Springfield, Massachusetts | $570,000
A 1902 Edwardian house with eight bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a 0.5 acre lot
This home is in the Forest Park Heights Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was designed by G. Wood Taylor, the architect of several major estates in the area, for Frank L. Brigham, the president of a clothing company.
Forest Park, a green space of over 700 acres, is less than half a mile away, putting the house within walking distance of a rose garden, skating rink and zoo. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the city’s biggest attractions, is a five-minute drive away. Driving to Hartford, Connecticut, takes half an hour; Boston is about 90 minutes away.
Cut: 6,861 square feet
Price per square foot: $83
On the inside: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the front door, located in a covered porch.
The sunny foyer has hardwood floors and white painted wood details. To the left is a formal living room with a fireplace, built-in window seat, and other white painted woodwork.
To the right of the entry is a formal dining room with another window seat, another fireplace, and a candelabra-style chandelier. A utility room which was once a pantry separates the dining area from the spacious kitchen, which has windows to the front and sides of the property.
Also on this level is a powder room; a screened porch on the side of the house; and a covered porch in the back.
From the foyer, a grand staircase leads to the upper levels. The master bedroom, on the second floor, has a fireplace and windows overlooking the neighborhood. Adjacent is a bathroom with a combined bath and shower. A guest bedroom and another full bathroom are on the other side of the main bathroom.
Across the hall is a third bedroom, with a sitting area and a fireplace. This bedroom and three others on the second floor share a bathroom off the hall, with a double sink and hardwood floors.
The third floor is divided into two spaces: on one side there are two more bedrooms and a full bathroom; on the other side, unfinished attics.
Outdoor space: The screened porch on the side of the house and the covered porch on the back are large, with enough space for tables, chairs and a barbecue. The yard is landscaped with grass and a few mature trees. The detached carriage shed now serves as a two-car garage.
Taxes: $8,328 (estimated)
Contact: Erica Swallow, Swallow Estates Group, Coldwell Banker Realty, 413-314-3383; coldwellbanker.com
New Orleans | $575,000
A two-story house built in 1913, with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1 acre lot
Thanks to the efforts of previous and current owners, who have worked to maintain original details like gingerbread trim on the facade and chimneys, this home has won an award from the Historic District Landmarks Commission of city in 2001. The roof is new, as are the energy efficient windows.
The property is half a block from Esplanade Avenue, which stretches from the Mississippi River to the 1,300-acre city park. It’s within walking distance of several cafes and Kermit’s Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge, a music venue and restaurant serving traditional New Orleans cuisine. The French Quarter is less than 10 minutes away by car; the airport is 20 minutes away by car.
Cut: 2,016 square feet
Price per square foot: $285
On the inside: The front door — set in a robin’s egg blue facade with bright yellow shutters and white trim — opens into a long hall with a staircase leading to the second floor. The living room, to the left, has windows facing the street, a fireplace and hardwood floors that extend into a dining room with another fireplace.
The kitchen, at the back of the main floor, was remodeled by the sellers, who added new appliances and a tile backsplash. A powder room with a wooden vanity is also found in this part of the house.
The master bedroom is on the second floor, with a fireplace and two bay windows; the adjoining bathroom has a combined tub and shower. A guest bedroom currently used as a boudoir and home office has access to this bathroom.
Another full bathroom is also found in this part of the house, as well as a laundry room with a sink and a stacked washer and dryer.
The third bedroom is in a hallway near the kitchen.
Outdoor space: A brick yard surrounded by a wooden fence runs along the side and rear of the property, with leafy trees providing shade. The sellers have created two outdoor seating areas: one at the side of the house, with a small table and chairs; the other, at the back, with two large benches and a table.
Taxes: $4,104 (estimated)
Contact: Jennifer Gessner, Dream Realtors, 646-407-2800; gessner.revererealtors.com
Atlanta | $565,000
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow built in 1925, on a 0.2 acre lot
Reynoldstown, a neighborhood about two miles from downtown Atlanta, is known for its tree-lined streets and bungalow-style homes, many of which are occupied by young families and independent businesses. This home, like some of its neighbors, has been recently updated, with new paint and a new HVAC system.
The property is about a mile from the shops and restaurants on Memorial Drive, the area’s main street. It is less than two miles from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden. Downtown Atlanta is about 20 minutes by public transit, or a little less by car, depending on traffic.
Cut: 1,455 square feet
Price per square foot: $388
On the inside: Wooden steps lead from the front yard to a covered porch with a seating area facing the street.
The front door opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and French doors that lead to a guest bedroom currently used as a home office.
Through a wide doorway is a dining room with a wrought iron chandelier. The kitchen beyond has white cabinets, wood counters and a center island with a stainless steel sink. The adjacent laundry room has access to the rear terrace.
Just off the kitchen is a full bathroom, another bedroom, and the master suite, which includes a carpeted walk-in closet and bathroom with a jetted tub and separate shower.
Outdoor space: The wooden deck behind the house has been recently painted, as has the wooden fence around it. From here steps lead up to a stone fire pit in the center of the back yard. A storage shed at the back of the yard holds lawn care tools and equipment.
Taxes: $4,944 (estimated)
Contact: Jack Truett, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, 404-635-7626; sothebysrealty.com
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