East Hampton, New York | $1.745 million
A three-bedroom, three-bathroom home built in 1838 on a one-acre plot
This house was formerly owned by Nicholas Caron, an abstract expressionist painter and member of a group of New York artists including Willem de Kooning, who rented the property while his studio was under construction nearby.
The neighborhood is located within a mile of four marinas, making it attractive to boaters. Most East Hampton beaches are within a 10- to 15-minute drive. Central East Hampton is 10 minutes away, and New York City is about three hours away – depending on the traffic, which can be heavy during the summer.
Size: 1400 square feet
square foot price: 1246 USD
Inside: A low wooden fence separates this property from the street, with a driveway leading to the front of the house.
The main entrance is through the mud. The bathroom is outside this space and the kitchen is behind, with high ceilings, skylights, exposed beams, a sitting area and a central island with stove and oven.
Through the kitchen is an airy dining room with whitewashed parquet floors, windows overlooking a patio, wood-burning stove and baking oven.
The living room, across from the fireplace, has a whitewashed fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. There is another full bathroom off the living room, as well as the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, which has French doors opening onto the patio and a bathroom with a ceramic clawfoot tub.
Near the corner is a staircase that leads to the second floor, with hand-painted fountains with the words of the 19th-century song “Home, Sweet Home.” The two guest rooms on the upper floor have sloping ceilings. One is large enough to accommodate a double bed, and the other accommodates a queen bed and a desk.
The detached studio across the courtyard has brick floors and a half bathroom.
outdoor space: The stone patio on the side of the house has space for preparing food and a few lounge chairs. The large area of lawn can easily accommodate a swimming pool. The separate garage accommodates one car.
Taxes: $4300 (estimated)
Contact: Rebekah C. Baker, Sotheby’s International Realty, East Hampton Brokerage, 631-258-5991; sothebysrealty.com
Miami Shores, Florida | $1.75 million
Three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow built in 1947, on a plot of 0.2 acres
The city of Miami Shores, a village about 12 miles off the south shore, once produced many crops, including grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and pear. In the 1920s, developers marketed the area as “Mediterranean America,” and many homes built there remained in the following decades. This is just a few blocks from the Miami Shores Country Club, which has an 18-hole golf course, and the Miami Shores Aquatic Center, a children’s water park and open play area for village residents and their guests.
The Miami Design District is 10 to 15 minutes away; Downtown Miami is about 25 minutes’ drive away at rush hour. Miami International Airport is approximately 10 miles away.
Size: 1,812 square feet
square foot price: $966
Inside: The house is set back from the street, behind a circular driveway and a walled courtyard. The front door opens to a bright seating and dining area with original oak floors. Impact-resistant glass doors (like all windows in the home) open onto a covered rear porch that takes advantage of the home’s indoor and outdoor sound system.
Off the dining area is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a gas stove, and open shelves designed to accommodate different types of glassware.
The basic suite is off the living room, with a bedroom large enough for a king-size bed, a walk-in closet with custom-designed storage, and a bathroom with freestanding bathtub and built-in vanity unit. Glass doors in the bedroom open onto a private patio protected by tall hedges.
The hallway extends from the living room to the guest suite with two more bedrooms. The one at the front of the house is big enough for a queen size bed; The person in the back of the house has access to the backyard. Between them there is a bathroom with a marble floor and a walk-in shower with marble walls.
outdoor space: The home is designed for indoor and outdoor living, and the covered porch off the dining room serves as an extension of the main leisure spaces, complete with ceiling fans and an outdoor fireplace. Steps below it is a swimming pool surrounded by grass. There is an outdoor kitchen and dining area next door against a wall surrounded by greenery. The driveway includes an electric vehicle charging station.
Taxes: $13,596 (estimated)
Contact: Laurie Brant and Marcy Kaplan, Compass, 786-553-1962 or 786-543-5755; compass.com
Richmond, Virginia | $1.795 million
1920’s Spanish Colonial home with five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, on a 0.5 acre plot
Ginter Park, a neighborhood with quiet tree-lined streets, is only 10 minutes from downtown Richmond. The area, developed by real estate and tobacco magnate Louis Ginter, was connected to the city center by a wagon, making it one of the many “tram suburbs” that sprang up in American cities in the late 19th century.
One of the most luxurious in the neighborhood, this home is well preserved and comes complete with original roof tiles and millwork that can be used in future restoration projects.
Size: 6,152 square feet
square foot price: $292
Inside: The front door, set within a covered porch, opens onto a large foyer with black and white marble floors and a wide staircase with an original recess.
To the left is a formal living room with a period-appropriate pendant lamp and fireplace with a marble mantel salvaged from the original Richmond courthouse.
Across the hallway is a family room with another marble fireplace mantel and pocket doors that open into a dining room with white recessed and brass and crystal pendant light fixture. French doors in the dining room lead to a solarium with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and another fireplace.
To the back of the first floor is an updated kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf stove, and delft-style backsplash. There is also a powder room, a sunny laundry room, and a back staircase to the second floor in this part of the house.
At the top of the main staircase is a spacious landing with doors opening onto a balcony offering sweeping views of the property. To the right is the basic suite, which has a bedroom large enough to accommodate a king size bed, walk-in wardrobe, and bathroom with glass-walled shower and deep soaking tub.
Across the hall is a guest room large enough for a queen bed, with a sitting area and an en suite bathroom. The third bedroom on this level also has an en suite bathroom; The fourth is used as a home office.
The stairs continue up to the guest suite on the third floor which has a bathroom with separate glass-walled shower and bathtub.
outdoor space: A large wooden deck behind the house contains an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and sink. Below it is a grassy backyard surrounded by mature trees, with a half-sized basketball court on one side. The attached four-car garage is located below street level and served as a neighborhood bomb shelter in the 1950s.
Taxes: $12,732 (estimated)
Contact: Heather Poloni, Long & Foster, 804-319-0204; longandfoster.com
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