Cozy homes in the cheapest towns to live

Erie, Pennsylvania

Median home price: $112,800
Address: 437 W. 31st St.
Price: $110,000
Square feet: 1,799
Price per square foot: $61

Erie, Pa., is a waterfront town, sitting right on — you guessed it — Lake Erie. This three-bedroom, two full bathroom brick home has hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves and a fireplace in the living room. Upstairs are three nice-sized bedrooms. The kitchen is open to the rest of the first floor, including a breakfast bar that can be used on the kitchen or living side. There's also an enclosed front porch, a detached two-car garage and a finished basement.

The roof is new and the electrical system has been updated. It's just over a 3-mile drive to the lakefront, Liberty Park and Port Erie. Take on a few more miles, and you're in Presque Isle State Park. Not a bad price for a water lover.

Lisa Nielsen: Howard Hanna Erie South, 814-720-3168