What You Get for ... $150,000
WHAT: A one-bedroom one-bath set of buildings in the Sonora Desert
HOW MUCH: $125,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $104.17
SETTING: The property is on a mesa about an hour north of Phoenix. Adjacent to the land is Lake Pleasant, a man-made reservoir with places to fish, boat, hike and scuba dive.
COMMON SPACES: The house is divided into three buildings: one for living, one for sleeping and one as a studio for ceramics and metalwork. The current owner uses a solar-powered generator.
PERSONAL SPACES: The house’s bedroom is separated from the living area by sliding doors and a walkway.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is covered in desert rock, brush and hedge. There are views of a canyon from the back deck, and Lake Pleasant can be seen from a ridge nearby.
TAXES: $225 a year
CONTACT: Scott Jarson, Jarson & Jarson Real Estate (480) 425-9300; www.azarchitecture.com
Indian Lake, N.Y.
WHAT: A three-bedroom one-and-a-half-bath house in the Adirondack Park Preserve
HOW MUCH: $173,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $27.58
SETTING: This house is located on a cul-de-sac at the end of a 100-foot-long road. No neighbors are visible from the yard. Indian Lake is home to about 1,500 residents. There are several rivers, lakes and streams in the area for fishing pike, pickerel, perch and trout. Nearby is a network of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Lake George is about an hour away; Lake Placid — and the Whiteface ski resort — is about two hours; so is Albany International Airport.
COMMON SPACES: The house’s living room has a wall of windows with southern exposure. (The current owner grows her tomatoes indoors.) There are tile floors and a wood-burning stove. Exposed wood inside the house is Douglas fir collected by the house’s builder and previous owner, a contractor.
PERSONAL SPACES: One of the three bedrooms upstairs has a deck; all have views of the forest.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is planted with perennials, an apple tree and bushes bearing blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
TAXES: $1,200 a year
CONTACT: Nanci Vineyard, Adirondack by Owner (518) 648-0173; www.adkbyowner.com
WHAT: A two-bedroom one-bath house
HOW MUCH: $159,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $202.80
SETTING: The house is on a residential street near Harrison Avenue, the main strip of Leadville’s historic district. Leadville, a town of 2,800 people, is nearly two miles above sea level. Old mines in the area are open for tours. Breckenridge is an hour away; Vail and Aspen are about 45 minutes; and Denver is about an hour and a half.
COMMON SPACES: The living room has a wood-burning stove; and parts of the interior — including several doors and the bathroom’s claw-foot tub — are original to the house.
PERSONAL SPACES: Both bedrooms were recently repainted.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The backyard has views of the Rockies.
CONTACT: Amy Tait, RE/MAX Aspen Leaf Realty (970) 390-8954; www.leadvillehomes.com