Jon Manuel

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These two houses cost the same amount

So... What does just under $320,000 get you on the real estate market?

Let's start in SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA.

The listing for this 900 square foot home suggests that you, "Bring your hammer, nails and hard hat." 

Sounds quaint, right?!

It is a complete mess on the inside, but can be yours for $318,000:

Now let's journey 2,500 miles east to North Augusta, SC.

For $1,900 more, you can have this:

Beautiful all brick 3470 sq ft 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home with fabulous open floor plan, upgraded hardwood floors & screened porch with ceiling fan plus nice grilling patio overlooking privacy fenced backyard! Fantastic kitchen with granite counter tops, gas stove, wall oven, built in microwave, upgraded microwave & refrigerator, huge island with lots of seating, 2 pantries & breakfast room opening up to large living room with gas fireplace! Dining room with wainscoting! Owners suite 1st floor w/electric fireplace, double sink vanity, ceramic tile floor & shower, large tub, water closet & walk in closet! Spare bedrooms all great size! Spare baths all with upgraded ceramic tile floors! Laundry rm w/utility sink! Charming mud room w/bench seat, bead board & closet! 2 hot water heaters! Separate hvacs up & downstairs! Full sprinkler! 2 inch blinds! Prewired for security!

But, of course, we all love the Bay Area too much to leave... RIGHT???