Portage County offers homebuyers a wide choice of neighborhoods with prices well below the national average. There are properties for purchase and lease to suit every taste and budget, from starter houses to modern executive homes and country farmhouses with acreage. The median home price was $150,000 in 2016,  according to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association. Stevens Point, a scenic college town of nearly 26,600, features a variety of single-family houses, condos and apartments. A three-bedroom,  three-bath ranch home can be purchased for under $200,000.

Plover, with a population of over 12,300, offers family-friendly residential areas with easy access to parks, trails and shopping. Contemporary homes with modern amenities are available for $250,000 and up. Those seeking small-town charm and scenic beauty in more rural areas of the county can choose from properties ranging in price from $120,000 to over $375,000.

Fans of historic homes will find examples of Victorian, Prairie and Federal Revival styles priced according to their size, location and condition. College students, young professionals and an influx of new residents have kept the demand for apartment rentals strong. Rentals range from $525 for a one-bedroom/one-bath to $900 and up for two-bedroom, two-bath and luxury units with amenities like clubhouses, on-site fitness centers and swimming pools.

Recognized nationally as a top community for retirement, Portage County’s high quality of life, scenic surroundings and excellent access to cultural activities and health care providers make it a great choice for retirees seeking an affordable place to relocate. Single-family homes, condos, duplexes, apartments and independent living residences for those 55 and over are available.

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