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Top Ten Under Twenty: Detroit's Best Buys Under $20K

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Detroit's cheap real estate is known across the world, but what exactly do those famously cheap houses look like? In some cases, pretty nice. For the third and final time this year, we're rolling out another edition of Top Ten Under Twenty—our top ten houses asking only $20K or less. As always, we're not promising these properties don't have hidden issues, unpaid taxes/water bills, or a variety of critters living in the attic. Be sure to do your research. See something interesting? The 'website' link next to each home will take you to the listing. Without further ado, here are ten of the country's cheapest buys.

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$15,500

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Fifteen grand buys this '50s modern ranch in the Aviation Sub, which includes vaulted ceilings wired with AM/FM radio throughout. Fancy!
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
SF: 1,368

$15,000

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This great little house in Riverdale has a natural fireplace and a cathedral ceiling. Both sound cozy.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: 1,514

$14,900

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Northern Hamtramck has a duplex that's in fantastic shape, though it might be the only house on the block able to say that.
Beds: Unknown
Baths: 2
SF: 1,444

$19,100

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Hardwood floors and a study await the buyer of this 1928 house near Grandmont-Rosedale.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: 1,336

$12,000

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Another Morningside home likely needs some work, but the historic interior looks pristine.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
SF: 1,396 sqft

$17,000

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This east side duplex has new boilers, a security system, and a lot of original woodwork. Being a duplex, it has two of everything.
Beds: 6 (total)
Baths: 2
SF: 2,420

$11,500

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This ranch in The Eye neighborhood is in great condition. It's not often that this price buys a "Florida" room.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
SF: $11,500

$17,000

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This house in the Morningside neighborhood is only partially renovated, hence its sale price. Built in 1926, a giant fieldstone chimney is its most prominent architectural feature.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: Unknown

$13,000

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This pointy home might be the best of the bunch. Just south of Marygrove College in the Fitzgerald neighborhood, it comes with newer wood floors and a fireplace.
Beds: 4
Baths: 2
SF: 1,555 sqft

$12,000

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A giant duplex just outside Boston-Edison asks just $12,000. Each unit has three bedrooms, a fireplace, and an enclosed porch. Hardwood floors and new windows are also part of the deal.
Beds: 6
Baths: 2
SF: 3,000

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$15,500

Fifteen grand buys this '50s modern ranch in the Aviation Sub, which includes vaulted ceilings wired with AM/FM radio throughout. Fancy!
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
SF: 1,368

$15,000

This great little house in Riverdale has a natural fireplace and a cathedral ceiling. Both sound cozy.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: 1,514

$14,900

Northern Hamtramck has a duplex that's in fantastic shape, though it might be the only house on the block able to say that.
Beds: Unknown
Baths: 2
SF: 1,444

$19,100

Hardwood floors and a study await the buyer of this 1928 house near Grandmont-Rosedale.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: 1,336

$12,000

Another Morningside home likely needs some work, but the historic interior looks pristine.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
SF: 1,396 sqft

$17,000

This east side duplex has new boilers, a security system, and a lot of original woodwork. Being a duplex, it has two of everything.
Beds: 6 (total)
Baths: 2
SF: 2,420

$11,500

This ranch in The Eye neighborhood is in great condition. It's not often that this price buys a "Florida" room.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
SF: $11,500

$17,000

This house in the Morningside neighborhood is only partially renovated, hence its sale price. Built in 1926, a giant fieldstone chimney is its most prominent architectural feature.
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
SF: Unknown

$13,000

This pointy home might be the best of the bunch. Just south of Marygrove College in the Fitzgerald neighborhood, it comes with newer wood floors and a fireplace.
Beds: 4
Baths: 2
SF: 1,555 sqft

$12,000

A giant duplex just outside Boston-Edison asks just $12,000. Each unit has three bedrooms, a fireplace, and an enclosed porch. Hardwood floors and new windows are also part of the deal.
Beds: 6
Baths: 2
SF: 3,000