When it comes to spending a quarter-million dollars on a home, what you can buy comes down to location, location, location. The same money that could land you in a bidding war for a manufactured home in one of the hottest markets in the country will get you an idyllic retreat within walking distance to the beach on the other side of the country.

Here’s a look at 10 homes for sale for about $250,000:

Saint Charles, MO

3275 Simeon Bunker St, Saint Charles, MO
For sale: $250,000

Saint Charles

This newer home near Saint Louis has hardwoods, a gas fireplace, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The finished basement has a full bathroom and potential for another bedroom.

See more homes for sale in Saint Charles.

San Jose, CA

607 Mill Pond Dr # 607, San Jose, CA
For sale: $230,000

San Jose

In one of the hottest markets in the country, $250,000 doesn’t get you very far. This family-sized double-wide in the heart of Silicon Valley is only $230,000. There is no garage to house your new software company, but it does come with a carport, double-pane windows, access to a social club and 24-hour security.

See more homes for sale in San Jose.

Cleveland, OH

6718 Daisy Ave, Independence, OH
For sale: $249,900


Cleveland’s real estate market has been one of the slowest in the country to recover from the recession. Because of that, it’s still a buyer’s market, especially in the suburbs. Check out this newly-remodeled, 2,000-square-foot home in the suburb of Independence. It has a custom kitchen, a huge walk-in closet in the master and a big backyard.

See more homes for sale in Cleveland.

Washington, DC

1125 Maryland Ave NE APT 7, Washington, DC
For sale: $249,000

1125 Maryland Ave. NE APT 7 DC

In the nation’s capital, convenience often trumps space, and that’s the case for this 416-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment. It’s in walking distance to the Capitol and has tons of cabinet space and a washer and dryer — in the kitchen.

See more homes for sale in Washington, DC.

Salt Lake City, UT

1847 S 600 E, Salt Lake City, UT
For sale: $244,000


This 1926 home near Liberty Park is 1,646 square feet — large compared to other Salt Lake City homes in this price range. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a backyard patio.

See homes for sale in Salt Lake City.

Prospect Harbor, ME

230 Corea Rd, Prospect Harbor, ME
For sale: $249,900

230 Corea Rd. Prospect Harbor ME

This contemporary Cape Cod home on the Schoodic Peninsula has deeded right-of-way to the water. The cozy 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,320-square-foot home has a wood-burning fireplace and a small porch off the back.

See more homes for sale in Prospect Harbor.

Martinez, GA

5838 Carriage Hills Dr, Martinez, GA
For sale: $249,900

5838 Carriage Hills Dr. Martinez GA

This 2009 home outside Augusta has vaulted ceilings and a master suite upstairs, along with a study. The kitchen has granite counters and tile floors.

See more homes for sale in Richmond County.

New York, NY

566 W 159th St APT 33, New York, NY
For sale: $250,000

566 W. 159th St. Apt 33 NY NY

This 2-bedroom unit in Washington Heights “needs some TLC,” according to the listing, but has large rooms, lots of windows and hardwood floors in good shape under the carpet.

See more homes for sale in Manhattan.

Whitewater, KS

16548 NW 196 Hwy, Whitewater, KS
For sale: $250,000


This turn-of-the-century home is about 20 minutes from Wichita and has all the charming details from its 1914 era: beveled windows, detailed woodwork, an ornate stairway and even a maids’ stair to the kitchen. There’s also a barn — all on almost six acres.

See more homes for sale in Whitewater.

Great Falls, MT

1008 4th Ave N, Great Falls, MT
For sale: $244,000

1008 4th Ave. N. Great Falls MT

This historic 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 3,466-square-foot home features a big covered porch and lots of craftsman-style details. It’s been remodeled, with a new kitchen, and the big backyard includes a deck and heated shop for those chilly Montana winters.

See homes for sale in Great Falls.


Emily Heffter, a reporter and writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties, and other real estate topics. Read more of her work here.

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Emily Heffter writes about real estate trends and data for Zillow Blog.

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