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What You Get For $2.5M 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!

A sky-high price tag by most measures, $2.5M is enough to ensure luxury in any American city. Just outside of Los Angeles, that sum also buys some interesting history at this French Norman-style mansion in Pasadena, Calif. Completed in 1926, it was where Winston Churchill stayed during a 1929 visit to Southern California. More recently, the four-bed, four-bath residence was home to, in slightly less prestigious fashion, comedic actor Rob Schneider. The overgrown grounds have seen better days, but at this price point, it shouldn't be too difficult for a buyer to afford a landscaper. Meanwhile, inside, the house enjoys original tile floors, dramatic beamed ceilings, and a fireplace in the master suite.

? Located on a "secluded homesite," this Atlanta mansion boasts an unusual rough stone facade, an infinity pool, a private lake, a two-story great room, and some highly photogenic casement windows in the living room. That lake could use a little tending, to improve the view from the expansive patio and pool, but for a buyer drawn to extravagance, it's hard to do better.

? Set in the ritzy Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, this five-bed, 3.5-bath red-brick townhouse offers up a pleasing mix of old details and new features. The parlor and dining room retain the moldings and mantles one would expect from a house built in 1811, while a new addition houses a spacious and up-to-date chef's kitchen. An interesting bit of history: in the 1920's, this briefly served as the city's mayoral residence during the term of Mayor J. Hampton Moore.

? For another dose of history, we head to another early American city, Boston, to find this two-bed, three-bath triplex with views over Emmanuel Church. Located in Boston's tony Back Bay neighborhood, the unit is set in a 1860s townhouse and has a gorgeous staircase connecting each of the floors and a pair of terraces with views of the skyline. Tempting, but, for this price, the shortage of bedrooms may be an issue for some buyers.

? Finally, back to the West Coast for something new: this recently-completed contemporary in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood. Though surrounded by trees, the house is in desperate need of some landscaping, but the seller is offering a $50,000 credit for upgrades and additions. Some of that might also be necessary to finish out the interiors, which didn't look quite finished by the time the place was photographed. With 5,900 square feet, five bedrooms, and 4.5 baths, this is one more-than-ample family home.

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