- by Ellis Anderson
The queen of national lifestyle publications, Southern Living, recently published a feature naming their favorite affordable small Southern towns. According to the article, the criteria included "budget-friendly real estate, plenty of cultural activities that are kind to your wallet, and superb access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read on to find your ideal spot for affordable living in the South."
Several local favorites received a shout-out, including the Mardi Gras Museum and the Alice Moseley Folk Museum, as well as Sycamore House Restaurant: "Savor their shrimp and grits platter; it's one of the best in the state."
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If you dream of living in an artsy coastal town, consider Bay St. Louis. In Old Town, wander the shops, galleries, and restaurants along Main Street, Second Street, and Beach Boulevard, and check out the municipal pier and harbor, which opened a few years ago...
Because of its proximity to New Orleans and affordable real estate, you'll find lots of commuters mingling with NOLA ex-pats and artists who wouldn't dream of settling elsewhere. A pedestrian-friendly downtown makes it easy to meander the galleries and restaurants without a car.
Other cities mentioned in the article were Ocean Springs (14 of 15), Fayetteville, Arkansas and Fort Myers, Florida.
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