Ewing, NJ | $1.1 million
A 1908 riverfront property with seven bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms on a 6 acre lot
This home is about three miles from Washington Crossing State Park – a 500-acre tract marking the spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware River in 1776 – which attracts visitors with its hiking trails and collection of historic buildings. Directly across from the house is an entrance to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail, which uses a towpath that was once used to transport barges in the pre-steam years.
Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, Pa., with their art galleries, antique shops and restaurants are about 15 minutes away, as is Trenton, NJ. Philadelphia is approximately 45 minutes to an hour’s drive away.
Size: 4,723 square feet
Price per square meter: $233
Inside: A driveway snakes up from the street to a covered porch shaded by green-and-white striped awnings.
Beyond the front door is a foyer with high ceilings and a grand staircase leading to the second level. On the left is a living room with a marble fireplace. Behind is a conservatory with bay windows and access to the terrace. A wide door leads into a dining room with a built-in window seat, cupboards and a wet bar.
At the rear of this level is an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook heated by a gas fireplace. Around the corner is a powder room and family room with cork flooring and other fixtures.
Six bedrooms are on the second floor. The master bedroom is at the front of the house and features recently renovated hardwood floors, multiple windows and a wall lined with closets. The en-suite bathroom has a combination tub and shower and a marble-clad vanity.
Five guest bedrooms lead off the hallway that extends to the rear of the house. One bedroom has its own bathroom; the others share a bathroom off the hallway. Each bedroom accommodates a queen-size bed and a desk, and one has direct access to an enclosed sleeping porch. A second enclosed sleeping porch off the main hallway is currently used as a study.
The carpeted third floor could be used as a guest bedroom or media room. On this level is another full bathroom with a floating wooden vanity and a combination tub and shower.
Outside: The paved patio in front of the family room could easily accommodate an outdoor dining and cooking facility. Beyond is a wide, flat lawn framed by mature trees. The detached garage has space for two cars, with additional parking in the driveway.
Steer: $18,540 (estimated)
Contact: Maria Dwyer, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors, 215-519-6048; foxroach.com
Los Angeles | $1.095 million
A 1927 built Spanish style two bedroom, one and a half bathroom home on a .1 acre lot
This home is located in Glassell Park, a hilly area in northeast Los Angeles between the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Mount Washington and the city of Glendale. It has easy access to California State Route 2, a freeway that runs from Echo Park, about 10 minutes south, to Angeles National Forest, about a half hour north.
The property borders Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a historic cemetery where Hollywood stars such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Stewart were buried. Dodger Stadium is a 10 minute drive away; Driving to downtown Los Angeles takes about 20 minutes.
Size: 1,486 square feet
Price per square meter: $737
Inside: The house is separated from the street by an ivy-covered privacy wall. A wrought iron gate opens onto a staircase leading to the original front door.
Three arches lead from the foyer to the living room, which features a fireplace with a simple stone surround, a floor-to-ceiling picture window overlooking the neighborhood, and French doors to the backyard.
Across the living room is a kitchen with a center island, butcher block counters and a farmhouse style sink under a garden window. On the other side of the island is an open plan dining area with further French doors and a powder room with a white porcelain sink.
A long hallway leads from the foyer to the two bedrooms and bathroom on the other side of the house. The master bedroom is flooded with natural light thanks to large windows with original hardware that face the hillside.
The bathroom next door has its original black and green tiles lining the shower and separate bath. Above the tub is a window that opens onto the courtyard. The guest bedroom is located on the other side of the bathroom and has enough space for a double bed and a desk.
Outside: Accessed from the living room, dining room and kitchen, the backyard features multiple entertaining areas: a built-in bar with comfortable seating for five, a dining area beneath a wooden pergola, and a raised deck with a central fire pit. There’s also a bubbling fountain accented by red brick and Spanish tiles. The attached street level garage has space for two cars.
Steer: $13,692 (estimated)
Contact: Rene Wiebensohn and Gary Mazziotti, Compass, 323-797-0858; kompass.com
Essex, Conn. | $1.1 million
An 1852 home with three bedrooms and four bathrooms on a 1/2 acre lot
Essex is located on the Connecticut River about three hours from New York City and 40 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut. The city was the scene of a major assault by British forces during the War of 1812 and today the events of that day are celebrated annually with a Pipe and Drum Parade. The Connecticut River Museum, less than a mile from this home, offers a detailed look at the area’s history.
The town center is quaint, lined with shops and restaurants overlooking the water, as do many of the homes. City Hall and the public library are less than a 10 minute walk from this home, as is Grove Street Park & Playground and Hubbard Field with a basketball court, volleyball courts and a baseball field.
Size: 3,176 square meters
Price per square meter: $346
Inside: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the front door, which opens into a sunny foyer with original hardwood floors.
On the left is a living room with windows to the front garden. One of the home’s two original fireplaces is in the adjoining sitting area.
To the right of the seating area is a formal dining room with white paneling and built in cupboards in two corners. There is also another outside entrance on this side of the house, easily accessible from the driveway.
The spacious kitchen leads off the sitting area, with built in bench and space for a breakfast table. Some of the appliances are stainless steel, including a Viking cooktop; others, like the Sub-Zero refrigerator, are built into the cabinet with wood panels.
Off a short hallway extending from the kitchen is a family room with another original fireplace and direct access to the rear deck. Across the hall is a full bathroom and storage space.
Stairs in the entrance area lead to the second level where there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master suite is at the top of the stairs, with large windows overlooking the water and a bathroom with a glass-walled walk-in shower and wooden vanity. The other two bedrooms on this level share a full bathroom with a claw foot tub and a window with pretty garden views.
The lowest level of the house has another full bathroom as well as a kitchenette and an additional room that could be used as a home office or art studio.
Outside: The patio in front of the family room is a lovely spot for al fresco dining with expansive views of the Connecticut River and the property’s mature trees. A patio below the deck could accommodate a dining table or serve as an outdoor play area. The detached garage has space for two cars.
Steer: $12,804 (estimated)
Contact: Laurie Mazzeo, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 203-641-6837; sothebysrealty.com
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