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AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question

A sale balloon for a nearby store is shown next to a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood just sold for $1.8 million in cash, $600,000 more than its asking price, in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A sale balloon for a nearby store is shown next to a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood just sold for $1.8 million in cash, $600,000 more than its asking price, in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, smiles as he walks through the kitchen of a property that was recently sold in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, stands in the garage of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate a $1 million will barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home that needs work and may or may not include private parking. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, walks in the backyard of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate a $1 million will barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home that needs work and may or may not include private parking. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A luxury home with a listing price of $1 million is shown on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Las Sendas community of Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home has a desert view on a golf course in the Phoenix suburb as well as a four car garage. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That’s what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

What will the same seven-figure price tag get you in San Francisco? Not much.

The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said Thursday.

One home in a trendy San Francisco neighborhood recently sold for $1.8 million in cash — $600,000 more than its asking price. No swimming pool listed with this 1,200 square-foot house. Instead it featured a concrete slab yard, no appliances and an unfinished basement.

A million dollars will go a lot further in other parts of the country.

— In Philadelphia, $1 million means a four-bedroom brick row house with a multi-tiered shoe closet.

— A Little Rock, Arkansas, house on 5 acres of land tucked into a hill overlooking a stream the feeds into the Arkansas River, complete with a fireplace in the master bedroom, is on the market for about $1 million.

— In an affluent Atlanta neighborhood, $1 million translates to a backyard swimming pool and 2,500 square feet.

— And in Springfield, Illinois, $1 million gets you a nearly 6,000 square foot house with six bedrooms near a top-rated golf course.

Here’s a collection of photos showing a variety of $1 million homes around the country.

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