Portland, Ore. | $625,000
A Tudor Revival house built in 1931, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in the Woodstock neighborhood, on a quiet street a few blocks from a handful of coffee shops, a German deli and a grocery store specializing in local products. 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 five minutes away by car.
Downtown Portland is about a 15-minute drive; the Pacific Ocean is about an hour and a half away; and driving to Seattle takes around three hours.
Size: 1,584 square feet
Price per square foot: $395
Indoors: Wide steps flanked by hedges lead to the front door, set beneath a classic Tudor Revival arch.
The door opens into a living room with large, street-facing windows, a white brick fireplace and hardwood floors. The hardwood flooring continues into the dining room on the other side of the entry, which is framed by a pointed arch and has built-in cabinets with original leaded glass.
Behind the dining room is an updated kitchen with a white subway-tile backsplash, quartz counters and stainless-steel appliances. A short hall off this space leads to a full bathroom and a guest room currently used as a home office.
From this part of the house, stairs lead up to two bedrooms on the second floor. The primary bedroom has sloped ceilings and deep blue accent walls. The other bedroom, across the hall, has sunny yellow walls.
In the finished basement is a large room that could be a fourth bedroom, as well as a full bathroom and laundry room.
Outdoor space: The patio off the kitchen is big enough to hold a dining table and set of chairs. The backyard beyond is landscaped with grass, blueberry and raspberry bushes, and mature trees, some of which bear apricots. The attached garage has one parking spot.
Taxes: $5,784 (estimated)
Contact: Chrissy Hamlin, Harcourts Real Estate Network Group, 503-998-8392 or 503-344-4554; redfin.com
Baton Rouge, La. | $625,000
A 1927 Craftsman bungalow with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house 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 pink flamingo, and many area residents display wood or plastic versions every year in celebration.
The property is within walking distance of the Louisiana State Capitol complex, which includes a museum and several large public parks, making the neighborhood popular with downtown workers who want an easy commute. New Orleans is about an hour and 15 minutes away; Houston is a four-hour drive.
Size: 1,869 square feet
Price per square foot: $334
Indoors: Steps lead up from the sidewalk to a wide, covered porch big enough to hold a table and chairs.
The front door opens into a bright living room with one of four original fireplaces. The one in the living room, tucked into a corner, has its original marble surround and wood mantel. Original oak floors continue from the living room into a bright dining room with large windows, recessed lights and a hanging light fixture.
A wide doorway connects the dining room to the kitchen, which the seller updated with a center island topped in butcher block, marble counters, stainless-steel appliances and a farmhouse-style sink made of cast iron. A built-in window seat offers a sunny spot for morning coffee.
The wood floors continue through the kitchen to a staircase that leads to the second floor, which is configured as one large primary suite with an updated bathroom that has a combined tub and shower and an ornate wood vanity.
Two generously sized guest rooms are on the first floor: One is off the living room and the other is off the dining room. Both have doors topped by transom windows with their original hinges. The one off the dining room also has a recently updated en suite bathroom. A half bathroom is off the opposite side of the dining room.
Outdoor space: The lot is larger than average for the neighborhood, so the house has a sizable 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, Ga. | $625,000
A 1920 house divided into two units — one with two bedrooms and one bathroom and the other with three bedrooms and one bathroom — on a 0.1-acre lot
This building’s layout allows for a number of scenarios: The new owners could turn it back into a single-family home; use one unit as a business 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 cobblestone streets and well-preserved, 19th-century buildings, is 10 minutes away.
Size: 2,232 square feet
Price per square foot: $280
Indoors: The covered porch is a few steps up from the sidewalk and has a bench swing next to the front door, which opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.
To the right is a door to the living room of the lower-level unit, once the home’s parlor, with a bay of windows facing the street and a decorative fireplace.
Original wood pocket doors divide this space from the primary bedroom, in what was once likely a formal dining room. This space has another decorative fireplace, high ceilings and original molding framing the doors.
Off the primary bedroom is a hall that leads to a bathroom with a claw-foot tub and to a kitchen with new vinyl floors, an electric range and a stacked washer and dryer. At the far end of the kitchen is space for a dining table, as well as a door to the backyard.
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, a new kitchen, a primary bedroom, two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom with another claw-foot tub. A staircase leads from this level to the attic, which could be converted into additional living or working space.
Outdoor space: Both units have access to the backyard: the lower unit from the kitchen door, and the upper unit from an exterior staircase. Several mature trees create a shady spot close to the house that could hold a dining table and barbecue.
Taxes: $4,776 (estimated)
Contact: Chelsea Phillips, Six Bricks Realty, 912-332-0465; sixbricksrealty.com
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