Looking to score an affordable home for sale that not only fits your needs (e.g., a great kitchen, cool home office, and space for Fido) but also fulfills your dreams? Sure, you don’t need that garden space out back for an organic garden, and you could live without a reading nook. But are these simple — but often hard to find — luxuries really too much to ask for?
Maybe not! The typical American home is 2,500 square feet, with an average listing price around $300,000 (as of December 2016). If that’s what you’re looking for, don’t feel guilty about hoping for some personalized amenities, and certainly don’t settle for a home that simply fits the bill. To prove that what appears average can surprise you, we’ve found nine “average” homes for sale (in terms of size and price) from Choctaw, OK, to Colorado Springs, CO, that go way beyond “typical.”
A need for nooks: $268,900, 19722 Savannah St., Biloxi, MS 39532
Start your new beginning in Biloxi, MS, where this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is waiting to charm its next owner. The home’s bright-blue shutters and inviting front porch and balcony hint at the interior, which features hand-scraped wood floors and 10-foot ceilings. Whether you choose to spend your days outside or in, you’re sure to enjoy the simple luxuries of the home: sip some tea on the front porch, tend to the flowers in the lush yard, enjoy a refreshing cleanse in the outdoor shower, or curl up inside by the fireplace in the home’s cozy reading nook.
The fairest kitchen in Fairview: $279,000, 7142 Kingwood Blvd., Fairview, TN 37062
Any great chef knows how to use average ingredients and create something extraordinary. The same holds true with homes — an average-sized and -priced home can be transformed with a little attention to detail in the right places. This four-bedroom home for sale in Fairview, TN, brings the heat in the kitchen, which will make any chef’s mouth water with its marble island (on trend for 2017!), granite countertops, and painted cabinets. If that’s not enough, imagine relaxing evenings stepping into the newly renovated master bathroom with a subway-tile shower, marble double vanities, and plank flooring.
Your own private jungle: $297,000, 576 Pointe Of Oaks Road, Summerville, SC 29485
Sure, this four-bedroom home’s large, open family room, vaulted ceilings, and French doors are easy on the eyes. But the real treasure lies out back, where a lushly landscaped, fenced-in yard charms with gardens, sitting areas, and oversized swings. Add some flowers for color and voilà! It’s your own little outdoor wonderland. Hurry up, springtime!
Creative, custom woodwork: $300,000, 12921 Oakvale Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76244
With a custom wood-plank wall above the fireplace, granite countertops, and a sliding barn door separating the master bedroom and bath (which also features a garden tub!), this Fort Worth, TX, home for sale will feel like home even before you move in. Minimalists will love the classic, timeless style with modern updates, and design-minded owners will enjoy adding a personal touch.
Million-dollar views: $300,000, 8589 N. Crosswater Loop, Tucson, AZ 85743
Pop quiz! What’s a desirable home feature that never gets old? Answer: Incredible views. And this three-bedroom home in Tucson, AZ, delivers, with views of two nearby parks, including Sombrero Peak (located in nearby Saguaro National Park). Take in your natural surroundings through the large windows in the living room (which also features a gas fireplace and hardwood floors!) or outside, on the home’s large patio.
Poolside paradise: $302,000, 3230 Brant St., Katy, TX 77493
It’s hard not to feel like a millionaire when you walk through the doors of this brick, four-bedroom home for sale in Katy, TX. Enjoy dining in the blue dining room with wainscoting or relax in the formal, wood-paneled study. Upstairs, the master bedroom features sliding barn-style closet doors and a custom walk-in shower. But the best feature is in the backyard, where you can relax on the massive patio or make a splash in the pool (it comes with a hot tub, waterfall, and diving board).
Serene setting, stunning details: $309,900, 12624 Forest Ridge Drive, Choctaw, OK 73020
Picture this: a stunning new-construction home, built in 2015, within a community that includes a lake, walking trails, and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK. Sound like the good life? This four-bedroom brick-and-stone home for sale in Choctaw, OK, is all that and more. Inside, the home features a living area with a stone fireplace, a private master retreat with a corner whirlpool tub, and a kitchen with custom cabinets. Sold? Then it’s time to start planning your first summer barbecue: When the Oklahoma days warm up, you’ll love the large covered outdoor patio with built-in surround sound.
Bright, open floor plan: $310,000, 10268 Abrams Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80925
Behind this stucco home’s dramatic pillared entrance, a two-story foyer with vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, and hardwood floors welcome you. The Colorado Springs, CO, home includes other lavish amenities, like stainless steel appliances, surround sound, granite countertops, and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures throughout. The master suite includes luxe features such as a coffered ceiling and a spa-like bathroom.
Outstanding outdoor entertainment: $325,000, 25617 West Quails Nest Lane, Wittmann, AZ 85361
Settle in the outskirts of Phoenix and call this stunning desert home your own. Located in desirable Wittmann, AZ, this home is enviable both inside and out: Outside, mountain views, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, and a horseshoe court will keep you and your guests entertained. Once you enter through the large wooden door, you’ll enjoy a home office with built-in shelves, arched doorways, an open floor plan, and a formal dining room with a unique, carved statement wall.