Homes: What you can buy for $1.5 million

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    The number of homes worth more than $1 million is rising.

    In San Francisco, one of the country's most expensive real estate markets, about 58 percent of them are worth that much or more, according to real estate website Trulia.

    In most parts of the country, however, million-dollar homes aren't the norm. The current U.S. median home value is $182,500, according to Zillow.

    At about eight times that price, some $1.5 million homes offer uncommon amenities, such as sweeping ocean views, grand ballrooms, built-in wine coolers and private spas.

    But the amount of space you can get for $1.5 million varies a lot depending on where you're looking. In Indiana, you can buy a 13,100-square-foot home with not one but two swimming pools and a tennis court, while in Brooklyn, New York, that amount will get you 1,430 square feet and in-unit laundry.

    Click through to see homes you can buy for $1.5 million across the country.

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