New Orleans | $749,000
An 1836 house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on 0.07 acres
This two-story house with plantation shutters and a wrought-iron balcony is in the Marigny neighborhood, three blocks east of the music clubs on Frenchmen Street. Walk another block west, and you’re in the French Quarter. Built as a single-family home for Jean Baptiste Lamothe, a goldsmith and jeweler who died in 1874, the concrete-and-brick house was eventually turned into a duplex. It was restored to its original configuration in 1994, and renovated over the last two decades with a new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a rebuilt front wall and a new balcony. Buyers may opt to purchase the furniture.
Size: 1,920 square feet
Price per square foot: $390
Indoors: The front door opens into a 14-foot-wide living room with stained concrete floors (found throughout the lower level) and a wall of exposed brick with a decorative fireplace.
The kitchen follows, shotgun style, with wood cabinets wrapping around a corner, next to a second decorative fireplace, and with space in the center for a table or island. The following room could be used for dining. Finally, there is a study that opens to a rear vestibule leading to the backyard or upstairs, and a bathroom with a shower.
The main bedroom is at the front of the house and holds double sets of French doors that open to the upstairs balcony overlooking Mandeville Street. Like the main level, it has brick walls and a decorative fireplace, but the flooring is hardwood. Pocket doors open to a sitting room with a pair of closets. The bathroom is along a corridor beyond that and has ceramic floor and wall tile, a walk-in shower, and a washer and dryer. The second bedroom is at the rear.
Outdoor space: The 155-foot-long lot is unusually deep for the neighborhood. The backyard is fenced and paved, with plantings along the perimeter and a koi pond. The property has no off-street parking.
Taxes: $7,688 (estimated, with homestead exemption)
Contact: Kara Breithaupt, Snap Realty, 504-444-6400; search.snaprealtynola.com
Washington | $737,500
A condominium with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, in an 1897 Gothic Revival church converted in 2016
This home is in the Stanton Park neighborhood in the Capitol Hill Historic District, between two lively business areas: the H Street Corridor, four blocks north, and Eastern Market, a 146-year-old gathering place for food vendors and artists, six blocks south. Barracks Row, another historic area that has been renovated as a commercial strip, is also close by.
Size: 1,037 square feet
Price per square foot: $711
Indoors: This second-floor unit has exposed-brick walls, high ceilings and restored stained-glass windows. It is on the second floor, reached by a grand central staircase or an elevator.
An entrance hallway leads to a living room with hardwood floors, a wall of windows and a kitchen separated by a marble-top breakfast bar at one end. The hallway takes you past a bedroom on your left, which has a coffered wall, a high interior window admitting light from the living room, and an en suite bathroom with white subway tile and a combined tub and shower.
The master suite is on the other side of the unit. It has a bedroom with two arched stained-glass windows and two walls of brick, one with a shallow niche for a bureau. The master bathroom has double sinks and a walk-in glass shower. The walk-in master closet is organized with built-in drawers and cubbies.
A half bathroom is off the living room, and there is also a closet with a stacked washing machine and dryer.
Outdoor space: Lincoln Park, the largest park on Capitol Hill, is about four blocks southeast. Kingsman Field dog park is about the same distance northeast.
Taxes: $4,924, plus a $391 monthly homeowner’s fee
Contact: Michael Lederman, Compass, 703-346-0455; compass.com
Copake Falls, N.Y. | $699,000
A clapboard farmhouse with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, on six acres
This Columbia County home was built in the 1890s and operated as an inn and working farm from the late 1920s until the early 1940s. At one point, a chauffeur for the Astor family owned it, and then it was a boardinghouse for farmhands. The current owners have been in possession for the last 10 years.
The house is about 20 minutes southwest of Great Barrington, Mass., 30 minutes southeast of Hudson, N.Y., and 15 minutes north of Millerton, N.Y. It is also near Taconic State Park and the Catamount ski resort in New York and Bash Bish Falls State Park, in Massachusetts. Fresh meat and eggs are available from a farm across the road.
Size: 2,780 square feet
Price per square foot: $251
Indoors: Working with local contractors, the owners, one of whom is a partner at the New York design firm Rockwell Group, stripped and re-clad the exterior and thoroughly renovated the interiors, taking cues from the muted palette and simplicity of Shaker design.
The main entrance opens to the living room, which has a bay window where a nine-foot Christmas tree is displayed every year; the owners added the Malm fireplace to create the feeling of a ski chalet. The dining room retains its original ceiling beams, and Shaker pegs now run along the picture rail.
The kitchen was gutted and its ceiling raised; it has hand-painted cement floor tiles, honed-marble countertops, Danish pendant light fixtures and high-end appliances. A Dutch door leads to a west-facing breezeway with sunset views.
The main level also includes a guest bedroom with an en suite marble-tile bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub, and a small study. The owners replaced a decrepit sun porch off the dining room with a screened porch that faces north, toward their large garden.
The three upstairs bedrooms include a master suite with an open bathroom and a walk-in closet with a stacked washing machine and dryer. From the bed, you can see the walk-in glass-and-marble shower with multiple shower heads. There is also a toilet closet. A second bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a shower.
Outdoor space: A tiny, recently built Shaker barn on the property is used for outdoor dining. A white picket-fenced area next to it was prepared for a garden. Specimen trees include a large catalpa tree in front and a century-old cottonwood tree in back.
Contact: Jen Harvey, Berkshire Property Agents, 413-446-8489; berkshirepropertyagents.com