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Newport, R.I. | $1.1 Million
A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom condo in a Gilded Age building
Designed by Dudley Newton, a prolific architect in Newport, this Dutch Renaissance-style house was constructed with locally quarried granite. It dates from 1884, when it was built for the Weld family, a pedigreed clan of merchants, doctors and lawyers, many named William. (The former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld is a descendant.) From 1925 to 1972, the house was a Catholic boys’ school. Then it was converted into multifamily residences, part of a development called the De La Salle Condominiums, with eight buildings and a total of 38 units, four of which are in this structure.
This particular unit takes up two floors in the turret and has two private entrances. It is set among the historic mansions on Bellevue Avenue, less than 15 minutes on foot from the panoramic Cliff Walk along the ocean, and just two blocks south of a business district.
Size: 2,128 square feet
Price per square foot: $517
Indoors: The main entrance door opens into a round foyer at the base of the turret with a paneled cherry-wood wainscot and oak parquet floors. It is 12 feet in diameter with a 12-foot-high paneled cherry ceiling. The elaborate millwork continues into the living room, where spiral columns rise to the ceiling beams, and there is a huge, arched stone fireplace and a vintage chandelier that is a nest of curlicues. A grand staircase with spiral balusters ascends past large, leaded-glass windows with abstract patterns, primarily in gold.
The eat-in kitchen is through a lofty arched doorway, in an enclosed portion of what was evvel the porte-cochere (it has glass on three sides). Wood cabinets are topped in granite, and the flooring is stone tile.
Two bedrooms on the second floor are on either end of a hallway overlooking the living room. One bedroom is more than 18 feet long and has cherry-wood floors and a windowed niche that leads into a private bathroom with a combined tub and shower. The other bedroom is almost 16 feet long and has direct access to a balcony. Its en suite bathroom is in the turret and includes a soaking tub embedded in a pedestal with a view of the Elms, a 1901 chateau that is one of Newport’s defining mansions. There is also a second-floor half bathroom.
Outdoor space: This unit has sole use of the wraparound deck that surrounds the turret’s base. A glass door in the breakfast area opens to it. The condo development includes a communal swimming pool, tennis court, dog park and parking lot.
Taxes: $10,833 (2020), plus an $802 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: Lynn Creighton, Hogan Associates, 401-345-6886; hoganassociatesre.com
Charlottesville, Va. | $1.095 Million
A 1945 colonial-style house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.22-acre lot
In 2005, the owners of this property, architectural designers who have a business called Formwork, initiated a gut renovation that modernized the interior of the traditional brick building. The current owners bought the house in 2012 and installed a new roof.
The home is in the North Downtown neighborhood, five blocks from the city’s historic Downtown Mall, a pedestrian corridor with restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, bars and boutiques. The University of Virginia campus is a mile and a half west.
Size: 2,244 square feet
Price per square foot: $488
Indoors: A glass door set into a classical entranceway opens into a foyer with a staircase. Turning left takes you into an open-plan living and dining room with nine-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors and a fireplace whose mantel was removed for a more contemporary look. Two chrome-tipped light bulbs serve as sconces on the wall above it.
The kitchen area is set off by a long, wood island that has a bookcase built into the side facing the living room and a sink (one of two) embedded in the cement top. White-toned cabinets and appliances line a wall beyond the island, and a windowed corridor behind that wall was created and fitted out as a pantry. Next to the kitchen is an open dining area, with a glass door that walks out to the backyard.
Turning right from the main entrance (or continuing from the dining room) takes you into a study with a built-in desk along one wall. A half bathroom with a floating marble sink is off this room, next to the staircase.
On the second floor, the plan was adjusted to increase closet space and add a bathroom. Open bookshelves on the landing serve as a half partition. The four bedrooms include a primary suite that has a bedroom with a fireplace and a bathroom through an open archway that contains a glass-enclosed shower, a floating sink and a wood medicine cabinet whose door is flush with the wall. The primary bedroom has access to the side porch roof. A second bedroom opens to a balcony over the patio in back. A third holds a stacked washer and dryer in its closet. The hall bathroom on this level has tiled walls and flooring and includes a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The grounds are planted with boxwoods and hydrangeas. The deep, fenced backyard includes a garage that has long been used for storage and children’s play equipment.
