I-44 Passes Through Rural Missouri, Rural America

March 19th, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

As you head from the Atlantic Ocean toward the great Pacific, you may drive along Interstate 44 through Missouri. Why so notable? The interstate begins in St. Louis, the gateway to the West. In St. Louis, the unmistakable Arch dominates the landscape as if to beckon travelers toward a new life. But life in Missouri remains rural and uncomplicated.

Departing the big city, I-44 then takes you past towns like Rolla, Springfield, and Joplin. In each of these areas – and dozens more just a little bit smaller but no less proud – the people of the communities determine their own destinies. They define where they live and how they live, and they proudly share their lives with each other, sitting on the numerous front porches all across the state.

Currently, there are 58,000 houses for sale in the entire state of Missouri along with thousands of condos, farms, and multi-family homes. By far, St. Louis offers the most homes now available with over 10,000 for sale. Perhaps one of the most notable homes in St Louis is a log home listed at almost $300,000. The 2200 square foot house is situated on 5 acres of beautiful acreage. It has three bedrooms, two baths and a completely updated, modern kitchen. But the best part may be the long welcoming front porch on which to enjoy the cool summer nights or a cup of coffee in the early morning.

As you leave the St. Louis area, you can drive along I-44 which skirts along forested conservation areas, it passes military installations like Fort Leonard Hood where soldiers serve their country unflinchingly, and eventually ends just outside of Joplin. All along the route, houses average about $150,000. Overall, homes in the state have remained steady – some areas show real estate values increasing, while other places how a decrease in home values.

But if you want to find yourself in Springfield, a more private style front porch can be found in a home near the campus of Missouri State University. The 1000 square foot house to which it’s attached is listed at $59,000 and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The porch has brick halfway up, but is open to allow cool breezes from three feet to the roofline.

For $147,000, a traditional pizza-delivery only kind of porch can be found in Rolla. The two-story house itself is a four bedroom, two and a half bath traditional home with over 2200 spacious square feet. The carpet needs updated, but the unfinished basement could be a real boost to buyers seeking a lot of space for an affordable price.

Finally, in Joplin, Missouri is a piece of real estate listed at under $100,000 that has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, and a an old-fashioned front porch that hearkens to the days of neighbors talking over a glass of iced lemonade. The porch overlooks a shaded yard, but inside the house is bright and sunny.

Traveling along I-44 and stopping by to enjoy a porch chat with the people from the Show-Me state should be easily accomplished in this long, beautiful state.


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