Owning a home in the big city has become more of a dream than a reality for many Americans. All is not lost though. With work at home jobs becoming more prevalent, some hard-working families are opting to relocate to areas with attractive pricing for homes and surrounding nightlife. Yes, in appealing areas like Las Vegas, Nevada homes for sale can still be found; but dont expect bargains on every corner. Instead, take a look at our picks for cities with affordable homes for sale and undeniable charm.
Before you skip down the list, this Northern neighbor of Chicago and Milwaukee is surprisingly eye-catching. Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capitol of the World thanks to Johnsonville Sausage headquarters, is host of the 2007 Senior Open Golf Championship, and boasts a respectable culinary scene, complete with Master Chef and reality cooking star Marcel Biro. With a resume like that, its no denying that homes for sale in Sheboygan wont be inexpensive for long.
Located on Lake Michigan, Sheboygan offers pretty big houses for sale in the $100K range. If youre looking to upgrade to homes for sale situated on the Sheboygan waterfront, or with easy lake access, they are available in the $300K-$700K range. For a bit more rustic feel, consider Howards Grove homes for sale north of Sheboygan, or Oostburg homes for sale in the south. Both are close to the lake for well under $200K. For the most bang for your buck, consider Sheboygan Falls homes for sale that offer the most variety for under $100K.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located about an hour south of Denver is the beautiful community of Colorado Springs, which offers the same fun as Denver, without the hefty price tag. Honestly, homes for sale in Colorado Springs can get pricey depending on how much home you want to buy. But the amount of new homes for sale in Colorado Springs under $200K is more than worth a look. Colorado Springs is ideal for the buyer that loves the outdoors; just dont be surprised when visitors try to bunk at your house for skiing in the winter and white water rafting in the summer.
Murphy, North Carolina
Smack dab in the middle of Atlanta, Knoxville and Chattanooga, and nestled in the incredible Cherokee County Mountains is the rustic town of Murphy. The intense fall foliage, picturesque waterfalls and three incredible lakes keep visitors coming back to Murphy year after year. Homes for sale in Murphy, NC are plentiful under $100K, many log cabins with a decent parcel of land to boot. Throw in an additional $50K-$100K, and expect unforgettable houses you wont want to leave. Development is starting to bubble, so be prepared for homes for sale in Murphy, NC to rise in price as the word gets out.
The only big city pick on our list is the amazingly soulful Memphis. More than just Graceland and Beale Street, homes for sale in Memphis and the surrounding areas are a choice investment. Ballet, theatre, multicultural museums and restaurants to suit any palate signifies that the Memphis renaissance is in full swing. Homes in the $200K range in Memphis surrounding areas should get you just about everything on your wish list. You might pay a bit more for homes for sale in Memphis proper, but by being next to all the action, its worth it.
West Chicago, Illinois
How close can you get to Chicago without blowing your budget? Yeah, the housing market in Chicago is competitive at best. However, in the fast-growing town of West Chicago, Illinois, homes for sale are pretty diverse under $250K. If you absolutely need to get closer to the city, consider Addison, Illinois homes for sale that are slightly more expensive, but are incredibly gorgeous. Although fewer listings, just on the other side of the Eisenhower Expressway are homes in Itasca, Illinois, offering small town charm and quite a few condos for sale under $200K.
Parry Sound, Ontario
Located two hours north of Toronto, Parry Sound is an idyllic setting that fosters country cottage life at its best. Although homes for sale in Parry Sound are similarly priced to the US housing market, properties on the Georgian Bay have been successfully negotiated down. If youre not looking for homes for sale in Parry Sound central, there are some waterfront land lots available, just plan on forking out big bucks to get one.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
From bathtub racing to maple sugar tasting, Nanaimo tops the list for an abundance of activities in this small Vancouver Island town northwest of Seattle. Life is relaxed and Nanaimo homes for sale are very affordable. Although they vary in price, you can still find smaller single family homes in Nanaimo for sale, plus land lots, for under $200K.