Charming homes in the best small towns

The Dalles, Oregon

Population: 13,783
Address: 705 E 12th St.     
Price: $127,000
What you get: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,048 square feet
Cost per square foot: $121

If an older home fits your definition of charm, this 1890 two-story home might be for you. Surrounded by trees, you'll get a bird's-eye view of nature from the wrap-around porch. There's also plenty of space in the yard to start a garden. And the outside features continue with a nice deck and grill area in back. The interior features 9-foot ceilings. Warm yourself during chilly winter nights with the 5-year-old pellet stove in the family room that serves as the main source of heat. There's also a claw-foot tub in the bathroom, located adjacent to the second-floor bedrooms.

Outdoor enthusiasts won't have any trouble finding fun in The Dalles. It's in the hills of the Columbia River Gorge, flush with forests, orchards, high desert and the beautiful Multnomah Falls. The town is just 1½ hours from Portland. But Mt. Hood is less than an hour away, for hiking, biking, mountain climbing and white water rafting in abundance.

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Ruby Mason: Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate; 541-386-3444