A 1770 colonial house in Westfield, a Tudor Revival style house in Amherst and a three bedroom condominium in Chicago.
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Westfield, Massachusetts | $ 499,000
A colonial house built in 1770, with five bedroomsand four bathrooms, on a 1.9 acre lot
This house sits on land that once housed a bee colony, from which the street it stands on - Honey Pot Road - takes its name. The center of Westfield, where a number of shops and restaurants have opened in recent years, is a 10-minute drive away, as is the campus of Westfield State University, founded in the 1830s as one of the first mixed public colleges across the country. The property is minutes from Springfield (half an hour's drive) and Hartford, Connecticut (45-minute drive).
Size: 2748 square feet
Priced per square foot: 182 $
Interior: The facadeThe front of the house has remained virtually unchanged over the past two centuries, with a simple wooden door framed by two sets of identical windows.
As early as 'Entrance, the original wide-plank pine floors continue to the right, into the living room, which has a brick-framed fireplace embedded in a paneled wall and raw beams lining the ceiling. To the left of the entrance is an inviting family room with more woodwork and access to a sunny space used by vendors as a music room. From there a wood-framed door leads into the dining room, which has another brick fireplace and a candle-style chandelier.
Next to the dining area is a kitchen window which overlooks the nearly two acre property. The wood cabinets have iron handles and hinges, and the soapstone countertops were salvaged duringthe renovation of the train station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
A hallway along the dining room leads to the bedroom on this floor, which has exposed beams on the ceiling and a full bathroom. Another full bathroom is nestled between the dining room and the family room.
The stairs lead from the lway room to the second floor, where there are four other bedrooms. Up the stairs is the master suite, which has an en-suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate shower.
The three bedrooms are comfortable, with sloping ceilings and raw woodwork along the walls and around the doors. Each could comfortably contain a double bed and share a full bathroom in the hallway.
Outdoor space : The propThe summer is relatively flat, with wide expanses of grass, groups of mature trees and rows of hedges. A small area of land behind the house contains a fireplace and the attached garage, added by a previous owner, holds two cars.
Taxes: $ 7,104 (estimate)
Contact: Stephanie McNair, William Pitt Sotheby 's International Realty, 413-204-4749; williampitt.com Image
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Amherst, NY | $ 499,900
A neo-Tudor house built in 1930, with five bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths, on a 0.5 acre lot
Amherst is a bustling suburb of Buffalo, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Buffalo. It is popular with families, thanks to good public schools and quaint neighborhoods like Eggertsville, where this property is located. Along Main Street a few blocks away are pubs, an organic grocery store, and the campuses of a public high school and Daemen College, a private school founded in 1947. . The Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario, to Canada, is about a 15-minute drive. Driving to the American side of Niagara Falls takes about half an hour.
Size: 3,818 square feet
Price per square foot: 131 $
Interior: The house is set back from the street, behind a grassed front yard, flowered hedges and a patio surrounded by a low brick wall.
The exterior entrance door opens into a small anteroom - ideal for removing winter clothes - with a second glass door that leads to the foyer, where the floor has its original tiles and a wooden staircase. spiral staircase goes up to the second floor. The tile continues to the right, into a seating area in front of a large window.
To the left, through an arched door framed in stone , is a living room with a stone fireplace which has a tile hearth to match the tile in the hearth.and the vaulted ceiling are finished in stucco and the windows overlook the front and side courtyards. Across the living room is a dining room with hardwood floors and a picture window.
Another arched door connects the dining room to the kitchen , where the walls are cut in colored brick and the stainless steel appliances include two ovens. Behind a wooden door with a frosted glass window is a half bathroom.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has wooden floors, a stucco fireplace flanked by windows and an adjoining shower room. The vendors use the bedroom next to it, which has another fireplace, as a walk-in closet and walk-in closet.
Across the hall are two bedrooms. friends, both with hardwood floors and a newly renovated bathroom with a claw-foot tub and glass-walled shower. At the end of the hallway upstairsge is a staircase leading to the third floor, where there is a bonus area with a built-in bar, another guest bedroom and another full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The plantings give the front patio a feeling of privacy, and there is room for a few chairs and a small table . The backyard is flat, with a playhouse and mature trees. The detached garage contains two cars.
Taxes: $ 11,508 (estimate)
Contact: Enas Latif, Enas Latif Sales Team, Hunt Real Estate, 716- 417-4755; enaslatifsalesteam.idxbroker.com Image Credit ... Chris Dimock / VHT
Chicago | $ 500,000
A three bedroom, two and a half bathroom condominium in a building circa 1900
This unit occupies the first and ground floors of a three-one building in the Wicker Park neighborhood, a few blocks from Division Street and North Avenue, the main thoroughfares of the neighborhood. Humboldt Park, home to a lagoon, a popular tobogganing site and Puerto Rico's National Museum of Arts and Culture, is approximately one mile. The four-acre Wicker Park, with a playground and aweekly farmers market, is about a 10 minute walk. Downtown Chicago is 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transit.
Size: 2,200 square feet
Price per square foot: 227 $
Inside: A low iron fence separates the small front yard of the building from the street, with steps leading up to a glazed entrance door.
The entrance to this unit is on the first level of the building, with a short hallway opening into the living room, which has hardwood floors, a fireplace and a rear seating area.
Behind the sitting area is a kitchen with granite and stainless steel countertops A dining area adfacing a large window overlooking the street.
Next to the living room is a shower room, as well as a bedroom with a private balcony, used by vendors as a master suite; the en-suite bathroom has a slatted tiled shower and light wood vanity.
From the entrance, stairs lead down to the level lower, which has two more bedrooms (one currently used as a home office) and a family room large enough to accommodate a sectional sofa, all with slate flooring. This level also has a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The balcony of the master suite is large enough to hold a coffee table and chairs, and offers a view of the fenced back yard shared by the residents of the building.the. This unit comes with a parking space in a detached garage.
Taxes: $ 9,156 (estimated), plus a monthly owner association fee of $ 280
Contact: Soukbangone Supantavong and Laurie Borden, Coldwell Banker Realty, 312-502-0259 or 312-350-5222; coldwellbanker.com
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