Wouldn’t it be nice to have a house that fits your budget and doesn’t need an exterior overhaul? These 16 homes can do just that. From a vintage-chic micro home in Palm Springs to a stately home in Houston, these affordable properties make a great first impression. And as the saying goes, making a great first impression means making a great lasting impression, too.
16 Gorgeous Homes Under $200,000
1. Renovated charm in Chattanooga
209 Bass Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Who says you can’t get a great-looking family home for $200,000 or less? This Chattanooga home, situated in the Brainerd Hills neighborhood, has five bedrooms—plenty of room for a growing family. The property also has brand new hardwood floors and windows throughout the house, and has been freshly painted inside and out, giving it a breezy and refreshing quality. Close to the center of Chattanooga, Brainerd Hills is ideally situated near both the airport and downtown—putting it a stone’s throw away from amazing restaurants, live events, and countless outdoor activities.
2. Classic good looks in Iowa City
3206 Friendship St., Iowa City, IA 52245
Whether you have a big family—or are planning to add to yours—this spacious four-bedroom bilevel home has plenty of space for you. (Though there’s only one-and-a-half baths, you’ll have money left in the budget to add more.) Nestled on a leafy street in the quiet Lemme neighborhood of Iowa City, IA, the circa-1960s home has a classic vintage look with cute red shutters and tidy landscaping. The location can’t be beat for family fun, too. You can take to your bikes and head to nearby Scott Park, or easily drop the kids off at the nearby elementary and high schools (be sure to grab a treat from Daylight Donuts on the way!).
3. Victorian appeal in Marion
524 S. Market St., Marion, IL 62959
History lovers, we’ve found your dream home: A turn-of-the-century three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath charmer in Marion, IL with original details galore. Though it’s technically a Victorian, the exterior of the home has a more subdued color palette that would please even the staunchest supporter of the clean-lined “modern” style. The quaint front patio is the perfect place for enjoying a cup of coffee and taking in the lovely garden—or the lovely old-fashioned atmosphere of the neighborhood. You’re just a quick walk up South Market Street to an adorable library, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center and a range of bars and cafes in historic buildings.
4. Country club grounds in Boca Raton
11086 Highland Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Who says that multi-millionaires can only enjoy the rolling greens of a country club setting? This updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Boca Raton, FL is part of Boca Woods, a gated golf country club with two championship courses. Though there are required fees for the club and HOA, all affordable homes are worth it and adorable. The tropical landscaping is impeccable, as is the fresh white exterior with the seriously cute blue trim and garage door. If you’re not into golf, there’s still so much to do in your neighborhood—there’s a luxe gym, a bar, a restaurant and a huge pool in the clubhouse. Or, simply take a 10-mile trip to soak up the sun at Boca’s famous beaches.
5. Simple made sophisticated in Long Neck
32581 Long Spoon Way #3281, Long Neck, DE 19966
A perky aqua door greets you to this sweet three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home in Long Neck, DE. The eye-catching color lends contrast to the pristine neutral exterior and the meticulously landscaped lawn, without looking over-the-top. Built near the rolling greens of the Baywood Greens Golf Course, the home is in a pretty great location. The town’s proximity to both the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, give this area a milder climate with few extremes. Interestingly, this region has also been booming in recent years, attracting small businesses (and lots of empty nesters) looking for an affordable alternative to costlier East Coast areas. On weekends, you’re a quick drive from some of the country’s best shore destinations, like Lewes (where you can also pick up a ferry to Cape May, NJ), Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach.
6. Porch perfection in Havre De Grace
358 Bourbon St., Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Long Spoon Way #3281, Long Neck, DE 19966
$187,900Weekenders love Havre de Grace, MD for its eclectic atmosphere and cool shopping district, which ranges from quirky antique stores (like JoRetro Vintage Market) to interesting restaurants (LAURRAPIN is a local fave). What could be better than visiting? Having affordable homes in town to call your own. This quaint three-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts peppy blue-and-white awnings and a spacious enclosed front porch. Even better, it’s in walking distance to the main shopping streets of St. John Street and North Washington Street, and a block away from the marinas of the picturesque Susquehanna River. With the money you save, why not take up boating?
7. Dockside details in Portland
13008 NW Marina Way #12, Portland, OR 97231
Though it looks a lot like the eclectic beach bungalows you’ll find in Key West, FL, this adorable waterfront home is indeed within the city limits of our nation’s quirkiest city, Portland, OR. However, if you’re looking for the indie bookstores and fanciful coffee shops made famous in “Portlandia,” you won’t find those near the location of this tidy one-bedroom, one-bathroom floating home. (All of that is 6 miles down NW St. Helens Road.) Instead, you’ll enjoy peace and quiet on the water. Instead of curb appeal, you can say that the blue and light red exterior has plenty of shore appeal.
