Whether you’re thinking about a permanent move for milder weather or going the seasonal snowbird route, here are eight affordable homes in the warmest cities in the country, all to inspire your search for warmth.
A bright bungalow in Florida
For sale: $299,900
This Spanish bungalow in West Palm Beach, Florida, has everything you need to escape the cold weather: a vibrant green yard, a brightly colored exterior and a back patio perfect for sipping on a beachy cocktail.
If you ever happen to make it inside, you’ll find hardwood floors throughout, an abundance of natural light from the Florida sunshine and unique details, such as arched windows and a clawfoot tub for soaking.
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Picturesque in the low country
For sale: $284,900
If you’re looking for the definition of a picture-perfect cottage, you might just find a picture of this home in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Besides all the hallmarks of a Southern home – a white picket fence, plantation shutters and brick steps up to the front porch – this home also features an oversized screened-in back porch, ideal for enjoying those low country breezes. When you’re not spending time outside, you can enjoy custom cabinetry and cozy built-in shelves for reading books on a lazy summer day (even in the middle of January).
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A Spanish revival in the Southwest
For sale: $299,900
This Spanish revival home in Phoenix, Arizona, is likely to make you forget that winter ever existed in the first place. Built in 1925 and considered a contributing historic property, this home has all of the Southwest charm you could ask for: colorful stucco on the exterior, a Spanish tile roof and a vibrant interior.
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A historic hideaway on the Texas coast
For sale: $289,900
Built in 1886 in Galveston, Texas, this home gives you a sense of history and plenty of character – all within a few blocks of the beach. The home greets you with a double stained-glass door entrance and continues to enchant inside with a grand staircase, wide-plank wood floors and trace ceilings. Other details like a spacious galley kitchen and a master bedroom with a fireplace create a pretty spectacular Gulf Coast getaway.
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A rare Queen Anne in Alabama
For sale: $280,000
This sunny early-20th-century Queen Anne in Mobile, Alabama, is a rare architectural find for the city, and this one has been painstakingly remodeled for life in the 21st.
In addition to a major kitchen renovation – featuring quartz countertops and open shelving – new pine flooring coats the whole house, and all the walls have locally sourced tongue-and-groove paneling that brightens the space. This home also has plenty of spots to curl up and enjoy the Alabama warmth that permeates throughout the winter, including a charming front porch and a bay window that lets in plenty of sunshine.
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A spectacular stucco home in Arizona
For sale: $280,000
This charismatic pueblo-like home in Tucson, Arizona, is optimal for living like it’s summer year-round. A Southwest color scheme greets you in the front of the house, with orange steps, a teal barrier wall and creamy stucco on the home’s exterior. The backyard, however, is really primed for all-year outdoor living with a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool – perfect for those scorching summer days ahead.
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A beachy bungalow
For sale: $279,000
We’d kiss our snow shovel goodbye in a heartbeat for this dreamy beach bungalow in Delray Beach, Florida.
The front walkway and garden – complete with palm trees – is a great place to park your Adirondack chairs for a morning coffee or an evening mai tai. If you ever need to escape the Florida humidity, the home also boasts a custom-built theater system, and it’s just a few minutes away from the nearest beach.
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A resort-like Texas home
For sale: $295,000
Located just a short drive from Corpus Christi Bay, this adorable beach bungalow in Corpus Christi, Texas, is ideally suited to host friends and family year-round (especially when the temperatures dip below 32 in the northern half of the country).
The home features a separate guest house that has a sizable master bedroom, as well as a charming arbor between the main house and the guest space. An in-ground pool, a spa and a large back deck make this home feel more like a resort than a single-family house.
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