$1.5 million homes in South Carolina, Texas and Maine

This is one of two units in the former coach house and kitchen of the James Jervey House, a federal-style brick home owned by a prominent local attorney and businessman. The building is located in the Ansonborough neighborhood, just blocks from a Harris Teeter grocery store, several boutique hotels and the Charleston Gaillard Center, one of the city’s largest performing arts venues.

Theodora Park, featuring a 32-foot reflective pool with fountain and hand-made tiles, is two blocks away. King Street, the center of the city’s nightlife, is around 800 m away. Charleston Harbor is a 5 minute drive and the beaches of Sullivan’s Island are around 25 minutes away.

Size: 1,776 square feet

Price per square meter: $842

Inside: A gate framed by a low wooden wall opens onto a pathway leading from the sidewalk to the mint green door of this unit, set in a brick arch with a skylight window.

Beyond the sunny mudroom is a second door that opens to a small foyer with hardwood floors and a staircase to the upper levels. To the left is a living room with windows to the garden and a gas fireplace with a stone oven next to it. Across the foyer is a dining room with built in shelving, another gas fireplace and more windows overlooking the garden.

Off the dining room is a galley kitchen with a ceiling fan to keep the room cool. A guest toilet is adjacent to this room, as is a door to the terrace.

There are two bedrooms with decorative fireplaces at either end of the second floor hallway. In between is a recently renovated bathroom.

The third floor, an open space with exposed beams and wide plank floors, could be used as a third bedroom or family room.

Outside: The brick patio next to the kitchen offers plenty of space for a dining table and BBQ. This space is surrounded by a shared garden with blooming jasmine and a gas lamp that illuminates the area at night. The unit has a gated off-street parking lot.

Steer: $19,284 (estimated) and a $275 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Leslie Turner, Maison Real Estate, 843-367-3722; maisonchs.com

Travis Heights, an Austin neighborhood with a mix of mid-century bungalows and new apartment complexes, is valued for its proximity to South Congress Avenue, one of the city’s main attractions. This home is about a mile from an old fashioned candy store with a soda fountain, several coffee shops and the Magnolia Cafe, a popular avenue restaurant.

The Big Stacy Neighborhood Pool, operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, is less than a half mile away, as is an entrance to the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve.

Size: 1,226 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,223

Inside: A paved path leads through the front lawn to a raised wooden porch which has room for a bench and a small container garden.

The front door opens into a living room with fireplace and original windows overlooking the front garden. The interiors were designed by DSLV Studio, a Brooklyn, NY design studio, which emphasized the home’s original details but used contemporary furnishings (some of which are available for purchase) to create a contemporary feel.

An arched door in the living room leads into a bright dining room with more front facing windows. This room and living room have direct access to the kitchen, which has been upgraded with new stainless steel appliances and marble counters. At one end of this room is a glass door that opens to the rear deck.

A hallway from the kitchen leads to the bedrooms at the back of the house. At the other end is the master bedroom, large enough to accommodate a king-size bed and a desk. Next door is a bathroom with a restored vanity and combination tub and shower lined with white subway tiles. The guest bedroom off the same hallway has a papered corner for a desk and chair.

Outside: There is currently a BBQ on the rear deck. From there steps lead down to a dining patio. A few steps further is a fire pit in a gravel area shaded by mature trees and framed by flowering plants. The gravel and brick driveway that runs alongside the house has space for two cars.

Steer: $13,125 (estimated)

Contact: Emily Waldmann and Megan Gallagher, DEN Property Group, 425-442-0727 or 407-922-7182; listings.denpg.com


Bridgton is in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region, about 40 miles northwest of Portland, and many of the homes there (including this one) have dramatic views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This house is about 10 minutes from the town center, where there is a grocery store, a drugstore and a cozy inn.

The area is particularly lively in summer, with a number of second homes and several summer camps around the nearby lakes. Highland Lake Beach is less than 10 minutes away by car, as is Harrison Marina on the north end of Long Lake.

Size: 4,961 square feet

Price per square meter: $302

Inside: A long driveway leads from the street to the front of the house, which is framed by a covered porch. Red double doors open to a foyer that extends to the back of the home. Off this room is a combined bathroom and laundry room which has a walk in shower and a washer and dryer.

To the left of the foyer is a living room divided into two seating areas by a freestanding fireplace with exposed brick on one side and stone on the other. On the other side of this room is a guest bedroom with six windows overlooking the backyard and an ensuite bathroom with a tub and shower combo.

To the right of the foyer is an open plan dining area and kitchen with expansive views through a wall of windows and a private door to the outside. The kitchen has two islands: one with butcher block; the other with built-in stove and sink, topped with marble. Another sink sits below the windows, and a double stove sits in an alcove lined with white subway tile.

The spacious master suite is on the second floor, off a long, carpeted hallway. It features wood paneled walls and ceilings, an elegant fireplace, and an ensuite bathroom with a deep soaking tub, walk-in shower, and a peacock pattern accent wall.

At the opposite end of the hall is a study with hardwood floors and a staircase leading directly to the kitchen. Three further bedrooms lead off the hallway; one is currently used as a home office. They share a bathroom with black and white tile floors and a glass-walled walk-in shower.

Outside: The terrace in front of the living room is big enough for a table and a set of chairs. The deck off the foyer holds a hot tub. A stone fire pit in the backyard offers unobstructed mountain views. The detached garage holds two cars, with parking for more in the gravel driveway.

Steer: $19,956 (estimated)

Contact: Sandra Wendland, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 207-233-7788; sothebysrealty.com

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