Cool downtown condos in midsize cities

Live the urban life for less than $200,000

Who hasn't wanted to live the big city dream? You know what I mean. A super-cool condo with a world of culture and entertainment right outside the front door.

Unfortunately, that dream costs a fortune if want to buy a home within walking distance of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Wrigley Field in Chicago or the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

So, let us suggest a more affordable alternative: a super-cool condo in the heart of a smaller city with more culture and entertainment than you might expect right outside your front door.

How affordable? We've found one-bedroom homes in the heart of eight midsize cities that cost no more than $200,000.

And just look at what's within walking distance: Theaters and museums. High-end shopping and chic places to eat and drink. Basketball arenas and baseball stadiums (minor league stadiums, but hey.) Even casinos, in one instance.

You won't find slot machines and blackjack tables in midtown Manhattan.

Let's start with a condo that's in Nebraska. Yes, Nebraska.

By Jen Miller Contributing Editor