East Hampton, Conn. | $595,000
A 1987 house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms
This timber-framed house is in the Connecticut River community of Middle Haddam, in the town of East Hampton. It was built with a high-end prefabricated panel system. It is about half an hour from Hartford and Old Saybrook, Conn.
Size: 3,235 square feet
Price per square foot: $184
Indoors: Double mahogany front doors open to a great room with a 14-foot cedar cathedral ceiling. A chimney with a fireplace divides the space. On one side is a living room with mahogany sliding doors that lead to a rear deck made of ipe. On the other side are a dining room and an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel cabinets and appliances. A tiled sunroom connects the kitchen to the two-car garage.
The bedroom wing on this level includes a master with a double-height ceiling with skylights, an en suite bathroom with a tub and shower, and access to a balcony. There is also a second bedroom and a bathroom with a tub.
The walkout lower level includes a family room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Outdoor space: The 1.9-acre property has stone retaining walls, stone and gravel paths, junipers (among other conifers) and deciduous trees that burst into autumn color. The property is part of a 12-member homeowners’ association that has an undeveloped lot overlooking the river. A public kayak launch is three blocks away.
Taxes: $7,491, plus a $400 annual association fee
Contact: Elke Martin, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 860-227-9598; coldwellbankerhomes.com
Winchester, Va. | $550,000
A renovated early 19th-century log home with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and two half bathrooms
The house, called Ravenswyck, sits outside a Shenandoah Valley city with many claims to fame, not least that it was the hometown of Patsy Cline. Dulles International Airport is slightly more than an hour away.
From the 1950s until 2002, the house was occupied by an artist named Osborne Miller, who kept a large flock of birds on the property, including dozens of peacocks. For half a century before that, it was the home of a blacksmith.
Size: 2,210 square feet
Price per square foot: $249
Indoors: The oldest portion of the building dates to at least 1827 and includes a main-floor living room, a second-floor bedroom and a library mezzanine. An addition of uncertain date introduced an enclosed stonewalled porch used as an office and a second upstairs bedroom. The dining room was added in 1956 and extended to accommodate a kitchen in the 1970s.
Among the outbuildings is a one-bedroom guesthouse with laundry and storage facilities on the main floor and a back porch with a garden. Built of pine trees from the property, it was originally a meat house. Other structures have been used as a woodworking shop and an artist’s studio with an attached potting shed.
The artworks on the property are for sale.
Outdoor space: The 12.56-acre property is rolling and wooded, and intersected by a creek. It includes perennial and vegetable gardens.
Contact: Michael Moore, Compass, 202-262-7762; spws.homevisit.com
Grand Junction, Colo. | $560,000
A midcentury-modern house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designed by Fritz Benedict, who was trained as a landscape architect and worked under Frank Lloyd Wright as the head gardener at both Taliesin sites (he also designed the master plans for the Colorado ski resorts at Vail, Snowmass Village and Breckenridge), this 1959 house is dedicated to harmonizing interior and exterior. It is privately situated in a small subdivision near the center of the city.
Size: 2,062 square feet
Price per square foot: $272
Indoors: The most striking feature of this single-level home is a glass-walled semicircular living room with wood beams and a stone fireplace ornamented by a copper hood. The current owner, who has lived in the house for more than three decades, converted the attached one-car garage into a family room and dining room, and updated the eat-in kitchen.
The master bedroom has a wall of glass and an en suite bathroom. Two additional bedrooms share a hallway bathroom.
Although the building was designed to be passively cooled, it also has central air-conditioning.
Outdoor space: The one-acre property is hidden from the street and separated from its neighbors by privacy fences and mature trees. It includes raised garden beds, a gazebo and a 450-square-foot outbuilding with electricity that could be used as an art or yoga studio.
Contact: Sam Barnes, the Shafer Team, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, 970-296-4383; coldwellbankerluxury.com