A renovated 1906 bungalow near downtown Atlanta, an adobe house north of Tucson and a reconstructed 1969 house on 10.3 acres in New Milford.
What You Get for $1.5 Million
Erica George Dines
Atlanta | $1.449 Million
A 1906 bungalow with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on 0.18 acres
This house is in the Inman Park neighborhood northeast of downtown, across the street from Freedom Park, the site of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and near the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. The owners, Michael Dines, an artist, and his wife, Erica Dines, an editorial and commercial photographer, added a two-car garage and studio along with many improvements to the existing building and grounds.
Size: 3,200 square feet
Price per square foot: $453
Indoors: An iron gate with delicate scrollwork set into an arched privet hedge opens to the elegantly landscaped front yard.
Crossing a rocking-chair front porch with tapered columns, you enter a foyer with a windowed niche big enough for a seating group, and then a living room with stained wood floors, a bay window, a rebuilt wood-burning masonry fireplace and a spherical brass chandelier. This room flows into the kitchen, which has a marble backsplash on the wall behind the Wolf range, marble topping the counters and large central island, and a walk-in pantry.
The dining area has an original coal-burning fireplace that is not currently used, and a window ornamented with leaded glass. The main floor also includes two bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with decorative tile floors and a claw-foot tub.
On the daylighted lower level, the floors are laid with Peacock Pavers and have the look of travertine. The master is on this level, behind sliding panel doors, off a large sitting room with a wet bar, and the en suite bathroom includes a marble walk-in shower. There is also a large laundry room and a half bathroom.
Outdoor space: A small covered porch is off the kitchen, and French doors open from the lower level to the fenced backyard, which has stone walls and terraces, specimen trees and perennial beds.
Taxes: $8,313 (2018)
Contact: Jared Sapp, Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty, 404-668-7233; sothebysrealty.com
Tucson | $1.45 Million
A three-bedroom, three-bathroom 1984 adobe house on 1.37 acres with a swimming pool
This home is in the Catalina Foothills, about 20 minutes north of the center of Tucson and three miles south of La Encantada, an outdoor shopping mall that includes Lululemon, Tiffany and Apple stores. The house was recently modernized with poured-concrete floors, Marvin windows and doors and a new kitchen and bathrooms.
Size: 3,327 square feet
Price per square foot: $436
Indoors: Ascending from a new circular paved driveway, up a shallow flight of brick stairs with desert plantings on either side, one reaches the deep front porch and main entrance, which are shaded by a steel overhang. The glass double front doors open to a 31.5-foot-long great room that is like the cross stroke of a very wide capital H.
At one end of the room is a gas fireplace, with a door on the right side leading to the master suite and a door on the left opening to a large office. The master suite includes a 300-square-foot bedroom with a corner gas fireplace set flush in the wall and a marble bathroom with a double vanity, walk-in shower, toilet room and windowed niche with a stand-alone tub. There is also a new 26.5-foot-long closet. The den has a corner fireplace, too.
On the other end of the great room is the kitchen, visible though a large window cut out of a partition and accessible on either side of that wall. The kitchen has custom wood cabinets with integrated Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, quartz counters and glass pendant lights that look like upside-down brandy snifters.
Behind the kitchen is a den with a wet bar and a closet that houses a washer and dryer. Guest bedrooms are on either side of the den: one with an en suite marble bathroom with a walk-in shower; the other with an adjacent marble bathroom with a tub.
Outdoor space: The living room, kitchen, den and one of the guest bedrooms all have direct access to the front porch, with views facing north to the Santa Catalina Mountains. Doors on the opposite wall of the great room and kitchen, as well as in the master bedroom and second guest room, lead to a covered patio with a beehive fireplace that faces the pool area and looks out to downtown Tucson.
The pool is surrounded by Shellock pavers that won’t burn your feet in the hot sun. Parking is in a detached two-car garage next to the house.
Contact: Joshua Waggoner, Long Realty Company, 520-360-3658; longrealty.com
New Milford, Conn. | $1.45 Million
A reconstructed 1969 house on 10.3 acres with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a swimming pool and an Airstream trailer for guests
Eight years ago, Donald Billinkoff, a New York City architect, bought a rural 1969 ranch house that had wonderful views but serious visual and spatial flaws. He made it over, replacing narrow windows with floor-to-ceiling glass, reconfiguring rooms, banishing fluorescent light fixtures and masking the cartoonish living room fireplace with concrete block and blackened steel. On one end, he added a 600 square-foot screened porch; on the other, later, a studio. The home is a mile and a half northeast of downtown New Milford, a Litchfield County town of 28,000 people just east of the New York State border.
Size: 3,035 square feet
Price per square foot: $478
Indoors: A front door inset into a wall of glass opens to a small, square foyer with a staircase descending to the lower level. Beyond the foyer is an L-shaped living-and-dining area with a peaked wood ceiling, plywood flooring and glass walls looking west. The reclad wood-burning fireplace occupies a corner of this space.
Turning right from the entrance or circling around the great room takes you to the open kitchen, which has white maple cabinets, Corian countertops, a Viking cooktop, double Miele dishwashers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A second refrigerator is in a walk-in pantry. The screened porch is off the dining room, its three transparent walls creating the effect of a treehouse.
To the left of the front door is a corridor along which several rooms are arranged. The first is a television room that is closed off with a sliding plywood door. Next comes a bedroom, an office with a wall of built-in bookshelves and storage and then the entrance to the master suite. The master bathroom has a stand-alone shower and a pair of wall-mounted sinks on opposite walls. There is also a bathroom with a tub at the end of the hall, and a powder room across from the television room. The studio addition is beyond the master.
A bedroom and full bathroom are on the lower level, along with a two-car garage.
Outdoor space: The large property has lawns, specimen trees, perennials and stone walls. A deck wraps around the living room and is accessible from there and the television room. The downstairs guest room opens directly to the backyard, near a fenced garden with raised beds. The property includes an organically shaped swimming pool and a renovated Airstream trailer that sleeps four and could be used as a pool house.
Contact: Ira Goldspiel or Steve Pener, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-626-3481; williampitt.com
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