Cincinnati | $425,000
A three-story Victorian built in 1886, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms
This house is in the historic neighborhood of Mount Adams, with views of downtown Cincinnati courtesy of a parking lot across the street that leaves the vista open. (Residents can also pay to park there.) The drive to the central business district is less than 10 minutes in moderate traffic; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is about 20 minutes away. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a regional theater in the 186-acre Eden Park, can be reached in five minutes on foot. A few more minutes takes you to the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Size: 2,115 square feet
Price per square foot: $201
Indoors: This home was a multifamily residence before the previous owners restored its single-family configuration. The current owners replaced much of the exterior siding, repainted the interiors, updated a second-floor bathroom and lightly remodeled the other three full bathrooms.
A foyer with an original leaded-glass transom and new ceramic-tile flooring leads to a combined living-and-dining room with hardwood floors and a decorative fireplace. A coat closet and full bathroom are off the dining area; the eat-in kitchen beyond has granite counters, a desk area and a pot rack hanging over a central island. Sliders open to a three-season sunroom.
Up a staircase painted to emphasize the original hardwood details, one finds two bedrooms on the second level. One has an en suite bathroom with marble floors and shower and a mirrored vanity; the other has an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, a niche with built-in bookshelves and a gas fireplace. A spiral staircase leads from this room to the third floor, where there are an additional bedroom and bathroom.
Outdoor space: The sunroom steps down to a fenced backyard with raised garden beds.
Contact: Melissa Gonzalez, Redfin, 513-718-2492; redfin.com
Marblehead, Mass. | $450,000
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium in a circa-1880 building with three units
This village home is in a neighborhood of art galleries, seafood restaurants, historic churches and maritime bustle, in a waterfront community of 20,000 just 17 miles north of Boston. Crocker Park, overlooking Marblehead Harbor, is two blocks away, and there are several beaches nearby.
Size: 1,322 square feet
Price per square foot: $340
Indoors: Entry to the second-floor unit is through the building’s front door and up a wide staircase, or by way of an external spiral staircase at the rear.
The dining room, with its restored pine-plank floors and double-sided chimney, steps up to a bright living room at one end and flows into an eat-in kitchen at the other. The kitchen, updated in the last two years, has custom cabinets, a glass-tile backsplash, marble countertops and a marble-tile floor.
Each of the two bedrooms has wide-board floors, high ceilings and a fireplace. They share a recently renovated hallway bathroom with a walk-in marble-tile shower.
All of the mechanical systems, as well as the roof, have been upgraded in the last five years. The exterior was painted less than a year ago.
Outdoor space: The kitchen and one of the bedrooms open to a spacious rear deck. Parking spaces for two cars are at the back of the property.
Taxes: $4,044 (estimated), plus a $175 monthly homeowner’s fee
Contact: Steven White, William Raveis Real Estate, 781-690-6433; raveis.com
Chapel Hill, N.C. | $439,000
A one-and-a-half-story house built in 2000, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms
This home is in a subdivision with a community swimming pool, tennis courts, a playground and a lake, on the western side of Chapel Hill, about six miles from the center of town. It is on a cul-de-sac near an elementary school.
Size: 2,389 square feet
Price per square foot: $184
Indoors: Improvements include new hardwood floors, interior paint and roof, as well as a recently upgraded HVAC system.
A great room with a vaulted ceiling anchors the main level, which includes a family room with a gas fireplace and informal eating area, and an open kitchen with white tile and cabinets. There is also a separate formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen and a room with French doors used as an office.
The first-floor master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower. An additional full bathroom on the main level is available for guests. A laundry room is near the entrance to the attached two-car garage.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a carpeted loft area with storage.
Outdoor space: The house has a large rocking-chair front porch and a rear deck off the kitchen. A short flight takes you down to the grassy, fenced backyard. The lot is 0.31 acres.
Taxes: $7,200, plus a $70 monthly homeowner’s fee
Contact: Lynne Zimmerman, RE/MAX Winning Edge, 919-883-7035; remax.com