What You Get for … About $700,000
GLEN MILLS, PA.
WHAT: An 18th-century farmhouse with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest cottage
HOW MUCH: $730,500
SIZE: 3,100 square feet in the main house and about 500 square feet in the guesthouse
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $203
SETTING: Glen Mills is an unincorporated community about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Most of the area is quiet and pastoral, dotted with farmsteads and older houses. This property, a four-acre parcel anchored by the 18th-century farmhouse, is off a winding country road near the northwest corner of town, about seven miles from the more populous West Chester, whose quaint shopping district was recently named a semifinalist for the Great American Main Street Award by a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property falls within the West Chester school district, whose high schools were ranked among the 500 best in the nation by Newsweek in 2016.
INDOORS: The three-story main house was built around 1710 and updated about 15 years ago. Construction is stone, covered with horsehair plaster, and topped by a cedar-shingle roof. The interior is largely original, with hardwood floors, plaster walls and built-in cupboards and bookshelves throughout.
The living room’s wide stone fireplace is outfitted with a wood-burning stove. An adjoining sitting area opens to the gardens. The kitchen has checkered floors, stainless-steel appliances and Corian counters.
Three bedrooms, including the master, are on the second floor. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with skylights and several closets, as well as some small built-in cupboards originally used as warming closets for blankets. Both of the other bedrooms on the second floor have brick fireplaces with wood mantels. A fourth bedroom, on the third floor, is an open space with skylights, converted from an attic. Storage and laundry are in the basement.
The guest cottage, which was once a springhouse, has a bedroom and bathroom as well as a sitting room with a brick fireplace. There is another brick fireplace in the semi-enclosed structure near the main house that originally served as a summer kitchen. The garage has two bays for cars, and a third for a tractor and storage.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is just shy of four acres, with a horse paddock and shed, vegetable-and-herb garden, flower beds and large old-growth trees.
TAXES: $6,480 a year
CONTACT: Ian Bunch, Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 610-662-0063; bfpsothebysrealty.com
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.
WHAT: A midcentury modern with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $750,000
SIZE: 3,188 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $235
SETTING: Chapel Hill is a low-key college town in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh and Durham. About a 10-minute drive from the University of North Carolina and Jordan Lake, this house sits on a nearly two-acre lot in a neighborhood of similarly sized lots, with a horse pasture across the road.
INDOORS: The house was built in 1966 and extensively renovated by Barnett Adler, a local residential and commercial architect, last year. The exterior is mostly limestone and glass, with a slatted-fir porch. The interior is open-plan, with several partial walls made from slate or fir that echo the exterior woodwork.
The living room has a limestone fireplace with a fir mantel and refinished hardwood floors stained to match the fireplace. A sliding-glass door opens to a terrace, with steps leading down to a yard.
A two-story carport was converted into a kitchen and dining area with vaulted ceilings and light gray Caesarstone tile floors. The kitchen has quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances and cabinetry by Besh, a Raleigh company specializing in modern designs. The adjoining family room has an original limestone fireplace.
The bedrooms are upstairs, with refinished hardwood floors. The master has a private balcony and a bathroom with skylights, a free-standing tub, a shower with dual rain heads and a window seat overlooking the woods.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is about an acre and three-quarters, half-wooded, with a large yard and a gravel courtyard.
TAXES: About $8,400 a year
CONTACT: Angela Roehl, Keller Williams Realty Cary, 919-995-0550; angelaroehl.com
WHAT: A midcentury modern with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a small island
HOW MUCH: $700,000
SIZE: 1,610 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $435
SETTING: This house is on Siesta Key, a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The house is near the northern end of the island, which is carved up by small inlets and canals, and just a few blocks from a colorful pocket of shops and restaurants, as well as the white sands of Siesta Beach, running several miles down the coast. Along with neighboring Lido Key, this island is mostly residential and architecturally mixed, dotted with midcentury designs that belong to a postwar movement known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Downtown Sarasota is about six miles away.
INDOORS: The single-story house was built in 1960 and extensively renovated about three years ago. The exterior is a mix of dark wood and concrete block, with a string of punched skylights under the eaves. A path of concrete slabs leads to the double doors in front, which open to a foyer with concrete floors. The interior is open-plan, with glass walls and pitched ceilings, most of which rise to more than 14 feet and have skylights.
The great room has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and an accent wall of stacked travertine brick, a rough, naturalistic look that continues into the kitchen. Sliding-glass doors in the dining area open to a porch, and the floors are a dark porcelain tile.
The bedrooms are separated for privacy. Both have en-suite bathrooms, and the master has a custom vanity inlaid with ribbons of colored glass reminiscent of flowing water, surrounded by seafoam-colored tile.
The house has also been outfitted with a Samsung smart-home package, a new roof, plumbing and HVAC, as well as new windows and sliding-glass doors in most rooms.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is fenced and gated, with about 1,000 square feet of outdoor living space.
TAXES: About $6,800 a year
CONTACT: Amy Robinson, Amy Robinson Real Estate, 941-928-2044; amyrobinson.com