8. Retro-chic mobile in Long Beach
6205 E. Sea Breeze Dr. #3, Long Beach, CA 90803
This charming three-bedroom, two-bathroom home proves that you can bring plenty of personality to a mobile home. Decorated with splashes of aqua and red along with climbing plants, it’s hard not to smile when you pull up to the carport. Situated within a 55+ community in Long Beach, CA, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know your neighbors as you enjoy the resort-like amenities including a heated pool, billiard room and library. Heading out on the town? Nearby Naples has a myriad of restaurants ranging from upscale (like Chianina Steakhouse) to retro (the adorable Valentino’s pizzeria).
9. Micro home with mega appeal in Palm Springs
144 Pali Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
This iconic desert town has been rediscovered by a new generation of residents who are opening restaurants, galleries and shops, while still keeping true to the midcentury vibe for which Palm Springs is famous. This one-bedroom, one-bathroom micro-home fits this new-meets-old philosophy. Located in a trendy vintage mobile home park that’s currently growing, this home features a stylish neutral exterior that emphasizes the sleek lines of the home. We particularly love the wrap-around patio, which gives you zones for outdoor entertaining (you can fit a table for six out there!) to lounging with a tiki cocktail. You’re also just off of Palm Canyon Drive, which takes you to everything to see and do…and all the great midcentury architecture of your dreams.
10. Desert landscape perfection in Green Valley
1401 N Paseo Maravilloso, Green Valley, AZ 85614
For those who have weathered one too many winters, the year-round sun of Arizona is a welcome change. Though many flock to Tucson, bargains can be had beyond the city—like in Green Valley, AZ. This gorgeous Sun Belt town is particularly attractive for retirees who want a peaceful pace of life at an affordable price. About 70 percent of the community is over the age of 55 and the median age is 72. In addition to stunning surroundings, the Southwestern architecture is impeccable. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts the stucco walls and tiled roof that perfectly fit the desert landscape. Yet, you’re not too remote. In fact, your home is right near the 5th hole of the Green Valley Country Club. You can practically taste the Arnold Palmers.
11. Clean lines under a canopy of trees in Sonora
17891 Good Shepherd Drive, Sonora, CA 95370
This A-frame home in Sonora, CA is a fun alternative to the usual rustic cabins you often find in woodsy areas. Its simple wood-clad exterior is accented with touches of green, perhaps inspired by the great trees that offer shade through the summer (and become an enchanting wintry scene during the snow season). The two-bedroom, one-bathroom home’s location in the Sierra Nevada foothills adjacent to the Stanislaus National Forest makes it a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts for the obvious reasons. However, Sonora also boasts a popular shopping district with antique shops, coffee houses and restaurants. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.
12. Stately in Houston
1710 Corral Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Believe it or not, luxury can be found for under $200,000. This gracious four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home in Houston, TX proves just that! With its columns, pristine white-and-black color scheme, grand lawn and second-story veranda, this is a home that goes beyond curb appeal—it makes a jaw-dropping impression. Houston’s lower cost of living and good job market mean that you can afford to live a little bit larger than you could in other areas, so you might want to make a move on this home before someone else does!
13. Gone bold in Birmingham
1209 Browning Ave., Birmingham, AL 35213
Birmingham, AL is another Southern city enjoying an increase in population, perhaps spurred by redevelopment efforts and an affordable cost of living. (You’d also be surprised at how many magazines are based here, rather than New York or other cities.) It’s also a city that has some of the most beautiful housing stock, especially if you’re into cottages. It really doesn’t get any more adorable than this two-bedroom, one-bath home. The picture-perfect home has a sunny yellow-and-white exterior that would be cute in any decade, along with the ultimate cottage amenity: A front porch swing. It’s the ideal spot for enjoying a glass of lemonade and catching up on your reading (or on neighborhood gossip).
14. Cheery details in Indianapolis
812 E 53rd St Indianapolis, IN 46220
Indianapolis may be home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, but it’s more than just a base for racing enthusiasts. With an up and coming food scene, scores of urban activities (including gondolier rides on the city’s gorgeous canal walk), and cute houses like this two-bedroom, one-bathroom home, it’s no wonder families are flocking to the Hoosier State for affordable homes. An updated kitchen, attractive stone fireplace, and updated bathrooms complete the layout of this single family home, which stands out for its front window flower beds and cheerful yellow exterior paint job.
15. Pops of color in Canon City
503 Pike Ave., Canon City, CO 81212
$198,782Not only is this corner-lot cottage decked out with a shaded front porch and white picket fence, it’s also move-in ready. The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom Canon City home , which is more than 1,600 square feet, has been updated with crown molding, bead boards, wainscoting and French doors. It is located 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs (and two hours south of Denver). A 10-minute walk gets you right to one of Cañon City‘s main attractions, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
16. Greenery to spare in Fairview Park
4070 W 220th St Fairview Park, OH 44126
This delightful three-bedroom, one-bathroom Colonial home in Fairview Park, Ohio is in exceptional shape and features a spacious yard with a deck and fire-pit, unique interior molding, and shelves galore. Located within walking distance to a bevy of stores, restaurants, and parks, it’s also smack dab in the middle of a great school zone, making it perfect for families. It’s also ideal for Buckeyes who want the peace of the suburbs, but with a short, under 30-minute commute to nearby Cleveland.
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