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Breezerhome

Breezehome located in Whiterun.

Houses are buildings with sleeping accommodations and containers that are safe for storing items. A house is available for purchase within many of the larger cities in Skyrim; however, permission must be obtained from the city's Jarl before their purchase. There are also a number of other properties throughout Skyrim that can be used as a home.

There is no limit to how many houses the Dragonborn may own. The Dragonborn can ask spouses to move into a house or choose to move into the spouse's house. Children also are able to change houses.

Benefits of owning a houseEdit

  1. Sleeping in the Dragonborn's own house grants the Well Rested bonus. If the Dragonborn sleeps in a house where their spouse also lives, they will receive the bonus Lover's Comfort. However, under the effects of the Lycanthropy affliction or having the Lover Stone active, the Dragonborn cannot gain either of these bonuses.
  2. Containers in an owned house do not reset, so items may be stored inside any of its chests, wardrobes, cupboards, dressers and others.
  3. Decorations can be bought for an owned house from the city's steward. Every house's kitchen includes a cooking pot or spit. The Dragonborn may also purchase an alchemy lab for every house. Arcane enchanters are available for every house except Breezehome in Whiterun.
  4. Hjerim, Proudspire Manor, and Vlindrel Hall have enough combined bookshelf space between them to hold every available book in Skyrim. This does not include diaries, journals, notes, letters, documents, recipes, or spell tomes.
  5. Valuable dead bodies can be stored in houses without being reset.

List of purchasable propertiesEdit

HousesEdit

Name Location Price Upgrade Details
Breezehome Whiterun 5000 1600 After Bleak Falls Barrow from Proventus Avenicci or Brill
Hjerim Windhelm 8000-12000† 9000 Completing Blood on the Ice and Stormcloak or Imperial Army quest lines.
Honeyside Riften 5000-8000† 4300 Purchased from Anuriel.
Proudspire Manor Solitude 25000 11000 Completing The Man Who Cried Wolf and a miscellaneous quest named Elisif's Tribute for the Jarl.
Severin ManorDB Raven Rock Free Completion of the quest Served Cold.
Vlindrel Hall Markarth 8000 4100 Purchased from Raerek after completing a number of quests for the Jarl including the quest to Recover Hrolfdir's Shield.
† House may still be purchased as long as the player has a smaller amount of gold on hand. The cost will be all your gold up to the larger amount of gold.

PlotsEdit

With the addition of Hearthfire, plots of land can be bought for 5000 in order to build a Homestead.

Name Hold Housecarl Details
Windstad Manor Hjaalmarch Valdimar Purchased from Aslfur, or Pactur if the Stormcloaks have taken Hjaalmarch.
Lakeview Manor Falkreath Rayya Purchased from Nenya, or Tekla if the Stormcloaks have taken Falkreath.
Heljarchen Hall The Pale Gregor Purchased from Skald the Elder, or Brina Merilis if the Imperials have taken the Pale.

Advantages and disadvantagesEdit

BreezehomeEdit

Breezhome Improved

Breezehome, Whiterun.

Breezehome, in Whiterun, is inexpensive and easily acquired early in the game, but it is the only home that lacks an enchanting table. It and Vlindrel Hall are the only homes that provide adequate storage in the alchemy room. In order to access an Arcane Enchanter in Whiterun, the player must exit Breezehome, then head to Dragonsreach, forcing the player to wait through two loading screens, as well as journey to the opposite side of the city. For members of the Thieves Guild, the fence in Whiterun is located outside of the city entirely, at Honningbrew Meadery, requiring fast-travel and extra transitions anytime the player wishes to move stolen goods.

Breezehome is close to the town's smelter, blacksmith, alchemist, general goods store, and both taverns. 

If one wants to spend no gold the following may be done: First, you must acquire the money for the selected house/upgrade. Then, talk to the steward of any hold in which you can buy property. Click on the house or house upgrade option you want to purchase. Then find a container and store all of your gold in it. Then gain the key to your house.

HoneysideEdit

Honeyside Riften

Honeyside, Riften.

Honeyside, in Riften, is similarly inexpensive and can be acquired early in the game. Unlike Breezehome, it can be equipped with an enchanting table but has no smelter within the city. The player must travel to the village of Shor's Stone to find one. Additionally, the Thieves Guild fence, Tonilia, is located in the Ragged Flagon, which requires a significant trip with three transitions to reach from the home.


