Last Updated May 11, 2010 10:01 AM EDT
Are you a city kid? Do you love walking around, enjoying the sights, smells, and lights of a major metropolitan area?
With the decline in prices, you might be wondering what you can pick up in the way of a pied-a-terre in one of these hot towns: San Francisco, New York City, and Miami.
Here's are three properties we found. Feel free to add links to your own $250,000 properties, in these cities, and elsewhere.
What Can You Buy For $250,000 In San Francisco:8100 Oceanview Terrace, Unit #119, San Francisco 94132
It's a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in a tidy 669 square feet. Corner view, granite kitchen countertop, and a large private patio. The listing says the unit is quiet and that it "doesn't face the freeway," which makes me wonder how noisy this community really is. Worse, it's a short sale, but the package has already been submitted to the one lender.
Just remember, for a pied-a-terre, it's all about the neighborhood. (Click to see more photos.)
What Can You Buy For $250,000 in New York City:19 W 105th Street, Apt. 1C, New York 10025
You don't get all that much for your money in New York City. In this case, it's a small, 226-square foot studio in a lovely pre-war (known as "vintage" in other parts of the county) red brick building on a tree-lined street.
The monthly maintenance on this studio is just $410, and this property is income restricted. So if you earn more than $50,000 a year, this place won't be for you. But do you have a just-graduated child who is now living in New York and needs a place?
What Can You Buy for $250,000 in Miami:3265 Virginia Street, Apt. 20, Miami 33133
The largest of our three homes, this two-bedroom, one-bath home in the heart of the Grove allows you to walk to restaurants, hot shops and the marina. The property features a granite and stainless steel kitchen, cherry floors and a washer-dryer.
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Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com.