Two Florida counties are among the nation’s most expensive counties in which to buy a vacation home.
According to a new survey by the National Association of Realtors, Monroe (Key West) and Collier (Naples) rank third and 20th, respectively, among the 25 least affordable vacation home counties. (Such counties are defined as those where vacant housing for seasonal, recreational or occasional use made up 20 percent or more of the county’s total housing stock.)
Of the 3,141 U.S. counties, 206 or 6.6 percent were identified as vacation home counties. (No Tampa Bay counties made the list.) The most expensive is Nantucket, the popular island destination in Massachusetts, followed by Pitkin, Colo. (Aspen). The median price in the 25 most expensive counties ranges from about $272,000 in Sussex, Del. to $1 million in Nantucket. The least expensive vacation county is Aroostook, Maine, with a median price of less than $100,000.