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Malvern, Pa. | $699,900
A 1958 stone-based, split-level house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a one-acre lot
About 27 miles northwest of Philadelphia, this house is in low-density horse country, surrounded by ponds, creeks and riding trails. It is two miles southeast of the central business district in Malvern, a fast-growing borough with about 3,500 residents andcorporate campuses of Siemens Healthcare, the Vanguard Group and Cerner. Travel time by SEPTA rail from downtown Malvern to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia is about 50 minutes. The train station in Paoli, a mile and a half north of this house, offers Amtrak service to Manhattan, from two to two and a half hours away.
Size: 3,055 square feet
Price per square foot: $229
Indoors: A previous owner added the family room and three-season sunroom. The sellers upgraded the tiled floors, windows, roof and HVAC system.
A bright yellow front door opens into a vestibule with a bluestone floor. Immediately to the left is a living room with random-width floorboards and a paneled fireplace wall with built-in cabinetry. An adjacent dining room includes a glass door with sidelights that walks out to a bluestone back patio. The dining room also connects to the kitchen wing, which has original heart-pine cabinetry and ceramic floor tile. The tile continues into a vaulted and beamed breakfast room and, beyond that, the family room, which has wall paneling and a white-painted stone fireplace and hearth.
At the other end of the house, a mudroom with beadboard paneling leads into the three-season sunroom, which has an unpainted timber roof with exposed rafters. There is also a half bathroom on this level.
On the second floor, the bedrooms have ceilings that follow the rooflines. The primary bedroom includes a niche created from a dormer and an en suite bathroom that has been upgraded with new tile and fixtures. There are two additional full bathrooms.
Outdoor space: The property includes an in-ground swimming pool, a spring house and a barn building that could be used for parking three cars. There is also a two-car attached garage.
Taxes: $6,710 (2020)
Contact: Linda Burgwin, Long & Foster Real Estate, 484-716-0163; longandfoster.com
Credit…Autumn Mauller Photography
Kansas City, Mo. | $699,000
A 1912 Georgian Revival house with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.21-acre lot
Pineapple sculptures welcome visitors to this three-story house in the Midtown neighborhood, a mile and a half north of the historic County Club Plaza shopping center and nearby cultural institutions (including the Kansas City Arka Institute and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), and less than a mile south of Penn Valley Park. Medical facilities — the University of Kansas Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City — are in close range. The property is less than three blocks north of the bars and restaurants on West 39th Street; a few blocks below that is the entertainment district centered on Westport Road.
Size: 4,919 square feet
Price per square foot: $142
Indoors: The current owner bought the property 17 years ago, when it bore the marks of a disco-era renovation, including mirrored walls and ceilings in several rooms. (Some mirrors remain.) He refinished the floors and millwork, redid the kitchen, put in a new powder room with a heated floor and developed a third-floor apartment. He also added central air-conditioning and a new water heater.
The refinished front door with fanlight and sidelights ushers you into a vestibule with a vintage tile floor and an elaborately framed wall mirror (Edwardian, not Bee Gees). The vestibule doglegs into a hallway with partially mirrored walls. Straight ahead is a dining room wrapped in windows to which the owner has added shutters with slim, geometric dividers. An Arka Deco-style light fixture with an opalescent circle of glass hangs from the ceiling. To the right, a doorway leads into a long living room with a tiled wood-burning fireplace at one end. A media room is at the end of the hall, just beyond the front staircase; it contains the renovated powder room, which has black floor tile and a floating stainless-steel sink.
To the right of the staircase, a smaller hallway leads to a butler’s pantry with vintage wood cabinets and a sink embedded in a marble countertop. An archway opens this room to the new kitchen, which has white cabinets with granite countertops and walls faced in white subway tile. Another archway leads to a mudroom partially walled in glass block (another legacy from the previous renovation).
Four grand bedrooms with hardwood floors and walk-in closets are on the second floor. The master bedroom is at the rear of the house and opens to a sunroom with checkerboard floors that can also be reached through French doors from the landing, at the head of the main staircase. (It connects to a balcony that overlooks the back garden.) The master shares a bathroom with an adjacent corner bedroom with blue walls. The two other bedrooms have use of a hall bathroom with a vintage pedestal sink and floor tile and a walk-in shower.
The core of the third floor is an apartment with a living room, bedroom, full kitchen and bathroom with a combined tub and shower and laundry hookups. There are multiple closets as well as several crawl spaces under the eaves.
The house also has a basement workshop, laundry room and half bathroom.
Outdoor space: A deep veranda with dog-head drain spouts and urn-shaped planters wraps around the front and one side of the building. In the walled backyard are a large, raised deck, a pergola with a bench, a fieldstone patio and a pair of koi ponds. A wide driveway leads to a detached two-car garage.
Taxes: $7,607 (2020)
Contact: Brian Egan or Mickey Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, 913-952-6986; livinkc.kansascityhomes.com
Pasadena, Calif. | $699,000
A 1907 cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 5,082-square-foot lot
This house is a block north of the Foothill Freeway and about two miles northeast of Old Pasadena, the city’s historic business district. It is a mile north of the Shops on Lake Avenue, a mall with many national brands. The nearest Metro Gold Line station, with service southwest to Los Angeles, is about a 5-minute walk.
Size: 1,125 square feet
Price per square foot: $621
Indoors: The single-story house has refinished hardwood floors, fresh interior and exterior paint and a roof replaced less than a decade ago. The living room, at the front, includes a brick fireplace. Behind it is a dining room with a bay window and bench, a picture rail and ledge and a built-in hutch. The connecting kitchen includes some original wall cabinetry and wood-patterned flooring.
One bedroom is off the living room; the other is off the kitchen. Each has a closet, and they share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a combined tub and shower and a ceramic-tile floor.
Outdoor space: A white picket fence surrounds a front garden containing cactuses and an orange tree. The house has a rocking-chair front porch and a deck off a rear laundry room that steps down to the fenced backyard.
Taxes: $8,738 (estimated)
Contact: Margaret Garemore, Deasy Penner Podley, 626-483-4611; deasypennerpodley.com
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