Listen, we know. Trying to juggle work and school while stuck at home is officially for the birds.
But we have something that just might help. What about moving to a bigger place? One with space enough for a home office, some distance-learning for the kids, and a little home-grown fun thrown in for good measure?
The good news: You don’t need to spend a fortune to spread out.
Take a look at this list of 10 homes—all with extra room for a real-deal workspace—on the market below the current median home price of $350,000.
We’re talking separate offices with their own entrances, built-in desks and shelves, and plenty of multifunctional room for everyone in the family to carve out their own space for their next video meetings. They’re not all oversized, but they all do make smart use of their footprints.
Looking to achieve a bit more sanity on the home front? Let’s take a tour of some affordable options…
Why it works: The double red front doors even hint at the school-at-home experience.
This suburban sanctuary has it all. It’s roomy, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,422 square feet. With all those rooms, you should have no trouble carving out a flex office space, and with a third of an acre of land, there’s plenty of room for PE class outside.
When the weather’s gloomy, head to the neighborhood clubhouse for tennis, swimming, and the kids’ play area. Don’t forget the masks!
Why it works: Modern Southern charm oozes out of this house, built in 2017, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,619 square feet.
There are plenty of areas to convert into smart spaces for school and work-from-home duties, like the bar in the kitchen, and the big, wide-open dining room.
But it’s outside where this property really shines. It sits right across from a soccer field leading into the woods, so recess can start right out the front door. A buyer must have been enticed: The property has already gone into “contingent” status.
Why it works: For those weary work-from-homers who yearn to separate work from home, this house has a clever surprise: an adjacent second space to the living area for use as an office.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence, originally built in 1953, recently got a chic update, with chandeliers, a newer kitchen, bathrooms, and hardwood floors.
It also has a separate utility room off the backyard and a two-car garage.
Why it works: Remodeled and located near downtown, there’s a lot to love about this house.
It’s the five bedrooms and nearly 3,000 square feet, though, that make it a home-schooling superstar. It was built in 1945, and it looks as if everything’s been updated.
It has no shortage of nooks ideal for learning—or working.
Why it works: This ramblin’ ranch with a split floor plan is just the ticket for someone who needs to carve out a professional office at home.
Sitting in the heart of town on just over a quarter-acre, the home has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on one end, and a separate one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite with its own entrance on the other end. There’s even an in-ground pool out back.
Why it works: Dating all the way back to 1899, this Victorian features five bedrooms, three-plus bathrooms, and 2,294 square feet.
Updated with all the modern amenities, its highlights include hardwood floors, decks, and a second-floor office with a half-bathroom.
It also has a fenced backyard with a patio and stone wall, for charming warm-weather entertaining.
Why it works: Built in 2014, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,567-square-foot home comes with loads of custom built-ins, including a desk suite in the home office, and custom cherry wood cabinets in the kitchen.
Energy-efficient, with new major systems, conveniently located to freeways and much more, this home office is a big upgrade from the kitchen table.
Why it works: The updated and spacious brick ranch features four bedrooms, and two bathrooms.
The remodeled kitchen contains stainless-steel appliances, and there are three spacious bedrooms on the main floor. The lower level features a large game room area and an adjacent room that can serve either as an office or school study space.
Take a break outside on the patio, with an outdoor bar and gardens with fruit trees. You’ve earned it!
Why it works: Modern industrial magic mixed with darling design and vintage detailing combine to create this style-forward family house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,135 square feet.
Highlights of the home include an office with built-in shelves, an updated kitchen, large balcony, and rec room.
Outside, find a big backyard with a privacy fence, fire pit, and gardens for flexing your green thumb, or even teaching a little botany as part of your home-school curriculum.
Why it works: The four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home features a den downstairs and a loft upstairs, which could work for office and study spaces.
In addition, the layout includes a huge master bedroom with a separate sitting area, patio, and two-way fireplaces, plus a bathroom with separate shower and tub. The modern kitchen features granite counters, a large island, and lots of cabinets for storage.
If you need a break, the home is close to walking trails that lead to nearby schools and shopping.