Zillow has introduced its new, semi-annual "Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home" list, ranking places within close proximity to popular summer and winter vacation destinations. For the summer edition, Zillow named the best places for golf, beach, outdoor and amusement park vacation homes. To be considered for each list, each area had to meet specific criteria. For example, to be considered for the best places golf list, golf courses had to make up at least five percent of the land within an area; for best places for outdoor adventurers, a national park had to be within 20 miles or a half-hour drive of the area. Zillow then ranked the places based on investment potential, looking at both future gains in home values as well as the potential to generate rental income.
Some of the highlights include:
►Haines City, Fla.: Best place for golf lovers
►Thousand Palms, Calif.: Best place for outdoor adventurers
►Port Salerno Fla.: Best place for beach lovers
►Davenport, Fla.: Best place for amusement park enthusiasts
Additionally, Zillow created the first-of-its-kind interactive tool, allowing home shoppers to customize their own best places list based on their preferred vacation type, price and location. View the new tool on Zillow Research here.