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Curbed has partnered with the FYI network for My City's Just Not That Into Me, a show matching intrepid city dwellers with their ideal piece of real estate. Tune in on FYI every Wednesday at 10pm ET for back-to-back episodes of the series, then visit Curbed for extra listings and real estate-hunting tips related to the episode. Thinking about breaking up with your city? Good luck!


On the first two episodes of FYI's new original series, My City's just Not That Into Me, Anne and Tim fall out of love with Nashville, while David and Maggie are just so over Portland. Every week, we'll be publishing listings from the cities featured on the show. Do the vibes of Denver and Austin rival Nashville and Portland? What about Medford in Oregon, or Lubbock in Texas?

Out of all six cities, Lubbock in Texas has the lowest median list price of $238K. The highest? That would be Austin, which is currently clocking in at $470K. Let's explore what's on the market in these cities.


- Nashville's basic stats: The city's got deep roots in the rock and roll scene — Elvis recorded over 200 songs there — but it's also one of the leading green building cities. The Gulch is the first neighborhood in the South to receive "LEED for neighborhood Development" certification from the USGBC.
- Medford's basic stats: With a population just above 75,000 and a median home cost of $180,900, Medford's the place for you if small town vibes and budget buys are what you're looking for.
- Lubbock's basic stats: It's a a small town but it's a college town (Texas Tech is located there). If you're an architecture nerd, do check out the Steel House designed by architect and sculpture Robert Bruno — the entire structure is made out of 110 tons of steel.
- Portland's basic stats: Portland's so cool that there's a show making fun of how cool it is (we're talking about Portlandia). Fun fact: The annual World Naked Bike Ride in Portland is the world's largest with 13,000 nude participants. As the popular slogan goes, "Keep Portland Weird."
- Denver's basic stats: Are you a sports fanatic? Denver is one of a dozen cities in America to have four major sports teams. It's got baseball, basketball, football, and hockey covered.
- Austin's basic stats: It's one of the safest, fittest, and fastest growing cities in America.

My City's Just Not That Into Me is hosted by real estate extraordinaire Courtney Poulos, who won the 2012 Hottest Broker Contest over at Curbed LA. We reached out to Courtney for tips on house hunting, here's what she had to say.

Courtney's tips



  1. When prepping a house for resale, stay neutral — bright white paint throughout and a modern exterior paint color go a LONG way!

  2. Before you buy a fixer upper, you may want to ask yourself – "Do I have the cash for this?" Sometimes looks can be deceiving, you go in thinking that it's just kitchens and baths, but it turns out it needs a new roof, new electrical wiring, new plumbing, foundation support. I call this "The Myth of the Cosmetic Fixer." Do thorough inspections!

  3. It takes about 2 years to settle in to any new city. Make your first spot be in a place where you have some social life, a neighborhood bar, a theatre, a café, something that will allow you to make new friends and interact with the town. Be prepared to be a little lonely, and to wonder if you made the right decision. It truly does feel like a break up, and you have to give yourself time to get over it.

  4. Oregon real estate is not as budget-friendly as one might imagine, but there are so many creative possibilities. If you want to be close to a city center, you will definitely pay a higher price. Oregon has a creative spark in its real estate – while you can definitely find some estate homes that are traditional, with dark woods, fireplaces and a cozy feel, and many, many charming craftsman bungalows, my favorite offerings are the ones that take advantage of the land and views.

  5. There are a lot of condos and townhomes in Denver that make great starter homes. The views are just spectacular, the natural environment presents a backdrop that can't be beat. There's also quite a bit of 1920s bungalows and 1940s traditionals with good-sized lots for around 600K. Clearly the buyers in Denver want room to play outdoors, and houses get more expensive the closer to the action you are. Hipsters will like "The Highlands" but LoDo is where you can live virtually car-free.


