New Castle, Del. | $995,000
An 1824 Federal townhouse with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This brick rowhouse is near the waterfront, with views of the Delaware River from the deck and backyard. It is within walking distance of a number of historic sites, including First State National Historical Park; Bull Hill, a park on the site of an old Dutch fort; and New Castle Battery Park, which has a walking path that winds along the riverfront. Nearby Delaware Street is lined with stores and restaurants, including an ice cream shop and a tavern in a circa 1724 building.
Wilmington is a 20-minute drive. The University of Delaware is about half an hour away, in Newark. Driving to Philadelphia takes less than an hour.
Size: 4,175 square feet
Price per square foot: $238
Indoors: The front door, crowned by a fanlight window, opens into a long foyer with pale yellow walls, an original staircase and hardwood floors.
To the left is a formal living room with a fireplace that has a King of Prussia marble mantel. Through a wide doorway is a dining room with another fireplace, a brass chandelier and windows with painted wood shutters.
The dining room connects to a kitchen with white cabinetry and appliances, a large center island with a breakfast bar and access to a powder room. This space is open to a sunny family room with large windows offering a view of the backyard and the river beyond, and a glass door that opens to the back deck.
The primary suite is on the second floor, reached from the staircase in the entry hall. The bedroom has a fireplace with an intricately carved marble mantel; the bathroom has a claw-foot soaking tub. Next to the bedroom is a space that could be used as a sitting room or home office. Another full bathroom and a laundry room are at the back of this level.
Three more bedrooms are on the third floor, along with another full bathroom.
The basement level, which held the original kitchen, is now a media room with a wet bar.
Outdoor space: The deck behind the house is spacious, with room for dining furniture and a grill. It steps down to a long, walled backyard landscaped with grass, a brick path and mature hedges. Beneath the deck is a covered patio.
Taxes: $7,752 (estimated)
Contact: Chris Cashman, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate, 302-733-7000; chriscashman.com
Boise, Idaho | $1 Million
A 1935 Tudor Revival house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is just off Harrison Boulevard, offering easy access to the yearly festivities at Halloween, when the street is closed to car traffic and residents stage elaborate scenes for passers-by to admire. It is a five-minute walk to Washington Elementary School, a public school for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, and less than half a mile from the 11-acre Camel’s Back Park, which has hiking trails, tennis courts and a playground.
The Idaho State Capitol complex is five minutes away. Downtown Boise, with attractions like the Boise Art Museum and the riverfront Zoo Boise, is less than 10 minutes away. Driving to several popular ski resorts or to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve takes about three hours.
Size: 2,012 square feet
Price per square foot: $497
Indoors: A brick path leads across the lawn to the front door, which opens into a foyer with white oak floors. Beyond is a living room with a fireplace and several windows, including a large arched one facing the front yard.
An adjacent dining alcove has original built-in storage with shelves for displaying glassware. This space connects to a windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances and access to the back patio.
Two bedrooms are on this level, at either end of a hallway off the living room. The street-facing bedroom is currently used as a home office; the back bedroom has enough space for a queen-size bed. They share a bathroom with penny-tile floors and a combined tub and shower.
The primary suite is on the lower level, with a large, custom-designed closet and a barn-style sliding door that opens to a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a double vanity. A den and a laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer are also on this level.
Outdoor space: The covered patio off the kitchen has ceiling fans to circulate air on hot days. The backyard beyond is landscaped with grass and has a brick-lined path that leads to the detached garage, which has one parking spot.
Taxes: $7,308 (estimated)
Contact: Helen Law and Diana Simpson, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty, 208-284-1999; sothebysrealty.com
Swansboro, N.C. | $998,000
A 1906 Colonial Revival house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house was extensively renovated in the mid-2010s and updated again in 2017, receiving a new roof, HVAC system, period-appropriate windows, a garage and a swimming pool. It is a few blocks from the waterfront, putting it within a 10-minute walk of restaurants, boutiques and a park with a fishing spot that draws locals and visitors.
Driving to the beaches of Emerald Isle takes about 20 minutes. Wilmington is about 90 minutes away.
Size: 2,845 square feet
Price per square foot: $351
Indoors: A white picket fence with brick pillars frames the brick path that steps up to the front door in the center of an expansive covered porch.
Beyond the threshold is a foyer with hardwood floors laid out in a chevron pattern. To the right is a parlor with a fireplace and white shiplap walls. To the left is a wallpapered dining room with white shiplap wainscoting and a barn-style sliding door that opens to a kitchen with white cabinetry, a white subway tile backsplash, marble counters, Viking appliances and a large center island.
The kitchen is open to a living room with a fireplace flanked by built-in shelves and furnishings that include a sectional sofa and an upholstered armchair. (Most of the furniture comes with the house.) A powder room is also in this part of the house.
All three bedrooms are on the second floor, reached from stairs in the living room. The primary bedroom, at the front of the house, has a fireplace, a balcony and an en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub, a double vanity and another fireplace. The second bedroom has a small balcony; it shares a full bathroom with the third bedroom. A spacious media room and another full bathroom are also on this level.
Outdoor space: The patio behind the house has a built-in kitchen with a grill and a bar. It faces a saltwater swimming pool. The detached garage includes a sauna, a crafts room and a storage area. The property is landscaped with rose bushes and hand-laid paving stones.
Taxes: $5,798 (estimated)
Contact: Tracy Morris, Weichert Realtors, At Waves Edge, 919-413-0230; weichert.com
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