8 Homes for Sale Now Featuring Play Areas for Kids | Houses For Sale Golden Co

8 Play Areas Where Kids Can Unplug and Enjoy Family TimeYour kids are either plugged in or tuned out most of the time—or so it seems these days. Luckily, kids of every age naturally gravitate towards a cool playroom to chill and unplug. We went all out to find crazy-awesome kids’ play areas in homes for sale right now, from coastal New Hampshire to star-studded Studio City, California. We hope they inspire your own family to spread out, swing high, get messy, ditch technology, and flex some muscle.

1. For the Craftiest Kids
201 Ferson Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246
Families who enjoy crafts—including the messiest hobbies, like making slime and building skyscrapers out of glue and popsicle sticks—should check out this 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath Iowa City home. It comes complete with a spacious craft room and a place to wash up—pretty close to a parents’ dream come true. The long work table, bulletin board, built-ins, and white board allow imaginations of all ages to run free.
This home’s prime location in the Manville Heights subdivision of Iowa City will make you a member of a family-friendly community with 23 schools and neighbors—64% of whom are homeowners and 61% of whom are college graduates. Your family will be a short drive from the Devonian Fossil Gorge and the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk, a fitting landmark in the only UNESCO “City of Literature” in North America.

2. For Movers and Makers
3961 Sunswept Dr, Studio City, CA 91604
It’s a maker-space with a complete set of power tools. It’s a gym with the newest strength machines, padded floors, and a punching bag. Fun fills this enormous space in the star studded L.A. neighborhood of Studio City. This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath estate also has a secret bookshelf door and a backyard tree swing.
Any kid would feel like a star—maybe George Clooney or Bruno Mars? They’re just two famous names that have gotten ready for the spotlight in nearby homes. While it’s far from your average “starter neighborhood,” locals say Studio City is a coveted spot for jet-set young families with school-age children.

3. For Happy Campers
8601 N County Road 1050, East, Brownsburg, IN, 46112
How cool would it be if the closest campground was … your backyard! Check out this 6-bedroom, 6-bath home, which is located a mere five miles from the 3,900-acre Eagle Creek Park, a popular campsite for Hoosier families. The fire pit and log benches are just Part One of this storybook home, which has a secluded treehouse and over four acres of land to explore. This 5,784-square-foot home is located in Brownsburg, which was once named the best place to live in Indiana by CNN’s Money Magazine. Its zip code also has the lowest rates of crime in the county and a 92% homeownership rate.

4. For Social Climbers
763 S Chatham Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Got a little thrill seeker who literally loves climbing the walls? This 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath property has a wooden, floor-to-ceiling climbing area in the basement. But that’s just the warm up. A trampoline and a playhouse decked out with swings and slides in the backyard can entertain friends for hours (Bonus: They’re close enough to an elegant brick patio that adults can enjoy company while keeping one eye on the kids.) Cricket Creek Forest Preserve and Eldridge Park are within a 15-minute drive of Elmhurst and public transportation makes it easy to plan car-free days out.

5. For Water Park Fans
3000 Morning Glory St, Moore, OK 73160
If you’ve got a kid who must be dragged—red-eyed and wrinkly fingered—out of the pool when the mercury rises, this 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath estate, located in Moore, 11 miles from Oklahoma City, will feel like a dream come true even before you see the fire pit and outdoor cabana. The private waterpark—tricked out with snaking water slides and neon lights—is part of a gated community in Cleveland county. When the kids dry off, head out of the house to the nearby Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or the Oklahoma City Zoo.

6. For Big Dreamers
421 & 451 Northwood Way, Ketchum, ID 83340
The only thing missing from this log-clad bedroom with a barn-door-style closet and wagon-wheel lighting are birds, trees, and maybe an open-fire kitchen—but you can leave that to your kids’ imagination. This bedroom for two, part of a palatial 7-bedroom, 7.5-bath estate—has more of a “little bit country, whole lot of luxury”‘ feel. Fittingly, it’s located in a community where the motto is “small town, big life.” Despite its humble population of around 2,720, the Ketchum area draws families and college-grads nationwide and has an impressive 71% homeownership rate. Nearby attractions like Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Sun Valley Center for the Arts can fill your kids’ entire weekend with entertainment before they drift off to sleep in their own private Lincoln Log landing pad.

