Like beauty, a real estate bargain lies in the eyes of the beholder. But there are certain common denominators that make a house almost universally appealing, especially when it’s listed at an affordable price: convenient location, desirable town, and updated design. Of course, in this HGTV era, houses needing TLC can be deals, too. “Fixer-uppers under $1 million are drawing both average homeowners and investment/flipper types,” says Glorianne Mattesi, associate broker with Douglas Elliman, who notes that flippers who pay cash often secure better prices than future homeowners who need financing. For our roundup of real estate deals, we stuck with houses in move-in condition that have many desirable features, all listed for under a mil.
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Address: 231 S Barry Ave, Mamaroneck
List Price: $869,000
Square Footage: 1,850 sq ft
Located in Rye Neck, the northernmost neighborhood in Mamaroneck, this recently renovated four-bedroom, three-bath house is part of Harbor Lawn Estates, 34 homes near Long Island Sound that belong to an association with a private beach and dock that hosts social events throughout the year. The layout includes a formal living room with cathedral ceilings and fireplace, new master suite with gas fireplace, updated kitchen, and a pool in the back. It’s close to schools, the train, and the village.
Listed With: Laurie Iannuzzo, William Raveis; (914) 629-7418
Address: 23 Waccabuc River Lane, South Salem
List Price: $999,000
Square Footage: 5,732 sq ft
Set on 10 acres, this four-bedroom, four-bath house blends privacy with convenience: It’s close to Katonah, Metro North, and a town park with a pool, tennis, family activities, and summer camps. Living spaces in the home have a light, open feeling, thanks to double-height ceilings in multiple rooms, some leading out to the large wraparound deck. A new kitchen with white cabinets, stainless appliances, and large center island was finished in 2016. All baths are updated, and a finished basement, complete with full bath, functions perfectly as a home gym or nanny’s quarters.
Listed With: Sandra Greller, Douglas Elliman; (914) 232-3700
Address: 122 Judson Ave, Dobbs Ferry
List Price: $879,000
Square Footage: 2,181 sq ft
Transplants from the city will appreciate the walkability of this neighborhood, which is very close to the village, school, and train. But the house’s flat backyard — sizable for lower Westchester at more than a half-acre — makes this ranch feel close to nature. The mid-century modern vibe and open floor plan suit the way many people live today. An updated kitchen leads to a three-season enclosed porch; a stone fireplace anchors the living room.
Listed With: Pamela Moss, Coldwell Banker; (914) 693-5476
Address: 101 Todd Rd, Lewisboro
List Price: $899,000
Square Footage: 4,062 sq ft
This four-bedroom Colonial is primed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, thanks to its spacious great room, with a large stone fireplace and doors leading out to a slate patio with built-in barbecue and fireplace. A sizable master suite, sunroom, eat-in kitchen, family room with wood-burning stove, and finished basement round out the living spaces. The flat, 1.3-acre yard backs up to preserved land in Waccabuc Hollow Park, making the property feel private and expansive. Nature lovers will also appreciate that the house is just a few yards from The Nature Conservancy of Mount Holly, with 221 acres of trails.
Listed With: Joanna Rizoulis, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s; (914) 967-4600