Survey Finds San Juan Islands Dream Choice for Lottery Winners

February 21, 2024 at 1:52 p.m.

Landing a windfall opens a world of endless possibilities, particularly when it comes to choosing a dream home. For lottery winners pondering their next move, the ultimate question becomes: what will be their new address?

Lottery 'n Go conducted a survey with 3,000 participants, posing a hypothetical question: 

If you won a lottery, what kind of property would you invest in? 

Washington had four real estate options that winners would most likely purchase:

  • Island Retreats in the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands provide opportunities for luxury island retreats with waterfront properties, tranquil landscapes, and access to outdoor activities.

  • Waterfront Mansions on Lake Washington

The shores of Lake Washington, particularly in areas like Medina, offer luxurious waterfront estates with private docks, boating opportunities, and stunning lake views.

  • Urban Penthouses in Seattle

Downtown Seattle features modern luxury penthouses with city and Puget Sound skyline views, contemporary design, and access to the city's cultural amenities and dining scene.

  • Wine Country Estates in Woodinville

Woodinville's wine country offers spacious wine country estates with vineyards, rolling hills, and picturesque landscapes, ideal for wine enthusiasts.

When it comes to choices throughout the United States, luxury real estate in Hawaii, Florida, and California captured most of the top spots, though there were a few unexpected choices from less traditionally luxurious locales.

Here's a glimpse at the most coveted properties winners dream of calling home:

1. Hawaiian Haven: Resort-Style Villas in Hawaii. 

Topping the list is the Big Island of Hawaii, where winners would purchase resort-style villas within the confines of elite communities such as Hualalai and Mauna Kea. These lavish dwellings boast amenities fit for royalty, including access to premier golf courses, private pools, and mesmerizing vistas of the ocean or the island's distinct volcanic topography.

2. Urban Oasis: Penthouses in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hawaii makes another appearance with its capital city's penthouses ranking second. Honolulu offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with high-rise luxury penthouses that feature sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head, and the bustling cityscape, accompanied by the finest modern amenities.

3. Coastal Elegance: Beachfront Homes in Malibu, California.

Third place goes to the quintessential beachfront homes of Malibu, renowned for their breathtaking sea views, direct beach access, and opulent facilities, including expansive terraces and state-of-the-art designs.

4. Timeless Beauty: Historic Homes in Coral Gables, Florida.

Coral Gables is celebrated for its impeccably maintained historic homes, many of which display the intricate designs of Mediterranean Revival architecture, complete with verdant gardens and exquisite interiors.

5. Seaside Serenity: Oceanfront Estates on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The most popular choice outside the usual triumvirate of states is Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Here, luxury means oceanfront estates with private beaches, golfing, and picturesque views of the Atlantic.

6. Island Luxury: Waterfront Estates in the Florida Keys.

The allure of the Florida Keys is undeniable for the affluent, with its relaxed yet luxurious waterfront estates that come with their own docks and stunning vistas of the open water.

7. Lakeside Grandeur: Mansions on Tennessee's Lakeshores.

Tennessee's beautiful lakes, such as Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake, are coveted for their grand lakefront mansions offering private docks and panoramic water views.

8. Southern Charm: Beachfront Homes on St. Simons, Georgia.

Georgia's St. Simons Island ranks eighth, with its luxurious beachfront properties that provide direct access to sandy shores and beautiful ocean views, embodying a tranquil coastal life.

9. Historic Splendor: Homes in Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville is known for its array of historic homes, especially in areas like Biltmore Forest, featuring stately architecture, expansive grounds, and proximity to landmarks such as the Biltmore Estate.

10. Mountain Retreat: Lakefront Estates in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Completing the top ten are the luxury lakefront estates in Lake Tahoe, situated at the Nevada-California border, offering private lake access and sprawling outdoor areas set against a peaceful mountain backdrop.

This information is courtesy of Lottery 'n Go and the survey, "The Most Sought-After Properties for New Lottery Winners in 2024"
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