A creek-side home in Dallas, an 1872 Victorian in Salem and a Craftsman-style house in the Willamette Valley.
What You Get for $1.5 Million
Jenifer McNeil Baker
Dallas | $1.549 Million
A 1979 house with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, creek views and a zip line
Designed by David Ludwick, an architect, as his own home, this cedar-and-brick house was thoroughly updated and enlarged two years ago by Eddie Maestri, a local architect, and Jim Scott and Sons, builders. It sits on a creek-side lot less than a mile from Lakewood Park near White Rock Lake to the east, and a half mile from Lakewood Elementary School to the west. Downtown Dallas is about a 15-minute drive southwest.
Size: 3,835 square feet
Price per square foot: $404
Indoors: The midcentury flavor starts with a walnut front door with a brass starburst ornament. It opens to a vaulted great room with a sunken living room and a gray-brick chimney; the gas fireplace has a quartzite hearth and is topped by a panel of smoked glass that rises to the ceiling. A windowed back wall looks onto the sloping, wooded property and creek.
The great room flows into a combined kitchen and dining room with floor planks that are a mix of hardwood and marble. A square center island that matches the rift-cut white oak cabinets is topped with quartzite. The white countertops are quartz, and there is a walk-in pantry. An original brass light fixture hangs in the dining area and is complemented by new cylindrical brass ceiling pendants. A grow wall was created from a floor-to-ceiling column of wooden planters. A combined mudroom and laundry room was part of a recent addition.
A hallway on the opposite side of the great room leads to a wing with a double-height, glass-walled guest bedroom with a parquet-floor loft space used as an office. There is also a full bathroom with arabesque-pattern wallpaper and a marble-topped vanity.
The three upstairs bedrooms include a carpeted master with a smoking porch and an en suite bathroom lined in silver vein-cut travertine. The two other bedrooms are above the garage and were part of the addition; they share a bathroom with patterned-tile floors and a brass-and-porcelain sink with black hardware. This level also has a carpeted playroom with a blackboard wall.
Outdoor space: A recently installed series of doors opens from the dining area and great room to a three-level rear deck that extends the length of the house. The half-acre property includes a side yard, a treehouse and zip line. The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $34,143 (without homestead exemption)
Contact: Marmie Leech, Compass, 214-734-9512; compass.com
Salem, Mass. | $1.55 Million
An 1872 Victorian with five bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms
Built for James S. Putnam, and sold in 1921 to the American Legion, the house has elaborate wooden exterior ornamentation reflecting French and Italian styles. It is in the historic McIntire district, surrounded by elegant homes, and blocks from attractions like the Salem Harbor, the Salem Witch Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. A nearby station offers commuter rail service to Boston, about 15 miles southwest. There is also a water ferry to Boston.
Size: 6,352 square feet
Price per square foot: $244
Indoors: The house was restored by preservation carpenters from 1979 to 1981 and has received substantial upgrades in the last 10 years, including a new slate-and-copper roof, new heating and cooling systems, a new kitchen and an updated master bathroom.
A central foyer with plank floors and red flocked wallpaper leads through heavy paneled wood doors to a 30-foot-long living room on one side and a parlor on the other. The parlor connects through a short passage to a formal dining room. All three rooms have elaborate chandeliers hanging from lofty ceilings and marble fireplaces topped by gilded mirrors. (The home has eight fireplaces with marble mantels, in all.)
Behind the living room is a wallpapered morning room with large windows and a period light fixture. The new kitchen has a central island that seats six, white marble countertops, an arabesque marble-and-glass backsplash and Thermador appliances. There is also a preserved antique wood-burning stove.
The mahogany staircase rises to a landing tinted by an oval stained-glass skylight. The master bedroom connects — through a passage with built-in cabinetry and a marble sink — to the new, 287-square-foot bathroom, which was converted from a bedroom. It has marble countertops and fireplace, a walk-in glass shower, a soaking tub and a Toto toilet. The other full bathroom was gutted and renovated with marble walls and flooring and a vessel sink on a black lacquer vanity. This level also has a family room with built-ins on three walls.
The third floor includes a game room that is more than 40 feet long. Two large additional rooms could be used for a variety of purposes.
Outdoor space: The 0.16-acre lot includes a small backyard and off-street parking space for two cars.
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, Sullivan Team, RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate, 781-771-9949; sullivanteam.com
Carlton, Ore. | $1.55 Million
A 1985 house with three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a guesthouse and a tennis court
Carlton is one of a ring of little cities in the Willamette Valley, a winemaking region about an hour southwest of Portland. This home is on 15 parklike acres (enough to create your own little vineyard), close to shops, restaurants and small and large wineries. The Allison Inn and Spa, a popular gathering place, is about 20 minutes east.
Size: 4,542 square feet
Price per square foot: $341
Indoors: The Craftsman-style front door, tucked under a projecting gable, takes you into a foyer with travertine floors. Immediately to your left is a library with a peaked, beamed ceiling, built-in bookshelves and a stone wood-burning fireplace. Beyond, a great room contains a travertine-floored dining area with a small fireplace embedded in a wall; a sunken, hand-scraped, cherry-floored living room with a slate fireplace; and a newly remodeled chef’s kitchen with patterned-tile walls, granite counters, a Viking stove and refrigerator/freezer, two porcelain farm sinks and three dishwashers. There is also a walk-in pantry.
Turning right from the entrance, past the staircase, takes you down a couple of stairs to a master suite with a beamed, canted ceiling, a walk-in closet and a bathroom lined in stone tile, with heated floors and a washer and dryer behind sliding doors.
Two guest rooms are on the upper floor, one with an en suite bathroom. The lower level has a rec room with a fireplace, a fixed television set with speakers, a wet bar, a closet with a second washer and dryer and a 400-bottle wine cellar.
Outdoor space: Doors in the great room open to a wooden deck with railings and propane outlets that make it possible to grill without using propane tanks. The deck steps down to a hot tub on a platform and below that to a large fenced vegetable garden and a 1,000-square-foot barn. Here is where you also find a 1,150-square-foot guesthouse with one bedroom and one bathroom.
Lawns surround the main house, and oaks and Japanese maples are planted at a distance. The property includes a chicken house, a Zen garden and a tennis court with vineyard views. The house has an attached two-car garage.
Contact: Rita Wolff, Oregon Wine Country Properties, Keller Williams Portland Premiere, 503-504-5258; 10151nerivenwoodln.oregonwinecountryproperties.com
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