What $675,000 gets you in Denver and three other housing markets

Cheer yourself up by considering how expensive a one-bedroom home is in San Francisco.

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The exterior of ss (Courtesy of Redfin)

The exterior of 2543 Clarkson Street in Denver. (Courtesy of Redfin)

Feeling down about searching for a house in Denver? Cheer yourself up by considering how expensive a one-bedroom home is in San Francisco.

Read on to find Denver’s secret sister city.

Denver

Subway tile, exposed brick and a clawfoot tub — break out the renovated house bingo cards, I think we’ve got a winner! If you’re saying to yourself,  “you need five in a row for bingo,” don’t worry, this house also has reclaimed barn wood and “imported engineered European wood floors.”

Columbus, Ohio

Not a pixel out of place in these renderings for a new condo in Columbus. I suspect that the finished bathroom might look different though.

At any rate, Denver and Columbus are fairly comparable in terms of square footage and pricing this week. Given that Columbus won that coveted $50 million transportation grant, maybe they’re poised to be the next “It” city after our turn is over.

San Francisco

I tried to find a house that was about $675,000, I did. But San Francisco is so crazy expensive that this $699,000 one-bedroom was the closest in terms of price. Looks the place has some great light throughout though.

Washington, D.C.

For almost two years now, I have told people, sure, Denver’s expensive, but it’s not as expensive as D.C. I hold aloft this $675,000 three-bedroom as a point of comparison: it’s in a covetable neighborhood, like this week’s Denver entrant, but it’s more than a 1,000 square feet smaller and not as nicely presented.

It doesn’t make Denver housing any more affordable, but it lets me sleep at night.