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  • Writer's pictureGreg Roeder

5 Markets to Buy a Profitable Vacation with Appreciation Upside

Discovering the perfect vacation home that has a financial upside can be an exciting venture. But where do you buy a vacation or airbnb property? In this blog, we unravel hidden gems across the United States that promise a retreat into nature and lucrative opportunities for investors. Dive in with me into each locale's unique charm and investment potential, uncovering the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and financial prosperity. 

Angel Fire, NM 

In close proximity to Taos, vacationers are drawn to Angel Fire, NM for its exceptional skiing & snowboarding opportunities, with the Angel Fire Resort offering thrilling slopes and picturesque mountain views. Beyond winter sports, the area’s stunning natural beauty captivates visitors for outdoor adventures, premier golfing, and the annual Angel Fire Hot Air Balloon Festival. 


You can purchase a relatively upscale home here in the $750,000 - $800,000 range and it will bring $80,000+ annual gross revenue at 50% occupancy.

Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angel Fire, New Mexico


Broken Bow, OK

Travelers visit Broken Bow for its breathtaking natural beauty, including the stunning Beavers Bend State Park & Broken Bow Lake. Fishing, hiking, zip lining, and boating are some of the fun outdoor adventures that Broken Bow has to offer. The area’s numerous cabins nestled in the woods also attract visitors seeking a peaceful and relaxing retreat.


You can purchase a relatively upscale home here in the $850,000 - $900,000 range and it will bring $90,000 gross revenue at 50% occupancy.

Where to buy an airbnb property
Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Pocono Lake, PA

Looking for an iconic A-Frame cabin in the forest for under $450K? With year-long activities and a strong shoulder season, Pocono Lake is full of outdoor activities and scenic natural beauty. Many guests come from New York City & Philadelphia to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of the city, offering big city money for an experience you can provide for less capital than in big city markets.


The play here is to purchase an A-frame cabin in the woods for $400,000 – 450,000.  It will bring $60,000 gross revenue at 50% occupancy.  Note that with more remote properties come higher management fees of 40%+, however this area is trending up. 


Galveston, TX

Who doesn’t love the beach!? A unique coastal market, Galveston has a mix of beach activities, historic attractions, and cultural experiences. Visitors can relax on the beaches, explore the historic Strand District, or visit one of the many museums and galleries in the area. The city also hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including Mardi Gras Galveston and the Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival. A large, strong market with more than $60M spent annually on vacation home stays, there is an abundance of opportunity, especially for a unique experience.


The best strategy in Galveston is to get a relatively upscale property in close proximity to the beach in the $550,000 - 600,000 range.  It should bring $70,000+ gross revenue at 50% occupancy.  Note that property taxes and insurance will be more expensive here relative to these other areas.

Where to buy an airbnb property
Galveston, Texas


Ellijay, GA

Sharing the same mountain range and tucked away on the opposite side of Blue Ridge, GA as neighboring Murphy, Ellijay offers a beautiful natural setting and a range of outdoor activities. Visitors can explore the scenic trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest, go kayaking on the Cartecay River, or pick apples at one of the local orchards.


The play here is to purchase a property in close proximity to the Chattahoochee National Forest in the $600,000 range.  It should bring $60,000 gross revenue at 50%  occupancy. 

Where to buy an airbnb property
Ellijay, Georgia

Our exploration of these extraordinary destination isn't just a travelogue—it's an invitation to craft your own story and invest for you now and future you. Whether you're conquering the slopes in Angel Fire, casting a line in Broken Bow, or soaking up rays in Galveston, each locale is an opportunity.May your investments be as prosperous as a Georgia peach treee orchard at peak season. Which Locale opportunity speaks to you the most?

Sources: and AirDNA.CO

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