How Much is a Midsize Home Around the Country?

When shopping for a car, it’s common to focus on the size you want, such as a midsize sedan, and then see what different makes and models are going to cost you. Home shopping can be the same. To help you get started, we’ve found homes for sale measuring close to the median U.S. home size of 1,598 square feet. Check out these real estate makes and models to find the right price and location for you.

New York triplex

242 E 7th St APT 5, New York, NY
For sale: $2.375 million
Square feet: 1,600

from Zillow

from Zillow

With luxurious homes and historical appeal, Manhattan’s East Village is the Cadillac of real estate. Originally a synagogue, this converted triplex shows off early 1900s architecture and contemporary updates. The final product isn’t cheap, however. Compared with the national median value per square foot of $102, the median New York home is currently valued at $292 per square foot.

Los Angeles bungalow

912 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $995,000
Square feet: 1,606

from Zillow

from Zillow

With close proximity to Sunset Junction and Silver Lake, this home is in a prime Los Angeles neighborhood with a median home value of $758,600. The 1,606-square-foot bungalow has 4 bedrooms, a den and 2.5 baths for an asking price of $995,000. Using Zillow’s mortgage calculator, this would mean a monthly payment around $3,834, assuming 20 percent down on a 30-year fixed mortgage.

Chicago apartment

3314 N Lake Shore Dr APT 7A, Chicago, IL
For sale: $565,000
Square feet: 1,600

from Zillow

from Zillow

In Chicago, you’ll find the architectural charm of New York City without the Big Apple price tag. For $565,000, a 1,600-square-foot apartment is for sale in a Belmont Harbor beaux-arts building. With aWalk Score® of 92/100 and sweeping views of Lake Michigan, this 2-bedroom home is ideal for an urban dweller.

Seattle craftsman

330 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA
For sale: $529,999
Square feet: 1,600

from Zillow

from Zillow

With close proximity to Green Lake and local restaurants, Wallingford is a highly sought-after Seattle neighborhood. A midsize craftsman measuring 1,600 square feet is on the market for $529,999, which is below the Wallingford median home value of $571,500. If you’re after the same size home for a little less in Seattle, neighborhoods farther north such as Greenwood are good places to look.

Houston town house

1624 W 25th St UNIT D, Houston, TX
For sale: $299,000
Square feet: 1,586

from Zillow

from Zillow

A town home in The Heights is on the market for $299,000, which is more than the area’s median home value but significantly less than a similarly sized home in Los Angeles or Seattle. Built in 2004, the home is a newer construction with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a balcony over the garage.

Nashville colonial

1232 Brenner Dr, Nashville, TN
For sale: $194,000
Square feet: 1,612

from Zillow

from Zillow

In the South, you can find large lots for a fraction of what it costs to live in Northeast metros. This South Hampton-area property spans a third of an acre and is currently priced at $194,000. Compared with Nashville home values as a whole, this is more than the median, but the home is in a good location on a quiet tree-lined street with top-rated schools nearby.

This article was originally published by Catherine Sherman on Zillow Blog. See the original article here.

Quirky New Trends in Real Estate

As the housing market continues to recover, a bevy of interesting trends have been emerging in the sector, affecting everything from buyer and seller behavior to design and everything in between.

Quirky New Trends in Real Estate

Try before you buy

Want to spend quality time in the home you’re interested in buying? Perhaps spend the night and check things out before putting a single penny down? Real estate agents are now letting some qualified, serious buyers do just that! And this unusual strategy, which can ultimately help buyers make an informed decision, is catching on in markets across the country.

Dogs are people, too

Builders aren’t just turning to upgrades and financial carrots to help offset rising buying costs. They’re also getting more creative with the “extras” by taking pet friendly to a new level. In fact, some high-end apartment buildings offer pet food-centered room service menus, and in New York City, MiMA development’s Dog City will even walk, groom and arrange play dates for residents’ dogs.

Make Me Move

In a market that’s as tight as this one, sellers know they have the upper hand. And they’re capitalizing on the momentum by listing their “fantasy” price — the price it would take to persuade them to sell — using Zillow’s Make Me Move® feature.

Boutique-style closets            

While you likely know that screened porches and outdoor living rooms continue to interest homeowners, you may not realize that master bedroom closets designed with a coveted, boutique-like feel — think illuminated rods, compartmentalized storage, shoe walls, vanity areas and other focal points — are also becoming a virtual must-have, according to architects and high-end home builders.

This article was originally published by Vera Gibbons on Zillow Blog. See the original article here