Columbus, Ohio | $709,900
A recently renovated Colonial Revival house built in 1900, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is just off Broad Street, a major thoroughfare that connects landmarks like the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, an 88-acre complex with greenhouses and manicured gardens. Each of these sites is within a 10-minute drive of the house, as is Columbus State Community College. The main campus of Ohio State, ranked among the best public universities in the country and one of the city’s largest employers, is about 15 minutes away.
Size: 3,600 square feet
Price per square foot: $197
Indoors: A path flanked by low hedges leads from the sidewalk to a covered porch big enough to hold a swing or several chairs.
The front door opens into a foyer with new white oak floors that continue into a living room with two distinct sitting areas, both with street-facing windows and original fireplaces.
At the back of this level is an open kitchen and dining area with another original fireplace, this one decorative. The kitchen was updated during an extensive renovation that included redoing the bathrooms and installing new HVAC and electrical systems. It includes a breakfast bar and new stainless steel appliances, cabinets and stone counters. A door on one side of the room opens to the back patio; a powder room is off the other side of the space.
A staircase at the center of the house leads to three bedrooms on the second floor. Two could easily hold king-size beds; the third is currently used as a home office. (Another room with a fireplace is used as a den, although it could also serve as a bedroom.) They share a bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate shower.
The primary suite takes up the entire third floor of the house and includes a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Outdoor space: The backyard is flat, with a patio close to the house and a grassy area shaded by mature trees at the back. In one corner of the yard, leafy green plants surround a small pond. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $6,308 (estimated)
Contact: Shawn Redman, Street Sotheby’s International Realty, 614-946-5983; sothebysrealty.com
Buffalo | $699,000
An 1870 Victorian house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house sits on a tree-lined street among homes dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The neighborhood, known as Allentown, is lively, and a number of businesses are within a 10-minute walk, including a vintage clothing boutique and several cocktail bars and coffee shops.
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, where the 26th president was sworn into office after the assassination of William McKinley, is a few blocks away. Driving to downtown Buffalo or the Lake Erie waterfront takes about five minutes.
Size: 3,782 square feet
Price per square foot: $185
Indoors: A stone path leads from the street to the front entrance, set in a covered porch.
The front door opens into a foyer paved in imported tile salvaged from a 19th-century Belgian abbey. To the right is a living room with a bay of windows facing the street and a fireplace framed in blue-and-white tiles.
The dining room, through a set of pocket doors, has glass doors that open to the rear deck. A butler’s pantry with ample storage connects it to the kitchen, which has a coffered ceiling with individual panels painted in vivid colors; a wall of exposed brick; and stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range.
Off the kitchen are a powder room and a library with blue damask wallpaper, built-in bookshelves and a fireplace framed in colorful tile.
From the foyer, stairs lead up to four bedrooms on the second floor. At the top of the stairs is the primary suite, which has a fireplace, a built-in window seat and a bathroom with a porcelain soaking tub and a glass-walled shower. Next door is a guest room with another fireplace, and across the hall are two more guest rooms; these three bedrooms share a bathroom with a claw-foot tub.
The third floor is an open space that could be used as a den or an additional bedroom; this level includes a full bathroom and a kitchenette.
Outdoor space: The wood deck behind the house is covered by a pergola, and includes a hot tub and space for a dining table and a barbecue. Another patio, farther back in the yard, serves as a second outdoor entertaining space, surrounded by grass and mature trees.
Taxes: $8,640 (estimated)
Contact: Kristan Andersen and Tracy Heneghan, Gurney Becker & Bourne, 716-480-0000; gurneyrealestate.com
Golden Valley, Minn. | $699,900
A 1950 midcentury-modern ranch house, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
Golden Valley, a suburb of Minneapolis, is rich in green space: Theodore Wirth Regional Park, with its walking trails, wildflower garden and lakes, is less than two miles from this house; North Tyrol Park and Natchez Park, which have lawns and playgrounds, are about half a mile away.
The property is five minutes from the public Meadowbrook Elementary School and 10 minutes from the corporate headquarters of General Mills. Downtown Minneapolis is a 15-minute drive; St. Paul is half an hour away.
Size: 2,712 square feet
Price per square foot: $258
Indoors: A path cuts across the front lawn, from the concrete driveway to the front door, which opens into a foyer with original hardwood floors. The wood floors continue into a living-and-dining area with a stone-framed fireplace and large windows overlooking the terraced backyard.
From the dining room, glass doors open to the back patio and another doorway offers access to the kitchen, which has white cabinets and room for a breakfast table near backyard-facing windows.
A hallway off the living room leads to the bedroom wing. The primary bedroom, at the far end, has corner windows that fill the room with natural light. A second bedroom with a similar layout is across the hall. A third, slightly smaller bedroom is currently used as a home office and TV room. All three bedrooms share a hallway bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Steps at the end of the hallway descend to the lower level, where there is a fourth bedroom and another full bathroom. Also on this level is a comfortable den with an original stone fireplace and access to the backyard.
Outdoor space: The patio off the dining area has pretty views of the terraced backyard below, with room for a dining table and chairs. Stone steps lead down to the lower portion of the yard, which has a pond and a fire pit. The attached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $6,996 (estimated)
Contact: Sara Kranz, Jacqueline Day and Partners, Edina Realty City Lakes, 612-968-8808; edinarealty.com
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