California residents Jesse and Kelly love spending time at the beach in their Santa Barbara area. The active couple is especially fond of soaking up the sun and surfing the waves. When they got married they went on their honeymoon to San Juan Del Sur, a premier surf destination in Nicaragua known for its pristine beaches and amazing waves. They fell so in love with the coastal region that they've decided to buy a vacation home there. They're hoping to find a home that's near a surf beach and ideally falls within their $150,000 to $200,000 budget. Helping them find a home is their close personal friend and realtor, Brooke Rundle. The first place their pal shows them is a 900 square foot studio with amazing beach views and is listed for $185,000. The condo property is adjacent to a hotel that allows homeowners access to its restaurant and pool area. The second option is a 1600 square foot, two bedroom villa in a gated community that is listed for $200,000. Like the first property, this one is also near a hotel that allows homeowners access to its pool and restaurant. The final home they look at is two story home listed for $175,000. The 1500 square foot property has two bedrooms and is located right at a surf spot with fantastic views. Jesse and Kelly are just one decision away from a surf side vacation paradise in Nicaragua.
Ric and Polina DeCarlo are stressed out trying to work and raise their two young sons in upstate New York. So they've decided to buy a summer home in the picturesque and affordable region of Calabria, Italy. Battling jet lag, and with just three days to find a home, Rick and Polina meet up with local real estate agent Kerry Roberts. Together they look at a $167,000 condo that's five minutes from the beach, a $208,000 condo that's 2 minutes to the beach and a $132,000 condo that's in the heart of a local town. They're hoping to make a decision and close the deal before it's time to head back to the states.
Angel and Maria have always wanted to have a second home near their relatives in Puerto Rico. They want to have their kids reconnect with their roots. Now that they've paid off their home in New Jersey, they decided it's time to fulfill that dream. While they are in agreement on all of the basics that they want in a house, there is one point of contention. Maria wants a home with luxury, but Angel wants to get a good deal. To help them find a luxurious home at a great price, they're turning to realtor, Molly Assad, at Paradise Properties. Molly takes them to see a beautiful condo with stunning views of the island for $680,000, a tri-level home next to a golf course for $480,000 and a house with a private pool for $719,000. Which one will meet Maria's high standards, but won't break the bank for Angel?
When Teri McKenna was faced with an empty nest back home in Southern California, she decided it was time to live out one of her lifelong dreams. She moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, bought a Catamaran, and launched a charter boat business. The lifestyle change meant Terri would be working and living aboard the boat. Now, one year later, Terri still loves her boat, but she's starting to miss the conveniences of living on solid ground. She's looking for a condo on the island where she can live, and host her two grown sons when they come to visit. Local real estate agent Karen Korsgren shows Teri and her son Matt three properties close to her budget of $300,000. The first is listed for $315,000, and has two bedrooms and two baths and a great waterfront location. The second property has water views, but only one bedroom and one bath. But it's listed for the lower price of $240,000. The third condo is also just one bedroom and one bath. It's listed for just $205,000, but it does not have a water view at all. Which condo will give Teri the comfortable Island lifestyle she's looking for? Find out, when House Hunters International sails to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After reading a newspaper article about San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Chris and Brenda St. Hilaire decided it would be a great place to buy a vacation home for their family of four. They live in Long Beach, California, but were drawn to Nicaragua because of its unspoiled beauty, and opportunities for cultural exchange. Once there, real estate agent Zach Lunin shows them a large home on the beach which is listed for $700,000, a home in the jungle which is listed for $529,0000, and a luxurious hotel condo listed for $584,000. Brenda likes the amenities at the hotel condo like room service and housekeeping. The kids like the fact that there are monkeys in the trees surrounding the jungle house. And Chris likes the beach house, because it's right on the sand. Which one will they choose? Find out, when House Hunters International goes to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
Bill and Betts are so determined not to hibernate through another cold Canadian winter that they're looking for a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. There's just one catch, they've never been to Dominican Republic before. The couple decided to search for a home on the tropical Caribbean island after hearing about it from their real estate agent. So Bill, Betts and their son Cisco are heading to three very different vacation homes near the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic. Since each home has a number of pros and cons, making a decision as to which one will be their new vacation retreat will be a tough choice.
