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!
Five million dollars is a lot of money, so much so that we couldn't find a single property that fit the bill in one of our cities—ahem, Detroit—but the properties that trade at this price point are pretty remarkable. This one, a penthouse along Chicago's well-heeled Lakeview Drive, sits atop a brick and limestone co-op designed by Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey & McCormick, a premier pre-war architecture firm. This particular apartment belonged to Charles and Bobsy Goodspeed, a wealthy couple who welcomed guests like Gertrude Stein to visit their 5,600-square-foot aerie. The famed designer David Adler was brought in to customize the interiors, and much of his woodwork remains, along with a sweeping spiral staircase, an Adler signature. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom duplex is currently listed for $4.95M, and includes three deeded parking spaces.
? On a private, treed acre of hillside overlooking Puget Sound and Bainbridge Island, this Seattle spread is modeled after a European villa. The 7,600-square-foot structure presides over 150 feet of beach, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a vaulted two-story atrium, and broad terraces to take in the view. Built in 1995, the house has been owned by the same family ever since, who have finally decided to part with the property for $4.95M.
? Grand mansions within the Detroit city limits might be trading for under $1M, but make it out to the ritzy suburbs and the prices start to skyrocket. Bloomfield Hills, one of the country's richest towns by per capita income, is home to this gated estate. Built in 1994, the 13,000-square-foot mansion houses five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, outdoor swimming pool, 2,300-square-foot guest house, "billiards room, sauna, steam shower, full service bar, elevator, gym, and six-car garage." This pile of decked out grandeur is listed for $4.9M.
? Five million doesn't go quite as far in Washington, D.C., but it's still more than enough to secure a comfortable family home. Nestled in the quiet East Village section of Georgetown, this four-bedroom, six-bathroom townhouse might not have the most exciting interiors, but it would be just right for a politico looking for an unobjectionable HQ. The $4.995M price tag just sneaks in under the cut-off, but comes with two master suites, a media room, wine cellar, a patio, walled garden and, crucially in this part of town, parking for two cars.
? Frankly, it's pretty easy to spend $5M on a house in the Hamptons, and that sum doesn't buy very much. This shingled cottage, on 1.2 acres in East Hampton's "estate section," measures just 2,000 square feet and has three beds and three baths. The saving grace is the condition of the interiors, which look professionally designed and in good shape. The stylish living room is joined by a "professional kitchen," three fireplaces, a heated swimming pool, and central air conditioning in this $4.95M offering.