What $1.4 Million Gets You in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts


This colorful house, a few blocks from the Hudson Amtrak station, has a wide porch, perfect for watching the activities of the neighborhood. A cafe, a restaurant serving Tuscan farm-to-table cuisine, and an ice cream parlor are all within a five-minute walk, and the restaurants and shops of downtown Hudson are about half a mile away.

Driving or taking the train to New York takes about two and a half hours. Albany is a 45 minute drive away.

Cut: 3,900 square feet

Price per square foot: $355

On the inside: One set of arched doors open into a small alcove and a second set of doors under a stained glass transom.

The foyer beyond has original hardwood floors which continue left into the living room and right into the library, two rooms which each have wood-burning fireplaces.

A wide arched doorway with mahogany pocket doors separates the living room from the dining room, which has a light fixture hanging from an ornate ceiling medallion and a door to the back porch. The dining room is connected to the kitchen, which has bright red countertops and windows overlooking the yard above the sink.

A bedroom is on this level, in a small hallway behind the kitchen. It is currently used as a gym and has a bathroom with a walk-in shower.

A shower room is tucked between the main staircase and the rear staircase, both of which lead to the second floor, where there are four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The master suite, at the front of the house, has a bay window, a gas fireplace with a cast iron surround and a bathroom with a deep porcelain tub and a separate shower. The adjoining bedroom is used as an office and its bathroom also has a separate shower and bathtub. The two guest bedrooms on the other side of the house are each large enough to fit queen-size beds.

The basement includes a laundry room and additional storage space.

Outdoor space: Front and back porches are wide enough to hold living room furniture. The one at the back, next to the dining room, slopes down to the backyard, where there is a large bluestone patio with a stone fountain surrounded by mature trees that create a canopy of shade.

Taxes: $13,759 (estimated)

Contact: Pamela Belfor, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-734-7142; sothebysrealty.com

This home is in Tuxedo Park, a 1990s complex of 56 townhouse-style townhouses in the River North neighborhood where bars and restaurants abound. It’s a few blocks from two city parks and less than a five-minute drive from Ward A. Montgomery Park, a green space on the banks of the Chicago River.

Downtown Chicago is a 10-15 minute drive or 20 minute public transit ride. (The nearest metro station is less than a five minute walk from this house.)

Cut: 3,400 square feet

Price per square foot: $411

On the inside: Stairs lead from the sidewalk to the front door. In the foyer beyond, internal stairs lead up to the open main level which features a sitting area at the front of the house, with an elegant fireplace, a row of tall windows overlooking the street and hardwood floors that s extend into the dining room.

At the rear of this level is a kitchen with a Wolf stove, Miele dishwasher, custom Poliform cabinetry and a bar for four. To one side of this space, doors open to reveal a wine cellar and pantry; a bathroom is opposite the room. Behind a space intended for a breakfast table are glass doors that open onto a balcony.

The main staircase continues to the upper level, where there are three bedrooms. The master suite has a private terrace, a large dressing room and a bathroom with a porcelain bathtub, a glass shower and a long vanity with two sinks. At the other end of the corridor are two guest bedrooms, one of which has a fireplace. They share a bathroom in the hallway with a walk-in shower and a double sink.

On the top floor is an open space that functions as a den, with another kitchen and access to two terraces.

Outdoor space: In addition to the balconies on the first two floors, there are two large terraces on the top floor with stunning views of the city. One has an integrated kitchen with a barbecue and a sink, and both have space for garden furniture and potted plants. This unit comes with a parking space in a secure garage; a second is available for purchase.

Taxes: $19,644 (estimated) and monthly homeowners association fees of $662

Contact: Rubina Bokhari, Compass, 847-691-5055; compass.com

This home is in Annisquam, a waterfront neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown. Like most neighboring homes, it offers views of Lobster Cove and easy access to the water. Plum Cove Beach, a quiet public beach with fresh water, is less than five minutes away, as is Annisquam Yacht Club, a private club with mooring facilities founded in the late 19th century.

For many years, Gloucester has attracted day-trippers and second-home buyers from elsewhere in New England. It’s half an hour from Salem, Mass., and about an hour from Boston.

Cut: 2,509 square feet

Price per square foot: $558

On the inside: A stone path under a wisteria-covered pergola leads to a sunny mudroom with an exposed brick wall and tiled floors. Although the dressing room is at the back of the house, it is used by vendors as the main entrance.

Beyond is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a paned window above the sink. Through a door to one side of the room is a wet room with a copper sink.

A short hallway leads from the kitchen to the great room, which served as a boathouse in the 19th century. This space has a fireplace, large windows, high ceilings with exposed beams, tall bookshelves and walls covered in brown grass. Another small hallway from this room leads to a spiral staircase which rises to a cozy bedroom under a sloping roof.

The master bedroom is on the first floor, next to the original foyer. It has a candle-style chandelier and is large enough to hold a queen-size bed and a desk. Across the hall is a full bathroom and next to it is a dressing room with a window.

From this part of the house a hallway and a short set of steps lead to the annex which was built in 1960 and is connected to the main house by a small atrium. The addition’s main room is a combined dining room, living room, and studio with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. A kitchenette and a full bathroom are also found in this part of the house, and another staircase leads to a bright bedroom with a terrace that offers views of the entire property.

Outdoor space: The second floor terrace is large enough for a set of chairs and a small table. There is room for a garden beside the stone driveway which leads to the main entrance. The driveway has space to park a car.

Taxes: $12,217 (estimated)

Contact: Nancy Goodick, Coldwell Banker Realty, 978-985-6080; coldwellbanker.com

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