Columbus, Ohio | $385,000
An 1880 brick house with one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms
This real estate agent-owned house is in German Village, a historic district known for its red-brick architecture. The one-and-a-half-story building, which faces an alley, is walking distance from Lindey’s, a popular restaurant and bar, and three blocks from Frank Fetch Park, a pocket park where mini concerts are held. Downtown Columbus is about two miles north.
Size: 1,088 square feet
Price per square foot: $354
Indoors: From the front, the house, with its white picket fence, looks deceptively small, but one enters into a living room with ceilings almost 10 feet high (and a decorative fireplace). This room flows into a central area used as a dining room, with a staircase rising along an exposed-brick wall. The final room is a kitchen with white cabinets, granite countertops and an adjacent half bathroom.
To the right of the upstairs landing is a bedroom with exposed brick, closets tucked under the roof eaves and Amish cabinets installed by the current owners. To the left of the landing is a peak-ceilinged bathroom with a marble-clad combined tub and shower. The bathroom leads to a bonus room that could be used as a guest room, study or nursery.
Outdoor space: The 0.06-acre property includes a side deck and a trio of raised garden beds for vegetables, herbs and flowering plants. Parking is available in a brick-paved driveway.
Taxes: $5,914 (2017)
Contact: Nicholas Weitzel, HERRealtors, 614-273-6070; herrealtors.com
Golden, Colo. | $390,000
An A-frame mountain house with two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms
This house is in Coal Creek Canyon, about 20 miles southwest of Boulder and 11 miles from Nederland, the site of an annual festival known as Frozen Dead Guy Days, which has paid homage to a cryogenically preserved member of the community (long story) since 2002. The altitude is just under 9,000 feet.
Size: 1,400 square feet
Price per square foot: $279
Indoors: A family with four children used this home as their primary residence for decades. The main level is carpeted and includes a great room with a gas fireplace set in a wood-paneled wall. Shelves are created from slanted floor-to-ceiling wood boards, and the open kitchen has stone floors, hickory cabinets, Corian countertops and a Viking range. There is also a bathroom with a shower on this level.
Up the spiral staircase is a master bedroom with a large walk-in closet and an en suite half bathroom. A small guest room is also upstairs.
Outdoor space: A balcony off the master bedroom leads up to a rooftop deck with views of the Continental Divide. The 0.89-acre property is level, with a two-car garage and a storage shed.
Taxes: $1,105 (2018)
Contact: Janet Ingvaldsen or Kathy Keating, Mock Realty Company, 720-600-9006; coloproperty.com
Pine Plains, N.Y. | $395,000
A one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on an island
This wood cottage was constructed in 2010 on an island in Twin Island Lake, about four miles east of the Taconic Parkway in Dutchess County, N.Y. The only building on the island, it is 350 feet from shore and comes with a small roadside parcel with a studio building. The studio is a mile and a half from the village of Pine Plains, which has a grocery store, bookstore, liquor store and restaurants. The George Washington Bridge is about 100 miles south.
Size: 722 square feet
Price per square foot: $547
Indoors: The well-insulated cottage has wood floors, paneled walls, electric heating, well water and a septic system. The main floor consists of a great room with an open kitchen area ready to be fitted out with appliances. (There is currently a small refrigerator and a microwave oven.) The bathroom on this level has a shower. The single bedroom fills out the second level, under a gabled roof. Cellphone service is available.
Outdoor space: Though the island is 2.6 acres, only about an acre is above the lake surface; a dock or other structures could be built into the submerged portion. The house sits 20 feet above the lake. Small porches extend from the front and back doors, and there is an outdoor shower that runs hot and cold water.
The roadside studio has glass doors and cement floors. The property also comes with three kayaks, a rowboat and a battery-operated pontoon.
Contact: Eliane Abramoff, Gary DiMauro Real Estate, 917-608-2680; garydimauro.com