Live in a Super Bowl City

BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Are you ready for some football?

Last weekend's NFL conference championships shone a light on four U.S. cities that certainly are.

"This is definitely a fan town," says Susan Myszkowski of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, where everyone had been hoping the Ravens would beat the New England Patriots on Sunday to advance to Super Bowl XLVI (they didn't).

Here's a look at the housing markets of Baltimore, Boston, New York and San Francisco -- the four communities whose teams played in this past weekend's conference championships.

Price ranges are for homes within 20 miles of each city's borders and exclude mobile homes, abandoned properties and open land.

Baltimore (Ravens)
Median list price: $325,000
Maryland's largest city loves its struggling Baltimore Orioles baseball team as much as it does its Ravens NFL franchise.

"We support our teams whether they win or lose," Myszkowski says. "Baltimore's culture, work ethic and values have always lent itself to heavily supporting our sports teams."

Beyond sports, this 2.7-million-population East Coast metro area hosts Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland/Baltimore and several large corporations -- from Constellation Energy ( CEG) to T. Rowe Price ( TROW)

Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore is also home to the popular Inner Harbor shopping-and-restaurant area and the Baltimore National Aquarium. You're also within driving distance of Maryland's Appalachian Mountain region and Atlantic Ocean beaches.

"If you live in Baltimore, you have a little piece of everything one could want," Myszkowski says.

Realtor.com, the National Association of Realtors' official property-listing site, shows some 20,000 Baltimore-area properties for sale. Prices range from $4,999 for a three-bedroom rowhouse to a $15 million waterfront estate in Annapolis some 30 miles away.

The Baltimore area's median list price rose 8.5% during 2011 to end the year at $325,000, according to Realtor.com.

Boston (New England Patriots)
Median list price: $339,800
The New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox baseball team, Boston Bruins hockey club and Boston Celtics basketball franchise have won seven championships between them over the past decade.

"We love our sports teams in Boston -- especially when they win Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Series and NBA Championships," suburban Boston Realtor Judy Moore quips. "We'll suffer the agony when they lose, but we fully expect the 'wicked good' Pats to bring home another Super Bowl championship."

Moore says that in addition to its sports teams, the 4.5-million-person Boston area is "an exciting place to live -- with something for everyone, from its storied history to its prestigious universities and diverse business environment."

Boston is the Massachusetts state capital and New England's largest city, and with its sibling across the Charles River, Cambridge, is known the world over as the home of Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prestigious schools, as well as the home of a wide range of large corporations, from Fidelity Investments to Biogen Idec ( BIIB).

There are some 11,800 Greater Boston properties listed for sale on Realtor.com, from a $22,900 two-bedroom condo in the blue-collar town of Lowell to an $18.8 million estate in the tony suburb of Weston.

Greater Boston's median list prices rose 3.28% over the past year on Realtor.com to hit $339,800 as of December.

New York (Giants)
Median list price: $339,800
The Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008, while the New York Yankees triumphed at the World Series in 2009 (not to mention winning baseball's Fall Classic a record 26 other times).

In addition to sports, the Big Apple offers homebuyers access to Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street and dozens of other attractions.

Realtor.com lists more than 14,000 New York-area properties for sale, priced from $30,000 for a one-bedroom Bronx unit to $90 million for an Upper East Side Manhattan mansion once owned by retailing's Woolworth family.

Realtor.com figures show that median New York list prices rose 2.3% during 2011 to reach $490,000.

San Francisco (49ers)
Median list price: $687,000
The City by the Bay "offers a wonderful environment for sports fans," local broker Bruce Bullock says. "Given their Super Bowl history -- five Super Bowl wins and never a loss -- the San Francisco 49ers are potential Super Bowl contenders every year."

The nearby Oakland Raiders have also won three Super Bowls, while baseball's San Francisco Giants have six World Series titles and the Stanford University Cardinals count NFL legends John Elway and Jim Plunkett as alumni.

Besides sports, Bullock says San Francisco offers homebuyers "one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the world" -- as well as a relatively mild climate.

He notes that the Bay area had 60-degree weather for last weekend's 49ers-New Orleans Saints playoff game, compared with 30-degree temperatures at the New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin.

"That alone is reason enough to move out here," Bullock says.

Realtor.com includes some 8,000 San Francisco-area listings, priced from $140,000 for a one-bedroom home to $22 million for a San Francisco Bay estate listed by Bullock.

Median Realtor.com list prices for the area as of December totaled $687,000, down 0.15% for the year.

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