What You Get for … $1,150,000
Albert Yee for The New York Times
WHAT: A house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $1,180,000
SIZE: 3,700 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $319
SETTING: This house is in Crestfield, a small, wooded neighborhood at the northern edge of Wilmington, near the Pennsylvania border. An old farm subdivided by a duPont employee in the early 1940s, the neighborhood consists of acre-plus lots and custom houses, most built between the 1940s and 1970s.
This house, a mix of farmhouse and contemporary, is on more than two acres near the end of a narrow tree-lined road. Central Wilmington is within about a 20-minute drive, Philadelphia about 35 minutes.
INDOORS: The two-story house was built in 1948 and updated about 10 years ago. The exterior is clapboard with a shingled roof; the interior is open plan, with skylights, walls of glass and extensive use of wood, including thick pine ceiling beams and some original beech flooring.
The living room has a fireplace; the dining room has a view of gardens. The family room has a fireplace, too, as well as a ceiling with skylights, a wall of glass and a heated floor. The lighting throughout the house is simple and contemporary, offsetting the rustic look of the wood beams. Most of the fixtures are wired through the beams for a cleaner look.
A 530-square-foot addition with a pitched ceiling with glass panels follows the grade of the land, creating three levels divided by a few steps that contain a library, a second dining area and a flagstone-floored greenhouse, sealed off from the rest of the interior by glass.
The kitchen was updated in 2005. It has a double-height glass ceiling, exposed beams and views of the grounds. The stainless-steel appliances are by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch; the countertops are soapstone.
One bedroom is on the first floor; the others, including the master, are upstairs. The master is part of a suite with skylights, built-in bookcases and shelves for art display and access to a small loft. A sitting area with a glass railing looks into the kitchen.
The property also has a four-car garage.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property has 2.12 acres. Its grounds include more than 2,000 plants and trees, including collections of Japanese maples, stewartias, redbuds and magnolias, and more than 300 different hostas. In 2001, the gardens were included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens.
The property has seven ponds, some with fountains and goldfish; a steel and brick pavilion; and broad brick patios.
TAXES: $5,298 a year
CONTACT: Holly Henderson-Smith and Dennis Mellor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, (646) 522-3723 / (302) 762-3309; froghollow19.com
WHAT: A contemporary with two bedrooms and three bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $1,200,000
SIZE: 2,982 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $402
SETTING: This contemporary is on about three acres on the outskirts of San Antonio. The neighborhood, Cielo Ridge, consists of a handful of custom houses on at least two and a half acres. Shopping and other amenities are a 15-minute drive away; downtown is about a half-hour.
INDOORS: The single-story house was completed in 2006. A steel structure clad in stone, stucco and glass, it was designed by Davis Sprinkle of Sprinkle & Co. Architects in San Antonio.
The overall design was inspired by midcentury modern architecture, while the layout nods to dogtrot houses of the American Southeast, with two separate sections joined by a glass corridor. In order to preserve single-level living, a large portion of the house was cantilevered over the landscape, about 25 feet above the ground. The house has unobstructed views of the countryside.
One section contains the common areas and one bedroom; the other the master suite. The layout is open plan, with tall ceilings, white-oak floors and walls of glass. Orientation is north, for indirect sun and passive cooling, helped further by deep overhangs.
The living area shares a long hall-like space with a dining area and a sleek, minimal kitchen designed by the German company Bulthaup. The countertops are a thick artificial stone with laminate in some areas and oak veneer in others, as well as a stainless-steel appliance garage. The island has a Kenmore induction cooktop and a Bosch oven; the refrigerator is Liebherr. The backsplash is wood, designed by Peter Zubiate, a local artist and furniture maker. There’s also an exercise room, which could be used as a den.
The master bedroom and an office are separated by a partial plaster wall housing a gas fireplace, with trowel marks retained for a rough, informal look. The room has extensive built-in shelves and drawers.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property has 3.1 sloping acres. The sellers also own a contiguous property of about 3.7 acres, for sale for an additional $259,900.
TAXES: Approximately $20,000 a year
CONTACT: Ann FitzGibbons, FitzGibbons and Associates Portfolio Real Estate Keller Williams, (210) 477-4881; fitzgibbonsandassociates.com
WHAT: A condo with two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $1,150,000
SIZE: 2,420 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $475
SETTING: This condo is on the second floor of a two-story brick building in downtown Portland. The city, a C-shape peninsula surrounded by Casco Bay, Back Cove and the Fore River, is the largest in the state. In addition to hotels, restaurants and a historic port, downtown is home to an arts district, as well as a three-mile trail around Back Cove, a few blocks from this building.
INDOORS: The building dates to 1929. Once a commercial structure and later apartments, it now has a condo upstairs and a restaurant called Nosh at street level.
This unit, a loft, was converted within the last year. The layout is open, with exposed brick walls and ductwork, 12.5-foot ceilings and windows overlooking the street. The floors are the original yellow pine, while other wood accents, doors and paneling are architectural salvage.
The great room has a living area with an exposed brick wall and a kitchen with quartz counters and custom cabinets. There is also a wet bar. The walls of one of the bedrooms were left open, to incorporate the space into the great room.
The master bedroom has an exposed brick wall and a wall-size arched window with motorized blinds. Its bathroom has a glassed-in shower with a rain head.
The unit conveys with a five-year lease on two off-street parking spots in a lot cater-corner to the building.
OUTDOOR SPACE: An open metal staircase in the great room leads to a roof deck overlooking downtown and Back Cove.
TAXES: Approximately $20,000 a year plus $369 a month in condo fees
CONTACT: Amy Tarbox, Bean Group, (207) 831-9121; amytarboxteam.com