By Mike Powell
What: A two-bedroom one-bath house boat on Lake Union
How Much: $799,950
Size: 1,000 square feet
Per Square Foot: $799.95
Setting: Built in 1991, this is one of 14 floating houses at this moorage in Fremont, a neighborhood with a welcome sign that proclaims it “Center of the Universe” (and encourages visitors to set their watches back five minutes). The floating houses are three or four blocks from a shopping and dining district on Fremont Avenue; they are also within a few blocks of the Seattle offices for Adobe, Google and Getty Images.
Inside: The great room has 15-foot ceilings and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Union. The master bedroom is a loft over the great room and has an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom, on the main level, has built-in shelves and is set up as a sitting room.
Outdoor Space: Moorage for a 24-foot ceilings and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Union. The master bedroom is a loft over the great room and has an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom, on the main level, has built-in shelves and is set up as a sitting room.
Taxes: $7,817 a year; $125 a month in homeowner’s association dues.
Contact: Chris Axtell, Windermere Real Estate Queen Anne, (206) 953-9197; windermere-seattle.com
What: An 1891 house with four bedrooms and three and a half baths
How Much: $799,000
Size: 3,917 square feet
Per Square Foot: $203.98
Setting: Barrinton, a town of about 10,000 is about an hour outside Chicago. It has large equestrian properties at its perimeter and 19th-centure buildings at its center. This house is in a residential neighborhood, about a half-mile from supermarkets, restaurants, shops, banks and a Metra station, with access to downtown Chicago.
Inside: The house has three stories. The floors, moldings, stained glass and woodwork are original, but other features, including some of the chandeliers and one of the fireplaces, are period-style renovations done by the current owners. On the main level are two parlors, a formal dining room, a kitchen, a library with built-in shelves, an office nook, a den with a built-in desk, and an addition off the kitchen used as a sitting area. The bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite includes an alcove in the turret. On the third floor is another bedroom with a private bath. The house has a two-car garage with a finished loft room and a carriage house, used for storage.
Outdoor Space: A front porch, a gazebo, a small rear yard and a larger side yard.
Taxes: $9,437 a year.
Contact: Donna Veller, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (847) 826-1530; coldwellbankeronline.com
West Palm Beach, FLA.
What: A 1926 house with three bedrooms and two baths
How Much: $795,000
Size: 2,462 square feet
Per Square Foot: $322.90
Setting: This house is in a cul-de-sac in Old Northwood, a residential neighborhood and historic district about two and a half miles from downtown. The area is known for its 1920s Mission- and Mediterranean-style houses, many of them (including this one) by John Volk, an architect who designed several buildings in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. Downtown, the commercial center is anchored by a multiblock mixed-used development called CityPlace, which has a grocery story, sidewalk cafes, a movie theatre, shops and an 11,000-square-foot concert hall in a former Methodist church.
Inside: The house was renovated about four years ago. In addition to new electric and plumbing, the owners re-plastered the walls, and hand-sanded and painted the floors. Cypress ceilings and exposed beams are original to the house, as are the tile floors in the sunroom. The bedrooms are upstairs. The master has custom-built closets. The master bathroom has double sinks and a separate shower. The two-car garage has an alley entrance.
Outdoor Space: A private landscaped backyard with a stone fountain and a covered outdoor dining area.
Taxes: $7,588 a year.
Contact: Kerry Warwick, Fit Shavell & Associates, (561) 310-2262; fiteshavell.com