Newport, R.I. | $599,000
A circa-1725 cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.06-acre corner lot
This little clapboard house is in the Newport neighborhood known at the Point, a central area with many preserved 18th-century buildings, from tradesmen’s houses to merchants’ mansions. It is a five-minute walk from the waterfront Storer Park and the shipyard overlooking Goat Island, the Newport Bridge and the harbor. Bowen’s Wharf, with its concentrated dining and shopping venues, is a half-mile south.
Size: 958 square feet
Price per square foot: $625
Indoors: The home’s Colonial-era patina is enshrined in its 12-inch-wide pine floorboards and walls of plaster fortified with horsehair. The living room, which is to the right of the entrance and takes up the building’s entire 22-foot interior length, has 12-over-12 windows, a paneled wainscot and a wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth.
To the left of the entrance is a 14-foot-long dining room with the same features, as well as exposed timber posts and beams, and a wall of built-in cabinets and shelves. Both rooms connect to a galley kitchen with white cabinets and butcher-block countertops. At the end of the kitchen is a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
The two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower are on the second floor. The larger bedroom (11 feet square) includes a wall of closets. The smaller (9 by 11 feet) has rustic paneled walls.
Outdoor space: A fenced, paved area behind the house, reached through the kitchen, has room for entertaining. There is also a paved area for off-street parking to the side.
Taxes: $6,184 (2019)
Contact: Kate Leonard, Lila Delman, Christie’s International Real Estate, 401-952-3461; liladelman.com
Denver | $585,000
A 1957 ranch with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.16-acre lot
This single-level property is in Virginia Village, a neighborhood about five miles southeast of downtown Denver with blocks of midcentury-modern houses. Gut renovated in 2016, it has a remodeled kitchen, updated mechanical systems and a fairly new roof. It is on a corner lot, at the intersection of two thoroughfares, one of which, the multilane South Holly Street, is notably commercial. Ash Grove Park, a grassy field, is a short walk north. The larger Cook Park Recreation Center is about a mile northeast.
Size: 1,636 square feet
Price per square foot: $358
Indoors: The interior centers on an open-plan space with the original tongue-and-groove ceiling and new hardwood floors. In the center is a chimney, faced in engineered stone tile, that divides the living-and-dining area from a family room with a sliding-glass door to the backyard. The cabinets in the open kitchen are cherry with granite countertops, and the stainless steel appliances are from Whirlpool, LG and Samsung. The breakfast bar has an integrated cooktop and seating for four.
The original open-beamed ceiling, which has been freshly painted, tops all three bedrooms; the floors are carpeted. The master includes an en suite bathroom with twin sinks in a granite-topped vanity. There is also a ceramic-tiled walk-in shower with a glass door. The guest bathroom has a single sink and a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The fenced backyard includes a deck directly beyond the family room. A carport was combined with the existing one-car garage to create an enclosed space for two vehicles.
Taxes: $2,648 (2019)
Contact: Lana Cordier, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, 303-513-7035; sothebysrealty.com
Baltimore | $599,000
A circa-1900 Queen Anne Victorian with five bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.28-acre corner lot
This house is in Roland Park, a woodsy historic neighborhood about five miles north of Inner Harbor, codesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted at the turn of the 20th century. This property is a few blocks west of a five-mile stream called Stony Run, bordered by greenery and trails, where wildlife flits, and about a half-mile northeast of a small shopping center that is claimed to be the oldest in the United States. A larger business district, with a library and supermarket, is about the same distance north. A third-generation hardware store is across the street. The house is a ten-minute drive from Baltimore Pennsylvania Station, which has commuter trains to Washington, as well as Amtrak service and light rail to BWI (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall) Airport.
Size: 2,728 square feet
Price per square foot: $220
Indoors: Stairs ascend the middle of the front lawn to a roomy porch with a gabled roof propped up on narrow columns. (There is also a ground-level rear entrance approached from the driveway.)
The front door opens to a center hall with a view to the staircase and rear door at the other end. On the right is a pair of parlors divided by an exposed-brick chimney, with archways on either side. An original, decorative coal stove occupies the fireplace in the front parlor, and a wood-burning fireplace is on the other side, facing the back.
The vintage floors are narrow wood boards, and the windows have decorative mullioned borders — motifs that occur throughout the interior.
A windowed niche off the back parlor has a closet and could be used as a small study. Next to it is a half bathroom with a white bead-board wainscot and pedestal sink.
The dining room is directly to the left of the foyer; it has large windows and shelving built into a wall of white-painted brick and flows into a kitchen with Formica-topped, painted-wood cabinets and a walk-in pantry. A month ago, a mudroom was added next to the kitchen, leading out to a new back porch.
On the second floor, three bedrooms, a small office and a full bathroom radiate from the central landing. The two front bedrooms are connected to a walk-in closet that runs almost the entire width of the house. The largest bedroom is 18.5 feet long and almost 13 feet wide. Built into the building’s tower, it has angled walls with three exposures.
Two additional bedrooms and one bathroom are on the third floor. Here, the bedroom built into the tower includes walls embedded with exposed timbers and a ceiling that rises to the top of the windowed turret. The bathroom has a checkerboard floor, an angled ceiling with a skylight and a claw-foot tub with an attached shower.
The windows on the second and third floors were recently replaced, but maintain the period spirit of the originals. Both levels also have storage areas built low into the walls and connected through a warren of tunnels; messages from children who grew up in the house can be found scribbled on the surfaces within.
Outdoor space: A white oak — a special neighborhood pet — stands in front of the house, and the grounds are also planted with redbuds, azalea, pink dogwood and crape myrtle.
The new back porch overlooks a fenced yard. A brick path leads to a large storage shed with a gravel parking place in front for two cars.