New Bedford, Massachusetts | $ 299,000
An 1876 log cabin with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on 0.05 acre lot
New Bedford is a coastal town of about 95,000 that was a whaling capital in the 19th century. This home, in the historic downtown County Street district, offers easy access to shops, restaurants, bars, tea rooms and bakeries. New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, a 13-block neighborhood that commemorates the region’s maritime heritage, is less than a mile to the east. Just beyond is the Acushnet River, where ferry terminals serve Nantucket and other destinations. Buttonwood Park, a 97-acre park with a zoo, is less than a mile to the west.
Cut: 1124 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 266
Inside: The home has been recently modernized, with a new kitchen and bathrooms, vinyl flooring that resembles wood planks, and a layout that opens the main level from front to back. The fireplace now flows into the living room on either side of a fireplace which includes a rear facing wood-burning fireplace.
The open kitchen has been rebuilt at the other end, with white Shaker-style cabinetry, granite countertops, and a pair of industrial-style stainless steel pendant lights suspended above a peninsula with bar seating.
Beyond the kitchen is a bedroom with a large closet and a bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower, a marble dressing table and Moroccan patterned cement floor tiles.
The renovated upper floor is a skylight space that is partially divided by the fireplace. It extends from the front, where there is a distinctly large round window, to the rear, ending in a bathroom with a combined tub and shower and ceramic floor tiles.
Outdoor space: The new roof includes solar panels that generate income-generating electricity. A white picket fence is part of the enclosure of a side and back lawn. A driveway on the other side of the house parks two cars.
Taxes: $ 3,390 (2020)
Contact: Team ROSO, Re / Max Vantage, 508-951-4104; remax.com
Cincinnati | $ 299,900
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in a three-story brick building from 1890
At the turn of the 20th century, this building was a police station in what was then a German working-class neighborhood called Over-the-Rhine (as it was separated by a canal from downtown Cincinnati, just to the south). One hundred years later, the neighborhood erupted into protests after numerous cases of police brutality against its predominantly black community resulted in the shooting death in 2001 of an unarmed black teenager named Timothy Thomas. OTR, as the area is known, has since undergone a substantial redevelopment.
This property was converted to condos three years ago. It’s a block west of Vine Street, which has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars, and less than a mile northwest of Kroger on the Rhine, an 18 month old supermarket concept with a food court. West End Stadium, home of soon to be opening FC Cincinnati Football Club, is half a mile away.
Cut: 886 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 338
Inside: This unit is on the second floor. The loft-style living and dining space features a white painted brick exterior wall, hardwood floors, exposed duct and arched window (as well as a few rectangular ones). White cabinets with granite counters line one wall of the open kitchen. Stainless steel appliances include a wine refrigerator. A sliding barn door reveals a pantry.
Both bedrooms have hardwood floors, large closets, recessed lighting and ceiling fans. The black hexagonal tiling of the bathroom extends into the large glass-enclosed shower; the dark wood vanity top topped with granite resembles the kitchen island. A hallway closet contains a stacked washer and dryer. Additional storage is in the basement.
Outdoor space: The property is three blocks from Washington Park, which in a non-pandemic time offers public markets, live music, and outdoor fitness classes. There is dedicated street parking outside the building for residents who hold low cost permits.
Taxes: $ 1,496 per year (with abatements in effect until 2028); Homeowners Association dues: $ 270 per month
Contact: Johnson Real Estate Group, Cutler Real Estate, 513-240-2027; cutlerhomes.com
Winston-Salem, North Carolina | $ 250,000
A 1987 Cape Cod style home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, on 0.37 acre lot
This home is in the Harrison Estates subdivision, less than five miles west of downtown Winston-Salem, with its 330-acre Innovation District devoted to science and technology research, and Old Salem Museums & Gardens, a complex of historic sites celebrating the and cultural diversity of the Southern United States. Two local hospitals attract health professionals to the neighborhood. The University of Wake Forest is four miles to the north.
Cut: 1681 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 149
Inside: Formerly a two bedroom house, this house has been renovated by the vendors to create a third bedroom in an upper attic. The roof was replaced in 2014 and the furnace updated in 2019.
The living room has narrow plank hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a fireplace with gas logs. French doors open to a patio and a matching set in the adjacent dining area leads to a covered porch. The eat-in kitchen features white Shaker-style cabinetry, glass subway tiles, and ceramic floor tiles. A pantry is on either side of the entrance to the dining room.
The bedroom on the ground floor has fitted wardrobes, a double door closet and windows with folding shutters. It sits next to a bathroom that has been remodeled over the past decade with a glass enclosed shower and marble vanity table.
The second floor landing is on the mezzanine above the living room. Both bedrooms have hardwood floors and plenty of light; they share a bathroom with a claw-foot tub with hand-held sprayer. Bedroom # 3 has a skylight and a wall of shelving open to the ceiling.
Outdoor space: The patio is paved with bricks and the covered back porch has a lattice wall. Both overlook a large fenced backyard dotted with tall trees.
Taxes: $ 2,642 (2020)
Contact: Chase Arredondo, Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, 336-865-1505; lrbrealestate.com
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