Today, we showcase 10 shining examples of the power of location. You may be weary of hearing how important location is when discussing real estate, but realistically, it’s the one element a buyer cannot change.

As a result, all square feet aren’t created equal. We picked 10 homes—all measuring 2,500 square feet—on the market right now, to illustrate how geography dictates vastly different results when it comes to housing prices.

You’ll easily see the disparity on same-sized properties across the country. On the high end, the most expensive 2,500-square-foot home we found is a $6.2 million residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the picture-perfect locale of Laguna Beach. On the other end of the price spectrum, an intrepid buyer can score a historic home of exactly the same size in Maine for one-forty-sixth of the Laguna Beach price.

Do you dream of owning a 2,500-square-foot home of your own? Location makes all the difference! Take a look at these 10 homes and see for yourself…
31881 Circle Dr, Laguna Beach, CA
Price: $6,199,000
Price per square foot: $2,480

Laguna luxury: Listen to the waves lapping against this three-bedroom oceanfront home. Built in 1995, it includes modern finishes, imported stone floors, and walls of windows framing impeccable views. The bathrooms and kitchen were recently remodeled, but the most striking spot in the house is the oceanfront terrace, with space for entertaining lucky guests.
Laguna Beach, CA

63 Main St, Cherryfield, ME 
Price: $135,000
Price per square foot: $54

Cherryfield Federal: Built in 1854, this historic six-bedroom with a cherry-red door still boasts many of its original features. It’s been updated tastefully throughout. The floors are a combination of woods, including maple, yellow pine, and pumpkin. The living room is filled with natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and features a retrofitted wood-pellet stove. The nearly half-acre lot overlooks the Narraguagus River and also includes a barn and garden shed.
Cherryville, ME

145 Rosebrook Dr, Hazelwood, MO
Price: $305,000
Price per square foot: $122

Hazelwood honey: This four-bedroom brick house is a traditional take on Midwestern living. The interiors are roomy and light and filled with hardwood floors, built-ins, and a fireplace. Outside, there’s a large deck and rolling lawns for friends and family to gather and play.
Hazelwood, MO

1431 58th St, Cicero, IL
Price: $229,900
Price per square foot: $92

Blond bungalow: While the word “bungalow” is usually reserved for smaller homes, this blond brick bungalow features three levels. Inside you’ll find a finished basement, a finished attic, and a whopping seven bedrooms. Highlights include original stained-glass windows, refinished hardwood floors on the main level, and updated bathrooms.
Cicero, IL

5016 San Adan Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM
Price: $445,000
Price per square foot: $178

Albuquerque Andalucia: Built just five years ago, this stucco home with a tile roof is located in the desirable Andalucia neighborhood. It fits right into the New Mexico style, with high ceilings, fireplace, wood-look tile flooring, stacked stone accents, and granite countertops. The master suite features a sitting room and fireplace and two walk-in closets. Out back, there’s plenty of room to relax on the patio around the fire pit or by the fountain.
Albuquerque, NM

107 Town Line Rd, Wainscott, NY
Price: $6,150,000
Price per square foot: $2,460

Wainscott wonder: This stylish Hamptons beach getaway includes both upper and lower decks, situated on a large pool. The four-bedroom home offers clean lines, fireplaces, a sleek kitchen, full basement, and outdoor shower. Walls of glass bring the lush, green grounds indoors, while the large lot offers plenty of room to expand the home’s footprint.
Wainscott, NY

11215 53rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL
Price: $599,000
Price per square foot: $240

Brand new: This custom three-bedroom home is situated on a large lot just five minutes from the beach. Interior highlights include 10-foot ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, a custom staircase, gourmet kitchen, and a den that opens onto a large lanai patio.
Saint Petersburg, FL

1705 Carrington Ct, Old Hickory, TN
Price: $325,000
Price per square foot: $130

Brick beauty: Tucked into a quiet cul-de-sac, this three-bedroom brick home is less than a decade old. It includes a fireplace, stainless-steel appliances, a main bedroom suite with dual vanities, and walk-in closet. Outside, there’s both a lower deck and a balcony for taking in the fresh air with family and friends.
Old Hickory, TN

304 17th Ave S, Bangor, WI
Price: $259,900
Price per square foot: $104

Village Victorian: This bright, white, four-bedroom Victorian is striking from every angle. There’s ornate woodwork throughout—oak hardwood floors with walnut and cherry inlays, as well as a kitchen with refinished cabinetry. The bathroom off the kitchen was recently remodeled, and all of the bedrooms have ample closet space. Outside, the nearly half-acre lot is filled with perennial gardens.
Bangor, WI

33521 Cleek Way, Long Neck, DE
Price: $249,000
Price per square foot: $100

Baywood Greens: Located in the Baywood Green Golf Course community, this three-bedroom contemporary house comes with a full slate of community amenities. Built in 2005, the property is being sold fully furnished, and includes a golf cart for cruising the greens or going down the street to the community center. Other highlights include a loft at the top of the stairs, attic space, and a fully landscaped yard.
Long Neck, DE

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