Mike Grudowski

Location is Everything

Wanna live where the action is? The goal: Trails out the back door, a serious Saturday-morning peloton, whitewater just up the road, and neighbors eager to join in. Our source: The best adventure...

Littleton, New Hampshire

POPULATION: 6,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 39 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $153,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 17.7 min. It would have made a dandy plot line for a Frank Capra picture. Act One: Sleepy North Country burg...

Fort Collins, Colorado

POPULATION: 126,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 28 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $220,500 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 18.5 min. This cottonwood-shaded college town in Colorado's Front Range gets short shrift compared with its...

Charleston, South Carolina

POPULATION: 97,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 33 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $248,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 20 min. You can't capture a sense of place and charm in a bottle, of course. But Charleston has come pretty...

Davis, California

POPULATION: 65,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 25 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $333,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 20.6 min. If more developments resembled Davis's Village Homes project, subdivision might not be such a dirty...

Portland, Oregon

POPULATION: 550,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 35.2 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $203,600 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 23.1 min. For more than three decades, Portland has been so green you could serve it as a side dish. And...

Chicago, Illinois

POPULATION: 2.7 million // MEDIAN AGE: 32 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $265,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 33.2 min. When Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Richard J. "Boss" Daley, mayor from 1955 to 1976) first...

Madison, Wisconsin

POPULATION: 208,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 30.6 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $223,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 18.3 min. It's easy to fall for Madison. Wisconsin's capital is like a girl who aces all her finals,...

Pasadena, California

POPULATION: 146,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 34.5 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $509,200 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 25.9 min. Los Angeles County's unholy trinity of smog, sprawl, and gridlock long ago earned it the stamp...

The New American Dream Towns

Think Utopia doesn't exist. Maybe not yet—but these 10 towns—from Littleton, New Hampshire, to Charleston, South Carolina—are making a play for perfection with adventure-friendly innovation and cool...

Salt Lake City, Utah

POPULATION: 182,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 30 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $204,300 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 19.2 min. When the mayor of the largest city in Utah uses his annual State of the City address to evangelize...

1,800 Miles B.C.

Our two-week pleasure tour samples the best of Canada's most bountiful province

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