$ 1.7 million homes in Maryland, Oregon and California
Monkton, Maryland | $ 1.7 million
A contemporary 1990 style glass house with five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, on a four acre wooded lot that slopes down to a river
Built with steel frame construction that has withstood multiple hurricanes and at least one tornado, this home is 26 miles north of Baltimore in an unincorporated part of Baltimore County. The community has around 5,000 inhabitants, a horse racing character and a reputation for high performing schools. There aren’t many businesses in the area, but the Hunt Valley Towne Center is about eight miles southwest.
This home is located above a river called Big Gunpowder Falls which invites tubing, kayaking and fishing. The 20 mile long Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail passes nearby. The property does not have a history of flooding – the Flood Factor website rated the risk in the next 30 years at 1 in 10 – but it is in a FEMA area that requires flood insurance to obtain credit. mortgage.
Cut: 5754 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 295
Inside: As of 2018, the current owners (one of whom is the listing agent) undertook a complete renovation which included upgrading the electrical, heating and plumbing systems; install new flooring, cabinets and tiles; remodel the kitchen and all bathrooms; the addition of Lutron shades (although the location and surrounding trees make privacy a lower priority than energy efficiency); paint interior trim a consistent black; and the implementation of new landscaping and hard landscaping.
The house is built symmetrically, each of the two main floors having a large glass room at each end which offers a bucolic view and is anchored by a stone fireplace with a wood-burning fireplace. A silo (in appearance only; this house was never a farm) contains a spiral staircase (with a new bespoke metal balustrade) that connects the two main levels and is lit by a conical glass top.
On the first floor, the main rooms are used as a living space (with white carpeting and brass orbital pendant light at one end) and a kitchen which opens to a family room at the other end. The kitchen has a pair of blue Shaker-style islands (one with a sink; the other used for seating) which have cascading quartz countertops and are lit by cone pendant lights suspended from a ceiling panel in wood. A Wolf dual fuel range is framed by white cabinetry against a marble-patterned porcelain backsplash.
Matching cabinets in the family room area serve as a TV cabinet and bar with a fridge and ice maker. The new flooring is 9.5 inch wide white oak planks. Also on this level, just beyond the front door, is a dining room with a colorful wallpaper ceiling designed by the owners. A hallway from the kitchen, with additional storage, leads to a half bathroom.
On the second floor, the glass rooms are occupied by a master suite at one end and an office and media room at the other. The bedroom contains a Stanton rug and circular brass chandelier, and leads to a terrace. The bathroom has 30 square inch tiling and herringbone marble wall tiles. It also contains a free-standing bathtub and a two-hand shower. The adjacent walk-in closet has been designed to eliminate any need for a dresser in the bedroom and includes a laundry chute that runs down to the basement.
The office was designed (remarkably, given the glass walls) as a projection room and still has the original projector, as well as blackout blinds. It also includes a built-in wall of shelves.
At the center of this level is a carpeted bedroom which has the particularity of having three opaque walls. The bathroom has hexagonal tiled floors and walls, and includes a tiled metro shower.
A conventional staircase leads to the third floor, where there are two carpeted bedrooms, each with a glass wall and a private bathroom. In the basement is an au pair suite which includes a bedroom with a walkout deck, a living room and a bathroom with shower. Laundry room, storage room and mechanical rooms (including a new boiler) are also located there.
Outdoor space: The vendors repaved the path to the house with bluestone and added a play area and a seating circle with a fire pit in the front, where crepe myrtle and a magnolia tree grow. The upper and lower decks overlook the river (the upper deck has a built-in table), and the wooden staircase leading down to the river has been recently replaced. A carport has been closed to create a garage, and has a greenhouse on the upper level.
Taxes: $ 9,864 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $ 813,833)
Contact: Alisa Goldsmith, W Home Group, 917-282-8899; nextsteprealtymd.com
Portland, Oregon | $ 1.685 million
A 1914 craftsman-style house with five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, on 0.23 acre lot, half of which is a garden
Portland’s northeastern neighborhood of Irvington was developed in the early 20th century by transplanted timber and railroad frames that imported dominant architectural styles from the East Coast and Midwest. This Craftsman bungalow is located on a tree-lined street about two miles from the Pearl District. It’s seven blocks southeast of Irving Park, which has tennis courts and a dog park, and seven blocks north of Broadway, a shopping stretch. Irvington Elementary School is five blocks away.
