The best houses in ‘Skyrim’ and how to get them
In the nearly eight years years sinceSkyrim: The Elder Scrolls V was released, fans still havent gotten tired of wandering the snowy reaches of Tamriel. The fantastic characters, imaginative creatures, and gripping quests of this world never stopped entertaining the masses of fans who still flock to this game. But whether youre playing through for the first time or diving back into a well-loved save, it can be hard to keep track of every city and town in this expansive worldlet alone the various Skyrim houses.
Some homes require a high level or an exorbitant amount of gold to purchase. Others are easier to obtain, but may be less convenient or much smaller. Of the Skyrim houses that are best for you depends largely on your level and play style, which changes as your game progresses. With that in mind, we took a look at all of the Skyrim houses you can own, borrow, or build, and how to get them.
All of the Skyrim houses
There are plenty of reasons to shell out the gold required to purchase one of the Skyrimhouses.You can rest at any of the inns littered throughout the game, but nothing beats owning your own home. Plus, since any of the containers in unowned houses or inns reset, anything left behind will likely be gone when you return. A number of boosts and benefits can also be gained by sleeping in your own home, along with the ability to store your goods and armor.
Main Skyrim houses
There are a lot of houses inSkyrim, and some require players to finish certain quests before they can be obtained. Others merely require a certain level and plenty of gold. Depending on what kind of character youve built, and what skills and storylines you are emphasizing, each of the Skyrim houses has its own benefits and disadvantages.
Markarth Vlindrel Hall
Vlindrel Hall, located in the impressive Dwemer city of Markarth, can be obtained in one of three ways. It can be purchased from Raerekthe steward of Jarl Igmundafter completing a number of quests.
Alternately, after completing the quest Liberation of Skyrim, the house can be purchased from the new steward. Or, if you want to go a different route, you can negotiate a purchase with the Jarl during the quest Season Unending. The base cost for the house is 8,000 gold, with an additional 4,200 gold required to fully decorate.
The large golden door leading into your new home looks no different from every door in Markarth, so it can be tricky to keep track of where this house lies in the city. However if you keep in mind that the home is the highest in Markarth, the search should be easier. This home stands out thanks to its unique Dwemer style and its stunning views.
Raven Rock Severin Manor
This Redorian-style manor is located in the north-west corner of the city of Raven Rock, in Solstheim. To reach Solstheim, head to Windhelm and find the docks. There, speak withGjolund Salt-Sage, whom you will have to convince to transport you. You can attempt to persuade orintimidate him, or you can shell out 500 gold tobribe him. Once in Raven Rock, youll need to complete the quest Served Cold forAdril Arano before Severin Manor becomes yoursfor free, no less.
A spacious manor equipped with a smelter, grindstone, alchemy lab, and arcane enchanter, Severin Manor comes fully equipped when you obtain it. Unfortunately, a big down side to this particular property is the inability to invite children, spouses, or housecarls to join you in its lavish halls. Yet, with numerous mannequins, weapon racks, and even bookshelves, this is one of the best overall Skyrim houses.
This mid-sized house is located in the northwest corner of Riften. Honeyside is one of the onlySkyrimhouses with access from both within the city and the docks outside. After arriving near Riften, players will need to speak to an Argonian woman namedWujeetaon the docks.
Shell give you the Skooma Trade quest, which needs to be completed before moving forward. Then, with a high enough reputation among the citizens of Riften, you can purchase Honeyside. Speak toAnurielorHemming Black-Briar to purchase the property, which will run you between 5,000 and 8,000 gold. Upgrades will cost an additional 4,300 to 4,800 in gold.
Honeyside is a two-story home with all the bells and whistles typical of Skyrimhouses. It can be upgraded to include an alchemy lab, arcane enchanter, and tanning rack. Uniquely, it can also be upgraded to include a large garden, from which players can harvest a number of plants. This, in particular, makes the Riften home a great options for players with an emphasis on alchemy.
Solitude Proudspire Manor
The most expensive house inSkyrimis also predictably the most luxurious. Standing a full three-stories tall, this impressive home is near enough to Solitudes wealthy merchants to make any trading trip easy. In order to obtain this pricey home, youll need to head to Solitude and speak withFalk Firebeard, Steward to the Jarl. Once youve completed the The Man Who Cried Wold and Elisifs Tribute quests, youll be provided the option to purchase the home.
