$1.6 Million Homes in North Carolina, Illinois and Washington

A 19th-century house with a boat slip in Wilmington, a 1914 Tudor Revival in Chicago and a minimalist home near downtown Seattle.

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$1.6 Million Homes in North Carolina, Illinois and Washington

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Named for the English home of the title character in Laurence Sterne’s 18th-century novel “Tristram Shandy,” this sprawling stick-built house, called Shandy Hall, is believed to have been built in 1880 on a site that dates to before the Revolutionary War. The property is eight and a half miles east of historic downtown Wilmington and has views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Wrightsville Sound. It is a five-minute boat ride (or seven-minute car ride) to fine waterfront restaurants like Bridge Tender and Bluewater. Wrightsville Beach and the Airlie public gardens are less than 10 minutes away.

Size: 4,205 square feet

Price per square foot: $392

Indoors: The house has had several recent additions, including a sunroom and family room in 1989, a ground-floor master suite in 1994 and a detached woodworking shop with a deck in 2001. The roof was replaced last year.

The front door, set into a deep covered porch that extends almost 68 feet along the facade, takes you into a foyer with wood floors and pale yellow wallpapered walls. On the right is a living room, followed by a study with a white-painted brick fireplace and then the carpeted family room addition, which has another fireplace, a wet bar and glass doors leading to a screened porch and an adjacent rear deck.

To the left of the entrance is a wood-floored dining room with a fireplace that is currently not operable, followed by a kitchen with rustic wood cabinets, decorative tile backsplashes and a bay-windowed breakfast niche. An enclosed porch runs along the rear of the house from there to the family room.

The master bedroom is beyond the kitchen. It has extensive windows and an angled ceiling. The master bathroom includes a jetted tub. An additional bathroom and a laundry room are also in this wing.

Three large bedrooms are on the second floor, each with a bay window used as a seating nook and an en suite bathroom.

Outdoor space: The property is shaded by mature oaks and has rear and side gardens, a shed and a dog enclosure with an invisible fence. Parking is in an attached two-car garage. The 290-square-foot detached woodworking studio has its own deck. The 50-foot-long boat slip is in a protected basin within walking distance and shares a pier with a neighbor. The house is 27 feet above sea level and does not require flood insurance.

Taxes: $10,951

Contact: Cindy Southerland, Intercoastal Realty Corporation, 910-233-8868;

$1.6 Million Homes in North Carolina, Illinois and Washington

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The house is in the historic Beverly neighborhood on the South Side. The Loop is 20 to 45 minutes by car, depending on traffic, and 30 minutes by train (the nearest Metra stop is two blocks away). The Beverly Arts Center, a multidisciplinary arts venue with a theater, gallery and studios, is slightly more than a mile southwest.

Size: 5,563 square feet

Price per square foot: $288

Indoors: The current owners bought this house in 1998 and updated all the mechanical systems, banished the shag carpeting, stripped and stained or painted the extensive oak and poplar woodwork, refitted the windows and doors, replaced the decrepit light fixtures with custom designs and did many other things to create a unified, period-appropriate Arts and Crafts-style environment. The project won a preservation award from the city of Chicago in 2001. The roof was replaced this year.

The entrance is up exterior steps and set back on a long patio with a balustrade with urn-shape planters. (The patio is currently being refaced in terra-cotta tile.) A large foyer leads, on one side, to a corner office with decorative wall painting below the crown molding and, on the other side, to a 23-by-19-foot living room with beamed ceilings and a firebox surrounded by a custom mosaic. Separate doorways lead to a sunroom with terra-cotta tile floors and a connected dining room with a sponge-painted coffered ceiling.

The 414-square-foot eat-in kitchen with its butler’s pantry replaces what was previously an office, breakfast nook and powder room; it has custom cherry cabinets and slate floors. The original kitchen and pantry were transformed into a library with built-in Mission-style bookcases and a half bathroom with William Morris-style wallpaper.

Upstairs are four bedrooms. The master suite, reconfigured from several rooms, has green walls and stenciled ginkgo leaves, as well as an attached sun porch and a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and walk-in shower. Two bedrooms with equally ornamental wall treatments share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with period fixtures. The small fourth bedroom has use of a second hallway bathroom.

Tandem rooms on the third floor could be used for extra sleeping quarters; there is no bathroom on this level. The walkout basement, which the owners renovated with a slate floor, has two rooms that could be used as bedrooms and a bathroom with a glass shower. One on of the rooms leads out to a custom greenhouse. There is also a rec room, currently holding a pool table.

Outdoor space: Stone patios on the east side of the house overlook the lush grounds and renovated fishpond. Jens Jensen, a Danish-American landscape architect who died in 1951, designed the grounds, and his plans will remain with the house. The owners have purged the current landscape of invasive buckthorn and planted a variety of native species. An in-ground irrigation system covers most of the property. The detached garage has room for four cars.

Taxes: $12,279 (2018)

Contact: Nancy Hotchkiss, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Biros Real Estate, 312-339-3405;

This two-story home is in the Madrona neighborhood, about 10 minutes east of downtown Seattle. It is a few blocks west of a shopping district with international dining, sweet shops and a wine bar. Built as a modest home at the turn of the 20th century, the house was enlarged in 1980 and reconstructed this year, a project that took it back to the studs but did not significantly change the footprint.

Size: 2,390 square feet

Price per square foot: $659

Indoors: The entrance is on the upper level, where there is a master bedroom, as well as an open-plan living and dining area with a kitchen. Skylights and bright white paint illuminate these areas, and the floors are laid with wide manufactured oak planks (also used on an accent wall). The kitchen has custom cabinets of rift-sawn oak, white quartz countertops and Bosch appliances, including an induction cooktop and oven. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a bathroom with radiant-heated tile floors, a rift-sawn oak vanity with double Kohler sinks and a shower with a Grohe rain shower head. The bedroom opens directly to an outdoor patio, but is designed to be screened by curtains should access to the patio be offered to guests.

A glass-walled staircase leads to the lower level and its two additional bedrooms and media room. Here, the flooring is ceramic tile that resembles concrete. The bathroom on this level includes a deep six-foot tub, and the porcelain tile floors are heated.

Outdoor space: The patio off the master is landscaped and surrounded by a blackened-steel retaining wall. An Andersen accordion-fold glass door opens from the dining area to a deck. The lower-floor media room walks out to a gravel seating area under the deck. The property includes two dedicated off-street parking spots that are wired to charge electric vehicles.

Taxes: $5,941

Contact: Allie Howard or Anne Willoughby Nelson, Compass, 206-450-0115;

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