The million-dollar home isn’t what it used to be. Once considered high-end or luxury, properties that sell for around $1 million these days are nice but not spectacular. A few are mansions, but many are unremarkable family homes. Some are condos.
Million-dollar homes have become far more common in the Washington area. According to the real estate blog UrbanTurf, 1 in 5 homes in the District costs more than $1 million. This year, 12 D.C. neighborhoods have at least 10 percent of their homes priced above $1 million. In additional to several neighborhoods in Northwest Washington, Brookland, a hot enclave in Northeast, is among the 12.
It’s not just the District where $1 million homes are proliferating. The real estate website Zillow found that the percentage of homes listed for sale above $1 million has grown to 6.6 percent of all listings in the D.C. region this year, up from 4.6 percent just six years ago.
While home buyers bemoan the rising prices and homeowners rejoice at them, some areas of the country have home values much steeper than ours. In Seattle-area Zip code 98039, where Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Amazon.com’s Jeffrey P. Bezos live, Zillow found that 99.7 percent of homes are worth $1 million or more. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
You might wonder who can afford these homes. To give you an idea of how much it would cost to own a $1 million property, we asked Realtor.com to figure out how much a homeowner would spend monthly on a mortgage. Based on a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4 percent, the monthly mortgage payment would be $4,927, including insurance and taxes. To keep within the general guidelines of spending no more than 30 percent of your gross income on housing, a home buyer would need to earn at least $197,106 to afford a $1 million home.
Within the $1 million price range, the type of home you can buy varies depending on where you look. In pricey urban areas, you are unlikely to find a detached house. But the farther from the city center you travel, the more house and land you can get for your money. With the help of Realtor.com, we put together a random selection of properties across the region and the country, from a penthouse condo in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Northwest Washington to a modern house in Welcome, Md., to a pueblo-style home with mountain views in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wondering what $1 million buys you? Turn the page to see homes at that price on the market now.
Washington, D.C. 20010
Price: $999,900. Price per square foot: $540.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.
Square footage: 1,850. Lot size: N/A.
Features: A 1905 rowhouse on a leafy lot in Mount Pleasant was completely renovated into modern condos. The two-level penthouse has an open floor plan and hardwood floors. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a marble wall and backsplash. A private deck is off the kitchen. The condo is smart-home wired. The monthly condo fee is $231.
Agent: Trent Heminger, Compass.
Washington, D.C. 20010
Price: $999,900. Price per square foot: $642.
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.
Square footage: 1,558. Lot size: 0.03 acre.
Features: The 1920 semidetached rowhouse in Columbia Heights was recently renovated and transformed into an open floor plan. Front door and sidelights have stained-glass detail. Living area has a coffered ceiling, hardwood floors and a gas fireplace. Kitchen has Carrara marble waterfall island and stainless steel appliances. Lower level has a bedroom, bathroom and a wet bar with a wine cooler.
Agent: Ross Vann, Compass.
Washington, D.C. 20016
Price: $999,000. Price per square foot: $520.
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
Square footage: 1,923 Lot size: 0.15 acre.
Features: The 1941 Colonial is on a corner lot in the Kent neighborhood. The formal living room has a wood-burning fireplace and hardwood floors. The updated kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The sunroom has windows on three walls. The top-floor loft space has a bathroom with a shower. Lower level has a separate entrance, kitchen, bedroom and two bathrooms. The garage is detached.
Agent: Steven Cummings, Long & Foster.
Olney, Md. 20832
Price: $997,000. Price per square foot: $131.
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
Square footage: 7,599. Lot size: 0.43 acre.
Features: The 2011 Compton model in Reserve at Fair Hill, the Montgomery County development by Pulte, is one of the largest homes in the community. It is on a lot that backs onto parkland. The house has an open floor plan with a main-level master bedroom. The library has a Palladian window and coffered ceiling. The two-story great room has a wall of windows and a fireplace. The expansive lower level has a wet bar and pool table. A three-car garage is attached. The monthly HOA fee is $135.
Agent: Susan Ellis, Re/Max Realty Centre.
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Price: $997,000. Price per square foot: $220.
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 4,533. Lot size: 1.74 acres.
