Charming homes in the best small towns

Taos, New Mexico

Population: 5,716
Address: 205 Upper Ranchitos Rd., Unit 8
Price: $310,000
Square feet: 1,350
Price per square foot: $230

You'll pay a little more per square foot to live in the desert. But the location alone might be worth the extra cash. This freestanding condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is located on the north side of Taos, an old adobe town in the upper valley of the Rio Grande. The home has an open design, and there's a wall of windows in the living area. You'll find standard appliances and counter tops in the kitchen. Outside there's a walled, covered private patio. Easy access to the slopes at Taos Ski Valley and other activities make this an attractive buy for outdoor enthusiasts. Homeowners association fees are $609 quarterly.

It's not just adventure seekers who flock to this town located about 1½ hours north of Sante Fe. Smithsonian Magazine says that writers, photographers and artists are especially attracted to Taos, following in the footsteps of greats like artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Diane Enright: Prudential Taos Real Estate, 866-758-5478