6 Tips to Create a Kid-Friendly Apartment in 2020

Never underestimate the amount of space and organizational skills you need to live with children! A kid-friendly apartment will help your family live a safer and more stress-free life.

And one of the best moving tips we can give is to get your new place in perfect shape before you move your stuff from one place to the next. Consider the following tips and you can have it all under control.


Children need their parents to choose wisely when deciding which apartment is right for them. An adult may love the small balcony off of a 26th floor apartment but if the railing is climb-able, or if there is furniture that children can crawl up for a better view, this is not a kid-friendly apartment. Check to make sure stair railings are secure, that all windows have locks and all exterior doors have safety locks that children cannot maneuver.

Green Space

Ideally, a kid-friendly apartment has a fenced-in play area or yard where you can keep a playhouse or a soccer goal. A central playground in an apartment complex is a great way for kids to meet neighbors their own age. If an apartment has no outdoor features for children, look for a park that has playground equipment or paths for bike riding. Fresh air is important for a child’s health.

Inside a child-friendly apartment

Generally, if you give a kid some food and they wander from room to room eating it you will find a trail of crumbs that Hansel and Gretel would be jealous of. There is no crime in insisting that food be eaten at the table or counter. Often people without children wonder why you need so much space because aren’t kids smaller than adults?

Anyone who lives with kids knows they take up a ton more space per person than an adult. Strollers, high chairs, toy chests and every possible art supply take up lots of space and this list does not include sports equipment.

The key to having all the stuff kids need and not losing your mind due to the potential clutter is to contain as much as possible in stackable bins or baskets that can be stored in shelving units. A rolling cart with drawers is perfect for art supplies or Legos. The cart can be rolled to the table for play time and then rolled back to a corner when not in use.

Quiet time

Most adults will agree that naps are wasted on toddlers, but growing children require more sleep than adults. Providing a spot for your child to read or look at books, do puzzles or any quiet time activity will give the child a place to feel settled and help your child become independent. Eliminate distractions like screen time during quiet time.


Gifts for children often arrive in a box that is more fascinating than the present itself. Allow your child a space to be creative and inventive. If a multi-box tunnel appears in your apartment, be patient, it does not have to stay in the middle of the living room forever. A few pieces of cardboard and some masking tape can be a spaceship, a boat at sea or a secret cavern. Imaginative play enhances your child’s spatial, cognitive, and critical thinking skills.

Cleaning Up

From an early age, a child can be taught that when an activity is finished everything gets put away. Make a game of putting blocks away. A small spray bottle of water and some microfiber towels placed where your child can reach is a fun way for them to learn how to clean up.

Bonus tips

Keep your child’s unbreakable bowls, dishes, and cups, in a lower kitchen cabinet. If they have not mastered closing a cabinet door without pinching fingers put a rubber bumper inside the door.

Keep toys and puzzles at a child’s height to foster independence. You may have pieces of puzzles in the wrong frames but a quick once over gets everything ready for the next day of play.

Children love to emulate the adults they love; let them help with chores while they still think it is fun and your apartment will be kid-friendly, and sort of tidy.

Things That Make Your House a Home Without Spending a Dollar

A house is so much more than just a few walls and a roof over your head. Do you want to revive your humble abode and make it more homely? 

If the cost of interior design is putting you off, know that it’s possible without spending a single dollar. You can add a few personal touches and make some adjustments that don’t have a price tag. 

This article looks into ways to spruce up and enhance your living space with zero cost.

Make a Few Moves

Moving a few items around and rearranging some of your furniture is the easiest way to freshen up a room. Besides giving your living area a new look, it’s also a creative therapeutic process and productive use of your time.

Start with the room where you spend most of your time and pick one item or area as a focal point. Next, consider your lifestyle and the main function of the room. If it’s your bedroom, you should focus on the bed as the essence of your sleeping environment.

If your family loves watching TV together, arrange the lounge area so that everyone has a comfortable seat. Keep your kitchen area practical and functional, as this is often the heart of a home. 

If you can add a few seats to the kitchen, this will allow your loved ones to hang out with you while cooking. Hearty, homely meals will undoubtedly draw them all to the kitchen.

