By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Buying a house can be anxiety-inducing as thoughts turn to things like mortgages, escrow and other terms I do not understand because I’ve been a renter since moving out of my parents’ house.
But I do know that window shopping is fun. I also know that $500,000 is a lot of money. So I took those two tidbits and had more fun browsing Zillow, pretending be in a market for a house, than actually looking for somewhere to live.
So,here’s what $500,000 could buy you in six cities in Wyoming.
For exactly $500,000, this 2,600 square foot home could be yours!
This house was built in 2016, but the Zillow listing did note that everything had been updated, whatever that means. It has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a brand new basement that features two of the five bedrooms and a family room that “can fit even the largest of families,” so you can invite the cast from “19 Kids and Counting” and not worry about having enough space!
It also has a brand new deck that goes along the entire back of the home, a walk-out basement with a covered patio, a “gorgeous” master bedroom and a tankless water heater, which sounds strange and confusing.
The estimated mortgage payments are $2,080 a month.
This (not quite finished) two-story home in Casper is priced at $487,900 and has just over 3,300 square feet. It is scheduled to be completed in January.
According to the listing, it has an open floorplan, vaulted ceilings and granite countertops, along with a covered porch and a master bedroom on the main floor. It has also been upgraded with a third-car garage, a fireplace with granite surrounding it, luxury vinyl tile flooring in the living room and bathrooms and enlarged and upgraded windows.
The estimated mortgage payment is $2,031 per month.
This brand new home can be yours for the low price of $445,000, so you’d have a little bit left over to spend on home furnishings!
According to the Zillow listing, what is pictured is a model home and can be customized, but it currently features three bedrooms and two bathrooms (the master bathroom has double sinks and a separate tub and shower!), wood floors, a large master bedroom and a “deep” three-car garage.
The estimated mortgage payment is about $1,800 per month. The house is about 3,500 square feet.
This Cody home, built in 1995, is estimated to cost $480,000.
According to the listing, it has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, with two attached garage spaces. The house has been well-maintained and has lake and mountain views and sits on 1 acre of land.
A shallow well is used for the yard, and there are corrals and fences for animals. The estimated mortgage payment would be around $2,000 per month.
This house, built in 1991, is estimated to cost just barely under $500,000, coming in at $498,000. It is just over 5,000 square feet.
This five-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch style home features a large living room with a high vaulted ceiling and a fireplace. It also boasts an eat-in kitchen, plus a large private dining room, if you’re one of those people who has friends and likes to entertain. (Who wants to do that? Get out of my large house!)
There is an extra large lower level family room, which is “great for entertaining with a walkout basement, wet bar and gas fireplace.” This area also has two offices and two large storage rooms.
It also comes with a maintenance-free deck (this sounds like something out of a science fiction story, maintenance free??) and a private fenced backyard. It also comes with a $7,000 carpet allowance, which I assume means the carpet is going to go on an amazing shopping trip once a year.
OK, yes, this house is significantly cheaper than the others featured in this list, but let’s be real: we all knew that there are virtually no homes for sale in Jackson under $1 million.
So think of this cabin as the best of both worlds: you get to live in Jackson AND you won’t have spent all of your $500,000, so you can live in the most expensive city in the state for a little while longer.
This 960 square foot A-frame cabin is estimated to cost $275,000 and is located in the Granite Creek Drainage area. However, the sale is only for improvements and permit only, no extra land is included in the purchase price. The listing states that the cabin was built in 1965.
According to the listing, it’s just downstream from the Granite Hot Springs and is a “great spot to get away and unplug.” It is one bedroom and one bathroom and there are no structures between the cabin and creek.