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$725K Austin Bungalow

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Location: 707 Meriden Lane
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,372-square-foot single-family home
Price: $725K

Nearly $370K in Portland

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Location: 8823 N Bayard Avenue
Size: 4-bed, 2-bath, 2,195-square-foot single-family home
Price: $369,900

$3,500,000 in Nashville

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Location: 3540 Trimble Road, Nashville
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath, 8,050-square-foot single-family home
Price: $3.5M

$376K Near Denver

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Location: 7558 W 9th Avenue
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,781-square-foot single-family home
Price: $376K

$747K new construction in Portland

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Location: 8803 NW Lovejoy Street
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,436-square-foot single-family home
Price: $747K

$698K near Denver

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Location: 4440 Tule Lake Drive
Size: 4-bed, 4-bath, 3,157-square-foot single-family home
Price: $698K

$349K Octagon House in Medford

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Location: 6715 Coleman Creek Road
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,616-square-foot home
Price: $349K
Property notes: This is a for real octagon house!

$1,150,000 waterfront in Lubbock

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Location: 179 Pony Express Trail
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath, 5,500-square-foot home
Price: $1.15M

$835K Treehouse in Portland

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Location: 4028 SW Patton Road
Size: 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 4,371-square-foot single-family home
Price: $835K

Nearly $800K in Medford

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Location: 1980 Skyview Drive
Size: 4-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,196-square-foot home
Price: $799,900

Nearly $600K in Medford

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Location: 381 Stanford AvenueSize: 6-bed, 3-bath, 3,724-square-foot homePrice: $599,900

$1.13M in Medford

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Location: 6230 Coleman County Road
Size: 4-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,949-square-foot home
Price: $1.13M

$425K in Portland

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Location: 8632 SW 56th Avenue
Size: 2-bed, 2-bath, 2,055-square-foot single-family home
Price: $425K

Portland Victorian for $480K

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Location: 2009 NE Liberty Street
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,311-square-foot single-family home
Price: $479,900

$1.249M near Austin

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Location: 908 Terrace Mountain Drive
Size: 2-bed, 2-bath, 2,457-square-foot single-family home
Price: $1.249M

$725K Austin Bungalow

Location: 707 Meriden Lane
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,372-square-foot single-family home
Price: $725K

Nearly $370K in Portland

Location: 8823 N Bayard Avenue
Size: 4-bed, 2-bath, 2,195-square-foot single-family home
Price: $369,900

$3,500,000 in Nashville

Location: 3540 Trimble Road, Nashville
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath, 8,050-square-foot single-family home
Price: $3.5M

$376K Near Denver

Location: 7558 W 9th Avenue
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,781-square-foot single-family home
Price: $376K

$747K new construction in Portland

Location: 8803 NW Lovejoy Street
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,436-square-foot single-family home
Price: $747K

$698K near Denver

Location: 4440 Tule Lake Drive
Size: 4-bed, 4-bath, 3,157-square-foot single-family home
Price: $698K

$349K Octagon House in Medford

Location: 6715 Coleman Creek Road
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,616-square-foot home
Price: $349K
Property notes: This is a for real octagon house!

$1,150,000 waterfront in Lubbock

Location: 179 Pony Express Trail
Size: 5-bed, 5.5-bath, 5,500-square-foot home
Price: $1.15M

$835K Treehouse in Portland

Location: 4028 SW Patton Road
Size: 4-bed, 3.5-bath, 4,371-square-foot single-family home
Price: $835K

Nearly $800K in Medford

Location: 1980 Skyview Drive
Size: 4-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,196-square-foot home
Price: $799,900

Nearly $600K in Medford

Location: 381 Stanford AvenueSize: 6-bed, 3-bath, 3,724-square-foot homePrice: $599,900

$1.13M in Medford

Location: 6230 Coleman County Road
Size: 4-bed, 4.5-bath, 4,949-square-foot home
Price: $1.13M

$425K in Portland

Location: 8632 SW 56th Avenue
Size: 2-bed, 2-bath, 2,055-square-foot single-family home
Price: $425K

Portland Victorian for $480K

Location: 2009 NE Liberty Street
Size: 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,311-square-foot single-family home
Price: $479,900

$1.249M near Austin

Location: 908 Terrace Mountain Drive
Size: 2-bed, 2-bath, 2,457-square-foot single-family home
Price: $1.249M