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What will $200,000 get you?

We took a look at recent homes on the market in WNY — all with listing prices of around $200,000 — to find out how they compare. Are there towns and suburbs where you can get significantly more house for your money? What about acreage and other amenities? And how do property taxes, from town-to-town, affect the bottom line? Turns out there was quite a variation; as with all things, it all just depends on what you want (and what you’re willing to give up). You’ll probably pay more, on average, to be in a walkable community; you’ll likely get a lot more house if you’re willing to live farther out in the country. Here’s what we found.

coldenColden

Asking price: $219,000
2,100 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Built in 1925
$104 per square foot
Taxes: $3,385

With beautiful updates throughout, including a newly renovated kitchen and bathrooms, this property seems a good deal at an asking price of $104 per square foot and $3,385 in annual taxes. If you want easy access to the ski slopes and don’t mind putting on a little mileage for shopping and other entertainment, this could be the place.

amherstAmherst

Asking price: $198,777
1,669 square feet
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
Built in 1950
$125 per square foot
Taxes: $5,620

This Cape Cod style home on a high-demand street in Amherst is charming but in need of some updates. At $119 per square foot, that makes it a bit pricier than other towns/neighborhoods, but it’s also a close drive (or walk) to good shopping, restaurants and more, and it’s situated in a top-rated school district.

north buffaloNorth Buffalo

Asking price: $215,000
2,360 square feet
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Built in 1900
$91 per square foot
Taxes: $4,513

This home in North Buffalo is rich in historical details like pocket doors, oak floors, moldings and a stained glass window. It’s also updated where it counts, including the kitchen and bathroom. With easy walkability to Hertel Avenue and an inground pool, this $91/square foot home looks like a great value.

cheektowagaCheektowaga

Asking price: $199,900
2,140 square feet
4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Built in 1985
$93 per square foot
Taxes: $8,775

At $93 per (mostly-updated) square foot, you get a lot more house for the dollar than in Amherst or East Aurora...but you’ll also pay more in taxes for this home: $8,775.

north collinsNorth Collins

Asking price $192,500
2,988 square feet
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Built in 1900
$64 per square foot
Taxes: $4,032

If you like small town living and you don’t mind a commute, this might be quite a bargain at $64 per square foot; there are also updates listed throughout the home. Plus, taxes are relatively low, especially considering the size of the home.

east auroraEast Aurora — village

Asking price: $198,200
1,246 square feet
3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Built in 1928
$159 per square foot
Taxes: $4,171

This house is quintessential East Aurora — a bungalow-style home in the village that’s a close walk to the pool, the Roycroft campus and more. Its higher-than-average asking price per square foot is offset by its charm and walkability, and it’s also located in one of WNY’s top-rated school districts.

hollandHolland

Asking price: $209,900
2,058 square feet
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
Built in 1850
$101 per square foot
Taxes: $4,138

Love the charm of old homes? Want more than 10 acres of land? This updated colonial in Holland seems to have the best of old and new, all at a lower price than similar homes in one of Buffalo’s closer suburbs. Just be prepared to drive.

Elmwood Village

If you want in on the Elmwood Village, the uber-hottest area of real estate in WNY right now, you’ll need to save up; the lowest-price (non-rehab) home for sale in the neighborhood at press time was $245,000.

Editor’s note: These are asking prices as of press time. Properties may have sold or been taken off the market before publication. Listing price does not necessarily reflect sale price.

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