As the calendar turns to November, the peak period for a nice winter vacation is quickly approaching. There will soon be many people retreating to a cabin in the mountains enjoying the solitude of winter. If you’d like to be one of those people who make a winter-specific real estate purchase, MarketWatch staffer Daniel Goldstein has some tips to consider.

Here are a couple of the considerations Goldstein advises potential buyers to take:

That rustic look is expensive: Heavy-timber construction with exposed beams and columns as big as 6 to 8 inches wide often are a feature in cabin design, but are also more expensive than ordinary construction.

The view is more important than the address: Lisa Grubesic, a loan officer and branch manager with imortgage in Colorado Springs, Colo., recommends that buyers take their time, especially in popular markets like Aspen, Colo. where you can pay a lot, and get relatively little, because of the cache of the Aspen name.

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