When grownups start house-hunting, they tend to look in cities with the hottest job markets and best transportation options for commuting. But if kids were running the show, the list of must-haves would likely include homes with big backyards, neighborhoods full of playmates, and proximity to theme parks.
Here are homes for sale in the country’s top 10 kid-friendly communities, according to Zillow research.
6030 Mercedes Ave, Dallas, TX
For sale: $645,000
Raising a family in this adorable Dallas home will feel like a fairy tale come true. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, there’s plenty of room to spread out and make memories. Wood flooring throughout the home, along with arched entryways, add tons of charm. A separate dining area provides room for family meals, and a fireplace serves as a great place to relax together. A tiled sun room complete with a chandelier and French doors looks out onto a spacious fenced backyard.
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5 Hulme Ct, Greensboro, NC
For sale: $477,500
This inviting 4-bedroom, 4-bath home features a sprawling floor plan, lots of natural light, and several areas for both formal dining and a quick meal. The sunny home office is a perfect spot for knocking out homework or curling up to read, and the open kitchen includes an island and a direct view of the living area. Upstairs a large bonus room can be your designated family relaxation zone, while the master suite offers a retreat with a spa-like tub and marble flooring.
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13109 E Edgewood St, Wichita, KS
For sale: $489,900
With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this Wichita home featuring a formal dining area, fireplace, and built-in entertainment center is designed for quality time. The open kitchen includes granite countertops and bar seating, as well as direct access to the living area. The sprawling backyard and spacious wood deck provide plenty of room for fun and games.
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644 Dorothy Dr, Charlotte, NC
For sale: $699,900
Coming home to this cottage-style abode, complete with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, will be a joy. The stunning kitchen includes a spacious layout with a granite island, hooded stove, and black cabinets – it’s a space made for making large meals and entertaining guests. Large cutouts overlook a formal dining area perfect for large gatherings. Outdoor-lovers will enjoy the garden and multi-level deck in the backyard.
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Fort Worth, TX
2306 Warner Rd, Fort Worth, TX
For sale: $508,000
This classic stucco 3-bedroom, 2-bath Fort Worth home is geared toward family bonding. Built-in bookshelves provide ample space for photos, mementos, and books. The home also features a huge den with a view of the backyard and its stone patio and built-in grill. A spacious kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and white cabinets. A cozy dining nook, along with a beautiful built-in china cabinet, are right off the kitchen.
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9714 Sandhill Rd, Middleton, WI
For sale: $565,000
With 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this classic Tudor-style home boasts a carved wood fireplace surround, beautiful dark wood accents, and arched entryways. A sprawling family room is equipped with built-in shelving and plenty of room to play or host an event – there’s even a butler’s pantry for stashing snacks and party supplies. Next to the formal dining room, a living area with a huge picture window offers plenty of space for a separate sitting area or study.
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Corpus Christi, TX
14221 Punta Bonaire Dr, Corpus Christi, TX
For sale: $449,900
This two-story stucco home includes 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and the tile flooring throughout ensures that keeping cool will be a breeze. The open kitchen features a large island with room for dining. Brightly colored walls in several of the bedrooms make them perfect for kids. If the 2,600 square feet of inside space doesn’t wow you, the backyard’s lagoon-style pool and hot tub will.
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11713 S Oswego Ave, Tulsa, OK
For sale: $595,000
A stained concrete driveway and 3-car garage welcome you to this stunning 5-bedroom, 5-bath Tulsa abode. The interior features an impressive great room with vaulted ceilings, chandelier, and a stone fireplace that reaches all the way to the ceiling – it’s an ideal destination for quality family time. The open kitchen features custom dark wood cabinetry, two granite islands (one with bar seating), and dual ovens. The entire family will look forward to movie night in the home theater that comes with large leather movie chairs, surround sound, and a projection screen.
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San Antonio, TX
18926 Honey Mesquite, San Antonio, TX
For sale: $418,000
The expansive sun deck in the backyard is one of the many highlights of this 5-bed, 4-bath two-story home. Hosting gatherings in the formal dining room or opting to relax in the casual eating nook offer flexibility when its time to share a meal – no matter the number of guests. The open kitchen, featuring granite countertops, an island, and dual ovens, looks onto the living area. A spacious office, as well as sprawling lawns in the front and back yards, ensure that spending time at home will be a joy for everyone.
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6220 Prominence Pointe Dr, Anchorage, AK
For sale: $989,000
Stunning views await you in this 4-bedroom, 3-bath Anchorage home. This 5,000+-square-foot hillside home features unobstructed water, mountain, and city views, plus a wraparound deck. Inside you’ll find a sitting room in the front of the home, along with a formal dining room, complete with a butler’s pantry. The living room boasts built-in shelving, a fireplace, and large double-pane windows overlooking the stunning views. The lower level of the home features a large family room with plush carpeting throughout, a home theater with projection screen, built-in bookshelves, and large picture windows.
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