Andes, N.Y. | $179,500
A former one-room schoolhouse built in the 1890s, with one bedroom and one bathroom
This historic little building is about four miles from the Catskills hamlet of Andes, which has a few restaurants, a general store, a library and a post office. The George Washington Bridge is about two and a half hours southeast. In the 19th century, the schoolhouse was one of more than 400 in Delaware County and was originally painted white. (Red was reserved for barns.) At one point, there were two separate entrances, for boys and girls, but one has since been blocked off.
Size: 702 square feet
Price per square foot: $256
Indoors: The interior is still a single room, with a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses, pale yellow walls and a white bead-board wainscot and trim. Electric baseboard heaters and a Jotul wood stove from Norway provide warmth in winter. The kitchen is tucked under a loft and includes a four-burner Gaggenau range. Next to it is a paneled bathroom with picturesque wallpaper (it has a barn motif) and a shower. A staircase leads up to the dormered sleeping loft, which has storage built under the gable.
Outdoor space: Sliding doors open from the side of the house to a small deck. The half-acre lot has red pine, maple and birch trees, as well as a very small pond. It abuts New York City-owned land that will remain undeveloped, to ensure the purity of the nearby reservoir.
Contact: Peggy Bellar, Catskill Dream Team, 917-558-0447; realestate.catskilldreamteam.com
South Bend, Ind. | $179,900
A 1923 brick house with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms
This home is in the Northshore Triangle neighborhood, near the St. Joseph River and less than a mile from the University of Notre Dame. It is about 10 blocks north of the home of Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The neighborhood was developed in the 1910s and 1920s, and many of the houses have an Arts and Crafts flavor.
Size: 2,025 square feet
Price per square foot: $89
Indoors: Stucco walls and ceilings and hardwood floors and molding lend character to the interiors, which are notable for their pointed archways edged in rough, contrasting-color plaster. Turning left as you enter the foyer takes you to a living room with a stone-and-plaster fireplace and, beyond that, a carpeted sunroom with a paneled wainscot topped by casement windows.
Opposite the living room is a formal dining room that connects to a recently gut-renovated kitchen with traditional white cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers, granite countertops and glass subway tile.
Three upstairs bedrooms continue the stucco-and-hardwood theme. They share a white-tiled bathroom with a combined bath and shower. A half bathroom with a washer and dryer is off the basement rec room.
Outdoor space: The house is on 0.1 acres and is perpendicular to the street, with the front entrance facing a shared driveway along the side; the driveway leads to a garage with two bays, one for this house and one for the neighbor’s. A sliding-glass door in the dining room opens to a rear deck in the fenced backyard.
Taxes: $2,002 (2018)
Contact: Steve Smith, Irish Realty, 574-360-2569; stevesmithteam.com
Milwaukee | $179,900
An 1892 bungalow with two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms
Situated among a stretch of cottage-like houses in the Riverwest neighborhood, less than 10 minutes north of downtown, this one-and-a-half-story home is near brewpubs, coffee bars, a good Mexican restaurant and the Florentine Opera Company’s rehearsal space, which is also a concert venue. The Rover West dog park is about five blocks away. A green stretch along the Milwaukee River is less than half a mile away.
Size: 1,116 square feet
Price per square foot: $161
Indoors: Possibly built as housing for employees of the tanneries that once operated in the area, the home was most recently renovated at the turn of the millennium. The large windows were installed in the front at that time.
Knotty-pine floors are found throughout the main level, which includes a foyer, an eating area with an L-shaped kitchen and a living room with a glass door that opens to a rear deck. A tiled bathroom off the living room has a walk-in shower. There is also a half bathroom in the basement.
The carpeted main bedroom upstairs, under the gable, includes a fireplace. It steps down to a lofted area in front of the great window that could be used as a second sleeping area.
Outdoor space: The rear deck stretches between the house and a detached two-car garage with upstairs studio space. (The building has electricity but no heat or plumbing.) A parking slab next to the garage could be used for a third car. The lot is 0.08 acres.
Taxes: $3,744 (2018)
Contact: Nancy Meeks or Sara Jo Dederich, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 414-659-1126; coldwellbankerhomes.com