What $ 1.5 Million Brings You in Texas, Massachusetts & North Carolina


After a long history as a bed and breakfast, this house has been renovated with the aim of preserving many of its original details, including wood paneling, leaded glass and a hand painted fireplace. It is in an area known as Old East Dallas, a few blocks from Baylor University Medical Center. An Aldi supermarket is a five-minute walk away and Buckner Park, a green area with public tennis courts, is half a mile away. Downtown Dallas is about a 10-minute drive, depending on traffic.

Cut: 4,736 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 317

Inside: A long, paved path leads from the sidewalk to a large columned porch, with double entry doors surrounded by original leaded glass windows.

The foyer beyond has original floors, inlaid with five kinds of wood. Next to this space is a powder room and to the left is a cozy office with a fireplace. Across the hall is a formal living room with a fireplace that has its original mantel and mirror.

Across the living room is a formal dining area with green damask paneling and wallpaper. Behind the dining area is an updated kitchen with walls painted in a buttery shade of yellow and Carrara marble countertops. Appliances include a dedicated wine refrigerator and two dishwashers. An airy family room that can serve as a den or additional dining room is open to the kitchen.

From the hall, stairs lead up to the upper levels of the house. On the second floor are the four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Up the stairs is a comfortable guest bedroom large enough to fit a double bed, with an en-suite bathroom featuring a claw-foot tub and wallpaper in a green and white Greek-inspired print. Across the hall is a second bedroom with an adjoining living room. Down the hall is the third bedroom and the master suite, which includes a wood-paneled hallway that leads to a bathroom with a shower, bath and two porcelain sinks.

The third floor of the house is an open space that could be a game room, home office, or media room.

The old shed, across the courtyard, contains two guest apartments, each with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

Outdoor space: The back yard is grassed, with several mature trees providing shade. There is a small brick porch on the first floor of the guest house.

Taxes: $ 15,785 (estimated)

Contact: Becky Oliver, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, 214-351-7100; sothebysrealty.com

This condominium is part of Jamaica Pond Estates, a community overlooking Jamaica Pond, and it offers water views from several rooms. Landscaping designed by Frederick Law Olmsted runs along the edge of the pond, and homes in the area have easy access to walking, running, and biking trails. Center Street, one of the district’s main thoroughfares – with several cafes, a pharmacy, and the Footlight Club, one of the country’s oldest operating community theaters – is about 10 minutes away. Downtown Boston is about a half hour drive and Cambridge about 20 minutes.

Cut: 1,687 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 886

Inside: The front door of this unit opens onto a fireplace with dark brown tiled floors, a door that leads to a powder room and another that opens onto a private patio.

Immediately to the left is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboards. Across from the kitchen is a formal dining area with a candle-style chandelier and a window overlooking the pond highlighted with white crown molding.

Across from the dining room is the main living room, which has another window overlooking the pond and a marble framed fireplace. On this side of the house is also a sunny breakfast room with doors that open onto the private patio.

Between the living room and the breakfast room, stairs lead up to the two bedrooms on the second level. The master suite has high ceilings, an elevated library area accessed by a ladder, and a view of the water; the en-suite bathroom has a tub and separate shower. The guest bedroom across the hall has a full bathroom next door.

Up the stairs is a study with floor to ceiling windows and plenty of space for a home office.

Outdoor space: The private patio has a stone fountain and access to a common green space. A tennis court used by residents of the community is within walking distance. This unit comes with a notarized parking space in a secure garage.

Taxes: $ 12,564 (estimate), plus $ 1,020 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Constance Cervone, Janet Deegan and Christopher Polak, Team Cervone Deegan, Coldwell Banker Realty Back Bay, 617-835-0674; jamaicaplainrealestate.com

Highlands is a popular second home for those looking to escape the heat: at around 4,000 feet from sea level, it is significantly cooler in the summer than in other parts of the South. This home is about 10 minutes from downtown, where the streets are lined with restaurants, antique shops, and cultural venues, including the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center and the Bascom Visual Arts Center. Atlanta is about a two and a half hour drive; Charlotte, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee are just over three hours away.

Cut: 1,564 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 959

Inside: This house is at the end of a block, with a driveway that leads to the garage and stairs leading from there to the porch.

Behind the glassed-in front door is a living room with blond wood floors, high ceilings, a two-sided fireplace, and sliding glass doors that open onto the back porch. Across the fireplace is an open plan dining area and kitchen with marble countertops imported from Italy, bespoke cabinetry, new stainless steel appliances, and a skylight above the living room. central island.

To the right of the front door is a hallway that leads to the bedroom wing. The first door on the left opens into a guest bedroom large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed; another similar sized guest bedroom is at the end of the hallway. They share a full bathroom with a sleek gray vanity and a combined tub and shower.

The master suite is also down the hall; the en-suite bathroom has tiled walls and a shower with a glass door.

From the living room, a staircase and elevator provide access to the lower level, an open space that can be used as a family room, home office, or playroom. A shower room, storage cupboards and a laundry room are also on this level.

Outdoor space: The deck that wraps around the front of the house has a fire pit and plenty of seating space. The back porch is surrounded by a low wooden railing and overlooks the trees. The attached garage contains a car.

Taxes: $ 7,500 (estimated)

Contact: Tricia Cox, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty, 828-526-1717; prairiesmountainrealty.com

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