In the stressful, often complicated world of home buying, one thing is always true: The bigger the place, the more expensive—right? Well, not always. A new report from sleep research company Eachnight shows that one-bedrooms can go for less than the average studio—it just depends on the region you’re house hunting in. By relocating to one of these metros, you can save money and get luxuries like a wall between your bed and sofa. Read on for some of our favorite listings to scoop up before they’re gone.
Dallas and Fort Worth
Topping the list, these neighboring towns have the biggest differential between average one-bedroom and studio prices, with the former selling for about $58,000 less in both places. This North Dallas condo has an outdoor space, a walk-in closet, and new appliances for just $120,000. That’s a major deal compared to the area’s average studio price ($228,000). If you get there and miss your hometown, you can now afford to fly back—and tell everyone what a steal the new place is.
Tourism in Motown has been booming the past few years, with design-forward attractions like the Siren and Shinola Hotel bringing in newcomers, but don’t sleep on buying a permanent pad here. One-bedrooms are nearly $49,000 less expensive than studios, with the average price being just shy of $190,000. For that money, you can ditch your windowless basement unit in New York for a place like this: riverfront views, a kitchen worthy of an open plan, and big steel-framed windows to let the sun shine on it all.
The Lone Star State is known for its ample space, and its largest city boasts bigger apartments for $40,000 less than their one-room-fits-all alternatives. Set in the museum district, this condo overlooks Hermann Park and has built-in bookshelves, hardwood floors, and, rarest of all, central air. Come the weekend you can pop down to the pool and tennis court on the ground level.
Old Pueblo may be the second most affordable city in the country for one-bedrooms (on average, $146,000), but it ranks fifth when you compare the price to smaller units nearby. On the city outskirts, this vibrant fixer-upper on four acres is made out of hay bales and runs on solar. If you’ve ever dreamed of going off the grid, now’s your chance.
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