Previously on The Billfold
The 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!
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.
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.
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.