Own A Vacation Home? Would You? Do you?

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As we get settled back into the US, we would really like to purchase a home and settle a bit for the sake of the kids.  I assumed that we would max out our budget on the biggest and best house we could afford, but now that we near our decision, I have started to wonder if we should consider a second home.  I suppose we will need the first before the second, but it might persuade us to buy a smaller home for our every day life so we can run away to "the cottage" on school holidays and long weekends.  We have always said that we would prefer to visit somewhere different every time we travel, but now I am beginning to wonder if it wouldn't be special to have a home that we could pay off and give to our children one day...

I wondered if any of you own a vacation home?  How did you decide where to buy?  If you don't own a vacation home, would you consider it?  Where would you want it to be?

I have been imagining something rustic and "undone."  Perhaps it could be a bit dreamy, with charm rivaling "The Holiday" where our family could create extra special memories.  Now I know I sounds like I'm over idealizing the whole thing, but many of our Danish friends have "summer homes" where they spend their summers and holidays and I find it to be so picturesque!  What do you think?

This historical home in the Hudson Valley is, in my opinion, pretty close to perfection.  We would have a hard time leaving!

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Photos: Beth Kirby Interior Design: Jersey Ice Cream Co, via Remodelista