New Bedford, Mass. | $ 299,000
An 1876 two bedroom, two bath clapboard home on 0.05 acre lot
New Bedford is a coastal town of about 95,000 that was a whaling capital in the 19th century. Located in the historic downtown County Street neighborhood, this home has easy access to shops, restaurants, bars, tea shops, and bakeries. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, a 13-block neighborhood reminiscent of the area’s maritime heritage, is less than 1 mile to the east. Just beyond is the Acushnet River, where ferry terminals serve Nantucket and other destinations. Buttonwood Park, a 97-acre park with a zoo, is less than 1 mile to the west.
Size: 1,124 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 266
Inside: The home has recently been modernized, with a new kitchen and new bathrooms, vinyl floors that resemble wooden planks, and a floor plan that opens the main level front to back. The foyer now flows into the living room on either side of a fireplace that has a rear-facing wood fireplace.
The open kitchen has been remodeled at the other end, with white Shaker-style cabinets, granite countertops, and two industrial-style stainless steel pendant lights hanging over a peninsula of bar seating.
Behind the kitchen is a bedroom with a wide closet and a bathroom in the hallway with a glass shower, a vanity with marble top and Moroccan patterned cement floor tiles.
The renovated upper floor is a room with a skylight, which is partially separated by the chimney. It extends from the front, where there is a particularly large, round window, to the rear and ends in a bathroom with a combined bath and shower and ceramic tiles.
Outside space: The new roof includes solar panels that generate revenue-generating electricity. A white picket fence is part of the enclosure of a side and rear lawn. Two cars are parked in a driveway on the other side of the house.
Taxes: 3,390 USD (2020)
Contact: Team ROSO, Re / Max Vantage, 508-951-4104; remax.com
Cincinnati | $ 299,900
A two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in a three-story brick building from 1890
At the turn of the 20th century, this building was a police station in what was then a German working-class neighborhood called Over-the-Rhine (because it was separated from downtown Cincinnati in the south by a canal). A hundred years later, protests erupted in the neighborhood after numerous cases of police brutality against the largely black community in 2001 resulted in the death of an unarmed black teenager named Timothy Thomas. OTR, as the area is called, has since been redeveloped considerably.
This property was converted to condominium three years ago. It’s one block west of Vine Street, with its many shops, restaurants, and bars, and less than a mile northwest of Kroger am Rhein, an 18-month-old concept supermarket and food court. West End Stadium, the soon-to-be home of Cincinnati FC, is 800 m away.
Size: 886 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 338
Inside: This unit is located on the second floor. The loft-like living and dining area includes a white-painted brick exterior wall, wood floors, an exposed canal, and arched window (as well as some rectangular ones). White cabinets with granite countertops line one wall of the open kitchen. The stainless steel appliances include a wine refrigerator. A sliding barn door reveals a pantry.
Both bedrooms have hardwood floors, large closets, recessed lighting and ceiling fans. The bathroom’s black hexagonal floor tiles continue into the large, glass-enclosed shower. The granite vanity with dark wood resembles the kitchen island. A hall closet contains a stacked washer and dryer. There is additional storage space in the basement.
Outside space: The property is three blocks from Washington Park, which offers public markets, live music, and outdoor fitness classes during the pandemic free time. Outside the building there are special parking spaces for residents who have inexpensive permits.
Taxes: $ 1,496 per year (with cuts through 2028); Homeowner Membership Dues: $ 270 per month
Contact: Johnson Real Estate Group, Cutler Real Estate, 513-240-2027; cutlerhomes.com
Winston-Salem, NC | $ 250,000
A 1987 Cape Cod style three bedroom, two bath home on 0.37 acre lot
This home is in the Harrison Estates subdivision, less than five miles west of downtown Winston-Salem, with its 330 acre innovation district devoted to science and technology research and the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, a complex of historic Race sites and cultural diversity of the American South. Two local hospitals are attracting health professionals to the neighborhood. Wake Forest University is four miles north.
Size: 1,681 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 149
Inside: Formerly a two bedroom home, this home has been renovated by the sellers to create a third bedroom in an upstairs loft. The roof was replaced in 2014 and the furnace updated in 2019.
The living room has narrow wooden floors, a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams and a fireplace with gas blocks. French doors open to a terrace, and a matching set in the adjoining dining room leads to a covered porch. The eat-in kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets, glass subway tiles, and ceramic floor tiles. There is a pantry on either side of the entrance from the dining room.
The master level bedroom has built in wardrobes, a two door closet and windows with shutters. It’s located next to a hallway bathroom that was renovated over the past decade with a glass-enclosed shower and a marble-topped vanity.
The landing on the second floor is above the living room. The two bedrooms have wooden floors and lots of light; They share a bathroom with a claw-foot tub with a hand-held sprayer. Bedroom # 3 has a skylight and a wall of open shelves built to the ceiling.
Outside space: The terrace is paved with bricks and the covered porch contains a mesh wall. Both look out onto a large, enclosed garden with tall trees.
Taxes: 2,642 USD (2020)
Contact: Chase Arredondo, Leonard Ryden Burr Estate, 336-865-1505; lrbrealestate.com
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