Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.
Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?
Last week, we looked at the 23rd city on the list — Thousand Oaks, Calfornia. This week, we look at Richardson, Texas, and found three great homes — all for less than $410,000.
“Richardson, Texas, has hot summers and mild winters, and this friendly city has a low crime rate,” MoneyWise said. “The cost of living is a bit higher than in some of the other cities on our list: you’ll need an income of around $72.000 to live comfortably here.”
“Richardson is located near Dallas, so you’ll have big-city amenities while living in a small community of just over 100,000. Three hospitals and 15 medical centers ensure you’ll never be without healthcare when you need it.”
Want to see examples of what you can find in Richardson? Let’s jump!
Split-Level Traditional Near the Golf Course
At just under 2,000 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this updated split-level is just minutes from shopping and dining at CityLine, Spring Creek nature trails, parks, and the Sherrill Park Golf Course.
But if the neighborhood wasn’t enough incentive, this home with two living areas, plenty of natural light, updated flooring, and a wood-burning fireplace is another great example of the kind of inventory you can find in Richardson.
Spacious Luxury Condo on Duck Creek
Luxury inside, views of Duck Creek on the outside, this brand-new condo also boasts plenty of room for guests with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and not quite 2,000 square feet of space.
The gated community has interior corridors, a gated private garage, and elevator access to the home — and the condo itself is a single level.
An open floorplan allows for all kinds of furniture configurations, and the open galley kitchen outfitted with gas stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops provides the means to continue with meal prep while chatting with friends and family. The home has many upgrades, including a smart home package.
Richardson Heights Midcentury Cottage With Tons of Upgrades
Built in 1960, this Midcentury cottage in Richardson Heights has had plenty of upgrades. In fact, the listing says it’s had a “complete transformation.”
The three-bedroom, two bath home has 1,768 square feet of living space, and judging from the pictures, every square foot has seen the benefit of a spruce up, from the new windows, the modern vanities and gorgeous showers in the bathrooms, and the beauty of a kitchen with quartz counters, white soft-close cabinetry, tile backsplash and new appliances.
The open concept common area makes it entertaining-friendly and family friendly, too.