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Affordable, high-quality housing is a distinguishing selling point for Davenport and the Quad Cities as a place to live. Families can find everything from a bungalow with a white picket fence to a historic mansion overlooking the Mississippi River for much less than many other areas of the U.S. Unlike many other regions of the country, Davenport/ Quad Cities enjoys a stable housing market that has maintained steady home values.

The median price of a single-family home stands at $118,000, supporting the area’s reputation as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country, according to the National Association of Realtors. This low median home price is less than half of what it would take to buy a home in Minneapolis. The same home would cost seven times as much in San Francisco. Housing isn’t the only affordable aspect of the region. The Quad-City metropolitan area’s overall cost of living rates are consistently lower than the national level.

Looking for a lively, urban lifestyle? Downtown Davenport’s historic warehouse district is fast-becoming a hot spot for young professionals. Both the Crescent Lofts, which give dwellers affordable, stylish comfort with picturesque views of the Mississippi River, and the Mississippi Lofts are popular choices close to coffee shops, artist studios, boutique shopping and riverfront bike paths.

Downtown Davenport

Elegant architecture from the mid-19th century can be found throughout the area, notably in the historic Broadway district of Rock Island, while McClellan Heights in Davenport boasts the largest homes in the area, ranging from Prairie, Tudor, Mediterranean and American Colonial Revival styles. Davenport is home to an array of Tudor and Queen Anne homes, while Moline features the original homes of the John Deere family. Subdivisions with modern, affordable houses or higher-end construction can also be found throughout the Quad Cities. Condominiums along premier golf courses are available for those with leisure and elegance in mind.

Whatever a person’s price range or lifestyle, it’s here. From quiet, historic neighborhoods to vibrant downtown living, Davenport is a great place to live and thrive.

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