Galveston, Texas | $649,500
A Victorian-era house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, an in-ground pool and a guest cottage with a garage, on 0.18 acres
This circa-1886 house is in the Lost Bayou Historic District, less than a half-mile from Gulf of Mexico beaches. It faces a quiet residential street and has a white picket fence and period gas lamps in the front yard. A commercial district, with shops and restaurants, is on Broadway Avenue, about a mile away. Houston is a little more than 50 miles northwest.
Size: 3,096 square feet
Price per square foot: $210
Indoors: Protective storm doors are tucked in front of the home’s etched-glass front door. (A plaque on the top step indicates the high-water mark from Hurricane Ike in 2008.) In the foyer, the flooring is East Texas pine, the moldings are mahogany and the staircase is walnut.
To the left of the entry is a front parlor with bay windows and a gas fireplace with tiles thought to be etched to resemble slate. To the right is a formal dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows. A center hall with a half bathroom leads to a den that flows into the kitchen.
The kitchen has its original deep double sink, resurfaced copper countertops and a working 1938 Chambers stove; the new refrigerator has an Art Deco case to match. Along one wall is a nearly 11-foot-tall display cabinet with glass doors.
A door off the kitchen leads to a two-story wraparound porch that is partially screened.
Upstairs, the pale pink master bedroom has sliding pocket doors opening to a dressing room and en suite bathroom with a soaking tub, a vanity with double sinks and a walk-in, glass-walled shower.
There are three additional bedrooms on this floor, one with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony. These bedrooms share a bathroom with a claw-foot tub and pedestal sink.
Outdoor space: The front yard has a small lawn, flower beds and palm trees. In the backyard is a kidney-shaped pool surrounded by a brick patio and lush vegetation, as well as a two-story guest cottage with an efficiency unit and bathroom upstairs and a one-car garage below.
Contact: David Bowers, the House Company, 409-763-1800; thehousecompany.com
Eugene, Ore. | $649,000
A two-story house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, built in 2015 on 0.14 acres
This house, with its dramatic sloped roof and fiber-cement siding, sits on Gillespie Butte, surrounded by evergreen and oak trees. It is about four miles from downtown Eugene, which has a vibrant arts and dining scene, and is home to the 22,000-student University of Oregon campus.
Size: 2,295 square feet
Price per square foot: $283
Indoors: A street level wooden walkway leads to the home’s entrance, on an L-shaped deck with custom-made steel railings. The open living, dining and kitchen area has wide-plank oak floors, a soaring ceiling and clerestory windows with city views. A wood wall unit contains a bioethanol fireplace and flat-screen television.
The kitchen has KitchenAid appliances, Caesarstone quartz countertops and an island with a breakfast bar.
A hallway off the kitchen leads to a master bedroom with large windows on two sides, a wall-mounted bioethanol fireplace and a walk-in closet with a built-in shelf organizer. The en suite bathroom has heated slate floors and towel racks, a walk-in, glass-walled shower and a double vanity with wooden cabinets and soft-close drawers. This floor also has a powder room and a laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer and built-in shelves.
Downstairs, there are three bedrooms. One has checkerboard Flor tiles, a kitchenette with a refrigerator and a wall-mounted exercise bar. A sliding barn door opens to an en suite bathroom with a metal soaking tub, a slate-tile walk-in shower and a vanity with an opaque glass-bowl sink. This bathroom is shared by the two guest bedrooms, which have access through a hallway door.
An attached two-car garage is on the lower level, as well.
Outdoor space: The L-shaped deck on the main level offers city views. The backyard has natural landscaping that requires minimal upkeep. There are bike and hiking trails nearby and valet bicycle parking at many venues downtown.
Contact: Randal or Cindy Whipple, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 541-684-0065; whipplehomes.com
Lyme, Conn. | $649,000
A 19th-century colonial house with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and a 2017 building across the road with a garage and loft space, on about three acres
This yellow clapboard house, known as Tidewaters Edge, has had three additions in the last century or so. It sits on Whalebone Cove, on a rural estuary of the Connecticut River. The property is about a mile from the village of Hadlyme, which has a post office and a popular country market. A nearby passenger-and-car ferry offers seasonal service to the town of Chester on the western side of the river. New Haven is about 44 miles west and New London 21 miles east.
Size: 2,152 square feet (main house); 1,140 square feet (second building)
Price per square foot: $197
Indoors: To the left of the entrance, in the oldest part of the house, is a small library with bookshelves and a staircase to the first floor. To the right is a den with a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a pale-blue guest bedroom and hallway bathroom.
The living room is upstairs. It has a vaulted ceiling, a large fieldstone fireplace and windows that offer views of the cove.
The adjacent kitchen has been updated with stainless-steel KitchenAid appliances and cherry cabinets made by a local cabinetmaker. The countertops are leathered marble, and the island counter is Vermont wormy butternut. French doors open to a small balcony with stairs descending to a granite patio.
The carpeted master bedroom has a gently sloping ceiling, an exposed-brick chimney column and windows with a built-in window seat offering hillside views. The en suite bathroom has a louvered vanity and a tiled walk-in shower. In the hallway is a half bathroom and laundry room with a washer and dryer.
Wide-board oak and chestnut floors, with a combination of original and reclaimed boards, are found throughout the home.
The property also includes a post-and-beam building across the road that replaced a 1940s structure that burned down. It has a two-car garage and workshop on the street level. A Dutch door leads to an ipe deck facing the cove. The upper level is an open space that could be used as a three-season studio, exercise room or guest quarters.
Outdoor space: The backyard has oak and maple trees and a small potter’s shed with space for wood storage. One of many woodland paths leads to a pool (not currently in use). The property borders Nature Conservancy land and is a 20-minute walk from Gillette Castle State Park, the site of a medieval-style mansion.
Taxes: $6,223 (based on a tax assessment of $309,700)
Contact: Allyson Cotton, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-227-6016; williampitt.com