7. For Old School Gamers
12 Stony Brook Place, Armonk, NY 10504
Game nights without screens? Yes! This throwback is a true escape for game lovers, especially older kids who need to be reminded more than a few time to stay off their screens. The 1,546-square-foot entertainment level of this 4-bedroom, 7.5-bath New York home has billiard and other game tables, and an arcade with everything from pinball to air hockey. The low-crime community of Armonk, less than a half hour from New York City, is a haven for families (91% are homeowners here) who want to spread out in the suburbs.

8. For the Captain of Her Own Ship
19 Smith Cove Rd, Gilford, NH 03249
This is some serious pirate booty. The indoor play ship—complete with a pirate flag, Jacob’s ladder, and a realistic maritime mural surrounding it all—gives young swashbucklers an outlet to unleash their pent-up energy after school. This 3-bedroom, 4-bath shorefront home is located mere steps from fishing-friendly Lake Winnipesaukee (the largest in the state), but kids don’t have to leave the 2,135-square-foot home to set off on a nautical adventure. Parents can choose from seven schools in the 52% college-educated area of Gilford, including the top-rated Gilford Elementary School. Keep making waves at nearby Weirs Beach or enjoy seasonal outdoor concerts at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, a local amphitheater.
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Buy Where the Locals Do in San Francisco | Houses For Sale Charlotte Nc

Nobody knows how to find value in a city better than a local. This is even more true for homes: Locals are keenly aware of how to make their home-buying dollars stretch farthest. We mined Trulia data looking at how locals search for a home in one city, San Francisco, where inventory is notoriously low and home prices notoriously high. In this challenging place, where are locals flocking to? We investigated to find out where San Franciscans are searching for homes in the city and in the greater SF metro area. The data gave us an answer, but we wanted more. So we talked to the people living in those top-searched places to understand these local treasures.

Inner Sunset median home price: $1,781,500 | Outer Sunset median home price: $1,205,000
A local surfer strolls toward the water for a morning session at Ocean Beach.
Though the median home prices listed above don’t exactly read as bargains, 94122 is still a relative deal compared to other San Francisco neighborhoods. The price per square foot in the Outer Sunset is up 19 percent since last year, but even with that increase, what sets the Sunset apart is that you can still find a home for $1 million dollars (an increasingly rare event in San Francisco).

The Sunset has a comparatively higher inventory of single family homes with private backyards, a true urban luxury. More space helps make up for a generally long commute: a nearly 45-minute N Judah streetcar ride to get downtown. For those wanting to be closer in within the Sunset, narrowing commute times costs you. The more heavily commercial Inner Sunset has a higher median home price of $1.7 million dollars, while the more remote, beachy Outer Sunset is where you’ll likely find better deals.

Left: One of the many succulent gardens that line the houses along the Great Highway. Right: Morning commuters walk to catch the N Judah streetcar at the end of Judah St.
What makes the Sunset so special to the people who live there? Peter Fish, a longtime editor, and his wife, Nancy, bought their Sunset home over 10 years ago. At first, affordability brought them to the neighborhood, but over time they’ve happily embraced its unique character. “I’ve come to love walking Ocean Beach,” says Peter. “From there I’m just a few blocks away from my favorite shops, General Store and Mollusk, a surf shop.” Mollusk, which also has locations in Venice Beach and Silverlake, is a defining shop in the neighborhood, a meeting place for the Sunset’s local surfers.
Peter and Nancy also appreciate the Sunset’s restaurant scene. “This neighborhood can feel remote, but less so when you realize you’re only steps from great food,” Peter says. Some local favorites? Devil’s Teeth Baking Company for $1 beignets (available only on Sundays) and San Tung’s legendary fried chicken wings.
San Tung’s is a neighborhood fixture, where locals happily brave a two-hour wait for takeout on Sunday evenings. The 27-year-old restaurant is run by Mrs. Chu, her son Frank Chu, and their 17 person staff. While local magazines love to focus on the surfer contingent, according to a report published by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2011, 48% of Sunset residents are of Asian descent. The international influence of Chinese immigrants is as distinctive as the area’s cooler Sunset weather. A stroll through the Inner Sunset feels like an escape to a totally different world.

