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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 17th city on the list — Savannah, Georgia. This week, we look at Lawrence, Kansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

Not only does it have all the amenities you expect from a college town, but it’s also widely accepted as a mecca of college basketball, with a sizeable museum dedicated to University of Kansas athletics. It’s been said you really haven’t been to a college basketball game until you hit a certain list of fieldhouses — and Phog Allen Fieldhouse is on that list.

“An unexpectedly lush spot in the middle of dusty Kansas, Lawrence is a green and tree-filled town that’s growing very popular with retirees,” said MoneyWise. “With a population under 100,000, this relatively quiet college town has an energetic downtown, an art museum and theatre, and a farmer’s market.”

“With its affordable medium home prices of $143,000, snow-less winters, and hot summers, what’s not to love?” (more…)

overland parkEditor’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?

Before the holidays, we looked at the 33rd city on the list — Lakeland, Florida. This week, we look at Overland Park, Kansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“If you want to live in the American heartland, this is the place for you,” MoneyWise said. “The cost of living is slightly higher than some of the smaller locales on our list: you will need an income of about $72,000 to live here.”

“Overland Park is close to Kansas City, so health care options abound,” the story continued. “It is a low-crime city and residents consider it to be a nice, quiet place to live. The weather can be cold in winter, but summers are mild and sunny.”

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