Fix the Faults

You don’t have to spend money to repair the basics. If your pictures or mirrors aren’t hanging straight, start by aligning them. Look at your curtains too. Are all the hooks in place, and does it hang well? 

The team at Best Online Cabinets also recommend that you check all your cupboard and cabinet doors. Pay attention to loose knobs, handles, and hinges to see if anything needs a little tightening.

Move through the rest of your house and check all your lights to see that the bulbs are all working.

Add a Personal Touch

Nothing can overpower your unique personal touch. Show off your treasures by adding family photos. 

Create a gallery wall of precious moments to add some character. It’s bound to be a talking point, plus you can always add to it as time goes by. Allow your kids and partner to choose what they’d like to add, so everyone has a choice and gets the chance to add their visual voice.

Get your favorite books out and display them on your coffee table. Or rearrange them on the bookshelf, so they’re easy to find.

You can also ask your kids to do a few new drawings and add those to your fridge collection. Why not ask them to draw your monthly calendar or a template to keep your shopping to-do list.

Give it a Good Scrub

Cleaning your entire house will not only add some sparkle. A clean home is beneficial to your health.

Spring cleaning is known to clear the dust and alleviate allergies. When you go all out and do a regular deep clean, it can lead to a stronger immune system.

Spotless and decluttered spaces are also associated with better moods and can bring relief from stress and anxiety. Your list of cleaning tasks should include carpets, curtains, and all your linen. Don’t forget to wipe down the walls and get up on a ladder to reach the light fittings and ceiling.

If you’re finding things you’ve not used for years, get rid of them. Apart from the enjoyment, you’ll get from donating your unused items to a worthy cause, you’ll be giving someone else an item they need.

Go for Greenery

Head out to your garden and bring some of the lush green goodness indoors. Fresh cut flowers and foliage from your grounds adds a beautiful touch. 

You can bring the colors of the season into your space and get creative with branches or other outdoor elements like rocks, stones, or seeds. If you don’t have a garden, you can always add a natural touch with a colorful fruit bowl or brightly colored veggies on display.

Key Takeouts

You don’t have to spend a single dollar to revive your home. Create a homely atmosphere by adding a few personal touches or making a few readjustments.

Fix the obvious eyesores, give it a good clean, and you’re set for a happy and healthy abode. 

A Taste of Beautiful RealtyHive Developments

Although buying international properties comes with a number of benefits, it can also be extremely difficult finding the right one for you. There are so many variables that go into purchasing a property in general but even more so when you’re buying abroad. The simplest to purchase properties abroad is to purchase a unit in a real estate development. International developments also offer amenities that other properties don’t have such as gated communities/security, concierge services, social spaces, and so much more! Want to learn more about real estate developments and whether or not its the right choice for you? Click here!

1. Estepona, Spain

This is a stunning residential development located in a privileged area of Spain. A number of amenities nearby such as golf courses, shopping centers, and much more. This development offers 187 one, two, three or four bedroom properties distributed amongst three different residential spaces. All residences are just minutes from the beautiful sandy beach!

2. Hua Hin District, Thailand

This gorgeous villa boasts 165 sqm of living and dining space! The unique “H” layout of this home makes it just as functional as it is stunning! My personal favorite feature of this home is the upper terrace that boast stunning views of the surrounding mountains. If mountains aren’t your thing the home also includes a 36 sqm private swimming pool. So thats pretty cool.

3. Long Bay Village, Anguilla

This development is the newest beachfront resort in Anguilla. There is much excitement around this new luxury boutique resort as it lies on one of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches! This beautiful waterfront resort offer 15 professionally-managed 1-3 bedroom condominiums! Each residence includes an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the sea along with a hot/cold tub!

4. Bonita Springs, FL

Seaglass at Bonita Bay is committed to providing a relaxing yet luxurious waterfront living environment. Seaglass combines lovely coastal interior design with jaw dropping panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico! Resort offers amazing amenities such as steam/massage rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, theatre room, resort style pool, and so much more! You will never be bored in this Bonita Bay beauty!

5. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This development property is located in Playacar Phase II which is one of the most exclusive gated communities in Mexico. Mara Playacar is surrounded by 18 hole golf courses, restaurants, shopping centers, and is only 2 blocks from the best beach in the Riviera Maya! The luxury amenities and stunning ocean views will make you never want to leave. And since Mara playacar has everything you could ever want or need… you never have to.

