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Luxury

Dream Mansion for Only $30,000 -- With One String Attached

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    Manchester, New Hampshire

Who says your dollar doesn't stretch in today's housing market? In poking around looking for homes priced less than $50,000, we uncovered a 20-bedroom mansion in Manchester, NH, for just $29,900.

Of course, there is one tiny catch to get all this house for such a low price. Namely, a buyer has to move the home from its present location, a task that could cost $200,000 to $300,000 if done locally.

Known as the George B. Chandler Home, the 9,505-square-foot mansion was built in the late 19th century by a local mill owner and later donated to the Catholic Church. It subsequently was used as the local Catholic bishop's residence and a convent.

The Catholic church next door now wants the home sold and moved so it can build a parking lot for parishioners. Greg Barrett is the listing agent.

The 30-room, Queen Anne -- style mansion still features original ornate wood molding and carvings throughout, as well as stained-glass windows and a massive main staircase, all classic touches that harken back to the Gilded Age.

There's even a chapel, a remnant of the home's devotional days. Whoever makes off with this historic home is likely to gain the reputation of a saint in the eyes of local preservationists and history lovers.