Charming homes in the best small towns

Havre de Grace, Maryland

Population: 13,392
Address: 952 Chesapeake Drive
Price: $250,000
What you get: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,860 square feet
Cost per square foot: $87

This house, just a few hundred feet off Chesapeake Bay, last sold in December 2013 for $110,000. Since then, the white colonial-style home has undergone quite the transformation. It now features hardwood floors throughout much of the home. The kitchen has been fully upgraded with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, ceramic tile floors and wood cabinets. The bathrooms are nicely appointed, too. Perhaps the nicest feature of this home is the stone-front wood-burning fireplace that sits in the family room. Of course, the finished basement and deck off the back of the house are great amenities, as well.

While Havre de Grace is just 45 minutes northeast of Baltimore, it's certainly a change from city life. Founded in 1785, the town sits along the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. That means there's no shortage of strolls on the boardwalk along the river, or of fishing, boating and bird watching on the Bay. Or take a stroll to the oldest lighthouse in the state, located less than a mile away. Want to go for a hike instead? Try the North Park trail just northeast of town.

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Lee Tessier: Keller Williams Realty; 443-512-0090