6. Roches Noires, Mauritius

5 years ago this large estate was made on the north east coast. Since then it has metamorphosed into a tight knit and lively community! This development is offers luxury residences on a golf course right by the sea. These gorgeous residences also offer stunning natural surroundings, a safe neighborhood, convenience, and a sense of community.

7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This luxurious apartment project located in a once-in-a-lifetime location that overlooks 150,000,000 gorgeous blooming flowers. Each apartment is designed to offer uninterrupted views of Miracle Garden & Butterfly Garden. This development is particularly perfect for lovers of the architectural designs of the Roman era, an inspiration for the design of this real estate project.

8. Paradise Island, Bahamas

Situated on Nassau Harbour, Bahamas in between an Ocean Club and One&Only Resort, This beautiful development combines amazing location with stellar views! This gorgeous piece of waterfront real estate has a never ending list of amenities including a large pool, fitness center, concierge services, underground parking, 24hr gated security, and a marina! Residences are filled with natural light, luxury, and premium appliances!

9. Chicago, IL

74-story tower designed by Helmut Jahn, an internationally-renowned architect. Located in the windy city this development was made for urban connoisseurs and city dwellers! The floor to ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of the city, Lake Michigan, and Grant Park! This development also offers some amazing and luxurious amenities! This development just all around screams luxury and lavish living!

10. Sosua, Dominican Republic

This beautiful development offers private villas ranging from 2-5 bedrooms and starting just $199,900! With an amazing location just minutes from beautiful beaches, shopping, and restaurants and a number of luxury amenities, you’ll never run out of things to do! Property owners can play mini-golf, tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard. A waterpark, gym, and BBQ will be opening soon and there is A perimeter walking trail that surrounds the development. Finally there is beautiful communal grounds and a waterfall for owners to enjoy!

11. British Virgin Islands

Surrounded by the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, this development is a visual representation of what “luxurious living” means. Experience the finest of private island living while staying at on of Oil Nut Bays exclusive luxury villas! The development has a number of amenities including a private staff, seaplane, helicopter, or boat, a kids hangout space with movies, video games, and arts & crafts along with much more!

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DIY Backyard Fun

During this time of restricted social interaction the more fun we’re able to have at home the better. The goal of this article is to show you some easy and cheap ways to have fun right in your own backyard. Depending on how many of these DIY projects you choose to take on, your backyard may end up resembling more of a small carnival rather than a backyard. Personally, that seems like something worth bragging rights to me, but if you don’t hope to reach small carnival status then maybe just one or two on a sunny day will do. 

Giant Jenga

Jenga is pretty popular so I won’t bore you with an explanation of the game. I will simply tell you one way to improve the game, and that is to make it giant. This oversized outdoor game is cheap, easy to recreate, and tons of fun! So if you’re ready to kick some butt at Jenga below!

Instructions here!

Slingshot/ Angry Birds IRL

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the game Angry Birds, but if you haven’t let me summarize. It’s an iPhone game where you aim and shoot little colorful birds at piled up boxes with mean looking pigs sitting on them. If you’ve never heard of the game you probably think I’ve completely lost it, but I promise it’s a thing. So much so that a smart parent created a real life version of the game. This is the perfect outdoor game to get the kids off their phone and out in the sun!

Instructions here!

Jungle Gym Bars

This was my personal favorite activity as kids so i can assure you the kids will love it. When I was young I spent all my time doing flips forwards and backwards on the bars.  I swear I thought I was Simone Biles or something. This DIY project isn’t just affordable it’s also an excellent way to keep the kids active. As a former child, I highly recommend it.

Instructions here!

Backyard Big Screen

A pandemic is probably not best time to sit in a room filled by strangers. That being said, it is probably best to move the movies to the backyard. This genius DIY outdoor theatre project is a perfect activity for the family during this time of  quarantine. 

Instructions here!


