12 Unique Homes Cheaper than this Vancouver Box

vancouver 12 Unique Homes Cheaper than this Vancouver Box

185 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5X 2P9

Come one, come all to one of Vancouver’s saddest looking pieces of real estate.  This is your chance to secure this 900 square foot bungalow on a narrow 5,959 square foot lot along Vancouver’s Marine Drive for a cool $1,832,589 USD / $1,968,000 CAD.  With a little TLC, and Christmas spirit, you can transform this plain jane home into something worthy of a $5,000,000 price tag – this is Vancouver after all.  All kidding aside, this small tear down is located about 21 minutes from Downtown Vancouver and just 12 minutes to Vancouver International Airport.  $1,832,589 USD / $1,968,000 CAD for a 900 square foot tear down on a busy street is just a little nuts so we’ve searched the MLS and found 12 unique homes around the United States that just might be more appealing!  Scroll down to see what we found.

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$1,825,000 USD / $1,959,849 / 6801 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

First up is this palatial 9,037 square foot manor on 14.7 private acres in the heart of Cascade, about 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It was built in 1996 and offers stunning features such as the two storey grand entry with marble flooring, floor to ceiling windows, & an impressive staircase, or the two storey great room also with floor to ceiling windows, two large mantels, and views of the English styled gardens.  The mansion includes a master wing complete with large bedroom, his & her bathrooms, and plenty of closet space.  Other features include hand hewn solid wood panelling, an in-law apartment with full kitchen & living room, two elevators, and a full daylight lower level.  This impressive finely crafted home can be yours for just $1,825,000 USD / $1,959,849 CAD.  You can watch a walkthrough video tour here.  It’s listed with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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$1,825,000 USD / $1,959,849 CAD / 6430 Desco Drive, Dallas, Texas, United States

In the prestigious Preston Hollow area of Dallas, Texas you could buy this beautiful 6,115 square foot brick château for $7,589 USD less than the 900 square foot box in Vancouver, BC.  The home is set on a 0.41-acre lot complete with a large swimming pool, spa, waterfall, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen, large grassy area, and beautiful covered terrace complete with stone fireplace, a television, and beamed ceiling!  The interiors can be accessed from one of 8 sets of charming colonial style French doors leading to impressive formal rooms.  This Texas dream home can be yours for just $1,825,000 USD / $1,959,849 CAD, it’s listed with Lynn Gardner Collins of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

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$1,823,000 USD / $1,957,701 CAD / Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States

For $9,589 USD less than the tear down in Vancouver, BC you can get yourself a home with not one, but two swimming pools!  This 8,500 square foot Georgian manor is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia on 1.55-acres and offers 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a light filled indoor pool, an outdoor pool, both first floor & second floor master suites, an exercise room, five fireplace, and travertine & hardwood flooring throughout the home. It’s listed at $1,823,000 USD / $1,957,701 CAD with Ryan Moheb of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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$1,800,000 USD / $1,933,011 CAD / 170 Spruce Drive, Jackson, Wyoming, United States

Nestled on the Snow King hillside, this 4,083 square foot, glass-rich, contemporary design makes the most of the views and the outdoors with many decks and patios.  Enjoy over 4,000 square feet of light filled space with 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms on a 0.34-acre lot.  The master bedroom occupies one level of the home and enjoys spectacular views while automatic blinds roll down quietly for privacy when needed. It’s listed at just $1,800,000 USD / $1,933,011 CAD with Tom Evans of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty.

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$1,800,000 USD / $1,933,001 CAD / 1625 Stocton Road, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, United States

If you’re in the market for something resembling the modern mansion in the film Beetlejuice then you are in luck!  This stunning 4,552 square foot home was designed in 1988 by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects in January 2014, and can be yours for just $1,800,000 USD / $1,933,001 CAD.  It’s located in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania on a large 4-acre estate. Influenced by vernacular New England architecture, the residence, known as “Village of One’s Own,” is really five connected “pavilions,” all distinct in style with varying roof lines. This is arguably one of the area’s most engaging homes and is being offered for the first time.  The home features 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms.  It’s listed at $1,800,000 USD / $1,933,001 CAD with Susan Ravenscroft of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.