Filippa's life as a model and event planner in New York City always keeps her on the run. So she wants to escape her hectic life in the city by buying a vacation home on the unspoiled island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. She visited Vieques for a modelling shoot and fell in love with its beautiful beaches, wild horses running around and warm people. She has a budget of $400,000. With dreams of having spectacular views and beautiful entertaining spaces, she realizes she may have to consider buying a home that needs a bit of work. But, she's nervous about overseeing a remodel from her home in New York. To help her find her island getaway, Filippa is turning to local real estate agent, Gustavo Marin.
Joe and Sara are tired of the wall-to-wall tourists and crowded beaches of Honolulu, Hawaii, so they've sold their condo there and headed to the laid-back coast of Fiji. Armed with a budget of $2 million, they're searching for the ultimate beachfront home. Can they find a place that has both the luxurious touches Sara wants and the privacy Joe craves?
Raising their kids on the island of Sicily is a dream come true for ex-Londoners, Jon and Reeva. But squeezing their three children and their home-based travel business into a small three-bedroom rental house is growing on their nerves. They're ready to buy a spacious home of their own on this historic Mediterranean island. They're open to remodeling, and their budget is $730,000 US. Real estate agent Frank Riela has learned to navigate the island's somewhat antiquated real estate practices, and believes he can help Jon and Reeva find the perfect home for their family and business. The first house he shows them has three bedrooms and the potential for a second level, sea-view master suite. But Jon doesn't like the home's close proximity to the neighbors. It's listed for 476,000 US. The next place Frank shows them has five bedrooms, but they are spread across three separate buildings, which means that Jon and Reeva's oldest two children, Francesca and Mia, will be sleeping in a separate structure, and Mia's not happy about that. Also, it's listed for a budget-topping $724,000. The final place Frank shows Jon and Reeva is a total fixer. But it has the potential for 3,800 square feet and is priced at only $361,000 US. Just how much renovation are Jon and Reeva willing to take on? Find out when House Hunters International travels to Sicily, Italy.
Sachiko runs her dance troupe from her home in Suva, Fiji, the nation's capitol. While she loves being a choreographer and dancer, she finds living and working in the same space too much. She yearns to have a peaceful space where she can allow her creative juices to flow. So, she wants to buy a vacation home in a small beach community called Savusavu. While she plans on keeping her Suva home to train her dancers, she wants the Savusavu home to be a holiday home for family gatherings and a creative compound for artists and dancers. She's looking for a very specific type of home. It needs to have enough space to dance and enough bedrooms for her family to stay. Even though she has saved money to buy her first home, her parents are also helping her out. So, she has to stick to her $500,000 budget. Nervous about spending so much money, she's bringing her best friend Pat along to help her house hunt. To help her find a place to suit her very specific needs is Will Roadhouse.
Dia is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but lives onboard a cruise ship for most of the year, working as a singer. Her boyfriend Garo is a sound engineer on the same ship. Their favorite cruises are through the Caribbean, and they've gotten to the point where they want a place of their own in the islands so they can spend even more time there. They've chosen St. Maarten, mostly because of its fun atmosphere. Their budget for a getaway condo is $300,000 and the main thing they are looking for is no renovations. That's because back home in Oklahoma, Dia has been renovating her home for several years and it's the last thing she wants to be doing on vacation too. The first place real estate agent Dwain Carbon shows them is listed for $290,000. It's a one bedroom, one bath condo with a fabulous ocean view. But the development is popular with retirees, and Dia and Garo were hoping for a more youthful vibe. The second place is brand new construction, in fact the units are not even completed. This condo, too, has one bedroom and one bath, but no view. However, the condo complex has a fun, inviting, modern vibe. It's listed for $295,000. The third place is listed for $295,000, and is much larger than the other two. It has three bedrooms and two and a half baths, which would give them plenty of room for company. But the location of the complex is not ideal, as it would mean a significant drive into town or to the beach. Which condo will Dia and Garo choose as their island getaway? Find out, when House Hunters International sails to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
Between the demands of work and raising two kids, Garth and Lori barely get to see each other. To get a little quality ''together'' time, not to mention a break from the harsh Minnesota winters, they want to buy a vacation home along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. With a budget of $550,000, will they find a gorgeous getaway that can double as a rental property when they're back home?
Chris left behind Ireland to seek his fortune in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he opened a bagel shop. Now that his business is up and running and the real estate market is affordable, he wants to buy a home. He's considering the popular option of buying a home mid construction to save money. For extra advice, he's bringing along his friend Sean, who grew up in the construction business. With British expat and realtor Mike De Coster showing him around, Chris hopes to finally buy a place so he can call Bulgaria his home.
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