Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

everyone loves an old house Tara Gone With the WindAfter last week, which found her listless, the Gray Lady is back in fine form, telling us tales with shining eyes about houses on sale for $2,950,000.

The oldest section of the three-story main house was built around 1698. Renovations and expansions followed over the years, with the last round of updates in 2012. Original and period features include random-width hardwood floors, exposed ceiling beams, hinges, handles and other hardware throughout, as well as six fireplaces with wooden mantels. The light fixtures mimic wall sconces. … Three bedrooms, including the master, are on the second floor, all with en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom has a fireplace and broad views of the property. Its en-suite bathroom has a claw-foot tub and two showers. Also in the suite are a walk-in closet and a dressing area. The remaining two bedrooms are on the third floor.

I can’t explain the allure of a claw-foot tub, but I do feel it. I feel it in my bones.

Well, Taylor Swift can afford a $3 million pad. The rest of us must make do. Here’s what you can get for the more reasonable price of $295,000.

Lexington KY

Six bedroom, four bath, 3300+ square foot California contemporary in Lexington, KY, for $290,000, via Movoto. A Transformer of a house, isn’t it? Looks like it could shape-shift. Sits on a lovely wooded lot with a great view. Nice touches include heated floors, huge windows, skylights, a kitchen island, an office, a den, and a formal living room. Tons of room inside to host jealous guests and/or start your own artists colony.

Portsmouth NH condo

Two bedroom, one bath, 822 square foot duplex condo in Portsmouth, NH, which you all recommended, for $299,900 (but you could talk them down) via Trulia. Building dates back to 1840; fancy and renovated now, it even has a pool. Apartment has a spacious, stainless steel kitchen, heated floors in the bathroom, and great views.

Lancaster PA backyard

Baby got back. Sorry, bad manners to stare. Four bedroom, three bath, 2,000+ square foot Colonial in Lancaster, PA, for $289,900, via Trulia. As you can see, it has a patio outside in its huge backyard, as well as a fishpond. Inside there’s a lovely renovated kitchen and a huge rec room that would put whatever hovel you grew up calling a rec room to shame: it has a bar and a pool table and would be the perfect place for semi-clandestine teenage bashes.

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