Charming homes in the best small towns

Oberlin, Ohio

Population: 8,286
Address: 339 West College St.
Price: $220,000
Square feet: 2,158
Price per square foot: $102

This charming English-revival home offers the best deal in our roundup in terms of price per square foot. It features a spacious four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Both baths and the kitchen have been remodeled. The kitchen features Corian counters, a Corian sink and an all-in-one range that combines a gas cooktop with an electric oven. There's also a gas stove in the family room. The exterior includes a new deck, a back porch and a concrete driveway.

Named "Best Hometown" in 2012 by Ohio Magazine, Oberlin is just 45 minutes outside Cleveland and is known for music events like the Friday night "Organ Pump." But Oberlin College — the first to offer bachelor's degrees to women and one of the first to admit black students — is the heart of the community and a big reason the town made the Smithsonian Best Small Towns list.

Kaye Norenberg: Keller Williams Realty, 440-935-6862