The New York TimesAnna Bahney; with Elsa Brenner, Suzanne Hamlin and Lisa Prevost
June 26, 2005
Ditmas Park Victorian
BROOKLYN: 260 East 19th Street (at Cortelyou Road)
This 3,317-square-foot, three-story house has six bedrooms, three full- and four half-baths, a finished basement and central air. Jean Manon, the Corcoran Group (718)210-4030; www.corcoran.com. Open house June 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
TAXES: $2,753 a year
PROS: Because of a just-completed renovation, the house is in superb mechanical and cosmetic shape, including whirlpool baths and a complete refurbishing of all original interior details.
CONS: The kitchen, on the dark side of the house, is isolated from rest of the first-floor living space.
Oasis of Calm in the Flatiron District
MANHATTAN: 22 West 26th Street (at Broadway)
A three-bedroom, two bath co-op. Mara Flash Blum or Tom Cooper, Sotheby's International (212)431-2447; www.sothebysrealty.com
MAINTENANCE: $2,040 a month
PROS: A sunken living room with smooth, curved surfaces, a spa-like shower in the master bathroom and 12-foot ceilings with white ceiling fans give the apartment the feel of a quasi-tropical bungalow (with central air). The renovation, while five years old, looks great, and it was done with a feng shui consultant.
CONS: It is a bit of a lost block, lined with wholesale clothing stores. It somehow feels cut off from Madison Square Park, just to the east, and yet doesn't feel like Chelsea until you walk a few blocks west.
WESTCHESTER: 43 College Hill Road, Montrose
A 90-year-old rambling wood-frame house on two heavily wooded acres with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, hand-stained ceilings and custom woodwork throughout. Judith Piccolo, Houlihan Lawrence (914)271-4433; www.houlihanlawrence.com
TAXES: $15,050 a year
PROS: The house has a cook's kitchen with two side-by-side stoves, two dishwashers and three sinks. The dining room has hand-painted tiles on the walls.
CONS: This is an older house without central air-conditioning. Also, it is at the end of a winding dirt road and could be difficult to reach in snowy, icy weather.
West Side One-Bedroom
MANHATTAN: 246 West End Avenue (at 71st Street), #9D
A one-bedroom, one-bath co-op. Kristen Ju Magnani (917)691-2797, and Soie Ju (917)374-8766, Nest Seekers International; http://www.nestseekers.com
MAINTENANCE: $855 a month
PROS: The renovation of this co-op removed one bedroom and enlarged the living/dining area in a way that will be palatable to most tastes. Recessed lighting is installed throughout, and there are stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and glass tiles in the bathroom. The co-op gets great light.
CONS: The kitchen has beautiful fixtures and a window, but is still a galley and is not open to the living/dining area.
CONNECTICUT: 111 Branch Brook Road
Built in the style of Royal Barry Wills, the Boston architect who popularized traditional New England designs, this six-bedroom, four-bath colonial sits on more than 10 wooded acres. The house sits on a rise overlooking a reservoir known as Pope's Pond. Melinda Conrad, Realty Seven (203)762-5548; www.realtyseven.com
TAXES: $35,104 a year
PROS: The water views from nearly every room give this home the feel of a vacation retreat. On the market for the first time since the owners built it in 1968, the house is richly detailed. The property includes two approved building lots of roughly two acres each.
CONS: By maintaining the house in its original condition, the owners have kept both the charm and the outdated fixtures -- all four baths and the kitchen need updating.