10 cozy homes in the nation's cheapest towns

Decatur, Illinois

Median home price: $86,400
Address: 1582 W. Forest Ave.
Price: $74,897
Square feet: 1,657
Price per square foot: $45

This bungalow is the best deal on our list, and that's not surprising since Decatur, Ill., has the lowest median home price in the country. This two-story home in the west-end section of town is an especially amazing deal. For less than $75,000, you get three bedrooms, a full bathroom and a half bath, plus a brick fireplace, columned room dividers, built-in shelving and gorgeous hardwood floors.

The first floor has an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen. There's even an enclosed front porch, sun-room and private backyard with a deck shaded with old-growth trees. It's in a plum spot, too: less than a mile from both Kiwanis and Fairview Park, and it's within walking distance of Millikin University. It also comes with a home warranty.

Jim Cleveland: Re/Max Executives Plus, 217-428-9500

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