What You Get for ... $375,000
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WHAT: A two-bedroom, two-bath condo in a converted 1925 factory
HOW MUCH: $374,750
SIZE: 1,433 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $261.51
SETTING: This condo is in a former factory in Virginia-Highland, a mixed-use neighborhood with blocks of 1920s and '30s bungalows, along with bars, restaurants, cafes and locally owned shops. The Atlanta BeltLine, a former railroad corridor that is being redeveloped with bike trails, green space and, eventually, a light rail system, is less than a block away. A path along the BeltLine connects to downtown Atlanta, a little over three miles from the building. On the other side of the BeltLine trail, there's a shopping center with a Whole Foods, a Home Depot and Staples. The 189-acre Piedmont Park, which has a lake and botanical gardens, is less than a mile away.
INSIDE: The two-level unit is one of 29 in the building, which was converted to condos in 2005. Some of the unit's details -- including exposed brick in the living room -- have been preserved. The main level has a double-height living room with concrete floors and two rows of windows facing the Atlanta skyline. An original metal door, now decorative, is displayed on a wall. Off the living room, there's a private 300-square-foot patio. One of the bedrooms is on the main floor, in use as a study. The current owner added pocket doors and a window that lets in light from the living room and kitchen. The master bedroom is in a loft over the living room. The current owner renovated both bathrooms within the past two years. Additionally, the condo conveys with a storage unit and off-street parking for two cars.
OUTDOOR SPACE: A private, covered 300-square-foot terrace with city views, and a common roof deck.
TAXES: $4,591 plus $245 a month in condo fees
CONTACT: Ben Pruette, Harry Norman Realtors, (404) 668-7132; harrynorman.com
WHAT: A four-bedroom, three-bath brick Cape built in 1837
HOW MUCH: $375,000
SIZE: 4,661 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $80.45
SETTING: Francestown is a community of about 1,500 people in the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire, about an hour and a half from Boston. A library and a general store are a few hundred feet up the road from this house, and there are larger commercial areas in nearby Greenfield and Peterborough. The area, named for Mount Monadnock, about 40 minutes away, is known for its forests, lakes, parks and ski areas, including Crotched Mountain, which is less than 10 minutes from this house.
INSIDE: The house retains many of its original details, including wood floors throughout. The living room has built-in bookshelves and cabinets, and a working fireplace with a surround restored by a local craftsman. The family room has a cathedral ceiling and a wood stove, with a chimney rebuilt within the past 10 years. The current owners renovated the kitchen around 2004, creating cathedral ceilings and adding a farmer's sink, soapstone counters and cabinetry by a local woodworker. The kitchen has the original ceiling beams and fireplace. There is also a parlor with a fireplace and a tin ceiling. French doors in the family room open onto a fieldstone courtyard and gardens.
The house has four bedrooms, one on the main level and three upstairs. The main-level bedroom has a walk-in closet, built-in bookshelves and a newly remodeled marble bathroom. The upstairs bedrooms have original hardwood floors. The master has a walk-in closet and private bath. There's also a two-story barn attached to the house. The first floor has a heated office overlooking woods and a brook on an adjoining property; the second floor, which has a cathedral ceiling, is storage space. The property also has a two-car garage.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is set on a little over a half acre. The partly wooded property abuts a brook owned by the town, which flows to a pond.
TAXES: $8,839 (approximately)
CONTACT: Harold Pope, Virtual Homes Real Estate, (603) 732-1800; thepopeofrealty.com / nashuavideotours.com
WHAT: A three-bedroom, two-bath house on 11 acres adjoining Black Hills National Forest
HOW MUCH: $369,000
SIZE: 2,400 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $153.75
SETTING: This house is off a winding county road at the edge of Black Hills National Forest, which covers over 8,100 square miles of South Dakota and Wyoming. The listing agent describes the area as residential but low-density, with plots of mostly 10 acres or more. The forest has more than 450 miles of trails, 1,300 miles of streams and many thousands of acres of wilderness, most of it ponderosa pine forest. The nearest commercial area is in central Lead, a 20-minute drive.
INSIDE: The house was built in 1940 about 10 miles away and moved to its current location in 1996. The current owners maintained the original interior hardwood floors. The living room, kitchen, dining room and master bedroom, which has plank walls, are on the main level. The living room has a fireplace with a new mantel, hearth and insert. The lower level -- a finished basement -- has a den, a mechanical room and two bedrooms connected by a bathroom. Both bathrooms were renovated in 2010.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is set on 11.6 acres with the Black Hills National Forest on three sides. Most of the property is wooded, with a small clearing around the house itself.
CONTACT: John Keene, RE/MAX Gold, (605) 717-1544; keene-team.com
First Published November 24, 2011 12:01 am