It’s become a struggle and even an impossibility for some Americans to afford rent in New York City and San Francisco, much less become home owners there. But if your heart isn’t set on the city, then perhaps we can open your mind to a few other places.
Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report introduced a list, 2016 Best Places to Live. Here are the top 5 cities along with median home values today, many of which are expected to rise:
- Denver, Colorado: $346,500
- Austin, Texas: $334,758
- Fayetteville, Arkansas: $229,000
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina: $175-207,000
- Colorado Springs: $228,800
Perhaps more interesting is a conversation sparked by reddit Somuch101, who asked “What does a $300,000 house look like where you are from?” Reddit users from around the world responded, some with photos of their own houses and others with listings of houses in the price range.
Take a look at the list below and let us know what you think!
#1. Manhattan, New York City
If you thought this photo was too good to be true, then you were absolutely correct. For $300,000, you’d be able to use this Fifth Ave condo as a timeshare, where’d you be given a designated week to yourself and 28 other days around the year.
#2. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
How do you feel about this vacant land home in Oakland? Well, it’s all yours for $299K, even cheaper than our max of $300K.
#3. Valencia, Olivia, Spain
For $290,832, this 4-bedroom villa could be yours. This lovely package comes with sun terraces, a swimming pool, hillside views, and access to the main parts of town, just 5 minutes away.
We’re not sure where in Iceland this is, but despite the high costs of everything else, this stunning property runs for 39,800,000 Icelandic Króna, about $325K in USD. It’s 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms and one bath.
#5. Maumelle, Arkansas
If your dream is big house, small town, head to a lesser known place. This place has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and is estimated at $287,916.
#6. Mäntyharju, Finland
Head to Mäntyharju, Finland, with $298,530 and you can enjoy this log cabin near the shores of Lake Kallavesi. It comes with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, and living room, but that’s not all. There’s also a fireplace, large terrace, sauna, and detached garage.
#7. Bali, Indonesia
Interested in making paradise an everyday thing? For $273,000, you can secure this house in Bali. Relax in your 3 en-suite bedrooms, cook up a tasty meal in your open kitchen, or sun bathe by the pool.
#8. San Diego, CA
This cozy looking home is located in the Grant Hill neighborhood of America’s finest city. It might not look like much, but it comes with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and views of the Coronado bridge and Downtown SD. Estimate of this foreclosed property is around $263,954.
#9. Bar, Montenegro
Montenegro is a country in the Balkans, and you can live at this place for $305,190. It has an ideal spot near the beach and city center. The house has a whopping 3 floors, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen, and dining room. The panoramic views will take your breath away. You also get a garden and a swimming pool
#10. Los Angeles, CA
You can’t expect Hollywood with $300,000, but if you want to live in the area, try for this home on Zamora Avenue. It comes with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
#11. Natal, Brazil
Located in Rio Grande do Norte, this Brazilian home is part of a closed 16-home community. There are 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 4 other rooms. This sounds like a winner for big families.
#12. Emborio, Santorini, Greece
Life is like a dream, or so it seems for those of us outside of the debt crisis in Greece. With $288,545, you get this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom property and views of the Aegean Sea and the mountain of Elijah the Prophet.
#13. Hong Kong
With a budget of $300K, you won’t be living amid all the skyscrapers, but you can live in this 320-square-foot apartment in a remote part of the city, says reddit user Parramatta.
#14. Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
How’s your Spanish? Ever thought of moving to the Dominican Republic? Well, you can live in this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3 bath home in El Choco. The master comes with a walk-in closet. Your price of $289,750 comes with construction, landscaping, a pool, and service building for pool equipment and storage.
#15. Lezzeno, Italy
Isn’t Lake Como breathtaking? It isn’t exactly a villa, but this studio apartment offers beautiful views of the lake, surrounding mountains, and sola Comacina Island for $270,000.
#16. Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Some folks say they’d never live in Middlesborough or Boro (one man said he’d rather live in a cardboard box) while others argue that the industrial town is slated for redevelopment.
All we know is that this single three-bedroom house costs £20,000, or about $26,227 USD.