PICTURED: Mansion or shack? It’s the $1M question

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Associated Press

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.

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 askin...

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)

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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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 neig...

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, Jul...

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, Ju...

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-...

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)

This is an interior view of a luxury home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home ...

This is an interior view of a luxury home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home has a resort style back yard, pool and hot tub, four bedrooms, three full and one partial bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and travertine tile throughout the home. (AP Photo/Matt York)

This is a view of the master suite in a luxury home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Las Sendas community of Mesa, Ariz...

This is a view of the master suite in a luxury home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Las Sendas community of Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home has a private suite with its own bath, fireplace and office, as well as a resort style back yard with a pool and hot tub. The home showcases a desert view on a golf course in the Phoenix suburb. (AP Photo/Matt York)

This is an exterior view of a luxury custom home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foo...

This is an exterior view of a luxury custom home with a listing price of $1 million on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. The more than 4,000-square-foot home has a resort style back yard, pool and hot tub, four bedrooms, three full and one partial bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and travertine tile throughout the home. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A row house on a tree-shaded street is for sale and is listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The 3...

A row house on a tree-shaded street is for sale and is listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The 3,200-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, three full and two partial bathrooms and a year of pre-paid garage parking. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This is an interior view of a row house for sale listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The 3,200-s...

This is an interior view of a row house for sale listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The 3,200-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, three full and two partial bathrooms and a year of pre-paid garage parking. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This is an interior view of a kitchen in a row house for sale listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014...

This is an interior view of a kitchen in a row house for sale listed at $995,000 in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The 3,200-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, three full and two partial bathrooms and a year of pre-paid garage parking. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Flowers bloom near the deck of a luxury home on an expansive, hilltop lot for sale listed at $999,500 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. The 5...

Flowers bloom near the deck of a luxury home on an expansive, hilltop lot for sale listed at $999,500 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. The 5 acres of land that the home is built on descends to a stream near the Arkansas River. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

This is an interior view of the living room at a home for sale listed at $999,500 that is located on 5 acres of land overlooking the Arkansas River valley on...

This is an interior view of the living room at a home for sale listed at $999,500 that is located on 5 acres of land overlooking the Arkansas River valley on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

This is an exterior view of a 5,014-square-foot home for sale listed at $999,500 that is located on a hillside overlooking the Arkansas River valley on Wedne...

This is an exterior view of a 5,014-square-foot home for sale listed at $999,500 that is located on a hillside overlooking the Arkansas River valley on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

This is an exterior view of a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta....

This is an exterior view of a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. The 2,551-square-foot house has two and a half bathrooms and features an in-ground pool and a detached garage. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

This is an interior view of the living room in a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighb...

This is an interior view of the living room in a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. The 2,551-square-foot house has two and a half bathrooms and features an in-ground pool and garage. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A pair of matching sinks highlight the master bathroom of this three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood F...

A pair of matching sinks highlight the master bathroom of this three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. The 2,551-square-foot house has two and a half bathrooms and features an in-ground pool and garage. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

This is an exterior view of the backyard patio and pool area of a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherw...

This is an exterior view of the backyard patio and pool area of a three bedroom house listed for sale at $1,095,000 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. The 2,551-square-foot house has two and a half bathrooms and features a detached garage. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In Springfield, Ill., $1 million gets you nearly 6,000 square feet and six bedrooms near a top-rated golf course in this property listed for sale on Wednesda...

In Springfield, Ill., $1 million gets you nearly 6,000 square feet and six bedrooms near a top-rated golf course in this property listed for sale on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The luxury home is located near The Rail Golf Course, on 5 acres of land, next to 66 acres of recreation zoned land and timber. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

This is an interior view of a luxury home listed at $1,029,900 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The home is located near The Rail Golf Cours...

This is an interior view of a luxury home listed at $1,029,900 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The home is located near The Rail Golf Course, on 5 acres of land, next to 66 acres of recreation zoned land and timber. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

This is the view of an expansive backyard from inside a luxury home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The home is located near The Rail Golf ...

This is the view of an expansive backyard from inside a luxury home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The home is located near The Rail Golf Course, on the 5 acres of land, next to 66 acres of recreation zoned land and timber. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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