New Haven, Conn. | $249,900
A Greek Revival house built in 1841, with two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house overlooking the Quinnipiac River was originally built for Benomi Gillett Jr., a New Haven oysterman. While oystering is not as integral to the local economy as it was in the 1840s, it is still popular along the river, which is within walking distance.
The seller bought the house in 2015 and used it as a vacation rental, adding upgrades like central air but maintaining historical character wherever possible. A pharmacy, a laundromat and several takeout restaurants are a few blocks away on Grand Ave., and the center of town, including the undergraduate campus of Yale University, is about two miles away.
Size: 916 square feet
Price per square foot: $273
Indoors: Wood steps lead from the street to the front entrance, which faces the side yard. A red door, set in the middle of a blue clapboard facade, opens to the foyer, where turning right leads to the living room. Windows face the river, and exposed beams run across the ceiling.
Hardwood floors continue into the dining area, which is bright thanks to glass doors that lead to the yard. A breakfast bar topped with butcher’s block and green tile divides the space from the compact kitchen, which has a farmhouse-style sink and a cabinet built into one corner. The kitchen appliances are new and include a stainless-steel range and dishwasher. Next to a built-in pantry closet is a door that leads to a bathroom with a porcelain pedestal sink and a shower with a glass door.