Kerplunk is a classic, but there’s a chance you haven’t heard of it so I’ll explain just to make sure we’re all on the same page. Each player upon their turn removes a stick from the tube, if any balls fall they go to that players total. When all the balls have fallen, the person with the smallest number (least amount of balls fallen) wins. This is a very easy game to recreate and it’s lots of fun with the family or with friends!

Instructions here!

Slip-n-slide Kickball

I’m confident we’ve all played kickball, but this isn’t just kickball, this is slip-n-slide kickball which is obviously superior. Same rules apply, but instead of running across a base you get to slide into a kiddie pool. Hot summer day? This would be the perfect activity for the family or the neighborhood kids to enjoy! Don’t believe me? Try it out!

Instructions here!

Squares game

The squares game isn’t as popular as other games in this article so I will briefly explain. Players take turns making a line from one dot to another(not diagonally). If when you put down the line that creates a complete square you get a point. Players continue to play until no further squares can be made, and at that point the person with the most points wins! This is a fun and easily storable game that you can play with kids or friends!

Instructions here!

Outdoor Chalkboard

Kids love to draw… half the time we can’t tell what it is they’re drawing but as long as they’re entertained it doesn’t really matter does it? Plus this is an easy way to get the kids their daily Vitamin D and it keeps them from getting any mess inside, so a win-win situation if you ask me. This easy DIY project would make a great addition to the “fun backyard”

Instructions here!

Lawn Twister

Twister is the epitome of fun children games. I played Twister all the time as a kid, and I personally sucked, lost just about every game. Regardless, I loved the game and I’m confident your kids will too!  I should also mention this is one of the easiest DIY projects in this article, so even if it’s just for a day or an event, I think it’s worth it. I wish you much more success in the game than I had!

Instructions here!

DIY Dunk Tank

Have you ever seen a dunk tank on a TV show and had major dunk tank envy? I first saw a dunk tank on an episode of George Lopez and I remember having a strong desire to experience a dunk tank. Both to be the dunkee and the dunker. In fact, at the time I had a short list of people I’d like to dunk. If you can relate, get your list out, send an invitation because our dunk tank dreams are now a reality.

Instructions here!

Velcro Darts

Just 3 pieces of fabric and a hot glue gun and you’re good to go! This DIY project is such an easy way to bring a fun atmosphere to your backyard. This game is easy for everyone and anyone to play even the kids (since we’ve taken out the sharp/pointy darts)!

Instructions here!

Football Throw

I’m from Green Bay, Wisconsin, so football is kinda a big deal here. That being said I felt a need to add this into the article, because maybe it will help breed the next Aaron Rodgers. This isn’t the easiest DIY project but it can be done in various levels of complexity. It can be as easy as cutting holes in a sheet to a nicely decorated board such as this one above. Whichever level you choose, this activity can either be target practice or just a fun pass time.

Instructions here!

Rainbow fire crystals

This one isn’t necessarily a DIY project, it’s more of a fun product. I want to type “Your little kids will love the fun colored flames!”, but in all honesty… I’d love it too. When I first saw a color flamed fire I was overly mesmerized and excited. So with that said, I can personally recommend this product to you. It will add a little character and color to your backyard!

Product available here!

These are the perfect activities to stay entertained while social distancing and spending time with family or friends. Quite honestly, that quality time with the family is probably worth the prices to make these affordable DIY projects. If you do find yourself attempting one of these projects, we’d love to hear about your results! Feel free to leave a comment below about how it went for you and any helpful tip for future readers!

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12 homes for people who don’t like people

Some people just weren’t made to be around other people. For some, social interaction is just one of those things in life that we wish we could avoid, like paying bills, houses that leave their Christmas lights up months after Christmas, or well… Mondays entirely. If you find yourself falling into the category of “people who don’t like people” then this article is very much for you! I have hand selected these secluded homes that allow you to escape the annoyance that is other people and social interaction. No need to thank me, I won’t force you into any unwanted social interactions!

1. Lake Michigan Beauty

Receive up to $6450 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Cleveland, Wisconsin |

This property offers sailing, fishing, and wildlife galore! This stunning custom designed, open concept home boasts a number of impressive amenities including a natural stone fireplace, spacious loft, sky lights and much more. Enjoy your solitude from the floor to ceiling windows which boasts million dollar views of the lake and rolling hills! If you’re willing to allow people into your place of social seclusion, the property comes with a fully furnished guest home. Perfect to rent out as a potential Airbnb!

