What $300,000 buys you in Massachusetts, West Virginia and Delaware

Located in a seasonal colony in Cape Cod, this tiny cottage is open from April 1 to November 30. Many residents of the colony rent out their cottages, which are especially in demand during the summer months. This home, which features propane heating and a window AC unit, is being sold furnished.

Shopping and dining are about a five minute drive away, in downtown Wellfleet. Several popular beaches are 5 to 10 minutes away, including Marconi Beach and Leconte Hollow on the Atlantic Coast. Provincetown, on the edge of Cape Cod, is a 20-minute drive away.

Size: 364 square feet

square foot price: $797

Inside: The cottage is quilted, with an airy exterior, a popular Cape Cod aesthetic. Colorful flower planter boxes hang below windows framed by green shutters, and a few wooden steps lead to the front door.

The living room features high ceilings with skylights, pine walls and wide pine floorboards. Through a spacious entrance on one side of the room is a dining area with a built-in window seat that can be used as a sleeping nook for summer guests. The adjoining kitchen has pine cabinets and open shelves.

The bedroom is off the living room, with floral wallpaper and enough space for a double bed. The bathroom has a shower stall and more intricate pine walls.

outdoor space: There is a small garden at the front of the house, behind a low white picket fence. Next to it is a patio big enough for a cafe table and chairs. A sandy path leads to Drummer Cove, a saltwater estuary surrounded by a pine forest.

Taxes: $2,268 (estimated) and $192 per month homeowners association fee

Contact: Dawn Lee, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-237-5399; sothebysrealty.com

Like many cities along the Ohio River, Volansby grew up around a steel mill. The factory in this case was owned by brothers John and Robert Volansby, for whom the town is named. Today, this part of West Virginia attracts residents who work in Pittsburgh, about an hour away, and Steubenville, Ohio, about 15 minutes away.

This home is located a few blocks from the post office, antique store, and police and fire department on Main Street. Morgantown, home of West Virginia University, is about 90 minutes away. Charleston, Virginia, the state capital, is a three and a half hour drive away.

Size: 2,533 square feet

square foot price: $120

Inside: This house was once part of a family farm and is now set behind a spacious garden, with a paved walkway leading from the street to the entrance.

The front door is located in the middle of a wide, covered portico and opens onto a foyer with ornate woodwork and a staircase that is original to the house’s paneling. On the left is a sunny living room connected by original pocket doors to a formal dining room. Both rooms have hardwood floors and fireplaces converted from wood burning to gas by vendors.

Off the dining room and main hallway there is a spacious kitchen with hardwood floors, original built-in cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Also on this level there is a shared bathroom and laundry room with washer and dryer and shower stall.

All four bedrooms are on the upper floor. The basic bedroom is at the top of the stairs, with whitewashed floors and windows overlooking the surrounding greenery. Across the hall is a guest room currently used as a sitting room, with a bay of windows overlooking the front yard. At the other end of the portico are two additional guest rooms, both with whitewashed floors. All four bedrooms share an updated bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub and walk-in shower.

There is also a small home office on this level that has a desk and bookshelf.

outdoor space: The lawns behind and in front of the house are wide and surrounded by mature trees. The detached garage has three parking spaces, as well as a storage space and a workshop.

Taxes: $1,920 (estimated)

Contact: Cindy Freshwater, Cedar One Realty, 740-317-7780; cedaronerealty.com


This home is located in Trolley Square, a busy walkable neighborhood with ACME Markets Grocery, an offshoot of local coffee chain Brew HaHa! And several restaurants, including an oyster house with a raw bar and brunch, have been in operation for over 50 years. There are also many Italian restaurants nearby, in Little Italy, as well as the Roman Catholic Church.

Wilmington city center and train station are 10 minutes away. Philadelphia is less than 30 minutes by rail from downtown, or 45 minutes by car; Baltimore is an hour by train from the city center or an hour and a half by car.

Size: 1325 square feet

square foot price: $226

Inside: Steps from the sidewalk lead to a covered porch large enough to accommodate rocking chairs or a bench.

Behind the front door is a living room with an exposed brick wall, windows facing the porch and hardwood floors continuing into the dining area with built-in antiques cabinet and side-facing windows.

To the rear of the house is an updated kitchen with granite counters, new tile backsplash, electric stove and door to the back deck.

From the living room, a staircase rises to three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. The master bedroom and adjoining guest room have hardwood floors. The guest room at the end of the hall is carpeted. All three share an updated bathroom with new tiled floors and a walk-in shower.

outdoor space: The new rear deck, made of a durable composite material, has plenty of room for a sectional sofa, dining table and grill. It steps into a grassy backyard surrounded by a wooden fence with space for a small garden.

Taxes: $2,364 (estimated)

Contact: Steve Shanos, Patterson Schwartz & Associates, 302-893-2219 or 302-475-0800; List.psre.com

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