The Best Outdoorsy City for a Bargain Home in the South
We were surprised by this one.
Is "green time" the most important part of your day? If you love nature and spending time outdoors, Realtor.com has some new intel for you on the best places in America to buy an affordable home.
Today, the real estate company released their top 10 list of the most affordable outdoorsy cities, with several Southern locales making the cut. Spokane, Washington and Bakersfield, California secured the first and second spots, but Tallahassee, Florida came in third place with a median home list price of $225,000.
To cull the winners' list, Realtor.com looked at the 150 largest metropolitan areas with median home prices below $300,000. Since they were determining the best places to buy a home for outdoors enthusiasts, their data team looked at these features, too: Share of homes with outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens, and decks; Bicycle-friendliness rating; Per capita kayaking, rafting, and outdoor gear stores; Number of campgrounds; Share of restaurants with outdoor seating; Per capita of conservation scientists and foresters (sign of heavy park presence); Number of national parks in the state, and percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park. (We're getting a little tired just reading about all this action, too.)
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Other Southern Cities on the list include Virginia Beach, Virginia in seventh; Winston-Salem, North Carolina in eighth; Fayetteville, Arkansas in ninth, and Louisville, Kentucky rounding out the top 10.
So will the closing gift in these cities be a water bottle and bug repellent?