Pocono Pines, Pa. | $319,900
An A-frame midcentury vacation house with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.46-acre lot in a lake community
The owner of a real estate investment company bought this house in the Pocono Mountains restored it and furnished it to evoke the summer of 1969, the year it was built. For an additional $12,500, he will sell it outfitted with its camp-style décor, down to the martini glasses, birch-bark lamps, Battleship board game and Adirondack chairs around the firepit.
Residents have access to the amenities of nearby Lake Naomi and its club, including seven beaches, a golf course, tennis courts, a recreation center and a swimming pool (membership fees apply). The community of Pocono Pines (population about 1,400) offers a restaurant, gas station, inn, market and other services. New York City is about 100 miles southeast; Philadelphia is about the same distance south.
Size: 1,095 square feet
Price per square foot: $292
Indoors: The seven-inch-wide plank floors throughout the house are replacements, but the wall paneling is original. And while the bathroom was thoroughly updated (the original steel shower now has subway tile and glass walls), the vintage flooring remains in the adjacent sauna. The central, wood-burning stone fireplace is a legacy; the paint inside and out is fresh. Existing kitchen cabinets were painted green and topped in quartz, and retro hardware was added. The kitchen appliances are from Summit, a company that specializes in tight spaces. A stacked washer and dryer were added to a main-floor closet.
Several features — including the “Lake Naomi Summer of ’69” sign in front and the birch-bark mirror over the bathroom sink — were custom ordered from crafters on Etsy.
Two small bedrooms and the bathroom are on the main floor, off the kitchen. Upstairs is a loft space big enough to fit a queen-size bed and a desk (with or without the special Rolling Stone edition devoted to the Grateful Dead).
The original blueprints come with the property.
Outdoor space: The house is surrounded by woods and has a wide deck in front and the stone-ringed firepit in back. In addition to the 277-acre Lake Naomi, residents have access to a 13-acre lake with a beach that borders the property.
Taxes: $3,772 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $150,460), plus an annual $816 fee to live in the community, exclusive of club membership fees.
Contact: Andie Gerhard, Dembinski Realty Company, 570-646-7463; cabinhomes.com
Chattanooga, Tenn. | $315,000
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom, wood-sided and shingled house, built in 1950, on a half-acre lot
This single-story house with a lower-level garage is in the Stuart Heights neighborhood, about five miles north of downtown Chattanooga, set among properties that date from the 1930s through the 1950s and frequently attract young families. It is a mile and a half from Rivermont Park, on the Tennessee River, which has a baseball field and tennis club, and about four miles north of the waterfront Coolidge Park and its carousel and nearby playground, shops and restaurants.
Size: 1,812 square feet
Price per square foot: $174
Indoors: The house was recently repainted inside and out (the exterior was formerly a dull yellow). A door set in a rocking-chair front porch opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and a picture window. The adjacent dining room includes a white-painted wainscot with molding, gray walls and a teardrop-shaped crystal chandelier. The kitchen, renovated by a previous owner, has hardwood cabinets with laminate countertops and stainless-steel appliances. French doors off the kitchen open to a study.
A rear addition built at some point in the past includes a primary suite with a bedroom that has two large closets, and a private bathroom containing a white vanity and cabinet and a combined bathtub and shower. The bedroom walks out to a deck that is also accessible from the kitchen.
Two additional bedrooms share a hallway bathroom with a shower-over-tub. A washer and dryer are in a main-floor closet, and there are also hookups in the basement.
Outdoor space: The property offers paths winding through ground cover, and mature trees, including maples. There is a playhouse for children and a firepit for adults.
Taxes: $2,067 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $41,000)
Contact: Rachel Bettis, 35 South Real Estate and Design, 423-458-2402; homesweetchatt.com
Providence, R.I. | $319,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium in an 1890 building, on a 0.07-acre lot
This second-floor unit in a turn-of-the-20th-century building in the West End neighborhood was gut renovated following a fire 18 months ago; all fixtures, finishes and systems are new. The listing agent estimates that the home is within walking distance of “about 50 bars and restaurants.” A park next to a historic armory building, which has a playground, dog park and Thursday night farmers’ market, is next to the condo. The campuses of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design are a little more than two miles away.
Size: 965 square feet
Price per square foot: $331
Indoors: All three units in the building have new windows, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring and heating and air-conditioning splits. The front door to this unit opens into a great room with a living area that contains a double-wide closet with a washer and dryer to the left and a kitchen with a windowed dining niche to the right. The corner kitchen is wrapped in white cabinets interspersed with stainless-steel appliances, and includes a breakfast bar.
The primary bedroom has a generous closet and an en suite bathroom with a large, glass-walled shower and a marble-topped white vanity. The second bedroom has the use of a guest bathroom with the same surfaces and fixtures, but a smaller shower.
Outdoor space: A large, common patio with a grill and outdoor furniture is in back of the house. The unit comes with an off-street parking space.
Taxes: $2,500 (estimated), plus a $325 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: John Risica, William Raveis Chapman Enstone, 401-439-3634; stwmls.mlsmatrix.com
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