Bainbridge Island, Wash. | $1.125 Million
A 1907 waterside bungalow with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on a 0.63-acre lot
This house is in the Eagledale neighborhood, with filtered views of Eagle Harbor and its marina. The ferry terminal (along with restaurants, a winery, a museum and a waterfront park) is a 10-minute car ride around the harbor, and the ferry ride to Seattle is 35 minutes. The property has 180 feet of frontage on a tidal inlet called Whiskey Creek, so named because it was rumored to have been used for stashing and transporting liquor from Canada during Prohibition.
Size: 1,810 square feet
Price per square foot: $622
Indoors: The combined efforts of the current and previous owners have yielded a new concrete foundation and basement; a new septic system, drain field and plumbing; a refinished front door and solid white-oak floors; a redone kitchen and master bathroom; fresh paint; and new landscaping.
The front door, which has been stripped of paint and retains its original skeleton key, opens to a living and dining room with original leaded-glass windows and window seats and an updated tile fireplace with a Jotul wood-stove insert. A partial wall separates the dining area from the kitchen. There, you’ll find new cabinets with polished-concrete countertops, subway tile and bead-board wall surfaces, a farmhouse sink, a Viking stove and a Big Chill retro-style refrigerator.
The main-floor master bedroom is part of an addition built several decades ago. It has a skylight and French doors that connect it to a sitting room. Louvered doors open to two walk-in closets. The new en suite master bathroom has a walk-in subway-tiled shower and double sinks with brass hardware. There is also a separate bathtub with bead-board siding, and a heated towel rack.
Upstairs, an open family room or office is connected to a second bedroom. Both rooms have wood accents, carpeted floors and vaulted ceilings with skylights. The second-floor bathroom includes a skylight, a pedestal sink and a walk-in shower.
The house also has a renovated first-floor mudroom with built-in storage and a washer and dryer.
Outdoor space: A gate with a pergola trailing vines introduces the front yard, which is planted with rhododendrons, hydrangeas, maples and azaleas. The fenced backyard has raised garden beds, a lawn, a pergola, the statuesque remains of a brick chimney, planted borders and flowering trees. A one-car garage contains space for a workbench. Wooden steps lead downhill to a waterfront dock, where Whiskey Creek meets Eagle Harbor.
Taxes: $4,360 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $452,220)
Contact: Leah Applewhite, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, 206-387-0439; sothebysrealty.com
Los Angeles, Calif. | $1.125 Million
A single-story 1942 concrete house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on an 8,319-square-foot lot
This house is in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, 16 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. In the 1980s, an architecture firm then known as Appleton & Associates reconfigured and enlarged it to create a modern sanctuary with two plant-filled glass atriums and elaborately landscaped grounds.
The property is a block west of Van Nuys Avenue and its stretch of car dealerships, and two miles north of Ventura Boulevard, the area’s primary shopping strip. The Sherman Oaks Galleria, a shopping center, is about two miles southwest, and Sherman Oaks Castle Park, an entertainment center at the edge of the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, is about two miles southwest. Some excellent taco trucks are nearby.
Size: 2,080 square feet
Price per square foot: $541
Indoors: The house faces the street like a fortress of greenery, with a facade blanketed by trimmed hedges. The front door opens to a dining area with hardwood floors, a mirrored wall and a fireplace next to push-open paneling that hides storage.
Glass doors lead to a narrow outdoor space behind the hedge-covered front wall. This area flows past the kitchen into a living room with polished-concrete floors. On one side is a gas fireplace with a long concrete hearth; on the other, a pair of columns introduces a library niche lined in bookshelves.
A corner of the living room holds a glass atrium with trees and statuary. The atrium is also visible through a window in the galley kitchen off the dining area. The kitchen has black tile floors, spartan wood cabinets (no grooves or pulls) and white Corian countertops.
The master suite is off the living room, next to the second glass atrium. It includes a large carpeted bedroom with an illuminated cornice over a wall panel that serves as a king-size headboard. On the opposite wall is a gas fireplace flanked by two sliding-glass doors that offer direct access to an outdoor courtyard. The en suite bathroom has slate-tile floors, three mirrored walls of closets and two stone-topped wood vanities, one with a pair of embedded sinks. There is also a tiled shower and toilet room.
The guest bedroom is at the front of the house. Louvered doors opposite the kitchen open to a suite with a long, narrow bedroom with built-ins and a small outdoor patio, and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The courtyard, accessible from the living room and master suite, has large cement pavers, green borders and a big, leafy tree standing among ferns. It connects through a gate to a formal, walled garden with rose and acanthus beds, and grapefruit, Meyer lemon and orange trees. A greenhouse with running water occupies a corner. Parking is in an attached one-car garage with a laundry room.
Taxes: $14,063 (estimated)
Contact: Evie Del Castillo or Rob Maynard, Keller Williams Realty World Media, 424-333-1386; homesandland.com
Dummerston, Vt. | $1.1 Million
A late 18th-century center-hall farmhouse with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, two outbuildings, a pond and a swimming pool, on an 85.26-acre lot
Known for centuries as the John Miller Homestead, this property in the East Dummerston neighborhood was a working farm until the 1940s, when it was bought for use as a summer home. It has had three owners since. The current owners built an addition in 2005 that holds the master suite. They also constructed a pool and stone pool house and used boards from a deteriorated barn to build a structure that contains a large room for entertaining and a potting shed.
The home is in southern Vermont, about 10 miles north of Brattleboro and halfway between Albany, N.Y., and Boston (a little more than two hours in either direction). It is half an hour northeast of Marlboro, the site of the celebrated music festival.
Size: 3,300 square feet
Price per square foot: $333
Indoors: Among the many improvements are updated heating and central cooling systems and a new cedar-shake roof. Original features include wide-board floors, wall paneling and ceiling beams, such as you’ll find in the 34-foot-long living room, which also has a brick fireplace that has been converted to gas. The sellers added the built-in cabinets and bookcases along one wall.
The eat-in kitchen is lined in custom cabinets and decorative-tile backsplashes and has a central island topped in butcher block. It includes a walk-in pantry. A glass door leads into a mudroom with white paneled walls and stone floors.
A main-floor study has dark red walls with a white wainscot and floor-to-ceiling bookcases flanking mullioned windows.
A passage with a porthole window and murals painted by a local artist leads a few steps up to the master suite. The bedroom includes double closets and French doors opening to a sun porch overlooking the gardens and pond. The 17-by-10-foot master bathroom has a walk-in shower and a claw-foot tub. Two additional large bedrooms, a bathroom and a small office are on the second floor.
Outdoor space: The property includes woods, meadows, mountain views, trails, stone walls, elaborate gardens and even a cherry orchard. The pool house near the in-ground pool was built by a local stonemason.
Contact: Robert Doyle, Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, 802-258-1101; listings.berkleyveller.com
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