Budget-Friendly Bargains: Houses for the Price of a Car
Across the U.S., homes are sporting price tags that you could easily spot on a new Range Rover. While this may be comforting for Kim Kardashian, who just dropped $150,000 on a new ride, this is quite a lot for the average American.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, hundreds of thousands of homes are hitting the market as we speak for the price of a brand new Honda Accord, one of the most popular cars in the U.S.
But being a homeowner doesn’t have to break the bank when you can buy a 3-bedroom for less than $150,000. Check out these budget-friendly homes for the price of a car.
Ford Focus vs. Kansas City Charmer
3154 Rowland Ave, Kansas City, KS
For sale: $16,900
No, it’s not missing a zero. With a recent $1,900 price cut, this 600-square-foot Kansas City home is a steal for $16,900. While it may need some help in the cosmetic department, the overall structure and 1920s charm are intact with beautiful hardwood floors and red shutters. Starting at $15,000, a 2013 Ford Focus sedan is also an option if you prefer a home on wheels.
Honda Accord vs. Autumn in Atlanta
1415 Woodland Ter SW, Atlanta, GA
For sale: $20,000
This 1952 Atlanta home has received multiple offers, and it’s no surprise considering all it provides at such a low price point. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen and living room, this is a great starter house. You might expect it to be a real fixer-upper, but the 1,100-square-foot one-story has been well-maintained with dark hardwood floors and an antique-tiled bathroom. However if historical character is not your thing, a brand-new Honda Accord could be yours for the same price.
BMW 1 Series vs. Chicago Classic
6446 S Saint Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL
For sale: $30,000
This two-story brick row house has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths for an estimated monthly mortgage payment of only $109. While the home isn’t brand new, it has been well-loved. Unique architectural details such as an arched passageway and wooden built-ins give this Chicago home an extra douse of character. In the same price range, a 2013 BMW 1 Series is also a classy choice.
Chevrolet Corvette vs. Picture-Perfect Princeton
444 W Glendale St, Princeton, IN
For sale: $49,900
Situated on a pristine corner lot, this 1,025-square-foot Princeton, IN home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and a detached garage. Beyond its curb appeal, the home’s interior has been well cared for with hardwood floors, crown molding and a deck leading into the backyard. The existing homeowners have also made recent upgrades to the home including central heating and a fresh coat of paint throughout. But if bright and bold is more your style, then a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette for $50,000 may be up your alley.
Cadillac Escalade vs. Renovated Rochester
181 Townsend St, Rochester, NY
For sale: $64,900
This 1928 Rochester home has had a complete face-lift. From new windows and a fresh coat of paint to a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, the house provides modern amenities without taking away from its historical feel. Of course, if you’re more interested in a spacious vehicle than 4,791 square feet on the ground, a Cadillac Escalade is available in the same price range.
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class vs. Greenwood Gem
107 Lake St, Greenwood, SC
For sale: $87,500
This modest Greenwood family home has a spacious interior with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and open living areas. Built in 2003, the house has a contemporary feel with a bathroom backsplash adding texture and style. A backyard patio with a built-in barbecue also provides outdoor living space — perfect for entertaining. If you’re not quite ready to settle down in the suburbs, though, a Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is also a fashionable option.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S vs. Summer in Spokane
203 E Bridgeport Ave, Spokane, WA
For sale: $100,000
For those who love a good story, this 1907 colonial is marked by a gambrel roof and a front porch, characteristic Dutch colonial style. Beyond its distinct architectural features, the interior has been well-maintained with refinished flooring throughout, an updated kitchen and newer vinyl windows. The home also has a large yard and unfinished basement, adding additional square footage. For $100,000, you could invest in a piece of history or splurge on a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.
Land Rover Range Rover vs. Minneapolis Masterpiece
4101 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
For sale: $149,900
This 1925 Minneapolis bungalow is not your average rustic cabin in the woods. This 2,045-square-foot home has gleaming hardwood floors and dark crown molding, filling the home with tons of Old-World charm. At this price point, it’s rare to also find a historic property with modern amenities. But this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has updated appliances, countertops and tiled backsplash throughout the kitchen and bathrooms. As an added bonus, a separate cottage in the backyard provides space for a home office or guest suite. Of course if you are more concerned with how you’ll get around this winter wonderland, a 2013 Range Rover with all the bells and whistles could be yours for the same price.