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Cost of 4-Bedroom Homes in the Most and Least Pricey Cities

Homes are one category where you cannot judge the cost by its cover. Housing prices vary wildly depending on geography — the same chunk of change can buy a 1,000 square-foot condo in one part of the country or a 5,200 spacious home in another area.

The 2009 Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index was released this week, and it's an "apples-to-apples" comparison of the prices around the nation for 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-and-one-half bath, single-family homes. See a side-by-side cost comparison of the 10 most and least affordable cities below.

Location Price Location Price
La Jolla, CA $2,125,000 Grayling, MI $112,675
Beverly Hills, CA $1,981,750 Akron, OH $121,885
Greenwich, CT $1,519,250 Fayetteville, NC $130,875
Palo Alto, CA $1,489,726 Canton, OH $131,867
Santa Monica, CA $1,460,912 Detroit, MI $132,000

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Location Price Location Price
San Francisco, CA $1,363,250 Arlington, TX $138,775
Boston, MA $1,337,578 Macon, GA $139,007
Newport Beach, CA $1,315,505 Eau Claire, WI $141,270
Palos Verdes, CA $1,237,041 Port Charlotte, FL $142,750
San Mateo, CA $1,090,000 Wichita, KS $144,625
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Join The Conversation
mek123 mek123 7 years
Salaries are a little higher in CA but not enough for the average person to afford a nice house. But great place to live.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 7 years
Yep... from La Jolla. It's gorgeous and if you can afford it, very very worth it. That's a reason why I love visiting home so much!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Whoa. Yeah, that's why I live in, cheap real estate (comparatively!)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
That's what I always wonder when seeing the home shows on HGTV in California--what do these people do?!
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Are the salaries in CA that much better? I thought living in NJ was pricey but this is crazy!
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