Greenport, N.Y. | $1.295 Million
A 1930s converted commercial building with one bedroom, one bathroom, a 2,100-square-foot studio space and an adjacent cottage, on a 4,356-square-foot lot
Once the community laundry facility for Greenport, a fishing village on the North Fork of Long Island, the property was later the studio of Rob Pruitt, an artist who sold it, in 2006, to Clay Weiner, a writer and director for television, film and advertising. Mr. Pruitt oversaw its most recent renovations into a live-work space.
The property is a block east of the seafood restaurants, pizzerias, galleries and boutiques of Main Street and an easy walk to the harbor, carousel and ferry to Shelter Island. Travel time from Manhattan is about two hours by car. There is also direct bus and train transportation (the stations are near the ferry terminal, about a half-mile away).
Size: 4,400 square feet
Price per square foot: $294
Indoors: The vine-covered main building is entered through a bright green door. The studio is on the concrete-floored ground level and has 14-foot ceilings with exposed ducts, and a small room with a shower.
A wooden staircase with a railing formed from a tree branch rises to a double-height second-floor living space. This room has hardwood floors and a partial greenhouse ceiling supported by exposed trusses. At one end is a seating area with a series of closets and a wall of open shelving. The bedroom is an enclosed space to the side. At the other end of the large room is a kitchen with a stainless steel sink and a table covered in butcher block that serves as an island. The bathroom is in a central volume that supports the loft; it has a claw-foot tub and a pedestal sink.
A ladder rises to the loft space, where there is enough room to build another bedroom or two.
The neighboring cottage contains a single vaulted room with exposed beams and a concrete floor. A kitchenette includes a stainless steel sink, plywood cabinets and a four-burner range.
Outdoor space: The sitting area in the main house opens to a raised outdoor deck. A paved courtyard connects the two houses in the back. Parking is on street.
Taxes: $10,104 (based on a tax assessment of $7,100)
Contact: Bridget Elkin, Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-330-6086; sothebysrealty.com
Shaker Heights, Ohio | $1.25 Million
A 1924 Tudor Revival house with six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, on a 0.35-acre lot with lake views
Bloodgood Tuttle, an architect who worked on nine properties for the Van Sweringen family that founded Shaker Heights, designed this brick-and-stucco house on Green Lake — one of only 18 riparian residences in the Cleveland suburb. It is one of three of Mr. Tuttle’s collaborations with Albert Metzger, an elite builder. (Estimated original cost: $28,000, or $569,764 in 2020 dollars.)
The house is about a mile north of the municipal court and library and about two miles northwest of the Van Aken District, a mixed-used development with boutiques, restaurants and markets. The area abounds with parks, and the public school system has an International Baccalaureate program that extends from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The house is a block from a train to Cleveland (downtown is about eight miles west).
Size: 5,987 square feet
Price per square foot: $209
Indoors: Built on multiple levels, the property has original, ornate features that have been preserved and restored. (Air-conditioning was also recently installed.)
The formal front entrance displays wrought-iron gates, with a lantern and an oriel window overhead. The gates open to an exterior vestibule. Beyond the front door is a 32.5-foot-long foyer lined in polished millwork, lighted with brass sconces and topped by a decorative plaster ceiling. A wall of leaded-glass windows inset with stained-glass vignettes overlooks the double-height library on the level below.
The foyer leads on the left to a living room with three walls of casement windows and a niche with built-in benches and a recently updated gas fireplace. Turning right from the front door takes you to a dining room with wraparound windows on two walls and a built-in china cabinet. The adjacent eat-in kitchen, remodeled in 2017 by previous owners, has dark wood cabinetry (including a two-level island) with granite counters and a slate-tile floor. A morning room off the kitchen offers lake views, as does nearly every room in the house.
The library is a half-level below the main one, with a beamed ceiling, open shelving, a decorative plaster frieze and glass pendant lamps hanging from red velvet ropes. The sellers added a gas stove.
A half-flight below the library is a media room that includes a sitting area with a gas fireplace. This level also has a powder room, a laundry room and a mechanicals room, as well as access to the garage.
The master suite is in the east wing, over the living room, and takes up fully half of the second floor. Passing through a 15-foot-long dressing room with five closets, you reach a 19-foot-long bedroom with a gas fireplace and a walk-in closet. The en suite marble bathroom was remodeled this year with heated floors, a heated towel rack, a glass-walled shower, a soaking tub and a vanity with double sinks. The bathroom also connects to a study or nursery with French doors opening to a Juliet balcony overlooking the lake. This room includes a large closet with laundry hookups.
Two additional second-floor bedrooms share a newly updated bathroom with ceramic-tile flooring and a tub with a detachable shower head.
The third floor contains two bedrooms — one almost 24 feet long — a full bathroom and extensive storage space, including a cedar closet.
Outdoor space: The library and media room open to large, paved patios overlooking the lake. The patios are on different levels but have been recently connected with a short flight of stairs. Garden beds in front and back are planted with perennials and surrounded by luxuriant lawns. Parking is in an attached two-car garage.
Taxes: $35,391 (2019)
Contact: Melanie Sweeney, Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan, 216-288-0199; melaniesweeney.kw.com
Santa Monica, Calif. | $1.29 Million
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in a 1980 condominium building with ocean views
This home is on the third floor of a 144-unit development in the Ocean Park neighborhood, a mile and a half south of the Santa Monica Pier. It is across the street from the waterfront Ocean View Park and less than a half-mile up the shore from Venice Beach. Main Street shopping is a block east. Downtown Los Angeles is 16.5 miles east.
Size: 1,250 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,032
Indoors: The unit’s position within the complex, facing a break in the building in front of it, gives it an ocean view denied to other condos on the same floor. The front door opens to a beige ceramic-tile hallway that extends past the kitchen and continues into a living and dining room with a gas fireplace decorated with Spanish-inspired figurative tiles, next to built-in bookshelves.
The L-shaped kitchen has blonde wood cabinets with pale blue countertops and a skylight. A breakfast bar creates a divider between this room and the dining section. There is also a small desk area.
The main bedroom has wood floors, ocean views and access to a bathroom with a stand-alone bathtub and shower. The second bedroom is paired with a bathroom with a combined tub and shower and is next to a laundry niche with a stacked washer and dryer.
Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors in the living room and larger bedroom open to a balcony. Condo amenities include a swimming pool, billiard room, three spas, an electrical-vehicle charging station and a doorman. The unit comes with two side-by-side parking spaces; guest parking is also available.
Taxes: $16,125 (estimated), plus a $1,050 monthly homeowner fee
Contact: Keri White, the Agency, 310-804-4011; theagencyre.com