What home buyers can get for $400,000

Each week, TODAY real estate expert Barbara Corcoran looks around the U.S. to see what home buyers can get for their money.

Each week, today real estate expert Barbara Corcoran looks around the U.S. To see what home buyers can get for their money. This week’s search is for truly unique properties you can get the keys to for $400,000 or less.

Published Feb. 24, 2012. Walt Simpson

3 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Everyone associates California with sunshine, but New Mexico has it beat! Las Cruces gets 350 days of sunshine a year! This fancy Tuscan-style home has panoramic views of the nearby mountains – what a great nighttime shot! The high-ceilinged great room looks like a rich guy lives there with a Travertine tile floor, hand stacked stonework fireplace and clerestory windows. The kitchen looks old world but is completely modern with wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. And how about this huge open air courtyard with water features, arched windows and doorways, plus a bar and grill. It butts onto an indoor/outdoor entertaining area with a fireplace. As though that’s not enough, there’s a rooftop patio with breathtaking views of the sparkling city lights and southwestern sunsets – wow! By the way, you can lease it for $1,900 a month!

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4 bedrooms, 3 baths

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Vero Beach offers pristine beaches, golf, boating, fishing, polo, boutique shopping, art festivals, plus great schools! This custom-built lakefront home has a tile roof, brick paved circular drive and walkways, and tropical landscaping. The living room has tile floors, crown molding, a suitably tropical-looking ceiling fan and sliding doors onto the lanai. The kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters and over and under accent lighting. The formal dining room has wide crown molding and a picturesque window with plantation shutters. There’s a windowed, bonus media room over the extended two-car garage. The big screened lanai is where I’d have my morning coffee and evening cocktails! The yard backs up to this pretty lake

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4 bedrooms, 3 baths

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This home is nestled in a quaint Hanover County neighborhood which hosts an annual tomato festival and is rich in Civil War history. This home is only 15 miles from downtown Richmond and just one hour from the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Atlantic coast. The family room is big and elegant with a brick, wood burning fireplace that is piped for gas, and wide crown molding. The kitchen has wood floors, alder cabinets, a large island and bright breakfast nook. The dining room has dignified wainscoting and extra-long windows. A secret bookcase-concealed door leads to this fully wired surround-sound media room! The back of the house is just as pretty as the front, with a luscious green lawn, attractive plantings and sunny patio.

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$398,900 –

4 bedrooms, 3 baths

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Wake Forest is an easy commute to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, not to mention just a few hours from the beach to the east and mountains to the west! This pretty brick home has arched windows and neat landscaping. The living room has blonde hardwood floors, a vaulted beamed ceiling and plenty of sun from a wall of windows onto the private, wooded view. The kitchen has light wood cabinets, a granite topped island and counters, plus a custom backsplash with hand-painted tile. The dining room is very formal with a treyed ceiling, wainscoting and molding. The master bedroom has hardwood floors, another dramatic treyed ceiling and a bay window looking out on the surrounding lush greenery. And those surroundings are gorgeous! Just look at those big, colorful trees!

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5 bedrooms, 4 baths

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This contemporary home is just 20 minutes from hip downtown Denver and has beautiful mountain views. The living room has a vaulted ceiling, gorgeous Thailand rosewood flooring and a picture window looking out on the pretty front yard. The open kitchen has painted maple cabinets with pull-out shelves and self-closing doors and slab granite counters. There’s a nice breakfast nook with a fireplace and sliding doors to the backyard. The formal dining room has rosewood floors and dramatic red walls. There’s a small lawn out back surrounded by a privacy fence as well as a big, covered patio with a ceiling fan. And taxes on this big five-bedroom, four-bath home are just $1,500!

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