What would half a million get you in those two locales?
In Flint, you get the former Burroughs mansion, which sits at 925 Avon Street on the bank of Gilkey Creek. "Stone pillars mark the entrance of this home with circular drive that leads to an elegant stone mansion of Norman design," according to the Piper Realty listing. It features leaded glass windows, walnut doors and a garage that looks like Robin Hood's clubhouse.
This two-story home is situated on 3.29 acres and boasts 9,600 sq. ft., six bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, and four fireplaces. The living room alone is 932 sq. ft., but who's counting?
And in San Francisco, you discover 1214 48th Avenue, deep in the fog of the outer Sunset District, where the aforementioned sun makes only brief appearances for weeks at a time in the summer. It has two-bedrooms, one bath, and a garage. Total square footage: 850. Ominously, it is described as a "fixer upper" on the MLS, which in SF usually translates into at least $50,000 in repairs, if you're lucky.
There are your choices. Now make your selection. But keep in mind that houses in Flint tend to sell significantly under asking, if they sell at all, and houses in SF almost always go above asking.
UPDATE: Here's the available sales information on the Burroughs Mansion, via the City of Flint Parcel/Real Property Look Up page.
|12/27/2001||$437,000.00||WARRANTY DEED CONVENTIONAL|
|12/29/2006||$475,000.00||WARRANTY DEED CONVENTIONAL|