Last year, home prices skyrocketed roughly 20% in a single year — and yet, there are still cool homes in America to be had for $100,000 or less. With the help of Erik Gunther, a real estate expert and author at Realtor.com, we chose nine notable homes you can currently buy for under $100,000. (See the lowest mortgage rates you can get here.)
If you want to be on the ocean, literally: a houseboat in Olympia, Washington, for $91,950
Currently docked at the West Bay Marina in Olympia, this one-bedroom houseboat with a half bath boasts an open concept living and dining area, walk-in shower, beautiful rooftop deck and wood-paneling. “You could move this vessel closer to Seattle if you’d like big-city life or just stay put in beautiful Olympia,” says Gunther.
If you like front porch living: this 1940s bungalow in Teague, Texas for $95,000
This recently updated three-bedroom bungalow built in the 1940s in Teague features a covered front porch, as well as an attached carport, an en suite master bathroom, a fenced backyard and a storage shed. Teagu, a small town located about an hour’s drive east of Waco, features the B-RI Railroad Museum as well as a healing center and a boxing club.
If you want space for a low price: this two-story home in Mason City, Iowa, for $84,900
Located on a 9,450-square-foot lot just a block south from the Mason City Youth Baseball Fields, this spacious three-bedroom home includes a bathroom on each level, as well as high ceilings, an enclosed front porch, wooden deck and massive back lawn. Mason City, which is located on the Winnebago River, has a large concentration of Prairie School architecture, including the Dr. G.C. Stockman House (1908) and the Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank Buildings (1909-10), both of which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
If you want very off-the-beaten path: this straw-bale built home in Yucca, Arizona, for $79,900
Featuring two-foot-thick walls stuffed with straw, this 800-square-foot home in Yucca, comes with a solar panel system, 16 interstate deep cycle batteries, a generator and two 300-gallon water tanks so that you don’t need to rely on public utilities. Located on 4.6 acres of land in Mojave County, this property boasts mountain views, as well as a working chicken coop and newly planted fruit trees. Though temperatures in the area are frequently over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, “this residence comes equipped with everything required to survive the brutal climate,” says Gunther.
If you want to turn heads: this elegant two-story home in Auburn, Nebraska, for $99,500
Built in 1900, this two-story home with a mansard roof has been thoroughly modernized on the inside. Highlights include a new HVAC system, as well as hardwood floors, a breakfast nook, a cobblestone patio and a basement for storage. Featuring a walkable historic district, Auburn is a small town about an hour’s drive south of Omaha. Residents enjoy casual recreation at spots like the Auburn State Theater (a movie theater) and the Bowldog Alley.
If you want to a walkable neighborhood: this three-bedroom home in Marion, Ohio, for $94,900
Best known as the final resting home of President Warren G. Harding, who was the 29th president of the United States, Marion is a small city just an hour north of Columbus by car. Located in the center of the city, which includes attractions including the Wyandot Popcorn Museum and the Marion Tallgrass Trail, this three-bedroom home features a gracious front porch, as well as new vinyl siding, windows and roof. Highlights of the property include a fenced-in back patio and window seating with storage. One downside is that a house adjacent to the property might be slated for demolition by the city.
If you have a big family: this four-bedroom home in Syracuse, New York for $94,900
Featuring a master bedroom with cathedral ceilings and its own private back entrance, this recently updated four-bedroom home in Syracuse features a new roof and newly installed flooring. Syracuse is the fifth largest city in New York state, and includes the well-regarded Syracuse University, as well as the Everson Museum of Art, which is housed in a building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.
If you want to feel like you’re living in a garden: this two-bedroom brick home in Macon for $98,000
Located in Macon, which was the hometown of music legends including Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, this two-bedroom brick home is on over half an acre of land that includes pear and pecan trees. Features of the home include a front porch, back patio, wheelchair accessibility ramp and a newly renovated kitchen with granite countertops. Macon, which is just over an hour by car away from Atlanta, is home to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, which features evidence of over 12,000 years of continuous human habitation. While some of the exterior design choices are quite baroque, “a new owner could lighten and brighten the space to match the cute exterior with curb appeal,” says Gunther.
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