Springfield, Mass. | $570,000
A 1902 Edwardian house with eight bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms on a 0.5 acre lot
Located in the Forest Park Heights Historic District, this house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was designed by G. Wood Taylor, the architect of a number of grand estates in the area, for Frank L. Brigham, president of a clothing company.
Forest Park, a green space of more than 700 acres, is less than half a mile away, making the house within walking distance of a rose garden, an ice rink, and a zoo. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the city’s top attractions, is five minutes away by car. It takes half an hour to drive to Hartford, Conn.; Boston is about 90 minutes away.
Size: 6,861 square meters
Price per square meter: $83
Indoors: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the front door, located in a covered porch.
The sunny foyer has wooden floors and white painted wooden details. To the left is a formal living room with a fireplace, built-in window space and more white-painted woodwork.
To the right of the entry is a formal dining room with another window seat, another fireplace, and a candelabra-style chandelier. A utility room, once a pantry, separates the dining room from the spacious kitchen, which has windows to the front and sides of the property.
Also on this level is a powder room; a screened porch to the side of the house; and a covered porch behind.
From the foyer, a large staircase leads to the upper floors. The master bedroom, on the second floor, has a fireplace and windows overlooking the neighborhood. Next to it is a bathroom with a combined tub and shower. A guest bedroom and another full bathroom are on the other side of the main bathroom.
Across the hall is a third bedroom with a sitting area and a fireplace. This bedroom and three others on the second floor share a bathroom off the hallway with double vanities and hardwood floors.
The third floor is divided into two rooms: on one side there are two more bedrooms and a full bathroom; on the other side are unfinished attics.
Outdoor space: The screened porch at the side of the house and the covered porch at the back are large, with enough space for tables, chairs and a grill. The yard is laid out with grass and a few mature trees. The detached carriage house now functions as a garage that holds two cars.
Taxes: $8,328 (estimated)
Contact: Erica Swallow, Swallow Estates Group, Coldwell Banker Realty, 413-314-3383; coldwellbanker.com
New Orleans | $575,000
A two-story house built in 1913, with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1 acre lot
Thanks to the efforts of the previous and current owners, who worked to preserve original details such as the gingerbread trim on the facade and fireplaces, this house won an award from the city’s Historic District Landmarks Commission in 2001. The roof is new, as are energy-efficient windows.
The property is half a block from Esplanade Avenue, which runs from the Mississippi River to the 1,300-acre city park. It is within walking distance of several coffee shops and Kermit’s Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge, a live music venue and restaurant serving traditional New Orleans cuisine. The French Quarter is less than 10 minutes away by car; the airport is a 20-minute drive away.
Size: 2,016 square meters
Price per square meter: $285
Indoors: The front door – set in a robin’s-egg blue facade with bright yellow shutters and white trim – opens into a long foyer with a staircase to the second floor. The living room, to the left, has street-facing windows, a fireplace, and hardwood floors that continue into a dining room with another fireplace.
The kitchen, at the rear of the first floor, was remodeled by the sellers, who added new appliances and a tile backsplash. In this part of the house there is also a powder room with wooden vanity.
The master bedroom is on the second floor with a fireplace and two floor-to-ceiling windows; the en-suite bathroom has a combined bath and shower. A guest room currently used as a den and home office accesses this bathroom.
Another full bathroom is also in this part of the house, along with a laundry room that has a sink and a stacked washer and dryer.
The third bedroom is off a hallway near the kitchen.
Outdoor space: A brick courtyard surrounded by a wooden fence runs along the side and rear of the property, with green trees providing shade. The sellers have created two outdoor living areas: one next to the house with a small table and chairs; the other at the back with two large benches and a table.
Taxes: $4,104 (estimated)
Contact: Jennifer Gessner, Rêve Realtors, 646-407-2800; gessner.reverealtors.com
Atlanta | $565,000
A three bedroom, two bathroom bungalow built in 1925 on a 0.2 acre lot
Reynoldstown, a neighborhood about two miles from downtown Atlanta, is known for its tree-lined streets and bungalow-style homes, many inhabited by young families and independent businesses. This house, like some of its neighbors, has recently been updated with new paint and a new HVAC system.
The property is about a mile from the shops and restaurants of Memorial Drive, the area’s main thoroughfare. It is less than two miles from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and from the Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden. Downtown Atlanta is about 20 minutes away by public transportation, or a little less by car, depending on traffic.
Size: 1,455 square meters
Price per square meter: $388
Indoors: Wooden stairs lead from the front garden to a covered porch with a seating area facing the street.
The front door opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and French doors leading to a guest bedroom currently used as a home office.
Through a wide doorway is a dining room with a wrought iron chandelier. The kitchen in the back has white cabinets, wooden countertops and a center island with a stainless steel sink. The adjacent laundry room has access to the back deck.
Just off the kitchen is a full bathroom, another bedroom, and the master suite, which has a carpeted walk-in closet and a bathroom with a jetted tub and separate shower.
Outdoor space: The wooden deck behind the house was recently painted, as was the planking that surrounds it. From there, steps lead down to a stone fire pit in the center of the backyard. A storage shed at the back of the yard houses tools and equipment for lawn maintenance.
Taxes: $4,944 (estimated)
Contact: Jack Truett, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, 404-635-7626; sothebysrealty.com
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