A Sale of Two Cities: House Hunting in Savannah, GA and Milwaukee, WI

HGTV visits Savannah, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a home search to see and compare what $300,000 will buy. Check out these snapshots offering a sampling of homes and spaces from the search.

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SAVANNAH, GA: Quintessentially Deep South

Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and often cited as one of America's most picturesque cities. With its historic downtown, cobblestone streets and oak shaded garden squares, it has long been one of the South's premiere tourist destinations. It was America's first "planned city," laid out in the 1730s with public squares and a carefully designed grid. It's home to the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design and today is known for its exquisite architecture, a myriad of festivals, a burgeoning art scene, thriving cocktail culture and fine low-country cuisine.

Savannah: Landmark Historic District

The Savannah client was in search of an older historic home in or near downtown and the city's famed restaurants and nightlife. This 1860 antebellum townhouse in the Landmark Historic District has three bedrooms, 1350 square feet and was listed at $299,900.

Savannah: Landmark Historic District

The kitchen is updated with granite countertops and new appliances but retains its original beam ceilings and fireplace.

Savannah: Landmark Historic District

This is one of six fireplaces in the Landmark house and is made from authentic "Savannah gray bricks" that date to before the Civil War.

Savannah: Victorian District

Savannah's Victorian District features beautiful historic homes, many with large front porches and balconies. It's located about a mile from the shops and restaurants on the popular River Street.

Savannah: Victorian District

Savannah Factoid: Savannah attracts more than 50 million visitors annually. The huge bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was set in Savannah and, for a time, its popularity brought so much added tourism that some residents began dividing the city's recent history into "before the book" and "after the book."

Savannah: Victorian District

The 1920-square-foot Victorian District home features original hardwood floors, fireplaces, pocket doors and a rear balcony overlooking an enclosed backyard. It is listed at $335,000.

MILWAUKEE: Famous for What Made It Famous

As cities go, Milwaukee has more than its share of nicknames -- Brew Town, Beer City and Mil-town among them. Besides a reputation as America's beer capital, Milwaukee is also considered by many to be a jewel of the Midwest. It's a sports town and a mecca for fans of hearty, fried food, is Wisconsin's largest city, is home to several Fortune 500 companies and is experiencing a revitalization of its downtown, lakefront and warehouse districts. 

Milwaukee: Murray Hill

The Milwaukee clients were looking for a Victorian style home with three bedrooms that's in a family friendly neighborhood in close proximity to Lake Michigan and downtown.

Milwaukee: Murray Hill

This home is in the Murray Hill neighborhood, just a few blocks north of downtown Milwaukee and within walking distance to the Milwaukee Public Market and Cathedral Square Park.

Milwaukee: Murray Hill

The Murray Hill home was built in the late 1800s. It has three bedrooms, 1700 square feet and was listed at $299,000.

Milwaukee: Downer Woods

The Downer Woods neighborhood is home to the Universtity of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is just a few blocks from the Lake Michigan shoreline. 

Milwaukee: Downer Woods

This four-bedroom craftsman style home in Downer Woods is 2100 square feet, not including the already finished third floor, and was listed at $280,000.

Milwaukee: Downer Woods

Hardwood floors and handcrafted woodwork, a hallmark of the craftsman style, help give this home its warm character and charm.

Milwaukee: Downer Woods

Milwaukee: Shorewood

Milwaukee's Shorewood neighborhood is located about five miles from downtown and is near Milwaukee River Greenway with access to miles of hiking trails and water sports.

Milwaukee: Shorewood

The Shorewood house is an early 20th century colonial style home. 

Milwaukee: Shorewood

Milwaukee: Shorewood

The Shorewood house a four-bedroom home with 2160 square feet and is listed at $325,000.

Milwaukee: Shorewood