Learn more about neighborhood demographics, housing market trends, and school ratings in the Sunset.

Median House Price $858,250
A mural pays tribute to South City above Armstrong Brewing Co.
Did you know that locals call it “South City”? Clarence Kong, a 35-year-old Lyft driver, is explaining what locals call South San Francisco, a place he’s lived since his family moved from the Philippines in 1998. “It’s just easier.” When asked about what he likes best about South City, the answer is simple: “The weather, the people, and that it’s close. You can get anywhere from South City.” In the past, if you asked a San Francisco local about South San Francisco, you’d hear grumbling about train delays on the way to the airport. Today, people are moving to South City for access to that same BART train. With 1,000 more residential units being built over the next three years, South San Francisco is ideally placed for transplants flocking to the Bay Area for work. The town itself, an eclectic mix of styles resulting from slow development over decades, still offers single-family homes much cheaper than crazy San Francisco prices. Some brick homes date back to the early 1900s, while others are 1950s ranches or circa 1980s two-stories rambling in the foothills and on golf courses. These days you’ll see the latest sleek 21st century units mixed in.

Left: Brick buildings and crosswalks decorate the intersection of Linden and Grand. Right: A local church and architectural gem close to downtown.
In the numbers game of Bay Area real estate, South City is a win-win: Residents decrease the time they spend commuting and dollars they spend to live there. Here are some stats to bear it out: While San Francisco averages $1,049 per square foot, South San Francisco is around $650.

For transplants working in Silicon Valley, the location couldn’t be better. Right off 101, South San Francisco is on the way to the peninsula where many tech companies are headquartered. It’s both a 25-minute drive to San Francisco’s South of Market district and a 45-minute drive to Google headquarters in Mountain View. And South San Francisco itself is becoming a burgeoning biotech corridor, anchored by Genentech’s headquarters, on the city’s marshy east side in an area called Oyster Point. New development abounds, including a multi-use 7-building complex called “The Cove,” housing, among other things, Foundry & Lux, a recently-opened public restaurant, and adult “playground” with games including bowling and bocce.

South City is still a bit of a concrete jungle. Remember the Hollywood-style sign you’ve likely seen on your drive in from the airport? It is a visual reminder of the working-class history of this “Industrial City.” Some locals want to get rid of the sign, but this same lack of pretension appeals to other home buyers. Writer Adam Fisher, who lived in South City from 2011 to 2015, says, “All the unpretentious small-town, working-class vibes in San Francisco left long ago—and wound up in South San Francisco. I liked that.”

Left: South San Francisco’s City Hall has retained all of its 1920’s charm. Right: Looking south into the mist from one of the many quiet residential streets.
“When we lived in South City, we hiked San Bruno Mountain butterfly preserve at least once a week,” says Fisher. “It’s lovely. I’ve seen it referred to as the largest open space on the peninsula not counting the watershed.” In fact, that mountain that holds the “Industrial City” sign high in the air is buckled with hiking trails that lead to panoramic views of the Bay Area.
Kong agrees: “I like to go hiking where it’s always sunny, not foggy. It’s an easy drive to Maori Point, where I walk my dogs and fly my drone.” South City holds an appeal for buyers who want to be close to nature. The beach at Oyster Point Marina and Park is perfect for relaxing and watching the waves.

Learn more about neighborhood demographics, housing market trends, and school ratings in South San Francisco
METHODOLOGY: Trulia looked at the 100 largest U.S. metro areas and then identified the 25 ZIP codes within each metro area with the highest share of home searches by locals, relative to all searches. We then separated ZIP codes located within the larger metro area (often a suburb of the city center) and ZIP codes within the city limits. A local is defined as a person who lives in a metro area. We only looked at ZIP codes with at least 50,000 property visits on Trulia.
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