What You Get for $900,000
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Kansas City, Mo. | $899,000
An 1895 brick house with six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a 11,791-square-foot lot
Renovated top-to-bottom by its current owners, who turned it into a bed-and-breakfast called Jefferson House, this three-story home is in the Westside North neighborhood, a little more than a mile from downtown. The area, which was revitalized with the development of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Crossroads Arts District east of the highway, has a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. The house is a mile and a half southwest of the Power and Light entertainment district and several blocks north of the Mexican restaurants on Southwest Boulevard (where you will also find the Boulevard Brewing Company).
Size: 3,994 square feet
Price per square foot: $225
Indoors: The paneled main door opens from the side of the building into a reception room with Victorian-style botanical wallpaper, hardwood floors and a leaded-glass window framed in a niche next to the staircase. A metal relief sculpture of lobsters that is embedded in the trim around one of the casement windows flanking the front door is by a local artisan named Rhett Johnson.
To the right of the entrance, through a large doorway with a transom window, is a parlor with an original glazed-tile fireplace. The wood mantel is supported by carved classical columns, and a wood-burning stove is set in the firebox. To the right of the entrance is a dining room with a decorative fireplace. (This one has taller columns and a mirrored overmantel.)
The eat-in kitchen can be reached from the front hall and the dining room. It has hardwood floors and Shaker-style cabinets topped in butcher block. The backsplash is pressed stainless steel, and there is a wall of exposed brick. The appliances include a professional gas range. A walk-in pantry retains the original wood cabinets and has a decorative-tile countertop. Additional storage is in a hallway leading to the basement staircase, and there is a bead-board paneled mudroom beyond the kitchen. A powder room near the breakfast area has a vintage marble sink and toile wallpaper.
The elegantly carved staircase includes a landing between the first and second floors with a built-in bench beneath a pair of leaded-glass sash windows. The second floor includes two bedroom suites, each with a sitting room and a bathroom that has a walk-in shower. One of the suites also has access to a balcony looking out to the downtown skyline. A third bedroom, with a decorative fireplace, has the use of a hall bathroom with an original pedestal sink and a claw-foot tub.
Two additional, carpeted bedrooms are on the third floor. One includes a large, original storage unit; the other is divided by an exposed-brick partition into sleeping and study areas. The hall bathroom includes an original claw-foot tub with an attached shower head.
Outdoor space: The deep, colonnaded front porch has lots of seating room. The mudroom door opens to a rear deck and a garden with a patio, trellis, fountain, gravel seating area and lots of peonies. There is also a bocce court. A detached garage includes three bays, one currently used as an art studio.
Taxes: $7,840 (2019)
Contact: Veronica Jaster or Brooke Miller, ReeceNichols Real Estate, 816-213-4623; reecenichols.com
Savannah, Ga. | $899,000
A converted 1840s brick horse stable with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 2,178-square-foot lot with a small office building and a garage
This house sits discreetly behind a brick wall with a wrought-iron gate at the heart of the downtown historic district, a block southwest of Pulaski Square and its moss-covered oak trees and less than 10 minutes on foot northwest of Forsyth Park. Bull Street, an important north-south corridor, is three blocks east. Among the many nearby establishments are Noble Fare, a restaurant known for its seafood, and Crystal Beer Parlor, which opened in 1933, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition.
Size: 2,100 square feet
Price per square foot: $428
Indoors: The brick walkway leading to the original stable passes through a courtyard. The small buildings on either side were constructed in the 1970s, at the time the stable was converted, and are not protected under historic preservation regulations. On the left is a one-story, climate-controlled structure used as a home office; on the right, a one-car garage.
The two-story clapboard stable building at the end of the walkway is entered through a glass-walled vestibule. Beyond the vestibule is a living room with glazed ceramic-tile floors, an 8.5-foot open-beamed ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace with built-in bookshelves on either side. A short hallway leads to a dining area with wood floors and navy-and-white stippled wallpaper and a kitchen with navy cabinets, butcher-block countertops and white subway tile on the backsplash.
The three bedrooms fill out the second floor and include a master with wood floors, a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom that has double sinks, mirrors with brass faucets and trim, and a glass-walled walk-in shower. The two guest rooms share a bathroom with lemon-colored tile trimmed in gray and a combined shower and tub.
Outdoor space: The courtyard includes a bluestone patio area, a fountain, and garden and gravel beds.
Taxes: $5,986 (2019)
Contact: Staci Donegan, Seabolt Real Estate, Christie’s International Real Estate, 912-247-2052; stacidonegan.com
Salt Lake City | $875,000
A 1916 Prairie-style bungalow with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 4,792-square-foot lot
This house is in the 15th and 15th neighborhood, a charming residential area named for its distance in blocks south and east of downtown Temple Square. It is within easy access of bakeries, restaurants, an ice cream shop and an independent bookstore. A boutique grocery story is a 12-minute walk. The University of Utah’s campus is less than two miles north. Parley’s Historic Nature Park, a 68-acre refuge with trails and a creek, where dogs are free to run off leash, is four miles southeast.
Size: 2,338 square feet
Price per square foot: $374
Indoors: The house was in poor condition when the sellers bought it in 2016 and undertook a complete renovation that left intact — to the extent possible — the original windows, maple flooring and gumwood trim. The mechanical and electrical systems were updated; the fir front porch, soffits and copper gutters replaced; and the exterior brick steam-cleaned. The house originally had one bathroom, on the upper level. It was incorporated into the master suite; a half bathroom was added upstairs and a full bathroom to the renovated lower floor.
The living room includes a brick fireplace centered between built-ins. A T-shaped cutout broadens the passage into the adjacent dining room. Separating the dining room from the kitchen is a wall of storage with solid lower cabinets, glass upper cabinets and a pass-through space.
The new kitchen has maple floors, Craftsman-style cabinetry with quartz countertops and a long central island with an integrated Bosch cooktop. A glass door opens to a recently built elevated rear deck.
The master bedroom is next to the kitchen and has dual custom closets and direct access to the deck. The en suite bathroom includes a custom wood vanity topped in quartz, a walk-in shower and a water-efficient toilet. An office, across a hallway from the master, contains the new half bathroom, which has toile wallpaper and a metallic-gold vessel sink and faucet on a dark wood vanity.
A staircase in the kitchen leads to the lower floor, where there is a large, walkout family room with built-in storage, a carpeted bedroom, a bathroom with a combined tub and shower and a laundry room.
Outdoor space: The front has been professionally landscaped with low-water plantings. The porch, with its hipped roof, tapered columns and Wasatch Mountain views, has room for seating. The new raised patio in back can be enclosed with sunshades built into the framework. The back lawn has garden borders, and there is a gravel parking area as well as a detached two-car garage with alley access.
Contact: Leanne Parry, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, 435-640-8960; leanneparry.com