This house with its wide wraparound porch and water views was created by Herbert Woodley Simpson, who built many of New Bern’s elegant homes. It’s in a historical district, within walking distance of downtown and a block from the Neuse River, which feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. Raleigh is about two hours northwest.

Size: 4,059 square feet

Cost per square foot: $234

Inside : The front door opens into a unusually large foyer with a gas-burning fireplace (you could stash a grand piano there). To the right is a front parlor, also with a fireplace. The living room flows into a dining area that contains an integrated credenza and cabinets and a crystal chandelier. All 3 rooms have hardwood flooring and lofty windows using their glass and can be shut off with pocket doors.

A second sitting room (originally the dining room ) is behind the front staircase in the foyer. It has a fireplace, as well. This room connects to an eat-in kitchen with a herringbone brick floor, white cabinets with quartz countertops, subway-tile backsplashes, a farmhouse sink and Thermador appliances. Also past the staircase is a bathroom with linen wallcovering and a shower.

Up the curving front stairs is a second-floor landing large enough to hold gym equipment and not block the paths to the bedrooms. There are three on this degree. The primary suite comprises a gas-burning fireplace, a minutely organized trio of cabinets and a marble-tiled bathroom with ornately patterned background, a standalone bathtub and a walk-in cupboard. Another suite is nearly as grand, even though the fireplace is decorative as well as the toilet can be entered from the bedroom or the hallway. The third bedroom has been recently employed as an office. A former living area at the top of the staircase is now a laundry area.

The third floor has been refinished as a huge room with bead-board ceilings and walls and queen-size beds tucked into dormer niches with water views. The bathroom comprises a glass-enclosed shower. There is also a partial basement with storage.

Outdoor space: The property was recently professionally landscaped and has an irrigation system on another water meter. A white picket gate set between brick posts topped with pineapples leads into a side courtyard with brick pavers, lush garden beds and a fountain. Parking is at the oyster-shell-covered driveway.

Taxes: $6,422 (2020)

Contact: Mary Silver, Donna & Team New Bern Real Estate, 252-675-5050; newbernrealestatesearch.com


This house is in the verdant Mount Washington neighborhood, about six miles northeast of downtown and less than a mile southwest of Occidental College. (The listing agent described it as “the Laurel Canyon of the east side” because of its “hippie, creative vibe. ”) Shops, restaurants and cafes line nearby Eagle Rock Boulevard and York Boulevard, and are also clustered to the east, on Figueroa Street.

Size: 853 square feet

Cost per square foot: $1,113

Inside : Quintessentially California contemporary, this single-story house centers on a joint living-and-dining room with an open-beamed, white-painted wood ceiling and a wall of glass that overlooks a large front deck. The flooring has been replaced by the operator and is a hard-surface laminate which resembles wood. To the right of the front door is a spacious galley kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A gray-painted brick fireplace climbs the wall opposite the entry ; alongside it is a dining room with an inset window making a nook for indoor greenery.

Both bedrooms are at the back of the house ; each has parquet flooring and direct access to a patio. In one bedroom, pocket doors open to a private bathroom which comprises a vanity with dual vessel sinks, a cupboard with sliding mirrored doors and a stone-tiled bathtub with a shower head. The second bedroom includes use of a hall bathroom with a combined tub and shower faced in pale green glass tile.

Outdoor space: The landscaping includes palms and crepe myrtle. Terraced garden and gravel beds rise from the rear patio up the hillside. Off-street parking is at a driveway.

Taxes: $11,863 (estimated)

Contact: Tracy Do, Compass, 323-842-4001; compass.com


Two decades back, a local developer bought and renovated this house for use as his own residence. He reconfigured spaces, additional storage, updated mechanical systems, rebuilt the chimney and fireplace, and applied fresh paint inside and out. Built for the owner of the regional soda-bottling plant (which is now an incubator for small, creative businesses ), it is one of the stately homes of the Hill Department, about a mile southeast of downtown. Champlain College is a mile north, and the University of Vermont’s campus is half a mile northeast. The drive southeast to Boston is about three and a half hours, and north to Montreal about two hours. You could also fly; the airport is about four miles away. And Amtrak is adding high-speed service from downtown Burlington to Penn Station in 2022.

Size: 2,056 square feet

Price per square foot: $455

Inside : The home has three entrances: a formal one in front that takes you into a foyer with an original staircase; a rear one that leads from the garden to the basement and kitchen ; and one on the side that opens to an elegant mudroom ( that is not an oxymoron) with built-in storage shelves. French doors lead out there into the dining room.

All these rooms ( including the mudroom) have original oak floors which have been stained ebony. They continue into a living room separated by a three-sided fireplace set on a concrete hearth that divides into the middle of the room. On one side of the fireplace is a room with built-in shelves ( such as a cupboard with a sliding door that disguises a tv ), a textured blue accent wall and a midcentury-modern pendant lamp. The other side is lined in windows with Lake Champlain glimpses and has a built in upholstered seat that wraps around three walls.

The dining room connects to a kitchen that has been slightly but strikingly modified with royal blue, turquoise and coral-colored paint. A windowed niche off to the side has been painted in floor-to-ceiling teal and is shown as a breakfast area. Beyond the kitchen is a half bath and a rear door.

The largest of the three upstairs bedrooms includes an upholstered accent wall, built-in storage and a windowed niche with a lake view. Another bedroom, which belonged to a child, has a reading corner tucked behind a boldly patterned wall. The bedrooms share a hallway bathroom with vintage mint-colored wall tile, pink floor tile, glossy black cabinetry and a cast-iron tub.

Outdoor space: The house has wide front and rear lawns, a two-car garage and a covered parking area which leads into the mudroom.

Taxes: $14,467

Contact: Jessica Bridge, Element Real Estate, 802-233-9817; realestatevt.com

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