What $475,000 Buys You in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and Arkansas

What $475,000 Buys You in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and Arkansas

Great Barrington is one of Berkshire County’s most popular year-round destinations: spring and summer bring hikers; autumn attracts leaf scouts; and winter attracts skiers and snowboarders. The Butternut Ski Area and Tubing Center on the edge of the East Mountain State Forest is a five-minute drive, as is an access point to the Appalachian Trail.

Antique shops and restaurants line Main Street, which runs along the Housatonic River. It also has an early 1900’s theater that serves as a performing arts space and a newer theater showing independent films. Albany, NY is about an hour away; Boston is a two and a half hour drive.

Size: 1,424 square meters

Price per square meter: $334

Inside: From the street, a path leads from the sidewalk to the closed porch. Just inside is the front door, which opens into a foyer. To the right is a sunny living room with original oak floors and windows overlooking the porch; On the left is a home office behind a barn-style sliding door.

Behind the living room is a dining room with a bay window and enough space for a table that seats six. Both the dining room and foyer have access to the kitchen, which features updated appliances, a center island, breakfast bar, and the same oak floors that run through the living and dining rooms. There is a mudroom to one side of the kitchen; the other is a half bathroom/laundry room combination.

The master bedroom is at the top of the stairs, with two windows facing the street and a large closet. Across the hall are two bedrooms: one large enough for a queen bed and a smaller one that could serve as a playroom or children’s room. The three bedrooms share a bathroom with black and white tile floors and a bath/shower combination.

Outside: The front porch and mudroom have ample seating and large windows from which to view the property’s mature trees. A two car garage is separate from the main house; Beyond is a large back yard with a fire pit and plenty of space to gather.

Taxes: $6,552 (estimated)

Contact: Elle Villetto, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 413-717-7534; sothebysrealty.com

This home is located in Deanwood, a portion of northeast Washington between the Anacostia River and the Maryland state line. The area is popular with first-time buyers because many of the homes have backyards — a popular commodity in the city — and the Minnesota Avenue subway station is nearby, making for an easy ride to Capitol Hill.

A trail along the Watts Branch Stream is a few blocks away and leads to the Anacostia River. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, a National Park Service property with one of Washington’s largest remaining tidal marshes, are less than 10 minutes’ drive away.

Size: 1,440 square meters

Price per square meter: $330

Inside: The house is on a slope, with wooden steps leading to the covered porch. Across the threshold is a living and dining room with new hardwood floors and paint, part of a major renovation completed this year. The windows, the insulation and the lighting can also be controlled via WLAN.

A navy accent wall runs from the living area at the front of the main level to a kitchen at the back with quartz counters, a herringbone tile backsplash, and soft-close cabinets.

Both bedrooms lead off the living room: the master bedroom has another wall with blue accents and a window overlooking the porch; The en-suite bathroom has a herringbone tile shower and cabinets with gold hardware. The guest room has a ceiling fan and enough space for a double bed; next door is a full bathroom with blue cabinets, a marble-topped double vanity, and a folding door that hides a washer and dryer.

A loft-like second level with windows at both ends offers plenty of space for a home office setup.

Outside: A rear patio, added during the renovation, leads down to a fenced yard. The terrace is big enough for a dining table and a grill, and in the yard there is space for a garden.

Taxes: $1,956 (estimated)

Contact: Simon Sarver, Compass, 703-509-4300; kompass.com

This property is nearly an acre in size, and despite its proximity to downtown Little Rock, which is about 15 minutes away, maintains a sense of privacy. River Mountain Park, popular with mountain bikers, is two miles away; A boat launch and short bridge connects it to Two Rivers Park on the Arkansas River.

A shopping center with a grocery store and several casual restaurants is about 1 mile away. Jefferson Elementary School, one of the highest ranked in the state, is less than 10 minutes away, as is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Size: 3,253 square meters

Price per square meter: $146

Inside: The house is set back from the street with a driveway on one side leading to a carport.

The double doors open to a foyer with parquet floors. To the left is an open plan living area with recessed lighting, a fireplace framed by floor to ceiling bricks and space for a dining table next to the sitting area.

The updated kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances including a double oven is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar with more white cabinets. Off the kitchen is a combination home office and butler’s pantry; It has a washer and dryer and a custom storage system with a gift-wrapping station.

There are two bedrooms on this level, off a hallway that extends from the foyer. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate shower. Next door is a guest suite with an ensuite bathroom.

The lower level, accessed by stairs from the main hallway, has two further bedrooms and a full bathroom with a bath/shower combination and a family room with access to the backyard.

Outside: The back yard is relatively flat and has a children’s play area with swings, a ladder and a trampoline. This part of the yard is surrounded by mature trees; Some mature trees also line the driveway to the carport.

Taxes: $2,328 (estimated)

Contact: Cara Hazlewood, The Property Group, 501-993-3326; redfin.com

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