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!
In honor of Rookie Roosts Week, we looked around for some cheaper listings for this week's Curbed Comparisons, zeroing in on five homes that can be had for around $200K. The first is located in Atlanta's Edgewood neighborhood. Elevated above the street on a knoll, this Craftsman bungalow has three bedrooms and two baths spread over 1,100 square feet. The mulched backyard could use some work and the glass brick windows in the bathrooms are eyesores to say the least, but, considering the price point, the house is particularly well presented. The kitchen has been fully updated with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, the house has plenty of curb appeal, and the front porch has plenty of space for genteel lounging. The price reflects what must have been a substantial renovation since the last time this place sold—in 2007, for $70K—but still comes in just under $200K.
? This Boston one-bed, one-bath condo runs $215K and sits in a leafy residential neighborhood near Boston College. It's hardly a glamorous place, but with easy access to public transit, a spacious layout, and a building with laundry and a new roof deck, this is probably as much as one could ask for at this price in pricey Boston.
? If Boston was a unlikely place to find a nice apartment for $200K, notoriously expensive New York City poses an even greater challenge, but this studio in the tony Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights is a pleasant surprise. Just blocks from three subway lines, this accessible apartment sits on a high floor of a stately pre-war building. Listed for $199K, the petite pad carries some hefty monthly charges, in part to pay for the doorman, that luckily include "all utilities."
? Smaller homes in impressive historic buildings can also be had in Philadelphia, where this two-bedroom flat is ">asking exactly $200K. The brokerbabble boasts about the "900+sqft of living space and 12+ft. soaring ceilings" but unfortunately the listing photos focus more on the common spaces than the unit itself. That could be because the awkward placement of windows makes the interior dark and unphotogenic.
? The long-neglected Downtown district of Los Angeles supplies plenty of fodder for bargain hunting. This one-bedroom might be small, at just 640 square feet, but the ample windows and creative use of mirrors make the space seem much larger. Listed for just $165K, the apartment is assigned a coveted parking space in the building's lot and enjoys use of the amenities of the Santee Lofts next door, including a swimming pool, rooftop spa, BBQs, gym, basketball court, and driving range. Not bad for such a bargain.