In the tri-state area, it can be tricky finding a house you love for under $500,000. It’s the ridiculous reality of living here — and why so many people end up moving south. (Who doesn’t cringe at those southern House Hunter couples on HGTV complaining that the third bathroom in the house they’re touring doesn’t seem big enough for their dog?!)
Still, there’s hope. Here are a few three bedroom houses that may be worth the high price tag.
266 Washington Avenue, Pleasantville
Get ready to come home to your storybook Tudor every day. This cute-as-an-English-fairytale 1935 3 bedroom and 1 full bath home will enchant you. Brick fireplace in the living room, sunny dining room, and partially-updated kitchen (I’ll admit, you’ll need to figure out the kitchen a little better than the current owners have). The house sits on a quarter acre and there’s a full stand up staircase that leads to an unfinished third floor. Possibilities there. The yard is like a state park. Con: The Saw Mill Parkway and the train tracks are down the hill from the yard. Still, take a look before you give up. This one is a cutie.
2109 Crompound Road, Cortlandt Manor
A beautiful screened porch sits off the side of this 3 bedroom, 1 full/1 half bath center hall colonial. Located on a corner lot on a dead end street, the house seems to have lush grounds to match its charming facade. Inside, the kitchen is updated with white cabinetry, marble countertops and a Wolf cooktop. The house packs lots of charm. Think: solid wood doors, crown moulding, and eat-in banquette in the kitchen. Best of all, most of the moulding is still natural wood. No painted trim here.
183 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
The listing for this farmhouse-style colonial says it needs an owner to come in with a little tender loving care. It’s true: There’s 80s looking tile in the kitchen. The stairs are carpeted in some strange gray carpet, and the dining room walls are pale peach. Ew. But (BUT!) this house has great bones. It has a charming front porch out front, as well as 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths inside. With a little imagination and patience (you’ll need a reno budget), you could really do a lot with this house. POTENTIAL!
If you know of any great houses for under $450,000, feel free to link to them in our comments section. I’d be curious to see what turns up.