What You Get for … $1,000,000
Darren S. Higgins for The New York Times
WHAT An 1854 rowhouse with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $999,900
SIZE 5,339 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $187
SETTING This four-story brick house is in Mount Vernon, a neighborhood of stately homes and rowhouses north of downtown Baltimore. Known as the city’s cultural district, Mount Vernon was home to the grand mansions of 19th-century industrialists. Many of these historic buildings now house museums, galleries and shops. At the center of the neighborhood is the Mount Vernon Place Historic District, which features the first monument to George Washington, completed in 1829. Other notable structures in the area include the Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, both of which were built in the early 1850s.
INDOORS The 1854 house has been fully renovated and restored. Many of its original architectural features remain, like the marble fireplace mantels, the ornate cornice work and moldings, and the high ceilings. Hardwood floors can be found throughout the home.
A spacious entrance hallway leads to a double parlor with two marble fireplaces. There are six fireplaces in total.
The house also incorporates several modern elements like central air conditioning and zone cooling, and has a mix of vibrant colors and contemporary décor in several of the rooms.
The master suite has a fireplace, a seating area, an enormous bathroom and a sizable dressing room, and it connects to a media room with tall windows that open to a front balcony. The large eat-in kitchen, with a separate dining area, has ceramic tiles, stainless-steel appliances and a butler’s pantry.
There is also an unfinished basement with plenty of storage space.
OUTDOOR SPACE There is a spacious landscaped backyard with ipe wood decking and a pool lined with stainless steel. A carriage house on the property was converted into a three-car garage, with a brick loggia on top that provides an outdoor dining area.
TAXES $16,900 a year
CONTACT Kathy Stone of Keller Williams Legacy, 443-415-6287; kathystoneteam.com
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
WHAT A ranch-style house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms
HOW MUCH $998,000
SIZE 4,600 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $217
SETTING This metal-roof house, which was built in 1997, is in Shady Ridge Estates, a private community of 16 custom-built luxury homes nearly 10 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, in South Florida. The secluded residential development is a short drive from several beaches, as well as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
INDOORS The sprawling one-story house features an open floor plan and soaring ceilings, some as high as 14 feet, with oversize windows and hardwood floors. There are several ceiling fans throughout.
The spacious living room, anchored by a gas fireplace, and the nearby dining area look out onto a large landscaped atrium, which is the showpiece of the home. The private master bedroom suite, in the north wing, has a spalike bathroom, a separate seating area and a large dressing room. Three additional bedrooms are on the other side of the house.
The large open kitchen, with black granite countertops, numerous cabinets and a pantry, has an eating area and overlooks the backyard and pool. There is a separate laundry room and plenty of built-in storage.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a half-acre lot landscaped with numerous oak trees and lush gardens. The property has a decorated patio, screened-in pool area and two-car garage.
TAXES $11,385 a year; $150 a month homeowners’ association fee
CONTACT Oswaldo Vega of Optimar International Realty, 305-332-8854; optimarrealty.com
WHAT An 1894 Victorian with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
HOW MUCH $1,050,000
SIZE 3,600 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $292
SETTING This three-level house with a turreted facade is in the Lakewood Balmoral Historic District, a tree-lined residential area of older homes that is part of the Edgewater lakefront community on the North Side of Chicago. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood, which is about 60 acres, is close to Lake Michigan and within walking distance of public transportation as well as shops and restaurants in the nearby Andersonville neighborhood.
INDOORS Fully restored and updated, this 1894 house offers architectural details like stained-glass windows, wood moldings, hardwood floors and subway tiles in the bathrooms. Each of the rooms is fairly spacious, including the modern kitchen, which has a breakfast bar, walk-in pantry and an eating area. A cozy dining room off the kitchen has a decorative fireplace. The main level also has a large living room and a study.
The master suite, on the second floor, is well-lit with several windows; it includes a tiled master bath. There are two other bedrooms nearby. On the top floor is another bedroom suite, with a separate seating area and a bathroom.
There is a laundry room on the finished basement level, with ample storage. The basement can be used as a media room or a playroom.
OUTDOOR SPACE The home, which has a small front porch, sits on a 37.5-by-123-foot lot, along with a detached two-car garage. A large screened porch overlooks a landscaped backyard with a koi pond.
TAXES $11,795 a year
CONTACT Pamela Ball of Baird & Warner, 312-981-2824; bairdwarner.com