Waverly, Pa. | $1.3 Million
A 1973 house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, with an addition by the architect Peter Q. Bohlin
This wood-and-glass house is built on the fieldstone foundation of an old barn in a village that is 10 miles north of Scranton, Pa., and two and a half hours northwest of New York City. It sits on 26 rolling acres surrounded by mature trees and the poetic remains of farm outbuildings. Mr. Bohlin, who may be best known for designing Apple’s minimalist stores, designed an addition to the property in 1990.
Size: 5,108 square feet
Price per square foot: $255
Indoors: The building, with its gray-stained wood siding and large, square windows (often framed in cherry red inside the home), is long but not linear. Sawtooth columns of glass edge the brick-paved foyer. On one side is a living room with a fieldstone chimney that soars to the double-height ceiling. On the other side is a formal dining room with a long built-in credenza and verdant views.
The adjacent eat-in kitchen has white cabinets and appliances, butcher-block countertops and linoleum floors. Passing through the kitchen, you reach the skylighted addition that the owners use as a study. Beams taken from an arbor that was dismantled to create the addition are interlaced below the ceiling, and a second fieldstone fireplace occupies the end of the space.
Upstairs, the master bedroom overlooks the living room. It is edged by a waist-high zigzag wall with built-in storage, and has wide, treetop views. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a bathroom faced in slabs of Vermont slate.
A sitting room that overlooks the foyer has interior shutters that can be closed for privacy. This floor also has three guest bedrooms that share a bathroom.
Outdoor space: Partially covered stone patios are in front and back. A long arbor extends from the attached two-car garage. (Grapevines were once planted there, but did not take.)
Contact: Adam Davis, Classic Properties, 570-241-7635; classicproperties.com
Long Beach, Calif. | $1.299 Million
A two-family house built in 1936, with two bedrooms and one bathroom on each of two floors
This home is in the Belmont Shore neighborhood, below East Second Street, a shopping district with boutiques and restaurants densely lining streets with a tree-studded median. The beach is four blocks away.
Size: 2,312 square feet
Price per square foot: $562
Indoors: The current owners, who bought the house in 2002 and did some renovations soon after, have used it as a single-family dwelling, but it was designed for two families. The layouts are identical, with each floor opening into a large living room that flows into a dining area and takes a right into a square kitchen with an adjacent laundry room. A short hallway leads from the dining area to a pair of small bedrooms that share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower. Most of the floors are the original oak; the kitchen has linoleum floors and tile walls and countertops.
Some differences: The first-floor living and dining rooms are lined with display shelves, and the living room has a built-in daybed with storage compartments. The second-floor kitchen includes a Wolf range. You’ll find a bright-green bedroom below and an acid-yellow bathroom above. The two units are connected by a staircase, but a wall could be built, creating privacy. The units have separate gas and water meters.
Outdoor space: French doors in the lower living room open to a covered front porch. The units share a rear patio, and each has access to a one-car garage. The lot is 0.07 acres.
Taxes: $4,785 (2018, based on an assessment of $366,591)
Contact: David Melford, Compass, 626-705-0637; compass.com
Bozeman, Mont. | $1.295 Million
A house built in 1880, with four bedroom and three bathrooms
This house is in the South Tracy-South Black Avenue Historic District, three blocks from the heart of Main Street. It was built for a businessman and his family who used it as a town home in winter, relocating to their rural ranch in summer. The most recent renovations were completed in 2017.
Size: 2,310 square feet
Price per square foot: $561
Indoors: The main level has 11-foot ceilings and solid white-oak floorboards with hemlock baseboard trim. New windows and doors fill the original frames, and custom wrought-iron spindles match the existing metalwork on the staircase.
The modernized interior includes a living room with a gas fireplace that flows into a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. A separate formal dining room has a bay window.
The two bedrooms on the main floor include a master with a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with double sinks, a tub and a large tiled shower. The guest room on this level has built-in cabinets and access to a hallway bathroom.
Two bedrooms and one bathroom are on the second floor. One bedroom has a closet fashioned from materials from the original kitchen pantry.
The cellar, which is a fine place to store wine, has an exposed stone foundation finished with original Douglas fir framing timbers. It is reached by steps descending from an exterior deck, or by ladder from the main-floor laundry room.
Outdoor space: French doors in the bedroom open to the backyard. The 0.19-acre property is planted with lilacs and has room for an accessory dwelling unit.
Taxes: $3,997 (2018, based on an assessment of $424,500)
Contact: Jackie Miller, PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate, 406-539-5003; purewestrealestate.com