What You Get: $875,000 Homes in North Carolina, Wisconsin and California

In the 1920s, Katheryn Pettygrew, a New Yorker with a Southern pedigree, bought an abandoned mill 10 miles east of Greensboro and used salvaged lumber and bits of the original machinery to convert it into a private retreat. After she made it over, the property became known as the Katydid Mill, but she described it as “Grand Central Station” in a 1939 article published in the Indianapolis Star, because of the number of people who dropped by to ogle. The house was also featured in a 1940 issue of American Home Magazine. It is about 25 minutes from Winston-Salem, N.C., 35 minutes from Durham and one hour from Raleigh.

Size: 3,700 square feet

Price per square foot: $236

Indoors: Extensive stonework, weathered paneling and stair spindles created from plow handles are rustic reminders of the original mill, as are the water wheels on the back of the building and the millrace that runs beneath it.

The 900-square-foot living room has pine walls, floors and ceilings. The stone fireplace opposite the front door has a wood-slab mantel.

A sliding barn door leads to the 40-foot-long, 13-foot-wide glass-walled dining room and kitchen (formerly the saw room). The step at the threshold is a semicircle cut from an old wooden wheel, and the original mill wheel that drove the machinery still protrudes through the floor.

The owners installed the large granite-topped island and replaced the cabinets with custom designs modeled on a 1795 cupboard made in North Carolina. The walls are clad in poplar bark.

The master bedroom is behind the kitchen and has three large windows that look out to a dam and waterfall. The en suite bathroom has a shower lined in subway tile, a slipper tub, ceramic-tile flooring resembling brick, a built-in linen cabinet and a washer and dryer. There is also a screened porch.

Two additional bedrooms are upstairs. One has whitewashed paneled ceilings and walls, the other barn-wood shiplap walls and a tin ceiling. They share a whitewashed bathroom with double pedestal sinks and the house’s original claw-foot tub.

A wooden footbridge over the raceway leads to the entrance (a Dutch door) of the gabled guest cottage. The owners added a river-stone fireplace to the corner of the living room and updated the 90-square-foot kitchen with a Wolf range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Upstairs are a bedroom and a recently renovated bathroom with a walk-in glass-and-marble-tile shower.

Outdoor space: The 2.7-acre property includes a 0.25-acre bamboo grove and a dock extending into the millpond. On the connecting river, the owners kayak or fish for bass, catfish and bream. Among the old-growth trees are walnuts, sycamores, oaks, dogwoods and river birches. Wildlife include blue heron, Canada geese, otters, beavers, foxes and deer.

Taxes: $2,140 (2018)

Contact: John-Mark Mitchell, Mitchell Prime Properties, 336-722-9911 (for details about the history of the property, contact Wick or Sabrina Jacobi, 336-392-1271); johnmarkmitchell.com

CreditJames Meyer

This house was built for Joseph E. Uihlein, a scion of the family that owned the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, who died in 1968. His widow, Ilma, lived there until her death in 1983, and the building was eventually developed into four condominiums. It overlooks Lake Michigan in the East Side neighborhood, two blocks from the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lake Park and two minutes from downtown.

Size: 3,347 square feet

Price per square foot: $257

Indoors: The entrance door takes you into a hall with leaded, colored glass and a grand dogleg staircase — half of the original, double staircase (the mirror image is on the other side of a wall erected between units). Arched doorways lead to the living and dining rooms, each richly paneled, with a bay window and a working limestone fireplace.

The ornate plaster living room ceiling was cast from the London home of the antiques dealer Charles Duveen and painted to create the look of staining from leaky garrets. Between the rooms is a kitchen with pale sage-green cabinets and soapstone counters that opens to either side. This level also has a powder room disguised behind linenfold paneling.

The second-floor master bedroom has a stamped zinc fireplace flanked by closets with mirrored doors. The en suite bathroom includes a marble vanity and a walk-in shower. Across the hall is a guest bedroom with intricate molding, a fireplace and a closet with an arched, mirrored door. The en suite guest bathroom has the original tub, which has been reglazed, and a door leading to the laundry room.

Two somewhat less impressive bedrooms and a playroom are on the third level, along with a full bathroom with built-in storage and a stall shower.

Outdoor space: A private patio in back faces the lake. Two dedicated parking spaces are in an underground garage.

Taxes: $18,032 (2017), plus a $720 monthly homeowner’s fee

Contact: Molly Gallagher, Gallagher Kies and Company, Keller Williams Realty — Milwaukee North Shore, 414-803-7451; gkandcompany.com


CreditDiane Wilson and Joan O’Connell

This hillside house is in the 10 mile-long oceanfront Sea Ranch development, in Sonoma County. While it lacks a big coastal headlands view, Pacific whitecaps are visible from many of the rooms. The home has been well maintained, with special attention recently given to the sod roof.

Size: 1,739 square feet

Price per square foot: $503

Indoors: As designed by David Wright, who specializes in passive solar buildings, the home’s south-facing ground-to-roofline windows, tiled floors and wood stove are thermally efficient as well as soothing. The great room is fully clad in wood and has a cathedral ceiling and overhead loft area. The galley kitchen that opens to it has wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a pantry.

A short hall off the great room leads to a guest bedroom with an ocean view. The guest bathroom has a skylight, a combined tub and shower, and a long wood vanity topped by a composite material. At the end of the hall is a master suite with sliders that open to the ocean-facing outdoor deck, and a recently renovated en suite bathroom with a stall shower.

The second-level carpeted loft area is big enough to hold a sofa bed for guests. It rises to a tower that can be seen jutting out of the sod roof.

Outdoor space: The 0.45-acre property continues down the slope beyond a fence and is bordered by the commons, ensuring that nothing will be developed in the viewshed below it. The lot is planted with an angled line of trees that block the north and northwest winds. Parking is in an attached two-car garage.

Taxes: $3,937 (2018), plus a $230 monthly homeowner’s fee

Contact: Sharon Burningham, Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties, 707-322-4712; coldwellbanker.com

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Published at Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:01:28 +0000