What You Get for $600,000
View Slide Show ›
Riegelsville, Pa. | $590,000
An 18th-century stone house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
Believed to have been constructed in 1784, this was the manor house for a working farm owned by Jacob Uhler, the son of German immigrants. It is set on a small bluff overlooking the Delaware River, in a village in Upper Bucks County, 70 miles west of Manhattan and eight miles south of Easton, Pa.
Size: 2,370 square feet
Price per square foot: $249
Indoors: The house is thoroughly updated and was renovated in 2005, with an addition that reoriented the main entrance to the rear of the property and that includes a new entry hall, full bathroom and large eat-in kitchen. The river-facing formal entrance is on the opposite side, framed by a walled bluestone patio that was probably built in the 1930s.
Passing through the entrance foyer in the addition and turning right along a hallway, you enter the 21st-century kitchen. The room is faced on one side with an original exterior stone wall and has antique random-width pine floors, custom maple cabinets with soapstone counters and a soapstone farmhouse sink.
Opposite the kitchen is the living room, with its original floorboards, a wall of built-in bookshelves and a fireplace with hand-carved mantel and supports.
The formal front door, which retains the original fanlight and strap hinges, opens into a den with built-in shelves that is adjacent to the living room. The den flows into the dining area, which includes the staircase to the upper level.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms with crown and chair-rail moldings and original hardwood floorboards. The main bedroom has a slate gas fireplace with a hand-carved mantel. The single upstairs bathroom has a shower, a free-standing tub and an antique medicine chest.
Outdoor space: French doors in the kitchen open to a gravel patio area and an in-ground saline pool that was refurbished in 2016. The stone building that served as the original springhouse and summer kitchen sits at the front of the 1.09-acre property, awaiting conversion to any number of uses. Parking pads accommodate four cars.
The farm’s original barn is next to this property. It is currently on the market with its 1.75-acre lot for $179,000.
Taxes: $6,066 (2018)
Contact: Michael Strickland, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, 215-794-3277; sothebysrealty.com
Taos, N.M. | $599,000
A 1931 pueblo-style house with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a two-unit guesthouse
About a mile north of the center of town, this home has rare proximity to water: The Rio Pueblo de Taos runs along the north edge of the lot, and the property is lush with trees and shrubs. Shops, restaurants and art galleries can be found nearby, along Route 64.
Size: 2,411 square feet
Price per square foot: $248
Indoors: The one-story house has traditional vernacular features, including thick adobe walls, hand-hewed ceiling vigas, brick and hardwood floors, and spiral carved wood posts dividing panes of window glass. In the large living room, built-in benches flank a fireplace. The dining room has a kiva fireplace, and the kitchen is decorated with blue tiles. An archway divides the kitchen from a small family room.
The master bedroom is connected to a sitting room with a fireplace and to a private bathroom. The second bedroom also has an en suite bathroom.
The guesthouse has a 529-square-foot studio with a bathroom and an 831-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. There is also a storage shed on the property.
Outdoor space: The 1.25-acre lot is large for the neighborhood and includes patio areas and a gravel driveway for off-street parking.
Contact: Lisa Davis or Jarred Conley, New Mexico Real Estate Group, 575-770-2983; viewnm.com
Brooksville, Me. | $565,000
A Cape Cod-style house completed in 2010, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 200 yards of river frontage
This post-and-beam house is in a seaside village of fewer than 1,000 year-round residents, on Blue Hill Peninsula. It is about an hour west of Mount Desert Island and an hour and a half northeast of Camden, Me. The Holbrook Island Sanctuary state park is a 12-minute drive. Many shops and services can be found in Blue Hill, about 15 minutes away.
Size: 1,664 square feet
Price per square foot: $340
Indoors: The original structure, known as the Boat House, was built in 2001. Nine years later, the owners attached a two-story addition. In 2014, they constructed a separate building containing a garage and workshop.
The main entry leads to a combined living-and-dining room. The open kitchen has custom cabinets, honed granite counters and a soapstone farmhouse sink. French doors in the dining area walk out to a deck with water views. The older portion of the structure contains a family room with a pellet stove and a door that connects to the rear deck. The main-floor bathroom has a shower and a washer and dryer.
Two bedrooms and one bathroom are on the second level. The larger bedroom has three exposures, with water views, and three closets.
Outdoor space: The combined one-car garage-and-workshop building is insulated and has a wood stove. An upstairs loft with water views could be used as a summertime sleeping area. The 2.4-acre property includes 200 feet of shoreline on the Bagaduce River.
Contact: Sandie Silver, Compass Point Real Estate, 207-266-6468; compasspointrealestate.com
Published at Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:01:25 +0000