What You Get for $630,000
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Portland, Ore. | $628,000
A one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit with two terraces and city and mountain views, in a 2016 condominium building
At 325 feet, with 28 floors, the Cosmopolitan is Portland’s tallest residential condo building. It is a sleek glass tower in the Pearl District, sandwiched between two parks, just west of the Willamette River and less than 10 minutes on foot from Union Station. Powell’s City of Books is half a mile south.
This unit is on the fourth-floor garden level, in a part of the structure that is detached from the main tower and has a green roof and private terraces. Some of the furniture and artwork are also being offered for sale.
Size: 880 square feet
Price per square foot: $714
Indoors: The unit, which has only one wall shared with a neighbor, is entered through a private, landscaped west-facing terrace. The glass front door opens into a hallway with a bedroom on the right, a laundry closet and a bathroom on the left, and an open-plan living and dining room at the end. Throughout, the floors are dark-stained oak and the windows extend from floor to ceiling.
The kitchen, which occupies one end of the living room, has Pedini cabinetry with solid quartz countertops, Miele appliances and a quartz backsplash. Blown-glass pendant lamps hang over the island, which seats three and includes a wine refrigerator. A door inset with translucent glass slides open to a study or guest room with boxy wood shelves floating on one wall.
The bedroom has wool carpeting, a ceiling-high window and window shades that can be controlled with a smartphone. The bathroom includes a walk-in shower and Duravit and Grohe fixtures.
Outdoor space: A south-facing terrace off the living room includes a gas hookup for a grill. Communal gardens and a lounging area with a fire table are just beyond a hedge. The fourth floor also contains a community room with a wine bar. Other amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a gym, a meeting room, rentable units for guests, a dedicated storage cage and an electric-car charger in a deeded parking space.
Taxes: $6,523, plus a $627 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: Cynthia Tokos, where Real Estate, 503-936-2224; where-inc.com
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Waldo, Maine | $625,000
A circa-1800 house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 30-acre farm
In 2018, this property was bought by a couple who specialize in antique home renovations and used it as their residence. Starting from the foundation, they worked their way up, reinforcing the structure, adding insulation and updating or servicing all the mechanical systems. They also refinished the maple, oak, pine and yellow-pine floors, reinstalled ceilings and added a main-floor bedroom suite, a main-floor powder room and a full upstairs bathroom.
The house is six miles northwest of Belfast, a coastal city with shops and other conveniences; several farmers’ markets are within a 10-minute drive. The airport in Bangor is 37 miles northeast. Rockland, Waterville and Augusta are all less than an hour away, and Boston is about 200 miles southwest.
Size: 2,344 square feet
Price per square foot: $267
Indoors: The main entrance is through a three-season porch. The original ceiling beams were exposed in the renovation, and posts were added for support. Much of the wood found throughout the house was salvaged from the site or came from other vintage sources. The fireplace mantel in the living room, for example, is an antique the owners found in North Carolina. So, too, are the French doors between the living room and an adjacent family room or den.
The other side of the living room connects to a dining room with exposed beams and narrow floorboards. A Pioneer Maid wood-burning cooking and heating stove manufactured by an Amish community sits next to a brick chimney, and the room continues into an open galley kitchen with vintage wood cabinets and a large farm sink.
The primary suite is across a hall from the den: It consists of a bedroom with open beams and a wall of built-ins; a study (or possibly a large, windowed closet) with a single, open display shelf wrapping around two walls; and a bathroom with a shower and a washer and dryer. The new half bathroom was installed next to the original entrance, off a hallway used for hanging coats and storing firewood.
Three additional bedrooms and a bathroom converted from a fourth bedroom are on the second floor. The bathroom has bead-board wall paneling, a vintage vanity, a combined tub and shower and a portable sauna. The landing beyond the staircase is roomy enough to hold a seating area and contains a large closet. (Each bedroom has a closet, as well.)
A second, summer kitchen is on the main level, in the ell of the house, near the powder room. Used for storing and processing farm produce, it has a small vintage gas stove, a refrigerator and a soapstone sink. Stairs ascend to a large, unfinished room with windows and skylights that is not counted in the square footage.
The house also has a large, dry, unfinished, standing-room-height basement.
Outdoor space: The property is about two-thirds wooded; the rest is open fields. The planted areas include apple, pear and plum trees, asparagus and rhubarb beds, and perennial and herb gardens. The farm also produces parsnips, garlic, grapes and multiple kinds of berries. Parking is in a 40-foot-square attached garage and workshop that has a chicken house off the back.
Taxes: $1,885 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $157,814)
Contact: Monet Brazier, Bean Group, 207-461-4740; beangroup.com
Albuquerque | $625,000
A two-bedroom, three-bathroom pueblo-style house, with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse, on a 0.7-acre lot
A traditional adobe built in 1974 with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this house was completely renovated in 1986. The owners raised the ceilings and revised the floor plan to eliminate one of the original bedrooms, creating more openness. (That bedroom could easily be restored.) They added a large living-and-dining room, replaced all of the windows and updated the mechanicals. They also built a 700-square-foot detached casita that could be used as a studio or guesthouse. New stucco was added to the main house last year.
The property is in the North Valley neighborhood, about eight and a half miles from downtown Albuquerque. Horses and other farm animals are permitted in the area. Nearby is a freeway (Interstate 25) that takes you directly to Santa Fe, about 55 miles northeast. The Cottonwood Mall, which has superstores and a farmers’ market, is three miles northwest. The Rio Grande, with its trails and nature center, is less than a mile west.
Size: 3,254 square feet
Price per square foot: $192
Indoors: The house is approached through a gated courtyard with a brick path that leads to a wide covered porch. The front door opens into a living room with a kiva fireplace and exposed interior bricks that match the adobe in the building’s original portion. A niche with a front-facing bay window could be used for dining. The 10-foot ceilings throughout the house are clad in tongue-and-groove boards with exposed beams. The flooring throughout is brick or Talavera tile.
Turning right from the living room takes you into a family room with additional dining space and a wood-burning stove. A wall extending across half the room separates it from the kitchen, which has wood cabinets with tile countertops, stainless steel appliances and decorative tile trim on the walls. At the other end is a bathroom with a shower next to a walk-in closet.
The bedroom wing is on the opposite side of the family room from the kitchen. The larger of the two bedrooms includes a hand-painted kiva fireplace, direct access to a small covered patio next to the front porch, and a private bathroom with double sinks and a combined bath and shower. The smaller bedroom has a walk-in closet and use of a hall bathroom with a stone-topped vanity and a tub-shower combo. A closet with laundry hookups is across from this bathroom.
The casita is entered through a covered porch. It has exposed-brick walls and includes a living room with a kiva fireplace, an open kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom with double closets.
Outdoor space: The front courtyard includes a pergola and plantings. A large covered patio is off the kitchen, at the back of the main house, and there is a smaller covered patio next to it that is reached from the living room. The property is fully fenced. Parking is in a two-car garage that connects directly to the living room.
Taxes: $4,180 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $115,994)
Contact: Dnette Wood, Sotheby’s International Realty, 505-463-2910; sothebysrealty.com
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