For those wishing to live the good life on a modest budget, leading global franchisor ERA Real Estate proudly presents four could-be sister cities to the luxe locations of New York City, Paris, Honolulu and Valais in the Swiss Alps.
“ERA Real Estate takes pride in challenging the norm,” says Charlie Young, ERA Real Estate’s president and CEO. “Across the country, ERA® companies are rooted in cultural and adventurous settings waiting to be explored so we drew inspiration from a few world-renowned dream destinations and found a way for people to enjoy some of the opulence without the splurge.”
Manhattan of the Midwest
Ohio’s Cleveland Heights has an uncanny parallel to the city that never sleeps. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland, this suburban haven offers easy access to Broadway blockbusters, ethnic festivals and even its own Little Italy. Not unlike New York City, Cleveland offers the educational and cultural mecca of University Circle – think Union Square and Central Park rolled into one.
“Cleveland is currently hailed as the comeback city,” says broker James Lentz of ERA Lentz and Associates, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. “Cultural and entertainment enhancements are on the rise, making Cleveland an exciting place to live. For those wishing for a little more quiet time, Cleveland Heights offers the best of both worlds because of its peaceful community and close proximity to the downtown area at an average home selling price of $113,000.”
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South Florida’s Island Luxury
The idea of a “fantasy island” often conjures up images of bronzed sunbathers, stunning celebrities and stand-out surfers on the pristine beaches and waters of Honolulu. However, with this life of luxury comes quite a price tag, making a Hawaiian home just a fantasy for many. Enter Sarasota, Fla., a great metro area surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and several barrier islands, including the white sands of famed Siesta Key Beach. Surfing, shopping, sun worshipping, sightseeing and boating are all rolled up into the breathtaking city of Sarasota.
“Sarasota is known as an affluent and well-preserved city with spectacular waterfronts and island day trip opportunities,” said broker Thomas Ward of ERA Waterside Realty in Sarasota, Fla. “While the average sale price on the island of Siesta Key is $653,000, there are various real estate options in surrounding areas offering something for everyone and every budget. Prices range as low as $100,000 up to the $4 million range. Deals can be found for under $200,000 in Sarasota from condos, townhomes and single-family homes.”
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The South’s River Walk Runway
Are fine dining, history lessons or quaint river strolls your passion? Skip Paris, one of the most expensive European cities; try San Antonio, Texas. One of the fastest growing cities in the United States, perhaps for its great job opportunities, San Antonio is famous for the Battle of the Alamo and its River Walk – a two and a half mile cobblestone path along the San Antonio River lined with unique shops, outdoor and fine dining and a sophisticated nightlife.
“Just as in Paris, one can roam along the river, visit galleries and well-kept parks, then dine in splendor without the credit card debt,” said sales manager Willy Peniche of ERA Troy Realtors in San Antonio, Texas. “Houses, on average, sell around $145,000, and job opportunities are on the rise so you can experience a city steeped in business, history, arts and waterfront views without leaving the country or nearly doubling your cost of living expenses.”
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The Alps of America
Nestled in the Swiss Alps is the city of Valais, a small mountaineering town and home to famed ski resort Zermatt. Pressures on the Euro and increasing airfares mean that this little luxury could cost a fortune. Alpinists rejoice! Here in the United States, the quiet city of Sandy, Utah, a Salt Lake City suburb, is also etched into a picturesque and adrenaline-pumping landscape without the high climbing costs.
“At the base of the Wasatch Mountain Range sits Sandy,” said broker Thomas Webber of ERA Webber Real Estate in Ogden, Utah. “Sandy is within minutes of the Alta, Brighton and Solitude ski resorts and offers a wide array of breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain for mountaineers. With the money you save – the average home sells for around $271,000 – you can spend on more gear or try a new sport.”
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