Here's a quick rundown of the houses:
- Breezehome (Whiterun) : 5,000 gold to buy, 1,800 to fully upgrade. Ideally situated next to a forge, tanning rack and smelter, this small home features an alchemy lab, but lacks an arcane enchanter.
- Honeyside (Riften) : 8,000 gold to buy, 4,300 to fully upgrade. This one has an alchemy lab, an arcane enchanter and a tanning rack. There are two mannequins in the basement to show off your special gear, and you can access it both from within the town and from the Skyrim world map (a useful feature when you want to avoid loading screen, or it you're a vampire). The lack of a door leading to the bedroom can be off-putting to some, though.
- Vlindrell Hall (Markath) : 8,000 gold to buy, 4,200 to fully upgrade. Complete with a typical, rock-hard Dwemer bed, this home allows access to an alchemy lab and an arcane enchanter. There's a single mannequin, a few display cases, and bookshelves.
- Hjerim (Windhelm) : 12,000 gold to buy, 9,000 to fully upgrade. Arguably the "best" house in the game, it has the most storage space. There's an alchemy lab and an arcane enchanter, of course, three mannequins, a bunch of racks and display cases, and twelve bookshelves. Of course, it was, until very recently, the home of a serial killer, so you might want to steer clear if you're superstitious.
- Proudspire Manor (Solitude) : 25,000 gold to buy, 11,000 to fully upgrade. A sprawling manor with three floors, it features an alchemy lab and an arcane enchanter, two mannequins, a few racks, ten bookshelves, but no display cases.
Tell us which one gets your vote and why!