Maplewood, N.J. | $525,000
A 1929 Sears kit house with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.11-acre lot
This home is the Tudor Revival-style Barrington model that Sears, Roebuck and Company sold in the late 1920s, starting at $2,329, and shipped in 30,000 precut and numbered parts, ready for assembly.
It is a little more than a mile east of downtown Maplewood (the part with the park, library, post office, movie theater and train station with service to New York City) and three blocks from a jitney that will take you there if you don’t feel like driving or walking. Newark Liberty International Airport is less than 20 minutes southeast. The roof and all the windows were replaced in 2005; a new oil-burning furnace was installed in 2014; and the exterior and garage were painted in 2015.
Size: 1,452 square feet
Price per square foot: $362
Indoors: Turning right from the foyer, you enter an oak-floored living room with a white-painted brick wood-burning fireplace at one end, flanked by open shelves. A door next to the staircase leads to a kitchen that was renovated in 2011 with wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a colorful, tiled backsplash. An alcove originally designed as a breakfast nook is used as a study and could be converted into a half bathroom. The kitchen also connects to a formal dining room off the living room.
Three bedrooms and the home’s only bathroom are off an upstairs hallway. The 155-square-foot room described as the master is at the front of the house. The bedroom next to it includes a windowed walk-in closet under the gable. The bathroom, updated in 2011, has walls clad in aqua tile and a combined tub and shower.
The finished basement space was used as a screening room by a previous owner.
Outdoor space: The front walkway and driveway were replaced in 2017. The backyard lawn is fenced. Parking is in a detached two-car garage.
Taxes: $13,904 (2019)
Contact: Katherine Elliott, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 646-662-6655; coldwellbankerhomes.com
Freeport, Maine | $524,900
An 1890 farmhouse with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 1.15-acre lot
This property is in an area of woods, ponds and fields dotted with old farmhouses, two miles south of the center of Freeport, with its historic buildings and outlet stores. (The town of about 8,000 is perhaps best known as the home of L.L. Bean.) The freeway leading to the central business district runs less than a mile west, and the mouth of the Harraseeket River, which empties into the Casco Bay, is the same distance northeast. The more-than-200-acre Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is on a peninsula five minutes east. Boston is about two hours south.
Size: 2,779 square feet
Price per square foot: $189
Indoors: The current owners bought the house two years ago and gutted an attached barn, incorporating a master suite. They also renovated the kitchen, upgraded the home’s heating system and installed new lighting throughout.
The main floor has been reconfigured with an open plan. Turning right from the entrance takes you into a living room with wood floors (a feature of almost every room on this level) and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a Jotul wood-burning insert.
Turning left, through a wide entryway, leads you to the dining room, which has a spherical metal ceiling fixture. A glass door at the end of the living room leads to a screened-porch addition with an open-beamed wood ceiling.
Off the dining room is a tin-ceilinged kitchen that includes raised-panel wood cabinets and a central island with granite countertops. Beyond is a family room with a kitchenette with granite-topped cabinetry. Initially designed for a possible rental unit (there is a full bathroom to the side), the kitchenette has been recently used as a coffee bar. Past this space is a tiled mudroom with a wood wainscot and a rear exterior door.
This family room leads into the renovated barn, starting with a carpeted sitting room with a timber ceiling. An additional room serves as an office.
A rear staircase leads up to the new master suite, which includes a bedroom with wide-board floors, whitewashed paneling and a vaulted ceiling; the master bathroom has a large walk-in shower with a pebble floor and an arabesque pattern inset into white subway wall tile.
Three additional second-floor bedrooms have angled ceilings, skylights and carpeting. They share a hall bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: Apple trees and raspberry bushes grow in the partially fenced yard. Up to 10 cars can park on the property.
Taxes: $5,312 (2019)
Contact: Tiffany Thompson Converse, Shoreland Real Estate, 207-249-8445; shoreland-realestate.com
Nashville | $550,000
A 1910 wood-sided house with Victorian details, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.23-acre lot
This house was designed by Hugh Cathcart Thompson, the architect of the 1892 Union Gospel Tabernacle, which later became the Ryman Auditorium and was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. It is in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville, about three miles from downtown. The Lockeland Design Center elementary school is a half-block to the east, and the Urban Cowboy Hotel is the same distance to the west.
Size: 2,832 square feet
Price per square foot: $194
Indoors: The owners are musicians who bought the property in 2004 from a luthier who worked for Gibson and had a shop in the basement. He used scrap wood from the instruments as flooring in a room off the kitchen.
The front door, set in a rocking-chair porch, opens to a parlor with wood floors, a decorative-tile fireplace that originally burned coal and a spiral staircase descending to the basement.
Straight ahead is the kitchen, last renovated in the 1990s; it has tile floors, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a peninsula with seating. A step takes you down to a breakfast area with two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and the aforementioned scrap-wood floor. A glass door opens to a rear deck.
To the left of the front door and continuing to the back of the house is a parallel series of rooms connected by large doorways with transom lights. These include a pair of sitting rooms or bedrooms with tiled fireplaces (the rear room has a large bay looking out to a side yard), a bathroom with a blue-painted wainscot and a claw-foot tub and, finally, a bedroom with a loft.
The basement — which was carved out many decades after the original construction — has exposed limestone foundation walls and runs the length of the building. A full bathroom, kitchenette and private entrance make it a possible rental unit.
Outdoor space: The backyard is enclosed by a six-foot-high fence. The lot is unusually deep for the neighborhood; parking is in a separate two-car garage at the back, with alley access.
Contact: Mark Nash, Parks Real Estate, 615-479-7458; marknash.parksathome.com