It will run you a whopping 25,000 gold, however, so make sure you save up. Upgrades will run you another 11,000 gold, which is more than many of the other base home costs in the game.
This home is located in the eastern side of Solitude, near the Bards College and Vittoria Vicis house. When first obtained, its age is made clear through the dust and cobwebs littering its rooms and halls. Once you pump some money into renovations, however, the quality of the home will vastly improve.
Despite being the most expensiveSkyrim house, Proudspire Manor is actually one of the less well-equipped homes. With less storage space than most housesalong with no display cases for weaponsthis home is surprisingly inferior. Unless you love Solitude, or youre on a quest to own every home, we might recommend skipping this one.
Hjerim is one of the best Skyrim houses, and the related quest is also one of the most entertaining. This multi-story home is located in theValunstrad quarter of Windhelm. We wont lie, learning how to find this house is going to take a while. Once youve figured out the maze-like streets of Windhelm, however, you will be glad you chose this location.
Unlike many of the houses inSkyrim, Hjerim requires entirely different things depending on whether your character is allied with the Imperials or Stormcloaks. As a Stormcloak, completion ofGalmar Stone-Fists quest Rescue from Fort Neugrad will give you the chance to purchase the home. If youre siding with the Imperials, the entire Civil War questline must be completed. The house will run you 12,000 gold at base, with another 9,000 gold worth of renovations.
While it initially doesnt look like much, once upgraded, Hjerim is easily one of the most desirableSkyrim houses. Once youve gotten all the cobwebs and, erm, body parts cleaned out, anyway. This two story home boasts spacious rooms and plenty of storage, not to mention a secret room that can be renovated into a combined alchemy and enchanting workshop.
The questline Blood on the Ice is intertwined with this home however, and must be completed before any renovations can be done.
If were being honest, Breezehome is not worth the gold required to purchase it. Of course, which of the Skyrim houses you choose is entirely up to you, but with so many great options, Breezehome cant help but feel like a rip-off.
Found right at the entrance to Whiterunadjacent to Warmaidensit is two stories tall but offers little storage space and no mannequins. Still, the cheapest house inSkyrimwill only run you 5,000 gold with an additional 1,800 for upgrades. This makes Breezehome an excellent option for beginners. To aquire it, speak withProventus Avenicci. Once youve completed the Bleak Falls Barrow quest it can be purchased.
Breezehomes proximity to the Whiterun smithy makes it a great choice for aspiring blacksmiths, or even just players looking to rapidly level up. If youve never tried making 900 iron daggers just for the XP now is your chance to try. Unless you have the Hearthfire expansion, however, no adopted children can join you in this cozy abode.
Buildable Skyrim houses
On top of the already-completed houses that can be purchased in Skyrim, there are several buildable homes. WhileSkyrims building system doesnt quite allow the freedom ofFallout 4, these plots still provide the option for players to customize their homes in several ways.
These houses may be slightly off the beaten path, but have the option to fast travel directly to their doors. Its worth noting that these plots can only be purchased with the Hearthfire expansion, so wont be applicable for anyone operating with only the base game.
Falkreath Lakeview Manor
This lovely home is located north of Pinewatch, in the dense woods overlooking Lake Ilinalta. Nestled between Falkreath and Riverwood, Bleak Falls Barrow is just a short jaunt to the north of this spacious property. In order to obtain it, the player will need to complete a number of tasks for the Jarl of Falkreath.
Unless you are already Thane of Falkreath, players will need to complete Rare Gifts and Kill the Bandit Leader. Lakeview Manor can be purchased from Aslfur, the Steward and husband ofJarl Idgrod Ravencrone, orif the Stormcloaks have taken Hjaalmarchfrom Pactur, the new Steward. Owning it will run you 5,000 gold, not to mention a number of necessary ingredients.
In order to upgrade, players will need to complete tasks and gather resources, though some will be provided.
Lakeview Manor stands out from the other buildable properites thanks to its optional apiary addition, which allows for the harvesting of honeycomb and bees. It also has quite a bit of nearby harvestable resources, particularly stone, ore, and clay. A nearby wolf den may cause problems if you dont take it out before you purchase the property, and necromancers also often lurk nearby.
