June 2006

U.S. and Canada
Hawaii, the Hamptons, and the New England coast have become as popular with renters as the hills of Tuscany. The new territory: Whistler, British Columbia, and California's wine country. Domestic rentals used to be a straightforward business facilitated by local real estate agents, but new villa companies are stepping in and offering concierge-based services. Summer is obviously the key time to visit coastal destinations.

What Your Money Buys
$5,000 a week
The Longhouse, Kauai Secluded year-old one-bedroom house built with imported hardwoods and set high on a hill; comes with ocean views, soaking tub, large lanai, and outdoor Jacuzzi. Ka Hale O Luina; $5000 a week.

Bella Luna, Bennett Valley, California Private three-bedroom estate with manor house and cottage, six miles from Santa Rosa; includes outdoor pool and sleek kitchen; concierge service available. BeautifulPlaces; $6,500 a week.

Entrée Canada Exclusive, Whistler, British Columbia Luxe log cabin with four bedrooms, an outdoor hot tub, and large fireplace; set in the woods, minutes from the ski resort; staff included (chef, driver, housekeeper). Entrée Canada; $21,315 a week.

Windmill Heights, Nantucket Shingled six-bedroom house on a hill near town with 360-degree island views; comes with wine cellar, outdoor pool, art gallery, and five fireplaces. Time & Place; $28,000 a week.

Sky's the Limit
Casa Contenta, Miami Beach 11,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Spanish colonial manse on exclusive Palm Island; includes a home theater, heated pool with waterfall, two outdoor Jacuzzis, beach volleyball court, full gym, private dock, and floating deck. Villazzo; $70,000 a week.
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