocean Village in the Dominican Republic.

Courtesy of Ocean Side Realty by Remax

It’s not hard to see why Puerto Plata was the first part of the Dominican Republic to open up to tourism — between the lush green valleys and the long stretches of sandy beach, it’s actually impossible to find an unattractive view in this province .

For those who want to enjoy it from the privacy of their own home, this three bedroom oceanfront villa is located in the gated community of Sosua Ocean Village, just a 15 minute drive from Puerto Plata International Airport.

The villa, built in 2018, is 220 square meters and stands on a plot of 2,088 square meters. Owners can walk straight into the electric blue pool from the breakfast nook or follow one of the shaded footpaths to the Atlantic Ocean.

Barcelona, ​​Spain

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This four bedroom apartment is located in the Sant Gervasi – Galvany area of ​​Barcelona.

Thanks to Lucas Fox

Does your second home dream look more like a trendy urban loft apartment than a beach villa?

The price of this cutting-edge 187 square meter apartment in Barcelona’s trendy Sant Gervasi – Galvany district has just been reduced.

It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and has been recently renovated, carefully preserving the original features. And did we mention the roll top bath?

Spain recently reopened its borders to international visitors. Combine your real estate tour with stops at the cool cava bars nearby.

The Bahamas

Golding Cay Bahamas

Golding Cay: For those who want to build their own dream home.

Courtesy of 7th Heaven Properties

If you loved social distancing so much that you hope to stick with it after the pandemic, consider investing in your own island.

Golding Cay is a 3.4-acre beauty just off the coast of North Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. It is completely empty and ready for you to build a townhouse, villa, tree house or any other property of your choice.

Golding Cay offers privacy and breathing space while not being completely cut off from the rest of the world; it is only a 10 minute boat ride from the fishing village of Spanish Wells.

It is close enough to North Eleuthera that you have easy access to the airport and the island’s infrastructure, while you can be in Miami in a few hours by boat.

Hokkaido, Japan

Hanazono North Hills Log Cabin Sapporo

A log cabin in one of the most luxurious ski areas in Japan.

Thanks to Niseko Real Estate

If you’re the kind of person who hoards your vacation days to scavenge for powder in Vail, consider buying a home on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, where you’ll find some of the best ski resorts in Asia.

This quaint 168-square-foot log cabin in world-famous Niseko is unfurnished, so you can be 100% responsible for decorating decisions.

The two bedroom home is located in North Hills, just five minutes from the slopes of Hanazono.

Los Cabos, Mexico

Rosarito Baja California Beaches

This 9,000-square-foot oceanfront townhouse has six bedrooms.

Thanks to Baja123

With 1,933 miles of shared border, Mexico has always been a popular retreat for Americans.

This includes the beach community of Los Cabos. Located on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, it offers beautiful views in almost all directions.

An option for sale there: this 836sqm oceanfront townhouse in the gated Castillos Del Mar development of Rosarito Beach, on a stretch of sand popular with surfers.

If you prefer calmer waters, there is a dreamy infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

It has six bedrooms, six bathrooms and access to the private beach. According to the agent, the title is in the hands of a club membership, which will run for about 51 years.

Price: $1,050,000. Contact baja123 For more information.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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This Jamaica townhouse has 11 bedrooms and is 15 minutes from James Bond Beach.

Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Jamaica

“For the past two years, Jamaica’s real estate market has literally been on fire!” laughs Matthew Stevenson, an agent at Coldwell Banker in Jamaica. The good news is that you can buy homes that are absolutely not on fire, although Stevenson’s joy is palpable.

While Caribbean islands are never a hard sell, Stevenson has noted one key takeaway: Jamaicans moving elsewhere in the world were drawn home as the pandemic began.

According to Stevenson, many Jamaicans who had settled in countries like the US decided they would rather wait out the Covid storm from a cozy beach, and property sales increased accordingly.

The agent recommends Americans visit areas such as Ocho Rios, near the famous “James Bond Beach” – your money will go further, but you will also enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.

Among the properties now for sale for less than a million is an 11-bedroom townhouse in the St. Mary Country Club, just 15 minutes from James Bond Beach. It offers ocean views and over 800 square feet of living space, with each bedroom having its own balcony.

St. John, Barbados

St Johns Barbados

A four bedroom house with stunning hilltop views.

Courtesy Seaside Realty Inc

Who needs neighbors? If you buy this home, located on a hilltop overlooking Martin’s Bay in St. John, eastern Barbados, you won’t have to worry about someone else blocking your view.

The open plan home has a spacious walk-in shower, a balcony perfect for watching the sunrise, an elegant garden and four bedrooms where you can listen to the waves crashing as you fall asleep.

Karla Cripps of CNN contributed to this feature.


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