Charming homes in the best small towns

Gig Harbor, Washington

Population: 7,126
Address: 11418 40th Ave. Court NW
Price: $289,000
Square feet: 1,931
Price per square foot: $150

Located just 25 minutes outside Tacoma, this Gig Harbor home wins for the easiest commute. It's also one of the cheapest per square foot on our list. This split-level home on a dead-end street includes three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. A number of the rooms include hardwood flooring, like the kitchen, which has granite counter tops and standard appliances. The real selling point: The exterior, which has three decks surrounding a 14,797-square-foot wooded lot.

This home is about 4 miles from scenic Sunrise Beach Park, which features both great views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. Gig Harbor, a working fishing village, made Smithsonian's Best Small Towns list because of its art galleries, sailboats and local wines. Summer events, like chowder cook-offs and festivals that celebrate boats, also make this a one-of-a-kind town.

Constance Cassell: Windermere Real Estate Gig Harbor, 253-851-7374