13 places you can buy a newly built house inside the city limits for less than $250,000

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Real estate apps are addicting, even if you’re not in the market for a house. But they can also be depressing.

Charlotte’s housing market is continuing to boom, with the median sales price in Mecklenburg County up nearly 40 percent in the last five years.

The pace of new construction is increasing, too — albeit slowly. The top 30 homebuilders constructed about 2,800 new homes in 2016, compared with about 2,670 the year before.

While a lot of these new homes are luxury homes selling for top-dollar, several builders are constructing “starter homes” within reach of the average first-time homebuyer.

Here are 13 neighborhoods where you can buy a brand new house for less than $250,000.

Note: Several of these neighborhoods also have more expensive options. Did I miss any? Email me.

Stafford

Builder: D.R. Horton
Floor plans under $250K: Four
Price range: $225,990 to $244,990
Square foot range: 1,702 to 2,558
High school: Rocky River
Address: 16310 Old Stone Crossing Drive
Website


Moores Chapel Village

The Concord at Moores Chapel Village ($184,990)

Builder: D.R. Horton
Floor plans under $250K: 14
Price range: $168,990 to $220,990
Square foot range: 1,927 to 3,142
High school: West Mecklenburg
Address: 9435 Kendall Drive
Website


Oakbrooke Village

The Rachel at Oakbrooke Village ($154,990)

Builder: D.R. Horton
Floor plans under $250K: 10
Price range: $154,990 to $186,990
Square foot range: 1,392 to 2,635
High school: North Mecklenburg
Address: 5006 Acorn Forest Lane
Website


Sanders Farm

The Brandon at Sanders Farm ($159,990)

Builder: D.R. Horton
Floor plans under $250K: 13
Price range: $154,990 to $188,990
Square foot range: 1,390 to 2,635
High school: West Mecklenburg
Address: 1445 Oakdale Road
Website


Steele Creek

The Newberry at Steele Creek ($239,400)

Builder: Eastwood Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Five
Price range: $230,900 to $249,400
Square foot range: 1,795 to 2,417
High school: Olympic
Address: 9646 Steele Meadow Road
Website


Riverwood

The Raleigh II at Riverwood ($239,990)

Builder: Eastwood Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Five
Price range: $238,490 to $247,990
Square foot range: 2,157 to 2,492
High school: Olympic
Address: 10332 Withers Rd
Website


The Rapids at Belmeade

The Wilmington II at The Rapids at Belmeade ($245,490)

Builder: Eastwood Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Nine
Price range: $223,990 to $248,490
Square foot range: 1,472 to 2,417
High school: West Mecklenburg
Address: 1027 San Gabriel Ave
Website


Belmar Place

The Hudson at Belmar Place ($205,990)

Builder: Eastwood Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Six
Price range: $192,990 to $214,490
Square foot range: 1,495 to 2,157
High school: North Mecklenburg
Address: 4727 Belmar Place Road
Website


Brookline

The Emmerson at Brookline ($210,400)

Builder: Knotts Builders
Floor plans under $250K: Three
Price range: $210,400 to $250,000
Square foot range: 1,804+
High school: Hopewell
Address: 7628 Cushing Dr
Website


Woodbury

The Mitchell at Woodbury ($223,499)

Builder: Centex
Floor plans under $250K: Seven
Price range: $191,999 to $223,499
Square foot range: 1,633 to 2,956
High school: Rocky River
Address: 8720 Heartleaf Rd
Website


Clarabella

The Marvin at Clarabella ($243,990)

Builder: M/I Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Six
Price range: $226,990 to $249,990
Square foot range: 1,714 to 2,834
High school: Olympic
Address: 6701 Rock Island Road
Website


Caldwell Farms

The Belhaven at Caldwell Farms ($199,490)

Builder: CalAtlantic Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Six
Price range: $199,490 to $242,490
Square foot range: 1,408 to 3,018
High school: Vance
Address: 4922 Abendego Road
Website


Paw Creek Village

The Avery at Paw Creek Village ($178,900)

Builder: LGI Homes
Floor plans under $250K: Six
Price range: $157,900 to $210,900
Square foot range: 1,440 to 2,850
High school: West Mecklenburg
Address: 6024 Paw Village Road
Website

All photos are credited to the builder. Cover image via D.R. Horton

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