Didn’t snap up a home during the recession, when mortgage rates were in the threes? Don’t despair: They’re still historically low, at less than 5 percent. If you’re tired of brokering fridge space with a persnickety roommate, it’s time to get in the game.
Ever the intriguing paradox, you crave a swanky refuge close to the action, yet also long for a respite from the social whirl. These areas offer regal, entertaining-friendly abodes with proximity to shopping and dining—while still managing to feel a world away.
Considering kiddos but fear sharing office space with a changing table? Longing for a bigger lawn to mow, a spacious en suite, and maybe even a two-car garage? If so, it’s time to trade up. These towns provide solid value, a strong community vibe, and good schools. (The commute’s not bad, either.)
The kids need a dedicated playroom. You need a big kitchen—and you’ve earned that master suite with the fireplace and walk-in closet. These towns offer sizable lots, superb services, and unique architecture.
At long last, liberty! You’ve shed that pesky job, your final freeloader has been kicked to the curb, and time is yours to savor. Schools aren’t a factor and commute time doesn’t matter, but a waterfront view sure would be nice.
Mick Jagger said it best: You can’t always get what you want. Sometimes your dream home in a dream town won’t materialize, making a secondary plan essential. Keep your pulse on these up-and-coming places, all of which offer the highlights of the area’s buzziest towns—without the steep markup.