Hyde Park, N.Y. | $795,000
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom farmhouse built around 1770, on a 2.9-acre lot
During the restoration of this house, the focus was on preserving and highlighting the original features: using dark colors to emphasize the low ceilings with rough-hewed beams; letting the wear on the wide-plank floorboards remain visible; and ensuring that newer additions, like the one that contains the kitchen and family room, appear visually distinct from the original structure.
The home is less than two miles from Milea Estate Vineyard, which has a tasting room open to the public, and a 15-minute drive from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Rhinebeck is about 20 minutes away; from there, trains make the trip to Manhattan in about an hour and a half.
Size: 2,341 square feet
Price per square foot: $340
Indoors: The property is separated from the road by a low stone wall. The front door, in the middle of the simple wood facade, opens into a living room with exposed ceiling beams, walls of exposed brick uncovered during the restoration and a fireplace with a concrete mantel.
The adjoining dining area has access to a full bathroom with a floating marble sink and to a combined kitchen and family room, in an addition to the main house. This space has high ceilings and large sliding-glass doors that open to a wraparound deck. The kitchen is on one side, with stainless steel appliances and a white farmhouse-style sink.
All three bedrooms are on the second level, reached from a staircase in the living room. The primary bedroom, off the landing at the top of the stairs, is brightened by sconces and windows on two sides overlooking the property. The second bedroom, next door, is big enough to hold a queen-size bed; the third is smaller, with dark walls and sloped ceilings. The bathroom on this level was recently updated with handmade tile lining the combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The deck off the kitchen and family room is big enough for outdoor entertaining, with steps leading down to a yard planted with mature trees. Additional structures on the property include a barn and several storage sheds.
Taxes: $13,860 (estimated)
Contact: Jon Berry and Delyse Berry, Upstate Down, 845-516-5123; upstatedown.com
Durham, N.C. | $795,000
A 1928 Tudor Revival house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in Old North Durham, a neighborhood with wide, tree-lined streets about five minutes by car from the center of the city. It is a few miles from Durham County Main Library; Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a minor-league stadium home to the Durham Bulls; and a handful of popular breweries and tasting rooms serving locally made beer, cider and mead.
Duke University’s East Campus, which has a mix of classroom buildings and student residences, and the university’s West Campus are less than 10 minutes away. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is less than half an hour away. Driving to Raleigh takes 30 minutes; Charlotte is a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Size: 2,941 square feet
Price per square foot: $270
Indoors: Behind a wrought-iron gate at the sidewalk is a brick path that leads across the lawn to the front door.
It opens into a foyer with original hardwood floors and a staircase to the second level. To the left, through a set of French doors, is a living room with a brick-framed fireplace and windows that face the street and the side yard. Across the foyer, another set of French doors opens into the dining room. The kitchen is off this space, with stainless appliances, black granite counters and a door to the backyard.
A hallway in this part of the house leads to a bedroom currently used as a study, with its own exterior entrance, and to a full bathroom with black-and-white tile and a combination tub and shower.
The other three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite, near the top of the stairs, includes a lofted home office with a built-in desk and window seat; a private balcony; and a bathroom with a glass-walled shower and a wood vanity with two sinks. The two guest rooms have the use of a hallway bathroom with a windowed tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The grassy backyard is enclosed by a fence and planted with mature trees. The private driveway at the back of the house has room for two cars.
Taxes: $5,940 (estimated)
Contact: Ian Kipp, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 919-229-3533; bhhs.com
Houston | $790,000
A 1920 Craftsman bungalow with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in Woodland Heights, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Designed in the early 20th century as a streetcar suburb, its streets are lined with Arts-and-Crafts and Craftsman bungalows. This home is less than half a block from Stude Park, an open green space with a community center and a pool. The neighborhood is also close to White Oak Bayou Trail, where walking and cycling paths offer expansive views of the city skyline.
Downtown Houston is a 10-minute drive. The beaches of Galveston are about an hour away.
Size: 2,152 square feet
Price per square foot: $367
Indoors: A fence separates the front yard from the street. Behind it, a concrete path leads to the wide covered porch.
The bright red front door opens directly into the living room, which has hardwood floors and a brick-framed fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets. French doors open into a windowed dining room with more hardwood floors.
This space is open to a kitchen with white cabinetry, quartz counters, a gray-tile backsplash and access to a mudroom and a powder room.
The primary suite is on this level, off a short hall extending from the kitchen. It includes a bedroom big enough to hold a king-size bed; a walk-in closet; and an updated bathroom with a large walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub. Next door is a bright home office with backyard-facing windows.
Two more bedrooms are on the second floor. They share a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower that has a frosted-glass window.
Outdoor space: The wood deck behind the house is partially shaded by a roof overhang. The backyard beyond is landscaped with artificial grass. The carport at the end of the driveway has two parking spots.
Taxes: $16,548 (estimated)
Contact: Amanda Anhorn, Greenwood King Properties, 713-256-5123; greenwoodking.com
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