1723 P St. N.W., #102, in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle Listed at $739,000
This 970-square-foot Victorian-style condo (built in 1921 and renovated in 1985) has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a beautiful den. Located deep in the heart of Dupont Circle, this handsome property (above, far right) is within walking distance of D.C.'s most popular gay bars. I love the hardwood floors throughout, the soaring ceiling, and the private entrance, and think this condo is a great match for someone with a busy lifestyle who wants to be in the center of the action.
828 Lake Ave., in the Inman Park section of Atlanta Listed at $745,000
This gorgeous five-year-old Craftsman-style house, in the highly desirable Inman Park area, sits only a few miles from the city's gay epicenter in Midtown. This four-bedroom, 4-1/2-bath home is 4,893 square feet, rich in charm, and boasts an incredible kitchen.
Why this is the best bet: Despite the great locations and stunning curb appeal of both homes, I vote for the Inman Park house as the better deal overall. Not only are you buying a single-family dwelling, you're getting a massive 5,662-square-foot lot, which will give you plenty of room to expand, plus a backyard where you can spend quality time with your kids -- or your furry kids.