$775,000 Homes in Connecticut, California and Ohio

An early 18th-century house outside of Hartford, a postwar bungalow in Los Angeles and an 1869 home near Cincinnati.

What You Get for $775,000

$775,000 Homes in Connecticut, California and Ohio

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Known as Shepherd’s Hill, this house is in the Middle Haddam National Register Historic District, about a half-hour south of Hartford, with views of the nearby Connecticut River.

Size: 2,352 square feet

Price per square foot: $330

Indoors: It is assumed that Shepherd’s Hill was built for a wealthy family because of ceilings that are notably high for the colonial period. Many antique details remain, including wavy window glass and five fireplaces.

Passing through the original shuttered doors, one enters a foyer with recently hand-painted wall and floor patterns. To the right is the dining room; to the left, a kitchen laid out over two rooms, with wide-board floors, beveled cabinets, duplicate sinks and stoves and French doors opening to a stone patio. At the rear of the house is a 24-foot-long living room with the original cooking hearth and a dramatic bow window overlooking the gardens and river.

Upstairs is a master suite reconfigured to include a bathroom with wood cabinetry, and a private porch. This level has two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.

Outdoor space: The 5.6-acre property includes a buildable lot overlooking the river. There is also a pond-shaped in-ground swimming pool with a stone surround, a garden house and a three-bay carriage barn.

Taxes: $7,723

Contact: Jennifer Caulfield and Jane Pfeffer, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-388-7710;

$775,000 Homes in Connecticut, California and Ohio

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This home is in the historic View Park-Windsor Hills area, about halfway between Venice Beach and downtown. Los Angeles International Airport is less than 10 minutes away (traffic conditions permitting).

Size: 1,385 square feet

Price per square foot: $554

Indoors: The owners, Melissa Mascara, an interior designer, and Andrew Collora, a chef and landscape designer, have brought elegant simplicity to a midcentury ranch house with a dramatic rubber tree in front. Details include hardwood floors, an L-shaped living-and-dining area, a galley kitchen with granite counters and three nicely sized bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and another currently used as a sitting room. Part of the two-car garage has been converted into Ms. Mascara’s studio. (The furnishings in both buildings are available to buy.)

Outdoor space: Mr. Collora designed the drought-resistant front yard and lush back garden, which has a patio and raised vegetable beds.

Taxes: $9,500 (estimated)

Contact: Elizabeth Welchman, Core Real Estate Group, 310-666-9682;

Completed in 1869 for a railroad executive, this brick house with lacy white trim is in a historic district that was one of the first planned subdivisions in the United States. Interstate 275 is within a few miles, and the trip to downtown Cincinnati takes about 20 minutes.

Size: 5,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $144

Indoors: Only five families have owned this property in the 149 years since it was built; each has passed down the original door key, along with a note wishing the next family well. The hardwood floors, elaborate plaster moldings and medallions, stained-glass transoms, chandeliers (converted from gas to electric) and 10 fireplaces are among the many original features.

The front door opens to a hallway with a winding staircase that contains storage drawers and a closet. To the left is a living room with a deep bay window that continues into a sun porch addition. To the right is a family room with another bay window, a bookcase that will remain with the property and a fireplace decorated with delft tiles. This room leads into a dining room with a pier mirror and a built-in mahogany china cabinet. The adjacent kitchen has a tin ceiling and pantry and also connects to the sun porch.

The four second-floor bedrooms include a master bedroom with two closets, a fireplace and an en suite bathroom with a shower. The third floor has two connected recreation rooms, each currently holding a pool or billiard table. There is also a fifth bedroom and a space used for hobbies and laundry.

Outdoor space: Set far back on its 1.88-acre lot, the house has a large front lawn, a rear porch and patio, and a circular driveway. Parking is in an attached two-car garage. There is also a storage shed.

Taxes: $15,810 (2017)

Contact: Kris Gilliland, Sibcy Cline Realtors, 513-578-3606;

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