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Making one's home on a tropical island sounds like an expensive proposition, but this house-hunting series shows it can be done within almost any budget as families seek to find their own corner of paradise. The featured properties run the gamut from ultra-affordable to totally outrageous, located in places like Key West, Fla., Kodiak Island, Alaska, Mount Desert Island in Maine, and Washington State's San Juan Islands. Everyday families ready to start a new adventure, escape hectic lifestyles in cookie-cutter subdivisions, or simply get away from cold and snow, prove that island fantasies can be reality.

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A successful business owner is ready to plant roots in sunny Key West, Fla.; with the help of her daughter, she hopes to find a spacious house for entertaining that's also near the Old Town district so she can walk to work.
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A college admissions counselor living in Geneva, Switzerland, falls in love with the low-country charm of Hilton Head Island, S.C., during a vacation; she seeks a home close to the beach with rental potential.
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After years of spending summer vacations in Ocean City, a Maryland couple is ready to fulfill a dream of living by the ocean; they love the calmer, bay side of the island and hope to find a waterfront home with gorgeous views.
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An active family is tired of driving over the bridge to Merritt Island, Fla., and wants to make a permanent move; they want to spend more time together enjoying outdoor activities and hope to find a home with an open floor plan and a pool.
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An engaged couple searches for a home in beautiful Gulf Shores, Ala., to be closer to the water and spend more time on a boat; they are open to fixing up a home or building one, but being waterfront is a must.
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After growing up on Washington Island, Wis., an entrepreneur is ready to make the quaint island home again; in addition to opening a restaurant, she has plans to find a beachfront house with rental potential.
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Young newlyweds are ready to buy their first home together in Long Beach, N.Y.; they hope to find a condo near the beach that has views of the water.
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A couple of empty nesters are saying goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Chicago and hello to the laid-back lifestyle on Washington Island, Wis.; they want to live on a waterfront property they can customize with plenty of room for visiting family.
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A young couple looks for a first home in Gulf Shores, Ala.; they both grew up vacationing in the area and love the family-friendly community and close proximity to several beaches; they hunt for a home with a fenced-in yard for their dogs.
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A couple that first met on the beach in Newport, R.I., wants to buy their first home on Aquidneck Island; with a toddler and another baby on the way, they hope to find a property with a big yard, an open floor plan and something they can fix up.
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A couple looking to expand the family seeks a spacious house near the Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach, N.Y.; their dream home must include a new kitchen with white cabinets, a luxurious master bathroom, a yard for their dog and room for a pool.
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A couple is ready to leave the isolated island of Nantucket, Mass., for tropical Merritt Island, Fla., so they can escape long winters and stay active by spending more time outdoors; they seek a home with an open concept and a room for his man cave.
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A couple follows a job opportunity to Long Beach, N.Y.; they want their twins to grow up by the ocean and spend as much time outdoors as possible, so they hunt for a home near the water with a backyard.
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A Cincinnati couple loves the outdoor lifestyle of Nantucket, Mass., and gets ready to fulfill a dream of living near the beach; they seek a home with easy access to the water and town center, a backyard for their dogs and a separate rental space.
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A Newport, R.I., native is ready to leave her South Carolina life and head back home; with a job secured on the island, she wants a house with space for her and her dogs that's close to the town center.
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After receiving a postcard about a job offer on Washington Island, Wis., a couple visited and fell in love with the friendly community; now they're searching for a home with plenty of room for visitors and extra room to open up a vacation rental.
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A couple from Powell, Ohio, wants to slow down and enjoy life on the water by finding a dream home on Indian Lake; they hope to find a house with open views of the water, a dock for their future boat and space for their dogs to play.
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A couple from Forest Hills, N.Y., is ready to fulfill a lifelong dream of moving to beautiful East Hampton; with three grown daughters, they're hoping to find a property close to the beach that has at least three bedrooms and a pool to entertain.
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Young newlyweds from Connecticut want to settle down by the water and buy their first home in the seaside city of Newport; they're hoping to find a new-construction home that has enough space to raise a family.
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With their six kids almost grown up, a Dayton couple is hoping to find a large lake house with views of the water to bring the whole family together; they are also looking for yard space for the ninth member of the family, their rescue dog Charlie.
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A couple with a baby is ready for a lifestyle change with a move from Jersey City, N.J., to Long Beach, N.Y.; they want an oasis outside of Manhattan that's close to the beach, has plenty of space and has easy access to trains for their commute.

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