What You Get for … $700,000 – NY Times

Roxbury, Conn.

WHAT A 1790 house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms

HOW MUCH $715,000

SIZE 2,496 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $286

SETTING This two-story farmhouse is in the lush, rolling landscape of Litchfield County, about a mile from the center of town, where there is a small market. It is about a 10-minute drive from the larger towns of Washington and New Milford, which have more stores and restaurants. New York is about 80 miles away.

INDOORS This charming clapboard house has many early details, including wide-plank chestnut floors, exposed beams, small-pane windows with antique glass and distinctive woodwork. It was featured on the cover of the May 1981 issue of Architectural Digest. The ground floor is organized around a central chimney connected to two large fireplaces — one anchoring the living room, the other in a cozy sitting area at the foot of the stairs — and two smaller fireplaces near the entrance and the dining area. The kitchen was updated a number of years ago with skylights, custom cabinetry, a paneled refrigerator and wood countertops in keeping with the style of the house.

The master suite is on the ground floor. The large bedroom has an open cathedral ceiling and a small Danish wood stove. It connects to two bathrooms, updated with marble tile and vanities, and clerestory windows. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms.

OUTDOOR SPACE The house is on a 4.28-acre lot defined by old fieldstone walls. A gravel driveway runs from the road to the rear of the house, where a stone walkway leads to manicured gardens with mature plantings surrounding an old well. The remainder of the property is open field and woods. There are two patio areas: one that is partially covered outside the kitchen, and another with a fire pit. There is also an in-ground pool with a free-form naturalistic shape that gives it the appearance of a pond.

TAXES $5,474 a year

CONTACT Austin Farmer, the Matthews Group, 860-248-0160; matthewsgroupre.com

Ada, Mich.

WHAT A 1969 house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms

HOW MUCH $715,000

SIZE 4,260 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $168

SETTING This house is in a secluded part of Ada Township, about four miles east of a village center undergoing an extensive redevelopment project to expand retail, residential and restaurant offerings and to make it more pedestrian friendly. It is about 15 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, which has a wide range of stores, restaurants, craft breweries and entertainment opportunities.

INDOORS This low-slung brick house retains much of its midcentury appeal, including original doors, trim and cabinetry. The roof, windows and electrical system have been updated. A porch leads from the driveway to double front doors that open into a wide tiled foyer. Straight ahead is a large carpeted living room with an integrated mantel-free fireplace and windows extending across two walls to offer views outside. The kitchen has its original cabinets, which still look contemporary, and updated stainless-steel appliances. There is a dining nook open to the kitchen as well as a separate dining room.

The carpeted master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet next to a dressing area equipped with a double vanity. It is in the same wing as a second bedroom and a den; three other bedrooms and a family room are in another wing. A large basement serves as a storage space and a utility ro

OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a high piece of land, overlooking a wooded valley. The lot is 2.61 acres: About an acre of that is manicured lawn; the rest is woods. An attached two-car garage is equipped with electric car chargers.

TAXES $4,714 a year

CONTACT Katie Karczewski, Keller Williams Realty, 616-575-0119; katie-k.com

 

San Antonio

WHAT A 1902 house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms

HOW MUCH $695,000

SIZE 3,637 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $191

SETTING This three-story house is in the Monte Vista historic district, a residential area built mostly in the early 20th century with an eclectic collection of architecture, including neo-Classical, Tudor and Queen Anne-style houses. Stores and restaurants are just steps away on North Main Avenue; Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Zoo and downtown are within about two miles.

INDOORS The clapboard house was extensively renovated by the owner, the interior designer Megan Rice Yager, in 2015. The ground floor has high ceilings, tall windows, tiger oak floors and large openings between the living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has custom cabinetry with panels to conceal the dishwasher and refrigerator, and a La Cornue range. It has a honed marble backsplash and countertops, a large farm-style marble sink, an island with built-in refrigerator drawers, a walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry with a second dishwasher.

There is one bedroom on the ground level; three additional bedrooms are on the second floor, including a master suite with two closets and a bathroom updated with marble hexagon floor tile, a free-standing soaking tub, a tiled shower, two vanities and a dressing table. French doors provide access from the bathroom to a private deck. The third floor has sloping ceilings and could be used for more bedrooms, an office or a studio.

OUTDOOR SPACE This house makes the most of its 0.16-acre lot with a covered wraparound porch in front, a second porch in back, a patio with a fire pit area, and a small vegetable and herb garden. It also has a driveway leading to a detached garage with space for storage and a workshop.

TAXES $13,208 a year

CONTACT Ann Van Pelt, Phyllis Browning Company, 210-829-2535; phyllisbrowning.com

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