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This house is known as the Silversmith Cottage, a reference to the architect and silversmith who designed and once owned it: William Waldo Dodge, who worked extensively in Asheville in the 1920s and 1930s, and was influenced by Arts and Crafts style and the area’s mountainous landscape. It is part of a community of homes — several listed on the National Register of Historic Places — built on land that once belonged to the Biltmore estate.

The property is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Asheville and 20 minutes from Asheville Regional Airport. Charlotte is two and a half hours away. Driving to Atlanta takes less than four hours.

Size: 1,439 square feet

Price per square foot: $973

Indoors: A stone path winds across the lawn, leading to a wood door that opens into the living room. This space has hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, stucco walls, hand-hewed ceiling beams and a dining alcove surrounded by arched, mullioned windows overlooking the manicured hedges outside.

Beyond is a large kitchen with original windows and brick walls; Calacatta marble counters; stainless steel appliances from Viking and U-Line; a counter-height fireplace topped by a stone mantel; and a wood door framed by hand-hewed beams that opens to the side yard.

Between the kitchen and the living room is a stair hall with a hand-carved wood staircase and access to a bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower that has brick walls.

The stairs continue up to the bedroom and primary bathroom on the second floor. The spacious bedroom has a chandelier, a wood-burning fireplace and a separate sitting area; the bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a vanity with a basin-style sink.

A laundry area and built-in wine storage are in the finished basement.

Outdoor space: The house is adorned with hand-carved wood and stone figures on the exterior, and surrounded by mature landscaping. A stone path on one side leads to a small patio shaded by tall trees. There is room to park two cars in the driveway.

Taxes: $3,048 (estimated)

Contact: Marilyn Wright, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, 828-279-3980; sothebysrealty.com


This house is in the Franklin-Randolph neighborhood, less than a 15-minute walk from a small public park with a playground. It is less than a mile from Borah High School, and within a 10-minute drive of public elementary and middle schools. Downtown attractions — including Julia Davis Park, Boise Art Museum and Boise State University, which has around 23,000 undergraduate students — are also about 10 minutes away.

Driving to Twin Falls takes about two hours. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is about three hours away. Salt Lake City is a five-hour drive.

Size: 3,312 square feet

Price per square foot: $422

Indoors: A path links the driveway to the front door, which opens into a dining and kitchen area with street-facing windows, new appliances and cabinets, a free-standing fireplace and access to a laundry room with black-and-white tile floors.

The living room, on the other side of the fireplace, has windows facing the pool area and sliding-glass doors that open to a patio. Off the living room is a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The primary suite is also in this part of the house. The bedroom has recessed wood ceilings painted a mossy green; the bathroom has a deep soaking tub with a chandelier overhead, a shower with a glass door and access to a walk-in closet.

The other three bedrooms are downstairs, reached from stairs in the laundry room; each is big enough to hold a queen-size bed. A family room with carpeted floors and an alcove that holds a credenza and refrigerator is also on this level.

Behind the main house is a guesthouse with a galley kitchen, a living-and-sleeping area and a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The covered patio behind the house is next to an in-ground swimming pool with room for lounge chairs on the deck surrounding it. The attached garage has two parking spots.

Taxes: $5,172 (estimated)

Contact: Jeff Auw, Freedom Realty, 208-859-2157; jeffauw.idhomesearch.net


This house is a five-minute drive from the center of Kent, a quaint Litchfield County town on the Housatonic River, with restaurants, inns, a coffee shop, a pharmacy and several independent stores along Main Street. It is 10 minutes from the hiking trails, fishing spots and camping areas in Macedonia Brook State Park, and from Kent Falls State Park, which has a waterfall and more hiking trails.

A Stop & Shop grocery store is in Litchfield, about half an hour away. Driving to Hartford takes about an hour and a half. The nearest Metro-North stop is the Harlem Valley-Wingdale station, about 20 minutes away; from there, trains make the trip to New York City in about two hours.

Size: 4,236 square feet

Price per square foot: $319

Indoors: The house is set back from the street, with exterior stairs that lead to the front entrance.

Inside is a foyer with tile floors, a coat closet and access to a powder room. To the right is a living-and-dining area with high ceilings, large windows and walls lined with built-in bookshelves. A sunroom with skylights and a glass door that opens to the main deck is off the living area.

The kitchen, which has honey-colored cabinetry, a bright green tile backsplash and a center island, is also off the living room.

Three bedrooms are on the second floor, reached by the main staircase at the center of the house. The primary suite has a spacious bedroom, a private balcony and a bathroom with a large, windowed shower. Both guest rooms have en suite bathrooms, and one has its own balcony.

The fourth bedroom and an en suite bathroom with a stall shower are on the lower level, reached by stairs in the kitchen. A family room with a stone fireplace, a wet bar and outdoor access is also on this level, along with a laundry room that has a side-by-side washer and dryer.

Outdoor space: Two wood decks are off the main level, with views of the surrounding trees and ample space for outdoor entertaining. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $9,631 (estimated)

Contact: William Bolls, Rick Distel Team, Compass, 646-285-8197; compass.com

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