Cornwallville, N.Y. | $945,000
An 1830s farmhouse with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and several whimsical outbuildings, on a 19.16-acre lot
Known as Do-Nothing Farm, this property is in Greene County, nine miles northeast (downhill) of the Catskills ski town of Windham and 125 miles north of New York City.
For many years, starting in the mid-19th century, it was the country home of the Matthews family, whose patriarch, John Matthews, an immigrant from England, innovated carbonated water as well as the drugstore soda fountains that dispensed it. A 35-foot-tall monument to Mr. Matthews in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was carved by the sculptor Karl L.H. Müller; Mr. Müller, who married into the family, is also believed to have worked on an elaborately ornamented 19th-century addition to this house, described as the “oak room.”
Size: 3,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $270
Indoors: Deep porches supported by columns frame the front and side entrances. A large front room includes hardwood floors, leaded-glass windows and a stone fireplace with a wood-burning insert and an inglenook. An adjacent sitting room has a corner fireplace that was designed to burn coal and is no longer used. The den beyond this room also has a decorative fireplace, with a carved and mirrored overmantel. And there is a full bathroom with hexagonal floor tiles.
The updated kitchen has a commercial-grade range, an antique sink and a walk-in pantry. A large dining room, with built-in cabinets, pales in comparison to the banquet hall known as the oak room. This medieval-evoking storybook space is decorated with griffins, eagles and coats of arms. It has circular glass panes that appear to be derived from the bottoms of soda bottles; there are also custom porcelain fireplace tiles. (The slogan engraved on the mantel is “Do as you please.”)
All four bedrooms are on the second floor, as is a narrow room with appliquéd paper dog heads, known as the “pet room” and believed to have been the head servant’s office. It connects to an open porch. The second-floor bathroom has a combined tub and shower and a circular window with colored glass depicting a spider in its web.
Outdoor space: The original carriage house remains, with its attached windmill-shaped ice house and a dovecote in the gable above the archway between the building’s two sections. On the upper floor of each section are four wood-paneled rooms built for servants — men on one side and women on the other, without any connection. A separate water tower that resembles a lighthouse is where sheets were washed before they were taken up an exterior staircase attached to the main house, to a folding room off the servants’ porch. Next to the tower is a goat shed that was built by the current owner. There is also a new stone terrace at the back of the main house.
Taxes: $9,169 (based on a tax assessment of $243,000)
Contact: James T. Male, House Hudson Valley Realty, 518-697-9390; househudsonvalley.com
Holladay, Utah | $950,000
An 1891 house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.27-acre lot
Built for a locally renowned stonemason, this house was expanded in the 1970s, with the addition of a second living room, new kitchen and upstairs bedroom suite. It is in a suburb nine miles southeast of Salt Lake City and less than 20 miles west of the area’s major ski resorts. Holladay Center, a shopping mall with boutiques, a Caputo’s food market, a cafe and a popular taqueria, is about a mile southwest.
Size: 3,924 square feet
Price per square foot: $242
Indoors: Turning right from the front door takes you into the newer section of the house, including a double-height living room whose ceiling-high fireplace was built with 1890s bricks salvaged in the renovation. Across from this room is an open kitchen and dining area with textured ceramic floor tile and wood cabinets that flaunt their grain.
To the left of the front door is the home’s original portion, including a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, two bedrooms and a bathroom. This level also has a half bathroom and a laundry room.
The upstairs master suite overlooks the newer living room. It has a dressing room and a private bathroom with a tub and shower. The fourth bedroom is on the lower level, where there is also a family room.
Outdoor space: The fenced corner lot is green with ivy and studded with cedars that are more than a century old. A rear deck between the old and new wings steps down to the backyard. Parking is in a two-car garage. A mountain creek runs across the street.
Taxes: $4,249 (2019)
Contact: Leigh Anne Bernal, City Home Collective, 801-244-7255; cityhomecollective.com
Haverford, Pa. | $949,000
A 1925 stone colonial-style house, with seven bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a 1.12-acre lot
This house is surrounded by elegant properties, on a street that leads a mile northeast to the Haverford College campus and, shortly beyond that, to shopping and the train station in Haverford Square. The train trip to Center City in Philadelphia takes about 15 minutes.
Originally, the upper portion of the exterior had cedar-shake shingles, but it is now completely faced in stone. The seller updated the roof and utilities and improved the kitchen.
Size: 4,615 square feet
Price per square foot: $206
Indoors: The main entrance, reached from a porte cochère and a deep covered porch, is at the side of the house. It opens to a sitting room with a fireplace, bookshelves and a wide, upholstered window seat. A half bathroom within this space includes an original marble-topped sink.
A second entrance, on the same side of the house, passes through a sunroom to the living room, which has 10.5-foot box-beam ceilings, custom decorative windows and fluted columns on either side of a niche with a fireplace.
A long, formal dining room with pocket doors, a fireplace and a bay with French doors overlooks the back lawn. From there you pass into a room with built-in wood cabinets and a stamped-metal ceiling, before entering the kitchen and its adjoining breakfast area. (A brick chimney divides the two spaces.) A pantry with a sink and a washer and dryer leads to a mudroom.
Decorative glass windows adorn the formal front staircase. On the second floor, the main bedroom has a marble fireplace, a balcony and an attached sitting room. The en suite bathroom includes marble walls, a shower and a soaking tub. There is also an in-law suite, reached from a back staircase, with two connected rooms leading to a private bathroom with an antique marble sink and a tub-and-shower combo. Two additional rooms with dormer windows and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower and laundry hookups are on the third floor.
Outdoor space: A raised stone patio curves out from the dining room. A lawn of about an acre blankets the back and surrounds an in-ground pool (in as-is condition). The semicircular driveway offers space for off-street parking.
Taxes: $17,377 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $373,880)
Contact: Lisa Ciccotelli, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach, 610-202-4429; foxroach.com
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