Phoenix | $1,899,999
A 1933 Spanish-style house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest studio with one bathroom and a kitchenette, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in a part of the city with several historic districts, where many homes retain their original exterior and interior features. Encanto Park, with its playgrounds, public golf course, rose garden and central water feature with a fishing area, is just two blocks away. The Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix Art Museum, a large public library and the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix are also nearby.
Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale are about half an hour away. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a 10-minute drive.
Size: 3,084 square feet
Price per square foot: $616
The front door opens to a foyer with high ceilings and tile floors. To the right is a living room with a double-height ceiling trimmed with wood beams, an arched window, a fireplace and French doors that open to a patio. This space connects to a dining room with a crystal pendant light and more French doors opening toa backyard patio.
The adjacent kitchen is equipped with a Big Chill range and matching refrigerator, both black with goldtone hardware, and has glass doors that open to the pool area.
One bedroom is on this level, off the kitchen. It is big enough to hold a queen-size bed and has the use of a bathroom next door with a soaking tub and a console sink with chrome legs.
A staircase in the foyer with an original wrought-iron railing leads to the second floor. At the top of the stairs is a balcony open to the living room below. To the left are two bedrooms connected by a bathroom. The sellers have used this part of the house as one large primary suite, with one room serving as the bedroom and the other as a den. Each room is large enough to hold a king-size bed; the bathroom they share has a double vanity and a walk-in shower.
The basement, reached from stairs off the foyer, includes a wine-storage area and an open space that could be a media room, playroom or home gym.
The guest apartment on the second level of the garage includes a sleeping alcove, a kitchenette and a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: In addition to the patio off the living and dining rooms, the property includes a long swimming pool with a covered cabana that has black-and-white-striped curtains and space for lounge chairs. The backyard is enclosed by a low wall, with a gate leading to the sidewalk and street. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $4,268 (estimated)
Contact: Christine VanderZyden Winkler, AZ Luxury Home Group, Launch Real Estate, 616-240-0159; azluxuryhomegroup.com
Tampa, Fla. | $1.88 Million
A Craftsman bungalow with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in Hyde Park, one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods, where many homes date to the early 20th century. Hyde Park Village, an outdoor shopping mall with a wine bar, a steakhouse and a popular ice cream spot, is half a mile away. Also nearby is Bayshore Boulevard, which winds alongside Tampa Bay and offers access to walking and biking trails.
Downtown Tampa is a 10-minute drive. Tampa International Airport is about 20 minutes away. St. Petersburg is a half-hour drive; driving to Orlando takes about an hour and a half.
Size: 2,406 square feet
Price per square foot: $781
Indoors: Lush green hedges separate the front yard from the street, and steps lead up to the wide covered porch.
The front door opens directly into the living room, which has original heart pine floors and a decorative fireplace with a white-painted brick surround. To the left of this space is a sunny playroom with built-in storage.
A windowed dining room is also off the living room, behind a set of French doors. It connects to an updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and a banquette that sits beneath backyard-facing windows.
Two bedrooms are on this floor, off a hallway extending from the kitchen. The primary bedroom has access to a patio in the backyard; its en suite bathroom has a glass-walled, walk-in shower. Next door is a guest room that has direct access to the playroom off the living room; it has the use of a hallway bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub.
A staircase at the back of the house leads to the second level, which once served as an attic. Two more bedrooms are on this level; they share a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Outdoor space: The backyard is landscaped with artificial grass and has a large, mature tree in the far corner, offering shade and sturdy branches that could hold a swing. The patio is covered and enclosed by a tall wall that offers privacy from the neighbors. The detached garage has one parking spot.
Taxes: $12,096 (estimated)
Contact: Katie Glaser, Smith & Associates Real Estate, 813-727-1198; smithandassociates.com
Lexington, Mass. | $1.895 Million
A 1916 Colonial Revival house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
This house is a few blocks from the center of Lexington, putting it within walking distance of a number of historic sites, including the Lexington Battle Green, a cemetery dating to the 1690s and Buckman Tavern, built in 1710 and now a museum. Public elementary, middle and high schools are all less than 10 minutes away by car, as is Minute Man National Historical Park.
The historic sites of nearby Concord, including the home of the author Louisa May Alcott, are less than 20 minutes away. Driving to downtown Boston takes about half an hour.
Size: 1,935 square feet
Price per square foot: $979
Indoors: The front door, in the center of the facade, opens into a small mudroom. Beyond is a spacious living room with a fireplace on one side and built-in bookshelves on the other. This room has access to the side porch and to the dining room, which has a bay window and tall wainscoting.
A butler’s pantry with built-in cabinetry links the dining room to the kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances and is big enough to hold a center island or a breakfast table. A full bathroom is off the kitchen, as is a door to the rear deck.
All three bedrooms are on the second floor, reached from a staircase between the kitchen and the dining room. The primary bedroom, at the top of the stairs, overlooks the yard. Across the hall is a guest room with a private balcony. Next door is a full bathroom. On the other side of the bathroom is a smaller guest room, currently used as a study; it has sloped ceilings, built-in bookshelves, a skylight and a small window looking out into the trees.
Outdoor space: The side porch, off the living room, is covered, offering shelter from the sun and the rain. It steps down to a relatively flat yard with several garden boxes and a neat row of hedges. The detached garage has space for one car.
Taxes: $17,292 (estimated)
Contact: Andrea Jackson, Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-571-1888; sothebysrealty.com
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