Philadelphia | $ 1.3 million
Brick town house from 1769 with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on a plot of 1488 square meters
This antique house is located on a cobbled street in the venerable Society Hill neighborhood. It is half a mile southeast of Independence Hall and Washington Square, half a mile southwest of Penn’s Landing parks and cultural facilities on the Delaware River, half a mile south of the Old Town’s historic sites and art galleries, and two blocks north of the commercially vibrant South Street Headhouse District.
Size: 2848 square feet
Price per square foot: 456 USD
Inside: The cherry red front door leads you into a hallway with cream-colored plastered walls and sage green edging – colors found throughout the house. The floors at this level are replaced by hardwood boards.
To the left, a pocket door opens to a formal dining room that connects to the hallway at the back. Behind him is a powder room with green floral wallpaper and marble vanity. Then comes a spiral staircase, behind which the double door to the dining room opens. In 2014, the kitchen was updated with ceiling cabinets with a ribbon of glass trays at the top, granite countertops, a wide sink on the farm and decorative tiles. The complicated set of appliances includes double wall ovens, double dishwashers, a camouflaged Sub-Zero refrigerator with double freezer drawers and a wine cooler. French door set into a wall of windows open to a large courtyard paved in bluestone.
The living room is on the second floor with a fireplace, which has been equipped to burn gas, a pair of windows high to the street and a crystal chandelier. Directly across the landing is a library with built-in shelves on three walls; pantry with sink, microwave and wine cooler; and access through a French door to the conservatory with wiring and electricity. The floorboards on the upper floors are restored with antiques.
The staircase in the library takes you in half a flight to the recently renovated marble bathroom with shower. The next six months lead to a guest room with double wardrobes, built-in shelves and a gas fireplace surrounded by modern trompe l’oeil tiles in the delft style.
The master bedroom is at the front and is accessible by the main staircase. Along with a private fireplace and built-in storage space, it has a private bathroom with a combined bath and shower and marble accents.
Two adjoining dormers, one with a non-functional fireplace, are on the third floor. In the basement there is a laundry room and a very large pantry.
Outdoor space: On the level of a paved courtyard there is an outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator and a grill, a gas fireplace and a fountain.
Taxes: $ 17,013
Contact: Ame Goldman, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach Realtors, 215-868-3532; amegoldman.foxroach.com
Denver | $ 1,275 million
Brick house from 1898 with four beds and three bathrooms on a plot of 5,663 square feet
Less than five minutes east of Cheesman Park on foot, this property is also within walking distance of City Park (home of the Denver Zoo) and Convention Park with a variety of sports facilities. The area is well equipped with restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and yoga studios. Denver’s Central Business District is two miles northwest.
Size: 4,229 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 301
Inside: The entrance hall leads to the staircase hall with wooden floors, mahogany cladding and large stained glass windows. The rooms radiating from the hall include a study with a built-in bar cabinet decorated with leaded glass; living room with bay window and gas fireplace; dining room with built-in porcelain cabinet and gas fireplace, which has a mirror fireplace; and a kitchen accessible by a small hallway with a powder room on the side. All of these rooms are in direct communication with their neighbors and many of their moldings are decorated with a wreath motif.
The kitchen, which has been renovated over the last decade, includes modern light wood cabinets with black and white quartz plates and a backsplash. An accessory with glass walls with seating flows onto the deck.
On the second floor, the two bedrooms with matching fireplaces are separated by a Jack-and-Jill closet with built-in drawers and a sink. The third bedroom is equipped with a dressing room with a window. The two bathrooms on this level are next to each other; both have showers and one has a free-standing bath.
The fourth bedroom is on the third floor, with dormer shelves lined at one end and leaded glass at the other. In the basement there is a laundry room and a brick wine storage room.
Outdoor space: A landscaped front garden surrounds the iron gate. The fenced yard includes a koi pond with a waterfall, a deck, a paved terrace and a garage for three cars.
Taxes: $ 5,838 (2020, based on $ 80,946)
Contact: Tim Aberle, Thriving Real Estate Group, 720-483-1080; listing.virtuance.com
Austin, Texas | $ 1,299 million
Postmodern house from 1997 designed by Michael Graves, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a plot of 0.19 acres
In 1996, Life magazine published plans for a house designed by Michael Graves, one of a group of “dream houses” by prominent architects. An admirer built a house four miles north of downtown Austin. It is sold by a second owner.
The stuccoed house is in the Rosedale neighborhood, about three miles northwest of the University of Texas campus and suitable for several medical centers. The area includes both established homes and new construction, including Grove, a mixed complex a mile west of the property. Nearby roads lead to the stream.
Size: 3,151 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 312
Inside: The rotunda with a remote-controlled sculptural fountain is the first thing you will encounter at the entrance. Directly ahead is the gallery as a corridor with niches for displaying works of art. It leads to a living room with a 20-foot ceiling and a baronic travertine fireplace embedded in a glass wall. Built-in include a wine bar and lockers that mask media equipment. The floor here and on a large part of the main level is polished, stained concrete.
Turning from the kitchen will take you to the kitchen, a large room with pale cabinets filled with granite and luxury appliances, including a double Viking wall oven and a gas hob with a grill. The kitchen flows into the office for two with a long anchored table.
To the right of the entrance is the main suite: a carpeted bedroom with an illuminated ceiling ceiling and glass windows and a travertine bathroom with classic columns, gold-tuned fittings, two separate toiletries, a barrier-free shower and a jetted bathtub.
The lead glass window is sunk into a circular landing on the second floor above the fountain and the skylight is located directly above the head. A wrought iron railing surrounds the stained glass windows and a part of the open landing that extends across the living room and creates an inner balcony. On this floor there are three more bedrooms with wall-to-wall carpet and two full shared bathrooms with travertine. One of the bedrooms that belonged to the child has a colorful mural on one wall. There is also a flex space that can be used as a fifth bedroom.
Outdoor space: The door by the fireplace in the living room opens onto a columned back terrace surrounded by gravel. The fenced yard with gravel could turn into a dog enclosure or a garden. The opposite side of the building is paved and is used to park up to eight cars. There is also a separate garage for two cars, which was installed on the accessory unit above.
Taxes: 20 370 USD
Contact: Salena Gutierrez, Coldwell Banker Realty, 512-415-7897; coldwellbankerhomes.com