What You Get for… $2,800,000
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WHAT: A converted warehouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,795,000
SIZE: 2,274 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $1,229
SETTING: This house is in SoMa, or South of Market, a mixed-use neighborhood that runs from the San Francisco Bay inland to the Mission District. The neighborhood is home to museums and tech companies, as well as part of the financial district. This building, a 1927 warehouse, is on a short, narrow side street alongside a few light-industrial buildings, studios and townhouses near the southwestern edge of the neighborhood, an area with restaurants, coffee shops and the like.
INDOORS: The two-story building was converted within the last 10 years by Ben Frombgen, an architect and the founder of a San Francisco firm called bcooperative.
A loft-style space with 13-foot ceilings and radiant-heated concrete floors, the interior is dominated by a massive 35-foot-long pitched skylight with a retractable electric shade. The pipes over the kitchen were left exposed, while the weathered wood sides of the open staircase were salvaged from an old building on the Stanford University campus. (Mr. Frombgen said he recently finished using the last of them on a commercial project.) A solar hot water heater and a large bank of solar panels on the roof keep utility costs negligible.
The kitchen’s stainless-steel appliances include a 48-inch BlueStar range and a Northland refrigerator. The island, custom, is movable, and has a black granite countertop. The old trapdoor in the dining area opens to a 400-bottle wine and food cellar.
The second bedroom is upstairs. Its three large four-by-four warehouse windows overlook the street. Against one wall, there’s a Murphy bed. The building also has an attached one-car garage.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The 1,200-square-foot roof deck has views of the city skyline. The rooftop was landscaped by J. Angel Garcia of Bramble and Vine, and has a 550-gallon gray water irrigation system.
TAXES: Approximately $33,500 a year
CONTACT: Nina Hatvany, Pacific Union Christie’s International Real Estate, (415) 710-6462; ninahatvany.com
WHAT: A 19th-century townhouse with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,775,000
SIZE: 3,785 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $733
SETTING: This house is on a tree-lined, cobblestone street in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood characterized by 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Home to Georgetown University, the neighborhood has large parks on three sides, including the densely wooded Glover Archbold Park, which ends at a bike-and-pedestrian path along the Potomac River about five blocks south of this house.
Shops and restaurants are within a few blocks toward the river, around the junction of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and include locavore salad spots, dark bars with wood paneling, H & M and Dean & DeLuca.
INDOORS: The semidetached two-story house was built in 1865, with the last renovations done over the past few years. Much of the interior is original, including molding, medallions and other plasterwork. The wrought-iron steps leading to the front door were custom-made to replicate what was originally there.
The layout is side hall, with the living and dining rooms separated by heavy pocket doors. Both rooms have dentil molding and fireplaces with neat plaster surrounds. Double-hung six-over-six windows run nearly floor to ceiling.
The wood floors in the kitchen are painted with a checkered pattern in dark green and white, matching dark-green cabinets and empress-green marble countertops. Several of the rooms, including the kitchen, are wallpapered.
The master, upstairs on the detached side of the house, has a wall of windows. The master bathroom is done in reddish marble, with a soaking tub, a separate shower and two vanities. A second upstairs bedroom has wide-plank pine floors and opens to a small hallway that overlooks the library addition.
The third bedroom is on the lower level. It has a fireplace. Also downstairs are an office and a utility room with two cedar closets. The office has windows running along the detached side of the house, and French doors opening to the back terrace.
At the back of the house is a library addition with a 19-foot ceiling, three walls of bookshelves and a fourth wall of French doors opening to a balcony overlooking the terrace.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is about a tenth of an acre, fenced, with a back brick terrace and a small pool edged by perennial beds. A large old crepe myrtle provides shade.
TAXES: Approximately $13,000 a year
CONTACT: Ellen Abrams and Anne-Marie Finnell, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, (202) 255-8219 / (202) 329-7117; ttrsir.com
WHAT: A house with six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,775,000
SIZE: 4,796 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $579
SETTING: This house is on a winding road in West Cambridge, a quiet neighborhood of 18th- and 19th-century architecture about a mile west of Harvard University and its attendant square. Brattle Street, once home to George Washington and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is about a block away. The house is also within walking distance of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark of 170-plus acres that was one of the first garden cemeteries in the country. Fresh Pond, a reservoir ringed with a walking trail, is a couple of blocks away. Shopping and dining are concentrated around Harvard Square.
INDOORS: The three-story house was built in 1895 and updated over the past five years. It has a deep front porch and is framed by large, old trees.
Some aspects of the interior, including woodwork and wall tapestry in the dining room, are original, while much of the rest of the house has been renovated to period, with crown molding, latticed and leaded windows, and grandly proportioned living areas.
Past the front porch is a large foyer, opening to a living room on one side and a study on the other. The living room has a rounded wall of windows overlooking the deep front porch; the study has dark wood-paneled walls and a paneled white ceiling, as well as a fireplace with a brick surround and a dark wood mantel. An alcove is outfitted with bookshelves. The dining room also has a fireplace, as well as a bay window and doors to the front porch.
The kitchen and family room, an addition, share a large space separated by a prep counter, with a skylight and a wall of windows overlooking the yard. The kitchen counters are granite; appliances are stainless steel.
There are four bedrooms on the second floor, including the master. Built on top of the formal living room, the master also has a rounded wall of windows, and is part of a suite with a dressing room and four different closets. The second floor also has a sitting room, as well as a studio. A door off the hallway opens to a deck overlooking the gardens.
The third floor has two bedrooms and a study, with a door opening to a roof deck measuring nearly 400 square feet, also overlooking the gardens. The bathroom on the third floor has a jetted tub.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is about a half-acre, with a patio, a fountain, mature plantings and a flat lawn.
TAXES: Approximately $16,500 a year
CONTACT: Beth Dickerson, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, (617) 510-8565; bethdickerson.com