Mansion or shack? That's the million-dollar question

Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. 

What will the same seven-figure price tag get you in San Francisco? Not much. 

The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said this week. 

See how far a million dollars will go in other parts of the country.

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    In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month. This 1,200-square-foot property in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco just sold for $1.8 million in cash, $600,000 more than its asking price. The cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home here.

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    George Limperis, a Realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, walks in the backyard of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, where the median selling price crossed the $1 million mark last month.

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    This luxury custom home is listed for $1 million in the Las Sendas community of Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home has a resort-style back yard, pool and hot tub, four bedrooms, three full and one partial bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and travertine tile throughout the home.

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    A million bucks gets you a gourmet kitchen in a more than 4,000-square-foot home in Mesa, Ariz.

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    Don't forget the master suite - part of this luxury $1 million listing in Mesa, Ariz..

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    In Springfield, Ill., $1 million gets you nearly 6,000 square feet and six bedrooms near a top-rated golf course in this property listed for sale. The luxury home is located near The Rail Golf Course, on 5 acres of land, next to 66 acres of recreation zoned land and timber.

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    There's plenty of room inside this home listed at $1,029,900 in Springfield, Ill.

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    This is the million-dollar view from inside this Springfield, Ill., home.

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    This row house on a tree-shaded street is listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The 3,200-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, three full and two partial bathrooms and a year of pre-paid garage parking.

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    Here's the kitchen of the row house in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia that's listed for just under $1 million.

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    This three-bedroom house is listed for $1,095,000, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. The 2,551-square-foot house has 2.5 bathrooms and features an in-ground pool and a detached garage.

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    A pair of matching sinks highlight the master bathroom of this three-bedroom Atlanta house.

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    For just over $1 million, new owners could make themselves at home in the living room of this Atlanta house.

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    Don't forget the pool -- part of this Atlanta property.

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    This 5,014-square-foot home for sale listed at $999,500 overlooks the Arkansas River valley in Little Rock, Ark.

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    Here's the view that $1 million will get you in Little Rock, Ark.

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