The typical $1 million home in the U.S. is a detached, single-family house that's about 2,200 square feet with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, according to a new Zillow® analysis out Tuesday.
In 87 of the largest 100 markets included in the analysis, a detached single-family house is the standard for a $1 million home. All have at least three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, and they range from around 1,400 square feet in Fremont, Calif., to more than 7,000 square feet in El Paso.
In addition to El Paso, $1 million will buy a mansion of at least 5,000 square feet in nine other large U.S. cities. Most are in southern states, including four in Texas, two in Tennessee and one each in North Carolina and Alabama. The smallest $1 million single-family homes are found in Honolulu and California – the typical $1 million homes in Honolulu, Fremont, Oakland, San Jose and Los Angeles are less than 2,000 square feet.
In some cities, sharing walls with neighbors is the norm. Condos make up a much larger share of the million-dollar market in some large, coastal cities, but the space that $1 million buys you varies considerably. The smallest $1 million homes of any type are in San Francisco, where the standout home is a 900-square-foot condo, while a typical $1 million condo in Irvine is nearly 2,100 square feet – larger than $1 million detached homes in neighboring Los Angeles. Mid-size condos between 1,600 and 1,900 square feet are the norm in Florida cities Miami, Naples and Boca Raton.
Townhouses and row houses are the standout $1 million homes in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, perhaps owing to differences in regional construction habits. Boston, New Orleans and Long Beach, Calif., have an unusually high share of du-/tri-/quadplexes worth $1 million.
"Owning a $1 million home was once a status symbol, but now, due to escalating home prices, it feels closer to the price of entry for homeownership in parts of the country," said Cheryl Young, senior economist at Zillow. "Nationwide, the typical $1 million home at 2,200 square feet may not be sufficient to impress colleagues or neighbors. Only in the most affordable markets, such as some in the south, will you find $1 million homes that verge on palatial, and the reality for some markets – particularly those on the coast and in California – is that $1 million homes often stand out more for their diminutive size given their hefty price tags. In New York and San Francisco, typical $1 million co-ops or condos top out at 1,000 square feet, and in San Francisco that only buys you one bedroom. This proliferation of smaller $1 million homes in pricey markets points to how out of reach homeownership likely is for middle-class families or first-time buyers. Those hoping to own in those expensive markets are forced to move farther out from city centers, or to markets where you don't need $1 million to afford a home big enough for your needs."
|Largest $1 Million Single-Family Homes|
|El Paso, TX||7,030||5||5.5|
|Saint Louis, MO||5,630||5||4|
|Corpus Christi, TX||5,370||4||4.5|
|Smallest $1 Million Homes|
|San Francisco, CA||1,150||3||1|
|San Jose, CA||1,540||3||2|
|New York, NY||1,730||3||2.5|
|Los Angeles, CA||1,900||3||2|
|Cities With a Notable Share of non-SFH $1 Million Homes|
|City||Home Type||Square Footage||Bedrooms||Bathrooms|
|San Francisco, CA||Condo||890||1||1|
|New York, NY||Cooperative||1,000||2||1|
|Jersey City, NJ||Condo||1,190||2||2|
|Washington, D.C.||Row House||1,650||3||2.5|
|Boca Raton, FL||Condo||1,910||3||2.5|
|Philadelphia, PA||Row House||2,280||3||2.5|
|Long Beach, CA||Du/Tri/Quad-plex||3,040||5||4|
|New Orleans, LA||Du/Tri/Quad-plex||3,860||4||3|