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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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aired 2 days ago
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.
aired 2 days ago
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.
aired 34 days ago
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.
aired 41 days ago
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.
aired 41 days ago
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.
aired 48 days ago
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.
aired 55 days ago
Newlyweds are ready to return to San Juan Island, Wash., to be near family and close to work; she wants to put his contractor skills to the test with a fixer-upper property that has water views and space for their dogs.
aired 55 days ago
A newly engaged couple wants to start a new life for themselves on peaceful James Island; originally from South Carolina, the couple feels that James Island will be the perfect place to get married, buy a house and start a family.
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A fun-loving couple relocates to Gulf Shores, Ala.; they want a home that's as close to the beach as possible with plenty of covered deck space; with five daughters, they need at least three bedrooms.
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A couple is ready to purchase their first home in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; the town offers easy access to both the ocean and nature preserves.
aired 62 days ago
College sweethearts that dream of having a home on the beach fall in love with Topsail Island, N.C., and want to find the perfect property there.
aired 62 days ago
A Florida family of three looks to return to the restful Bass Islands of Ohio's Lake Erie, a destination her family has frequented since the 1920s.
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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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