Vlindrel HallEdit

Vlindrel Hall

Vlindrel Hall, Markarth.

Vlindrel Hall, in Markarth, has both an alchemy table and enchanting table. Smithing amenities are available, including a Smelter, but are located across town. The fence in Markarth is located nearby, but moves around and sometimes requires a transition to reach. Vlindrel Hall has the disadvantage of having fewer armor storage mannequins than the other "higher-end" homes, having only one. Vlindrel Hall is a good choice for book collectors as it provides the most book storage, (162 books), thanks to three large bookshelves conveniently located next to each other instead of scattered smaller shelves such as in Hjerim.

HjerimEdit

Hjerim Front

Hjerim, Windhelm.

Hjerim, in Windhelm, contains both an Arcane Enchanter and an Alchemy Lab (once upgraded), and is in close proximity to Smithing amenities, a Smelter, and the Windhelm fence, all of which are closely grouped with zero transitions. Niranye, the Windhelm fence, is located outside in a market stall, whereas every other fence, (except for Endon in Markarth, sometimes), requires at least one additional transition to reach. Lack of storage space is a concern, as is the very poor lighting in the hidden room containing the Alchemy and Enchanting areas. Hjerim also takes some of the most work to acquire, as the quest "Blood on the Ice" and part of the Civil War questline must be finished before purchasing the house.

Proudspire ManorEdit

Proudspire Manor Solitude

Proudspire Manor, Solitude.

Proudspire Manor, in Solitude, is by far the most expensive home in the game. Solitude itself offers an average selection of shops, however they are located some distance away from the manor and there is no Smelter in this city. The Solitude fence is located nearby, but will require a transition to reach. One must buy this property to complete the quest No Stone Unturned legitimately as one of the Stones of Barenziah is in the bedroom area unless they are using the double Stones of Bareniziah glitch.

Severin Manor DBEdit

Severin Manor

Severin Manor, Raven Rock.

Severin Manor, in Raven Rock, is a sizable Dunmer home given to the Dragonborn by completing the quest Served Cold. It is fully furnished at the time of gaining it, however your spouse cannot move here. It is also the only house that is located on Solstheim. It contains crafting stations such as Arcane Enchanter, Alchemy Lab and Forge, as well as a large storage space, allowing you to unload some unwanted gear without having to leave the island.

ConclusionEdit

Hjerim can only be acquired upon progressing to a certain point in the Civil War questline while Vlindrel Hall cannot be acquired until at least level 20 and Proudspire Manor is prohibitively expensive for most low-level players. Breezehome and Honeyside are smaller, and each less convenient in some ways, but can be obtained much earlier in the game for the majority of players. Therefore, which house is most advantageous will likely depend upon playstyle and personal preference.

Faction related housesEdit

Faction housing are granted free of charge upon joining with a guild. Spouses cannot live with the Dragonborn at these locations unless the spouse is also a member, for instance Aela the Huntress and Onmund being members of the Companions and the College of Winterhold respectively.

The chest and barrel in Kodlak's Quarters in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun can reset, thus permanently deleting all items placed within them after a certain period of time. The wardrobe, cupboard and other containers do not, however.

Name Location Faction Details

Apprentice's Quarters

Hall of Attainment

College of Winterhold

Available upon enrolling in the College of Winterhold.

Arch-Mage's Quarters

Hall of the Elements

The College of Winterhold

Available upon completing the The Eye of Magnus.

Companion Quarters Jorrvaskr, Whiterun The Companions Available upon joining the Companions.

Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary

Outside Falkreath Dark Brotherhood Available upon joining the Dark Brotherhood, (storing items here not recommended if one plans to continue with the quest line.)

Dawnstar Sanctuary

Outside Dawnstar

Dark Brotherhood

Available after completing the quest Hail Sithis!

The Master Bedroom upgrade costs 3000 gold, purchased from Delvin Mallory, as part of a total of 19,000 gold upgrade of the sanctuary.

Kodlak's Quarters

Jorrvaskr, Whiterun

The Companions

Available upon completing the Glory of the Dead.

