In my mind, the SouthCoast is one of the most underrated places to live in America.

We are within an hour's ride of catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park after dinner in Boston's North End.

An hour will get you to the dunes of the Cape or to Nancy's in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard.

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We're only 45 minutes from the glitz and glamour of Newport, Rhode Island, chicken parm at Federal Hill, a show in Mansfield or a Patriots game at Gillette.  Not to mention the endless, breathtaking waterfront views that so often go unnoticed by people who are lucky enough to live here every day.

That being said, it is not uncommon to hear people complain about where we live.

I get it. The cold is no fun (even though it's felt like March for the past four months).  But other than the cold, we have no traffic to speak of and we live among some of the best and most affordable restaurants in the world.

Oh, and when it comes to real estate, you're likely to get a bigger bang for your buck on the SouthCoast than just about anywhere else in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That being said, that may be one area where we fall short.

As relatively reasonable as it is to buy a house here (as opposed to places in the Greater Boston area), we still can't beat free.

Can you believe that there are actually many places in the United States that are literally giving away land for free? It seems like something out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book, but it's true.  We're not just talking about places in the middle of nowhere, either.  States such as New York and Maine have land incentives for people to move there.

According to websites like and, the government will give families free land in exchange for you promising to build a home, live and care for that land.

Here are the places handing out free land.

10 States Giving Away Free Land

If you're willing to build on it, these states are willing to give you free land.

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