Charming homes in the best small towns

Healdsburg, California

Population: 11,440
Address: 646 University St.
Price: $540,000
What you get: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,310 square feet.
Cost per square foot: $412

This is the most expensive house on our list, but that's to be expected considering the real estate market is just 1½ hours north of San Francisco. The stand-out feature of this Mediterranean-style ranch is the lush garden that surrounds it. The trees, bushes and flowers provide privacy in a residential neighborhood. And the inside offers just as much appeal. The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances, solid-surface counter tops and breakfast nook. The kitchen opens into a spacious living room with wood floors and a fireplace to gather around. There's a double vanity in the bathroom and a stand-up shower. You'll find a carport outside.

Located in the heart of Northern California wine country, this property is just a 15-minute walk from Healdsburg Plaza, where you'll find wine tasting, shopping and cooking classes. This is a foodie's dream come true. How about some outdoor fun? The Russian River runs through the town, offering swimming, canoeing and kayaking.

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Jessie Villagomez: Leal Real Estate Group, Inc.; 707-328-5673