WHAT: A two-bedroom house with two bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $607,500
SIZE: 1,214 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $500.41
SETTING: Greenbank is a rural residential community on the thickly forested coast of Whidbey Island, about 50 miles from Seattle. Most of Greenbank is set on bluffs overlooking Puget Sound. Residents are a mix of longtime residents and weekenders, according to the listing agent. Besides a grocery store and post office, there isn't much commerce in Greenbank -- residents tend to shop in Freeland, a town about 10 minutes away. There is, however, Greenbank Farm, once a producer of berries and currants and now home to a couple of art galleries, a pie shop, a cheese shop, a Sunday market and an alpaca ranch. The island is reached by ferry; there's a port in Clinton, a town about 25 minutes away. The commute to Seattle takes about an hour and a half.
INDOORS: This house is perched on a bluff 110 feet above the Sound. Built in 1932, it is mostly made of wood, including exposed tongue-and-groove cedar beams, paneled walls and oak floors. On the ground floor are a kitchen, a dining area, a bedroom and a living room with a vaulted ceiling, a propane fireplace and a large picture window facing the Puget Sound. The master suite is in a loft with a pitched ceiling and skylights. Next to the main house is a single-room cabin of about 140 square feet.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is on 1.6 forested acres. There's an outdoor hot tub and a backyard that slopes down to a staircase leading to Puget Sound.
CONTACT: Carmen McFadyen, Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island, (360) 678-5858;
WHAT: A historic Federal house with four bedrooms and three full and two half baths
HOW MUCH: $598,000
SIZE: 4,400 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $135.90
SETTING: Union is a small, hilly town about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in what is known as Mid Coast, a collection of towns and craggy beaches in Southern Maine. Parts of Union are forested; other parts are rolling pasture; and the entire town is dotted with ponds, including one behind this house. Union Common, the village green, is surrounded by small businesses and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is this house and a few others in town. Most daily errands can be handled in Union; Camden and Rockport, two larger towns, are about 20 minutes away.
INDOORS: This two-story house was built in 1802, and was once the main house of an estate. Most interior details, including hand-carved cornices, wooden built-ins and pumpkin pine floors, are original. On the main level, there's a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a formal dining room with built-in hutches, a library and a bedroom suite. The library shelves were built by the current owners, a scientist and a former art curator.
They rebuilt the kitchen, which has tile floors, a Scandinavian wood-burning stove, and a wraparound porch with southern and eastern exposures. The three other bedrooms are upstairs; one has an en-suite bathroom. The owners use the high-ceilinged room above the kitchen as an office. The finished attic is used as an additional living area.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is on three acres landscaped with perennials and shrubs, and an orchard featuring peach, cherry, pear, apple and apricot trees. Across the driveway from the house is an 18th-century barn that has been outfitted with a retractable garage-style door.
CONTACT: Leslie Tranchell, Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty, (207) 691-2955;
WHAT: A four-bedroom condo with three bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $599,900
SIZE: 2,400 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $249.58
SETTING: This duplex condominium is in an 11-story building at the corner of Piedmont Park, which is made up of nearly 200 acres in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. The building, constructed in the 1980s, is next to an art-house movie theater and a Trader Joe's, and across the street from a high school. Residents frequent the neighboring Virginia Highland district, whose shopping streets are filled with sidewalk cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, alternating with residential blocks lined with early 20th-century bungalows. The condo is about a half-block from the Atlanta BeltLine, a former railroad corridor that is being converted to bicycle trails, green space and eventually, a light rail system. Downtown Atlanta is two and a half miles away.
INDOORS: This unit is on the sixth and seventh floors, with broad views of Piedmont Park and downtown Atlanta from its private upstairs balcony. The main level has a sitting room and an adjoining master suite. Stairs in the sitting room lead to a large, open common area, with a living room at one end, and a kitchen and a dining area at the other. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. Three of the bedrooms are upstairs. The owner took down walls in two of the bedrooms to open them to the common areas; now they're used as an office and a den.
OUTDOOR SPACE: Besides the balcony, none.
TAXES: $7,684 annually plus $532 a month in condo fees
CONTACT: Jennifer Kjellgren, Re/Max Metro Atlanta Cityside, Intown Experts Team; (404) 307-6634; intownexpert.com
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.