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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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7. North Augusta, SC
North Augusta, SC
River Club subdivision, North Augusta
Median home price (2007): $124,900
Median family income: $65,744

If the thought of freezing winters gives you the chills, head for North Augusta, where winter temperatures hover at a relatively balmy 40°F, and summers are warm but not scorching. Residents stay healthy by jogging along the Savannah River. Horse-lovers can take in barrel racing and other equestrian competitions at the Hippodrome event complex.

Spacious three-bedroom homes along the riverfront cost around $450,000; comparable condos cost about $295,000. Many developments feature shared boat docks, though some homes have their own. For a weekend outing, drive half an hour to Strom Thurmond Lake for camping, hunting, fishing, and picnicking.

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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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