Buying a house is a stressful event at the best of times, even if it's only in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - here's a guide to the best locations to settle down in. Skyrim was released in 2011 and its a testament to the game's staying power fans are still playing it. Bethesda Softworks (Fallout) crafted an incredible open-world fantasy game for players to become utterly immersed in, where the simple quest to slay a dragon evolves into something much deeper.
Exploring Skyrim's vast landscape opens up a world of possibilities, where the player's choices have a huge impact on how the adventure evolves. The game received some negative feedback upon release for technical bugs and issues, but not enough to distract from the quality of the experience. Fans of the franchise are eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Elder Scrolls 6, which is likely many years away, but in the meantime, even seasoned veterans of Skyrim are still finding secrets and new ways to play.
Skyrim is a title that lets players get married and adopt children, so it only makes sense they can buy a home too. Of course, just like looking for a house in real life, players will need to weigh up the pros and cons of purchasing their new abode, including price, location, and benefits. Just like exploring the wasteland in Fallout 4, it's just good for players to have somewhere to call home in-between quests and adventuring. Buying a home can be tricky without a little pre-planning, so here's a brief guide to the best houses in Skyrim.
Honeyside (Between 5000 - 8000 Gold)
Honeyside in Riften is a modest home for a modest price, but it comes with a lot of benefits. It has a personal dock, an alchemy table, a cooking pot, and even a tanning rack. The dock is very useful for those with a bounty on them, and the Honeyside garden produces alchemy ingredients and food. The aesthetically pleasing wood cabin look doesn't hurt either.
Hjerim (8000 - 12000 Gold)
Hjerim in Windhelm isn't one of the cheapest houses in Skyrim but it's well located, it has lots of storage space and comes complete with an enchanting table and alchemy table. It located near an alchemist shop and a smelter too.
Proudspire Manor (Cost: 25000 Gold)
While Proudspire Manor is the most expensive house in Skyrim - and costs more to upgrade - it's also one of the best. Proudspire is found in Solitude and in addition to coming with lots of space, this three-floor home also has a handy alchemy lab and is only a short walk from a nearby market filled with goods. It's also got a patio with a nice view of the landscape.
For completionists, buying Proudspire Manor is needed to complete the No Stone Unturned side quest because one of the Stones of Barenziah is found inside.
Severin Manor (Free)
In addition to being one of the best houses in Skyrim, Severin Manor easily has the best price. Severin is located in Raven Rock and is awarded to players upon completion of the Served Cold quest. The manor is a spacious place, coming complete with a cooking pot, small garden and other perks like a forge and alchemy lab. There are plenty of additional benefits, but neither a spouse nor children can move into it. The location could also be better, but again, the price is definitely right.