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    What you can get for under $400,000

    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 Austin, Texas, to Scottsdale, Ariz., in search of truly unique properties you can get the keys to for $400,000 or less.

    Published Dec. 7, 2012.

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    Weedsport, N.Y.

    $399,000

    5 bedroom, 2.2 bath

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    Weedsport, N.Y.

    This Italianate/Queen Anne style mansion was built in 1876 for Orrin W. Burritt, a leading citizen of Weedsport who opened a local factory, ran a hardware store, built an opera house, printed a local paper and even served as mayor. Double-leaf wood doors with stained glass open onto a central foyer and staircase with a carved newel post, turned balustrades and coffered details. The west parlor has Victorian wallpaper in contrasting floral designs, geometric patterns on the ceiling, and a fireplace with a coal grate that appears to have been made using Burritt’s own patented metal crimping machines. Pocket doors separate the foyer, designed to be “public,” from the private family space in the two parlors. The formal dining room has hardwood floors, heavily molded door trim and baseboards, and the intricate fabric on the ceiling features a central oval with rectangular patterns on the edges. The bedrooms have carved wood doors with cornices and elaborate wood shutters, and the house is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    Austin, Texas

    $389,800

    3 bedroom, 3 bath

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    Austin, Texas

    And now for something completely different: This hip contemporary home is in central Austin, where the motto is “Keep Austin weird!” The interior is white, open and airy with stained concrete floors and clever windows that let in plenty of natural light while maintaining privacy. The open kitchen has a five-burner gas range, sleek blonde wood cabinets and a granite-topped breakfast bar. The master bedroom has the same clean, white lines as the rest of the house with a vaulted ceiling and tons of light.The master bath has custom windows, a jetted tub and an oversized shower.

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    Springfield, Mo.

    $399,900

    4 bedroom, 4 bath

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    Springfield, Mo.

    This custom-built home with the circular drive and gingerbread trim comes with an unbelievable 15 acres. The inside is just as charming as the outside, with big windows, detailed trim and multiple fireplaces. The kitchen has custom cabinets and a large butcher block island with a Jenn Aire stove. The big, sunny breakfast room has a bay window with a built-in window seat. The master bedroom has its own fireplace and a glass-paned door leading to a private screened porch.

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    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    $379,900

    2 bedroom, 2 bath

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    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    This contemporary southwestern home is in a country club community in north Scottsdale. It’s surrounded by native landscaping. The living room has soaring ceilings, a modern fireplace and massive windows. The partially open kitchen is all white with marble counters and a tile floor. The dining room is intimate with a full-length window on one wall. The master bedroom has recessed lighting, soft grey walls and an oversized window. Taxes on this $380,000 house are just about $1,500 a year.

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    Redmond, Ore.

    $375,000

    4 bedroom, 1 bath

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    Redmond, Ore.

    Redmond, Ore., is over 3,000 feet above sea level at the intersection of high desert, river canyons and the Cascade Mountains. This rustic western home on six acres is just 10 minutes from downtown Bend, but surrounded by wide-open land, a pond, a lake and breathtaking mountain views. The open-concept living room has vaulted tongue and groove pine ceilings, an open loft bedroom, custom gas fireplace and reclaimed wood floors. The kitchen has distressed maple cabinets, a hammered copper sink and 1 1/2-inch thick natural slate counters. The downstairs bedroom has a sitting area and a gas fireplace. Plus there are two corrals and a two-stall barn with a tack room on the property.

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