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Youngstown, Ohio

Address: 51 Overhill Road, Boardman
Price: $85,000
What you get: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,712 square feet
Price per square foot: $50

Youngstown's is the classic story of the Rust Belt. The steel industry that dominated the Mahoning Valley collapsed in the 1970s, and the economy is still trying to figure itself out. Youngstown itself has lost an amazing 60% of its population over the last half century. But the metro area is also low in crime, and outside the city of Youngstown, it has excellent schools.

At its peak, Boardman was the prosperous suburb of a thriving city, and it still has top-rated schools and nice shopping and parks. It was the site of the country's first Arby's restaurant. Newport Village Historic District (where this house is located) was one of Youngstown's first car-oriented suburbs. This 1932 home still has most of its original woodwork, including the dining room's built-in corner cabinet and leaded windows downstairs. It also has an updated kitchen with granite countertops and a new roof and furnace. The glassed-in back porch looks out at a peaceful yard and original detached garage.

Contact: Melissa Palmer of Real Living Brokers Realty Group at 330-727-0577