25 best places for affordable homes

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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8. Benbrook, TX
Benbrook, TX
Benbrook Lake
Median home price (2007): $145,136
Median family income: $76,188

This little Ft. Worth bedroom community is on the straight and narrow - bars are forbidden in Benbrook, as is the sale of hard liquor. But who says a little modern Prohibition can't be fun? Residents opt for outdoor entertainment instead - swimming, fishing, and boating in nearby Benbrook Lake, or golfing, horseback riding, and picnicking in the surrounding parkland. (Restaurants may serve alcohol.)

With Ft. Worth just a short trip away, no urban amenity is out of reach, including shopping, fine dining, and entertainment such as museums and sporting events. Affordable ranch-style houses in Benbrook average $150,000; none are further than 10 minutes from the lake.

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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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