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Paying a cool million for a home is always a sweet feat, but you get lots more if you buy in certain locations, locations, locations.
One man's million-dollar mansion is another's modest million-dollar family home, depending on whether you're talking a major Southern city, the most expensive city in America or a luxury beach community.
Whether you actually have that line of credit or cash at hand or merely dream of a $1 million place, here’s a sampling of the “million dollar babies” in seven U.S. cities:
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,061 square feet, shared lot
According to Austin Homes Research, as of December 2017 Austin continued to have one of the highest demands for housing in the nation, particularly where price points are the lowest. So a higher-priced dwelling wouldn't have as much competition among buyers, but this custom two-unit condo still offers just a bit over 2,000 square feet for a $1 million price tag. Other property lures include its contemporary design, the heritage oaks along Bouldin Creek that surround the dwelling, and the architectural skylights, panoramic glass doors and portrait windows that flood the home with natural light. The sellers bill it as "a new standard of downtown living, melding the comfort and privacy of nature with all the amenities of an urban lifestyle."
5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,680 square feet on .33 acres
The median list price for single homes in the West Palm Beach area of Florida is around $230,000, a mere one-fourth the price of this lavish home. The address is part of "The Club at Ibis" and offers golf course and lake views, marble staircases, and the club's doorman among the "amenities" listed. Other alluring details include 26-foot high living room windows, paneled office with a granite desk, and three bedrooms on the second floor.
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths 3,110 square feet, 8,742-square-foot lot
Price: $1 million
You get lots of bang for your million bucks on the Atlanta real estate market. Besides its four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, this custom-built North Atlanta contemporary home includes local white oak flooring, en suite luxury baths and walk-in closets in each bedroom and a detached two-car garage with its own guest suite and full bath.
6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,040 square feet, 3,741 square foot lot
According to the New York Times, the Bronx is booming, particularly with more sophisticated rental apartments.
This two-family attached brick house in Country Club is an example of what $1 million will bring a midst the boom. It includes hardwood floors, a fenced backyard, renovated kitchens and baths and tons of closet space. Most attractive of all: the modest million dollar dwelling is minutes from Manhattan.
5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 5,500 square feet, no data on lot
The Wildwood Neighborhood in Chicago delivers lots of space, amenities and bedrooms for a million bucks. The place sits on a double lot and contains three fireplaces, cove moldings and custom millwork. Other value adds include a grand foyer, formal dining room, eat-in gourmet kitchen, and a second-level master en suite with a stone fireplace. Outdoors, an attached sun room, deck and patio offer great views of established perennial gardens.
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,477 square feet on 1.97 acres
One of Business Insider's most affordable city for 2017, Detroit's Million Dollar Baby offers the most acreage of any on this list, at almost two acres. Other lures: open-concept two-story vaulted ceilings, large custom kitchen, Florida room surrounded by windows overlooking a manicured landscape and a finished lower level with fireplace.
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,391 square feet, 5,998 square foot lot
The most expensive American city on CNN Style's 2017 list of the 10 most expensive cities to live in, San Jose offers a relatively modest million dollar home for sale. Features include an elegant formal living room, updated kitchen, bay window and beautifully landscaped private back yard with PebbleTec and lemon/lime trees.