North Kingstown, R.I. | $799,000
A circa 1832 house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.5-acre lot
This house, built for Esbon Sanford, a local factory owner, has been sensitively updated, with much of its original character retained, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is about a five-minute drive from North Kingstown Town Beach and from John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, where walking trails lead to a rocky expanse of waterfront.
Newport is less than 20 minutes away. Providence is a half-hour drive. Provincetown, Mass., at the tip of Cape Cod, is two and a half hours away. Driving to Boston takes about an hour and a half.
Size: 2,132 square feet
Price per square foot: $375
Indoors: A neat path leads across the front lawn to the entrance, a deep pink door that opens into a center hall with wide-plank hardwood floors and a staircase to the second level.
To the right is a living room with more hardwood floors, a fireplace and windows with wood shutters overlooking the front yard. The dining room beyond has wide-plank floors and wainscoting. It connects to a combined family room and kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, a fireplace fitted with a wood stove and outdoor access.
A cozy home office with a fireplace and another small room are also off the dining room. A bathroom with a walk-in shower is in this part of the house as well.
All three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary bedroom, at the top of the stairs, has pitched ceilings, windows looking out into the treetops and enough space for a queen-size bed. The other two bedrooms are across the hall. They share a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a skylight.
Outdoor space: The covered deck behind the house has enough space for dining or lounge furniture. It steps down to a spacious backyard surrounded by a low stone wall. The property includes two outbuildings used for storage and woodworking; they could be converted into guest quarters, art studios or workout space. There is room to park three cars in the driveway.
Taxes: $5,640 (estimated)
Contact: Linda Supron, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, 401-378-1013; sothebysrealty.com
Portland, Ore. | $799,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium in a 2007 building
This apartment is in the Casey, an energy-efficient high-rise building certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is in the Pearl District, a bustling area with numerous options for dining and drinking, within a few blocks of a Powell’s bookstore, a Whole Foods grocery store and North Park Blocks, a city park with public art installations and bocce courts.
Portland International Airport is 20 minutes away. Driving to Salem takes about 45 minutes. Seattle is a three-hour drive.
Size: 1,663 square feet
Price per square foot: $480
Indoors: The apartment’s front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors that continue into the open living and cooking area.
At the far end of this space is a fireplace with a gray stone surround flanked by wood built-ins that anchors a sitting area. Along one wall are floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass door that opens to a covered terrace. There is room for a dining table between the sitting area and the kitchen, which has wood cabinetry with integrated appliances; a large center island with a beverage refrigerator and seating for two; and access to a combined pantry and laundry room.
The primary bedroom is off the living area, with carpeted floors, a large walk-in closet with custom storage, and windows that offer skyline views. It has the use of a bathroom next door with a deep soaking tub and a glass-walled shower.
Another bedroom, off the other side of the living area, could be used as a home office or a den. It has the use of a bathroom off the foyer with a shower and a wood vanity.
Outdoor space: The covered terrace is wide, with enough space for a grill and dining furniture. It offers views of the city and the mountains in the distance. This unit comes with one deeded parking spot in a secure garage. The lobby is attended 24 hours a day.
Taxes: $14,124 (estimated) and a $1,359 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Holly Burton, Urban Nest Realty, 503-887-8299; urbannestpdx.com
Upper Arlington, Ohio | $799,999
A 1932 Cotswolds-style cottage with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house was extensively renovated by the sellers, general contractors who are also the listing agents, who tried to retain original details like leaded-glass windows and wood doors wherever possible. It sits on a wide, tree-lined street, within a few blocks of a coffee shop and a shopping center with a grocery store, a bar and a pancake restaurant.
The Ohio State University campus, its football stadium and basketball arena area less than 10 minutes away. Driving to downtown Columbus takes about 10 minutes.
Size: 1,933 square feet
Price per square foot: $414
Indoors: A path leads from the sidewalk across the front lawn, stepping up to the entrance, an arched door that opens into a foyer with a coat closet. A staircase to the second floor is straight ahead.
To the right is a sunny living room with a fireplace and diamond-paned windows overlooking the front yard. This space faces an updated kitchen with custom cabinetry, an oversized island, room for a dining table and access to a half bathroom and a room that could be used as a pantry.
The primary suite is on the first floor, off the living room. The bedroom has more diamond-paned windows and a walk-in closet; the bathroom has a double vanity and a walk-in shower.
Three more bedrooms, all carpeted, are upstairs. The largest, at the top of the steps, has a built-in window seat. They share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower lined with patterned tile.
Outdoor space: A wood deck extends the length of the house in back. It steps down to a backyard landscaped with grass and mature trees, and enclosed by a wood fence. The detached garage has two parking spots; there is room to park another car in the driveway.
Taxes: $9,552 (estimated)
Contact: LeSha Thorpe and Kari Heidl-Teske, Red 1 Realty, 614-398-2425 or 614-585-9020; red1realty.com
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