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5 Cool U.S. Cities Where You Can Still Purchase A Home Under $200,000

By: April Carson

Many places in the country are experiencing double-digit increases in home values, making you hesitant to invest in real estate. The good news is that we've discovered a few of interesting towns and cities where you can still find houses for less than $200,000. Here are five additional suggestions.

Houston, Texas

Despite the fact that major cities throughout the country have grown out of reach for bargain hunters, Houston, which is the United States' fourth most populous city, remains an exception. In reality, despite house prices in the metropolis increasing by 20% in a year, there are still over 1,000 listings on Zillow for houses under $200,000 in Houston. Given that Houston contains theater, museum and historic districts as well as 52,912 acres of total park space, it would be difficult to find anything you can't do in this city. The city is on Galveston Bay, which provides residents with a variety of options for experiencing the ocean. East Beach and Galveston Island State Park are both less than a mile from the inner loop of the city, where you may purchase a new construction 3-bedroom home for around $200,000 or this recently upgraded 3-bedroom brick home that has been renovated.

Des Moines, Iowa

The city of Iowa is the state's capital and boasts about its 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of pathways, as well as its historic East Village, which has more than 90 restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. The city is also great for families with children because to activities such as the Science Center of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, and Iowa State Fairgrounds, which host events all year long. You can purchase a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home in the city for just under $200,000.

You may also sample Nashville's great dining options at the world-renowned Jethro's BBQ, or drinks at the High Life Lounge, which bills itself as the "champagne of bars." The city is well-known for being LGBTQ+ friendly, with many homes available for less than $200,000, including this two-bedroom ranch just five minutes from downtown Nashville and this recently remodeled Craftsman-style three-bedroom.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

After oil was discovered in a neighboring community in the early 1900s, Tulsa grew into a boomtown; as a result of this money, Art Deco skyscrapers and municipal constructions were built. The city still has some beauty today, and funds have recently inundated the downtown zone, including a $51 million development that includes apartments, a hotel, and additional amenities. Spend your leisure time at the Philbrook Museum of Art, which houses a staggering collection of Native American art; the 25-acre Philbrook Gardens, recently designated "the most beautiful site in Oklahoma" by House Beautiful magazine; or the Woody Guthrie Center, which exhibits multimedia programs that tell the history of music in America.

Enjoy a baseball game played by the Tulsa Drillers' minor league team or visit Green Park, a 100-acre stretch of land along the Arkansas River where you may picnic among nature. Tulsa has something for everyone, and its affordable real estate makes it an excellent choice for those looking for a place to call home. The best restaurants and bars may be found in Tulsa, but the city has many wonderful alternatives for dinner. With a variety of things to do and see, there's something for everyone in this Oklahoma city. From its rich history to its minor league baseball team, Tulsa has something to offer everyone. A Kansas City barbecue restaurant is a perfect spot for everyone to gather and share tales about their family's favorite dish. For less than $200,000, you can get this lovely English-style home or this four-bedroom home with a huge backyard deck.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem was named one of the "South's best cities on the rise" by Southern Living in 2021, and has made significant efforts to attract entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors in recent years. The city's Innovation Quarter is home to 90 businesses, 1,000 residents, five academic institutions (including Wake Forest University), a variety of community-based art initiatives and green walkways dotted with restaurants, cafés, and galleries.

And yet, Winston-Salem remains an affordable place to live. The median home price is just over $170,000, and you can find a three-bedroom home for sale for less than $200,000.

If you're looking for a fixer-upper, this charming two-bedroom bungalow could be yours for just $130,000. On the weekends, guests may enjoy activities like seeing the Old Salem Museum and Gardens, which documents the region's colonial history, or Kaleideum North, which features a planetarium. The city is proud of its culinary scene, with two eateries - Sweet Potatoes and Mission Pizza Napoletana – that were just nominated for James Beard honors. Even though the typical cost of a house is more than $200,000, there are several alternatives available for less than that. This recently updated three-bedroom home comes with a large screened-in porch and this three-bedroom cottage provides another option.

Cambridge, Maryland

This seaside town, which was formerly used as a model for a settlement in Michener's book, has been working to revitalize its downtown area in recent years. That includes making the area more walkable and holding an annual New Year's Eve Boat Drop, during which a replica of a workboat is dropped down a 60-foot ramp. Cambridge is a charming town on the Choptank River, about 30 miles north of Washington, D.C., and about a two-hour drive from Baltimore. It's also near the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, the legendary conductor of the Underground Railroad who is honored in the city's Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center.

Nearby Chesapeake City has a number of seafood restaurants, including the Ocean Odyssey Crab House and Restaurant and Snappers Waterfront Café + Tiki Bar. With just $200,000 to spend on housing, you'll have plenty of options, including this pleasant three-bedroom Cape Cod-style house near downtown and this magnificent three-bedroom home from 1918.

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About the Blogger:

April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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