Lord Harkon's Quarters

Castle Volkihar Volkihar Clan Available after completing Kindred Judgment.
Nightingale Hall Outside Riften Thieves Guild Available upon completing Darkness Returns.

The Ragged Flagon - Cistern

Riften Thieves Guild Available upon joining the Thieves Guild.

Spouse housesEdit

See also: Marriage

The following is a list of all the possible spouses who own property and the conditions required to marry them.

Male spousesEdit

Spouse Property Location Conditions
Ainethach Karthwasten Hall Karthwasten Complete his favor.
Balimund The Scorched Hammer Riften Complete his favor.
Erik the Slayer Frostfruit Inn Rorikstead Complete his favor.
Filnjar Filnjar's House Shor's Stone Complete his favor.
Gat gro-Shargakh Pavo's House Left Hand Mine Complete his favor.
Pavo Attius Pavo's House Left Hand Mine Complete his favor.
Quintus Navale The White Phial Windhelm Complete The White Phial
Revyn Sadri Sadri's Used Wares Windhelm Complete his favor.
Romlyn Dreth Romlyn Dreth's House Riften Complete his favor.
Vorstag Silver-Blood Inn Markarth Hire him at least once
Perth Miner's House Reach Complete his favor.

Female spousesEdit

Spouse Property Location Conditions
Aeri Aeri's House Anga's Mill Complete her favor.
Avrusa Sarethi Sarethi Farm Sarethi Farm Complete her favor.
Borgakh the Steel Heart Larak's Longhouse Mor Khazgur Covince her to become a follower.
Camilla Valerius Riverwood Trader Riverwood Complete The Golden Claw
Dravynea the Stoneweaver Braidwood Inn Kynesgrove Complete her favor.
Gilfre Gilfre's House Mixwater Mill Complete her favor.
Mjoll the Lioness Aerin's House Riften Retrieve Grimsever for her.
Muiri The Hag's Cure Markarth Complete Mourning Never Comes.
Sylgja Sylgja's House Shor's Stone Complete her favor.
Uthgerd the Unbroken Uthgerd's House Whiterun Defeat her in a brawl.
Viola Giordano Viola Giordano's House Windhelm Begin Revyn Sadri’s favor, but inform Viola.
Ysolda Ysolda's House Whiterun Bring her one Mammoth Tusk

ShacksEdit

Name Location Details
Abandoned Shack North of Morthal

This is the shack where the player is taken to during the Dark Brotherhood quest: With Friends Like These... Only the chest is a safe container.

Alchemist's Shack South of Ivarstead

A small shack with a working Alchemy Lab. The end table next to the bed is a safe container.

Riverside Shack South-west of Windhelm A small shack that contains the half-eaten remains of the owner. Has one safe wardrobe, a Tanning Rack and a bed the player can sleep in.
Anise's Cabin West of Whiterun Once Anise is dead, the bed can be slept in and the storage areas may be used without danger of them being reset. Features an alchemy and enchanting table. When in the basement, Followers may refuse to interact, saying "We shouldn't be here."
Traitor's Post East of Windhelm Two wardrobes and a cupboard that you can store items in. The chest there resets along with the bandits.

Other housesEdit

Name Location Price Details

Abandoned House

Markarth

Free

Available after completion of The House of Horrors. All containers are safe and do not respawn.

Alvor and Sigrid's House Riverwood Free Available if Hadvar is followed during Unbound.
Faendal's House Riverwood Free While Faendal is a follower. After dismissing him he will sometimes be found dead in the street this may be the reason the house has remained available. No containers have respawned in the couple of hundred hours of this playthrough (PC).
Goldenglow Estate West of Riften Free

Available by intimidating Gulum-Ei in the Thieves guild quest Scoundrel's Folly.

Hod and Gerdur's House Riverwood Free

Available if Ralof is followed during Unbound.

Delphine's Secret Room

Sleeping Giant Inn, Riverwood

Free

The secret room becomes available during A Blade in the Dark. The chests in the room are safe containers.

Achievements and trophiesEdit

Citizen (Achievement)
Citizen
Buy a house
Points 10 Game points
Trophy
Bronze trophy

DB-Ach9-RavenRock
Raven Rock Owner
Own a house in Raven Rock
Points 20 Game points
Trophy
Bronze trophy

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