Cool downtown condos in midsize cities

Dayton, Ohio

Address: 136 Canal Boat Court
Price: $143,900
What you get: One bedroom, one-and-a-half baths, 1,168 square feet
Cost per square foot: $123

This three-story townhouse on the east side of downtown is not only the least expensive home in our slide show, it's built to energy-efficiency standards that should cut utility bills by 35%. A property tax abatement through 2020 is another money-saving feature. The first floor has a private one-car garage and laundry room equipped with a new front-loading washer and dryer. The second floor boasts an open-concept living room, dining room and galley kitchen with bamboo floors, stainless-steel appliances, track lighting and outdoor balcony. The bedroom is on the third level with the main bath, which is functional but bland. It's just around the corner from Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team, and the Canal Street Tavern, the place in town for live music — everything from bluegrass to hard-core punk.

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Contact: Mark Rosko of HER Realtors at 937-604-6608