Cornwall, Connecticut $ 1.395 million
Stone house from 1922 with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a plot of 5 acres with a pond and a waterfall
When Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin built a large stone house known as Cornwall Castle as a rural refuge in the 1920s, she added pottery to the estate and hired an Italian potter named Vincenzo Rondinone to run it. The building, which has a dozen gables and 18-inch thick stone walls, was eventually converted into a residence. In the late 1990s, Potter’s son, architect Nicholas Rondinone, bought, updated and built the outbuildings. The current owners bought the property in 2000 and installed a new kitchen. They also added a separate garage for two cars.
The house is in rural Litchfield County, about 100 miles northeast of New York City and 150 miles southwest of Boston. It is about three miles southwest of Cornwall village center and the Mohawk Mountain ski area and eight miles southeast of Housatonic Meadows State Park.
Size: 2,599 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 537
Inside: The main entrance opens into the original kitchen – a rebuilt foyer with radiant heated limestone floors, to which the owners have added a half bathroom with a stone sink. The hallway leads to a large room with oak floors, beamed ceilings and huge arched windows set into stone walls. The original pottery wheel sits next to a stone corner fireplace.
The door with a diamond-carved crossbar and side lights leads to the dining room, to the former clay dryer, which the current owners have closed and to which they have added Marvin aluminum windows. The floor is Israeli limestone and the cabinets themselves have talc boards. Appliances include a Viking stove with six burners with double ovens and two Fisher & Paykel drawers for the dishwasher, which can be loaded and unloaded without bending.
The house has many unique decorations. Above the original entrance, which opens into the staircase hall, is carved a French inscription, which is a prayer of an Italian potter from the 16th century. The door leading from the large room to this area is decorated with a grid of wooden squares. And the sash windows in the library are covered with carved panels obtained from a demolished Manhattan theater.
The master bedroom is on the main level. It has a California wardrobe, French doors leading to the outdoor patio and a private bathroom with a spa bath and storage wall. The second bedroom on this level is used as an office and has a full view of the waterfall. The two upstairs bedrooms include one with a Julie balcony and a private bathroom.
Outdoor area: The gates to the house are decorated with statues of the Knights Templar. A large stone terrace wraps around the building, from the entrance to the kitchen. The garage has a large storage space.
Taxes: $ 9,123 (based on $ 546,300)
Contact: Patti Guarantano, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Reality, 203-231-9288; williampitt.com
Brooklyn, NY | $ 1.395 million
Cooperative apartment with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms in a building from 1920 made of brick and brown stone
This house is located at the north end of Park Slope, on President Street, steps from the Fifth and Seventh Avenue shopping halls and within easy reach of several subway lines, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It occupies the third floor of a four-room building and is zoned for the primary school PS 321.
Size: 823 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 1,695
Inside: The living room is at the front of the unit and has parquet floors, a south-facing bay window with original sofa shutters and a non-periodic marble wood-burning fireplace with built-in bookcases on both sides. Double glass doors open to a small office with windows and a pocket door leads to the adjoining dining room. The closet in the dining room opens on the other side into a small bedroom, which has been carved out of space and is lit and ventilated by an air shaft.
Opposite is a kitchen with wooden cabinets finished with quartz and stainless steel appliances. In addition, there is a full bathroom with a combined bath and shower, a powder room and a wardrobe with a washer and dryer.
At the back of the unit are two bedrooms next to each other. It is about 10.5 x 15 feet larger and has two north-facing windows; the smaller one is about 7.5 times 13 feet and has a single window. Each bedroom has a dressing room. Another storage is in the basement.
Outdoor area: The home is less than three blocks from Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park.
Taxes: The homeowner’s fee of $ 839 includes taxes, heat and hot water.
Contact: Jill Seligson Braver or Natalie Rabaa, Brown Harris Stevens, 718-858-5905; bhsusa.com
Spartanburg, SC | $ 1.35 million
House from 1925 with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on an area of 7.22 acres, with a ground pool, barn and covered parking
Known as the Greylogs Estate, this house originates in the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina and has been owned by a single family since the early 1960s. It is four miles east of downtown Spartanburg, a city of about 38,000 in northwestern South Carolina, and is exceptional for the amount of land that surrounds it. (Buyers can choose to buy a house with nearly 20 acres for $ 2.487 million.)
This property is located between the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Reserve and the Spartanburg Country Club, both 1.5 km away. Asheville is about 70 miles northwest; Charlotte, NC, is about 70 miles northeast; and Charleston, SC, is about 200 miles southeast.
Size: 5,199 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 260
Inside: Much of the living space is on the main level and focuses on the living room with a 10-foot ceiling, paneled walls and a massive stone fireplace reminiscent of the Grove Park Inn. On both sides there are wooden doors with hinges; they lead to a large shaded porch with a plank ceiling and beams. The formal dining room overlooks the front lawn with a bay window lined with built-in Chinese cabinets.
The dining kitchen is packed in wooden cabinets with linoleum boards and has blue and white tile backsplash, open ceiling beams and recessed lighting behind cornices. There is a laundry room next door.
All five rooms are on the main level, three on one side and two on the other. The master has a functional stone fireplace with gas logs and a bathroom with marble double vanity and French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the lawn. The main set also includes a paneled study with a wall of built-in doors and three cabinets.
A staircase descending from the foyer with a brick floor leads to the lower level with two large rooms, a half bathroom and an ad hoc wine shop. In the basement of the stadium there is a garage for one car, a large workshop and a shelter from falling.
Outdoor area: A stone terrace stretches from the lighted veranda. The swimming pool in the country is considered the first in the district of Spartanburg. The barn has three stalls and there is a covered parking lot with five cars.
Taxes: $ 13,000 (estimated, per house with a maximum of 20 acres)
Contact: Jennifer Van Gieson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, C. Dan Joyner, Real Estate Agents, 864-590-4441; zillow.com