Features: The 2017 French Country home built by Mark 5 Construction in the Windsor Estates community is tucked into a wooded lot. The home has decorative molding, hardwood floors and a handcrafted spiral staircase with iron twist pickets. The ceiling in the great room spans nearly 30 feet. The first-floor master suite includes his-and-her closets. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the second floor. A deck overlooks the leafy back yard.
Agent: Gilbert Poudrier, Exit 1 Stop Realty.
Welcome, Md. 20693
Price: $992,900 Price per square foot: $275.
4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 3,614. Lot size: 3 acres.
Features: Architect Mark Kohler of KohlMark Group, who designed the 1999 home, calls it “minimalist modern.” He said “the design for this home incorporates walls of glass, minimalist detailing and powerful yet simple forms for a stunning composition.” The eight-foot interior doors make the nine-foot ceilings seem taller. The property overlooks the Port Tobacco and Potomac rivers.
Agent: Mary Agnes Lilly, Coldwell Banker.
Arlington, Va. 22204
Price: $1 million. Price per square foot: $231.
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 4,326. Lot size: 0.21 acre.
Features: Built in 2006, the house is west of Arlington National Cemetery. It has an open floor plan with hardwood flooring. Skylights in the vaulted ceiling over the dining area flood the space with natural light. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The lower level is finished. A shady deck serves as a carport in front of the two-car garage.
Agent: Nancy Yahner, Keller Williams Realty.
Fairfax, Va. 22030
Price: $999,990. Price per square foot: $253.
4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 3,947. Lot size: 5.03 acres.
Features: The Graye II model at Fox Chapel Estates, a new development by Integrity Homes, is a three-level home. The formal dining room opens to a courtyard at the front of the home. The two-tier kitchen island has seating for five. A stone fireplace anchors the family room. The master suite is on the second level and opens to a private balcony. The master bathroom has a separate shower and soaking tub. The three-car garage is attached to the home. The monthly HOA fee is $120.
Agent: Doug Richards, Integrity Homes.
Alexandria, Va. 22314
Price: $999,990. Price per square foot: $399.
3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 2,509. Lot size: 0.02 acre.
Features: The newly built, four-story townhouse is part of M/I Homes’ Majesty West development near Old Town. The main living area in the Cambridge F model is on the second floor. The open floor plan includes a kitchen with a 10-foot waterfall Cararra marble island. The master bedroom is on the third floor. The top-floor loft area has a wet bar, a full bathroom and terraces on the front and rear. The unit comes with a two-car garage and a home automation system. The monthly HOA fee is $180.
Agent: M/I Homes.
Nissequogue, N.Y. 11780
Price: $999,000. Price per square foot: $333.
4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
Square footage: 3,000. Lot size: 2 acres.
Features: Built in 1980, the renovated Hamptons post-modern-style house is in Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island. The formal living room has bay window and fireplace. The dining room opens to a spacious outdoor deck that overlooks the Gunite saltwater swimming pool. The table-space kitchen has an exposed brick feature wall. A wood-burning fireplace warms the family room. The second-floor master suite has a sitting room. The finished basement has a wine room.
Agent: Maria Orlandi, Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85255
Price: $995,000. Price per square foot: $285.
3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.
Square footage: 3,494. Lot size: 0.42 acre.
Features: The 2003 pueblo-style home on a corner lot in a gated community has an open floor plan, 14-foot ceilings and Travertine floors. The U-shaped kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Large panes of glass frame mountain views around the gas fireplace in the family room. The master bedroom has a fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to the patio. The outdoor deck has a grilling area, a massive fireplace and spectacular views of the mountains.
Agent: J. Darice Tiffany, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Chicago, Ill. 60654
Price: $1 million. Price per square foot: $556.
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Square footage: 1,800. Lot size: N/A.
Features: Built in 1916, the Sexton Lofts in the River North neighborhood were converted into residential condos in 2000. The sixth-floor condo has 14-foot timber ceilings, a spacious open layout, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and a double-sided fireplace. Natural light pours through the massive windows. The outdoor spaces include a balcony and a rooftop deck. Building amenities include 24-hour door service and on-site fitness center. The monthly condo fee is $890.
Agent: Daniel Glick, @Properties.