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SF's cheapest home is $499K—Here's what that buys in 6 other U.S. cities

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From a Detroit mansion to a Cleveland Queen Anne Victorian, there’s more to be had for the price of a San Francisco home

The most affordable single-family home on the market in San Francisco right now is this circa-1950 house in Bayview. It comes in at two beds, one bath, and 968 square feet. It’s asking $499,900 and it’s downright lovely.

Not too bad, right? Well, outside of the trappings of San Francisco real estate Stockholm Syndrome, said asking price is, in reality, a lot of dough. To see what else one could buy for this tidy sum, let’s take a look at what the same asking nets you in six another U.S. cities.

Brace yourselves.

Cleveland - 3206 W 14th Street

Way over at 3206 W 14th Street, $499,900 can land you seven beds, two baths, and an ample 3,556 square feet inside this late-1800s Queen Anne Victorian. Other highlights include five (!) fireplaces, a Juliet balcony, hardwood floors, original woodwork, and period lighting. It was even featured on HGTV's If These Walls Could Talk and the 1960s television show Route 66. Who knew Cleveland could be so pretty?

Detroit - 18910 Fairway Drive

This circa-1922 mansion sits on a golf course. Why not? It also comes with six beds, two and two half baths, and roughly 5,800 square feet. Lovely. And so spacious. So very, very spacious.

Pittsburgh - 5303 Stanton Ave

For the same price as San Francisco’s most affordable home on the market today, one can enjoy this restored Tudor that’s benefitted from a light remodel in the kitchen and bathrooms. The woodwork and stained glass accents, however, are the real treats here. Well, aside from a sweet asking price, that is.

Cincinnati - 3738 Clifton Avenue

This Resor Park home, built in 1922, comes with four beds, five baths, and 3,195 square feet. This home would be perfectly happy in San Francisco’s Saint Francis Wood or Pacific Heights neighborhoods. But it’s not. It’s in Cincinnati. Hence the asking price.

Tucson - 5202 E Fort Lowell Road

This brick fantasy smack dab in the middle of the desert of Tuscon is a dreamy modern-midcentury affair, boasting wood beams, arches, and a pool. If San Francisco’s cool, foggy, fabulous weather isn’t your bag, perhaps this ranch-style home in the sweltering heat is more your style?

Houston - 5614 Garden Point Drive

And finally, in Houston, Texas you will find a custom built French country-style home, circa 1987. Not the most spectacular home, of course, but with an asking this low, anything is possible including a decent renovation.