EXCERPT FROM READER’S DIGEST
By Melissa Klurman
These fascinating small cities and burgeoning big towns across the United States offer great green spaces, myriad recreational opportunities, thriving downtowns, and active local communities—not to mention reasonable real estate prices—making them the perfect destinations to set up house and put down roots. But hurry, it’s only a matter of time before they get discovered (and overcrowded and overpriced).
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Although you may not have heard of this sweet spot in the Midwest, Food & Wine recently designated Fort Wayne one of the nation’s “hipster hotspots” for it’s up and coming food scene, and a new LendingTree study found it to be one of the “Most Popular Cities for Millenial Buyers.” Even with these accolades though, it’s still very much flying under-the-radar, meaning it’s affordable to purchase a home here, and there are a plethora of other attractions, including the nation’s top-ranked minor-league baseball park, a booming brewery scene, award-winning chefs, and cool music scene (it’s even nicknamed the “Midwest Music City”).