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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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After landing a job in Folly Beach, a Navy veteran and her Army veteran husband are moving to James Island, S.C.; they have four rambunctious children as well as an energetic rescue dog, and they hope to find a home with ample backyard space.
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After years of visiting the island to relax and decompress, a Boston couple is ready to find their dream home on Martha's Vineyard.
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After spending many summers on the island, a couples sets out to make their dream come true and find a forever home on Nantucket.
aired 53 days ago
A couple that has vacationed on Mustang Island in Corpus Christi, Texas, since they were kids get ready to buy a home on the island.
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A couple is ready to start a new chapter by buying a home on South Padre Island in Texas where they can ditch their hectic lifestyle for tranquility and adventure.
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A couple that has spent most of their lives teaching on boats is ready to put down roots on dry land with their two kids, and hope to find a turn-key home on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay that has a large yard close to the beach.
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A Boston accountant wants to escape the hectic city life by finding a beach getaway on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay.
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A woman dreams of owning an island home on Martha's Vineyard since childhood, and her husband jumps on board when he visits the island and falls in love with the laid-back vibe and outdoor activities.
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A career-driven couple looks to make the leap from Greenwich, Conn., to their island fantasy destination of East Hampton, N.Y., where they can finally enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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A busy couple looks for a new home and a slower pace on Indian Lake in Ohio; they're looking for a place with a large backyard for their rescue dogs and they need plenty of bedrooms so they can welcome visiting friends and family.
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After moving 42 times, a single attorney is ready to put down roots in Long Beach, N.Y.; she's looking for a place with an updated kitchen, but she'll be sharing the home with her mother and adult son and will need plenty of room.
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A family of five is excited to leave Virginia Beach and plant roots on North Carolina's Outer Banks; the family hopes to find a large home with coastal charm and water views.
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A young, single woman is tired of her quiet life, and decides to look for a new career, home and excitement in her favorite childhood vacation spot of Orange Beach, Ala.
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A couple that grew up on Fidalgo Island in Washington and loved their childhood want their children to have the same experiences they had; they decide to board a ferry to the island to hopefully find the house of their dreams.
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Having grown up on the Jersey shore's Absecon Island, Michael hopes to fulfil his dream of buying a home near the ocean; he and his wife, Kathy, who grew up spending summers at the beach, share their love of the island with their daughters.
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A warehouse manager is ready for a move to Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she vacationed as a child and is now looking for a home with a backyard and enough space to entertain.
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A Long Beach family wants a locale that's close to town, but they don't want the big city price tag.
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Water is a common theme for a Rockledge, Fla., couple; they're eager to move across the Indian River to a Merritt Island property with a pool, a large living space and a dock for their boat right in their own backyard.
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After many summers of vacationing in East Hampton with her friends, a Brooklyn-born woman is ready to escape the chaos of urban life and purchase her own island retreat; she's hoping to find a stylish modern home where she can relax with her dog.
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After years in the Navy, a couple and their dog are making Fidalgo Island, Wash., their home; they would like their dream house to be surrounded by nature with great water views but still be close to all the town has to offer.
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A Navy pilot and his family are settling down on beautiful Aquidneck Island, R.I.; she wants a house with New England charm and isn't afraid of a fixer-upper, but he thinks new construction would be easier to manage.

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