Regarding "A Refuge Off the Beaten Track" by Robert Smaus (March 9): If you haven't read any of Harry Dent's books ... his background is in demographics and he focuses on lifestyle and economic trends. He points out that the second-home market is going to grow as baby boomers start aging and want to retreat from their urban lives. He even lists desirable places.
The other trend he points out is the exact reverse of a rural or recreational second home. He contends that as technology and communications progress, people will be able to live in more rural or decentralized locations (college towns, recreational locations, etc.). In that case, people will want to have urban second homes -- a weekend or summer place in San Francisco or Boston.
John F. Porter