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Dan Dent
Dent Communications
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NeighborhoodScout's 50 Best Towns to Buy a Second Home

Here's a list of 50 hidden gems on the coast and in the mountains that offer great living, good prices and a sound investment. (Listed north to south starting in the east.)

Atlantic and Gulf Coasts
Pacific Coast
Rocky Mountains
Somesville, ME
Blue Hill, ME
Bristol, ME
Kennebunk, ME
Middletown, RI
Saunderstown, RI
Clinton, CT
Absecon, NJ
Chestertown, MD
Leonardtown, MD
Petersburg, AK
Greenbank, WA
Freeland, WA
Clinton, WA
Gold Beach, OR
Ferndale, CA
Mendocino, CA
Gualala, CA
Inverness, CA
Bigfork, MT
Mc Leod, MT
Gardiner, MT
Wallace, ID
Hailey, ID
Ten Sleep, WY
Saratoga, WY
Heber City, UT
Nederland, CO
Pena Blanca, NM
(South) (South)
West Point, VA
Jamestown, VA
Havelock, NC
Mount Pleasant, SC
Palm Coast, FL
Melbourne Beach, FL
Big Pine Key, FL
Englewood, FL
Daphne, AL
Refugio, TX
La Honda, CA
Castroville, CA
San Simeon, CA
Cambria, CA
Morro Bay, CA
Los Osos, CA
Goleta, CA
Aliso Viejo, CA
Kaunakakai, HI
Captain Cook, HI

What is NeighbhorhoodScout?

NeighborhoodScout is a new interactive web site and neighborhood-matching database designed to simplify house hunting, relocating and settling into a new town. NeighborhoodScout features data on every neighborhood in America and a patent-pending matching algorithm that allows individuals and families to instantly and precisely find the neighborhoods that are best for them, whether they are moving across town or across the country. Homebuyers can conduct five free searches on NeighborhoodScout.com to locate their ideal neighborhoods in any area of the U.S.

How the towns were selected:

NeighborhoodScout's 50 Best Towns to Buy a Second Home were selected using criteria important to many second-home buyers: peace and quiet, safety from crime, educated neighbors, excellent public schools, affordability and an enviable mix of rental properties and owner-occupied homes - all indicators of a top quality community where real estate investments are more secure. We uncovered the top towns by using NeighborhoodScout to search the nation's coastal areas and Rocky Mountains.

"Educated neighbors" means people 25 and up with college degrees or graduate degrees. "Excellent public schools" means combined measures of spending per student on core instruction, combined with student-to-teacher ratios (smaller classes and more personal attention to students), and graduation rates. "Crime" is all FBI crime index scores - both violent and property - as a rate per 1,000 population for the community. "Mixed owners and renters" means the neighborhood is composed of a balanced mix of owner-occupied homes and rental properties. "Peace and quiet" means less crowded.

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