One of the most useful things a player can do in Skyrim is own a home. In addition to being able to have a family with one, homes offer players permanent storage, a place to display treasures, and oftentimes multiple crafting stations and other useful facilities. They're the closest thing a Dragonborn has to a base of operations.
Skyrim Anniversary Edition introduces nine new player homes to the game, including a necromancer's lair, a dwarven ruin, and a cozy cottage just outside Whiterun. Most of these new homes can be earned through quests, meaning that players don't need to worry about purchasing them and they can be acquired at just about any level.
The Tundra Homestead is located just north of Whiterun's many farms and ranches, east of the city itself. It comes fully-furnished with almost every crafting station in the game located somewhere on the vast property – even a surface to Bake on. The basement contains bookshelves, weapons and armor displays, and a place to store Dragon Priest masks and various Claws.
The Tundra Homestead can be bought for 7,500 Gold from Proventus Avenicci, the Jarl of Whiterun's steward, once the player is able to purchase property in Whiterun. When prompted, ask to purchase a home outside of the city.
Myrwatch is located to the east of Morthal and is, alongside the Tundra Homestead, one of the few fully-furnished homes in Skyrim. Myrwatch contains every crafting station in the game, though, including a Staff Enchanter and a Forge that allows players to create equipment normally only available at specific locations, like the Skyforge.
Myrwatch is unlocked once the player completes its associated quest, also titled Myrwatch, which is picked up upon discovering the home. It does not cost anything, and offers much more than just about any other home in Skyrim.
The Goldenhills Plantation is less of a home and more of a farm, where players can grow crops and tend to animals as part of the Farming creation. There is a small home on the property, though, which houses an alchemy station and has several rooms for raising a family or decorating.
The Goldenhills Plantation is located just outside of Rorikstead in Whiterun Hold, and although the property doesn't cost anything, players must complete the quest The Unquiet Dead to gain access to it.
The Dead Man's Dread
The Dead Man's Dread is a pirate ship docked in a cave on the outskirts of northern Skyrim, and is the subject of a quest added with the Dead Man's Dread creation. It's one of the largest homes in the game when one includes the massive cave it resides in, and it even comes with unique clothes themed around pirates and Redguards.
The Dead Man's Dread doesn't cost anything to unlock, but players must complete the quest titled The Restless. This can be picked up by reading the book The Restless at The Winking Skeever in Solitude.
Bloodchill Manor is a vampiric home built into the side of a tall mountain face that serves as the perfect place for creatures of the night to establish a base of operations. Bloodchill Manor features coffins instead of beds, lots of Gothic and twisted architecture, and also comes with lots of living space to raise a family (it's a bit different than raising the undead).
Bloodchill Manor is unlocked by completing the Guests for Dinner quest which is delivered by a Courier when the player reaches Level 12. Be prepared to fend off some, shall we say, unsavory folk.
While Bloodchill Manor might be the best place for a dark sorcerer to call home, Shadowfoot Sanctum is a place built for thieves and others who prefer to dance in the shadows. It is connected to the Riften Thieves Guild, and contains every crafting station (except unique ones) as well as a hidden room for displaying stolen treasures.
Shadowfoot Sanctum can be bought for 7,500 Gold from Vekel the Man after the player picks up the quest also titled Shadowfoot Sanctum. This quest begins by coming across the home, which is located in the Ratway.
Hendraheim is a Nordic longhouse built into the side of a mountain in the Reach, and it's one of the few homes that is capable of displaying almost every unique item in Skyrim. While it has a gigantic living area complete with dining tables and places to relax, Hendraheim also features a variety of crafting stations, a Stable, and a place to display more than 50 unique items like Dawnbreaker or Miraak's Staff.
Hendraheim is unlocked by completing the quest also titled Hendraheim which sends players to respond to a challenge from an unknown warrior. A Courier delivers the letter which begins this quest when the player reaches Level 10.
The Gallows Hall is a home tailor-made for Necromancers as a place where people "both wicked and misunderstood" were hung to death. The home not only features a number of useful crafting stations and facilities in a macabre setting, it also houses the Bloodworm Helm, the Helm of Oreyn Bearclaw, and the Staff of Worms – all equipment once owned by Mannimarco, the King of Worms.
Gallows Hall is unlocked by completing the quest titled Dreams of the Dead. This quest starts when players read Naraa's Journal, which can be found in a set of ruins north of Mara's Eye Pond in Eastmarch, just southwest of Windhelm.
There are few places more dangerous than a Dwemer ruin, but Nchuanthumz might be the closest thing to a safe Dwarven player home in Skyrim. The home can be rebuilt over time by building automatons in its basement, who help repair and upgrade the ruin into a livable space. Eventually, it features all the same facilities as any other home, but set in a clockwork and steampunk cavern.
Nchuanthumz is unlocked by completing the quest The Sanctuary and the Manufactory, which is begun by reading Seeks-Ancient-Artifacts' journal in Winterhold. The quest has players rebuild the home over time, though nothing needs to be bought.
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