Los Angeles | $1.495 Million
A 1928 house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Set amid the French Tudor and Mediterranean revival houses of the Wilshire Vista district, this home is east of Beverly Hills and west of downtown Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile neighborhood, with cultural institutions like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is to the north. The restaurants of Little Ethiopia and popular cafes of Pico Boulevard are a few blocks away.
Size: 1,996 square feet
Price per square foot: $749
Indoors: The house has been refreshed within the last dozen years, with systems updated and period features preserved. Set in a Norman-style tower, the front door opens to a living room with arched windows, plaster walls and a fireplace surround trimmed in Batchelder tiles. Dark hardwood floors continue into the dining room, which has a tray ceiling and a wall of diamond-mullion windows.
The dining room leads to a sunny breakfast room and a kitchen with linoleum or Marmoleum floors, new marble counters and a restored vintage stove. Passing through the kitchen takes you to a bedroom and en suite bathroom with turquoise subway tiles and bird-pattern wallpaper. Among the three additional bedrooms, one is currently used as a family room and another as a study that opens to a rear deck. All three rooms have closets and share a vintage hallway bathroom with a tiled walk-in shower, cast-iron tub and built-in vanity with twin medicine cabinets.
Outdoor space: The rear deck steps down to a partially paved backyard on the 0.14-acre property. The detached two-car garage was converted into a gym, with rubber-tile flooring. There is also a loft office space with a dormer window. The driveway is currently used for parking.
Taxes: $18,688 (estimated)
Contact: Sarah Pearson or Peter Kinnaird, Compass, 310-709-1699; compass.com
Charlottesville, Va. | $1.495 Million
A 1952 modernist house designed by Edward Durell Stone, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms
An orthopedic surgeon commissioned this house from Mr. Stone, the principal architect of Radio City Music Hall and an associate architect of the Museum of Modern Art. Known as Stone’s Throw, it occupies almost an acre in the Meadowbrook neighborhood, two miles northeast of the University of Virginia and two and a half miles northwest of downtown Charlottesville.
Size: 2,920 square feet
Price per square foot: $512
Indoors: The home’s second owners bought it in 2016 and modernized the kitchens, bathrooms and mechanical systems. They also replaced the roof and removed carpets throughout, installing new cork floors of the type originally laid down in the house.
A reception room with a wet bar to the left of the front door steps down to a living room with a white-brick fireplace wall and a partition with niches for the original radio and speakers, an updated sound system and a television. This space flows into the relocated and enlarged kitchen, which has sleek, white cabinets, a granite-topped island and a glass backsplash.
Beyond the kitchen is a wood-paneled library believed to have been added in the 1960s.
The master suite is behind the living room and has a fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling recessed storage cabinets and drawers. The en suite bathroom has slate floors, a separate tub and shower, and a water closet with a second sink. The tile pattern on the tub wall was adapted from the design of the concrete grille in front of the architect’s own New York City townhouse, at 130 E. 64th Street.
Two guest bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom, face each other across a central atrium.
Outdoor space: The street-facing side of this glass house is shrouded by trees and a latticelike brick wall, while the back is open to an expansive lawn with Japanese maples. The master suite has a private patio, and the atrium also lends itself to outdoor seating. The architect originally intended that a tree be planted in the center of the atrium, to grow above the roofline.
Taxes: $7,380 (2018)
Contact: Robert Headrick, Nest Realty Group, 434-242-8501; nestrealty.com
Austin, Tex. | $1.5 Million
A 1980 house with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and four decks
Designed by Alan Taniguchi, the former dean of the University of Texas School of Architecture, this hillside building is 14 miles northwest of downtown Austin by car. It overlooks Lake Austin, near the Emma Long Metropolitan Park, a municipal green space with hiking trails, campgrounds and water sports.
Size: 4,655 square feet
Price per square foot: $322
Indoors: Artist-designed mosaic tiles, laid out like a welcome mat in front of a longleaf-pine front door, flow into a long foyer. This hallway opens to a two-story great room with a central chimney and fireplace. The 420-square-foot living area is to the left; to the right is a dining area separated from an open kitchen by an L-shaped island with seating. The kitchen is attached to a walk-in pantry, with a powder room nearby. An eight-foot-wide deck wraps almost completely around the great room and includes a lookout area with window seats offering views of Lake Austin.
The main level is connected by staircases and an elevator to the floors above and below (which also have lookout areas). Downstairs is a master suite, with a fireplace, two patios, a 150-square-foot walk-in closet and a small utility room with a washer and dryer. The bedroom has an open bathroom area with a sunken tub. The shower and double vanity are hidden behind mirrored doors, and there is a separate water closet.
The upper level has two bedrooms that share a bathroom, and an apartment with a separate entrance, an efficiency kitchen and its own bathroom. The apartment connects to a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves.
Outdoor space: The 2.33-acre property has a waterfall and fishpond, as well as a nature trail designed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The attached three-car garage leads to a workroom and includes a storage loft.
Taxes: $18,773 (2018)
Contact: Erin Greer, Luisa Mauro Real Estate, 512-220-0565; lmauroatx.com