Hjaalmarch Windstad Manor
This home can be purchased from the Steward Nenya, or from Tekla if the Stormcloaks have taken Falkreath. It can be found in the northern reaches of Hjaalmarch, near the western border of the Pale. Once youve completed the quest Laid to Rest, the land will become available from the Steward of Hjaalmarch, located in Highmood Hall in Morthal. It will cost 5,000 gold to purchase.
Windstad Manor is the only buildable home to offer a fish hatchery. This will allow players to breed and harvest several varieties of fish. A number of ore veins and nearby camps allow for excellent trading opportunities, as well as the materials for expansion. The home overlooks the KarthandHjaalRivers, with the Sea of Ghosts and a Nordic tomb a hop, skip, and a jump away.
The Pale Heljarchen Hall
If the Imperials have taken the Pale, Heljarchen can be purchased from Brina Merilis, or from Skald the Elder if the Pale is still unconquered. If youre not allied with the Imperials, the quests Waking Nightmare and Kill the Giant will need to be completed. For players who went the Imperial route, Brina will offer it with no extra quests required. Regardless, it will cost you 5,000 gold to purchase.
This charming home rests among snow-coated mountainous terrain, in the central area ofSkyrim.Whiterun and the Throat of the World are south, and the nearbyTower of Mzark allows quick access to Blackreach. Heljarchen Hall is the only buildable plot to offer a Grain Mill, which allows players to make flour, and the homes clear line of sight allows enemies to be seen from a distance.
This is fortunate, as bandit attacks are common on this property, putting livestock at risk. Unfortunately, you will also find that male children dislike this location, due to its chilly weather.
Faction-related Skyrim houses
There are numerous factions that you can join inSkyrim, from the mysterious Dark Brotherhood to the magically-oriented College of Winterhold. Once youve conquered a few enemies and completed some quests, youll get the opportunity to permanently join your favorite factions. Your membership ID comes with included lodging, typically within your chosen factions walls. Like the other Skyrimhouses, these offer a number of benefits, although some do come with disadvantages.
An island far west of Solitude houses this dangerous castle. The home of the Volkihar vampire clan, the castle becomes available once players have installed the Dawnguard add-on. Initially inaccessible, you can gain access to this impressive keep by working with the Dawnguards vampire hunters. It wont take long to gain access, particularly after youve met with Serana. Oh, and youll want to be either a vampire or an experienced vampire hunter before entering the keep.
Assuming you dont immediately alienate every vampire within its walls, you can sleep in one of the available coffins in the sleeping quarters. This will grant players the Vampiric Blood Rested perk. If youre looking for something a bit more private, youll need to complete the Kindred Judgement questline. This will grant you access to Lord Harkons quarters, torture-rack and all.
Dawnstar Sanctuary Outside Dawnstar
Who doesnt want to live in an abandoned Dark Brotherhood sanctuary? This centuries-old space cannot be entered until youve reached a certain point in the Dark Brotherhood questline. When Cicero flees, he runs to this hidden place. In order to enter, players will need to obtain Ciceros final journal, in which the passphrase has been written. The Black Door will ask What is lifes greatest illusion? and the player must answer with the correct passcode: Innocence, my brother.
Once youve dealt with Cicero and completed The Cure for Madness,youll be able to move into these hidden halls. Thankfully, a number of purchasable upgrades can spruce the place up a bit. Totaling 19,000 gold, upgrades include a master bedroom, secret entrance, and even a torture roomalready stocked with unwilling victims. Spouses wont be able to join you here, unfortunately, so this location is a perpetual bachelors pad.
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary Outside Falkreath
Another Dark Brotherhood housing option, the original sanctuary can be found to the west of Falkreath, just southeast of the Roadside Ruins. Once youve completed With Friends Like These, the sanctuary will be added to your map. Even if you manage to stumble across this secret entrance on your own, entry will be denied until you obtain the passphrase from Astrid. The correct answer to the Black Doors question is: Silence, my brother.
Within the somewhat eerie halls of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, you can store your goods and rest your head. As soon as youve joined the Brotherhood, these options become available. Beware, however, as it is inadvisable to store your goods here for long. Once youve completed the storyline, chances are good youll lose anything you forgot to grab.
The Ragged Flagon Riften
Before youve become a full member of the Thieves Guild, this location is a headache to reach. Initially accessible through a rigged cupboard in The Ragged Flagon, first youll have to wander the maze-like tunnels of the Ratway Vaults. Upon becoming a full member, players can access the Cistern through a secret tunnel hidden in a small tomb. Once found, this entrance will be marked on your city map.
