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Birmingham, Ala. | $379,900
A 1920 Tudor Revival-style house, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is on one of several blocks that make up an area known as Diaper Row, named for its popularity with young families after similar homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s. It is within walking distance of English Village, a 1920s development with Tudor-esque facades that is home to a number of businesses, including the beloved Continental Bakery, a hardware store and an antiques shop. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Zoo are also nearby, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a five-minute drive.
Size: 1,485 square feet
Price per square foot: $256
Indoors: A walkway leads from the street to a covered front porch wide enough for a sitting area.
The front door opens into a living room with a decorative brick fireplace and large windows facing the porch. The ceilings, once textured stucco, were smoothed by the sellers as part of a series of updates that included installing a new HVAC system and recessed lighting throughout the house and refinishing the original hardwood floors.
The dining room is through an arched doorway. The kitchen, off the dining room, has new stainless-steel appliances, a center island topped with butcher block, new cabinets and a new tile backsplash.
A hallway extends off the kitchen, connecting it to the bedroom wing.
At the far end of the hall is the primary bedroom, large enough to hold a queen-size bed; the en suite bathroom has a shower lined with black-and-white tile. Next door is a guest room currently used as a nursery, and across the hall is a bathroom with more black-and-white tile and a new vanity. Another bedroom, just off the living room, has windows facing the front porch.
Outdoor space: The fenced-in backyard has two paved patios: One is large enough to hold lounge chairs; the other, slightly elevated, is sized for an outdoor dining table and barbecue. The yard is landscaped with grass and has mature trees along the fence. The detached garage is heated and cooled, and has space for two cars.
Taxes: $2,800 (estimated)
Contact: Ellis Terry, Ingram and Associates Homewood, Alabama, 334-301-0314; homesnap.com
Philadelphia | $375,000
An 1858 rowhouse with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.01-acre lot
Trinity houses — named for a three-level layout in which each floor holds one room or function — sprung up in Philadelphia in the 18th and 19th centuries, usually on unoccupied land between larger homes and developments. Designed as housing for workers, they were a predecessor of the tiny-house trend, and are popular with single people and couples who want to live in the heart of the city at a relatively affordable cost.
This house is just a block from Broad Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, and within easy walking distance of dozens of bars and restaurants. City Hall is about a five-minute drive; the Independence Hall complex of historic sites is a mile away.
Size: 875 square feet
Price per square foot: $429
Indoors: The front door, set into a painted brick facade, opens into a living room with hardwood floors and exposed ceiling beams. Exposed brick on one wall meets a decorative feature that the sellers made from reclaimed wood. More brick — painted white — frames the fireplace, and next to it is a row of built-in shelves with space for storing firewood.
Stairs in the far corner of the room lead to the levels above and below. Downstairs is a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances; a granite bar for dining; a washer and dryer in a corner; and a pantry concealed by wood doors.
The staircase leading to the floors above the living room is narrow, designed to take up as little space as possible, with a metal pole attached to the wall serving as a banister. On the first floor above the living room is one of two bedrooms, with hardwood floors and a private balcony. The second bedroom is on the top level, with carpeted floors and a closet. Next door is the bathroom, updated by the sellers to include a glass-walled shower and marble tile.
Outdoor space: A side porch big enough to hold a bench and a barbecue is off the main level, down a few stairs, with garden boxes sitting on top of one of the brick walls. The balcony off the second-level bathroom has space for a cafe table and chairs, and looks out at the back of other 19th-century rowhouses.
Taxes: $4,397 (estimated)
Contact: Lisa Budnick and Marc Hammarberg, Marc Hammarberg Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, 215-790-5501; marchammarberg.com
Seattle | $379,000
A one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit in a 1929 co-op building
This apartment is in a co-op, less common in Seattle than condominiums. Many of the city’s co-ops are, like this one, in the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood, where popular restaurants include Italian, Thai and Vietnamese options, as well as a branch of Top Pot Doughnuts, a local chain known for its old-fashioned doughnuts and coffee.
The building is well located for commuters, with the Capitol Hill light rail station about half a mile away. The University of Washington is about 15 minutes away by car, and the downtown waterfront area is a 10-minute drive.
Size: 700 square feet
Price per square foot: $541
Indoors: The unit’s front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors. To the left is a sunny living room with two street-facing windows framed in mahogany. More mahogany trim outlines the ceiling and frames French doors that open to a cozy bonus space used by the sellers as a combination home office and reading nook.
A breakfast bar with room for two stools separates the living room from a galley-style kitchen with Shaker-style cabinets, quartz counters and a stainless-steel double sink and appliances. Between the kitchen and a wide window facing it is space for a narrow table and chairs.
To the right of the foyer, at the other end of the apartment, is a bedroom with a window facing the side of the complex and a deep closet behind a door with an original crystal knob. Next door is a bathroom with a combination tub and shower beside a pedestal sink.
Outdoor space: Building amenities include a laundry room, a storage area with space allocated to each unit and a game room. Outside is a garden with flagstone paving, planter boxes, and chairs and a table shaded by a canopy of trees.
Taxes: $3,372 (estimated), plus a $480 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Karen Freeman, Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker, 206-725-7225; windermere.com
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