Say you have $300,000 and want to buy a house somewhere in the United States. Let’s see what you can get in different spots around the country.
Note: All of these listings were found via Zillow. Prices are all within $20,000 in either direction of the $300,000 target. Also, these are the listed prices, so actual sale prices could be either much higher or lower.
This condo in the Studio City area of LA has 750 square feet of living space, 1 bed, and 1 bath. The kitchen countertops are granite, although the cabinets and appliances look like they could use a little updating. Plus, it’s all carpet. Have these people not seen House Hunters? HARDWOOD OR NOTHING.
Damn, Chicago. This 1 bed, 1 bath apartment has a ~hip~ industrial style going on, an in-unit washer/dryer, and a parking space included in the price, plus it’s got a balcony with a pretty great view. The downside is that this is one of those places that’s too hip to have a full wall separating the bedroom from the rest of the apartment, so you have to be OK with the idea of noise traveling more easily between the two spaces.
The building looks pretty nice from the outside…but then you get into the apartment and things kind of change. This home has 1 bed and 1 bath in under 500 square feet, meaning things are going to be cramped. The kitchen looks small and the bathroom could definitely use updating. Although very close to the Mass Turnpike, the apartment is also actually pretty close to both Fenway Park and Newbury St., one of the city’s main shopping drags.
The capital of Texas offers up this home, a 3 bed, 2 bath in just under 1,700 square feet. The countertops throughout the home seem to be updated, and the listing claims a “waterfront” location. The kitchen also has a breakfast bar, which is nice. The floors, though, are laminate rather than real hardwood.
This Boise abode has 5 beds, 3 baths, and 2,900 square feet of living space. The kitchen seems a bit…wood-heavy, but it’s a good size. The master bath has a nice soaking tub and seems to have updated fixtures (as with the rest of the home). In fact, this house basically has all the updates you (read: someone on House Hunters) would be looking for, from hardwood floors to nice landscaping. Boy, Boise, you sure offer a lot for the money!
This 778 square foot Miami apartment with 1 bed and 1 bath will set you back just under $300,000. The interior actually looks pretty nice, with granite countertops and hardwood floors, and there is a balcony with a nice water view. Sure, the apartment could be a bit bigger, but it actually seems like it’s not too bad a deal.
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