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    Barbara Corcoran on what home buyers can get for $250,000

    Each week, TODAY real estate expert Barbara Corcoran looks around the U.S. to see what home buyers can get for their money.

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    Each week, TODAY real estate expert Barbara Corcoran looks around the U.S. to see what homebuyers can get for their money.

    This week’s search goes from Boise, Idaho, to Phoenix in search of truly unique properties you can get the keys to for $250,000 or less.

    Published Nov. 30, 2012.

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    Boise, Idaho -

    $250,000

    3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

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    Boise, Idaho -

    This charming bungalow-style home is in East Boise, close to the river, greenbelt, and appealing restaurants and shops. The immaculate interior has blonde hardwood floors and clerestory windows and an fireplace in the main living area. The kitchen has wood and glass front cabinets, a tile backsplash and a double window above the sink. The open dining area has a sunny picture window. There’s a big, welcoming porch out front with a classic white railing. And a cozy patio area out back that’s perfect for entertaining.

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    Brownsville, Ore. -

    $249,000

    4 bedrooms, 3 baths

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    Brownsville, Ore. -

    This artisan-style home is tucked away in the woods in Brownsville, Ore., right near where “Stand By Me” was filmed. The main living area has vaulted ceilings, skylights, gleaming wood floors and a custom fireplace. The sleek, open kitchen has glass front cabinets and butcher block countertops. There’s a custom wine cellar and tasting room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The master bedroom has wood floors and a round window set high on the wall. The bedroom balconies have beautiful views of the lush, wooded lot.

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    Omaha, Neb. -

    $240,000

    4 bedrooms, 4 baths

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    Omaha, Neb. -

    This custom-built, 2,950-square-foot home sits on a treed lot in Omaha, a city that’s above average in quality of life but below average in unemployment and cost of living. Unemployment here is about 4.3 percent, and the cost of living is 10.5 percent below the national average. The living room has built-in bookcases, a brick fireplace and wood trim. The bright, eat-in kitchen has a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. The formal dining room has a fancy chair rail and dentil molding. There’s also an office space on the main floor with crown molding and extra-wide baseboards. The covered porch out back looks over the rolling green lawn.

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    Columbus, Ga. -

    $209,000

    3 bedrooms, 2 baths

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    Columbus, Ga. -

    This quaint English cottage-style home is part of the historic park district in midtown Columbus, convenient to parks, shopping, downtown and the Chattahoochee River. The home has a pretty arched entry, crown molding and is connected to the kitchen by a butler's pantry. It also has a bank of beautiful bay windows and an original ceiling medallion. The kitchen has painted wood cabinets, tile counters and backsplash and hardwood floors. The front porch has ironwork trim and a classic porch swing. There's a flagstone patio and terraced gardens as well as a big green lawn out back.

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    Phoenix -

    $229,900

    3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths

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    Phoenix -

    This 1950 home has undergone a complete energy-efficient remodel by Cavin Costello of The Ranch Mine. There’s restored saltillo tile throughout. The totally hip and modern interior has white and flannel grey walls. The kitchen has crisp, white cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, super cool quartz counters, and a deep farmer’s sink. The spa-like bath has the same cheerful white, yellow and grey color scheme. There’s a huge covered patio out back, just in case you need a little reminder to “relax.”

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