OUTDOOR SPACE The house is part of a community of seven homes, each of which has a circular lot 100 feet in diameter, within a larger forested parcel of land measuring about seven acres. The remainder of the land is shared between the homeowners and includes a basketball court-size covered outdoor area, a sauna and a vegetable garden. This house has a two-car garage with a wisteria-covered pergola, a carport, a koi pond and a chicken coop.
TAXES $7,889 a year, plus a homeowners’ association fee of $100 a month
CONTACT Leah Applewhite, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, 206-387-0439; rsir.com
WHAT A three-bedroom house with two and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $995,000
SIZE 4,326 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $230
SETTING This house is in a rural area about two miles north of the center of Yarmouth, an affluent town of historic homes and small businesses, with parks, trails and boat access to the Royal River. The city of Portland is about 14 miles away.
INDOORS This cape-style clapboard house appears old but was built in 2009, primarily with contemporary materials and systems. There are historically accurate new wood windows with a Teflon coating, wide-plank pine floors milled by a local craftsman, reproduction wrought-iron hardware and two furnaces (one for each floor of the house). A front door with a bull’s-eye glass transom opens into the living room, which has a brick hearth flanked by blue-stained cabinetry with the look of old paneling. This room is open to a dining area and a kitchen beyond, where there is a peninsula and an island, exposed beams, pine cabinets and soapstone counters and sink. There is a separate butler’s pantry and a screened porch looking out to a field.
The master suite is on the ground floor, with a large walk-in closet, a built-in ironing station and a long hallway with storage cabinets and drawers leading to a bathroom with a tumbled marble floor and walk-in shower. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a bathroom. There is also a media room and a large recreation room with a loft over the garage.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a 4.46-acre lot that borders Pratt’s Brook. There is a patio made with bricks salvaged from Portland’s Old Port, as well as stone walls and gardens, an attached, insulated three-car garage and an additional parking space in a drive-in basement under the house.
TAXES $12,486 a year
CONTACT Ann Cianchette, Keller Williams, 207-318-5318; mainedreamproperties.com
Ocean Springs, Miss.
WHAT A house dating from the mid-1800s, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
HOW MUCH $985,000
SIZE 2,700 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $365
SETTING This single-story house is on an avenue with many older homes in downtown Ocean Springs, a small Gulf Coast city. A variety of stores and restaurants are within a few blocks, on Washington Avenue and Government Street. Front Beach is about half a mile south; Biloxi is about four miles west.
INDOORS The Federal-style house — built in the middle of the 19th century and extended in the early 1900s — retains much of its original charm. The front door opens off a deep porch into a wide hallway with built-in bookcases and room for console tables. To the left is the living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors and French doors opening to the porch. A second, connected room with another fireplace is currently used as an office, but could also serve as a formal dining room. The master bedroom is in the front section of the house, adjacent to a bathroom with a free-standing copper soaking tub and a vanity with a black marble top.
Two small steps down is the newer section of the house, which has a renovated kitchen with tile counters, a Viking fridge and a La Cornue range. It is open to a sitting room with built-in bookcases, a window seat and French doors that open to the backyard. A sunny hallway with three more pairs of French doors opening to the backyard leads to a large tiled laundry room and two additional bedrooms that share a bathroom with another free-standing soaking tub.
OUTDOOR SPACE The 0.35-acre lot has a lush backyard with mature trees and gardens. There is a vine-covered arbor with a brick walkway near the front of the house and a pebbled patio toward the back. There is also an outdoor shower, as well as an unfinished outbuilding with plumbing that could be transformed into more living space.
TAXES $3,219 a year
CONTACT Jan Munn, Moran Realty Company, 228-875-5464; moranrealtyco.com