FROM PITTSBURGH TO KANSAS CITY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL CITIES IN AMERICA ARE ALSO HOME
TO SOME OF THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT ABODES STANDING TODAY. FOR PROOF, TAKE A GRAND TOUR
OF THESE OPULENT HOMES IN AMERICA’S LEAST EXPENSIVE ZIP CODES.
Nestled in the Ozarks, this stately colonial-style house provides a perfect example of the refined splendor found in budget-friendly Fayetteville. Situated on a five-acre lot, the gated home and separate mother-in-law apartment provide the ultimate in privacy and luxury. With five bedrooms, five baths, a vaulted ceiling, a sweeping staircase, and an equestrian facility next door, the home is sure to transport visitors to a more elegant time.
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DES MOINES, IOWA
Iowa’s capital city is brimming with scenic wonders, from Gray’s Lake Park to the Principal Riverwalk on the Des Moines River. Just as wonderful are the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, filled with homes that are rich in character yet relatively low in price. A case in point: this towering two-story home that, behind its buttoned-down exterior, offers a warm, light ambience, even on snowy winter days, thanks to wall-to-wall windows, vibrant window dressings, and the cherry wood furniture in the dining room.
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BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
The quiet neighbor of New Orleans, Baton Rouge is rife with historic neighborhoods where you’ll find both low-cost and lavish modern homes. The stunning features of this regal residence, including antique reclaimed pine beams and Lagos Azul Limestone countertops in the kitchen, make it the must-have million-dollar property it is today.
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LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
The French dubbed this city on the Arkansas River “La Petite Roche,” or “Little Rock,” but today the state capital is anything but small. Visitors to this sprawling metropolis will find both moderately priced neighborhoods and districts replete with grand homes. Homeowners seeking to trade their cramped quarters for more spacious digs will flip over this 7,307-square-foot estate in Edgehill. Built in 1829, the palatial property offers three bedrooms as well as four full and two half baths with charming Georgian-era accents.
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Modern-day Hoosiers can travel back to simpler times when they step inside this European-style estate. The five-bedroom property located in Washington Township boasts antique-look charm in its seven ornate bathrooms, while a covered veranda, wet bar, and home theater make the property ideal for sophisticated entertaining.
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Wining and dining your guests is easy when you take up lodging in this luxury property in the ultra-economical Derby City. The open floor plan of the nearly 10,000-square-foot estate is full of thoughtful details like custom millwork, sleek hardwood floors, marble countertops, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The result is a rustic retreat fit for any occasion, from an everyday family dinner to a lavish cocktail party.
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The turn of the 20th century ushered in a modern age of technological advancement in the city dubbed Cowtown, but through it all, Wichita retained its hospitality. Like the city itself, this sprawling property in Lakepoint is modern yet intimate. Although the brick exterior and three-car garage may look imposing from the street, on the inside you’ll find a rustic interior that rolls out a warm welcome.
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
Grand Rapids earned the nickname “Furniture City” from its history as a manufacturing hub for home furnishings. That craftsman lineage can be seen in the hand-carved woodwork throughout this seven-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home. Built by local businessman and socialite Louis A. Cornelius in 1929, the home was once a destination for lavish parties. Today, the sprawling residence, with its basketball and tennis courts, pool and hot tub, and picturesque garden, pond, and greenhouse, is a multipurpose space that appeals to folks of many backgrounds and interests.
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After Tulsa struck it rich as an oil town, a construction boom ensued, turning the once sleepy southern city into a hot market for home buyers. Among the properties born of Tulsa’s prosperity was this elegant 9,875-square-foot estate. Built in 1939, the staggering residence features architectural accents characteristic of the French Renaissance Revival style, from the balustrade on the granite exterior to the carved overmantel of the living room fireplace.
