Many people would say I'm lucky. I live in Southern California. We have a small place at the beach and a cabin in the mountains. Perfect right? To be honest, we don't really enjoy it. Sure the weather is great – but the traffic is insane, the people are rude, and everything is far too expensive.
We've been on a personal journey searching for a new place for our family. Somewhere with decent weather, close to the outdoors, 4 seasons, good people, and most importantly… affordable. Even though this move is 12-18 months away, it has been an enjoyable research project. Here's what I've found.
5 Incredible Places to Live. That You Can Afford:
1. Bend, Oregon
Highlight: With over 28 breweries and 30 lakes within 50 miles, incredible views of the Cascade Mountains, Bend is the outdoor hipster mecca of the Northwest. (This is our favorite)
Median Home Price: $274,400
Median Income: $46,459
2. Salida, Colorado
Highlight: Salida has the pioneer spirit of an old mining town. With downtown storefronts that call back to another era mixed with beautiful rivers, streams, and incredible mountain views.
Median Home Price: $225,406
Median Income: $36,160
3. Asheville, North Carolina
Highlight: A charming hippie town filled with enough somber acoustic tunes, fair trade coffee shops, quaint book stores, and organic eateries to take you back to Woodstock.
Median Home Price: $185,600
Median Income: $39,082
4. Davenport, Iowa
Highlight: Located on the Mississippi River, this town offers world class theatre, symphonies, and views of old fashion riverboats. It's visitors boast of great food, a culture of happy people, and beautiful sunsets.
Median Home Price: $94,000
Median Income: $63,100
5. Charlottesville, Virginia
Highlight: This central Virginia town is bubbling with history, culture, and world class cuisine. No wonder Former President Thomas Jefferson called this place home.
Median Home Price: $263,131
Median Income: $44,535
What are some of your favorite, affordable small towns?