By Silvia Ascarelli
Median home prices are around $235,000. Here’s what the housing market looks like , using listings on Realtor.com, which like MarketWatch is owned by News Corp.
Salisbury, North Carolina
What caught my eye about this city of 35,000 in North Carolina’s Piedmont region is its numerous historic districts , including the downtown area. That should make it easier to find a home with character.
Salisbury also has two theaters and its own symphony . High Rock Lake, a reservoir that’s the second-largest lake in the state, is just outside of town. Big-city amenities (and the airport) are in Charlotte 45 minutes away.
Average summer highs are in the upper 80s. Winters are mild, with minimal snow and average highs in the lower 50s.
Given your love of the Appalachian Trail, look at this town of around 8,400 with a downtown that’s on the National Register of Historic Places . You can follow the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail about halfway to even-smaller Damascus, an AT trail town .
The tourist office boasts that Abingdon keeps appearing on lists of the artsiest small towns. For culture, start with the Barter Theater and the William King Museum of Arts . Chat with working artists at the Arts Depot .
Only you can decide whether this town is the right size or too small. Nearly a quarter of its residents are retirees, another factor to consider.
Average summer highs get into the mid-80s; average winter highs are in the 40s, but you’ll get snow days too. The median list price for a home is around $232,000, according to Realtor.com. But small towns mean fewer home choices, too. Here’s what’s on the market now.
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