Westport, Connecticut | $ 2.899 million
A 2007 three bedroom, three and a half bath home on 0.5 acre waterfront lot
This home was designed to take advantage of the property’s over 100 foot frontage along Sherwood Mill Pond, with water views from almost every room; the architect, Roger Bartels, was recognized by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut for his design. The home is a few miles from Sherwood Beach, a public beach in Sherwood Island State Park, where there are designated areas for fishing and swimming.
Westport is about an hour and ten minutes from New York City by suburban train and just under two hours by car. It’s a half-hour drive from Stamford, Connecticut, and about 45 minutes from New Haven, depending on traffic.
Cut: 3,236 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 896
Inside: An iron-rimmed front door opens into a hall with wooden floors and a view of the water, through glass doors that open onto a terrace. A half bathroom is right next to this space.
Hardwood floors extend into a living room to the left of the foyer, anchored by a poured concrete fireplace with built-in benches on either side; another recessed in a corner of the room contains shelves and a bar. Across from the fireplace is a wall of windows overlooking Sherwood Mill Pond and, beyond, Long Island Sound. A semi-circular paneled office off the living room has hardwood floors and more windows.
To the right of the fireplace is an open plan kitchen and dining room with hardwood floors and windows along the back wall. The kitchen has a center island and marble topped countertops, a stainless steel stove from Wolf and a Sub-Zero refrigerator with glass doors. An adjacent family room has a stone fireplace and wood beamed ceilings.
On the second floor is a spacious master suite with a balcony with water views; a marble fireplace; a living room with white painted wood paneling; and a bathroom with bathtub under a large window which floods the room with light. At the other end of the corridor, facing each other, are two bedrooms with private bathrooms; one has a walk-in shower and the other has a bathtub.
Outdoor space: The main terrace is shaded, with room for two lounge chairs and a small table. Steps outside the living room lead to a flagstone patio next to a lawn with room to sit and feed more. The property has direct access to the water and an attached garage that can hold two cars.
Taxes: $ 29,835 (estimate), plus a $ 30 monthly homeowners association fee
Contact: Alexander Chingas, Bross Chingas Bross, Coldwell Banker Realty, 203-227-8424; coldwellbankerhomes.com
Charleston, South Carolina | $ 2.895 million
A Georgian-style house built circa 1843, with five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, on 0.1 acre lot
This house is in Ansonborough, an area in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown area, where many houses were built after an 1838 fire that destroyed virtually every structure in the area. The historic Charleston City Market, where vendors sell local food and crafts, is less than a mile away, and the upscale shops and restaurants of Meeting Street are a few blocks away. of houses. The College of Charleston, a liberal arts school with a contemporary art institute and basketball arena, is also within walking distance.
Cut: 3,330 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 869
Inside: From the sidewalk, a brick path leads to the entrance, on the side of the house. The wooden door opens into a bright hall with a majestic staircase.
To the right is a formal living room with coral wallpaper and one of the house’s five fireplaces. Steps at the end of the hall lead to a powder room.
To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has original built-in wardrobes under classic Georgian-style arches. Across the dining area is an updated kitchen with sage green cabinetry and a sunny breakfast room facing the garden and pool area.
Next to the kitchen is a paneled study with another fireplace, as well as a staircase leading directly to an upstairs guest suite.
There are three bedrooms on the second level, two accessible from the main staircase in the hall. To the right of the landing at the top of the stairs is the master suite, which has another wood-burning fireplace, a spacious walk-in closet and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Across the hall is a bedroom large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed, with a view of the street. The other suite on this level is accessed from the office stairs and includes a bedroom, a full bathroom and a glazed veranda overlooking the pool.
Two further guest bedrooms are on the third floor, next to the main staircase; between them is a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The backyard, accessible from the kitchen and the office, has a compact swimming pool framed in concrete and surrounded by lush hedges and mature palm trees, as well as a brick patio that provides a lovely nook for alfresco dining. The property has two off-street parking spaces, a popular commodity in downtown Charleston.
Taxes: $ 27,781 (estimated)
Contact: Elizabeth Ramsay Dickinson, The Exchange Company Real Estate, 843-475-9919; my.flexmls.com
Chicago | $ 2.895 million
A detached townhouse built in 2013, with four bedrooms, four full baths and three half baths, on 0.1 acre lot
This property is located in the Old Town district, close to two of the city’s most popular amenities: Lincoln Park, the site of the Chicago History Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo; and Lake Michigan, lined with trails for walking and biking. North Avenue Beach, a lakeside spot for sunbathing and swimming, is just over 1 mile away.
A number of restaurants can be found within a few blocks, and just across North Avenue, a major thoroughfare, is the famous Second City Comedy Club. Downtown Chicago is about a 15-minute drive; O’Hare International Airport is just over half an hour away.
Cut: 6,200 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 467
Inside: Steps lead from the street to the front door, which opens into a hall with checkered flooring. This space is open to the main living room, which has hardwood floors, two large windows facing the street and a fireplace with framing and a marble mantel. Behind this area is space for a dining table and chairs, and through a door is a pantry fitted with wine storage.
Across the butler’s pantry is a kitchen with marble counters and an oversized marble island; stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf line and a Sub-Zero refrigerator; and a dining area with an integrated bench covered in leather.
To the rear of this level is a family room with coffered ceilings; a fireplace flanked by built-in shelves; and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a patio.
The upstairs levels are all accessible by stairs and by elevator. On the second floor is the master suite, which includes two walk-in closets, a fireplace and a bathroom with a wood-topped tub, a glass-enclosed steam shower and a double vanity. At the other end of this floor is a bedroom with a balcony and a private bathroom.
Two more bedrooms are on the third level, at opposite ends of the hall. Both are large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed, and each has a full bathroom and large walk-in closet. A utility room and an office with a built-in desk are also located on this level.
The top floor of the house functions as a large entertainment area, with a built-in bar and access to the front and back decks.
The lowest level of the house, below the main entry level, is a media room with access to the garage. The upper and lower floors have powder rooms, with another powder room on the ground floor, next to the kitchen.
Outdoor space: Each level of the house has access to an outdoor space. The top-floor decks offer a view of the horizon. The one at the front of the house also has a bar and a built-in barbecue covered by a pergola; an iron staircase connects this space to the balconies below. The attached garage contains three cars.
Taxes: $ 48,972 (estimated)
Contact: Nick Van Gorp and Christopher Stephens, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, 312-751-0300; sothebysrealty.com
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