New Bern, N.C. | $950,000
A circa-1912 Colonial Revival house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, on a 0.24-acre corner lot
This house with its wide wraparound porch and water views was designed by Herbert Woodley Simpson, who built many of New Bern’s elegant homes. It is in a historic 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
Price per square foot: $234
Indoors: The front door opens into a remarkably 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 parlor flows into a dining room that includes a built-in credenza and cabinets and a crystal chandelier. All three rooms have hardwood floors and lofty windows with their original glass, and can be closed 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 beyond the staircase is a bathroom with linen wallcovering and a shower.
Up the curving front staircase is a second-floor landing big enough to hold gym equipment and not obstruct the paths to the bedrooms. There are three on this level. The primary suite includes a gas-burning fireplace, a minutely organized trio of closets and a marble-tiled bathroom with ornately patterned wallpaper, a stand-alone bathtub and a walk-in shower. A second suite is almost as grand, although the fireplace is decorative and the bathroom can be entered from the bedroom or the hallway. The third bedroom has been recently used as an office. A former sewing room at the top of the stairs is now a laundry room.