$1.6 Million Homes in California, Colorado and New Jersey

Rex Ray, the San Francisco pop artist and designer, once owned this second-floor condo in the Allied Box Factory, a 1907 timber warehouse that was converted into 31 live-work lofts in 2001. On Folsom Street, in the center of the Mission District, it shares a block with art studios, salons, a wholesale leather supplier, an “intuitive counselor” whom SF Weekly newspaper named San Francisco’s best psychic of 2009 and the headquarters of Killing My Lobster, a sketch comedy company. At least one person occupying the condo must be an artist.

Size: 1,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,066

Indoors: The home comprises two units: a one-bedroom loft and a space across the hall that could be used as a studio, office or spare sleeping area. The main portion consists of a great room with hardwood floors, high ceilings and two sets of French doors opening to a large deck. Unfinished columns and beams set off an elegant kitchen with walnut cabinets, Caesarstone quartz countertops, high-end appliances and a marble-and-walnut island.

A gridded free-standing bookshelf to the left of the entrance currently serves as a partition for the bedroom. A large closet was created with sliding translucent doors, and the adjacent bathroom has mosaic-tile walls, a combined tub and shower and a metal vessel sink.

The bonus room across the hall is entered through a door with a large, central glass panel, as in an office. The room is long and narrow, with hardwood floors and multiple windows.

Outdoor space: The deck off the great room is bounded by partial walls and covered in a woven nylon carpet. The vertical garden, created by a landscape architect neighbor, will remain with the property. There is also a lushly planted shared space. Parking is in a carport.

Taxes: $17,306, plus $529 monthly homeowner’s fee

Contact: Ryan Dailey, Compass, 917-324-1010; compass.com


Robert Harvey Oshatz, an architect in Portland, Ore., designed this organic-style structure with an undulating roof that evokes the West Elk Mountains for a pair of carpenter brothers who built it as a spec house. Known locally as the Clam House or Snow Clam House, it cantilevers over a slope, at an altitude of 10,000 feet, in Mount Crested Butte, a resort community. The property is four hours southwest of Denver by car; one can also fly an hour from Denver to Gunnison, Colo., 30 miles south of the property.

Size: 3,576 square feet

Price per square foot: $446

Indoors: The house is near the ski resort and was designed to be shared by two families. It is redwood on a cement-and-steel foundation, with a central shaft of river rock. Each of the three floors has a fireplace carved from the stone core.

The front door is flanked by a pair of one-car garages. The bedroom level is up a half flight of stairs and centers on a sitting room with a stone fireplace. Two master bedroom suites are on either side, each with a redwood barrel ceiling, mountain views and bookshelves built into an interior window overlooking the staircase. The attached bathrooms have double sinks in curving granite-top vanities and walk-in stone-tile showers.

The living room and kitchen are a half level down from the entrance, in an open plan that encircles the stone core. The living room has access to the massive fireplace and hearth and is bounded by a wall of windows. The kitchen has an oval center island and undulating connecting table, both covered in granite. Cabinets are faced in book-matched grained wood, and the backsplashes are gray tile. This level also has a full bath.

The lowest floor includes a lounge with a fireplace at the center and upholstered seats under a curving row of windows. Two children’s bunk rooms and a bathroom are also on this level. An additional two bedrooms are over the garages.

Outdoor space: The house sits on 0.59 acres and has a 1,000-square-foot wraparound deck.

Taxes: $6,603 (2018, based on an $81,720 assessment)

Contact: Dawn Howe, Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, 970-596-4023; kw.com


Situated in a historic township that remained dry after the repeal of Prohibition and now restricts its liquor licenses to restaurants within a local shopping mall, this house was renovated to the studs in 2012. It is centrally located within this township of 21,000, and is 80 minutes southwest of the Holland Tunnel and 20 minutes east of Philadelphia.

Size: 7,115 square feet

Price per square foot: $224

Indoors: Approaching by a bluestone path and crossing a rocking-chair porch, one enters through a front door inset with wavy leaded glass and sidelights. Inside are dark gray walls, white moldings and hardwood floors stained glossy black. The long living room to the right of the foyer has a bay window and a tiled fireplace wall. To the left is a parlor staged as a playroom, next to an in-law suite with a bedroom and bathroom.

The living room and center hall flow into a combined kitchen and family room that extends to the back of the house. A partition with white custom cabinets, built-in appliances and a marble backsplash divides the kitchen area, running parallel to a marble-top island that seats at least five and has a cooking range at one end. (An additional pair of Thermador ovens is embedded in a wall.) A nook created from a window bay is used for dining.

The side of the kitchen partition facing the hallway can be set up as a work area, with its wraparound cabinetry providing storage and countertop serving as a desk. A more formal office is behind the in-law suite and has a separate exterior entrance at the back.

The four bedrooms on the second floor include a master suite with a fireplace, a kitchenette with metallic subway tile, a walk-in closet with a storage island and a large private balcony. The large master bathroom has a Kohler Sok tub surrounded by an infinity edge and filled by a showerhead mounted on the ceiling. Water overflows into a recessed area around the tub, keeping the bather warm.

On the third floor are two additional bedrooms, a full marble bathroom, an exercise room and a home theater. The basement includes a carpeted rec room with a wet bar that seats at least six along a bar rail.

Outdoor space: The two-story fenced octagonal deck steps down from the family room to a wide bluestone terrace at the back of the house. There is also a narrow side porch off the kitchen, and a grassy area with a grill set in a stone housing. The 0.51-acre property includes a koi pond embedded in a fieldstone terrace and a detached two-car, two-story garage.

Taxes: $25,630 (2018, based on an assessment of $1,004,300)

Contact: Melissa Young, the Young Group, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach-Moorestown, 267-259-2432; berkshirehathawayhs.com

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Published at Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:01:31 +0000