Providence, R.I. | $775,000
A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house dating from 1737, on a 0.1-acre lot
Centrally located at the base of College Hill, in a historic district, this house was built by a fur trader and hatter the year George Washington turned five. For the last 18 years, it has been owned by a pair of architects. It is three blocks from the Rhode Island School of Design’s campus, five blocks downslope from Brown University and a five-minute walk across the river from the Amtrak station in Providence (the ride on the Acela to Boston is about 35 minutes, and to New York City, about three hours). Ten minutes on foot will take you to the heart of downtown, with its shops, restaurants, hotels and services.
Size: 2,537 square feet
Price per square foot: $305
Indoors: The house is built around a central chimney with five working fireplaces and includes original doors, paneling and pine floors with planks as wide as two feet. (There is also central air-conditioning.) The living room firebox is surrounded by 18th-century tiles, each portraying a different biblical scene. The very large dining room fireplace was once used for cooking and includes a vintage bread oven.
The current kitchen is a few decades old and has a traditional look, with wide-board floors, wood-topped Shaker-style cabinets, multipaned sash windows, a patterned-tile backsplash and a fireplace.
Each of the two second-floor bedrooms opens to a bathroom, which also has hallway access. The primary bathroom includes a combined tub and shower and a closet that acts as a room divider. Two third-floor finished attic spaces with skylights are currently used as offices.