Skyrim is a vast game that not only has you completing quests and side quests, but after the Hearthfire update, houses became a must-have for all players. We made this guide to the best houses to buy in Skyrim in anticipation of the next-gen release in November.
The Game was originally released in 2011 on PC, Xbox, and PS3 before being upgraded to PS4 and Xbox One in 2016. It has gone through many changes, but players still flock to the game in their droves. The next upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S is expected in November 2021, and this upgrade will allow new and old players alike to begin their adventures in the vast world of Skyrim.
Players buy houses for several reasons, but the biggest advantage they give you is the “Well-Rested” ability. This ability gives you a 10% on experience gained for eight in-game hours, allowing you to level up that much quicker. Another reason to own your own house/house is to store your precious loot rather than carrying everything with you. Also, if you have found that special someone and finally tied the knot, then your spouse can live with you, which, if you sleep in the same house together, grants the “Lovers Comfort” ability, which gives you a 15% bonus to experience gained.
Now owning your own house does have its drawbacks, with the biggest one being the initial cost and then the cost to upgrade the house on top. You can also build your own if you have the time and gold to do so.
This guide weighs up the pros and cons of buying each house without house mods. We have included the plots of land and the houses you can build on them from the Hearthfire DLC
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The Five Best Houses To Buy in Skyrim
(5) Severin Manor – Cost Free
Located in Solstheim, the Severin Manor is a large house in the northwest corner of Raven Rock and the only house acquired in Solstheim.
It is awarded to you upon completion of the quest “Served Cold.
- It’s free.
- The house comes fully furnished and fully upgraded.
- Contains Arcane Enchanter, Alchemy Laboratory, Forge, and Cooking Pot.
- Has plenty of storage space.
- It’s a long way to travel to drop off and pick up your gear.
- Spouses can not move here unless they are one of the three possible marriages added in the Dragonborn DLC.
- Children can not live here due to there being no children’s beds.
- No Housecarl.
The biggest plus to this house is the fact it’s free, and that’s the main reason it features so highly, but the distance needed to travel here is a big factor why people will probably avoid this house.
(4) Honeyside – Cost 8000 Gold (4300 Gold to upgrade)
Located in the city of Riften, Honeyside is a medium-sized cozy house that you can acquire early in the game.
Honeyside can only be purchased during your quest to become Thane of Riften. To acquire this house, you need to put the work in, and it starts with the questline “Skooma Trade” and involves you putting a stop to the Skooma Trade. While completing this quest, it is possible to lock yourself out of buying the house if Wujeeta is accidentally killed. Next, you need to build your reputation with the citizens of Riften, which can be done by completing small tasks for them. Once you are prompted to speak to the Jarl, you will have done enough and be offered the title of Thane and Honeyside can he purchased.
- Exterior entry via a connected dock.
- Tanning Rack, Cooking Facilities, Alchemy Lab, and Arcane Enchanter.
- Smithing facilities are very close by, along with a Pawn Shop.
- If you are a member of the Thieves Guild and have progressed far enough, a barrel in the garden will regularly refill with useful items.
- On the porch are two fish barrels that produce fish-related ingredients and food.
- Upgrading the garden allows for alchemy ingredients to be grown.
- Lack of Smelter nearby.
- Children can only stay here if no Arcane Enchanter is acquired.
Honeyside can be acquired early on while also having plenty of upgrade potential. The external entrance via the dock lets you avoid bounties when accessing the house and who doesn’t like a nice log cabin by the water.
(3) Hjerim – Cost 12000 Gold (9000 Gold to Upgrade)
Located in the Valunstrad quarter of Windhelm, Hjerim is a medium-sized house with spacious rooms and a hidden chamber that can be upgraded. It’s also the murderers’ house from the “blood on the ice” quest.
Hjerim can be purchased by completing either the “Rescue from Fort Neugrad” quest for the Stormcloaks or the full “Civil War” questline for the imperials. The quest “Blood on the Ice” takes place here and needs to be completed before buying decorations for the Murderers house.
- Extremely well suited to magic users as it contains both the Arcane Enchanter and Alchemy Lab.
- Upgrading to add a children’s room doesn’t require you to get rid of the Alchemy station.
- It also has the biggest Armory of all the houses.
- A thief cache barrel is available once you have joined the Thieves Guild and completed the quest for Delvin Mallory.
- Perfect location with a host of amenities on your doorstep, including a Smelter, Windhelm Fence, General Merchant, Alchemist Shop, and Smithing facilities.
- One of the most difficult houses to obtain due to the number of quests needed to be completed first.
- Hjerm being a murderers’ house, it’s also a scene of many murders, and unless you enjoy the blood-stained surroundings, 500 Gold is required to be paid to remove the blood. Doing this will also remove the contents of the secret room.
- High cost with a large amount of gold needed for the upgrades.
A house for those who either have the patience to complete the quests required to obtain it or those who plan to complete every quest possible. Yes, it’s expensive, but if you are a magic user, this house is perfect.
(2) Proudspire Manor – Cost 25000 Gold (11000 Gold to Upgrade)
Located on the East side of Solitude, Proudspire Manor is the most expensive house in Skyrim.
The Solitude House, Proudspire Manor can be purchased after completing the quests “The Man Who Cried Wolf” and “Elisif’s Tribute.” If you are someone that must complete everything, then this house is required if you want to become Thane of Haafinger, and it is also required to complete the quest “No Stone Unturned” as one of the stones is found inside.
- Perfect location as Solitude has a wide array of merchants and amenities.
- Upgrading to add a children’s room doesn’t require you to get rid of the Alchemy table.
- Flowers that are picked in the rear garden respawn after a few in-game weeks.
- Contains both the Alchemy and Enchanting Lab.
- Adequate Storage
- Excellent views of the surrounding area.
- The price is the biggest con to this house as it is the most expensive house in the game and will take a while for any player to save up enough gold.
- It lacks a smelter which is bad news if your focus is Smithing.
Being the most expensive in the game, the Solitude House will put players off. But the house offers a massive step up in terms of luxury for the Dragonborn; it’s a perfect location for many of your needs. It is also a required purchase for certain quests.
(1) Build Your Own House – Cost varies
Building your own house in Skyrim allows your imagination to run wild and design your very own home.
The three plots available with the Hearthfire expansion (Or Special Edition) are:
Unlocked by talking to Jarl Idgrod Ravencrane in Morthal and completing the “Laid to Rest” quest. Once the quest is finished, ask the steward about a house, and they will offer the plot of land instead.
Unlocked by talking to the Jarl at The White Hall in Dawnstar, which allows you to become Thane in the Pale. Depending on who the Jarl is will determine if access is granted immediately or a quest is required first.
The Pale House is unlocked by either becoming Thane of Falkreath (You will receive a letter from a courier) or getting to level 9 and above to receive a letter. Once the letter is received, visit Jarl Siddgeir and complete the quest offered to you.
- You can design the perfect house for all your needs.
- Your house will be unique to you.
- Any follower can become the Steward of the house.
- You can always add to the house if you lack resources when you start building.
- Windstad Manor is also the only buildable home to offer a fish hatchery.
- Time to build.
- Cost of materials.
Building a house in Skyrim is not only satisfying and unique to you, but it enables you to design and add what you need when you need it. For this reason, it is top of our list of best houses to buy in Skyrim.