GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $110,000

everyone loves an old houseThe Grey Lady is feeling modest, perhaps because it’s been such a grim news week, so the current iteration of NYT’s feature “Great Homes and Destinations: What You Get For [$X]” stipulates the low, low price of $1,100,000. Of course, for over $1,000,000, in virtually any place in this great nation, you can still get a mansion:

Within a five-minute drive are Hamilton Farm Golf Club and the headquarters of the United States Equestrian Team. … Period features of the cedar clapboard farmhouse include wide-plank pumpkin-pine floors, wood-beam ceilings and built-ins throughout. The living room, a 375-square-foot space, has a stone fireplace with a brick hearth and a barn-beam mantel. The siding in the kitchen was made using wood from an old Pennsylvania barn, and the custom cabinets were given a rustic finish. A picture window frames a view of the property. … Behind the house is a pool. The property has two bluestone terraces, perennial gardens, woods, a stream and a waterfall.

If you paid $1.1 million for something that didn’t have a waterfall, you’re a chump.

So, what can you get for the more reasonable price of $110,000? Fire up the GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations generator, and let’s see!

Houston house

Not bad, right? A 3 BR, 2.5 BA house in Houston, TX, for $94,900, via Redfin. Look, there’s a tree and everything, and a covered patio taking up part of the spacious backyard! For five figures. That’s only one figure per finger on your left hand.

oklahoma city ok

A 3 BR, 2 BA house in Oklahoma City, OK, for $104,900, via Realtor.com. Washer/dryer, ceiling fans, a stone fireplace, plus another covered patio. I guess they’re big in the west. My mom lived in Oklahoma City for a while, so I can verify the fact that it exists, or did exist, at least, in the 70s.

spokane WA

Adorable Craftsman-y bungalow in Spokane, WA, for $115,000, via Realtor.com. Okay, so it’s a little over budget, but it’s a new listing so you could totally argue them down to $110K. Another covered patio! And a garden to grow your own leafy greens. 2 BRs plus lots of rooms in the basement to put up your jealous friends who come visiting from points east.

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11 Comments / Post A Comment

ThatJenn (#916)

Or it could get you a well-maintained 3/1 house centrally located in Gainesville, FL, complete with a separate 1/1 cottage you can rent out, sold to you by one of your kindly Billfold commenters… any takers? :)

Harriet Welch (#127)

@ThatJenn
Fucking a. I know two days on the internet is like a million years, but we have recently been house shopping in Gainesville Florida. We were initially really interested in something with a 1/1 for my father-in-law to live in.
We have something under contract now, but we have our doubts as to seeing it pull through.

What neighborhood are you in? I would love to check it out.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Harriet Welch Haha! Go figure. My house is not actually currently on the market, I just have a general interest in selling it. But it’s in Oakview (an older neighborhood, not as fancy as some of the newer ones but central to nearly everything), and if you do have something fall through and decide you’re interested in learning more, my gmail username is the same as the one I use for commenting here. :)

kittenplan (#440)

I read this feature even more religiously than Mike Dang’s Friday morning estimates and Monday morning recaps.

I also remember stalking a Louisville townhouse featured in the NYT some years ago (I want to say it was What You Can Get for a Mere $130,000, because it’s only recently that the NYT has decided that New Yorkers can’t take any real estate seriously if it costs less than half a million) and being absolutely amazed that it was still available weeks after showing up in the Times. It was big and beautiful and cost less than the place I was living at the time, and I couldn’t understand why someone hadn’t snatched it up.

CaddyFdot (#2,686)

@kittenplan Yeah, I’ve read the NYT What You Can Get series for a handful of years, and there was a time when it actually listed things in the low-mid 6 figures rather than just $800K and up as it does now. I remember because I used to marvel at what only $230,000 would buy in other parts of the country compared to what things cost here in the SF area.

garli (#4,150)

That’s only one figure per finger on your left hand.

I like that it’s Count Rugen inclusive.

@garli Ha! That one’s only five-figures, or $94,900. :) But I like the way you think.

garli (#4,150)

@Ester Bloom But wasn’t his right hand the one with six fingers?

Absolutely right. You are out-dorking me! “Westley: You have six fingers on your right hand. Someone was looking for you.”

kitekatze (#2,779)

everytime I read one of these I cry a little that our lowest price here in Australia sits around $299,000 and that’s not even good enough. :-(

jquick (#3,730)

@kitekatze if it makes you feel better, these houses have got to be in horrendous neighborhoods. I’ve lived in Houston and a house for sale for $95k is def some place you do NOT want to live.

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