What $800,000 Buys You in Michigan, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia

What $800,000 Buys You in Michigan, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia

This house is one of the oldest in Bloomfield Village, a one square mile suburb of Bloomfield Township that was founded in the 1920s. The sellers have spent the past four years renovating the house, upgrading the bathrooms, and adding new appliances to the kitchen, keeping the original facade and red brick interior.

The Cranbrook House and Gardens, designed by Albert Kahn in 1908, is about half a mile away, as is the Saarinen-designed Cranbrook Art Museum, which is also home to the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Detroit is about half an hour away by car; Ann Arbor is a 45-minute drive away.

Size: 2,708 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 295

Inside: The house is set back from the road with a winding path that cuts through the front yard. Under a classic Colonial Revival gable, the front door opens to an entrance with its original 1920s tiles and patterned wallpaper.

A second door with an original crystal door handle leads into the foyer. To the left is a formal living room with windows to the front and side courtyards. To the right is a formal dining room with more windows and a crystal chandelier.

A butler pantry and a built-in breakfast nook with black and white floors connect the dining room with the kitchen with Wolf range and white lacquered built-in cupboards. Next to the kitchen is a family room with a brick fireplace in the corner, a bay window and doors to the back yard. Also on this level there is a hall closet and half a bathroom.

A wide wooden staircase leads to the second floor, which has an open platform with a view of the foyer. To the right is the master suite: the master bedroom has a deep wardrobe and the bathroom, updated during the recent renovation, has a glass-enclosed frameless shower and double vanity.

Across the hall are two guest bedrooms, each large enough for a queen bed and one with built-in bookshelves. In between there is a modernized bathroom with a pedestal washbasin and Art Deco-inspired lighting.

The basement is finished, with a laundry room and half a bathroom.

Outside space: The property is nearly an acre, with mature landscaping and neat rows of hedges that wrap around the house. The attached garage has space for two cars.

Steer: $ 14,004 estimated plus a monthly community fee of $ 23

Contact: Brandon Curry, Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, 313-303-7263; sothebysrealty.com

Lumberville is a quaint village on the Delaware River about 20 minutes from New Hope, Pennsylvania. Much of the main street is part of the Lumberville Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The two main hotspots are the general store, where residents can have lunch and pick up their mail, and the Black Bass Hotel, built in 1745 and restored in the late 2000s.

Outdoor activities in the area are largely centered around the river, which is lined with hiking and biking trails and dotted with bridges connecting Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Many of the homes are locally owned, though its proximity to Philadelphia (about an hour away) and New York City (about two hours) make the area attractive to second home buyers.

Size: 2,081 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 384

Inside: This home is on one of the main streets of Lumberville, separated from the street by a white picket fence. The main entrance, flanked by flowering bushes, leads to a sunny living room with parquet floors, built-in bookshelves and a wood-burning fireplace. One of the best features of the home is the abundance of river views – here through two large windows overlooking the water.

The parquet floors go into a dining room with light blue walls over white paneling. The peach-colored kitchen that adjoins this room also has an outside entrance. On one side of the kitchen there is a guest toilet and stairs to the second floor.

At the top of the stairs is one of the three cozy bedrooms on this level with sloping ceilings and wooden floors. The en-suite bathroom has a shower cubicle and a window at the foot of one of the low walls.

Next door is a guest room with a ceiling fan and space for a large bed; Across the hall is a third bedroom that is currently used as a study. These bedrooms share a bathroom with coral tiles and a wooden vanity.

Stairs between the kitchen and dining room lead to the lowest level, which has its own entrance from the back porch. It was used as a study by the seller and has a fireplace with a river rock and wooden ledge and plenty of space for bookshelves and a desk. A full bathroom and laundry room are also on this level.

Outside space: The screened-in porch is large enough to serve as an al fresco dining area when the weather is nice, and is an ideal spot to take in views of the river and New Jersey parkland across the water. The large back yard is slightly inclined and there is a driveway for three cars at street level.

Steer: $ 7,080 (estimated)

Contact: Louise Williamson, Keller Williams, Bucks County Central, 215-262-0077; louisewilliamson.kw.com

This condominium is located in a brick complex in a block of flats in the Petworth neighborhood, surrounded by a mix of apartment buildings, townhouses, and single-family homes. It's just blocks from Georgia Avenue, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. A park and community center with playground and indoor fitness center is less than half a mile away; A section of Rock Creek Park, a tennis complex that includes a stadium and smaller indoor and outdoor courts, is a five-minute drive away. The Georgia Avenue-Petworth subway station is about a mile and a half away, with trains taking commuters to downtown in about 15 minutes.

Size: 2,330 square meters

Price per square meter: $ 343

Inside: The entrance is behind a low fence on a staircase that goes up a flight of stairs from street level.

The open plan living area on the main level has hardwood floors, high ceilings with recessed lighting, and large windows with views of the neighborhood. Behind an area intended for a dining table is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar with a granite top, as well as a family room with a fireplace, balcony and space for a second table.

Half a bathroom off the kitchen; Opposite is a staircase to the second floor of the unit, the top floor of the building. To the right of the landing is the spacious master suite with a walk-in closet and a window niche that could accommodate a desk or chaise longue. The bathroom has two vanities with basin-style sinks and a large walk-in shower.

There are also two guest rooms on this level, each with its own bathroom. One of the bathrooms has a tiled shower and pedestal washbasin; the other has a combination bath and shower. A closet off the hall holds a washer and dryer.

Outside space: The small balcony in front of the family room could hold a coffee table and two chairs and offers a view of the neighborhood's mostly low roofs. This unit has parking space on a fenced lot; an additional space can be rented.

Steer: $ 5,460 estimated plus a monthly community fee of $ 260

Contact: Donna Mank and Matt Olin, Mank & Olin, Compass, 202-386-6330; kompass.com

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