$1 Million Homes in Maine, Oregon and Connecticut
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Camden, Maine | $995,000
A rebuilt circa-1820 Cape Cod-style house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.28-acre lot
This property was the caretaker’s cottage for the Mountain Arrow estate. In 2008, the main house of the estate was moved to the back of the property, and the rest of the land was developed into 13 lots. Several lots are now occupied by recently built historic-looking shingled houses surrounded by stone walls, and one lot contains this almost-studs-out reconstruction of an existing center-chimney building.
It is in a historic district on High Street, Camden’s main street, half a mile northeast of the center of town and about a third of a mile from a public access point at Camden Harbor. The home is also a little more than a mile from Camden Hills State Park, which has multiple trails and an ocean view from the summit, and four miles from the Camden Snow Bowl, the town’s ski area. Camden is about 80 miles northeast of Portland, Maine, and 190 miles northeast of Boston.
Size: 2,615 square feet
Price per square foot: $380
Indoors: The house has a clapboard exterior, a shake roof, plaster interior walls and wide, pine floorboards milled from lumber on the property. The center chimney includes three flues, while the kitchen’s vintage wood-burning stove is attached to a separate chimney.
The sellers did the renovation, which includes an open floor plan with a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen (they’re from Norway). The cabinetry is red birch with granite countertops and has nautical-inspired hardware with smooth surfaces designed to ensure that anyone who is thrown against them in a squall won’t be gouged. A dual-fuel Wolf range complements the wood-burning stove. The kitchen also includes an upholstered window bench with storage. A room off the kitchen was originally a pantry and laundry room; it is currently used as an office.
A room next to the living-and-dining area has a wood-burning fireplace and private bathroom; it could be used as a family room or bedroom suite (although you would need to compensate for the lack of closets). This level also offers a powder room off a mudroom near the entrance to the attached two-car garage.
Two additional bedrooms with angled ceilings, dormer windows and en suite bathrooms are on the second floor. The primary bedroom includes a wood-burning stove; the bathroom centers on a soaking tub with a shower head, and this is also where you’ll find laundry appliances and frosted interior windows admitting light to and from the kitchen below. The second bedroom includes a bathroom with a pedestal sink and glass-walled shower.
Outdoor space: Glass doors in the dining room open to a fenced, granite patio. The garage includes an insulated space on the second floor that is waiting to be finished.
Contact: Bennett Bricker, Camden Real Estate Company, 207-557-1438; camdenre.com
Portland, Ore. | $950,000
A condominium with one bedroom and two bathrooms, on two floors of a 1910 brick building
This unit is in the Chown Pella Lofts, a 1996 conversion of a historic warehouse building at the heart of Portland’s commercial and residential Pearl District. The 68-unit complex, which is in the 13th Avenue Historic District, consists of two buildings of unequal heights. This unit occupies the top two (fourth and fifth) floors of the shorter, north building. It is within easy walking distance of popular institutions like Powell’s City of Books, Living Room Theaters, Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House and Voodoo Doughnut.
Size: 1,624 square feet
Price per square foot: $585
Indoors: Post-and-beam construction, timber ceilings and exposed brick and concrete are standard in the building. This unit also offers porcelain floor tiles, fresh paint on all painted surfaces and new lighting and surround sound.
The entrance hallway leads to a 38.5-foot-long great room with living and dining areas and an open kitchen. The kitchen was remodeled by a previous owner to include new cabinets and a central island with quartz countertops; the appliances are from Wolf and Sub-Zero. A storage wall in the living room was custom built with drawers and rolling barn-wood doors. The lower level also includes an updated bathroom with a walk-in, glass-walled shower and a quartz-topped vanity.
A metal staircase takes you to the upper level, and the owner’s suite. The carpeted bedroom has two exposures and direct access to a 173-square-foot private terrace. A double closet with sliding doors is supplemented by a dressing area with built-in storage and laundry appliances, followed by an updated bathroom with an oversized shower with twin shower heads.
Outdoor space: In addition to the private terrace, residents have access to a shared roof deck with outdoor furniture and a firepit. Two indoor, side-by-side parking spaces and a storage area come with the unit.
Taxes: $14,145 (2020, based on a $554,210 tax assessment), plus a $965 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: Susan Suzuki or Sasha Welford, Willow Group at Windermere Realty Trust, 971-645-1505; windermere.com
New Haven, Conn. | $995,000
A 1910 wood-sided house with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.16-acre lot
This home is on a tree-lined block in the East Rock neighborhood, popular with graduate students and faculty at Yale University, whose campus is half a mile west. To the east is East Rock Park, a recreational area along a ridge. Orange Street, the neighborhood’s main commercial drag, is a block east. The New Haven Union train station is about two miles southwest.
Size: 3,218 square feet
Price per square foot: $309
Indoors: Natural wood surrounds windows and doorways on the main and second levels, beginning in an entry room with narrow-plank hardwood floors and a seating area near oversized windows, and continuing into a formal dining room with papered walls and an adjacent living room separated by pocket doors.
The living room includes a fireplace with its original mantel and a built-in hutch with leaded glass. Beyond it is a large kitchen with white-painted wood cabinets, honed black-granite countertops, a high-end range (plus double wall ovens) and a breakfast area with leaded glass on one wall and large windows on another looking out to the fenced backyard.
A butler’s pantry is off the kitchen and leads to a powder room with a pedestal sink and geometric wallpaper.
Upstairs, the floors are heart pine. The four bedrooms include a primary with a window bay and en suite bathroom with a cylindrical shower. The other bedrooms share a gut-renovated hall bathroom with a high, white-paneled wainscot and a shower-over-tub. An original linen closet is built into the hallway beyond the threshold.
A fifth bedroom (with floral wallpaper) and a full bathroom (with a jetted tub and separate steam shower) are on the renovated third floor, along with a family room with a cathedral ceiling and oversized trapezoidal windows.
Outdoor space: The house has a deep, neighborly front porch, and a fenced backyard divided among a generous patio, a lawn and a wide driveway leading to a two-car garage.
Taxes: $20,380 (based on a tax assessment of $464,450)
Contact: Betsy Grauer, Betsy Grauer Realty, 203-787-3434, x100; betsygrauerrealty.com
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