Taxes: $6,983 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $719,900)
Contact: Loring Woodriff, Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates, 434-466-2992; search.loringwoodriff.com
Crown Point, Ind. | $1.1 Million
An 1890 Victorian with seven bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms, on a 1.09-acre lot
Known as the Holley House, this property belonged to Lillian Holley, who took over her husband’s job as sheriff of Lake County in 1933, after he was shot and killed while on duty. It was under her watch that the gangster John Dillinger broke out of jail in Crown Point. (Four months later, he was gunned down at the Biograph Theater in Chicago.) Mrs. Holley remained in the house for more than 60 years, until her death in 1994 at 103.
The house is less than half a mile south of the Lake County Historic Courthouse (also known as the Grand Old Lady), an ornate building that now holds the historic society and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Downtown Chicago is about an hour north, and Indiana Dunes State Park is about half an hour northeast.
Size: 6,829 square feet
Price per square foot: $161
Indoors: The sellers are the fourth owners. They bought the property in 2008 and did extensive improvements, including a complete kitchen remodel.
Two sets of double wood doors, which are original, open into a vestibule and a foyer with inlaid floors — a feature that continues throughout the main level, although the inlay changes from room to room. (The owners estimate that there are about 10 different species throughout the house, including maple, rosewood and oak.) To the left is a library with a pinwheel floor pattern and silver wallpaper (the rolls were discovered in the basement). There is also a wall of built-in bookcases with diamond-paned glass doors.
The living-and-dining room (originally a double parlor from which Mrs. Holley removed a wall) is to the right of the front door and entered through two sets of pocket doors. A gas-burning fireplace is surrounded by vintage tiles. As in other rooms, the windows are wood-framed and bordered by decorative grids. Some are set in a bay; one curves around a corner created by the building’s tower.
Beyond the study is a family room with vintage chandeliers and a fireplace that has a new mantel. The room flows into a kitchen with stained-wood Bruder cabinets, quartzite countertops, marble backsplashes and herringbone-patterned Italian porcelain floor tile. The appliances include three dishwashers, a Miele range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator behind double doors. There is also a pantry.
The kitchen is fully open to a solarium with a vaulted roof that was installed by a previous owner. Seating is at a breakfast bar with blown-glass pendant lamps; there is also room for a cafe table and lounge chairs.
The house includes two staircases, front and back. The main one has a powder room tucked beneath it. It winds past stained-glass windows as it ascends to the second floor.
Among the five bedrooms on this level, the primary one includes a gas fireplace with a vintage tiled hearth and surround, and has use of a renovated hall bathroom with two vanities and a walk-in glass shower. A second bedroom also has a working gas fireplace, as well as a door that walks out to a rear balcony. A third bedroom, in the tower, includes a curved window. The second bathroom has exposed brick and a compact shower imported from Europe.
The third floor, with its angled ceilings, originally held a ballroom. The owners created two bedrooms in its place and there is a half-bath on this level (the sink comes from a Pullman railroad car). The tower holds a small sitting area wrapped in glass, with a view of the courthouse. Down in the basement is a screening room and a bathroom with a shower.
Outdoor space: The house sits on an unusually large lot for the neighborhood, with wide lawns, old-growth trees and a koi pond. A circular covered porch is in front, a second porch (the base of a vertical stack) is off the dining room on the side, and a raised deck that is accessible from the solarium wraps around the house at the rear. Approvals are in place for a 1,700-square-foot garage to replace the existing one. Plans have also been drawn up for a swimming pool and a pool house.
Taxes: $7,073 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $624,900)
Contact: Shawn Smead, @properties, 219-781-2426; atproperties.com
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