Find Homes, and Love, in These Romantically-Named Towns
While you may leave your heart in San Francisco, or declare your love for New York, there are a few places across the U.S. that are more aptly and romantically named. We went in search of real estate offerings in these Valentine’s Day-perfect cities, where lovers hope heartfelt bliss can be found.
Is it any surprise that the town of Valentines is located in a state with the slogan “Virginia is for lovers?” This small hamlet is more community than town, located within Brunswick County about 100 miles southwest of Norfolk. Named for the founder and first postmaster, William H. Valentine, the town continues the tradition of stamping mail around February with special Valentine’s emblem.
251 Kelly Dr., Valentines VA (above)
For sale: $474,900
The Valentines home for sale is a rural getaway sitting on the Lake Gaston waterfront. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home features a natural, two-sided stone fireplace and large back deck leading to the sloping lawn and private dock.
Forget Paris and Venice. Find true love in the town of Romance, Arkansas. The story goes that a local schoolteacher, upon arriving in the area, thought the view from the surrounding bluffs was “romantic.” While the town does postmark mail for the holiday, there’s also a recent practice of people getting married on the grounds of the Romance post office.
1212 Highway 31, Romance AR (above)
For sale: $99,900
Like the town of Valentines, Romance is a mere blip on Arkansas’ landscape. Situated off Highway 31, this Romance home for sale was built in 1960 but has numerous updates, including new carpet and flooring.
The tale of Romeoville couldn’t be better if the Bard wrote it himself. The legend goes that in the 1830s, nearby Joliet was named Juliet and the nearby settlement Romeo was its twin community. In 1845, Juliet was renamed Joliet to honor the explorer Louis Jolliet. The town of “Romeo” then renamed itself Romeoville to acknowledge the busted relationship.
801 Winnebago Ct, Romeoville IL (above)
For sale: $279,919
This 3-bed, 3-bath Romeoville home for sale has features to inspire a Shakespearean poet or two, including professional landscaping, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.
Loves Park, IL
“The city with a heart” was named after its founder, Malcolm Love, who purchased 236 acres of land at the turn of the 20th century. The town is situated just outside Rockford, IL and 80 miles northeast of Chicago.
5450 Woodland Way, Loves Park, IL (above)
For sale: $435,000
This light-filled Craftsman is listed on the Loves Park real estate market and features all the right details, from a sun porch and huge picture windows to hardwood floors and crown molding.
Although the name implies romance, Loveland, CO is better known as the “Gateway to the Rockies.” Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the town was incorporated with the dawn of the railroad and named for the president of the Colorado Central Railroad W.A.H. Loveland. Like Valentines, IL, the postmaster of Loveland is kept busy around Valentine’s Day resending mail with the Loveland postmark.
3621 Higgins St, Loveland, CO (above)
For sale: $350,000
The town has boomed in the past few years and is currently enjoying a 0.4 percent year-over-year growth in home values. This Loveland ranch home for sale was built in 2008 and has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and over 3,600 square feet of living space.