Indianapolis | $204,000
A 1910 Dutch Colonial-style house with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, on a 5,445-square-foot lot
This recently renovated house is in the Near East section of the city, about three and a half miles from downtown, in a once-thriving neighborhood that went into decline from the 1950s to the 1970s and is now being revitalized. The property is in an area known as Educators’ Village, where rejuvenated, affordable homes have been earmarked for public-school teachers, and seven schools are within a mile radius. (This house, which was restored by a developer, is not part of that program.) Fountain Square, a historic commercial district linked to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, is two and a half miles southwest.
Size: 1,722 square feet
Price per square foot: $118
Indoors: The developer did his best to retain the historical material of this home. He hand-sanded and stained the interior woodwork and refinished the hardwood floors in the foyer and living room. Other rooms have new wood planking or carpet, where floors couldn’t be salvaged. The roof, the exterior doors and many of the windows have been replaced, as have the mechanical and electrical systems.
Craftsman-style wood partitions and molding frame the entrance to the living room, whose front-facing window includes original leaded glass. The formal dining room is illuminated with a Sputnik ceiling fixture.
In the kitchen, cabinets were extended upward to create more storage; the countertops are granite, the hardware is gold toned and the appliances are new. Rather than strip the chimney of its thick, stubborn coat of plaster, the developer recreated the original look by applying thin slabs of brick to the surface. A walk-in pantry is at the back of the kitchen.
A short hallway leads to a half bathroom and a laundry closet. This level also has a bedroom with wood floors.
Two additional bedrooms are upstairs, both with niches for sofas or desks. They share a bathroom that has a combined tub and shower and a wide, gray vanity embedded with twin sinks. Moroccan patterned tile covers the floor.
Outdoor space: A covered front porch is deep enough for lounging or rocking. The backyard includes a parking pad that is accessible from an alley.
Taxes: $1,952 (2019)
Contact: Summer Hudson, Gallery of Homes Real Estate, 317-622-6575; 801nruralst.findalottolove.com
Richmond, Va. | $224,900
A Victorian rowhouse with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, on a 1,102-square-foot lot
This house is in Jackson Ward, a mile and a half north of downtown, and on the same block as the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Major roads or highways define three of the diamond-shaped district’s borders. The campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, the state’s largest employer, with a bevy of cultural centers and nearby restaurants and shops, is less than a mile southwest.
Size: 1,480 square feet
Price per square foot: $152
Indoors: On the main level, the interior has been modernized with opened passages between rooms, but it retains the original hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, decorative fireplaces, built-in cabinets with glass-fronted bookcases and a living room room window that extends almost from floor to ceiling.
The two-year-old kitchen has windows on two walls, simple white cabinetry with push-open door fronts, laminate countertops and a double stainless-steel sink. Next to it is a half bathroom with a pedestal sink.
The upstairs bedrooms are arrayed along a hallway. Two have decorative fireplaces with tile hearths, ceiling fans and cedar closets. The bathroom includes a combined tub and shower faced in Tuscan-style tile. There is also a second-floor laundry room in a room that could be used as a third bedroom.
Outdoor space: The covered front porch has decorative Victorian woodwork. In back is a small, fenced lawn.
Taxes: $2,244 (based on a tax assessment of $187,000)
Contact: Brad Ruckart, Ruckart Real Estate, 804-337-1422; ruckartre.com
Wilmington, Del. | $215,000
A 1918 brick townhouse with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 1,742-square-foot lot
This house is in Union Park Gardens, an early planned community with about 600 homes in five styles designed to accommodate shipbuilders and, later, steelworkers. The shops and restaurants on Union Street start three blocks away, at the lower end of Little Italy. The revitalized riverfront area is a mile and a half east.
Size: 1,525 square feet
Price per square foot: $141
Indoors: This house is in the middle of a three-building cluster that looks like a single property. Its living room has original oak floors and an exposed-brick wall. It leads into a dining room — currently used as a family room — that has deep blue walls and a bay window. A large pass-through and breakfast bar separate this room from the kitchen. The kitchen is aqua with oak floors, white cabinets with laminate countertops, multiple work spaces and a pantry.
The three oak-floored bedrooms are on the second floor. Two have closets with louvered folding doors. The bathroom has been updated within the last two years with a glass walk-in shower, marble floor tile and a marble-topped vanity.
The third level has pine floorboards and two Velux skylights that open for ventilation.
Outdoor space: The sellers rebuilt the front porch with cement steps and composite decking, and replaced the front door. The kitchen leads out to a south-facing back deck that steps down to a fenced yard.
Contact: Toni Vandegrift, eXp Realty, 302-463-8177; de.exprealty.com