Southern Destinations for Less Than $700,000

Whether it’s a beach or desert, properties abound

We’ve all asked ourselves the same question when on vacation at a sunny resort or in the desert: Why can’t we just cash in and do this all the time? Or for six months a year? The urge to leave a northern climate and the daily stressors of working life is overshadowed only by whether or not we think we can pull it off. Turns out, there are properties for sale at numerous price points, which makes the dream more of a reality. Here are a few (all prices are in U.S. dollars):


SAN JOSE DEL CABO is on the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula with white-sand beaches that stretch endlessly. This resort city is a beacon for sun lovers and feature Spanish colonial architecture and galleries that showcase works from local artists. Nearby is the Sand José Estuary nature reserve.

A remodelled beachfront condo at Las Mananitas with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms is steps to the beach. The complex has three heated swimming pools, onsite management, a gym, tennis court and 24-hour security. Downtown San José del Cabo is within walking distance. $685,000.


California’s PALM SPRINGS has the enviable desert climate that draws tourists and part-time vacationers from all over the world. The vibe is a mix of old-world money and new-world chic. Throw in some exceptional dining and shopping and it’s easy to see why this place has been a draw for more than a century.

A 2,500-square foot home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms has been remodelled and features cathedrall ceilings ceilings as well as in-law quarters. A full-sized pool is surrounded by a mature privacy hedge just made for endless sunny afternoons. $539,000.


PUERTO VALLARTA is one of the most popular warm-weather destinations for Canadians and Americans. With gorgeous beaches, a historic centre and active cultural scene, PV, as it is commonly called, has a rich heritage, first-class dining and lively night life.

This home has multi-level Spanish-style villa with four bedrooms, six bathrooms, three full kitchens and a heated pool and hot tub. It’s a private open-air villa with terraces on all levels with views of the mountains and ocean. $599,000.


HAWAII never seems to lose its appeal. The warm water, pristine beaches and compelling culture of every community and city on these islands beckons to those who want to live in a sunny climate. Maui remains one of the most popular islands, and this condo is located close to all the amenities and the historic area of Lahaina.

An oceanfront 456-square-foot studio has views of the white sandy beach. The Mahanna complex is private and tucked away at the end of Kaanapali Shores. Amenities include tennis courts, swimming pools, shuffleboard, spa and barbeque area. $649,000.


ARIZONA is home to thousands of winter vacationers who are drawn to the warmth and who likely fall in love with that desert light, which bathes everything in muted colours. Eloy is about an hour south of Phoenix.

This home has more than 2,700 square feet with three bedrooms and four bathrooms and a custom kitchen with wine cooler and granite countertops. Outside is a large space for entertaining, plus an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. $544,500.