6 must-haves for second home bliss

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Tony Huynh

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Your second home is a retreat from day-to-day life. To make the most of every moment you’re there, you’ll want your home to have the right amenities and details. Here are six things that should top your list of second home features to look for.

Fire pit

If you love backyard fun, a fire pit is an absolute must. Fire pits create a warm and comforting al fresco lounge where you and your loved ones can savor stories, drinks and good times. Situated on a dreamy wraparound deck, this fire pit in Spindrift offers gorgeous views of coastal pines, ocean waves and sunsets.
Views of Carmel from roof
Pacaso listing: Spindrift — Carmel Highlands, CA

Ideal location (and a pool)

Your second home should be in a destination that excites you — whether that’s in the desert, on a mountaintop or by the water. When you’re not exploring your dream destination, you’ll also want amenities that you can look forward to. Nothing says enjoyment like a pool — especially when it’s as stunning as the one at Casa Estrada. This cool and contemporary home is in Miami Beach, where you’ll find world-class beaches, dining and nightlife.
Miami Beach pool
Pacaso listing: Casa Estrada — Miami Beach, FL

Plenty of space

Sometimes, more is more. With ample space, you could have time for work, leisure, relaxation and whatever else you’re in the mood for. This lavish 12,000-square-foot Pacaso in Malibu includes a spacious living room, office, library, gym, game room, stunning primary suite and plenty more room outside.
Large living room in Malibu
Pacaso listing: Escondido — Malibu, CA

Lounge room

Time spent in a second home is even better with friends and family. A lounge space can be a focal point in your home where people naturally want to hang out. This Breckenridge Pacaso takes it up a notch by providing three levels of gathering spaces, including a game room where you could play a round of pool, munch on snacks and binge-watch your favorite shows.
Play area in Breckenridge
Pacaso listing: Northwoods — Breckenridge, CO

Views on views

Imagine waking up to breathtaking views inside your home. Nature provides the perfect backdrop for just about any moment, whether it’s a romantic dinner, a day working from home or a sophisticated dinner party. Silverado offers expansive views of the beautiful vineyards, valleys and mountains of Napa Valley.
Views in Napa Valley
Pacaso listing: Silverado — Napa, CA

Nearby recreation

Your second home should offer many possibilities for fun — both inside and out. At Hallam, adventure is a stone’s throw away, with nearby access to a ski gondola, golf course, hiking, restaurants and everything else the city of Aspen has to offer.
Home in Aspen
Pacaso listing: Hallam — Aspen, CO

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