Few things put a crimp in your home-buying dreams like realizing you've been priced out of your ideal neighborhood. Hey, it happens. But that doesn't mean your house hunt should end—it just means you'll have to open your mind to new neighborhoods.

We know: It's hard to say goodbye to a place you know and love, but if you want to buy a home, it might be necessary. And guess what? Once you're settled in, it's entirely possible you will fall in love with this new nabe, too—that is, if you pick right.

Here's how to find those alternative areas that will feel amazingly similar to the neighborhood you covet, only at a price you can live with, too.

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