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Multihued hardwood floors lend a handsome finish to this home in laid-back Oklahoma City. Inside, you’ll find an executive office, workshop, and three-car garage, all surrounded by 11 acres of gardens and two pristine ponds. Beyond the grounds of the 2,200-square-foot estate, OKC and nearby Edmond draw tourists and long-time residents alike with affordable attractions like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
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Corner lots are among the most coveted by buyers, which means that home shoppers should be exceptionally interested in this immaculately maintained property that plays host to a 4,644-square-foot residence in the Steel City. Inside this five-bedroom home, modern amenities like state-of-the-art appliances mix with classic features like pocket doors and richly detailed molding.
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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
This four-bedroom beauty in the capital of South Carolina takes the concept of an open floor plan to a whole new level. The best-kept secret of this household is a built-in bookshelf that gives way to a full bathroom and closet; likewise, the master suite grants passage to a hidden laundry room. Upstairs, space is put to no less ingenious use: A multipurpose room does triple duty as a den, playroom, and media room poised to amuse entertainment seekers for hours on end.
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The antique woodwork, wainscoting, and stained-glass windows of this architectural marvel in Minneapolis are all hallmarks of the 1930s, the era of its construction. But coupled with these old-world accents is a host of upgraded amenities for the modern homeowner. When you’re not soaking away your cares in the marble spa, you can catch your favorite flick in the on-site movie theater. No matter where you want to travel within the 8,460-square-foot abode, the built-in elevator can help you get there at a moment’s notice.
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GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
There’s no shortage of natural light in this welcoming Greenville home thanks to the grand windows cut into the home’s numerous doors, which illuminate the interior while bringing backyard beauty indoors. Inside the 5,761-square-foot residence, space seems nearly limitless—an effect heightened by architectural elements like arched entryways and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace decorated with a larger-than-life gilded mirror.
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Built up from a pioneer town into the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies, Omaha is full of surprises, this rare piece of real estate being one of them. The main floor incorporates an indoor solarium with a waterfall and pond, while a separate wing caters to DIYers and sports enthusiasts with a craft room, indoor basketball court, and exercise room. When you’ve finished working out, take a dip in the infinity hot tub or in-ground pool in the backyard, then go to the movies without ever leaving home by heading to the theater at the lower level, complete with a ticket booth!
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In the early 20th century, Tudor-style homes like this property dotted entire street lengths of Cincinnati. A lingering reminder of that distant era, this extravagant 1921 estate is an example of what loving maintenance can do to preserve architectural integrity. The rugged stone facade and slate roof remain untouched by time, while the unmarred wooden floors and ornate fireplace surround in the 22-room interior appeal as much to modern homeowners as to residents of centuries ago.
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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
The owners of this custom-built residence in St. Louis made the grand ask that their house last a lifetime. Rising to the challenge, the architects opted for the timeless Foursquare style, with four grand rooms situated on each of the three 2,200-square-foot floors of the residence. But while the exterior adheres to classic Foursquare elements, the interior playfully strays from tradition by incorporating ceiling-high archways, millwork, and period-specific hardware that turn the abode into a truly memorable place to call home.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Set at the foot of the mountains of Colorado Springs, this Southwest-style home receives its fair share of sun and wind. Weather is no match for this house, though, as residents keep cool and comfortable inside the adobe-clad living room under a hipped roof that features a combination of flat and Spanish tiles. Outside the pueblo look-alike, the convenient no-mow lawn features a small patch of green that’s ideal for golfing on fair-weather days.
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
To combat clutter in the main house, the owners of this 1930s-era stucco-and-wood property in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood built out their backyard with a series of modern pavilions, including a garage and shed, which double as playhouses and stages for kids’ theatricals. The storage-smart backyard freed up room in the connected kitchen to entertain guests in a bright and airy space accented with white mosaic tiles and a domed pendant light.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte boasts a whopping 199 neighborhoods filled with stately homes, though this property sets itself apart in scale and style. On the sprawling exterior, a lone balcony and a series of archways illuminated by soft lights pique the curiosity of passersby. The interior is no less alluring. In the living room, a vaulted ceiling lends a sense of drama that complements the regal chandelier, luxe cushions, and billowing curtains.
Source: Realtytime.com / Joseph M. Hayes