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San Antonio
San Antonio
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Price: $529,0000
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4.5
Square feet: 3,910
Property size: 0.17 acre
Annual taxes: $11,328
List date: 4/6/10
Amenities: Newly remodeled kitchen and master bath. Two-car garage, media room, game room, all-wood floor on ground level. Located in the Dominion gated community, with golf and tennis courts.
2009 median home price: $148,750
Population: 1,292,977
Blue-sky days per year: 225

San Antonio might be the perfect spot for the risk-averse second-home buyer. While the median housing price in other markets we feature experienced double-digit percentage drops from their highs, the median San Antonio home price has dipped just 5% from its peak and is near its bottom, says Moody's Analytics. "We stayed pretty healthy," says Keller Williams realtor Deborah Myers.

With no state income tax, the city could be particularly attractive to a couple on a fixed income. Although San Antonio is the country's seventh-largest city, residents say it has a laid-back, small-town feel with its patchwork of neighborhoods. San Antonio benefits from a central location: Hill Country is only about a half-hour drive north, the Gulf of Mexico is a day trip, and other Texas hubs are all within driving distance. Several military facilities fall within the city limits, and a number of veterans retire in the area. The Texas climate is a draw -- temperatures rarely fall below freezing -- but be prepared to perspire in the summer: 100-degree days aren't unusual.

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Last updated May 27 2010: 7:30 AM ET
Sources: National Association of Realtors (price); U.S. Census Bureau (population); Weather.com (sunny days)
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