Best 'Burb Buys
By Mary Erpenbach
How can you stretch your dollar on a home in suburban Dane County? The chart at right takes a closer look at the home prices. In it, we list the suburbs that earned composite scores of average or better. Then we compare the median price of a home in each of those suburbs, in comparison with the community’s overall score.
The result? An instant affordability index—how much each point in a suburb’s score costs in terms of home-buying dollars. And it gives you another way to look at the rankings. Top-rated Shorewood Hills, for example, falls to last because each of its 1,060 points costs $441 in home-buying dollars. Monona, which is tied for ninth overall, rises to fifth on this chart because its points cost only $203 each. And Belleville, ranked third in composite points, leads the index: each of its 1,031 composite points costs only $157 in home-buying dollars, making it this year’s most affordable top-ranked suburb.