If you’re looking for the perfect starter house, Trulia’s got you covered. Whether you’re house hunting in Atlanta, GA, or scoping out Sacramento, CA real estate, there’s a home out there for you — and it doesn’t have to cost a mint. Here are eight affordable options, all priced at less than $200,000, and they’re all loaded with charm.
Retro charm: $165,000, 826 N. 59th St., Milwaukee, WI 53213
Located in western Milwaukee close to neighboring Wauwatosa, WI, this three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath brick Colonial, built in 1938, is packed with potential. Arched doorways, hardwood floors, and established tree cover in the yard bring out the home’s charm — and provide some shade. Retro interior accents add interest but are also easy to update to your liking. Add in amenities like the close proximity to scenic Jacobus Park, central air, a wood-burning fireplace, plus a sizable fenced-in yard, and you’ve got a solid contender at a starter-home price.
Southern comfort: $189,000, 21 Park Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Built in 1929, this historic two-story home is just steps from Washington Park, with three spacious bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. Vintage doors and light fixtures lend a historic feel, but original hardwoods beneath the carpet are just begging for some DIY love. A charming trellis, inviting front entrance, and a lawn sprinkled with dogwoods and azaleas all add to the curb appeal.
Dream ranch: $140,000, 146 Hillside Ave. SW, Concord, NC 28025
Located just north of Charlotte, NC, this two-bedroom, one-bath ranch on a corner lot shines with all the charm of its 1948 roots. Amid contemporary updates, the original hardwood floors throughout this home contrast nicely with a modernized kitchen, complete with granite countertops and stainless appliances. A fresh coat of paint inside and out helps give this midcentury gem a bright and fresh feel.
Historic charm: $159,900, 56 Ormond St., Atlanta, GA 30315
This four-bedroom, two-bath home, built in 1920, is located within walking distance to the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field and popular Grant Park. Hardwood floors and renovated bathrooms, plus a large fenced-in backyard and inviting front porch add to the appeal of this historic bungalow.
For the entertainer: $179,500, 877 Aster Road, Lexington, KY 40504
Clean design is a bonus with this two-story brick home, located near a popular shopping district. In this home, there’s more than one gorgeous spot to entertain in — the newly renovated kitchen, complete with tile flooring, granite tile countertops, and all new appliances, as well as an outdoor patio with a full bar and terrace. Don’t forget about the master bath — a complete renovation that includes a 6-foot tub.
Suburban bliss: $194,900, 31052 Lake Spring Drive, Walker, LA 70785
Situated just east of Baton Rouge, LA, this sizable three-bedroom, two-bath brick home gives you brand-new construction in a new subdivision of Walker, LA. The enormous open-air kitchen with granite-topped island alone is worth a look. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, this house overlooks a lake in the backyard.
Cozy contemporary: $199,900, 2212 Paul Ave., Sacramento, CA 95838
Don’t let the modest size of this midcentury home fool you. All 904 square feet pack a punch, and the location? It’s just a few hours from the beach, San Francisco, CA, and several national parks. The newly renovated interior, complete with two bedrooms and one bath, is home to gorgeous dark hardwood floors, granite countertops, and updated appliances. Bonus points for the enormous lot and energy efficiency (new HVAC and new dual-pane windows).
Southwest standout: $185,000, 7717 Sandlewood Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
With its distinctive Southwestern, mission-style look, this three-bedroom, three-bath home is located in the established Laurelwood neighborhood in western Albuquerque. Although the house was built in 1987, tile floors and an all-new kitchen add to the interior’s fresh look and feel. A bay window brings natural light into the home’s large rooms, while a fenced-in yard offers a place to grow a few vegetables.