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20 Beautiful Homes Hiding in America’s Most Affordable Cities

From Pittsburgh to Kansas City, the most economical cities in America are also home to some of the most extravagant abodes standing today. For proof, take a grand tour of these opulent homes in America’s least expensive zip codes.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas

Zillow Home in Fayetteville, AR

Nestled in the Ozarks, this stately colonial-style house provides a perfect example of the refined splendor found in budget-friendly Fayetteville. Situated on a five-acre lot, the gated home and separate mother-in-law apartment provide the ultimate in privacy and luxury. 

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Richly Furnished

Zillow Home in Fayetteville, AR

With five bedrooms, five baths, a vaulted ceiling, a sweeping staircase, and an equestrian facility next door, the home is sure to transport visitors to a more elegant time.

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Des Moines, Iowa

Zillow Home in Des Moines, IA

Iowa’s capital city is brimming with scenic wonders, from Gray’s Lake Park to the Principal Riverwalk on the Des Moines River. Just as wonderful are the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, filled with homes that are rich in character yet relatively low in price. 

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Midwest Morning Room

Zillow Home in Des Moines, IA

A case in point: this towering two-story home that, behind its buttoned-down exterior, offers a warm, light ambience, even on snowy winter days, thanks to wall-to-wall windows, vibrant window dressings, and the cheery red furniture in the sunny breakfast nook.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Zillow Home in Baton Rouge, LA

The quiet neighbor of New Orleans, Baton Rouge is rife with historic neighborhoods where you’ll find both low-cost and lavish modern homes

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Seat of Southern Cooking

Zillow Home in Baton Rouge, LA

The stunning features of this regal residence, including antique reclaimed pine beams and Lagos Azul Limestone countertops in the kitchen, make it the must-have million-dollar property it is today.

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Little Rock, Arkansas

Zillow Home in Little Rock, AR

The French dubbed this city on the Arkansas River “La Petite Roche,” or “Little Rock,” but today the state capital is anything but small. Visitors to this sprawling metropolis will find both moderately priced neighborhoods and districts replete with grand homes. Homeowners seeking to trade their cramped quarters for more spacious digs will flip over this 7,307-square-foot estate in Edgehill. 

Gilded in Arkansas

Zillow Home in Little Rock, AR

Built in 1829, the palatial property offers three bedrooms as well as four full and two half baths with charming Georgian-era accents.

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Zillow Home in Indianapolis, IN

Modern-day Hoosiers can travel back to simpler times when they step inside this European-style estate. 

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Old World Interior

Zillow Home in Indianapolis, IN

The five-bedroom property located in Washington Township boasts antique-look charm in its seven ornate bathrooms, while a covered veranda, wet bar, and home theater make the property ideal for sophisticated entertaining.

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Louisville, Kentucky

Zillow Home in Louisville, KY

Wining and dining your guests
is easy when you take up lodging in this luxury property in the ultra-economical Derby City. 

Luxury in Louisville

Zillow Home in Louisville, KY

The open floor plan of the nearly 10,000-square-foot estate is full of thoughtful details like custom millwork, sleek hardwood floors, marble countertops, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The result is a rustic retreat fit for any occasion, from an everyday family dinner to a lavish cocktail party.

Wichita, Kansas

Zillow Home in Wichita, KS

The turn of the 20th century ushered in a modern age of technological advancement in the city dubbed Cowtown, but through it all, Wichita retained its hospitality

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Welcoming Entry

Zillow Home in Wichita, KS

Like the city itself, this sprawling property in Lakepoint is modern yet intimate. Although the brick exterior and three-car garage may look imposing from the street, on the inside you’ll find a rustic interior that rolls out a warm welcome.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Zillow Home in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids earned the nickname “Furniture City” from its history as a manufacturing hub for home furnishings. That craftsman lineage can be seen in the hand-carved woodwork throughout this seven-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home. Built by local businessman and socialite Louis A. Cornelius in 1929, the home was once a destination for lavish parties. 

Grand Greenhouse

Zillow Home in Grand Rapids, MI

Today, the sprawling residence, with its basketball and tennis courts, pool and hot tub, and picturesque garden, pond, and greenhouse, is a multipurpose space that appeals to folks of many backgrounds and interests.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Zillow Home in Tulsa, OK

After Tulsa struck it rich as an oil town, a construction boom ensued, turning the once sleepy southern city into a hot market for home buyers. Among the properties born of Tulsa’s prosperity was this elegant 9,875-square-foot estate. 

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Over-the-Top Elegance

Zillow Home in Tulsa, OK

Built in 1939, the staggering residence features architectural accents characteristic of the French Renaissance Revival style, from the balustrade on the granite exterior to the carved overmantel of the living room fireplace.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Zillow Home in Oklahoma City, OK

Multihued hardwood floors lend a handsome finish to this home in laid-back Oklahoma City. Inside, you’ll find an executive office, workshop, and three-car garage, all surrounded by 11 acres of gardens and two pristine ponds. 

