Not so long ago, the idea of a million-dollar home would evoke visions of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Expectations have changed while the market soars, but a million bucks still buys plenty in today’s housing market. Honest!
We were curious to see what a home buyer could score while sliding in just below the million-dollar mark. We found nine great homes from around the country, all strategically priced at $999,999.
As for how far your dollar will stretch, we found two smaller beach houses—one in Hawaii and one in California. But that very same price tag could land you a gorgeous, 5-acre wooded retreat in Wisconsin, a luxury desert retreat in Arizona, or a 70-acre horse farm decked out for even the most discerning equestrian lover.
So set down your caviar spoon and save your million-dollar fantasies for another day. There’s plenty of wish fulfillment to be found in these nine homes, priced a buck below that magic price point…
Square footage: 3,721
Price per square foot: $269
Desert dwelling: Sitting on nearly a half-acre in the gated Las Sendas golf community, this four-bedroom, Tuscan-style home was built in 2006. It’s loaded with upgrades, like built-ins, tumbled travertine floors, and an owner’s suite with full sitting room. However, its top feature might just be the amazing mountain views. The backyard is an entertainer’s oasis, with a covered patio, pool, fire pit, and a staircase to an observation deck designed to maximize views of the city below.
Square footage: 3,934
Price per square foot: $254
Giddy up! Equestrian lovers will swoon for this 1890 brick farmhouse sitting on nearly 70 acres. The property also features an indoor riding ring, plus 14 stalls. The three-story main house features a custom brick and stone kitchen, an owner’s suite with balcony, hardwood floors, and a mudroom with half-bath. The property also includes additional barns, fenced pastures, and other perks for horseback riding aficionados.
Square footage: 5,336
Price per square foot: $187
Dunes West: Custom-built in 1996, this five-bedroom home sits on a wooded, 2-acre lot. Traditional interiors feature a two-story foyer, cathedral ceilings, and fireplace. There’s also a wet bar leading to a wood-paneled man cave. Outside, there’s a two-level patio with awning and a spiral staircase leading to an observation deck. The gated community is filled with trails and offers golf, pools, tennis, and a fitness center.
Square footage: 5,330
Price per square foot: $188
Stately Colonial: Great curb appeal all over! This five-bedroom Colonial sits on 2 acres and is punctuated by a 20-foot lighted flagpole. The interiors have been updated and include a large mudroom, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace in the owner’s suite, and a bonus room. Outside, the grounds have been professionally landscaped and are ready for long days of family fun.
Square footage: 6,063
Price per square foot: $165
Hilltop hideaway: Perched on nearly 5 wooded acres, this four-bedroom Craftsman home was built in 2006. Indoors, the home has maple and mesquite floors, a theater room, Amish cabinetry, six fireplaces, and a fully finished walkout lower level. There’s also an additional garage, which can accommodate up to eight cars and a motor home.
Square footage: 2,345
Price per square foot: $426
Beach house: This compact two-bedroom is just three short blocks from the beach and is offered with all the furnishings. Which means it’s an easy, breezy turnkey rental property or vacation home. Built in 1890, the adorable Victorian includes a loft with skylight as well as an updated kitchen.
Square footage: 4,936
Price per square foot: $203
Wooded paradise: Elegant inside and out, this five-bedroom home was built in 2005, and has been recently updated with new paint and carpet. Decorative lighting, hardwood floors, and dual staircases give the interiors a timeless appeal. The real highlight is the backyard, with its large, covered patio, grill, pool, and spa, all surrounded by mature trees and professional landscaping.
Square footage: 3,250
Price per square foot: $308
Deer Creek discount: According to the listing details, this three-story home is priced at $100,000 below its estimated value. Built in 1999, the custom home has more than 50 windows to bring in the surrounding views. The kitchen has been remodeled, and the hardwood floors feature Brazilian cherry inlay for flourish. A spacious deck serves as a dramatic backdrop for outdoor entertaining, while the finished walkout basement offers plenty of indoor space for family and friends to gather when temperatures dip. Check out those views!
Square footage: 2,340
Price per square foot: $427
Beach beauty: A sandy beach for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing sits just minutes away from this four-bedroom island home. Built in 1956, this Oahu property has several modern updates to the kitchen and bathrooms and features a loft, large owner’s suite, and a fenced backyard.
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