What You Get for … $3,000,000
Erik Jacobs for The New York Times
WHAT: A contemporary with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,998,000
SIZE: 5,145 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $583
SETTING: Weston is a serene, affluent suburb 17 miles west of Boston. Incorporated in the early 18th century, the town retains a rural character, patched with historic districts, more than 90 miles of woodland walking trails and 2,000 acres of conservation land. This house is on a winding Scenic Road, a local designation, in a neighborhood of large properties within a mile of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Most services are in the college town of Wellesley, about a 10-minute drive away.
INDOORS: The two-story contemporary was built in 1987 and updated within the last few years. The architect was E. Kevin Schopfer of Schopfer Associates in Boston; the house was Mr. Schopfer’s personal residence. Passive solar in design, it has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and is of single-room width on both floors, with south-southwest orientation.
The floor plan is open and bright, with a white color scheme and light-stained oak floors. The family room measures about 650 square feet, as does the combined living and dining room. At one end of the family room is a fireplace; opposite is a wall of entertainment storage. Bench seats in niches along the other two walls offer built-in seating, while the intricate ceiling is distinguished by what the architect describes as “a distinct and highly articulated pattern, composed of solids and voids.” The geometric design was inspired by the Golden Temple, a Chinese restaurant in nearby Brookline that the Schopfer firm renovated.
A breakfast room connects the family room to the dining/living room, with access to a back deck that steps down to a lawn. A hallway off the living room leads to laundry, extra closets and a mudroom connecting the house to a two-car garage. The kitchen, near the center of the floor plan, is a sleek, tidy space with stainless-steel appliances and lacquered cabinets from Scavolini.
The bedrooms are upstairs. Three, including the master, were designed to get the best of the eastern morning light. The master suite has a 300-square-foot sitting room and a sizable walk-in closet, as well as several smaller closets. Off the master sitting room, over the garage, is a 500-square-foot den with a fireplace, creating what amounts to a separate apartment taking up much of the second floor.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The 3.05-acre lot is flat and park-like, with a broad lawn leading to a pond shared with a neighboring property.
TAXES: $31,685 a year
CONTACT: Amy Mizner, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. Real Estate, (617) 851-4909; benoitmiznersimon.com
WHAT: A house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, plus a two-bedroom, two-bath guest cabin
HOW MUCH: $2,950,000
SIZE: 2,878 square feet in the main house, 884 square feet in the cabin
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $784
SETTING: Wilson is a community of about 1,500 people at the base of the Teton Pass, surrounded by national forest and parkland, including Yellowstone. Part of the area’s draw is its proximity to skiing around Jackson Hole, about 10 miles away. This house and guest cabin are on about 4.5 acres, across the road from 380 acres of conservation land on Fish Creek. The property is within a couple of miles of Wilson’s quaint downtown, which has a convenience store, a bar, a small community center headquartered in a 1931 schoolhouse and a restaurant called Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, which won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2012.
INDOORS: The main cabin was built in the mid-1960s and updated in the late 1990s; the guest cabin was built in the early 1990s. The main cabin is frame construction with half-log siding; the guest cabin is full-log construction. Both are single-story structures with metal roofs, and a lamp-lighted stone pathway connects the two.
The clean, rustic interior of the main cabin is almost entirely wood, with a pitched, beamed ceiling in the living room, rough-cut log ceiling accents in the kitchen and dining areas, and knotty-pine paneling throughout. One of the living room walls is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; the dining room has a wagon-wheel chandelier. The kitchen’s heavy cast-iron Aga range was installed during the renovation; there is also an old wood-burning stove.
The bedrooms are off a long hall leading away from the common areas. The master, which has a corner fireplace, is part of a suite with two bathrooms and two closets. French doors open to a private deck with a hot tub. The two-bedroom guest cabin has a kitchen and a living area. There is also a garage with an office.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is mostly clear, with lawns and flower beds and a scattering of trees.
TAXES: approximately $7,792 a year
CONTACT: Mercedes Huff, Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty, (307) 690-9000; mercedeshuff.com
RICHMOND HILL, GA.
WHAT: A lakefront house with four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,995,000, fully furnished
SIZE: 6,857 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $437
SETTING: Richmond Hill is a small city about a 25-minute drive from Savannah, on the Ogeechee River. This house is part of a gated community called the Ford Plantation, developed on a large swath of land where Henry Ford once wintered. The community has about 165 homes spread over 1,800 acres, with a Pete Dye golf course, a hunting club, a marina and an equestrian center, as well as places for fishing, swimming and tennis. The house is at the end of a long point overlooking Lake Sterling.
INDOORS: The two-story house was built in 1999 and has been updated periodically since 2002. It was designed by James L. Strickland of the architecture firm Historical Concepts, which has offices in Atlanta and New York.
Inspired by classical architecture as well as old Savannah and Southern styles, it has a pedimented facade, a symmetrical layout and other period touches. The kitchen, for example, was designed to look as if it was an addition to an older structure, with clapboard walls and painted wood floors, the way it might have evolved in an antebellum house.
The front door opens to a formal central hall with dual staircases winding up to the second level. Three generously sized porches, including a screened porch with a fireplace and a glassed-in porch with a bowed wall of windows, both measuring about 500 square feet, face south, overlooking the lake.
Common areas include a large living and dining room and a library with walls custom-painted to look like wood paneling. Floors in the common rooms are reclaimed heart pine; the ceilings are about 12 feet tall. The furnishings, a mix of antiques and reproductions of Early American pieces, were selected for the house by the owners and by Julie Rushing, an interior designer.
Kitchen appliances include an eight-burner Viking stove, a Thermador oven and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine coolers. The room opens to a sunny breakfast area facing the lake. The butler’s pantry has enough appliances to serve as an auxiliary kitchen.
Two gallery-like hallways lead from the main part of the house to side wings, one containing the first-floor master suite, another the garage, a den and an office.
The walls in the master bedroom are covered in hand-painted silk. The suite has a kitchen with a built-in coffee maker, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. The bathroom has a tub with a hand-painted design. A walkway from the suite’s private porch leads to a small garden. The other three bedrooms are upstairs, all with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is on 1.9 acres, most of it lawn on the lakefront side of the property.
TAXES: Approximately $33,479 a year, plus $3,500 a year in property owner’s association fees, $20,000 a year in required club membership dues and an annual maintenance fee of $2,400
CONTACT: Peter Nelsen and William Headley, Seabolt Brokers, (912) 713-3343; fordplantation.com