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Want to retire near the water, but without paying premium prices for a home? Residents who buy real estate in these towns see their incomes go the furthest.

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22. Bella Vista, AR
Bella Vista, AR
A house on Loch Lomond
Median home price (2007): $140,000
Median family income: $57,622

Bella Vista lives up to its name--"beautiful view," in Spanish--settled in wooded countryside dotted with seven small lakes. The town is populated mostly by retirees, who fish in the surrounding lakes (lake access is restricted to Bella Vista property owners and their guests). Real estate is affordable: a three-bedroom, three-bath house with a large yard and lake access lists for about $220,000. Shopping, dining, and hospitals are a 15-minute drive away in nearby Bentonville.

If you want to join a country club, Bella Vista's got five, where you can golf, swim, work out, or play tennis.

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Last updated September 22 2008: 11:09 AM ET
Source: Home prices, income stats from Onboard Informatics
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