What $500,000 Buys Now

Whether you’re truly searching for a dream home in Springfield or simply like to dream about luxurious living, this lineup of $500,000 homes is sure to impress.

by Ettie Berneking

Nov 2014


South Side

This one-story contemporary custom-built home has a little of everything. The open floor plan creates the perfect living space that flows between the kitchen and formal living room, which is ideal for entertaining, and the three bedrooms offer ample space for a family to put down roots. The master bedroom alone is about 700 square feet. Panoramic windows in the kitchen and formal living area offer a fantastic view of the backyard, and a gas fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere. Built in 1992, the 4,486-square-foot home features a three-car garage, a jetted bathtub in the master suite, an office, an enclosed porch and a spacious backyard. At press time, the home was listed for $495,000 with Randy Thomas (417-894-9093) of Keller Williams Realty.


South Side

Built in 2007, this 6,085-square-foot home is cozy on the inside and out thanks to foam insulation that keeps utility bills low, hardwood floors that add a certain amount of polished style and a country-cottage exterior that welcomes you home. Inside, the four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths offer plenty of room to spread out and get comfortable. The main level’s open floor plan unites the formal living area and kitchen, which is complete with granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, bar seating, a gas stove top and farmhouse style white cabinetry. The finished walk-out could easily be used as a second living area. At press time, the home was listed for $529,000 with Sherrie Loveland (417-413-1193) of Murney Associates, Realtors. 


North Side

Besides a large finished basement, spacious master bedroom, several fireplaces, four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this 5,564-square-foot home’s major selling point is its location. Located just 1 mile outside of Springfield and across the street from the 132-acre Lost Hill Park, this charming house sits on 5 acres with a lovely wooded view that gives this home plenty of privacy. Built in 2005, the home has all the modern touches homebuyers are looking for including granite kitchen countertops, an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting and a jetted tub in the master bathroom along with a large walk-in closet. At press time, the home was listed for $499,000 with Debra Parrish (417-882-6222) of Murney Associates, Realtors. 



What’s not to love about this remodeled Cape Cod home located in the heart of Springfield? The home underwent a facelift back in 2005, but the sprucing didn’t tarnish the home’s character and charm including built-in bookshelves throughout, an open hearth room, polished wood floors, a wood-burning brick fireplace and a screened-in sun room that looks out over the darling backyard. With a two-car garage and landscaped backyard, this 3,107-square-foot home is the perfect setup for any family. It offers all the character buyers have come to love about homes located in the heart of town but with a modern feel. At press time, the home was listed for $469,900 with its homeowners. Call 417-832-0691 for more information.


South Side

With five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,212 square feet, there is plenty of room to show off this home’s dark wood floors, crown moldings and open layout. The kitchen is impressive with two islands, granite countertops, stainless appliances, a walk-in pantry and a breakfast bar. The elegant white fireplace blocked in with stone serves as the perfect cozy spot with a view that looks out onto the lot’s mature treescape. The master suite features his-and-her vanities, a jetted tub, a large walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. The finished basement offers a wet bar, a second fireplace and a separate rec area. At press time, the home was listed for $499,000 with Adam Graddy (417-883-4900) of Keller Williams Realty.