What You Get for $700,000
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Pittsburgh | $699,000
A 1912 three-story brick house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
This house is in the Shadyside neighborhood, about five miles northeast of downtown, with regular bus service available. It is a block from Mellon Park, the original Richard Beatty Mellon estate, which includes gardens and a children’s splash pad. Bakery Square, a redeveloped Nabisco plant that includes a Google campus and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, is about a half mile northeast.
Size: 3,132 square feet
Price per square foot: $223
Indoors: The home was renovated by the current owners, who have lived there for 10 years, and by the previous ones. Recent refurbishments include stripping layers of paint from the front porch columns, expanding the kitchen with matching cabinets and a breakfast nook, and creating a third-floor master suite that includes a dressing room converted from a bedroom.
The front door opens to a foyer with one of the home’s six decorative fireplaces and a coffered staircase decorated with a large panel of original stained glass. Behind it is a powder room and then the kitchen, which has exposed brick, hardwood floors and granite counters. The attached breakfast room opens to a rear deck.
Turning right from the front door, you enter a great room — the result of combining a pair of parlors — that runs the full length of the house. It includes a gas fireplace insert and a window seat under a bay window ornamented with leaded glass.
Three bedrooms, all with decorative fireplaces, are on the second floor, including the former master suite, which has a bathroom with a painted brick wall and a double vanity. The other bedrooms share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
The third-floor master suite has deep dormer windows. The master bathroom has a soaking tub, a subway-tiled walk-in shower with a bench, a double vanity made of rustic wood topped in marble and a washer and dryer.
Outdoor space: The fenced backyard of the 35-by-111-foot lot has two decks, a dog run, a vegetable garden and a gabled Victorian-style shed that could be used as a playhouse.
Taxes: $11,312 (without homestead exemption)
Contact: Molly Howard, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 412-298-7823; howardhanna.com
Phippsburg, Me. | $659,000
A 1991 replica of a 1683 parsonage, with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms
This home on 10.5 acres is a copy (with modern conveniences) of Parson Capen House, a national historic landmark in Topsfield, Mass. It is in a town of about 2,200 people on a peninsula in the middle of coastal Maine, two hours and 20 minutes northeast of Boston. Celebrated beaches are within easy driving distance, and the nearest major commercial center, the charming city of Bath, is about seven miles north.
Size: 2,940 square feet
Price per square foot: $224
Indoors: Colonial-style features include wide antique pumpkin-pine floorboards, paneled walls, beamed ceilings and a pair of large, wood-burning brick fireplaces. One fireplace is in the living room; the other in a library with built-in bookshelves, a wet bar and doors that open to a rear deck topped by a pergola.
Beyond the living room is a screened porch with a peaked ceiling. Meals can be taken in a formal dining room or in an eat-in kitchen with tile floors, granite countertops, cherry cabinets and a pantry. You can stand at the sink and look out to the Kennebec River, which is visible from many other rooms as well. This floor also has a half bathroom.
Upstairs are three white-carpeted bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with double sinks floating on a granite vanity. A second bedroom under a vaulted ceiling is attached to a study or family room. The two guest bedrooms share a bathroom with leaf-patterned wallpaper and a shower.
Outdoor space: The owner is a master gardener who acquired part of the property to extend her canvas of raised beds, perennials, birch and pines. A stone path leads to a peaked garden house with electricity but no water; it is used in summer for entertaining. The house has an attached two-car garage.
Contact: Diane Moyer, RE/MAX Riverside, 207-720-0139; remax.com
Denver | $699,000
A 1938 Tudor with four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Surrounded by bungalows dating from the 1920s through the 1950s, this house sits on a double lot in the Mayfair neighborhood, a block from shop-filled East Colfax Avenue, the site of an annual marathon. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with Macy’s and Nordstrom, is less than 10 minutes away by car, and a new retail development at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard is about a five-minute drive. Downtown Denver is about four miles due west.
Size: 2,458 square feet
Price per square foot: $284
Indoors: Period details include peaked archways and recently refinished hardwood floors on the main level. The tiled-floor vestibule leads straight into a living room that has a wood-burning fireplace with a tiled firebox trim and hearth, followed by a formal dining room. The mullioned windows in both rooms were recently replaced with thermally efficient glass.
Turning right from the front door takes you to the first of three bedrooms, which could also be used as a study. This room is attached to the second bedroom behind it. The third bedroom, considered the master, is at the rear of the house and has access to a patio. Between the second bedroom and master is a bathroom with double sinks and a marble-trimmed shower and tub with decorative frosted glass.
Past the dining room is a kitchen with maple cabinets, granite countertops, a butcher-block island and a blue ceramic-tile backsplash. A breakfast nook includes a banquette and built-in cabinet and bookshelves.
Stairs behind the kitchen take you to a lower level with a family room that has a decorative fireplace. There is also a space the owners have used as a bedroom (although lacks an egress window) and a bathroom with a shower.
The roof and gutters were replaced last year, and a new heating system was installed within the last seven years.
Outdoor space: The 50-by-125-foot lot includes a fenced backyard with large specimen trees and a patio that faces west, with sunset views. The attached one-car garage is reached by a sloping driveway from the rear alley, or through the lower level.
Taxes: $3,280 (2018), based on an assessed value of $42,400
Contact: Katie Hoster, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, 303-482-5928; sothebysrealty.com
Published at Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:01:36 +0000