2. The European Manor

Receive up to $10,194 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Verona, Wisconsin |

This stunning luxurious  European manor is the perfect retreat for those who enjoy solitude. Set on 20 acres of picturesque woods, fields, and streams. This beautiful estate lies at the end of a winding drive so you don’t even have to see people on the street, no people in sight, which makes this the perfect home for a person that doesn’t like people. In addition to the solitude this home offers, exquisite exterior stone work, a spectacular open foyer with a gorgeous curved staircase, and much more!

3. Private Rolling Hills Home

Receive up to $7,140 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Argyle, Wisconsin |

If you enjoy breathtaking views of rolling hills, pasture lands, and woods… but not a huge fan of being in close proximities to other people, well then this home is perfect for you. On 74 acres of gorgeous land this home keeps you a lengthy distance from anyone or everyone you wish to not be around. This home was built with the highest quality construction and offers a great floor plan with a chef’s kitchen. In my opinion though, that zebra rug completes the home. Now that rug doesn’t come with the property, but don’t you worry Ive hooked you up with a link to a similar rug on Amazon. You’re welcome.

4. The Smart Home

Receive up to $7,770 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Portage, Wisconsin |

This home is perfect for those that enjoy living on the luxurious side. Although, I warn it’s not for people that enjoy showing off their luxurious things because, well, there is no one in the immediate area to show it off too. This modern 3 bedroom smart home was built in 2007 and lies on 4.79 acres of land with 371 feet of water frontage. The home has a private driveway with a remote-controlled privacy gate, to keep out any and all unwanted guests.

5. The Castle

Receive up to $22,500 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Mazomanie, Wisconsin |

I have thus declared this property “the castle.” Mostly because the outside architecture resembles that of a castle, but also because the gorgeous spiral staircase looks like something straight out of Cinderella. This is your opportunity to be the king/queen of your very own castle, and that’s not even the best part. The best part truly is that all other people, to go along with the theme let’s call them peasants, are 120 acres away. That’s right! 120 ACRES! Be the ruler of your own person-less 120 acre kingdom. Now that’s just too good to pass up!

6. Anti-Social Oasis

Receive up to $12,570 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Fontana, Wisconsin |

This home offers a resort style pool, with waterfall, lake view and pool house bar. Unlike other resorts though, this property is all for you, and you only. This is a real upside for loners. Added benefit, the inside is just as beautiful! Huge windows allow for an abundance of natural light and offer stunning views of the lake! There is so much to do on this property and the added comfort truly makes this home an antisocial oasis for all the loners out there.

7. Loner Island

Receive up to $7,170 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Presque Isle, Wisconsin |

If you are a true loner, then I bet you’ve seen this property before….  somewhere in a dream perhaps. I mean at this point, people have to make a short boat ride to get to you, and unless you’re as entertaining as the late Robin Williams, I don’t think many are willing to do so. This means we’ve already greatly restricted the human interaction… you’re welcome. Okay, now onto actual information about the home. This beautifully designed timber frame home offers lake views from all sides. The amazing architecture and superb floor plan brings luxury to the majestic Northwoods of Wisconsin. Home is move in ready and comes with a private boat house.

8. Custom-built Lowell Home

Receive up to $10,500 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Delavan, Wisconsin |

This 2016 custom-built Lowell home lies on 5 acres of beautiful land and comes with a detached full sized gym/shop, complete with radiant floor heat. This home offers a one-of-a-kind outdoor space with a fire-pit, soccer field, and private paths through the prairie. With such a beautiful home, private paths, field, and gym, I find little reason for you to ever have to leave. You could theoretically hide away from all of mankind forever with this home. 

9. Luxury Loner Living

Receive up to $13,800 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Summit, Wisconsin |

This home is a masterpiece of design and construction, perfect for relaxing or entertaining, but given the fact that you’re reading this article, I don’t think entertaining is high up on your to do list.  This home offers everything you’d expect in a luxury house – fine craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, high end appliances, an open floor plan, and abundant windows which fill the house with light. The amenities are endless, movie room, large pool, paved sports court, and much more! If that didn’t intrigue you enough, this home lies on 12.79 acres of land, which means, there are no people within a 12.79 acre radius of your home. House sold amiright?

