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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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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 young-at-heart couple look for a large property on St. Simons Island, Ga., where they can have family visitors.
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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 young newlywed from New Hampshire seeks a home on John's Island, S.C., to be near her husband, who works out of the nearby Charleston Port; an active couple relocates from Georgia to Melbourne Beach, Fla., to be close to their kids.
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Old friends decide to buy a home together on the coast in Ocean City, Md., where pristine beaches and a historic boardwalk make it the perfect getaway spot; they look for a spacious home close to the water so they can walk to the beach.
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A family of four seeks more room on Merritt Island, Fla.; a married couple move from Charleston, S.C., to James Island, S.C.
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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.; an outdoorsy couple is ready to leave the cold of Colorado behind for the warm sunshine on Palm Island, Fla.
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A family of five with a dog needs to upgrade their current home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; a mother and son head to Gulf Shores, Alabama, hoping to find a three-bedroom home near the beach.
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A couple is ready to move closer to the waters of Orange Beach, Ala.; they're excited to start this new chapter together but his dream of boating around Alabama's waterways with a home on the bay clashes with her desire to live on the beach.
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A busy couple with three active boys needs more room in Indialantic, Fla.; with another baby on the way, plus grandpa moving in soon, they don't have the time to renovate, so finding a turnkey property is a priority.
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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 family wants to move closer to the kids' school in Cocoa Beach, Fla., so they have more time on the beach and in the water instead of sitting in traffic; they are looking for something that's move-in ready but also a bargain.
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A New Jersey couple is ready to escape the cold weather for the warmer climate of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; they hope to find a home with a water view that is walking distance to both the beach and the town's shops and restaurants.
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A busy family is moving to Ocean City, Md.; with a new baby boy on the way, they're searching for a condo with at least three bedrooms and also want to be near the bay or ocean so they can fall asleep listening to the relaxing sounds of the water.
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A couple with a connection to Martha's Vineyard is eager to move there and start building memories with their children; she has her heart set on a home with New England charm, while he hopes to be within walking distance to town.
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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 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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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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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 Washington couple has been saving their entire lives for their dream home on Orcas Island; they cannot wait to escape the busy, crowded Kirkland area for a private haven in the trees they can call their own.
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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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