Chestertown, Maryland | $ 695,000
Built around 1750, this colonial home has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms on 0.1 acres of land.
Chestertown, on the eastern coast of Maryland, is a second home that is popular with residents of many cities on the Mid-Atlantic coast. This house, along with several other colonial houses, is one of the buildings that contributes to the historic district of the town. A few blocks from the Chester River, it is in a busy area with bookstores, luncheonets and taverns serving afternoon tea.
Washington, Philadelphia and Baltimore are about 90 minutes away. Wilmington, Delaware is about an hour’s drive.
size: 2,296 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 303
indoor: A white picket fence separates the property from the sidewalk, and a brick path winds through the front yard to the entrance.
The front door leads to a foyer with wide wooden hardwood floors. On the right is a cozy study with a built-in bookshelf and front-facing windows. On the left is a formal living room with a gas fireplace and original moldings. Molding continues into a formal dining room with a separate fireplace mounted on the wall of the panel and a brass chandelier.
The kitchen is on the back of the house, with stainless steel appliances and cabinets painted in timely green shades. Similar to the laundry room with plaid wallpaper, there is a pouch with a screen outside this space. There are also two bathrooms at this level. A powder room near the kitchen and a full bathroom at the far end of the foyer.
The stairs lead from the foyer to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms. The primary suite has a bedroom with shuttered windows and a bathroom with ceramic tile floors. The two rooms share a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The screened porch outside the kitchen is large enough to hold a dining table, and the brick terrace beyond it has more space for outdoor enjoyment. The circular brick patio in the middle of the front yard offers views of the accommodation’s irrigated gardens and other historic homes nearby. The single-family garage has one parking lot.
tax: $ 8,400 (estimated)
contact: Richard Keaveney, Cross Street Realtors, 410-708-6470; csrealtors.idxbroker.com
West Des Moines, Iowa | $ 699,000
Built in 1964, this mid-century modern home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 0.8 acres of land.
Curator Thomas Tibs came to Iowa in 1960 to serve as director of the Des Moines Art Center and was the driving force behind the construction of the 18,000-square-foot extension museum designed by architect IMPei. Tibbs designed the house himself, and the current owner, who bought it in early 2020, has been working on restoring and preserving the original details.
The property is adjacent to Brownswoods, a wildlife sanctuary with a promenade that runs through the woods and along the banks of the Raccoon River. Commuting to downtown Des Moines takes about 20 minutes. Des Moines International Airport is 9.6 km away.
size: 1,939 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 360
indoor: The house is off the street and has a concrete path leading to a blue double door leading to the front door.
The layout of the house is basically circular, with an open living area and kitchen on the left side of the entrance. Exposed beams refinished by the seller run across the ceiling of this space, with a Swedish wood-burning fireplace touching one wall. The far-off kitchen has a white quartz counter and Bosch appliances. The door between the living area and the kitchen faces an enclosed porch with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding forest.
A long pantry away from the kitchen gives you access to another space, the Sunroom, with views of the wooded grounds. At the end of this corridor is the main bedroom, which has a sliding glass door leading to the solarium and a private bathroom with two vanities and a deep soaking tub.
The two rooms are located outside the corridor to the right of the entrance. One has a bathroom with a terrazzo-style vanity counter. The other is now used as a home office and has its own bathroom.
Outdoor space: Mature trees surround the house and give you a sense of privacy. The nearby Brownswoods Reserve is easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The house has a garage of two cars, but the seller has added a single-family building to hold a collection of classic cars. There is a large art studio with white walls and concrete floors.
tax: $ 6,420 (estimated) and $ 50 monthly homeowner association fees
contact: Rhiannon Barbour, Realty ONE Group Impact, 859-486-7298; dsmmodern.com
East Sandwich, Massachusetts | $ 699,000
Built in 1996, this Cape Cod-style home has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on 0.5 acres of land.
The area around East Sandwich is about 10 minutes from the center of Sandwich, one of Cape Cod’s oldest towns. It is a 15-minute drive from three beaches, East Sandwich Beach, Springhill Beach and Town Neck Beach, in Cape Cod Bay. Two golf courses, Sandwich Hollows Golf Club and Ridge Club, and several YMCA campgrounds are nearby.
There is a stop and shop grocery store, a liquor store, a hardware store in the shopping center, about 5 minutes away, and there is also Lambert’s farm market, which sells fresh produce and baked goods. Provincetown and Boston are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away.
size: 1,657 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 422
indoor: The house is behind the lawn front yard and has a brick staircase to the front door.
To the right of the entrance is a living room with white siding and a gas fireplace, bordered by bricks and with a simple white mantel on top. Opposite the foyer is a bedroom that sellers use as an office, with a built-in desk, windows overlooking the front yard, and doors leading to the patio. There is a full bathroom outside this space.
The living room has a dining room with wide hardwood floors, followed by an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and gray tiled backsplash. Behind the kitchen is a sunny living room with sliding glass doors that open to the rear deck.
From the living room to the second floor, there is a staircase with a wooden railing. To the left of this level is a large master bedroom with windows facing the sides and backyard. There are two rooms opposite the hall. All three bedrooms share a bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower.
There is ample storage space in the basement, some of which is now being used to display the racetrack of the seller’s model.
Outdoor space: The wooden deck at the back is large enough to hold a sofa and table. Descend to a brick patio with a stone fire pit and room for chairs. The backyard over there is surrounded by a fence lined with flowering plants. The rubble shed is in the corner of the garden. The included garage, which houses three cars, is equipped with heating and air conditioning.
tax: $ 6,276 (estimated)
contact: Tori Harrison, Sotheby’s International Realty — Sandwich Broker, 508-455-7288; sothebysrealty.com