10. Nature Lovers Paradise

Receive up to $17,700 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Merrimac, Wisconsin |

Love nature, but not people? Well welcome to your dream home. This is the idyllic hideaway from the world and the people in it. Although you are visible to the street so you might run into a couple people, but depending on your level of commitment to limiting social interaction, you could just pretend to not see them. This home is perched on 2.2 acres of land overlooking 200 feet of frontage on Lake Wisconsin. With those breathtaking views there is little reason to spend in the front of the house (by the street).

11. Winner of Best Backyard

Receive up to $23,994 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Green Lake, Wisconsin |

Stepping into this property’s backyard is what I imagine stepping into the movie Alice in Wonderland would feel like. Beautiful big trees line the sides of the yard, creating an immaculate sense of privacy. I assume since you’re reading this article, privacy is something you’d appreciate. The backyard also includes a beautiful and spacious patio space with outdoor kitchen, screened in area, and enough room to fit the whole family in fact it’s probably big enough for multiple families. My personal favorite is the whimsical steps that curve through the stunning garden. This is truly a home you have to see to believe.

12. Secluded Log Lodge

Receive up to $8,399 cash closing credit when buying this home!

| Elkhorn, Wisconsin |

This lovely log lodge lies on 43 acres of beautiful and rugged wildlife making this a true sportsman paradise! A network of trails winds you around the 4 acre pond(perfect for fishing), through forests, cultivated fields, and a shooting range to sharpen your skills. Zoned for horses, outbuildings, and recreational vehicles. This is a property that is guaranteed to keep you entertained in your solitude.

Get your cash back!

I’m sure you’ve noticed the substantial dollar amounts listed below each property. And through our new Cashifyd program, that money can easily end up in your pocket. Cashifyd is our cash back program that gets you money back when buying or selling real estate! Cashifyd helps buyers and sellers connect through a cashback at closing offer. The results of this are $100’s to $1,000’s to $10,000’s in cashback depending on the unique property you are looking to buy or sell. All the homes shown above are eligible for Cashifyd, so if you saw something you liked or have something you’d like to sell, maybe this is the time to unleash your real estate superpowers! LEARN MORE ABOUT CASHIFYD!

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Living in Wisconsin’s Best Vacation Spots

We’ve all dreamed of moving to our favorite vacation spots. Who hasn’t dreamed of moving to Hawaii and being able to lounge on a beach after work? Or taking off to Alberta and getting the experience of both the exciting ski hills in the winter and the breathtaking hiking trails in the summer? But what would it be like to live in a tourist destination? There are actually a lot of reasons that living in a vacation spot is favorable. For one, you learn about all of the secret spots and hidden gems in the area. You also have easy access to the best restaurants, shops and parks 24/7. Plus, you never run out of things to do. So, without further ado, here are the 7 best homes in Wisconsin vacation spots:

Lake Geneva:

With its historic mansions, award winning restaurants and beautiful state parks, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is like heaven on Earth. Even though the city is known for its tourism industry, why just visit when you can stay? Especially if it means easy access to all the city’s luxurious spas, shops and activities. Plus, you can get in on all the local secrets, like the hidden hiking trails, lesser-known restaurants and their unusual mail delivery system. Start your search for a Lake Geneva home here.


Living in the city of Madison not only offers the chance to live in some of the most luxurious homes in the state, but it also means an endless list of things to do. Madison is home to countless parks, gardens, restaurants and museums. Plus, the 15,000 acres of lakes presents opportunities for fishing, sailing, canoeing and swimming 24/7! Additionally, Madison presents amazing job opportunities and it’s home to many great schools. Bonus: Madison has been named the greenest city in America!

La Crosse:

La Crosse is one of the most beautiful cities in Wisconsin. The city is full of breweries, restaurants and parks. The experience of living in La Crosse is what you make it. If you want to be adventurous, you can go for a hike on one of the natural bluffs or converse with the friendly people that live in the city. If you’re looking for a quiet place to live, you can spend your weekend fishing in the Mississippi River and enjoy the small-town feel in an urban area. 

