Despite the extensive attention given to second and recreation homes in rural areas, their urban appearance has
had only limited examination. This paper focuses on the trend as it is manifested in London and suggests urban second
homes are an emerging phenomenon in contemporary cities. Drawing links between recreation homes and other
aspects of mobility and dwelling in the global metropolis, the phenomenon is situated beyond local housing markets
and placed in the context of globalization and urban restructuring. The part-time dwelling patterns it introduces are
shown to challenge attempts to define and evaluate its spread. Additionally, the cross-spatial nature of urban second
homes turns their owners into temporal occupants of several built environments simultaneously. They are thus defined
both as a product and an emerging force in global cities, and as such beg unique attention. The phenomenon calls
for the development of effective monitoring and tracking systems for addressing its development in cities. Lessons from
the rural experience are used to propose policy approaches and the challenges posed by property market environment
are emphasized. It is concluded that the transnational nature of urban second homes, and the inter-city connections
they form and represent, call for cooperation between cities in addressing them. This may allow the creation
of a global data-base and policy-bank as part of the challenge to maintain sustainable cities in the face of disappearing
Keywords : Second Homes, Recreation Homes, Multiple Dwellings, Cities, London.
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