$350,000 Homes in Idaho, Tennessee and Minnesota

Of the estimated 11,000 midcentury modern houses in Boise, the heaviest concentration is in the area south of the Boise River, known as the Bench because of its plateau-like change in elevation. This house, which dates to 1962, is in the Franklin Heights subdivision of the Borah neighborhood in the Boise Bench, less than five miles southwest of downtown.

Size: 1,973 square feet

Price per square foot: $177

Indoors: As their family grew bigger, the original owners transformed what had been a three-bedroom house by extending one of the bedrooms into what is believed to have been a carport, creating a four-bedroom house with a second living room. It is thought that both bathrooms were updated in the late 1990s. The second, and current, owner, who bought the property in 2011, added a concrete patio in back with a pergola.

At the house’s center is a vaulted great room with a beamed timber ceiling and a brass gas fireplace set into a wall of white-painted brick. A low, granite-topped partition divides the living area from the dining room and vintage kitchen. The kitchen has white cabinets, rounded laminate countertops, walls covered in textured paper and a harvest-gold refrigerator.

A short hallway leads to the bedrooms, including a master, which has hardwood floors and glass doors opening to a backyard patio. The master bathroom has a tile shower. The living room addition is connected to the third and fourth bedrooms and has an electrical faux fireplace mounted on the wall in the corner.

Outdoor space: The 0.2-acre lot includes specimen trees, elegantly trimmed hedges and a fenced backyard.

Taxes: $1,333 (2018)

Contact: T.J. Pierce, Mid-Century Homes by Moniker Real Estate, 208-996-5759; intermountainmls.com

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This house, in a suburb about 20 minutes north of Nashville, was used as temporary quarters for workers on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and renovated in 2017 by Troy Dean Shafer, host of a television series called “Nashville Flipped,” who died unexpectedly in April. The house was featured on the second season of the show.

Size: 1,400 square feet

Price per square foot: $242

Indoors: The front door is set within the covered portion of a wraparound porch. It opens to an entry parlor that was trimmed in the renovation to make space for a full bathroom. The parlor has an unusual three-sided fireplace that opens to the living room and one of the bedrooms. The new bathroom has beadboard wainscoting topped by toile wallpaper and a claw-foot tub that is original to the property.

In the living room, Mr. Shafer broke through the attic floor to raise the ceiling height to more than 16 feet and framed a period stained-glass window with wood he salvaged in the renovation. In the adjacent bedroom, he hung a floral-painted globe pendant lamp found in the basement. Throughout the house are original floorboards that have been sanded, repainted and coated in polyurethane.

The master bedroom has high ceilings and a renovated en suite marble bathroom with rewired light fixtures from the 1920s and ’30s. The kitchen has blue (on the bottom) and white (on top) cabinets and new French doors bringing in light and mountain views.

Outdoor space: The original wraparound deck was extended and widened. Mr. Shafer built a corner gazebo with a hanging swing made of salvaged wood and added a dinner bell to alert residents and guests who might have spread out around the 3.4-acre property. The house sits next to the rail tracks, which provide “some sound effects,” according to the seller’s representative.

Taxes: $413 (2018), based on an assessment of $14,975

Contact: Angela Peach, Compass, 615-403-4076; homesforsale.benchmarkrealtytn.com


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This house is centrally situated in an agricultural city of 5,400 people, two and a half hours northwest of Minneapolis. Restaurants, municipal buildings and houses of worship are all blocks away, as is the University of Minnesota Morris campus.

Size: 4,266 square feet

Price per square foot: $82

Indoors: The home’s original stained glass and other period details survived its previous life as a rental for college students. The kitchen has had a recent gut renovation.

A heated, glass-walled front porch extends across the home’s width and leads, through a pair of solid wood doors, into the foyer. A small windowed reception area is up a couple of stairs to the right, at the base of the elegant staircase.

To the left, through pocket doors, is a pair of parlors ornamented with stained glass and separated by columns surrounded by decorative woodwork. The rear parlor has a bay window on the side and a fireplace flanked by glass-fronted Craftsman-style bookcases. (The wood-burning fireplace is currently inoperable.) An adjacent dining room has a paneled wood wainscot and a glass-fronted built-in china cabinet with wide drawers underneath.

The new eat-in kitchen has a cream-tile backsplash and floors, and extensive cabinetry and counter space. Nearby is a bathroom with a paneled wainscot and an old-fashioned soaking tub.

Three bedrooms and a full bathroom are on the second floor, as is a two-room office suite with large front-facing windows. The third floor contains a master suite that has a carpeted bedroom with a pair of dormer windows and a bathroom with wood floors. The basement has a large laundry room and half bathroom.

Outdoor space: The 0.49-acre property includes a detached two-car garage.

Taxes: $2,349

Contact: Debra Powell, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, 320-491-6741; remax.com

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Published at Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:01:29 +0000