Charming homes in the best small towns

Galena, Illinois

Population: 3,429
Address: 8 Shorewood Dr.
Price: $182,500
Square feet: 1,356
Price per square foot: $135

This three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom Galena home is the cheapest on our list but offers some great amenities. All the flooring, except in the two upper bedrooms, has been upgraded to wood and tile. In the kitchen, you'll find granite counter tops and standard black appliances. There's a covered porch, a large deck area and a fire pit in the back. This home also comes with a detached garage and nice landscaping. Furniture is negotiable.

This home is only about 6 miles from downtown Galena, which is known as the "outdoor museum of the Victorian Midwest," according to Smithsonian Magazine. Eight-five percent of Galena has been declared a national historic district. Downtown you'll also find art galleries, antique stores and boutique shops. Galena is just a 30-minute drive from Dubuque, Iowa, and you can make Chicago in less than 3 hours.

Pete Brennan: Coldwell Banker Network Realty, 815-238-2878

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