Portland, Oregon | $625,000
A Tudor Revival house built in 1931, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1 acre lot
This home is in the Woodstock neighborhood, on a quiet street a few blocks from a handful of coffee shops, a German deli, and a grocery store specializing in local produce. Reed College, a liberal arts college with about 1,500 undergraduates and several early 20th-century Gothic Revival buildings, is less than a five-minute drive away.
Downtown Portland is about a 15-minute drive away; the Pacific Ocean is an hour and a half away; and driving to Seattle takes about three hours.
Size: 1,584 square feet
Price per square foot: $395
Indoors: Wide steps flanked by hedges lead up to the front door, set under a classic Tudor Revival arch.
The door opens into a living room with large windows facing the street, a white brick fireplace and hardwood floors. The hardwood floor continues into the dining room across the entryway, which is framed by a pointed arch and has built-in cabinets with original leaded glass.
Behind the dining room is an updated kitchen with white tile backsplash, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. A short hallway from this space leads to a full bathroom and a guest room currently being used as a home office.
From this part of the house, stairs lead to two bedrooms on the second floor. The master bedroom has sloping ceilings and deep blue accent walls. The other bedroom, across the hall, has sunny yellow walls.
In the finished basement there is a large living room that could be a fourth bedroom, plus a full bath and laundry room.
Outdoor space: The patio off the kitchen is large enough to accommodate a dining table and set of chairs. The rear yard beyond is landscaped with lawns, blueberry and raspberry bushes and mature trees, some of which bear apricots. The attached garage has one parking spot.
Taxes: $5,784 (estimated)
Contact: Chrissy Hamlin, Harcourts Real Estate Network Group, 503-998-8392 or 503-344-4554; redfin.com
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | $625,000
A 1927 Craftsman bungalow with three bedrooms and two and a half baths, on a 0.2 acre lot
This home is located in Spanish Town, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhoods and the site of its biggest Mardi Gras parade. The parade’s unofficial mascot is the pink flamingo, and many area residents display wooden or plastic versions each year to celebrate.
The property is within walking distance of the Louisiana State Capitol complex, which includes a museum and several large public parks, making the neighborhood popular with downtown workers who want easy commuting. New Orleans is an hour and 15 minutes away; Houston is a four hour drive.
Size: 1,869 square feet
Price per square foot: $334
Indoors: Steps lead from the sidewalk to a spacious covered porch large enough to hold a table and chairs.
The front door opens into a bright living room with one of four original fireplaces. The one in the living room, tucked away in a corner, has its original marble frame and wooden mantel. The original oak floors continue from the living room into a bright dining room with large windows, recessed lighting, and a pendant light.
A wide door connects the dining room to the kitchen, which the seller updated with a butcher block-topped center island, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and a cast-iron farmhouse sink. A built-in window seat offers a sunny spot for morning coffee.
Hardwood floors continue through the kitchen to a staircase that leads to the second floor, which is set up as a large master suite with an updated bathroom that has a combined tub and shower and ornate wood vanity.
On the first floor there are two generously sized bedrooms: one is off the living room and the other is off the dining room. Both have doors topped by stern windows with their original hinges. The one next to the dining room also has a recently renovated en-suite bathroom. A half bath is on the opposite side of the dining room.
Outdoor space: The lot is larger than the neighborhood average, so the house has a sizable backyard, accessible through a door in the kitchen. A separate structure, currently used as an art studio, has its own air conditioning unit that keeps it cool during hot Louisiana summers.
Taxes: $3,204 (estimated)
Contact: Heather Kirkpatrick, Keller Williams Greater Baton Rouge, 225-252-0668; heatherkirkpatrick.kw.com
from Savannah, Georgia; | $625,000
A 1920’s house divided into two units, one with two bedrooms and one bathroom and the other with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1 acre lot
The design of this building allows for a number of scenarios: the new owners could convert it back to a single-family home; use a unit as commercial space; or rent one or both units on a long-term lease or as short-term vacation rentals.
The bustling neighborhood, known as Thomas Square, has bars, restaurants, quirky shops, and a public library, all within a few blocks of this property. The Savannah College of Art and Design is one mile away. The city’s main historic district, with its cobblestone streets and well-preserved 19th-century buildings, is 10 minutes away.
Size: 2,232 square feet
Price per square foot: $280
Indoors: The covered porch is just a few steps from the sidewalk and has a swing by the front door, which opens to a wood-floored foyer.
To the right is a door to the living room of the lower level unit, once the living room of the house, with a bay window facing the street and a decorative fireplace.
Original wooden sliding doors divide this space from the master bedroom, into what was probably once a formal dining room. This space features another decorative fireplace, high ceilings, and original moldings framing the doors.
Off the master bedroom is a hallway that leads to a bathroom with a claw-foot tub and a kitchen with new vinyl flooring, an electric range, and a stacked washer and dryer. At the other end of the kitchen there is room for a dining table as well as a door to the rear patio.
The second bedroom is off the kitchen, with enough room for a queen-size bed and a desk.
The second floor unit has its own living room, a new kitchen, a master bedroom, two smaller bedrooms, and a bathroom with another roll top tub. A staircase leads from this level to the attic, which could be converted into additional living or working space.
Outdoor space: Both units have access to the backyard: the lower unit from the kitchen door and the upper unit from an outside stairway. Several mature trees create a shady spot near the house that could accommodate a dining table and barbecue.
Taxes: $4,776 (estimated)
Contact: Chelsea Phillips, Six Bricks Realty, 912-332-0465; sixbricksrealty.com
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