Inside the OKC Home

Zillow Home in Oklahoma City, OK

Beyond the grounds of the 2,200-square-foot estate, OKC and nearby Edmond draw tourists and long-time residents alike with affordable attractions like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Zillow Home in Pittsburgh, PA

Corner lots are among the most coveted by buyers, which means that home shoppers should be exceptionally interested in this immaculately maintained property that plays host to a 4,644-square-foot residence in the Steel City. 

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Pittsburgh Pocket Doors

Zillow Home in Pittsburgh, PA

Inside this five-bedroom home, modern amenities like state-of-the-art appliances mix with classic features like pocket doors and richly detailed molding.

Columbia, South Carolina

Zillow Home in Columbia, SC 

This four-bedroom beauty in the capital of South Carolina takes the concept of an open floor plan to a whole new level. 

Secret Passageway

Zillow Home in Columbia, SC 

The best-kept secret of this household is a built-in bookshelf that gives way to a full bathroom and closet; likewise, the master suite grants passage to a hidden laundry room. Upstairs, space is put to no less ingenious use: A multipurpose room does triple duty as a den, playroom, and media room poised to amuse entertainment seekers for hours on end.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Zillow Home in Minneapolis, MN

The antique woodwork, wainscoting, and stained-glass windows of this architectural marvel in Minneapolis are all hallmarks of the 1930s, the era of its construction. But coupled with these old-world accents is a host of upgraded amenities for the modern homeowner. 

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Marble Mansion

Zillow Home in Minneapolis, MN

When you’re not soaking away your cares in the marble spa, you can catch your favorite flick in the on-site movie theater. No matter where you want to travel within the 8,460-square-foot abode, the built-in elevator can help you get there at a moment’s notice.

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Greenville, South Carolina

Zillow Home in Greenville, SC

There’s no shortage of natural light in this welcoming Greenville home thanks to the grand windows cut into the home’s numerous doors, which illuminate the interior while bringing backyard beauty indoors

Epic Proportions

Zillow Home in Greenville, SC

Inside the 5,761-square-foot residence, space seems nearly limitless—an effect heightened by architectural elements like arched entryways and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace decorated with a larger-than-life gilded mirror.

Omaha, Nebraska

Zillow Home in Omaha, NE

Built up from a pioneer town into the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies, Omaha is full of surprises, this rare piece of real estate being one of them. The main floor incorporates an indoor solarium with a waterfall and pond, while a separate wing caters to DIYers and sports enthusiasts with a craft room, indoor basketball court, and exercise room. 

Home at the Movies

Zillow Home in Omaha, NE

When you’ve finished working out, take a dip in the infinity hot tub or in-ground pool in the backyard, then go to the movies without ever leaving home by heading to the theater at the lower level, complete with a ticket booth!

Cincinnati, Ohio

Zillow Home in Cincinnati, OH

In the early 20th century, Tudor-style homes like this property dotted entire street lengths of Cincinnati. A lingering reminder of that distant era, this extravagant 1921 estate is an example of what loving maintenance can do to preserve architectural integrity.

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Historic Charm

Zillow Home in Cincinnati, OH

The rugged stone facade and slate roof remain untouched by time, while the unmarred wooden floors and ornate fireplace surround in the 22-room interior appeal as much to modern homeowners as to residents of centuries ago.

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St. Louis, Missouri

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The owners of this custom-built residence in St. Louis made the grand ask that their house last a lifetime. Rising to the challenge, the architects opted for the timeless Foursquare style, with four grand rooms situated on each of the three 2,200-square-foot floors of the residence. 

Period Details

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But while the exterior adheres to classic Foursquare elements, the interior playfully strays from tradition by incorporating ceiling-high archways, millwork, and period-specific hardware that turn the abode into a truly memorable place to call home.

Colorado Springs, CO

Paul Kohlman via Solid Rock Custom Homes, LLC

Set at the foot of the mountains of Colorado Springs, this Southwest-style home receives its fair share of sun and wind. 

Adobe Details

Paul Kohlman via Solid Rock Custom Homes, LLC

Weather is no match for this house, though, as residents keep cool and comfortable inside the adobe-clad living room under a hipped roof that features a combination of flat and Spanish tiles. Outside the pueblo look-alike, the convenient no-mow lawn features a small patch of green that’s ideal for golfing on fair-weather days.

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Kansas City, Missouri

DRAW architecture + urban design

To combat clutter in the main house, the owners of this 1930s-era stucco-and-wood property in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood built out their backyard with a series of modern pavilions, including a garage and shed, which double as playhouses and stages for kids’ theatricals. 

Bright and Airy Interior

DRAW architecture + urban design

The storage-smart backyard freed up room in the connected kitchen to entertain guests in a bright and airy space accented with white mosaic tiles and a domed pendant light.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolina Design Associates, LLC

Charlotte boasts a whopping 199 neighborhoods filled with stately homes, though this property sets itself apart in scale and style. On the sprawling exterior, a lone balcony and a series of archways illuminated by soft lights pique the curiosity of passersby. 

Southern Hospitality

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The interior is no less alluring. In the living room, a vaulted ceiling lends a sense of drama that complements the regal chandelier, luxe cushions, and billowing curtains.