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$1,800,000 USD / $1,933,001 CAD / 1444 Beechwood, Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States

If none of the above homes are quite your style then you might fall for this one.  This historic home was originally built in 1921 by Oliver Kaufman in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania.  Enjoy a stunning entry with original wood panelling & marble fireplace, a large gourmet kitchen, and exceptional outdoor space complete with perennial gardens, a slate patio, swimming pool, and cabana.  All this can be yours for $1,800,000 USD / $1,933,001 CAD.  It’s listed with Cheryl Gerson of Coldwell Banker.

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$1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD / 630 North 1600 East, Mapleton, Utah, United States

Listed $82,589 USD less than the tear down in Vancouver, BC is this impressive 6.27-acre equestrian property in Mapleton, Utah about an hours drive from Salt Lake City, Utah.  With over 8,100 square feet of floor space the home features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, an impressive great room, walls of windows, a gourmet kitchen, and an attached three car garage with shop.  Other features include views of Maple Mountain, a fully fenced property, and water rights.  It’s listed at $1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD with Kerry Oman of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.

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$1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD / 3101 New Britton Drive, Plano, Texas, United States

Custom built by Ventura Homes in 2003 is this beautiful 8,113 square foot residence on a 0.42-acre estate in Plano, Texas. The impressive great room includes an intricately carved mantel, and four wrought iron Juliet balconies looking in.  Other features include hand scarped hardwood flooring, a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and a secluded master suite.  A patterned & stained concrete deck surrounds the swimming pool complete with waterfalls and natural landscaping.  It’s listed at $1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD with Margaret Streicher of Prudential Texas Properties.

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$1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD / 40 Portland Place, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Possibly the most impressive of all the comparisons is this gem in Saint Louis, Missouri.  This Richardsonian Romanesque mansion was built in 1897 and this is the first time it’s been offered in over 50 years.  It was designed by Frederick Bonsack for Brown Shoe Company founder George Warren. The rosewood paneled reception hall features an Italianate mosaic floor, original frescos, Corinthian pilasters and a grand rosewood staircase. French doors lead to a covered porch, and pocket doors lead to the 1908 solarium addition. This room’s outstanding feature is the Tiffany style domed skylight. Additional features include a swimming pool, bluestone decking, and a carriage house with an apartment. The home is set on a private street secured with guard houses at either end. This impressive Gilded Age Mansion can be yours for just $1,750,000 USD / $1,879,307 CAD.  It’s listed with Steven Lange & Stephanie Oliver of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty.

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$1,700,000 USD / $1,825,612 CAD / 8500 Florence Road, Douglasville, Georgia, United States

Set on 87-acres in Douglasville, Georgia is this horse lover’s dream home complete with 10 stall horse barn, wash rack, 2 cross ties, 2 tack rooms, feed room, 350 hay storag bin, 3 paddocks, 2 horse shelters, 4 fenced 4.5 acre pastures, a riding ring, and riding trails!  The home itself it 6,891 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and large formal rooms.  It’s located 25 minutes from Hartsfield Jackson Airport.  It can be yours for just $1,700,000 USD / $1,825,612 CAD, it’s listed with Alan Bass of Keller Williams Realty Atlanta.

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$1,650,000 USD / $1,771,918 CAD / 5334 Valley Vista Way, Sparks, Nevada, United States

Unique doesn’t even begin to describe this home in Sparks, Nevada.  The Cliff House offers some of the best views in the city from 1.92-acres with a main residence and a one bedroom guest house.  Views extend from Peavine, across the Wild Creek golf course and pons, to Truckee Meadows, the Reno skyline, Mt. Rose, and south across the Sierras.  A 22′ waterfall greets you through the rock outcropping as you approach. There is nothing quite like this anywhere else!  It’s listed at just $1,650,000 USD / $1,771,918 CAD with Alexandra M. Musser of Chase International.

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$1,650,000 USD / $1,771,918 CAD / 73 Seawall Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine, United States

Finally our last comparison is sure to impress. This 3,935 square foot Queen Anne Cottage was built c. 1888 and sits on over 1.5-acres with extensive gardens, a terraced lawn, path to the shore, 116′ of waterfront, and views to the Harbor, Shore of Southwest Harbor, and mountains of Acadia. It’s listed at just $1,650,000 USD / $1,771,918 CAD with Mia T. Brown Lili Pew of The Knowles Company.

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