WHAT: A center-hall colonial with three bedrooms and one and a half baths
HOW MUCH: $299,900
SIZE: 1,792 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $167.35
SETTING: This 1925 house is in a neighborhood and historic district called Monte Vista, about five miles from downtown San Antonio. Developed as a series of subdivisions between the 1890s and 1930s, Monte Vista includes about 100 city blocks and features a variety of architectural styles, including Queen Annes, bungalows, Georgians, and Victorians, mostly with front lawns and sidewalks. This house is on a residential street next to one of the neighborhood's few apartment buildings and a few blocks from Trinity University. The closest commercial district is about a mile and a half away, designed around a roundabout in Olmos Park; there are restaurants, convenience stores, boutiques, salons and garages.
INDOORS: The two-story house has hardwood floors, wood-plank ceilings and glass doorknobs. The floor plan is center hall, with a dining room and kitchen to the left of the foyer, and a living room and sleeping porch on the right. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. In the corner of the dining room, there's a built-in hutch; and the living room has a fireplace flanked by arched, built-in shelves. French doors lead to the sleeping porch, off the living room. The three bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom is twice as large as the other two combined. Off the hallway, which has a tin ceiling, a shared bathroom features original tiles and wainscoting.
OUTDOOR SPACE: Behind the house, there's a wooden deck that steps down to a yard. The house also has a front yard.
CONTACT: Chrissy Labatt, Kuper Sotheby's International Realty, (210) 477-9348;
WHAT: A five-bedroom French-Norman house with three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $295,000
SIZE: 2,953 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $99.90
SETTING: This house is in Forest Hill, a neighborhood and historic district built on a 700-acre John D. Rockefeller estate in the early 1920s. Most of Forest Hill is defined by French-Norman-style houses, tucked behind privet hedges on winding, tree-lined streets. Many of Forest Hill's street signs and lampposts are topped with cast-iron doves, a neighborhood emblem. There are grocers and big-box stores like Target, Walmart and Home Depot within a 10-minute drive. University Circle, the area's shopping, dining and cultural hub, is also about 10 minutes away, and home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
INDOORS: The two-story house was built in 1930, and many of its distinguishing features -- including quarter-sawn oak floors, beamed ceilings, plaster walls, doors, hardware and ceramic tile work -- are original. The front door opens onto a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, oak floors and dark wood-beam ceilings. A corridor-like sunroom leads into a large carpeted family room that was probably a 1950s addition, before historic-preservation restrictions would have prevented it. The formal dining room, next to the sunroom and family room, has blue-green tile floors, another original feature.
During renovations between 2006 and 2008, the current owners pulled up what they described as a "museum of old flooring" in the kitchen, revealing a foot-thick slab of concrete that they then had polished. The main level also has a breakfast nook and a screened-in porch. The five bedrooms are on the mezzanine and second levels. One bedroom is used as a children's playroom, and has a chalkboard wall. The master bedroom, at one corner of the second floor, has an en-suite bathroom. The finished basement is used as a playroom and storage area.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is on a corner lot with azaleas, rhododendrons, mature oak trees and a towering pine. There's a small front yard with a flagstone walkway, a large side yard, and a smaller backyard with a patio of river rock.
CONTACT: Desirée Kellers, Ohio Broker Direct, (216) 269-0784;
WHAT: A brick Tudor with two bedrooms and two bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $299,000
SIZE: 1,300 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $230
SETTING: This house is in a residential community that developed along a streetcar line between the 1920s and 1950s. The neighborhood, referred to as both the Summit and the Hope, is characterized by small houses lived in by older families and young professionals. Several businesses have opened along Hope Street, the neighborhood's commercial corridor, including a farmer's market in Lippitt Park, a few boutiques, jewelers and vintage stores, and Seven Stars, a bakery. The city's older neighborhoods, including downtown, Federal Hill and College Hill (home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design) are a little less than two miles away, along the Providence River.
INDOORS: The two-story brick Tudor was built in 1945 and extensively renovated by its current owner in 2010 and 2011. She laid down new oak floors on the main level, painted the walls with bright lead-free paint, opened up the living and dining area by removing the wall between them, and installed new appliances, copper counters and a granite island in the kitchen. Additionally, the living room's original black-brick fireplace mantel was outfitted to burn wood, and a breezeway between the house and the garage was enclosed with a cathedral ceiling to create a sitting room. One of the bedrooms is on the main level; the other is part of suite that takes up the entire second floor. The owner uses one end of the suite as an office. Its tiled en-suite bathroom has skylights.
OUTDOOR SPACE: Off the breezeway sitting room, there's a stone patio. The front yard is landscaped with hydrangeas.
CONTACT: Cathy Singer, Residential Properties, (401) 553-6318;
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.