\What is a Seasonal Home?

Seasons change.  Areas that are inviting during the spring and summer might become far less come fall or winter. In many desert environments, the opposite is true.

Birds Fly South For the Winter (For A Reason)

Millions of homeowners nationwide look to escape winter weather conditions at some point each year. The term “snowbird” comes from birds stereotypically flying south for the cold months. One common example is the snowbird flying from New York City to Florida.

Seasonal Homes for Seniors

As this demographic tends to run older, the case for maintaining a seasonal residence is often health-related. In addition to physical illnesses connected with cold weather, the psychological can take a toll. Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is common during the winter months. This affects millions nationwide.

The case for a seasonal home is clear – many find it to improve their health and overall liveliness, therefore nothing else matters.

One prominent example of a seasonal destination is Coachella Valley. This community has a total population (spread across nine major cities) around 350,000. Each year, this number temporarily grows by approximately 100,000. This addition is caused by snowbirds arriving to enjoy the valley’s dry, moderate winter. Taking advantage of the mild environment, Coachella’s many resort-like communities have golf courses, tennis courts, and well-maintained walking or jogging trails. People in or nearing their golden years are drawn to these amenities. However, the weather in Coachella could make a stronger case for their winter home decision.

Seasonal Homes for Everyone

What of those in the prime of their life?  Or of those who are otherwise immune to seasonal changes in their emotional health? Do the expenses to maintain a second residence for seasonal reasons worth it?

Assuming the cost is affordable, it just might. After all, no single environment can offer its residents the full range of geographical or cultural features.  There is much to be said for varying one’s surrounding sights and sounds by experiencing life in different ways.

So long as it won’t strain your financial stability or create stress, a seasonal home might be well worth your consideration.