What You Get for … $2,700,000
WHAT A modernist house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $2,695,000
SIZE 3,947 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $683
SETTING This house is in an 8,000-acre gated and guarded community called Desert Mountain, at the edge of Tonto National Forest. The house sits on the 15th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus-designed Geronimo golf course, with desert and mountains beyond. In addition to six golf courses, six clubhouses and facilities for tennis and fitness, the community maintains several walking and hiking trails.
INDOORS The house was built in 2009 and designed by Lake Flato, a San Antonio architecture firm that won an American Institute of Architects award for it. It is sited roughly east-west, for desert and mountain views, and has glass walls, high ceilings (some of them 14 feet), large pivot doors that open to courtyards landscaped with native plants, and wide eaves that provide shade from the desert sun.
The living-and-dining room has a corner fireplace set into intersecting glass walls. Two of the room’s walls are partially paneled with mesquite, a material also used for the floors. The kitchen and sitting room, which overlook the pool, patio and golf course, have concrete floors, and ceilings paneled in white oak. The kitchen cabinets are white oak, as well; the appliances are stainless steel and the counters are honed limestone.
The master bedroom has a wall of white oak cabinetry and an office area with a built-in desk facing a glass wall; it opens to a private patio with a metal shade. The master bathroom has two walk-in closets, a pair of vanities and sinks separated by a large glass shower, and more white oak cabinetry. The other two bedrooms are separated from the main house by short walkways shaded with steel pergolas. All three bedrooms are oriented to allow unbroken views of the desert, with no sight of the pool, golf course or neighboring properties. The property has a two-car garage with adjoining storage space.
OUTDOOR SPACE The lot is about 0.6 acre, with a steel-wrapped infinity pool and hot tub, as well as a built-in barbecue. A sunken stone patio near the pool has a firepit.
TAXES $7,378 a year, plus $365 a month in homeowner fees
CONTACT Scott Jarson and Debbie Jarson, azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson, 480-425-9300; azarchitecture.com
Wadmalaw Island, S.C.
WHAT A creekside home with three bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, plus a bunk room adjoining the garage
HOW MUCH $2,595,000
SIZE 4,922 square feet total
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $527
SETTING Wadmalaw is an island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about 15 miles southwest of Charleston. The population is less than 3,000, and the land is edged with tidal marsh and shaded by live oaks. This house is in a gated community of about 50 homes built between two creeks; one of the creeks has a private dock, the other a boat landing. The house is on three acres, fronting the southern creek.
INDOORS The single-story U-shaped house, around a central courtyard, was built in 2015 and designed by Eric J. Smith, a New York architect. The interior is bright and open, with 12-foot ceilings and picture windows that frame views of the creek and trees. The entry hall is a gallery-like room with flagstone floors. The formal living room has light-colored floors and windows on three sides, with several sets of French doors leading outside. A large concrete fireplace mantel on one wall was custom-made to replicate an early 18th-century mantel from a house belonging to the English designer Robert Kime.
The den, which also has windows on three sides, is paneled in wood from an old Georgia barn. A picture window at one end of the room frames a large live oak. The same barn wood was used to face the kitchen cabinets and conceal the stainless-steel appliances. A Lacanche range sits in a brick alcove, and a bay window over the sink frames the marsh.
A study near the kitchen and den opens to a deck with a pool, situated on the side of the house so as not to block views.
The master bedroom faces east, toward the creek; the master bathroom has a jetted tub with a glassed-in tile shower. The bunkroom adjoining the garage has an attached bath, and there is a living room over the garage.
OUTDOOR SPACE The front courtyard is divided into quadrants, with flagstone porches on two sides and gravel walkways leading to a water feature in the center. A screened porch off the living room and kitchen area faces the creek, with a daybed suspended by rope. The lot is 3.06 acres.
TAXES $5,459 a year, plus $1,500 a year in community dues
CONTACT Joni Hazelton, Handsome Properties, 843-754-8102; handsomeproperties.com
WHAT A Richardsonian Romanesque house with six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on the San Antonio River
HOW MUCH $2,700,000
SIZE 6,457 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $418
SETTING This house is in King William, a neighborhood of grand Victorian-era houses in greater downtown San Antonio. Much of the neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was developed by German merchants and businessmen during the mid-1800s on agricultural land from a nearby Catholic mission. (This house, built in the early 1890s, was designed for George Kalteyer, a chemist and pharmacist who was later president of a cement company.) Theaters, museums, shops and restaurants are all within a couple of blocks, along the banks of the San Antonio River.
INDOORS The three-story house was designed by James Riely Gordon, an architect responsible for a number of county courthouses in Texas, as well as several homes, many of them in San Antonio. The house has direct access to a walking path along the river, a rarity in the neighborhood.
The exterior is brick and limestone, with a deep, columned front porch and large arched windows. The three-story entry hall has a stained-glass skylight that opens using a pulley system, to help with ventilation. The other common areas are grandly proportioned as well, with 12-foot ceilings and elaborate molding. The dining room has wood floors even more intricately inlaid than those in the entry hall. The home’s seven fireplaces are framed by tile work and heavy mantels, and most rooms have their original light fixtures, with electric and gas fittings. The kitchen, updated during renovations about 25 years ago, has stainless-steel appliances and wood cabinets that match the room’s beadboard wainscoting. The study has gold-painted molding.
A mezzanine-like landing in a turret between the first and second floors has a built-in bench and stained-glass windows. Bedrooms are on the second floor. Several of them have hand-carved marble sinks; the master is just over the living room, with similar arched windows. The third level has a ballroom with access to a balcony, and a secondary room used as a card room. The climate-controlled basement is used for storage.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house is on about a third of an acre, with open lawn shaded by old-growth trees. A city-owned gate separates the property from a walkway along the river.
TAXES About $30,000
CONTACT Kristin Kellum, Phyllis Browning Company, 210-601-6369; phyllisbrowning.com