City: Cleveland
Median home price: $47,000
What $100,000 can get you: A magnificent six-bedroom, four-bath brick Colonial Revival pile with leaded-glass windows and marble floors in the University neighborhood, just north of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

City: Buffalo
Median home price: $62,000
What $100,000 can get you: A five-bedroom 1890 Queen Anne (converted to a duplex) in the historic waterfront district of Grant Ferry that's likely to gain value: Despite the housing crisis, local home prices appreciated more than 22 percent between 2006 and 2010.

City: Detroit
Median home price: $71,000
What $100,000 can get you: A six-bedroom, three-bath turn-of-the-century brick mansion in Indian Village, a historical neighborhood packed with architectural treasures.





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