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Which metros have the biggest (and smallest) homes?

Trulia studies the size of starter, trade-up and premium homes in major metors
  • Houston ranked within the top five metros for having the highest amount of square footage in all three categories of homes.
  • Detroit homebuyers of trade-up homes and premium homes will find the smallest properties, but starter homes are the smallest in Honolulu.
  • Homebuyers climbing the housing ladder will get the biggest gains in square footage in Memphis, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach.

While some people are jumping on the tiny house train, others are in search of a bit more space, according to Trulia. Depending on the metro, homebuyers looking for more room to roam may find the process more challenging than others. And as Trulia found out last year, 43 percent of homebuyers in the U.S. are interested in having a bigger home. The real estate website's research team studied the median square footage for starter homes, trade-ups and premium homes throughout metros across the nation, with Texas having a big presence on the list for all three categories. Austin ranked as having the highest square footage for starter homes (1,428 square feet), and Houston ranked in the top spot for trade-up homes, with a median of 1,997 square feet. While the top spot for premium homes went to Colorado Springs (3,056 square feet), Dallas ranked in the second spot, with 2,945 square feet. However, Houston was the only Texas state to make it in the top five for all three categorie...