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What You Get for $1M Around the Curbed Universe

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what set dollar amounts buy in the ever-growing list of cities that comprises the Curbed universe. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out!

One million dollars. That hallmark of wealth, a mythical threshold that these five homes don't cross. That's right, all five sneak in at $1M or less, but deliver luxury all the same. This first place is a condominium carved out of Seattle's converted First Church of Christ, Scientist, now known as The Sanctuary. Original details from the church remain, like columns and stained glass, but they're met by a steel-beamed mezzanine, new glass skylights, and a super modern staircase. Listed for $999,950, the unit houses two bedrooms and 2.5 baths in almost 3,000 square feet of living space.

? Perfect for a homesick East Coast transplant, this white house sits in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles and has a New England look. The vintage Studebaker in the driveway doesn't come with the $999K asking price, but the buyer does get four bedrooms, three baths, a grassy backyard, and an outdoor kitchen, and for a song too. The current owner paid more than $1M for the property back in 2008, and probably spent a considerable to install the rooftop solar array.

? Tucked inside a pre-war tower on Chicago's tony Lake Shore Drive, this two-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo rocks a contemporary look, or at least what might have passed for contemporary in 1999. The interiors need a little punch up design-wise, but 2,900 square feet and huge windows help to justify the asking price, which comes in at exactly $1M. The brokerbabble claims the seller is "highly motivated," so $1M probably won't be the final selling price.

? With pristine historic details, including a breathtaking polished wood staircase, this Atlanta bungalow is certainly well turned out. Built in 1909, the house is listed, in 2012, for exactly $1M. With dual living rooms, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a surprising 5,300 square feet, this one looks like it's worth the premium over the 2010 sale price, $915K.

? Finding a decent house in the Hamptons for under $1M can be quite a challenge, and one that requires compromise. This $950K contemporary demands that buyers abandon "south of the highway" dreams, as it's located in the Springs enclave of East Hampton. Though not a society destination by most measures, the area is famous as the East End home of artist Jackson Pollock. This property, shaded by trees, boasts a good-sized swimming pool and glassy modern interiors.

· 1845 16th Ave [Zillow]
· 4753 Ambrose Ave [Zillow]
· 680 North Lake Drive [Zillow]
· 868 Myrtle St NE [Zillow]
· 78 Shadom Lane [Corcoran]