Orland, Maine | $ 1.25 million
A waterfront retreat dating back to 1905 with a six bedroom main house, three bedroom guest house and garage dating from 1995, and a craft studio on 76 acres
Built with clapboard, overhanging eaves, and massive stone fireplaces, this home has only had three owners for the past 115 years. The sellers bought the property 25 years ago, converted the garage into a craft studio that was used for quilting, and built a new garage and workshop with three parking spaces and guest rooms above.
The year-round complex is located in the middle of the Maine coast on Alamoosook Lake where it meets the Dead River, a few miles northeast of Penobscot Bay. It is approximately 23 miles south of Bangor and 17 miles north of Castine. Boston is 240 miles southwest.
Size: 3,466 square feet (in the main house)
Price per square foot: $ 361
Inside: The property is accessed via a private bridge that crosses the Dead River. The main house is near the lake and is centered around a 24-square-foot space with pendant lights that dangle from wooden beams. The fireplaces in the large room and in the master bedroom have been lined and have wooden inserts with a glass front.
The house also has five-zone oil-based heating. Tudor-style wood adorns the walls and ceilings in almost every room. The floors are made of original hardwood.
The great room opens on one side into an 11-foot living room with a small office attached. In the adjoining open kitchen there are custom-made wooden cabinets made of poured concrete, embedded in sea glass that the current owner has collected. The kitchen has the original oak refrigerator (which is now used as a pantry) as well as a modern unit.
Two bedrooms with vaulted ceilings – one with a stone fireplace – and a bathroom with a combined bathtub and shower are at the end of this wing.
On the opposite side of the great room is a sun porch that overlooks the water and serves as a dining area. The master suite opens to the veranda and includes a bedroom (with a stone stove), living room or bedroom, and a bathroom with birch-pattern wallpaper and subway tiles.
Two more bedrooms are on the second floor and a bathroom with shower. Both have wood paneling, but only one has an eyebrow window and is wonderfully pink.
At the foot of the guest house there is a garage with three parking spaces and a heated wood shop with a dust collection system. The upstairs apartment, accessible by indoor and outdoor stairs, has three bedrooms, a family room that could be fitted out with a kitchen and a bathroom and a half.
The studio building is 20 by 30 feet and has a bathroom with a shower.
Outside space: The wooded property has more than 3,500 feet of water frontage and is bordered by 4,500 acres of nature reserve. It comes with a boathouse and dock.
Taxes: $ 8,761
Contact: George MacLeod, Maine real estate agent, 207-944-8771; https://www.mainerealestatebrokerage.com/property/whispering-pines/
Houston | $ 1.25 million
A 2004 custom built three bedroom, three and a half bathroom home on 5,750 square feet with a swimming pool
This steel-framed brick house is located in the Montrose neighborhood, a few miles southwest of downtown. It was expanded five years ago with a large room by the pool, a new master suite on the second floor and a covered terrace on the third floor. The property is a few doors from the many commercial areas of Westheimer Road and about two miles north of the Museum District.
Size: 4,741 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 264
Inside: From the outside, the building appears to be a pair of townhouses that are located behind a gate in a well-tended courtyard. What is behind the front doors is a single living room with a 24-foot ceiling, Italian porcelain tile floors, walls made of reclaimed brick or plaster of paris drilled through with solid arched windows, and an iron staircase that leads to an open interior balcony.
Below the stairs is a wine cellar and bar. Beyond that is a dining room with an ornate half-timbered ceiling that continues to the right into an electric blue kitchen with steel cabinets, black granite countertops, and a chandelier made from a collection of silver spheres. Straight ahead, a large room has identical surfaces and a similarly designed wet bar. a biofuel-burning cocoon fireplace suspended from the intricate wooden ceiling; and 32 foot folding glass doors that lead to the pool area.
The current master suite is located above the large room. It has hardwood floors, floral sconces, spider pendant lights, and double doors that lead to a balcony overlooking the pool. A partition behind the headboard separates the area from the main bathroom, which includes a floating vanity with two porcelain sinks, a glass-enclosed shower with double shower heads, and a bathtub in the center of the marble floor. (The toilet has its own room.) The walk-in closet with window has built-in wardrobes and a roller ladder to reach ceiling shelves.
The former master suite has a balcony with a view of the street and an en suite bathroom with slate flooring and a separate shower and bathtub. The third bedroom has a rear-facing balcony and a bathroom with a combination bath and shower and a decorative mosaic tile band.
Outside space: The covered terrace on the third floor, overlooking the pool, has a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen and views of the downtown skyline. Bamboo lines the pool and a hot tub is attached to it. Parking is in a garage with two spaces at the front of the building.
Taxes: $ 24,579 (2019, excluding primary residence exemptions)
Contact: Karin Tennant, Greenwood King Properties, 713-320-5557; greenwoodking.com
Piermont, N.Y. | $ 1.275 million
An 1871 four bedroom, two bath home with views of the Hudson River on half an acre lot
Designed by McKim, Mead & White as the summer home for George Nelson Taylor, a piano company executive and great-great-grandfather of the current owner, this four-story clapboard house is a five-minute walk from Piermont village center. This Rockland County community is three miles south of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. It's named for its mile-long pier (a popular spot for strolling, especially during pandemic times) and the palisade cliffs that form its backdrop. The 687 acre Tallman Mountain State Park is just over a mile south of this residence.
Size: 2,900 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 440
Inside: On the ground floor there is a large foyer with a decorative fireplace and a staircase with a winding top railing and a large Palladian window. Paneled pocket doors open to a dining room and living room, both of which have wooden floors with decorative inlay, graceful moldings and fireplaces. (The living room fireplace contains a functional wood stove insert). The two rooms are also connected to each other and to the lower level of a two-story sun terrace that is not included in the area.
Next to the dining room is an eat-in kitchen with two walls of custom-made cabinets. French doors open to a large back yard deck at one end. A laundry room and back stairs are on the other side.
On the second floor, folding doors in two interconnected bedrooms open to a sun terrace above the one on the ground floor, creating a large suite. A third bedroom has a bay window. A fourth is a closet away from the shared bathroom that includes a paneling, vintage sink, and claw-foot tub with a shower head.
On the third floor there are two additional window rooms with cupboards and a storage room. The lower level has its own outside entrance and contains a 22-foot family room and a 12-by-9.5-foot office with walls that expose the stone and brick foundation. There is also a full bathroom and direct access to a two car garage.
Outside space: The large, raised veranda overlooks the river. The patio area has an 18 x 38 foot lap pool that needs renovation and a Japanese maple that was planted at the time the house was built.
Taxes: $ 23,237
Contact: Diane T. Smith, Ellis Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, 914-523-0004; ellissothebysrealty.com
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