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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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An assistant principal and a teacher move from West Hempstead, N.Y., to the seaside town of Long Beach, N.Y., because they love the tight-knit community and can feel the stress melt away every time they visit.
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A military couple with two large dogs is tired of being crammed into a small apartment on Whidbey Island, Wash.; they look for a house close to the naval base with a large yard for the pups and a sizable garage for him to have a workshop.
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Restaurant owners decide it's time to upgrade their current home on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
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A busy family with three young kids moves from Texas to Fidalgo Island, Wash., to live a more peaceful life and they're eager to spend a lot of time outdoors together and are hoping to find a home near a park or forest.
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An active couple move from Charleston, S.C., to breathtaking Pensacola Beach, Fla., where they want to spend all their free time boating and riding jet skis.
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A young marketing professional is ready to buy her first place in Long Beach, N.Y.; she grew up visiting the island town with her family, and she's getting help from her mom to find a condo.
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A fun-loving couple from Texas is ready to embrace adventure in Orange Beach, Ala.; she wants a house with space and privacy, but he would prefer a condo so he never has to mow the lawn.
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An active couple is relocating to Indian Lake, Ohio, to spend more time on their boat with family and friends; they're searching for a move-in-ready home with direct water access to the lake.
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A young newlywed from New Hampshire enlists her friend's help to search for a home on John's Island, S.C., while her husband is away at sea.
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A newly-married couple with three dogs is moving from busy Charleston to James Island, S.C.; they want a large outdoor space and to be close to beaches and parks, but disagree on the amount of work they want to put into a new home.
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A family of four has outgrown their home and is looking for some breathing room on Merritt Island in Florida; he's taking the opportunity to find his dream home on the water, while her biggest priority is four bedrooms and a pool.
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A mother and son move to Gulf Shores, Ala., so they can spend more time together on the beach; they'd like to find a home with a third bedroom for guests but the number-one priority is getting as close to the beach as possible.
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Fun-loving parents with three kids and a dog look to upgrade their current home on Hilton Head Island, S.C.; he's looking for more square footage, while she's looking for an open-concept layout and water views.
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A hair stylist and barber are fulfilling a lifelong dream by moving close to the beach on St. Simons Island, Ga.; she wants a fixer-upper with vintage charm, but is fearful of a renovation project and would prefer new construction.
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A young marine engineer works months at a time at sea and loves Johns Island's abundant outdoor life; he wants a house with easy access to work, space for roommates and a garage for his motorcycles.
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A Virginia couple wants their own piece of paradise in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; they would like something move-in ready with a fenced yard for their dogs that they can rent for a few years.
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Two Chicago teachers discovered James Island during a spring break trip to Charleston and knew it was the perfect place to raise a family; they hope to find a fixer upper with a large yard and a screened-in porch to enjoy the fabulous weather.
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A Pennsylvania couple looks for a dream home on Fenwick Island, Del., and hopes to buy a boat to take full advantage of the location; they want to find a house in a community with a resort feel, and want to be close to the water.
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A couple living in a busy Seattle suburb wants to slow down and focus on each other; he sold her on Camano Island, Wash., with an easy commute to work, and now they hope to find an open-concept home where they can entertain family.
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A couple wants to move to Key West, Fla., where they were married several years ago; they're relocating their construction business and looking forward to being closer to their family.
aired 128 days ago
A family hopes to find an island home with great architectural style and an ocean view in the Catalina Island town of Avalon, Calif.; the family falls for the charm of the town and its gorgeous beaches.

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