What You Get for $850,000
Joe Edens Architectural Photography
WHAT An 1894 house with six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $831,250
SIZE 5,989 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $139
SETTING This neoclassical brick home is in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood across from Central Park. Ionic columns support the covered front porch, and three-story bay windows lend character inside and out.
INDOORS Marble fireplaces, decorative glass and oak floors with inlaid patterns characterize the foyer, parlor and formal dining room. The kitchen was recently updated with custom cabinetry and honed black granite surfaces. An adjacent breakfast room is also used as a home office, and there is a downstairs powder room with a marble sink.
Up the elaborate oak staircase, past paneled walls and a stained-glass window, is a library with curved, lacquered walls that connects to the master bedroom. Both rooms have fireplaces. The master bedroom also has a dressing room and access to a porch overlooking the rear garden and pond. The master bathroom has a glass stall shower and water closet. This level also includes a front-facing guest bedroom with a fireplace and private porch, and a hallway bathroom.
The third floor has three bedrooms (one with a fireplace) and a bathroom.
OUTDOOR SPACE The home is on 0.22 of an acre and includes a detached three-car garage with an upstairs loft used for storage. The rear garden with pond will be a stop on the 25th annual Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, June 9 and 10.
TAXES $5,566 (2017)
CONTACT Sandy Gulick or Russell Smith, Kentucky Select Properties, 502-592-8664; kyselectproperties.com
Credit…Jonathan Simons/Hudson Home Tours
WHAT An early 1950s house designed by Marcel Breuer, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $849,000
SIZE 2,838 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $299
SETTING Called the McComb House after its original owners, this property was designed by the Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer following his work on housing at nearby Vassar College. Positioned on a moss-covered rocky ledge and approached by a meandering driveway, the home has a striking appearance, especially with its bright blue exterior panels. Over the years it has received three additions and sensitive updates to its roof, siding and windows. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
INDOORS Mr. Breuer exercised his modernist muscles by using cinder block, glass, particleboard and plywood, and creating a strong visual connection between the inside and outside.
The main wing, which is topped by a butterfly roof, consists largely of a long, flowing living room divided midway by a fireplace. This unadorned brick feature drops straight to the dark slate floor, without a hearth. Overlooking the space is the original master bedroom. Once separated by a curtain for privacy, it is now used as a media room and left open.
The galley kitchen has new cabinets and appliances. An adjacent dining area leads to an attached double-height screened porch.
A separate wing contains three first-floor bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and one with a shared bathroom. A master suite is upstairs.
OUTDOOR SPACE A study within the home opens onto a deck. The wooded 3.4-acre property includes many mature pine trees. There is an attached 459-square-foot garage and a carport.
TAXES $10,820 (estimated)
CONTACT Graham Klemm, Klemm Real Estate, 860-488-6635; klemmrealestate.com
WHAT A circa-1910 lakefront home with five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a boathouse
HOW MUCH $849,900
SIZE 3,022 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $281
SETTING Built for Joseph W. Fordney, a Republican congressman who was also a lumber executive, the house is in the White Lake area of Western Michigan, about an hour northwest of Grand Rapids. It is part of the San Juan Association development of about 40 homes that share 900 feet of lake frontage, with a beach and docks. This is the only home in the association to have a private boathouse.
INDOORS The current owners have restored many of the home’s historic features and updated the plumbing and mechanicals.
A deep covered porch with octagonal columns wraps around two sides. Several sets of doors open to a paneled living room that has a coffered ceiling, a brick fireplace and an inglenook. The paneled and coffered dining room has a bay window and a pass-through to the adjacent pantry and kitchen with Craftsman-style cabinetry. There is also a powder room.
A sitting area occupies the large second-floor landing, and French doors lead to a small outdoor porch. One of the original six upstairs bedrooms was turned into a second upstairs bathroom with a walk-in shower (there is also a master bathroom). Each bedroom has a deep closet, one of them with a window.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a bluff, on 0.3 of an acre, about 80 steps above the lake by way of a wooden staircase. The private boathouse at the base has electricity and cable access.
There is a detached one-car garage and a carport in back.
TAXES $6,900 (2017), and an annual homeowners’ association fee of $654
CONTACT Mary Siemer, Green Ridge Realty, 231-740-9448; greenridge.com