MUNHALL (KDKA) — It surprises even its own residents, but a recent survey by Movoto Real Estate found the most affordable place in Pennsylvania is right in our own backyard — Munhall.
“I bought my home here in 1998, and lived in Munhall ever since, 16 years, raised two sons here, and I also do a lot of real estate in the community,” Kim Stotlemyer told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Friday afternoon.
Stotlemyer is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker who lives and sells homes in the community.
“Typical home in Munhall would be your three-bedroom, brick colonial. You see a lot of those here, and also Cape Cods are popular in this area,” added Stotlemyer.
Munhall is not the only affordable town in the region.
Nine of the top 10 are listed by Movoto. Besides Munhall, West Mifflin, Elizabeth and Plum rank in the top five, with Baldwin, Whitehall, Bethel Park, Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg rounding out the top 10.
In fact, more than 20 of the state’s top 50 affordable municipalities are in the Pittsburgh area.
So why does Munhall have the most affordable housing in Pennsylvania?
Movoto, the folks who did the survey, point to the great price value in Munhall, along with utilities.
“A typical median range would be about $90,000 to $130,000 in Munhall,” said Stotlemyer. “There are more expensive homes in the area, but that would be a typical price for a three-bedroom in the area.”
But if you’re looking to move into the community, Stotlemyer says it’s hard to find homes for sale.
“Actually, we’re really struggling for listings right now,” she said. “The market is flooded with buyers that are ready to buy and we’re just really lacking inventory right now.”
While many towns in this area top the affordability list, just for the record, the most expensive place in the state — Philadelphia.