What $ 1.3 million brings you in Maine, New Mexico and New York

Frederick Augustus Tompson, a local architect, designed many of Portland, Maine’s largest public buildings and homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as the city rebuilt after an 1866 fire that affected destroyed nearly 2,000 structures. He also designed this house in Cape Elizabeth, a nearby town. During the renovations, sellers discovered Mr. Tompson’s original plans and style book for the house, and most of the original woodwork and many of the original light fixtures remained intact.

Cape Elizabeth’s small town center has a grocery store and pharmacy. Portland’s restaurants and nightlife are about a 10-minute drive away. The local elementary, middle and high schools, about a mile away, all rank highly.

Cut: 4,970 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 252

Inside: The house is set back from the street, with a long driveway leading to the garage entrance. The main entrance is behind a simple portico in the center of the front of the house.

The tiled entrance has a second door which opens into a foyer with a grand staircase and an original stained glass light fixture hanging from the ceiling.

To the left is a living room with a brick fireplace, pale pink walls, intricate plaster moldings, and leaded glass windows looking out to the front and sides of the property. Through a door is a cozy living room with another fireplace and Michigan pine wood paneling.

On the other side of the foyer is a space the vendors use as a dining room, complete with a fireplace, original light fixtures, and a large window overlooking the front yard. Two sets of doors open onto a dining kitchen in what was once a veranda.

A powder room is hidden behind the staircase in the hall, as is a door leading to the one bedroom guest apartment on the first floor, which includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom and entrance. separate exterior.

Near the top of the stairs is a stained glass window. A hallway that extends from the wide landing leads to the master bedroom, which has two deep closets, one of which has built-in shelving. Adjacent is a guest bedroom that can comfortably accommodate a king-size bed. The hall also opens onto the upstairs guest apartment, which is set up as a studio, with a bathroom and kitchen, as well as its own exterior entrance.

At the other end of the second floor are two further guest bedrooms; the full bathroom in between has a white porcelain pedestal sink and a separate tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The attached two-car garage includes a large working space and access to the original cellar.

Taxes: $ 16,620 (estimated)

Contact: Alexa Oestreicher, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 207-329-9307; sothebysrealty.com


The seller of this house – the architect who designed it – was inspired by the rugged landscape of Taos and the different varieties of wood he encountered on his travels around the world.

This part of Taos is close to some of the area’s best-known hiking trails: the South Boundary Trail, which takes hikers and mountain bikers through the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains, begins two miles away. The restaurants, galleries and historic houses of the city center are about a 10-minute drive away. Santa Fe is about 90 minutes; Albuquerque is a two and a half hour drive away.

Cut: 3,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 391

Inside: A wooden fence separates this house from the street; behind it is a courtyard with a stone fountain and a paved path leading to the arched front door.

The foyer has limestone tile floors that extend into the main living room, which has raw beams lining the ceiling and a Rumford fireplace with a design inspired by a traditional kiva fireplace. Two columns imported from India flank the wide door of a dining room with reclaimed teak floors and plaster walls.

The kitchen is accessible from the dining room or the fireplace. It has birch cabinets, walnut counters and two ovens (convection and standard) from Bosch. A workspace in the corner has built-in shelves for cookbooks.

Three of the four bedrooms are on this level. The one just off the dining area is large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed and has an en-suite bathroom. Two other bedrooms are located in a hallway extending from the foyer; they share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

The master bedroom and bathroom are on the second floor, as is a living room that could serve as a home office.

Outdoor space: A flagstone patio that surrounds the entrance to the house is large enough to accommodate a table and chairs. Rock faces winding through the property have been installed to create space for gardening; water is supplied by a private well. The detached garage contains two cars.

Taxes: $ 4,500 (estimated)

Contact: Karen Todd and Jamie Clifford, Dragonfly Realty Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate, 575-613-3430 or 575-779-8042; 1433berninghaus.com

Greenport, a bustling village on the North Fork of Long Island, was once a hub for whaling and fishing, and is now a popular weekend spot for New York-based people. In recent years, the village has seen an influx of residents year round, drawn to the quirky shops and laid-back restaurants and brasseries, many of which overlook the water.

This property is less than a mile from downtown and about the same distance from the station, where the Long Island Rail Road gets passengers to Penn Station in just under three hours. By car, the journey takes about two and a half hours, depending on traffic.

Cut: 4000 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 325

Inside: This house was once split into two units, although sellers use it as a single family home. It has two entrances, both located on the wraparound porch.

The main entrance leads to a reception hall with high ceilings. To the left is a living room with a chandelier and tall windows overlooking the front yard. A door connects this space to the dining room, which is open to a kitchen with a butcher’s island and sliding glass doors to the porch.

To the right of the hall is a second living room with a lounge area and an open kitchen. The kitchen in this part of the house is newer, with a white subway tile backsplash. On this side of the house is also a full bathroom.

The main staircase leads from the foyer to the second floor, where there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a vintage wood vanity and black and white tile floors and the other finished with white subway tiles.

Outdoor space: The wrap-around porch is large enough to hold a bench and swing, and is a cozy spot for alfresco dining during the warmer months. The courtyard surrounding the house is grassed and private, thanks to high hedges. The detached garage has a parking space.

Taxes: $ 11,832 (estimated)

Contact: Bridget Elkin, The Elkin Team, Compass, 516-330-6086; compass.com

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