Median home price: $2.7 million
A wealthy enclave some 40 miles west of New York City, Harding Township is named after 29th President Warren G. Harding -- who collapsed and died in 1923 while on a speaking tour of western U.S. states. Harding's tenure is best remembered for the Teapot Dome scandal and other corruption cases, although most such affairs came to light after his death and apparently involved crooked cronies rather than the president himself.
Median home price: $136,100
Once known as Vann's Ferry, this community changed its name to Harrison in the 1800s to honor ninth President William Henry Harrison -- best known as our nation's shortest-serving president. Harrison caught a cold either during or a few weeks after his March 4, 1841, inauguration and died a month later (he gave a nearly two-hour inaugural address in the cold, wet outdoors). Today, 7,800-population Harrison is a middle-class suburb about 10 miles northeast of Chattanooga. "Harrison has more of a quaint-township feel than you get in Chattanooga, but it's still close enough that you can enjoy all of the amenities of the city," says David Hawke, a Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce official who lived in the town in recent years and still works nearby. A median-priced Harrison home goes for $136,100, with prices rising 0.7% during 2012. Zillow lists some 175 properties for sale in and around the community. Madison, Wis.
Median home price: $179,800
Madison honors fourth President James Madison, who died right around the time of the city's founding as Wisconsin's capital in 1836. Although less well known today than his predecessors George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Madison is generally remembered as the father of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (he pressed for both in the 1780s). Madison's 1809-17 presidency, though, was marred by the War of 1812, which was so unpopular at one point that New England states -- whose ports suffered under a British naval blockade -- considered secession. Ultimately, a U.S. military victory restored Madison's public standing. Today, the Wisconsin city that bears his name remains the Badger State's capital and hosts the 30,300-undergraduate-student University of Madison-Wisconsin. Additionally, companies from appliance maker Sub-Zero/Wolf to Spectrum Brands (SPB) -- parent of the Rayovac and Remington consumer lines -- call the 569,000-population metro area home. Zillow estimates Madison's median home price at $179,800, up 0.8% in 2012. The site lists some 1,700 properties for sale there.