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How Much for a Midsize Home?

Catherine Sherman
November 7, 2013

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

New York, NY
New York, NY

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

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA

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

Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

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 a Walk 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

Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA

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

Houston, TX
Houston, TX

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

Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN

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.

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Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design. Read more of her work here.