Cut: 3600 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 468
Inside: The classic Craftsman interior begins with an oak front door with leaded glass; a vestibule with an integrated seat; and a living room with Douglas fir moldings enveloping the base and crown, and a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by marble. Bookcases with leaded glass doors stand like sentries at the wide entrance to the adjacent dining room, which has a ceiling with fir beams, original lighting, a large window topped with leaded glass, and additional downlights. Retractable doors close these rooms at the back of the house.
Updated by a previous owner, the dining room kitchen has cabinetry with woodwork to match the crown molding and Corian countertops. The view is on the garden. White paneling lightens an adjacent breakfast room, as do French doors that open onto a mahogany back deck. On the other side of the breakfast room is a library with lead glass inserts. This level also has a half bathroom.
Each of the four upstairs bedrooms has its own unique paint color and character. The main room is brown and includes a seating area in a niche. The other rooms are gray, periwinkle blue and teal. The hall bathroom has a jetted tub and glass-walled shower. The periwinkle bedroom includes a closet with access to the plumbing which could easily be converted into a second bathroom upstairs.
In the basement are guest rooms with a bedroom, a living room and a full bathroom. This level also has a wine room (at one time vendors grew grapes on the property) and a sauna. The renovated lift-less attic, with its bamboo floor and skylights, offers more bonuses and storage space.
Outdoor space: Raised garden beds with berries and lettuce, a hot tub, a fountain and a pond are distributed around the large property (for its neighborhood). Among the many trees, shrubs, and perennials are cypresses, roses, Japanese maples, star magnolias, wisteria, rhododendrons, lilies, tulips, and an olive tree. The double front porch is heated. A detached garage used as a garden shed is to the side of the property.
Taxes: $ 11,741 (2020, based on a tax assessment of $ 459,590)
Contact: Laurie Holland, Laurie Holland Real Estate, 503-242-9000; laurieholland.com
Glendale, California | $ 1.695 million
A house completed in 2000 with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lap pool, on 0.12 acre lot
Stan Allen, the former dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, designed this house for an artist, backing onto a busy road about 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Known as the LB House after its client Linda Burnham, it was Mr. Allen’s first residential design and is admired for creating a sense of tranquility in a dense and versatile environment. Surrounding businesses sell groceries, used cars, office supplies, pottery, psychic chakra, and energy balance. Freight trains pass nearby. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where actress Carole Lombard and “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum are buried, is a few blocks east.
Cut: 1994 square feet
Price per square foot: 850 $
Inside: The building consists of concrete volumes with aluminum walls stacked on a narrow site. Cement pavers embedded in gravel lead to a recessed glass front door; a skylight at the entrance provides a glimpse of the sky and occasional Southern California raindrops. Just beyond the foyer is a double-height main room with concrete flooring, interior and exterior slatted windows, a fireplace, corrugated aluminum wall accents and Fleetwood glass sliding doors opening onto the back pool.
A cherry red cabinet with a built-in hob in the open kitchen; a green backsplash adds another splash of color. Behind the kitchen is a small guest bedroom with a wall of open shelves and opposite a wall of glass. The bathroom is clad in tiny sage green tiles, which extend into the walk-in shower.
A curved staircase in the kitchen takes you to the attic master suite. The upper landing is spacious enough to accommodate an office and a library. The bedroom has bamboo flooring and translucent plastic closet doors (looks much better than it looks). The bathroom has tiny tiles, double sinks, and Anglepoise-style lamps mounted above the vanity. A bespoke tub and freestanding shower nestle together in one corner. Sliding glass doors open to a narrow balcony overlooking the pool.
Outdoor space: A bridge on the upper landing, facing the side of the street, was not intended for lounging (it lacks a railing or parapet and has a circular void in the center), but the owner has strategically furnished and used it. . The pool is sheltered by bamboo, palm trees, and grasses, and features numerous pots of succulents arranged along a wall. The main door to the attached garage looks solid on the outside but translucent on the inside. More parking is available in a driveway.
Taxes: $ 21,188 (estimated)
Contact: Tracy Do, Compass, 323-842-4001; tracydo.com
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