East Haddam, Conn. | $2.875 Million
A 1732 house with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a nine-acre lot
This house sits on a wooded road not far from Gillette Castle State Park, where the main attraction is a medieval-style house built in the early 20th century by the actor William Gillette, surrounded by walking trails and picnic areas. The Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch, the departure point for ferries crossing the Connecticut River into the town of Chester, is half a mile away.
While the area feels remote, larger cities are within commuting distance: New Haven is about an hour away; Hartford is about a 45-minute drive; and New York City and Boston are about three hours away, depending on traffic.
Size: 3,506 square feet
Price per square foot: $820
Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to the garage. From there, a footpath leads to a side entrance with a Dutch door that opens into a kitchen with a beamed ceiling, a Bosch range, black granite counters, tile floors and room for a breakfast table next to windows overlooking the grounds. Behind the kitchen is a mudroom with access to a half bathroom.
Beyond the kitchen is a family room with built-in bookshelves and cabinets. A wood-paneled dining room with a fireplace and a living room with another fireplace are also in this part of the house. Off the living room is a sunroom with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and heated floors.
From the living room, a staircase leads to three bedrooms on the second floor. At the end of the upstairs hall is the primary suite, which has a bedroom with a fireplace and a bathroom with radiant-heated floors and a glass walk-in shower. Next door is a guest room with original wood paneling and toile wallpaper. Across the hall is another guest room that holds a queen-size four-poster bed. Both guest rooms have en suite bathrooms.
The fourth bedroom is on the third floor, with another en suite bathroom.
Outdoor space: A stone patio next to the house is shaded by mature trees. From there, paths lead to a saltwater swimming pool surrounded by stone and to a boxwood garden with a stone fountain at the center. Also on the property is a garden folly that the sellers use for dinner parties. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $14,448 (estimated)
Contact: Colette Harron, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-304-2391; sothebysrealty.com
Seattle | $2.895 Million
A 1937 Tudor Revival house with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in Magnolia, a neighborhood known for its wide, tree-lined streets and gently sloping hills that offer views of Elliott Bay. It is a few blocks from a retail district with a French bakery, a drugstore and several cafes and coffee shops.
A number of green spaces are nearby: Magnolia Playfield, which has pickleball and tennis courts, is less than half a mile away, and the 534-acre Discovery Park is five minutes away by car. Driving into downtown Seattle takes about 15 minutes.
Size: 3,160 square feet
Price per square foot: $916
Indoors: From the sidewalk, steps lead up to the front door, which opens into a long foyer with tile floors. To the right is an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a Viking range, and a center island with storage for cookbooks.
At the end of the foyer is a sunny family room with parquet floors and a built-in entertainment center. Behind it is a windowed dining area with a long built-in bar.
From the foyer, stairs lead up to a hall, with the primary suite at the far end. The bedroom is carpeted, with a built-in window seat and a door to the patio; the bathroom has a soaking tub and a separate shower. Another full bathroom and a guest room, currently used as a home office, are also off the hall.
The staircase continues up to the top level of the house, which has a loft-style bedroom with a skylight and a full bathroom.
The basement level, reached from stairs in the family room, includes a den with a white-painted brick fireplace, another full bathroom, a laundry room and an open space that could be used as a gym.
Outdoor space: The patio off the primary bedroom and the family room is big enough for separate dining and sitting areas. It steps up to an elevated sitting area with garden views. The attached garage holds three cars.
Taxes: $16,308 (estimated)
Contact: Jen Cameron and James Campbell, The Agency, 425-305-9400 or 206-778-2424; theagencyre.com
Denver | $2.895 Million
An 1893 Italianate house with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, on a 0.4-acre lot
This house was built on a parklike lot for a prominent local family, and additional houses were constructed for the original owner’s children and other relatives. Today, the houses are individually owned, but residents still share various amenities, including a pond, a swimming pool and private green space.
The home is just off East Seventh Street, in a neighborhood where historic houses abound, among them the Colorado Governor’s Mansion, built in 1908, and the Adolph Zang Mansion, built in 1903 for a brewery magnate. It is a few blocks from Governors Park, which has public art installations and a children’s playground, and a 10-minute walk from a Trader Joe’s.
Size: 6,026 square feet
Price per square foot: $480
Indoors: A wrought-iron fence separates this property from the sidewalk, with a gate at the side opening to a path that leads to the entrance, flanked by two sets of white columns.
Inside is a grand foyer with blue-and-white floral wallpaper and tile floors. Off this space are a powder room with an original stained-glass window; a study with built-in bookshelves; and under the main staircase, a cigar room with stained-glass windows that have a pipe motif.
Wood-and-glass pocket doors in the foyer open to a formal living room with elaborate crown molding, hardwood floors, a crystal chandelier and a fireplace. In this part of the house, there is also a sunroom used as a den.
On the other side of the main level is a formal dining room with coffered ceilings, built-in window seats and another crystal chandelier. Beyond is an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and access to the back staircase.
The wide staircase at the center of the house leads to the five bedrooms on the upper levels. The primary suite is on the second level, with a sitting area anchored by a fireplace and two bathrooms, one with a walk-in shower and the other with a deep soaking tub. One guest room on this level has an en-suite bathroom, with another full bathroom off the hallway. Three more guest rooms are on the third level; they share a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The residents of this house have the exclusive use of a deck on the roof of the garage that has a low iron fence and is big enough to hold a dining table and chairs. The pond, the swimming pool and the adjoining patios are shared with residents of the surrounding homes. A two-car garage is attached to the house.
Taxes: $9,456 (estimated) and a $2,112 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Rachel Gallegos, Milehimodern, 720-308-2615; milehimodern.com