The Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home According to Vacasa 

  • August 27, 2019

Buy A Vacation Home

Vacasa, North America’s largest vacation rental management platform, recently released its Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report for 2019. The report takes a look at the best places to invest in a vacation home if you are planning to use it as a short-term rental.

Introduction To Vacasa's Report

The report is based on cap rate, which is the rate of return on real estate investment calculated by factoring net operating income (income less expenses) / home purchase price. Generally speaking, if the cap rate is greater the interest rate, you’ll come out ahead. If the cap rate is lower than the interest rate, you’ll be relying on appreciation for your return, making it a potentially riskier investment. The report also considered home sales data in vacation destinations around the country and actual performance data for thousands of U.S. vacation rental properties. 


Homes From Coast To Coast

Buy A Vacation Home

Vacasa’s list of the Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home includes homes from coast to coast, but a notable difference from the 2018 report is the number of mountain markets that took up some of the top spots on 2019’s list. Beach markets, especially those in Florida, continued to rank well of course, but the number one market on Vacasa’s list is Sevierville, Tenn., which is nestled along the Great Smoky Mountains. Another neighboring Smoky Mountain market, Whittier, N.C., nabbed the number four spot on the list. 

Check out the full list of Vacasa’s Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home, as well as other real estate resources if you are considering buying a second home. 

Chart: Top 25 Best Places To Buy A Vacation Home



Median Home Sale Price

Cap Rate


Sevierville, TN $239,976 10.30%
2 Killington, VT $208,828



Davenport, FL $255,390 8.39%
4 Whittier, NC $178,000



Kissimmee, FL $264,863 7.23%
6 Dauphin Island, AL $345,281



Myrtle Beach, SC $213,950 6.18%
8 Key West, FL $763,109



Fort Bragg, CA $509,500 5.87%
10 Big Sky, MT $585,000



Blue Ridge, GA $273,000 5.37%
12 Gulf Shores, AL $345,135



Panama City Beach, FL $347,430 5.31%


Warren, VT $262,003 5.30%


Marathon, FL $639,000


16 Kihei, HI $708,161


17 Scottsdale, AZ $513,301



Orange Beach, AL $475,026



Harbor Springs, MI $256,303



Rhododendron, OR $315,744



Ellijay, GA $243,000



Seaside, OR $373,258



Waikoloa, HI $575,422



Cocoa Beach, FL $370,406


25 Destin, FL $484,154



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