Monhegan Island, Maine | $1.395 Million
A renovated 1963 Cape Cod-style house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a two-acre lot
Monhegan, an island about 10 miles off the coast of Maine, has long attracted artists inspired by the rugged landscape, including Edward Hopper, George Bellows and Rockwell Kent. Today, there are a handful of art galleries on Main Street, along with a small grocery store and a cafe. These businesses and several bed-and-breakfast inns are less than a 10-minute walk from the house.
Ferries make the trip to Port Clyde, on the mainland, in about an hour. From there, Portland is about two hours away.
Size: 1,473 square feet
Price per square foot: $947
Indoors: There are no paved roads on the island, so this home sits at the end of a dirt path. Wide stone steps and a flight of exterior stairs lead up to the house.
The front door opens into a tiled foyer with access to a full bathroom that has a combined tub and shower. Straight ahead from the foyer is a double-height living room with hardwood floors, glass doors that open to a deck, and a fireplace with a raised hearth flanked by built-in benches and bookshelves. (The furnishings in this room, and throughout the house, are available to buy.)
The hardwood floors continue through a wide doorway into a window-lined dining area with a built-in banquette. This space is open to a kitchen with a center island that seats three, new stainless steel appliances and walls lined with glossy tile.
An open staircase in the living room rises to the second floor, where all three bedrooms are off an open hallway. The primary bedroom is at one end of the hall, next to a bathroom with a walk-in shower lined with stone tile. Another bedroom is at the opposite end of the hall. Folding doors at the center of the hall open to the third bedroom, which could be used as a family room.
Outdoor space: The deck off the living room has views of the ocean and the island’s mature trees. This property includes a pond, a new well and a new septic system.
Taxes: $5,154 (estimated)
Contact: Brian Wickenden and Lewis Wheelwright, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 207-975-9650; sothebysrealty.com
Evanston, Ill. | $1.399 Million
A 1903 Edwardian house with six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.7-acre lot
This house is on a wide street a few blocks from a public park and less than a mile from downtown Evanston. It is a 10-minute walk from a Trader Joe’s and a Jewel-Osco supermarket, and a five-minute drive from a shopping center with a Target and a movie theater. Nichols Middle School is about a two-minute drive, and Evanston Township High School is a mile away.
Several beaches on Lake Michigan are about five minutes away by car, as is the campus of Northwestern University. Commuting to Chicago by public transit takes about 35 minutes. Driving to O’Hare International Airport takes less than an hour.
Size: 5,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $254
Indoors: A brick path leads from the sidewalk to the front door, passing through a yard landscaped with mature trees.
From the small entryway, a door opens into a large foyer with a chandelier, a fireplace, an original staircase and access to a windowed powder room.
To the left is a living room with original molding and another fireplace. Across the foyer is a dining room with large windows and glossy walls painted forest green.
At the back of this level is an updated kitchen with a fireplace, a butler’s pantry and a sunny breakfast room. A family room with a windowed nook is also in this part of the house. A sunroom with a door to the rear deck is off the family room.
Four bedrooms are on the second floor. The spacious primary suite has a fireplace in the bedroom and a bathroom with a porcelain soaking tub. The other three bedrooms are all large enough to hold a queen-size bed. They share a bathroom off the hallway with a marble-tiled shower. A laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer is also on this level.
Two more bedrooms and a bathroom with a walk-in shower are on the third floor.
Outdoor space: The deck behind the house is partially covered by a pergola, with space for a dining table and a grill. It steps down to the backyard, which is landscaped with grass and beneath a canopy of mature trees that provide shade. A playhouse is in a corner of the yard. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $34,594 (estimated)
Contact: Sally Mabadi, The Mabadi Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, 847-814-2943; themabadigroup.com
Washington | $1.3985 Million
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom rowhouse built around 1890 and expanded in the late 20th century, on a 0.01-acre lot
This house is less than half a block from the Hart Senate Office Building and a 10-minute walk from Senate Park and the United States Capitol. The Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress are less than a mile away. The Longworth House Office Building and the Rayburn House Office Building are a 15-minute walk. Stanton Park, which has a playground, is two blocks away.
A wine store, a pub and a coffee shop are on a nearby stretch of Massachusetts Avenue NE. Union Station, a hub for Amtrak, the Metro system and regional rail linking the city with Maryland and Virginia, is less than half a mile away.
Size: 1,870 square feet
Price per square foot: $748
Indoors: A wrought-iron gate at the street opens into a brick patio, and iron stairs lead up to the front door.
Inside is a parlor with hardwood floors, a fireplace with a brick surround and built-in shelves and cabinetry. A hallway connects this space to a kitchen with white cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a tile backsplash.
The adjacent dining room has more built-ins. It flows into a double-height family room, added on to the original structure, with another fireplace, tall divided-light windows and French doors that open to the back patio.
The primary bedroom, on the second floor, is reached from stairs in the front parlor. It has a wall of exposed brick and a lofted storage area. The bathroom next door has a walk-in shower. At the other end of the hall is a den open to the family room below.
The second bedroom and full bathroom are on the lowest level of the house, which has its own exterior entrance.
Outdoor space: The stone patio behind the house faces south and receives ample direct sunlight. It is enclosed by a wood fence lined with hedges and has brick planters that hold mature plants. A gate at the far end of the patio opens to a private driveway big enough for one car.
Taxes: $8,412 (estimated)
Contact: Andrew Glasow and Fred Saddler, Coldwell Banker Realty, 202-285-3600; coldwellbanker.com
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