Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania | $ 319,900
A mid-century A-frame three bedroom, one bathroom vacation home on 0.46 acre lot in a seaside community
The owner of a real estate investment company bought this house in the Pocono Mountains, restored it and furnished it to remind of the summer of 1969, the year it was built. For an additional $ 12,500, he sells it with its camp-style furnishings, right down to the martini glasses, birch bark lamps, battleship board game, and Adirondack chairs around the fire pit.
Residents have access to the amenities of nearby Lake Naomi and its club, including seven beaches, a golf course, tennis courts, recreation center, and swimming pool (membership fees apply). The municipality of Pocono Pines (approx. 1400 inhabitants) offers a restaurant, a gas station, an inn, a market and other services. New York City is about 100 miles southeast; Philadelphia is roughly equidistant to the south.
Size: 1,095 square feet
Price per square meter: $ 292
Inside: The seven inch wide plank floors throughout the house are replacements, but the wallcovering is original. And while the bathroom has been thoroughly modernized (the original steel shower now has subway tiles and glass walls), the vintage flooring in the adjoining sauna remains. The central wood-burning stone fireplace is a legacy; the paint inside and out is fresh. Existing kitchen cabinets have been painted green and covered in quartz, and retro hardware has been added. The kitchen appliances come from Summit, a company that specializes in tight spaces. A stacked washer and dryer were added to a downstairs wardrobe.
Several features – including the “Lake Naomi Summer of 69” sign on the front and the birch bark mirror above the bathroom sink – were individually ordered by craftsmen on Etsy.
Two small bedrooms and the bathroom are on the ground floor, next to the kitchen. Upstairs is a loft big enough for a queen-size bed and desk (with or without the special Rolling Stone edition dedicated to the Grateful Dead).
The original blueprints are enclosed with the accommodation.
Outside space: The house is surrounded by forest and has a wide terrace at the front and the stone-lined fireplace at the back. In addition to the 277-acre Lake Naomi, residents have access to a 13-acre lake with a beach that borders the property.
Steer: $ 3,772 (2020 based on a $ 150,460 tax bill) plus an annual community living fee of $ 816 excluding club dues.
Contact: Andie Gerhard, Dembinski Realty Company, 570-646-7463; Cabinhomes.com
Chattanooga, Tennessee | $ 315,000
A three bedroom, two bathroom, hardwood and clapboard house built in 1950 on half an acre lot
Located in the Stuart Heights neighborhood, about five miles north of downtown Chattanooga, this one-story home with a garage on the lower level is surrounded by properties dating from the 1930s to 1950s that often attract young families. It's a mile and a half from Rivermont Park, on the Tennessee River, which has a baseball field and tennis club, and about four miles north of the waterfront Coolidge Park, with its carousel and nearby playground, shops, and restaurants.
Size: 1,812 square feet
Price per square meter: $ 174
Inside: The house has recently been repainted inside and out (the exterior used to be a dull yellow). A door in a rocking chair porch opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and a picture window. The adjoining dining room includes white-painted paneling with moldings, gray walls and a teardrop-shaped crystal chandelier. Refurbished by a previous owner, the kitchen features hardwood cabinets with laminate countertops and stainless steel appliances. French doors from the kitchen open to a study.
A rear extension, built sometime in the past, includes a master one bedroom suite with two large closets and a private bathroom with a white vanity and closet and a bath and shower combo. The bedroom leads to a terrace which is also accessible from the kitchen.
Two other bedrooms share a bathroom down the hall with a shower over the bath. A washer and dryer are in a closet on the ground floor and there are connections in the basement as well.
Outside space: The property has paths that wind through ground cover and mature trees including maples. There is a playhouse for children and a fire pit for adults.
Steer: $ 2,067 (2020 based on a $ 41,000 tax bill)
Contact: Rachel Bettis, 35 South Real Estate and Design, 423-458-2402; homesweetchatt.com
Providence, R. I. | $ 319,000
A two bedroom, two bathroom condominium in an 1890 building on 0.07 acre lot
Located on the second floor of a turn-of-the-twentieth century building in the West End, this apartment underwent a major renovation after a fire 18 months ago. All fixtures, surfaces and systems are new. The realtor estimates that the house is only a few minutes' walk from "around 50 bars and restaurants". Next to the apartment there is a park next to a historic armory building with a playground, dog park and Thursday evening farmers' market. The Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design campuses are 1 mile away.
Size: 965 square meters
Price per square meter: $ 331
Inside: All three units in the building have new windows, Brazilian cherry parquet floors, and heating and air conditioning splits. The front door to this unit opens into a large room with a living area that contains a double-width closet with a washer and dryer on the left and a kitchen with a dining alcove with a window on the right. The corner kitchen is wrapped in white cabinets with stainless steel appliances and has a breakfast bar.
The master bedroom has a spacious wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with a large glass-enclosed shower and a white marble-topped vanity. The second bedroom has the use of a guest toilet with the same finishes and fittings, but a smaller shower.
Outside space: A large, shared terrace with barbecue and garden furniture is behind the house. The unit has off-street parking.
Steer: $ 2,500 estimated, plus $ 325 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: John Risica, William Raveis Chapman Enstone, 401-439-3634; stwmls.mlsmatrix.com
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