For players who are pursing a life of thievery and mischief, this location in particular can be a great choice. That said, it is one of the less luxurious options inSkyrim.Thankfully, gradual upgrades will spruce the place up as players complete tasks for Delvin Mallory.
In the Cistern are a number of beds and chests that goods can be stored in, along with chests perfect for boosting that lockpicking skill. Interestingly, the goods within the chests scattered throughout the Cistern change based on players levels. Therefore, if you choose to wait until youve reached a higher level to join, higher level goods will become available.
Nightingale Hall Outside Riften
This carefully-concealed home is located between Riften and the Shadow Stone. It is home to the Nightingales, and becomes accessible to players once theyve begun the Thieves Guild quest Trinity Restored. The interior is in a general state of neglect initially, but will gradually be fixed up as the player returns to the location. And once youve become a Nightingale, you can use the beds and chests in Nightingale Hall.
Once youve become a full-fledged member, you are welcome to reside within these halls. A number of skill books are scattered throughout, aimed at improving Thieves Guild-related skills. Once the Trinity Restored quest is completed, the hall will be restored and upgraded from its former shabby state.
Companion quarters Whiterun
While this location may not be as secretive or exciting as some of the other faction-relatedSkyrim houses, it is far easier to access and unlock. Once players choose to join the Companionsan option available from early in the gamethey will be allowed to use some of the beds and chests scattered throughout.
Many of the rooms inJorrvaskr already belong to someone, and therefore cannot be used. The goods they store can also be stolen, although it is advised to do so with extreme caution. The Companions look down on thievery, and if you are caught they will quickly turn against you. The southwest area of the building is home to several useable beds, and if you choose to take Aela the Huntress as a wife, her quarters will also be available. Unfortunately, no other spouses will be able to join you here.
Harbingers Quarters Whiterun
For a much more luxurious housing arrangement, the Glory of the Dead quest will allow players to take over the Harbingers Quarters. Consisting of a bedroom and an attached study, these are some of the nicest accommodations players can obtain through a faction.
A number of display cases and shelves in the room are initially unable to be used. Once the proper quest is completed, however, everything in the room becomes available for the player to use. There is an unusual gem in the bedroom, so even if you have no plans to join the Companions its worth the trip to tour their headquarters.
Apprentices quarters Winterhold
If youve decided to go the magical route, one of your first stops should be to the College of Winterhold. Located on the west side of the courtyard, there is a living area for fresh recruits into the college. Once players choose to become an Apprentice, the Dragonborns chambers will become available.
Once youve joined up, the bed, storage, and goods in the room become all yours. A number of potions, food and ingredients are scattered throughout the room, able to be used to chow down or improve alchemical abilities. If you are hoping to pursue a life of magic, this location is an excellent choice. Even after youve become Arch Mage, the quarters remain yours and the wardrobes will continue to house your goods. The barrels, however, will ditch anything stored within, so dont forget to clear those out.
Arch Mage Quarters Winterhold
Whether a player wants to be supreme wizard or not, the Arch Mages Quarters is one of the most desirable faction-relatedSkyrim houses. It is located at the top of the main tower at the College, and boasts a bedroom, garden, dining area, and even an alchemy lab. Upon completion of the quest The Eye of Magnus, players will be given the title of Arch Mage and gifted the quarters.
Unfortunately, spouses cannot join you in the Arch Mage quarters. This home comes with almost everything you might find in traditionalSkyrim houses, with bookshelves, wardrobes, an arcane enchanter, and alchemy lab. But ultimately you have to be willing to spend some serious time dedicated to magic to unlock this option. Before becoming Arch Mage, many items in the room will consistently respawn, so news isnt all bad for non-magical players.
On top of all of these excellent Skyrimhouses, there are a number of spousal homes and shacks available to store some goods and rest your head. For players focused on a nomadic playstyle, these can provide excellent options for the occasional rest and to store goods.
There are also plenty of housing options created through mods, often with far more amenities and perks available. Beautiful homes complete with spa rooms, magical practice areas, and even prayer-rooms can be downloaded thanks to talented modders lending their skill.
Go to nexusmods.com to check out some of these great option, particularly if none of theSkyrim houses listed above tickle your fancy.
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