US Cities Where Nature Lovers Can Afford to Buy a House

Some city dwellers think of outdoor activities as something like chasing the bus, having lunch in the park, and visiting a farmer’s market. But for others it won’t help. They prefer fresh air, unpaved paths and trees in the forest. But they also want the benefits of living in an urban area.

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As it turned out, many people think so, which has made housing in cities in close proximity to nature and outdoor activities quite expensive. However, there are a few exceptions to this. Here are 10 US cities where nature lovers can afford to buy a home, according to a report from Realtor.com .

1. Urbana, Illinois

Median list price for a home : $165,000

Highlights include:

  • The city began protecting green spaces in the 1880s.
  • 26 miles of hiking/biking trails
  • 1,077 acres of city parks
  • The State’s Only “Dark Sky” Campsite

2. Madison, Wisconsin

Median List Price for Home : $410,000

Highlights include:

  • There are more bicycles than cars
  • Over 200 miles of biking and hiking trails
  • Opportunities for fishing, kayaking and other water sports, as well as snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating.

3. Iowa City, Iowa

Median list price of a home : $320,000

Highlights include:

  • 1,800 acres of parks and natural areas
  • The League of American Bicyclists has called it “a cyclist-friendly community”.

4. Bloomington, Indiana

Median list price of a home : $375,000

Highlights include:

  • 10 city parks
  • A short drive from nearby Lake Monroe and the Hoosier National Forest.

5. El Paso, Texas

Median list price for a home : $280,000

Highlights include:

  • Opportunities for mountain biking, climbing, off-road and caving
  • Almost 300 sunny days a year

6. Columbia, Missouri

Median list price for a home : $349,000

Highlights include:

  • Huge network of routes that extends throughout the city
  • Minutes from five state parks

7. State College, Pennsylvania

Median list price of a home : $340,000

Highlights include:

  • Over 100 miles of forest trails in the nearby Rothrock State Forest.
  • 19 trout streams for fly fishing

8. Morgantown, West Virginia

Median list price of a house : $300,000

Highlights include:

  • Located along the Monongahela River near the foothills of the Appalachians, surrounded by valleys and lakes.
  • The old railroads have been turned into over 50 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

9. Rochester, New York

Median list price of a home : $200,000

Highlights include:

  • Located on Lake Ontario
  • In summer sailing and fishing; skiing and sledding in winter

10. Duluth, Minnesota

Median list price of a home : $265,000

Highlights include:

  • Nearly 7,000 acres of city-owned parks, 178 miles of forest trails, and 16 trout streams.
  • Located on Lake Superior

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