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What 2,500 Square Feet Costs Around the Curbed Universe

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Welcome to a variation on Curbed Comparisons, wherein Curbed sees how much it takes to get a certain amount of space in the ever-growing list of cities that comprises the Curbed universe.

Close to the average home size in America, 2,500 square feet might seem like a reasonable size for a family. Not so in Manhattan, where the average apartment is much smaller and the average price far higher. This 2,415-square-foot, three-bedroom flat at One Beacon Court might be the most expensive apartment of its size in the city, asking a whopping $14M. That sky-high price is, in part, thanks to the "backyard," a 750-square-foot private terrace that runs the length of the apartment. Such space is rare in the building, and the fact that this unit is on the 32nd floor, with sweeping views of Central Park, the Upper East Side, and the East River, also helps to bump the price up.

? The towers of Miami Beach hold some similarly high-priced real estate, especially at the Setai, a hotel with a set of condos above. This one, high on the 38th floor, was designed during the "preconstruction phase," which allowed the owner to customize the 2,529-square-foot pad to his or her taste. Whether that's a resale boon or bane remains to be seen, but the seller is asking $7.95M. That price includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and some knockout views, up and down the beach.

? L.A.'s Pacific Palisades neighborhood has a few mega-estates, like the $15M number that Matt Damon just bought, but the smaller, no-less-stylish homes also command a pretty penny. This three-bed, 2.5-bath home, built on a hillside lot, includes a stunning roof deck with swimming pool, loungers, and even a tiny patch of faux grass. This place, listed for $3M, is much cheaper than Damon's, but it also boasts the sea views that his seems to lack.

? Those looking for a quaint family home would be well served by this Victorian townhouse in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, but that doesn't make it cheap. Listed for $2.299M, the three-bed, 2.5-bath house has a small rear patio and, most helpfully in this neck of the woods, a garage. The dated kitchen could use an update, but the rest of the 1878 house features some quality historic detail.

? Another 1880s townhouse, this one in Chicago, rounds out the list at the lowest price, $1.39M. The brick house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floor and the well-kept entertaining spaces on the parlor level. Though scrubbed of much of its historic detail, it has been smartly upgraded with a modern kitchen and open-plan living and dining room. The basement, currently unfinished, offers space for expansion.
· 151 East 58th Street 32A [Halstead]
· Unit 3801 [Zilbert]
· 17713 Posetano Rd [JE United Realty]
· Confirmed: Matt Damon Buys 'Best House in Pacific Palisades' [Curbed National]
· 2315 Webster Street [Zillow]
· 2238 N Geneva Terrace [Zillow]