Sackets Harbor, N.Y. | $499,000
A historic brick-and-limestone manor house completed in 1814, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 2.4-acre lot
Known as Elisha Camp Manor, this house on the National Register of Historic Places was built by Elisha Camp, an industrialist, lawyer and soldier, who settled in Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario, near the Canadian border, in 1804. The village is 68 miles north of Syracuse, N.Y., and 129 miles southwest of Ottawa. An early naval shipyard and War of 1812 battlefield — as well as a popular summer destination in Victorian times — it has evolved into a tourist center and gateway to the Thousand Islands region.
This Federal-style property has been occupied by six generations of Camp descendants up to the present day and is in need of restoration. It was inspired by a house in Kinderhook, N.Y., designed by Barnabas Waterman, and was built by Mr. Waterman with limestone from Elisha Camp’s own quarry and with bricks that served as ballast on ships from England. The furnishings date as far back as the early 1820s and can be bought with the property. (They include a desk and a cradle that belonged to Ulysses S. Grant, a regular visitor who stashed the items there when he was reassigned westward.) The house is at the mouth of the harbor, two and a half blocks east of Main Street, which has boutiques, restaurants, a brewing company and a museum.
Size: 5,480 square feet
Price per square foot: $91
Indoors: Two sets of folding doors with leaded fanlights section off the center hall on the main floor. On either side are parlors with 12-foot ceilings, maple floors and a fireplace apiece. (The home has five fireplaces in all; they are currently inoperable.)
The walls of the north parlor are covered in a hand-painted, block-printed panoramic wallpaper designed by Joseph Dufour in 1816. The scene depicts the banks of the Bosporus in Byzantine-era Constantinople. A French piano acquired by the family in 1800 retains its original gathered-silk front panel.
In the south parlor is an 1824 walnut secretary designed by Duncan Phyfe artisans in the Hepplewhite style, with a medallion commemorating the 25th anniversary of George Washington’s death.
The dining room at the rear of the main floor is where the family still keeps china that was given by Louis Philippe II of France to Elisha Camp’s father, a doctor, in payment for treating the Marquis de Lafayette. The adjacent kitchen dates from the mid-20th century (the original kitchen was in the basement, which was built with enough clearance for Mr. Camp’s 6-foot frame).
A large bedroom with a fireplace is used as a family room, and there is a small room off it with a full bathroom, as well as a back staircase.
The arrangement of the second-floor front bedrooms mirrors that of the parlors below, with high ceilings and elegant proportions, although the flooring upstairs is pine. The two full bathrooms on this level include a Jack-and-Jill shared by a pair of rear bedrooms.
Outdoor space: The house is surrounded by lawns and specimen trees and bordered in front by a buckthorn hedge. A two-car garage addition extends from the back. A stone smokehouse is all that remains of the many 19th-century outbuildings.
Contact: Trude Brown Fitelson, Select Sotheby’s International Realty, 315-430-0711; selectsothebysrealty.com
Albuquerque | $499,900
A renovated 1944 house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 6,490-square-foot lot
This home is in Southeast Heights, known for its tree-lined boulevards and architecture dating to the 1920s and ’30s. It is about four miles southeast of downtown, two miles southeast of the University of New Mexico campus, one mile south of the neon-lighted and consumer-centric Nob Hill neighborhood and two and a half miles northeast of the international airport. Originally built in stucco, with a small footprint, the house was remodeled and enlarged around 2010, with exterior panels of corrugated steel. At that time, the kitchen was updated and an upper floor was added with a 600-square-foot bedroom suite.
Size: 2,593 square feet
Price per square foot: $193
Indoors: A glass front door opens into a formal seating area; beyond are the open kitchen and dining room. Throughout the original part of the home, the floors are oak.
The kitchen is centered on a large island with a waterfall concrete counter and an integrated cooktop and storage. (All of the cabinetry is dark-wood-and-concrete and includes a ceiling-high bar.) A half-partition separates the dining area from a living room with a kiva fireplace and an attached window bench.
To the right of the entrance is a large study with cable lighting. A sliding door opens to a laundry room with tomato-red front-loading appliances. A staircase next to the office rises to the bedroom addition, an open suite with a sitting area, bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom and private balcony. The bathroom is lined in travertine and includes a jetted tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a vessel sink on a concrete-topped vanity. The windows are arranged for maximum privacy and overlook treetops.
Two additional bedrooms are on the main floor, in a wing off the entrance, with access to a half bathroom. Another bedroom is next to the kitchen with a fireplace and an en suite bathroom.
Outdoor space: A courtyard with a mature elm tree is in front. The backyard has a patio with gravel pathways, partial fencing and low-water plants. Parking is in a detached one-car garage with a workshop.
Taxes: $3,833 (2019, based on a $91,378 tax assessment)
Contact: Pamela Heater, Pamela Heater Realty Group, Signature Southwest Properties, 505-710-0021; flexmls.com
Wauwatosa, Wis. | $484,900
An 1890 clapboard-and-shingled farmhouse with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 4,792-square-foot double lot
Wauwatosa is a suburb with many vintage homes, six miles northwest of Milwaukee. This property is centrally located, blocks from the city’s three public schools, restaurants, the library and the historical society. Hart Park, a green space on the Menomonee River, is a mile south.
Size: 2,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $194
Indoors: Set within a covered porch on the home’s fieldstone foundation, the front door has a mechanical doorbell that rings when twisted. It opens to a living room with hardwood floors, high ceilings and a bay window trimmed in leaded glass. This room flows into a formal dining room. Beyond that is a kitchen lined in Craftsman-style wood cabinets with Corian counters, followed by a breakfast room with original built-in storage. One of the units has leaded-glass cabinet fronts. A full bathroom is off the kitchen, as is a rear staircase.
The layout circles into a family room addition with a gas fireplace centered in a wall of cabinets and a door that leads to the backyard. There is also an office next to the dining room that includes a reading bench built into a niche and colorful glass pendant lamps.
The four bedrooms are all on the second floor. The largest is faceted, with multiple exposures, and has a small adjacent sitting room that appears to have been a sleeping porch originally. Most of the bedrooms include interior transom windows that encourage cross breezes. One bedroom has a wall of shelves with an integrated desk. The second-floor bathroom includes a wood floor and a claw-foot tub with a shower head.
Outdoor space: The backyard is partly fenced and paved in brick and stone, with a generous grass border. A rear patio has room for grilling and seating. The detached garage holds three cars.
Contact: Kyle Sprague, Firefly Real Estate, 414-731-1978; fireflyrealestate.net