What You Get: $1.3 Million Homes in Connecticut, Arizona and Oregon


What you Get

$1.3 Million Homes in Connecticut, Arizona and Oregon

A 1904 Arts and Crafts estate in Stamford, a mountainside house in Tucson and a 1924 bungalow in Portland.

By Julie Lasky

This North Stamford house, four miles north of the Merritt Parkway and 35 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, was built as the summer home of Walter Phillips Terry, a journalist who died in 1917. All the chestnut logs used in its construction were cut at an 18th-century sawmill on the site, and the mill is believed to now be the property’s guest cottage. The house was eventually turned into a year-round residence, and in 2008 it was bought and revived by the current owner, William Bretschger, a construction manager specializing in historic restoration. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Size: 6,491 square feet

Price per square foot: $208

Indoors: Orient Lodge, as the three-story house is called, is a trove of period details, including etched-glass windows, chinoiserie wallpaper, vertically striped wainscoting, beamed and latticed ceilings, and monumental cobblestone fireplaces built with rocks from a stream on the property and ornamented with welcoming messages inscribed in gold leaf.

The four-foot-wide entry door with cherry-blossom etched-glass panels opens to a double-height vestibule. A window cut high in one wall, overlooking the adjacent great room, is filled with delicate fretwork, including a border made of fylfot, or ancient swastika, symbols. The great room has a 23-foot ceiling and timber walls. The legend in gold leaf on the fireplace mantel reads “Here ends the Road that leads to all Good Comfort.”

In the dining room, the ceiling is lower and the fireplace slogan shorter: “The Honor of the House is Hospitality.” Originally the leaded-glass window with fylfots overlooked a porch between the main house and the servants’ quarters and kitchen. That area has since been enclosed and is now taken up by a cabinet-lined butler’s pantry. The kitchen beyond it dates to the 1970s, with a 2008 refresh bringing in new appliances and repainted pine cabinets (the colors inspired by a Depression-era measuring scoop). The countertops remained Formica at the urging of Mr. Bretschger’s daughter.

The master bedroom is on the ground floor, off the dining room, and has large windows looking down to a waterfall and an en suite bathroom with original Arts and Crafts tile in the shower. Next to it is a den with leaded windows.

Two guest bedrooms and a sitting room, all with angled ceilings, dormer windows and latticed, shingled or bead-board walls, are on the top floor, along with a bathroom with restored subway and hexagonal tile.

A lower level includes a library, pantry, workout room, pool table area, full bath, wine cellar and storage area. A pair of doors in the wine cellar open to a porte cochere on the south side of the property. There is also an outdoor shower.

Outdoor space: The 2.26-acre property includes a 3,000-square-foot carriage house with the original stables below and a guest apartment above. There is also a detached two-car garage with a deck and patio. Two ponds border the property, as well as an 85-foot-long stone dam. A full patio overlooks the wetlands area, and there are two meadows, multiple gardens, greenhouses and a circa-1800 functioning artesian well.

Taxes: $16,499

Contact: Suzette Kraus, William Raveis Real Estate, 914-582-2551; raveis.com

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This property of more than four acres is in a gated subdivision on the northern side of Tucson. It backs up to a mountain and offers unobstructed desert and city views. The home is 30 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from an upscale shopping mall called La Encantada. A trailhead in the Coronado National Forest area is less than a mile away.

Size: 5,152 square feet

Price per square foot: $267

Indoors: Whereas many homes in Arizona are on a single level, taking advantage of the large amount of available land, this house is on two levels and incorporates a north-facing glass wall in the great room that frames an arresting mountain view. The main floor includes, on one side, the 1,000-square-foot great room, with its 25-foot ceiling, and a pair of bedrooms sharing a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Down several steps on the other side are a dining room, kitchen, family room, bedroom suite and laundry room. A curving stairway from the living room leads to a partial second floor with a 900-square-foot master suite opening to a private outdoor deck.

Designed for entertaining, the house comfortably holds 150 people. Tucked behind a curving wall in the great room is a wet bar with a wine refrigerator, sink and dishwasher. Both the great room and the 300-square-foot dining room have gas fireplaces. The kitchen has two ovens, two grills, a plate-warmer, a deep fryer, a walk-in pantry and a central granite-covered island that seats 10.

The master suite’s bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet are all about equal size. The bedroom and bathroom share a double-faced fireplace. The bathroom also has a soaking tub set in a granite base and a large walk-in granite-and-glass shower with multiple jets.

Outdoor space: The terraced property in front of the house contains a 30-foot-long water feature that trickles down the slope and ends in the heated swimming pool area. (There is also a separate hot tub.) Overlooking the pool are sheltered and open patio areas, some covered in artificial turf. An attached garage holds three cars and includes three storage areas.

Taxes: $12,248

Contact: Theo Panousopoulos, Keller Williams Southern Arizona, 520-481-0230; 2551-calle-sin-ruido.com


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This house is in the Northwest 23rd Avenue neighborhood of Portland. It sits on a dead-end street, providing a sense of detachment and privacy, while allowing nearby freeway access. An elementary school is three blocks east, and Forest Park the same distance to the west. A number of neighborhood residents work at Nike in Beaverton or Intel in Hillsboro, or commute east to the downtown financial district, which is downhill by bicycle.

Size: 3,725 square feet

Price per square foot: $362

Indoors: While the house’s swooping gable is Tudor Revival, the cedar-shake siding and interior have a Craftsman feeling. Rooms have contrasting-color wood molding on plaster walls and leaded or wood-gridded windows and doors.

The front door opens to the living room, which has its original wood-burning fireplace and mantel with a more recent marble surround and hearth. To the left, through a pair of French doors, is the formal dining room, which opens to the covered front porch. Behind the living room is a kitchen that was renovated in the early 2000s with radiant-heated floors, Italian travertine tile surfaces, granite countertops and cherry-wood cabinets. Glass doors in the windowed breakfast nook open to a rear garden. There is also a bedroom and a full bathroom off the dining room.

The master bedroom, renovated in the early 2000s, includes a masonry fireplace with a dedicated flue that was added to the chimney, extensive storage space, a small balcony and a bathroom with double sinks and diamond-patterned tile. The two additional upstairs bedrooms face south and share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The house also has a lower level with a rec room, a laundry area and a small bonus room useful for wine storage.

Outdoor space: The 0.17-acre property is landscaped with native plants and studded with century-old Douglas firs through which it is possible to have seasonal views of Mount St. Helens. The backyard is fenced and includes a Carolina bluestone patio. The two-car attached garage contains an upstairs office, and there is a driveway shared with two other houses.

Taxes: $17,359

Contact: Darrin Amico or Joan Amico, the Amico Group at Hasson Company Realtors, 503-807-6719; hasson.com

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Published at Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:01:24 +0000