Everything’s bigger in Texas and that’s especially true of real estate. With a budget of $449,000, you could snatch up a 474-square-foot studio in downtown Los Angeles or a 3,786-square-foot four-bedroom home in suburban Houston. 

Would you be willing to trade the convenience of urban living and onsite amenities for a two-story home with a walk-in closet that rivals the size of some LA apartments? Here we compare these two new construction residences with similar price tags but drastically different features.

Situated along a historic corridor in downtown Los Angeles, Perla on Broadway is a 35-story condominium anticipated to open later this month. Unit #919 is an east-facing studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, European White Oak flooring, a linear kitchen, two reach-in closets and breathtaking city views.

At $964 per square foot, it’s the most affordable residence within the development and comes complete with one secure underground parking space, high-performance Bertazzoni kitchen appliances, and a laundry closet with a full-size front loading Bosch washer/dryer.

The studio’s future owner will also enjoy access to over 44,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a four-story atrium lounge, wine tasting room, private resident theatre, fully-equipped fitness studio, outdoor pool and spa, and a 36th floor rooftop terrace with sweeping skyline views.

For just $990 more, your budget could grant you a spacious four-bedroom home in Houston’s burgeoning suburb of Spring. Located within the Harmony master-planned community, Allegro is a collection of detached single-family homes on 50-, 60- and 70-foot lots by Houston-based homebuilder Taylor Morrison

The Larimar floorplan is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom, ready-to-build residence that sits on a 70-foot lot. This open-concept home is priced at only $119 per square foot and boasts a roomy three-car garage, an airy gathering room with double-height ceilings, curvilinear staircase, separate dining room and flex space. The owner’s retreat offers a spa-like ensuite bathroom and a generous walk-in closet that connects to a laundry room — and that’s just the first floor!

Upstairs, you’ll find three well-sized bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and interior access to a bathroom. There’s a media room that could be converted into a home office and an adjacent game room with an optional wet bar for entertaining. As if that weren’t enough, the Larimar also provides a covered outdoor patio, which could be enlarged to include an optional outdoor kitchen and a cozy fireplace.

The Harmony master-planned community touts a 5,100-square-foot recreation center, two resort-style pools, multiple playgrounds and splash pads, sport courts and ample greenspace.

If given the option between Perla on Broadway’s compact studio and Allegro at Harmony 70s sprawling suburban home, which would you choose? Living within steps of DTLA’s Grand Central Market certainly has its perks, although a Texas-sized island kitchen wouldn’t be so bad either.

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