Vacation home ownership has many benefits, and LGBTQ+ globetrotters will find more options than ever in both longtime favorite and newly trending destinations around the globe.
The state of Florida is home to multiple cities that continue to attract second-home purchases — including Fort Lauderdale, which welcomes more than 1 million sun-seeking LGBTQ+ visitors every year, and Key West, long known for its welcoming, laid-back ambience. In the Midwest, Saugatuck, Michigan, offers an especially convenient and attractive location for a second home, especially for city folk from nearby metropolises like Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Residents of the New York City metropolitan area, meanwhile, are increasingly drawn to nearby hot spots like Sullivan County/Catskills, the upstate area that’s experienced a renaissance thanks in part to new businesses founded by LGBTQ+ residents.
LGBTQ+ people increasingly look to buy in destinations gaining more prominence on the LGBTQ+ travel map. A recent Zillow study, for example, identified Louisville, Kentucky, as a great place to buy, while the city’s multiple pride festivals attest to its friendliness and diversity.
Internationally, the city of Medellín, Colombia, proves increasingly popular with a diverse array of expats, especially since the World Travel Awards recognized Colombia as South America’s Leading LGBT Destination in 2020.
Those looking for healthy doses of Caribbean sun often consider Puerto Rico one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly islands in the region. Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status also makes it easier for U.S. citizens to visit since no passport is required and there are no restrictions regarding length of stay.
Across the Atlantic, Monaco attracts more attention since becoming a 2021 Featured Destination of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association. Monaco’s moderate taxation structure and sophisticated culture are additional selling points. Tel Aviv continues to attract second homebuyers as well, with impressive new options like Port Tel Aviv, a new luxury development due to be complete in 2022.
Those looking for a second home can turn to organizations like the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect LGBTQ+ consumers with real estate agents across North America.
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