GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $125K

Though the rest of us patriotic, good-hearted Americans took off July 4th, the Gray Lady carried on. Personally I like to think of her as a society matron out of Edith Wharton: stately, imperious, immovable. Anyway, she presented us on Independence Day, in her weekly Great Homes & Destinations update, with “What You Get For $1.2 Million.” The round up included this Seattle mansion, of which she says, “The house has both a backyard and a private courtyard surrounded by lush landscaping. Large palm trees shading the courtyard were about six inches tall when planted by the house’s original owner.” Who was, no doubt, Thurston Howell III.

So then, as promised, here are my picks for the Billfold’s companion feature, GOOD ENOUGH Homes & Destinations: What You Can Get for $125,000.

Las Vegas

A 2 BR, 2 BA condo in Las Vegas, NV, via Redfin. $112,450. 1000+ square feet, comes with ceiling fans, A/C, and access to the community pool because, duh, Vegas. Have you read The Goldfinch or We Are Called to Rise? You’ll spend 40% of the year up your chin in water in order to stay sane. 

Providence RI house

2 BR, 1 BA condo in Providence, RI, via Redfin. $125,000. Outdoor space, adorable front yard, clawfoot tub, ceiling fans, *and* an American flag! Proximity to WaterFire, too, if that’s still a thing.

Missoula townhouse

Super-cute 2 BR, 2 BA townhouse in Missoula, MT, via Trulia. $119,000. Greener than Kermit with energy-efficient everything and immediate access to the community food co-op, serving local/regional & organic foods.

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