What You Get: $849,000 Homes in California, Virginia and Kentucky

What you Get

$849,000 Homes in California, Virginia and Kentucky

A midcentury modern house in Carmichael, a circa-1870 brick house in Lexington and a 2006 waterfront house in Prospect.

By Julie Lasky

John Harvey Carter, a Sacramento architect who was known for his commercial and multifamily buildings, designed this 1963 residence for a physician named Milo Nittler and his family. Located in the Shelfield Estates section of Carmichael, a suburb of 62,000 in the greater Sacramento area, the home is near the American River and several parks. It is convenient to a boat launch and bike trails, as well as shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

Size: 2,690 square feet

Price per square foot: $316

Indoors: Exposed Basalite concrete walls, terrazzo floors, wood paneling and clerestory windows contribute to the home’s modernist ambience. In recent years the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated.

Entry is beneath a cantilevered enclosed porch, up a spiral staircase and then through a choice of two front doors. Both doors lead to a long hallway with embedded display cases that can be used for art or trophies. To the left is a family room that includes a fireplace with a copper hood flanked by planters and a built-in desk. An almost identical room (sans desk) is to the right and is used as a living room. Between these rooms is a dining area with a wall of glass overlooking a back courtyard area. The open kitchen has quartz-topped wood cabinetry and a wood peninsula and island.

The master bedroom includes four closets and an en-suite bathroom. The house also has two guest bedrooms (one used to be divided by an accordion wall) and a guest bathroom, plus a children’s wing with a bedroom off a sink area and separate tub room and water closet.

Outdoor space: Several rooms provide access to a wraparound deck. The 0.47-acre property is terraced in the back and is planted with orange and lemon trees. A swimming pool and pergola are at the top. The carport holds two vehicles.

Taxes: $6,980 (2018)

Contact: Paloma Begin, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 916-628-8561; coldwellbankerluxury.com

CreditSteven Shires

The J.T. McCrum House is named after its original owner — a prominent businessman and Confederate Army officer who was buried, along with Stonewall Jackson, in the cemetery across the street. Lexington is a college town of 7,000 about 70 minutes southwest of Charlottesville, Va., and three hours by car from Washington, D.C. The house is in a historic district on Main Street, where period carriages carrying tourists routinely pass by the front door.

Size: 3,222 square feet

Price per square foot: $264

Indoors: Renovated in 2013-14 to preserve the historic character, the T-shape house has two front parlors, one used as a living room and the other as a “toy room” where the owner’s antique toy collection is displayed. Each parlor has one of the home’s six wood-burning fireplaces.

Left of the center hall staircase is the formal dining room, with two sets of French doors opening to a backyard patio. The updated kitchen has heart pine floors salvaged from the attic, stainless steel appliances and a mix of vintage and modern cabinetry. There is also a powder room, created from a closet under the stairwell, with a hammered metal bowl sink on a marble-topped wood cabinet.

The upstairs master suite at the rear of the house is attached to a bathroom with double sinks, a soaking tub, a glass walk-in shower and a toilet room. Two guest rooms at the front connect to an anteroom with a large window overlooking Main Street and share a bathroom with a shower and a vessel sink on a wood cabinet.

One of the two cellars serves as a wine room, with a bar discovered in a shuttered Florida restaurant. Most of the home’s furnishings are available for purchase.

Outdoor space: The 0.2-acre property has two outdoor brick patios. A private parking area holds two cars.

Taxes: $5,265 (2018)

Contact: Gladys Hopkins, Long & Foster Real Estate, a Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate, 540-460-3240; christiesrealestate.com


CreditKory Johnson

Inspired by the Thomas Point Shoal lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, this home was built in 2006 for a family of avid boaters. It is in a city of 4,700 people, about seven miles from downtown Louisville. Part of a riverfront enclave of several houses known as Guthrie Beach, it is near the Captain’s Quarters marina and restaurant, a 400-seat venue with dock service for boats that pull up.

Size: 2,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $386

Indoors: The home’s living area is raised above the 100-year flood plain and is reached by elevator as well as by stairs. The sellers, who are the second owners, did a full renovation in 2014. They kept the great room’s creek stone fireplace and the spiral staircase to the second level, but updated almost every other feature and refreshed the nautical theme. The views extend southwest to downtown Louisville and north beyond the two-year-old Lewis and Clark Bridge that connects Prospect to Indiana.

The entranceway, which has a storage niche with a built-in bench, leads to the angular great room. The ceramic tile flooring resembles wood planks, and white beams intersect below the lofted ceiling. Custom cabinets painted apple green define the kitchen, which has a white subway tile backsplash and honed marble countertops and peninsula. On the other side of the fireplace is a sitting area with a rough wood feature wall and sconces made from refurbished barge navigation lights.

The master suite is on the main level. It has a walk-in closet with a built-in dresser and shelves. A sliding barn door opens to the master bathroom, which has rough wood paneling, a honed marble vanity top with double sinks and a marble tile shower. There is also a powder room with a vessel sink hugged by a ceramic octopus.

The second level, which overlooks the great room and can also be reached by elevator, has a shiplap wall with two deep cubbies that each fit a queen-size bed. The bathroom includes a Kohler farmhouse sink with double spigots, a walk-in shower and a washer and dryer. (Hookups are also installed in a bonus room on the main floor.)

Outdoor space: Sliding doors in the kitchen area open to the wraparound balcony. The cement slab underneath the house functions as a carport. The property is 1.08 acres and includes a dock.

Taxes: $7,662 (2017)

Contact: Lynette Masterson, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, 502-643-4445; sothebysrealty.com

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Published at Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:01:26 +0000