$425,000 Homes in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont

The owners of this house have spent years restoring it to its original state and have chronicled the project on Instagram, where an account dedicated to the house has more than 65,000 followers. Work included restoration of hardwood floors and ceilings; add new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems; repaint the exterior; and the installation of a new roof.

The house is a 10 minute drive from a post office and several businesses including a Piggly Wiggly supermarket and hardware store. It is about a half hour drive from Wilmington’s Historic Boardwalk, Wrightsville Beach, and Oak Island Beach.

Cut: 3,117 square feet

Price per square foot: $135

On the inside: The house is set back from the street, behind a lawn planted with mature trees. The covered porch is large enough for several chairs and the front door opens to a living room with a brick fireplace and restored hardwood floors and wood ceilings.

Next to this space is a guest bedroom that the sellers have converted into an office with shelves that extend to the ceiling and a ladder to access the volumes on the higher shelves. This room also features a decorative teal painted brick fireplace and exterior access.

French doors from the living room open to a dining room with floral wallpaper and white wood paneling. Behind is a farmhouse style kitchen with a stainless steel dishwasher and a blue and gold Ilve range.

A tiled mudroom off the kitchen provides access to a full bathroom with clawfoot tub and a sunny room the vendors use as a children’s playroom.

Three bedrooms are on the second floor. Up the stairs is the master bedroom, which is large enough for a king-size bed and a home office. Another bedroom is next door and a third at the end of the corridor. All three share a bathroom with a console sink and a combined tub and shower. Next to the bathroom is a utility room with tiled walls and windows to the rear.

Outdoor space: Fruit trees surround the property including fig trees which produce a robust amount of fruit. The covered back patio has a brick fireplace and enough room for a large dining area.

Taxes: $1,476 (estimated)

Contact: Fran Downey and Jennifer Wheeler, Doors 2 Dreams Team, Fathom Realty NC, 910-900-7955; doors2dreamsteam.com

This home is in Washington Square West, a historic neighborhood in downtown Philadelphia, where the streets are lined with well-maintained brick townhouses built in the early 1800s. It is less than a mile from Independence Hall and within walking distance of some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is a few blocks away, and a PATCO station is half a block away, making the location convenient for getting to other parts of the city.

Philadelphia International Airport is 20 minutes away by car. Driving across the Delaware River into Camden, NJ takes about 15 minutes.

Cut: 1,081 square feet

Price per square foot: $393

On the inside: This home sits between two taller townhouses and green shutters frame the first and second story windows.

The front door opens directly into the living room, which has hardwood floors, a red brick fireplace, a staircase to the upper floors, and recessed light fixtures that illuminate the space. The door was replaced in 2009 with one designed to resemble the original, as were the two windows facing the street, which are replicas of what might have originally been (although fitted with double-glazed glass).

At the rear of the main level is a kitchen with wood cabinetry, granite countertops, space for a dining table and a door that opens to the side patio.

One bedroom is on the second level, at the back of the house, with enough space for a double bed. Adjacent is a bathroom with blue tiles and white cabinets.

The entire third floor is a loft-style bedroom, with room for a queen-size bed, a bright sitting area, and access to the back deck.

Outdoor space: The wooden terrace on the third floor receives plenty of sunlight, with views over the neighboring rooftops; it is large enough to accommodate a table and chairs. The small patio next to the kitchen could hold an herb garden and a small cafe table and chairs.

Taxes: $6,576 (estimated)

Contact: Stephan Sitzai, Houwzer, 215-688-7516; houwzer.com


Fewer than 4,500 people live year-round in Manchester, which is just over three hours from Boston, just over two hours from Hartford, Connecticut, and just over an hour from ‘Albany, NY. The region is a popular weekend destination for lovers. shopping and history: Factory outlets make up a good portion of retail, and historic offerings include an old flour mill, the American Fly Fishing Museum, and Hildene, a neo-Georgian house with guided tours, all within 10 minutes of this house.

There are also a number of small businesses in the area, including Northshire Bookstore, an independent bookstore housed in a 19th-century inn, and Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry, a specialty food store and deli known for its Italian sandwiches.

Cut: 1,262 square feet

Price per square foot: $337

On the inside: The orange front door opens directly into a living room with windows to the front and sides and a decorative fireplace. This space flows into a glass-encased dining area with a chandelier-style pendant light. The kitchen beyond has been recently updated with gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

At the back of the house is a mudroom which doubles as a living room, with a deep closet and access to the back yard.

One of the two bedrooms, off the living room, is large enough to comfortably accommodate a queen-size bed and a desk. It is connected to a bathroom with a combined bath and shower and access to the hallway. The second bedroom is next to the dining room.

Outdoor space: The wooden deck slopes down to the back yard, which is landscaped with grass and perennials. To one side is a stone fire pit with room for chairs all around. The gravel driveway has room for two parked cars. The basement, which has concrete floors, is used for storage.

Taxes: $3,120 (estimated)

Contact: Tatsiana Clark, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, 802-379-3595; sothebysrealty.com

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