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!
Summer may be over, but that's just as well for the buyer of this shack on a pier in Provincetown, the liberal enclave at the bitter end of Cape Cod. Why? Because it's probably going to take all winter for the seller to make the ominous-sounding "recommended repairs to the pier." If buying an 1886 cottage perched on rickety pilings sounds crazy, well, it is, but, at $149K, it's also one of the cheapest housing options in pricey Provincetown. That's only cheap when you don't break the price down to a "per square foot" basis, because the 150-square-foot shack is pushing $1,000 a square foot. There are positives, however, like water views that will never, ever be blocked by development and a shared deck for summer lounging. Regardless, this perilous perch is having trouble finding a buyer: it's been on the market for 590 days so far.
? Oddly enough, this second place is also on a pier—albeit a sturdier version—this time on the Philadelphia waterfront. Listed for $150K, the one-bedroom has a surprising number of framed RIAA silver, gold, or platinum records on the wall for such a low asking price, though their provenance, earned or eBay, is difficult to confirm. Anyway, back to the unit at hand. It's a one-bedroom flat, with in-unit washer dryer, courtyard views, and 650 square feet in a condo constructed in 1986.
? The Atlanta neighborhoods of Peoplestown and Chosewood Park are experiencing a turnaround, despite the presence of a federal penitentiary. Homes like this reproduction bungalow are popping up and older homes rehabbed, but prices are still reasonable. This four-bed, three-bath house is asking just under $150K. At 1,900 square feet, the home isn't huge, but it does have updated everything, including some upscale gimmicks like a pot-filler faucet above the stove.
? Judging from these glossy photos, every listing on the Seattle market gets the million-dollar broker treatment, even a 600-square-foot one-bedroom listed for $150K. The real strengths here are the location, close to downtown, and the building, completed in 1926 and with all the requisite charm, right down to the worn lock and knob and an original peephole surround.
? Maybe the country's best city for bargain hunters, Detroit has some impressive homes for sale, even at just $150K. This Rosedale Park Tudor has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, vaulted ceilings in the living room, and a generally clean and tidy appearance for just $145K. It's no wonder that it just entered contract after 141 days on the market.