Richmond, Maine | $225,000
An 1870s extended cottage with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on 0.37 acres with river views
The owner of this mid-coast Maine Victorian is a founder of the Maine Maritime Museum in the city of Bath. The house is less than a block from the Kennebec River, with views to Swan’s Island, a wildlife management area that is a five-minute ferry ride from shore. A market, a coffee shop, a library, a post office and a Russian Orthodox church, serving a community that immigrated from the Soviet Union starting in the mid 20th century, are all within walking distance. The larger cities of Augusta, Lewiston and Portland are 17, 24 and 42 miles away.
Size: 2,672 square feet
Price per square foot: $84
Indoors: The lower floor is built around a center hall with twin front parlors, each with maple floors, a bay window and an original tin ceiling. The dining room runs behind the staircase and connects to a room with a free-standing wet bar (this space is currently decorated with vintage posters supporting Prohibition). Another door leads to the kitchen, which has maple cabinets, tile floors, stainless-steel appliances and a pantry.
A short hallway separates the kitchen from a large family room in a two-story addition. It has an electric fireplace and a full bathroom.
Three bedrooms are on the second floor, along with a bathroom with a jetted tub and a laundry room. There is also an office that looks out over the rear deck and river.
Outdoor space: A side porch is off the kitchen, and the rear deck extends from the family room. A one-car garage is on the addition’s lower level, with a carport next to it.
Taxes: $3,252 (2018)
Contact: Rick Bisson, Bisson Real Estate, Keller Williams Realty, 207-317-0366; my.flexmls.com
Norfolk, Va. | $235,000
A studio loft with one bathroom in a circa 1900 converted industrial building
This is the first-floor unit in a condominium building that at one point was a warehouse for Hofheimer’s, a now-defunct shoe company. It is in the waterfront Freemason neighborhood, just west of the central business district, known for its cobblestone streets, mature trees and historic residential and industrial architecture.
Size: 919 square feet
Price per square foot: $256
Indoors: The building’s main entrance opens to an atrium wrapped by a staircase and flooded with light. Plants supplied by residents thrive there.
The unit is a long rectangle with hardwood floors and exposed ceiling beams and metal ducts. In the center of the room is a free-standing walk-in closet that is mirrored on one side. The mirror reflects the L-shaped open kitchen, which is built along one wall with wood cabinets and granite countertops.
A washer and dryer and a mechanicals room are behind a pair of louvered doors next to the kitchen. Beyond that is the custom-designed bathroom, with walls faced in subway tile and a walk-in shower with an integrated corner bench. The bedroom area is on the opposite side of the central closet.
Outdoor space: The unit comes with one deeded space in a parking lot. It is across the street from an Asian-inspired waterfront public garden with a two-story Taiwanese pagoda.
Taxes: $2,508, plus a $340 monthly homeowner’s fee
Contact: Benjamin Canty, Garrett Realty Partners, 703-939-7816; properties.hamptonroads.com
Fairmont, W.Va. | $212,000
A 1927 Tudor Revival house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on two acres
Built on the southeast outskirts of Fairmont — an old coal-mining city (population 18,400) that is experiencing a revival, with a new park and improvements to the business district — this brick-and-stucco house with half-timber detail has superior materials and construction. (The brick is from the celebrated Hammond factory that once existed nearby; the foundation is structural terra cotta.) It is 18 miles southwest of Morgantown, the home of West Virginia University.
Size: 2,270 square feet
Price per square foot: $93
Indoors: A number of upgrades, including a bathroom addition to create a master suite, were the work of the owner, an accomplished artisan.
The front door takes you into a large foyer, now used for dining. To the right is a living room with a white-painted brick fireplace. (There is also direct access from a side door.) The kitchen, which is brightened by the original casement windows with vintage hardware, is to the left.
Two bedrooms, including the large master, are on the main level. The new master bathroom has granite surfaces. The original exterior windows, backed with burlap curtains, remain above the hand-carved sink with its industrial copper faucet.
The second floor has two additional bedrooms, as well as a room without a closet that is used as an office. The upstairs bathroom has a wall of split, polished lumber and a walk-in concrete shower with a rain shower head.
The unfinished basement includes a washer and dryer.
Outdoor space: Most of the two-acre property stretches behind the house and has grassy and wooded areas. Parking is available to the side and in the back.
Contact: Heather M. Neill, Heritage Real Estate Company, 304-612-3746; wvheritagerealestate.com