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Houston homes deliver sizable bang for the buck at $350K, says report

Houston homes deliver sizable bang for the buck at $350K, says report

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An example of what $350,000 gets you in Houston.  HAR.com

When it comes to buying a home that supplies the most space for the price, Houston reigns as one of the most desirable big cities in the U.S., a new study indicates.

For the study, real estate platform RealtyHop looked at how much square footage a homebuyer could get for a median price of $350,000 in the country’s 100 largest cities. The study found that in Houston, a buyer could pick up a 1,804-square-foot home for $350,000, or $194.06 per square foot.

Among the largest cities in Texas, Houston sits at No. 9 on the most-bang-for-the-buck scale. Austin fares worst in that regard in Texas, with $350,000 buying a 1,056-square-foot home. That works out to $332.10 per square foot. RealtyHop cites Houston and San Antonio as two of the standouts in the U.S. for affordable housing.

Nationally, San Francisco tops the list of least affordable cities. There, $350,000 will get you a measly 349 square feet of space ($1,003.18 per square foot). At the other end of the spectrum, that sum will get you the most space (4,769 square feet, close to the size of a small mansion) in Detroit. That adds up to just $73.39 per square foot.

“For many, the tradeoff between space and cost is a deciding factor on where they choose to settle down. Should you buy a tiny studio in Manhattan or a large townhouse in Atlanta?” RealtyHop observes. “The reality is that living in certain places often means downsizing your expectations.”

Here’s what $350,000 will buy you in the largest cities in Texas, according to RealtyHop:

  • Austin, 1,056 square feet, $332.10 per square foot.
  • Dallas, 1,574 square feet, $222.36 per square foot.
  • Plano, 1,741 square feet, $201.03 per square foot.
  • Irving, 1,769 square feet, $197.81 per square foot.
  • Houston, 1,804 square feet, $194.06 per square foot.
  • Garland, 2,013 square feet, $173.91 per square foot. (The median home size in Texas is around 2,000 square feet.)
  • Fort Worth, 2,204 square feet, $172.92 per square foot.
  • Arlington, 2,056 square feet, $170.26 per square foot.
  • Corpus Christi, 2,092 square feet, $167.27 per square foot.
  • San Antonio, 2,116 square feet, $165.38 per square foot.
  • El Paso, 2,742 square feet, $127.65 per square foot.
  • Laredo, 2,842 square feet, $123.13 per square foot.
  • Lubbock, 3,569 square feet, $98.07 per square foot.