La Pointe: 

If you’re looking to stay in a vacation spot, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of tourists, La Pointe, Wisconsin is the perfect town for you! La Pointe is located on the Western Shore of Madeline Island, and while it is a popular tourist destination, it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as Bayfield, the town that is one ferry ride away. La Pointe is great because you can enjoy all the amenities that come with living at a vacation spot, such as the Madeline Island Golf Club and Big Bay State Park, while also enjoying that small town charm. Plus, you have access to the seasonal Madeline Island Ice Road!

Fish Creek:

Door County is one of the best vacation spots in Wisconsin to live in, especially Fish Creek. With its many parks, beaches and hiking trails the town is the perfect place for nature-lovers to stay. Plus, you get to join in on the Fish Creek fish boil and learn about the town’s hidden gems, and you’ll never miss out on any of the festivals that take place throughout the year!

Wisconsin Dells: 

Who wouldn’t want to live in the water park capital of the world? Wisconsin Dells has everything to offer, from one of a kind tourist spots to hiking and nature trails, there’s something for everyone! But if you’re looking for a quieter place to live, there are great homes in Baraboo – less than 20 minutes away – so you can enjoy the comfort of a small town, and take a drive to this historical city whenever you want!

Eagle River:

Eagle River may be one of Wisconsin’s most popular vacation spots – but locals get to experience the never-ending list of activities year-round. Take a boat out on the Chain of Lakes and go water skiing in the summer, and rent a snowmobile or a pair of snowshoes in the winter! Plus, homes on the Eagle Chain have access to the best fishing spots in the state!

Here’s a bonus: All of these homes are available for our Cashifyd program – which means you can get your money back at the end of a closing! Learn more about Cashifyd below:


RealtyHive Director of International Real Estate Named as President of FIABCI – USA

Hugh Gilliam Named President of FIABCI – USA

RealtyHive Director of International Real Estate, Hugh Gilliam, has been named President of FIABCI-USA, the International Real Estate Federation. A recent addition the RealtyHive team, Mr. Gilliam has been a leading member of the worldwide business networking organization for ten years. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Local Councils, a member of the Executive Committee and Chapter Board member. 

In his new role as FIABCI-USA President, Gilliam says he plans  to  assimilate case studies featuring members who are conducting business in the global arena, strengthen the USA Local Council Network, increase exposure and interaction among our global chapters and create more educational programming for members. 

Founded in France in 1951, FIABCI (a French acronym for Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Bien-Conselis Immobiliers) is a global business organization for all professionals associated with the real estate industry. Members of the organization are students and professionals from a wide variety of housing, design, real estate, and city planning industries. Members include architects, investors, brokers, service providers, developers, public authorities, in addition to other professionals. 

FIABCI helps members to establish cross-border relationships and referral networks while continually improving their real estate skills and education.

“Over the last ten years as a FIABCI member, I have had the opportunity to network with exceptional world professionals and glean unrivaled knowledge for my own global business,” said Gilliam.

Along with his new role with FIABCI and position at RealtyHive, Gilliam is an award-winning Realtor based in Atlanta, Georgia, and the co-founder of Doorways International e-magazine. Each month, Doorways International showcases luxury properties from around the world to its extensive list of highly engaged buyers and real estate professionals. 

“I’m looking forward to my new duties as FIABCI-USA President and want to continue spreading the news of our professional organization.  I know that with my affiliation with RealtyHive and it’s vast global network now spanning over 217 countries; I can create more exposure for both FIABCI-USA and our other International Chapters.” 


About RealtyHive RealtyHive is a global marketing platform designed for real estate agents, brokers, and private property sellers to increase the exposure of their for-sale properties through time-limited events and digital marketing. 

About FIABCI Founded in 1951 in Paris, FIABCI is a worldwide business networking organization for all professionals associated with the real estate industry. FIABCI has provided access and opportunities for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other. 

About Doorways International Doorways International is an electronic magazine featuring premier luxury properties from around the world. Properties and broker clients have been hand-selected by co-founder Hugh Gilliam to create an international property marketing network specially crafted for the high-end luxury real estate market.

For Additional information, please direct all inquiries to:
Hugh Gilliam – Direct of International Real Estate at RealtyHive