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- 1 Charleston, S.C. | $625,000
- 2 Omaha | $650,000
- 3 Bernardsville, N.J. | $634,900
Charleston, S.C. | $625,000
A 1945 brick-clad cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This home is in Byrnes Downs, a neighborhood west of the Ashley River. On the other side of the river is the peninsula with historic downtown Charleston; you can drive over the bridge and be there in less than 10 minutes. The West Ashley Greenway, a rail trail that extends more than 10 miles, is less than two blocks from this property, and a number of restaurants, bars and shops are clustered along main roads to the north and east. A Whole Foods and a tennis center that charges a nominal fee for court use are less than a mile west. Folly Beach is about 10 miles south.
Size: 1,384 square feet
Price per square foot: $452
Indoors: The front door opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and traditional molding painted a glossy white. Next to it is a dining room lit by a brass chandelier with spidery arms and double-hung windows with energy-efficient glass. The adjacent galley kitchen was recently remodeled and has marble-topped, white custom cabinets, subway-tiled walls, wide-board flooring and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range.
Two bedrooms with hardwood floors, chair-rail molding and sash windows with shutters are on the main level. They share a bathroom that has an original cast-iron tub, basket-weave floor tile and striped wallpaper. A small third bedroom was converted into a windowed laundry room. The attic was remade into a bedroom that is currently being used as an office. The en suite bathroom has striped wallpaper and a shower.
Outdoor space: A white picket fence surrounds the front lawn. The kitchen opens to a moss-covered stone patio with boxwoods, azaleas and camellias. Beyond that is a rear lawn area and additional garden beds. A small storage shed is attached to one side of the house, and a driveway for off-street parking is on the other side.
Taxes: $1,548 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $11,330)
Contact: Jimmy Dye, The Cassina Group, 843-628-0008; thecassinagroup.com
Omaha | $650,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in a converted industrial loft building
This home is one of eight units in a turn-of-the-20th-century brick factory building in the Old Market neighborhood of Omaha. It is surrounded by restaurants, pubs and coffeehouses and a few blocks from a library, a farmers’ market and the Orpheum Theater for the performing arts. The CHI Health Center, which holds sporting events, is a mile northeast. The 31-acre Heartland of America Park is about half a mile east, at the edge of the Missouri River.
Size: 2,287 square feet
Price per square foot: $284
Indoors: This unit is on the second floor of the three-story elevator building. Vintage features include exposed brick, timber posts and beams, hardwood floors (carpeted in some rooms) and oversized windows, many arched. The living-and-dining room includes modern pendant lights that have the look of Saturn and an enormous vestigial metal door set into a brick wall that once connected rooms and was preserved as an architectural element. The kitchen opens to this space with an L-shaped bar and see-through upper cabinets suspended by cables. Within the kitchen are a corner sink with two basins and stainless steel appliances.
One bedroom has painted wood floors and contains a raised corner office area with built-in wood-and-concrete shelves. The walk-in closet just outside is fitted with a dresser and multiple nooks for hanging clothes. It is next to a bathroom that includes a vanity with double sinks, a jetted tub set into a concrete pedestal and a glass-and-concrete-walled shower with interior tiling. The second bedroom has a wall of exposed brick, natural wood floors and a large closet. The second bathroom includes a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: Residents share a courtyard with seating and planted areas (and huge exposed ducts crossing the area like steampunk sculpture). This unit comes with two heated garage spaces and a large basement storage space.
Taxes: $6,710 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $313,400), plus a $330 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: Sandi S. Downing, Sandi Downing Real Estate, 402-214-5621; sandidowningrealestate.com
Bernardsville, N.J. | $634,900
A converted stone church with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.27-acre lot
George B. Post, the Beaux-Arts architect, designed a number of Gilded Age mansions for the wealthy summer residents of Bernardsville, a borough of 7,500 people, about 40 miles west of Manhattan and about eight miles southwest of Morristown, N.J. It is believed that in the 1890s or early 1900s, his office furnished the plans for a parish church in a working-class neighborhood, to be used by the Italian Catholic stonemasons who built the houses of tycoons on Bernardsville Mountain. In 1995, the little church was turned into a residence. It has undergone multiple updates since then, including a new kitchen, new bathrooms and a renovated basement with two bedrooms and a rec room.
The house is half a mile south of the historic center of Bernardsville, which includes restaurants, shopping, a library, a barber shop, a weekly farmers’ market and a New Jersey Transit train station. The ride to Pennsylvania Station takes about an hour and a quarter, with a transfer in Summit, N.J.
Size: 2,310 square feet
Price per square foot: $275
Indoors: The phrase “cathedral ceiling” certainly applies to this living room, whose sloping timber ceiling with exposed trusses is 24 feet high and still has the hole through which the bell rope dangled. The floors are refinished hardwood, and windows bring in light on three sides.
A second cathedral ceiling (this one is 14 feet) is in the family room, where there is a wood-burning fireplace set in an exposed-stone chimney. The adjacent kitchen has wood cabinets topped in granite and an island topped in Polarstone quartz. It also has wood floors, blown-glass pendant lights and a double-doored Elfa pantry, and is connected to a separate dining room.
A staircase off the kitchen leads up to a newly carpeted second floor. Both bedrooms on this level have sloped ceilings and interior windows overlooking the main room below. They share a hall bathroom with a walk-in shower with sliding-glass doors.
The refinished basement has a dropped ceiling with decorative paneling, engineered wood flooring in the rec room and vinyl flooring in the bedrooms. There is a full bathroom attached to one of the bedrooms.
Outdoor space: A grassy front lawn and large pine tree are in front of the house. In back, a recently replaced French door opens to a new deck, which steps down to a fenced yard with a central firepit and a koi pond. A gravel driveway leads to a two-year-old carport and a storage shed beyond that.
Taxes: $10,524 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $500,200)
Contact: Rich Lattmann, Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 908-839-8487; sothebysrealty.com