Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $750K, Climate Change Edition

everyone loves an old house Tara Gone With the WindThis morning, the Grey Lady offers us properties that can be had for the negligible sum of $1,750,000. 121 acres and a chalet in Vermont! A 5,000-square-foot farmhouse in North Carolina! Something in California as well, but who wants to live in that drought-ridden state? The farmhouse looks the most intriguing:

The plan is center hall, with a living room with a bay window on one side of the entryway, followed by a bedroom. On the right is another bedroom now used as a family room, followed by a dining room. Each has a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen is part of a long, open room at the back of the house, which has a breakfast nook with windows. In addition to newer stainless-steel appliances and a stone-topped island, the kitchen has a cast-iron Aga stove. Three more bedrooms are upstairs, including the master, which has a bay window, a sitting area, a walk-in closet and an en-suite bath. All bathrooms were renovated to period, with white tile and claw-foot tubs. The three-car garage, a 2009 addition, has a sitting area that opens to the patio and saltwater pool, an upstairs recreation room with a pitched wood-beam ceiling, and a fourth full bathroom.

Claw-foot tubs and a garage with its own sitting area and patio. It’s good to be the king. Also, in case you’re curious, as I was, an Aga stove is a retro, candy-colored behemoth.

So, what can you get for the more reasonable, although still princely, sum of $750,000 that will be pleasant even factoring in climate change? Crank up the Good Enough Homes & Destinations generator!


Five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 5,000-square-feet contemporary on nearly three acres of land in Anchorage, Alaska, for $749,909, via Trulia. As you can tell, everything about this house is huge, but in a mostly graceful rather than gaudy way. (Though I won’t comment on the interior design.) There’s a deck, in case it’s ever warm enough to go outside, and more than even space to hang out the rest of the year. And lots of windows to capitalize on That View.


Five bedroom, three bath, 3,000-square-foot Craftsman in Seattle, WA, for $749,500, via Movoto. Again, great views. Beamed ceilings, dining room, high beamed ceilings, fireplace, and both a backyard and a rooftop deck from which you can look out with satisfaction on all that Pacific Northwest nature. Nicole, anywhere close to you?


Four bedroom, four bath, 3,300-square-foot townhouse in Chicago, IL, for $749,900, via Trulia. Lovely interior, which includes all sorts of lavish details: “large sun-filled family room, heated floors, your very own custom six-seat theatre with surround sound [editor’s note: !!?!], gorgeous wine cellar, wet bar with beverage refrigerator” and pool table. There’s a deck built for luxuriating, too.



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