Tree-lined streets, sprawling yards, and quaint stone retaining walls are just a few of the hallmarks of Pierre Hill, a historic residential neighborhood overlooking the Missouri River just north of downtown. The area's early affluent settlers, disgruntled with saloon culture and the fear of flooding, decided to separate themselves from the plateau-situated city and head to the hillside to construct their dream homes. The result: a collection of vintage houses with vernacular touches, such as the prevalence of enclosed porches and foyers, no matter the architectural style, to keep South Dakota's winter chill at bay. The Houses
Pierre wasn't settled until the 1880s, so most of the homes here date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are tons of foursquares, Prairie-style houses, and Craftsman bungalows, with some high-style Queen Annes mixed in. Prices start around $130,000. Why Buy Now?
As the state's capital, Pierre's the place to snag a South Dakota government job. There's a push, too, to draw more industry and commerce; a software company just relocated here. If you love the water, there'll always be something to do; boating is big during the summer, while ice fishing and hunting keep outdoorsy types busy all winter long.
Among the best for: City Life
, Cottages and Bungalows
, Outdoor Activities