Best Bang for Your Buck: $1 Million Home Challenge
Still victorious after three rounds, the Painted Lady went head to head with an English-gardens style house in Houston.
Although it sits on only 0.15 acres, this two-story home packs a lot of house into a small lot. Its 4,400 square feet include four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms along and a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances.
To help residents take advantage of Houston's warm weather, the home's covered patio includes a built-in gas grill, wet bar and fridge along with surround sound.
The price for this outdoor weather retreat? $1 million.
Ultimately, Lenz's pick came down to Texas' lack of state income tax and Houston's lower unemployment rate.
"It's a tough, tough go on this one," she added. "Both houses are amazing. Both houses are in beautiful condition. Both houses just are winners. But taxes wins."
Though it dethroned the Painted Lady, Houston's English manor may have met its match with this small Coronado, Ca. bungalow.
"This house is tiny but amazing," Lenz said of this 1,038-square-foot, 1950's bungalow just a block away from the beach in a cozy suburb of San Diego. "And how can you beat that location?"
Other highlights of the area include a public school system ranked No. 1 in the region and an unemployment rate of just 5 percent.
The price? $1.08 million.
It was a tough call but Lenz ultimately ruled that size matters.
"How do you overlook the fact that one house is 4,400-square-feet in Houston and the other house is only 1,000-square feet?" she said. "It's livability."
The winner: the English manor
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