6. Boise, Idaho: With 200,000 residents, a high desert climate, and hundreds of acres of nearby parks, Boise is a wonderful—if often overlooked—community for those looking to move to the West. "It's one of the most vibrant downtown areas you've ever seen," says Paul Hiller, executive director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. For $174,900, home buyers can land this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom single-family home. With more than 3,000 square feet of space, the property includes a gas fireplace, fenced-in backyard, and three walk-in closets.
7. Charleston, S.C.: Located on the Atlantic Coast, historic Charleston has long been a popular tourist destination. Although home prices dropped nearly 17 percent from their peaks through the first quarter of 2009, values are expected to rebound over the coming years. Anyone looking to buy property in this community of 112,000 can check out this 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family home. Listed at $170,000, the property includes a fireplace and is located not far from the city's charming downtown district.
8. Flint, Mich.: The collapse of the U.S. auto industry has hit Flint particularly hard. The city's unemployment rate stood at more than 16 percent in August. A buyer can get this three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,060-square-foot home for $171,900, or $83 per square foot.
9. Portland, Ore.: With lush green parks, more than 20 microbreweries, and an economy fueled by high-tech jobs, Portland is one of the gems of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone looking to buy into this community of 558,000 residents can consider this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom, 1,394-square-foot home. The property, listed at $185,000, features an open floor plan and a fenced-in yard. (This property is a short sale.)
10. Fresno, Calif.: As in other cities in California, the housing market in Fresno was hammered in the real estate crash. Home prices in Fresno plummeted by more than 48 percent from their peaks through the first quarter of 2009. Today, $175,000 can get you this four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,833-square-foot property. It includes vaulted ceilings and a patio.
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