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    Lakewood is a town of about 50,000 located about six miles west of Cleveland on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It was called “one of the best suburbs worth a trip” (Travel + Leisure, 2010) and one of the “best places in the Midwest to buy an old house” (This Old House, 2008). The property is in the West End neighborhood, half a mile south of Detroit Avenue, a major commercial stretch that includes the Beck Center for the Arts, a performance and educational nonprofit.

    Shape: 1,941 sq ft

    Price per square foot: $ 180

    inside the house: The sellers bought the house two years before the original owners’ family and made several improvements. They updated the HVAC system, replaced the gutters and exterior siding (which is vinyl), remodeled the chimney and built a bedroom suite with a new bathroom on the third floor.

    The front door opens directly into a room with a coffered ceiling and a wooden slab mantle with a paint-brick chimney and an electric heat insert. The hardwood floor rests in a dining room, which consists of a stack of drawers and a glass cabinet with lead, mounted on the side of a window, neatly covered with a saffron. The adjacent kitchen has recently been renovated with white cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a subway-tile backplash. The floor in this room is wood patterned vinyl, and there is room for a breakfast table.

    A staircase of the living room (via a pair of pocket doors), also accessible from the kitchen, leads into a second-floor hallway with built-in linen drawers. This level three bedroom has hardwood flooring and an updated bathroom features a tub-and-shower-head combo and black-and-white floral patterned floor tile. A bedroom, currently used as a study, has direct access to a sun porch.

    Under the sloping roof is a renovated third floor consisting of a carpeted central chamber; The new bathroom has a walk-in shower.

    Outdoor space: Newly raised flower beds entered the covered front verandah. There is a deck at the back, a small fence area and a driveway. There is also a separate, two-car garage.

    Tax: $ 4,631

    Contact: Matthew Detlesen, Century 21 DePierro & Associates / Vitardi Group, 440-228-7164; depiero.com

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    The unit is on the 17th floor of a 48-story building on Lake Shore Drive in the neighborhood of Lake View East. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the water to the east, the city to the west and Wrigley Field to the west, and you can crane your neck for a glimpse of the famous city towers to the south. An underpass directly across from the building takes you to the lakefront and a park that includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, an archery range, a bird sanctuary and a dog park. (The building allows pets.) A Red Line L station is about 10 minutes’ walk, and the loop’s south ride is about 20 minutes. The building has full-time staff and on-site management and maintenance services.

    Shape: 809 sq ft

    Price per square foot: $ 494

    inside the house: This corner unit provides additional window area, and light fills the space throughout the day. The open floor plan centers on and flows into the living room with hard floors and a galley kitchen. The kitchen has dark cabinets with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A washer and dryer was installed five years ago.

    Before the unit was listed, the popcorn ceilings were smooth, bedrooms were re-carpeted, bathrooms re-tiled and paint refreshed throughout the unit. The primary bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a combined tub and shower. The second bedroom uses a hall bathroom that is almost identical, except that the rectangular wall tiles are stacked.

    Outdoor space: Residents have access to the 48th floor roof deck with firepit, grill and panoramic views. On that floor there is also a party room with a bar, as well as a game room on the third floor. The garage for a car comes with a parking unit.

    Tax: $ 5,644, plus a monthly $ 707 homebuyer fee

    Contact: Catherine Brown, Baird and Warner, 312-547-9157; cathrynbrowne.bairdwarner.com

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    Kingston is a historic city of 23,000 in Alston County. This quaint little house is in the revived district near the coast, about half a mile from Rondak Creek. It is one block from Broadway, a major commercial artery that runs through the city, and two miles southeast of the Stockade district, with another node of development, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants. The cultural and recreational attractions of Woodstock, NY are about 20 minutes northwest. The George Washington Bridge is about 90 miles to the south.

    Shape: 1,508 sq ft

    Price per square foot: $ 258

    inside the house: The exposed masonry walls in the living room and kitchen suggest that the back of this house is solid stone. (This will also explain why floor plates do not line up.)

    Rafters and timber floors have been exposed on the main level. The home’s single bathroom is to the right of the stairway, right in front of the front door, and includes a tub with a flat, rectangular shower head.

    Turning right from the foyer takes you to the living room. Finally, an archway and a couple steps in a stone wall take you to the kitchen, which has a wall of cabinets for the open upper shelving and small breakfast room near the window towards an upstairs courtyard. Beyond the kitchen is a laundry room and a mechanical room.

    At the top of the stairs is a bedroom with a paint-tile roof, a walk-in closet and a windowed niche next to it. A few steps down is a windowed space that could be another bedroom. It connects to a third room that is currently being used as a studio and has unfinished wooden floors and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a storage scaffold.

    Outdoor space: The studio has a new glass door that brings light into the room and steps into the courtyard, which has a koi pond and a storage shed. The brick driveway parks two cars.

    Tax: $ 5,749 ($ 5,102, if home is used as primary residence)

    Contact: Mercedes Ross, Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty, 845-750-1133; coldwellbanker.com

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