What a Median-Priced Home Looks Like in 10 Different Cities

Exploring how far your real estate dollar will stretch in various American housing markets

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Slide Show: Median-Priced Homes Across America

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Tampa

  • Listing price $174,800
  • Price per square foot: $102
  • Single-Family Home
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Size: 1,720 square feet
  • 6. Boise, Idaho: With 200,000 residents, a high desert climate, and hundreds of acres of nearby parks, Boise is a wonderful—if often overlooked—community for those looking to move to the West. "It's one of the most vibrant downtown areas you've ever seen," says Paul Hiller, executive director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. For $174,900, home buyers can land this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom single-family home. With more than 3,000 square feet of space, the property includes a gas fireplace, fenced-in backyard, and three walk-in closets.

    Boise, Idaho

    • Listing price $174,900
    • Price per square foot: $57
    • Single-Family Home
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Bathrooms: 2.5
    • Size: 3,063 square feet
    • 7. Charleston, S.C.: Located on the Atlantic Coast, historic Charleston has long been a popular tourist destination. Although home prices dropped nearly 17 percent from their peaks through the first quarter of 2009, values are expected to rebound over the coming years. Anyone looking to buy property in this community of 112,000 can check out this 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family home. Listed at $170,000, the property includes a fireplace and is located not far from the city's charming downtown district.

      Charleston, S.C.

      • Listing price $170,000
      • Price per square foot: $141
      • Single-Family Home
      • Bedrooms: 3
      • Bathrooms: 1
      • Size: 1,209 square feet
      • 8. Flint, Mich.: The collapse of the U.S. auto industry has hit Flint particularly hard. The city's unemployment rate stood at more than 16 percent in August. A buyer can get this three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,060-square-foot home for $171,900, or $83 per square foot.

        Flint, Mich.

        • Listing price $171,900
        • Price per square foot: $83
        • Single-Family Home
        • Bedrooms: 3
        • Bathrooms: 3
        • Size: 2,060 square feet
        • 9. Portland, Ore.: With lush green parks, more than 20 microbreweries, and an economy fueled by high-tech jobs, Portland is one of the gems of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone looking to buy into this community of 558,000 residents can consider this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom, 1,394-square-foot home. The property, listed at $185,000, features an open floor plan and a fenced-in yard. (This property is a short sale.)

          Portland, Ore.

          • Listing price $185,000
          • Price per square foot: $133
          • Single-Family Home
          • Bedrooms: 3
          • Bathrooms: 2.5
          • Size: 1,394 square feet
          • 10. Fresno, Calif.: As in other cities in California, the housing market in Fresno was hammered in the real estate crash. Home prices in Fresno plummeted by more than 48 percent from their peaks through the first quarter of 2009. Today, $175,000 can get you this four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,833-square-foot property. It includes vaulted ceilings and a patio.

            Fresno, Calif.

            • Listing price $175,000
            • Price per square foot: $95
            • Bedrooms: 4
            • Bathrooms: 2
            • Size: 1,833 square feet
            • [See the 10 Secrets of Off-Season Home Buying.]