An 1840s rowhouse in Providence, a condominium in Brooklyn and a Normandy chateau-style house in Dallas.
What You Get for $1.8 Million
Providence, R.I. | $1.75 Million
A four-unit 1840s brick rowhouse with a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms, on 0.06 acres
This house is the last in a stretch of five rowhouses on College Hill that were designed in 1845 by Russell Warren, who worked in the Greek Revival style. The owner occupies, and will vacate, the second floor; the other three floors are individually rented, with leases from one to three years and monthly rents from $2,000 to $2,600. The owner renovated the second, third and fourth floors after buying the property in 2017. The previous owner lives on the ground floor.
The home is between the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University campuses (mere minutes on foot in both directions). It is a block from Memorial Park and a 10-minute walk from the train station. Travel time to Boston by train is about 45 minutes. The Providence Athenaeum, a library that was founded in its current form in 1836, is on the same block.
Size: 5,100 finished square feet
Price per square foot: $343
Indoors: Each floor has a living room, dining room, kitchen, small bedroom and bathroom. On the first floor there is an extra room that was once an office with a private entrance.
On the second floor, the living and dining room ceilings are 13 feet high and have plaster medallions; both rooms also have crown moldings, wood-burning marble fireplaces, window shutters and parquet floors. The renovated kitchen in this unit has new linoleum checkerboard flooring, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The dining room is used as a bedroom, and the bedroom has been turned into a den.
On the third floor, the dining room has original quarter-sawn oak floors and a marble fireplace, and the kitchen, which extends into the room, has walls topped in transom windows, and a parquet floor. The third-floor bathroom includes patterned linoleum floor tiles and a claw-foot tub.
The garret-like fourth floor has lower ceilings and smaller windows than the units below. The floors are mainly vintage boards. The bathroom, which includes white beadboard walls and a claw-foot tub, was recently expanded.
Outdoor space: All four units have access to the backyard, which has brick paved patio spaces and lush planted areas. Private rear decks are attached to the second and third floors. There are three deeded spaces in the parking lot behind the property.
Taxes: $16,669 (if the property is owner-occupied; for an investor, the taxes are $28,641)
Contact: Nelson Taylor, Taylor & Associates, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, 401-486-1948; stwmls.mlsmatrix.com
Brooklyn, N.Y. | $1.795 Million
A loft with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in a circa-1900 condominium building
This apartment is a second-floor walk-up in a five-unit brick-and-limestone building. It is a block and a half west of the fine restaurants and F and G subway stops on Smith Street, and a block north of the highly regarded P.S. 29 elementary school on Henry Street. The sellers have owned the property since 2007 and have replastered, repainted and upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms. They also installed a new boiler.
Size: 1,450 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,238
Indoors: The unit has a combined living-and-dining area with high ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized windows and painted brick walls. There is also a wood-burning fireplace. The owners removed a half bathroom from this area and added a closet.
Two side bedrooms are off a hallway (one is quite narrow), and a large, quiet master bedroom faces the back. The galley kitchen has GE and Fisher & Paykel appliances. There is a full bathroom off the hall and another in the master. Each bathroom has white subway tile and a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: Cobble Hill Park, a half-block green space, is a short walk away. No off-street parking is available with this property.
Taxes: $5,832, plus a $272 monthly homeowner’s fee
Contact: Jamie Fedorko or Jessica Swersey, Warburg Realty, 917-969-5773; warburgrealty.com
Dallas | $1.799 Million
A 1929 house built in the style of a Normandy chateau, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on 0.99 acres
Robert L. Thornton Sr., a businessman who served as mayor of Dallas from 1953 to 1961, bought this property from its bankrupt first owner in the Great Depression, finished the house and lived there until his death in 1964. (His family remained for another decade.) The current owner bought it in 2005 and made some improvements, especially to the elaborate grounds. The house has two-year-old custom doors and windows and a four-year-old slate roof with six-inch copper gutters (oxidized for an antique look).
Called Chateaux des Grotteaux, the property sits behind an iron gate in the Lakewood neighborhood, five miles northeast of downtown Dallas. It is less than a mile west of White Rock Lake and a mile and a half west of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Size: 3,201 square feet
Price per square foot: $562
Indoors: The main entrance takes you past topiary and stone urns into a living room that resembles a great hall, with a double-height ceiling with trussed beams, polished wood flooring, a wall of enormous steel-framed windows and a curved plaster fireplace with gas logs. An archway at the end leads to a circular dining room (the base of a tower) with parquet floors, original diamond-paned windows and a molded plaster decorative ceiling. (The adjacent kitchen functions, but is badly in need of renovation.) Above the dining room is a circular study that was once a poker room. At the top of the tower is a crenelated roof deck.
A second archway takes you up a few steps to a large bedroom with a bay window and a decorative plaster ceiling. This room has the use of a vintage bathroom faced in lilac tiles, with a tub, a separate shower and a bidet. A much smaller bedroom is next to the study.
Another, unconnected bedroom wing is reached by a large spiral staircase at the opposite end of the living room. (The home also has an elevator, but it is currently not operable.) A room that was used by Mrs. Thornton includes a vaulted ceiling with dark beams, a carved rococo fireplace mantel and walls covered in bird-patterned paper. Steel-framed glass doors open to a private balcony overlooking the backyard.
Mr. Thornton occupied a room that has a tray ceiling, mirrored closet doors, a niche with built-in storage and its own balcony. A hallway bathroom between the two rooms used by the Thortons needs to be finished (it was gutted during the installation of an antique stained-glass window).
Outdoor space: The grounds have meandering paths, stone walls, specimen trees, a patio, a renovated saltwater swimming pool, a restored koi pond, a gazebo, a small amphitheater and a curving staircase descending to a subterranean “secret” garden. The original carriage house has been partly renovated, with a concrete foundation, electricity, plumbing and a patio. The antique cannon in front (as well as other cannons on the grounds) will remain (the statuary is negotiable). A garage was torn down, but materials are in place for new construction, including bricks and slate tiles that match the main building.
Contact: DeCarla Anderson, Compass, 214-695-9043; compass.com
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