Top 10 Lake Towns of 2018: Fantasy Waterfront Retreats at Bargain-Basement Prices
1. Branson, MO
Median home list price**: $217,500
2-year price appreciation: 17.6%
For decades this southern Missouri town has steadily built its rep as a Midwestern country music mecca—it touts itself as “the live music show capital of the world.” But, more stealthily, it has also become one of the nation’s leading lake towns.
There are beaches, a full marina, and scuba diving in the 43,000 sparkling acres of Table Rock Lake, one of the area’s main attractions. Lake Taneycomo, a reservoir less than 10 miles from downtown, is considered one of the best trout fishing lakes in the country due to its unusually cool waters. And the oft-overlooked Bull Shoals Lake, about a two-hour drive east of Branson straddling the Missouri-Arkansas border in the Ozark Mountains, offers plenty of cabins, resorts, and RV parks for those who want to stay on the water.
For those who fall in love with the region, there are plenty of affordably priced homes for those who want to stay year-round or just for the season. Many are condos, although there are some waterfront houses ranging from four-bedrooms in the high $200,000s to the occasional mansion selling for a few million dollars.
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