Dorset, Vt. | $639,000
An 1860 Victorian with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, on a 1.3-acre lot
This house was built as a church rectory, a few blocks from the town hall and a post office. It is less than a five-minute drive from East Dorset Trail, a hiking path that winds along Mad Tom Brook, and less than 10 minutes from the campsites and lakefront beach at Emerald Lake State Park. The closest shopping and dining options, including a Shaw’s grocery store, are about 15 minutes away, in Manchester.
This part of Vermont offers easy access to popular ski resorts: Bromley Mountain is 15 minutes away; Killington is less than an hour’s trip. Driving to Brattleboro takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Albany, N.Y., is a 90-minute drive.
Size: 2,340 square feet
Price per square foot: $273
Indoors: The house is set back from the street, behind a wide lawn, and the front door is framed by a covered porch with gingerbread-style trim.
It opens into a foyer with hardwood floors and an original staircase. To the right is a parlor with tall windows. Across the foyer is a living room with more tall windows and hardwood floors that continue through a wide, column-flanked doorway into a family room with a built-in entertainment center. A powder room is also in this part of the house.
The dining room has more tall windows, overlooking the side yard. It connects to a kitchen with coffered ceilings, white cabinetry, a small center island and access to a laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer.
Two bedrooms are on the second floor, reached by the stairs in the foyer. The primary bedroom, at the top of the stairs, overlooks the backyard. Next door is a walk-in closet, a dressing room and a space that could be used as a nursery. The other bedroom on this floor is large enough to hold a queen-size bed. They share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
The third bedroom is on the attic level, with sloped ceilings and enough space for a double bed and a desk.
Outdoor space: The front porch is large enough to hold several chairs. There is also has a side porch with a view of the grounds, which are landscaped with manicured hedges, flowers and mature trees. The property includes a detached two-car garage with a storage area.
Taxes: $5,988 (estimated)
Contact: Carol O’Connor, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, 802-558-2118; sothebysrealty.com
Kansas City, Mo. | $637,000
A 1912 Craftsman house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in Valentine, a neighborhood filled with Craftsman bungalows and within walking or biking distance of popular restaurants and venues like the Spanish Revival-style Madrid Theatre, where concerts and other live performances are held. Nearby Broadway Boulevard offers restaurants serving Kansas City-style barbecue, Ethiopian food and burgers.
Union Station, a major transit hub, is two miles away, and this neighborhood will soon be linked to the Kansas City Streetcar system. The riverfront is a 10-minute drive. Kansas City International Airport is a half-hour away.
Size: 2,974 square feet
Price per square foot: $214
Indoors: A paved path crosses the front lawn, stepping up to a covered porch that the sellers use as an outdoor sitting room.
The front door opens into a foyer with dark-colored walls. Beyond is a living room with a fireplace. It connects to a dining room with a bay of windows and an original built-in buffet.
The updated kitchen behind the dining room has gray cabinetry, new stainless steel appliances and a pantry.
At the back of the house is a family room with new double-hung windows looking out at the backyard’s mature trees and access to a deck.
Three bedrooms are on this level, off the main hallway; one is used as a den and another as an office. They have the use of a bathroom with a windowed tub and shower.
Two more bedrooms are upstairs. The renovated primary suite includes a king-size bedroom, a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and a spacious bathroom with heated floors, a walk-in shower and a deep soaking tub. The other bedroom is used as a home office. A bathroom with a walk-in shower and a laundry room are off the upstairs hallway.
The basement is currently used as a home gym.
Outdoor space: The wood deck off the family room steps down to a grassy backyard with a pair of raised garden boxes. The attached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $5,472 (estimated)
Contact: Drew Gilmore, Drew Gilmore Homes, Chartwell Realty, 816-719-9890; dgilmore.chartwellkc.net
Columbus, Ohio | $639,900
A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house built in 1890, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house sits on a narrow street in German Village, a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places, about a mile from downtown. It is a few blocks from a playground, a community center and a picturesque pond at Schiller Park. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, a neighborhood fixture serving traditional German food, is three blocks away. Other popular spots within walking distance include a tavern housed in a former speakeasy and a chocolate shop with an espresso bar.
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, on the Scioto River, and the Ohio Statehouse are five minutes away by car. The Ohio State University campus is a 10-minute drive.
Size: 1,456 square feet
Price per square foot: $439
Indoors: The main entrance is at the end of a brick driveway. The front door opens into a tiled foyer facing the kitchen.
The living room is on the other side of the house, in an addition to the 1890 structure. It has hardwood floors, high ceilings, skylights and a wood-burning fireplace flanked by glass doors that open to the back patio. The adjacent dining area has a strip of exposed brick next to a built-in bar.
The hardwood floors continue into the updated kitchen, which has white cabinetry, a small center island, granite counters and a pantry built into a wall beneath a staircase. A powder room is also in this part of the house.
One bedroom suite is off the living room, with windows overlooking the patio and space for a queen-size bed and a desk. The bathroom has a walk-in shower.
The second floor, reached from the staircase in the kitchen, is configured as a primary suite. The bedroom has exposed beams and an attached bathroom with blue-and-white tile floors and a combined tub and shower opposite a window with a view of mature trees.
Outdoor space: The brick patio behind the house is partially covered by a wood pergola, and big enough to hold a table and chairs. The driveway, separated from the patio by a wood fence, has room to park two cars.
Taxes: $8,412 (estimated)
Contact: Seth Janitzki, Cam Taylor Realtors, 614-980-7181; camtaylor.com
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