New Bedford, Mass. | $299,000
An 1876 clapboard cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on a 0.05-acre lot
New Bedford is a coastal city of about 95,000 that was a 19th-century whaling capital. This house, in the downtown County Street Historic District, has easy access to stores, restaurants, bars, tea shops and bakeries. The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, a 13-block district that commemorates the area’s maritime heritage, is less than a mile east. Just beyond that is the Acushnet River, where ferry terminals provide service to Nantucket and other destinations. Buttonwood Park, a 97-acre park with a zoo, is less than a mile west.
Size: 1,124 square feet
Price per square foot: $266
Indoors: The house was recently modernized, with a new kitchen and bathrooms, vinyl flooring that resembles wood planks and a layout that opens up the main level from front to back. The foyer now flows into the living room on either side of a chimney that includes a rear-facing, wood-burning fireplace.
The open kitchen was rebuilt at the other end, with white Shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and a pair of industrial-style stainless steel pendant lamps hanging over a peninsula with bar seating.
Beyond the kitchen are a bedroom with a wide closet and a hall bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower, a marble-topped vanity and Moroccan-patterned cement floor tiles.
neighborhood erupted in protests after numerous instances of police brutality against its largely Black community culminated in the 2001 shooting death of an unarmed Black teenager named Timothy Thomas. OTR, as the area is known, has since undergone substantial redevelopment.