$1.1 Million Homes in Illinois, Georgia and Vermont

This house was designed by Philip Thrane, a student of Mies van der Rohe, whose much admired Farnsworth House is just over an hour away. Like that house, this one was meant to blur the lines between inside and out, with sheets of glass offering views of the surrounding woods, giving the main spaces a front row seat to the changing seasons. While it feels remarkably private, this property is only 10 minutes from shopping centers with grocery stores and other conveniences.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is about 20 minutes away; downtown Chicago is a 40-minute drive away. Milwaukee is an hour’s drive north.

Size: 2,405 square feet

Price per square foot: $457

Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to the garage at the side of the house. The front door, in the center of the building, opens into a vestibule partially closed off by a built-in room divider. Beyond is an open living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace set in a sand-colored stone wall, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the ever-changing landscape outside.

Another divider separates the living room from the dining room. Both bedrooms have access to a spacious kitchen that was recently updated with stainless steel appliances and a waterfall island topped with white stone. More windows look out onto the backyard and the garden and forest beyond.

A hallway off the dining room leads to the master bedroom, which has patio access and an en-suite bathroom with a double vanity and elegant glass-enclosed shower. A sunny home office and powder room are also located on this side of the house.

Two more bedrooms are across from the kitchen. Both have a bathroom and one has a large dressing room.

Outdoor space: The patio behind the house is large enough for a table and chairs on one side and a sitting area on the other. The front and back yards are landscaped with lawns surrounded by trees, and the house sits in the center of the lot. The attached garage has room for two cars.

Taxes: $14,532 (estimated) and a monthly HOA fee of $25

Contact: Honore Frumentino and Kelly Frumentino, @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, 847-456-3103; enpropiedades.com

This townhome is located in a new waterfront development, just blocks from the Savannah Riverwalk and about a mile from the city’s historic district, within walking distance of several house museums, small parks, and the Colonial Park Cemetery, established in the XVIII and converted into a park with walking trails in 1896.

The property is about 20 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and just under an hour from Hilton Head Island. Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville, Fla., are about two hours away.

Size: 2,134 square feet

Price per square foot: $492

Indoors: The building’s façade is clad in Queen Anne brick, as are the steps leading up to the home’s covered front entrance.

Behind the front door is a large foyer with a dark blue accent wall. Off this space, through a gate with wrought iron gates, is a wine and cigar room with built-in refrigerator and storage.

From the foyer, a staircase leads to an open living room with dark hardwood floors on the second level. Facing the rear of the building is a sitting room with a fireplace and two sets of French doors opening onto a terrace. This space flows into a dining room and kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, and a center island that seats four. Also in this part of the house is a powder room with blue wainscoting.

Going up another flight of stairs, on the third floor, there are two bedrooms. The master suite has a bedroom with room for a king-size bed, a walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower. The other bedroom has a built-in Murphy bed and an en-suite bathroom with a combined tub and shower. A closet with washer and dryer is off the hall.

Outdoor space: The second floor sitting area terrace is enclosed by a wooden fence, with room for a dining table, chairs, and a barbecue. An attached garage on the entry level has two parking spaces; there is room for two more cars in the driveway. Amenities to be added to the community in the coming year include a fitness center, pool, and rooftop deck.

Taxes: $7,164 (estimated) and a monthly HOA fee of $250

Contact: Heather Booth and Jan Corley, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Cora Bett Thomas Realty, 912-401-9401; bhhsbaystreetrealtygroup.com


The city of Manchester is a popular place for a weekend getaway, thanks to the nearby outlet stores and abundant fall foliage. This home is less than a mile from the Manchester Village Historic District, where some of the many 19th century homes double as bed and breakfasts. Another option for an overnight stay is the Equinox Hotel, a resort and spa with its own golf course. The city is also home to Burr and Burton Academy, a co-educational boarding school for students in grades nine through twelve, founded in 1829.

Bennington, Vt., is half an hour away; driving to Albany, New York, takes about an hour and a half.

Size: 2,400 square feet

Price per square foot: $456

Indoors: Behind a white picket fence that runs the length of the sidewalk, a pathway leads to the front door, which opens into a tiled foyer with a staircase to the second level.

To the right is a living room with wide plank flooring and windows facing the street. Behind is a cozy family room with a wood burning fireplace.

At the back of the house is an updated eat-in kitchen with Vermont slate countertops and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Also on this level is a study that receives good natural light; a dressing table; and an enclosed porch that is winterized, making it usable year-round.

All three bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite has an ensuite bathroom with a porcelain pedestal sink and deep soaking tub. Two guest bedrooms are at the other end of the hall; They share a bathroom in the hall. The second floor landing is lined with built-in shelving and has a nook that would be ideal for a comfortable chair and ottoman.

Outdoor space: The lawn behind the house extends to a grove of mature trees. The property has been professionally landscaped and there are views of the mountains from various vantage points. The circular driveway accommodates three cars.

Taxes: $8,909 (estimated)

Contact: Kathy Zilkha, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Real Estate, 917-592-8074; sothebysrealty.com

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