Earlier this week MSN Real Estate published {this} article on what type of home $300,000 can get you across the country.  So, we thought it would be fun to do a little comparison of our own!  Ever wonder what approximately $300,000 can get you around here?  Well, wonder no more!  Here are just a few homes that are or have been listed in this price range.  Take a look, then be sure to compare them to the article.  We think the Des Moines metro is the place to be when you want to get a lot of home for your dollar!

1.  814 NE Lakeview, Ankeny, Iowa -- $315,000

3,700 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms & 4 bathroom areas, den, formal dining room, huge lower level family room with walk out to 1/3 acre yard. Wonderful view of Fountain View lake & recreation trail. New carpet throughout & fresh paint upper & lower levels, refinished hardwood floors. Central Vac, Children's play set and invisible fence(need collars) included. Easy access to I-35.

2.  3419 NW Rockridge, Ankeny, Iowa -- $319,900

Unique, warm and charming one of a kind walkout Ranch. 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath with distinctive craftsmanship throughout. Inviting foyer greets with dramatic Red Birch flooring, 9 ft ceilings, double closets & window seat, leading into a 32' living & entertaining area. Kitchen boasts cherry stained maple cabinetry, black granite counters, SS appliances, roll-out drawers & 3 way breakfast bar. The 16' dining area w/slider to 14' elevated deck overlooks the living room & fireplace with quality built-in bookcase, mantle & woodwork. Master bedroom suite with jet tub, double raised vanity, 9' walk-in closet & shower. Laundry situated next to MBR. A 2nd BR is in front wing off entry with full bath. Finished walkout lower level has 28' family room, slider to patio & yard & stunning 16' wall of fireplace, maple-cherry handcrafted bookcases, mantle & cabinets, two Lower Level bedrooms, a full bath & large storage utility area. Upgrades & Character throughout this home.

3. 7534 NE Berwick, Ankeny, Iowa -- $375,000

Over an acre wooded lot, wildlife galore!! Huge 2 season porch & life time decking, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 baths, walk out lower lever with wet bar, full bath & bedroom, vaulted great room with huge windows for natural lighting, main floor master suite & full bath with jet tub and shower, double vanities, formal dining room or den with French doors, main floor mud/ laundry room with 1/2 bath, upper level with 2 bedrooms, full bath and spacious loft area over looking great room, 3 car garage, whole house intercom system & central vac.

4. 5722 SE 24th, Des Moines, Iowa -- $284,900

Unique 6BR 4BA 3852sf finished home on cul-de-sac on half acre lot! HUGE kitchen w/cherry cabinets, SS appliances, corian counters, tile floor, and eat-in area. Dining area w/oak hardwood floor and 2 story ceiling! Mudroom/Laundry off garage. Great Room features a fireplace, surround sound, and lots of windows! Rounding off the main floor are two bedrooms, full bath, and half bath. The 3-car garage is extra wide with an extra 9X10 storage room/workshop. 2nd Floor: Lovely master suite w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and HUGE bathroom w/dual sinks, toilet room, tiled shower, and lots of beautiful cabinetry. 2nd big bedroom and bonus loft area complete the upstairs. Finished basement has 2 bedrooms (one currently a home gym), family room, new carpet, and full bath. Energy efficient home w/tri-zone heating/cooling (2 furnaces/2 AC's w/separate controls). Backyard: 39X13 stone patio overlooking the expansive fenced yard, 12X10 shed.

5. 2002 NE Bel Aire, Ankeny, Iowa -- $259,900

Beautifully updated 5-bedroom ranch home in the popular Briarwood South area of Ankeny. Conveniently located near schools, parks, restaurants, and shopping. Tons of space for your family with 1776sf of finish on the main level and 1666sf of finish in the lower level per seller. The spacious kitchen has granite, lovely backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and updated nickel fixtures throughout. French doors lead to the bright 4-season sun room off the kitchen. This home has TWO gas fireplaces! Wood floor in the kitchen. New carpet and paint throughout the home. Spacious master suite w/walk-in closet and large bathroom area - dual sinks and gorgeous tiled shower. Main floor laundry. Finished lower level has two more bedrooms with egress windows, wetbar, large full bathroom, and HUGE family room! Other ammenities: fenced yard, wired for surround sound in basement, irrigation system, vaulted cilings on main floor, covered deck, high efficiency furnace/AC, updated landscaping.