10 Amazing Houses <br>Under A Million<br />

Bungalux founder Alex Brunkhorst shares her house-buying tips, and shows us what a million dollars will buy you in the nation's style capitals.

When it comes to real estate, our go-to guru is LA-based agent and founder of our favorite vicarious house-hunting site Bungalux, Alex Brunkhorst. We asked Brunkhorst to share some of her wisdom, and use her keen eye to canvas the country for real estate gems that come in at under a million--which, yes, we know, is still a serious chunk of change. She delivered. Read on for her valuable tips, and her expert take on some seriously tempting listings. (We're packing our bags for Savannah.) dh-bungalux-slide-title 1. Real estate's like dating: You have to know where you're willing to compromise, and where you're not. I ask my clients to write a list of their three-to-four "must-have" criteria (bedroom count, location) and allow the rest to be fair game for compromise. 2. Don't buy the nicest house on the block. As far as advice goes, this is an oldie but goodie. 3. Do think resale value. If you have to sell your house relatively quickly in the future--because there's a baby on the way, or a job transfer to Ohio in the works--the things you overlooked may be the things that others don't. Some incurable defects that may affect resale: A busy location, split bedrooms, a poor school system, lack of a yard, and rundown houses next-door. 4. Try to bring your harshest critic to see the house before you purchase. That friend of yours who tells you that jeggings aren't for you is also the one who will point out that your daughter could really use a bedroom. Real estate can be emotional, so it's good to bring some objectivity into the mix. 5. Enjoy the process. Someday you'll miss hanging out on Zillow and Trulia for days on end. Promise. dh-bungalux-slide-title-02
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  • ARCHITECTURAL IN ECHO PARK
  • 1874 MORTON AVENUE
  • Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California
  • Price: $749,000
  • Listing type: Single family
  • Beds/baths: 3/2
  • Year built: 1905
  • Bragging rights: Cool location close to Dodger Stadium.
  • Amazing amenity: Great outdoor entertaining area.
  • Professional opinion: Silver Lake and Echo Park have been much-buzzed-about for some time, but this neighborhood is only getting hotter.  
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  • SUNNY TRADITIONAL NEW JERSEY TUDOR 
  • 151 HIGHLAND AVENUE
  • Location: Montclair, New Jersey
  • Price: $995,000
  • Listing type: Single family
  • Beds/baths: 3/2
  • Year built: 1927
  • Bragging rights: Radiant heat in a marble bath is today's ultimate luxury.
  • Amazing amenity: City views without city prices.
  • Professional opinion: The 'burbs get a bad rap, but I like this one because there's something very Revolutionary Road about it--in a not-depressing way, of course.
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  • LOFT LIVING IN TRIBECA
  • 93 WORTH STREET
  • Location: Tribeca, New York City, New York
  • Price: $800,000
  • Listing type: Condo
  • Beds/baths: 0/1
  • Year built:1924
  • Bragging rights: Tribeca, Tribeca, Tribeca. Enough said.
  • Amazing amenity: The location.
  • Professional opinion: Okay, so maybe it's a little small. Though with Downtown at your doorstep, who wants to be indoors anyways?
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  • BROWNSTONE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE
  • 204 WEST 78TH STREET, 3A
  • Location: Upper West Side, New York City, New York
  • Price: $750,000
  • Listing type: Co-op
  • Beds/baths: 2/1
  • Year built: 1910
  • Bragging rights: Close to Central Park.
  • Amazing amenity: The exposed brick walls.
  • Professional opinion: Manhattan brownstone prices are stratospheric, but this listing allows you to own part of a brownstone without the $10 million price tag.
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  • TONY AND TRADITIONAL IN DALLAS 
  • 4402 RAWLINS STREET
  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Price: $719,000
  • Listing type: Single family
  • Beds/baths: 4/2
  • Year built: 1927
  • Bragging rights: Modern living that doesn't compromise the historic feel.
  • Amazing amenity: Gorgeous flooring throughout.
  • Professional opinion: I know I'm supposed to love over-the-top in Dallas, but I still like things understated and this one reads very east coast to me.
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  • TUDOR REVIVAL BRICK MANSE IN SAVANNAH
  • 2909 ABERCORN STREET
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Price: $995,000
  • Listing type: Single family
  • Beds/baths: 5/4
  • Year built: 1937
  • Bragging rights: Prominent location in Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Historic District.
  • Amazing amenity: Clubroom with rooftop garden.
  • Professional opinion: Savannah is one of my favorite spots for house voyeurism. The real estate there is to-die-for, and this one's no exception.
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  • TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY PASADENA CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW
  • 810 NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE
  • Location: Pasadena, California
  • Price: $795,000
  • Listing type: Single family
  • Beds/baths: 3/2
  • Year built: 1907
  • Bragging rights: Vintage classic with a basement--a rarity.
  • Amazing amenity: Updated bath with freestanding tub.
  • Professional opinion: Pasadena is a bastion for exceptional homes, from Craftsman bungalows to Spanish mansions, it has some of the best examples of architecture around.
 
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  • ITALIANATE VICTORIAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • 1235 GUERRERO STREET
  • Location: Noe Valley, San Francisco, California
  • Price: $899,000
  • Listing type: Condo
  • Beds/baths: 3/2
  • Year built: 1900
  • Bragging rights: Walking distance to atmospheric restaurants including Foreign Cinema, a must for visitors to SF.
  • Amazing amenity: Exquisite woodwork throughout.
  • Professional opinion: So very San Francisco: it reminds me of a dollhouse. And while Noe Valley sometimes gets overlooked in favor of Pacific Heights and other SF 'hoods, it's an awesome area.
 
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  • STATE-OF-THE-ART BOSTONIAN BROWNSTONE 
  • 19 ALBEMARLE STREET #1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Price: $995,000
  • Listing type: Duplex
  • Beds/baths: 2/2
  • Year built: 1891
  • Bragging rights: Tree-lined street on the border of the Back Bay and the South End.
  • Amazing amenity: Poggenpohl cabinets.
  • Professional opinion: I adore this. If it were in Los Angeles or San Francisco I'd scoop it up. So much charm.
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  • WATER'S-EDGE HIGH-RISE IN SEATTLE
  • 2000 1ST AVENUE #1204
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Price: $975,000
  • Listing type: Condo
  • Beds/baths: 2/2
  • Year built: 1994
  • Bragging rights: Views of the mountains and Puget Sound and walking distance to Pike Market Place.
  • Amazing amenity: 24-hour concierge.
  • Professional opinion: Calling all bachelors with taste: we've found your love nest.
  Photographs: Courtesy Bungalux 
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