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3 Grand Homes You Can Buy for Less Than a New York City or San Francisco Apartment

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Why do we live in these cities again?

With million-dollar homes becoming the new normal in top urban markets like New York City and San Francisco, it's time to consider what else you can get for that kind of money in other parts of the country.

For example, here are three spacious houses in Connecticut, Georgia, and New Jersey that cost less than many apartments in the aforementioned cities. But proceed with caution—they may have you questioning some of your life choices, including why you're still cramming yourself into a little shoebox of an apartment every single day.

1. Savannah, Georgia – $895,000

This charming brick house is located on Savannah's most sought-after street, Jones Street, from which the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" is said to have originated. Built around 1879, the two-bedroom home features authentic period details, five original European gas fireplaces, a detached two-car garage, a gorgeous garden courtyard with a fountain, large closets, and plenty of built-in storage space. Priced at $895,000, this home is a steal, especially if you consider its location on one of Savannah's most famous streets.

2. Haddam, Connecticut – $775,000

This stately circa-1810 Federal style house in Connecticut boasts a whole lot of features and amenities for $775,000. Completely and carefully renovated, the three-story home has a new mansard roof that takes it into the Victorian era, as well as wrap-around porches and a patio ideal for outdoor entertaining. There are also vaulted ceilings, stained hardwood floors, a pool and spa complex, stables—and so many more details that you've got to see to believe it.

3. Cranbury, New Jersey – $899,000

Here's a picture-perfect Italianate house from around 1860 in Cranbury, New Jersey, which is only about an hour outside of New York City. An L-shaped porch beckons you inside, where you'll be greeted by 9-foot ceilings, original heart pine floors, dentil molding, and a fireplace. Generous windows flood the four-bedroom house with light, while an original red barn and oak tree (with swing, of course) make the front and back yards the low-key paradise you've always wanted.