A former mining town nestled in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee rivaled New Orleans in the early 1900s as one of the most raucous locales in the country, with more than 50 saloons and a busy red-light district. Nowadays, it's a haven for artists who think of it as a mini San Francisco and retirees who've fled Florida. Saloons have been transformed into galleries and restaurants, and the old brothels are more reputable these days, reincarnated as B&Bs. "Quaint" is the operative word here, but the town is more Wild West than it is antiques and afghans.
No-nonsense Victorians—primarily Queen Annes—and Arts and Crafts homes are set on hillsides along the city's narrow, winding streets.
Househunters can make a killing for $200,000 or less in Bisbee, whether their heart's desire is a restored-to-the-nines Arts and Crafts home or a well-loved Queen Anne. The recent listing of a 1905 Craftsman-style home for $300,000 would be considered a splurge.
Why Buy Now?
Once a secret, Bisbee—which is enticing newbies thanks to its low property taxes—has been discovered. Get there soon to get in on this little jewel in the dusty Southwest.