Portland, OR | $625,000
A neo-Tudor 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 within a few blocks of a handful of coffee shops, a German grocery store, and a grocery store specializing in local produce. Reed College, a liberal arts school with about 1,500 undergraduate students and a number of early 20th-century Gothic Revival buildings, is less than a five-minute drive away.
Downtown Portland is about 15 minutes away by car; the Pacific Ocean is about an hour and a half away; and driving to Seattle takes about three hours.
Cut: 1,584 square feet
Price per square foot: $395
On the inside: Wide steps flanked by hedges lead to the front door, set under a classical 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 entrance, which is framed by a pointed arch and has fitted cabinets with original leaded glass.
Behind the dining area is an updated kitchen with a white subway tile backsplash, quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. A small hallway off this space leads to a full bathroom and a guest bedroom currently 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 room which could be a fourth bedroom, as well as a full bathroom and a laundry room.
Outdoor space: The kitchen patio is large enough to hold a dining table and set of chairs. The back yard is landscaped with grass, blueberry and raspberry bushes and mature trees, some of which bear apricots. The attached garage has a parking space.
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 bathrooms, on a 0.2 acre lot
This home is in Spanish Town, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhoods and the site of its largest Mardi Gras parade. The parade’s unofficial mascot is the flamingo, and many locals present 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 area popular with downtown workers who want to get around easily. New Orleans is about an hour and 15 minutes away; Houston is four hours away.
Cut: 1,869 square feet
Price per square foot: $334
On the inside: Steps lead from the sidewalk to a large covered porch large enough to hold a table and chairs.
The front door opens into a bright living room with one of the four original fireplaces. The one in the living room, tucked away in a corner, has its original marble surround and wooden mantle. The original oak floors continue from the living room into a bright dining room with large windows, pot lights and a pendant light.
A wide door connects the dining area to the kitchen, which the seller has updated with a center island topped with a butcher block, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a farmhouse-style cast iron sink. A built-in window seat provides a sunny spot for morning coffee.
Wood floors continue through the kitchen to a staircase that leads to the second floor, which is configured as a large master suite with an updated bathroom that has a combination tub and shower and an ornate wood vanity .
Two generously sized guest bedrooms are found on the first floor: one is next to the living room and the other is next to the dining room. Both have doors surmounted by transoms with their original hinges. The one in the dining room also has a newly renovated en-suite bathroom. A half bathroom is on the other side of the dining room.
Outdoor space: The lot is larger than average for the neighborhood, so the house has a large backyard, accessible through a door in the kitchen. A detached structure, currently used as an art studio, has its own air conditioning unit that keeps it cool during the hot Louisiana summers.
Taxes: $3,204 (estimated)
Contact: Heather Kirkpatrick, Keller Williams Greater Baton Rouge, 225-252-0668; heatherkirkpatrick.kw.com
Savannah, Georgia | $625,000
A 1920 house divided into two units – one with two bedrooms and a bath and the other with three bedrooms and a bath – on a 0.1 acre lot
The layout of this building allows for several scenarios: The new owners could transform it back into 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 about a mile away. The city’s main historic district, with its cobbled streets and well-preserved 19th century buildings, is 10 minutes away.
Cut: 2,232 square feet
Price per square foot: $280
On the inside: The covered porch is a few steps from the sidewalk and features a swing beside the front door, which opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.
To the right, a door opens into the living room of the lower level unit, formerly the living room of the house, with a bay window overlooking the street and a decorative fireplace.
The original wooden pocket doors separate this space from the master bedroom, in what was probably once a formal dining room. This space has another decorative fireplace, high ceilings and original moldings framing the doors.
Next to the master bedroom is a hallway that leads to a bathroom with a clawfoot tub and a kitchen with new vinyl floors, electric stove and stacked washer and dryer. At the back of the kitchen is space for a dining table, as well as a door to the back yard.
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, new kitchen, master bedroom, two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom with another clawfoot tub. A staircase leads from this level to the attic, which could be converted into additional living or working space.
Outdoor space: Both apartments have access to the backyard: the lower apartment by the kitchen door and the upper apartment by an outside staircase. Several mature trees create a shady area near the house which could contain a dining table and a barbecue.
Taxes: $4,776 (estimated)
Contact: Chelsea Phillips, Six Bricks Realty, 912-332-0465; sixbricksrealty.com
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