An 1846 country estate in Salisbury, a 1992 house in Mountain Brook and a three-bedroom retreat with water views in Bellingham.

What You Get for $2.9 Million

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This large property has numerous walking trails, and it is a few miles from Rand’s View on the Appalachian Trail, which offers hikers a panoramic look at the Berkshires landscape, especially beautiful in the spring and fall. The home is about a 15-minute drive from the center of Salisbury, with its antiques stores, bakeries and a general store selling locally made handicrafts.

The Hotchkiss School, a private preparatory school founded in 1891, is less than 10 miles away. New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., the closest large cities, are about a 90-minute drive.

Size: 3,686 square feet

Price per square foot: $785

Indoors: Stone walls separate this property from the road and frame the main house. The front door opens into a foyer with wide-plank floors and a staircase to the second level, with a powder room tucked underneath the stairs. (Another half bathroom is off the mudroom, on the other side of the house.)

At the far end of the hallway is a den with a Rumford-style fireplace and green-painted paneling, baseboards and window surrounds. A door in this room leads to the kitchen, upgraded with new appliances by the sellers during a recent renovation. The kitchen flows into a dining-and-sitting area with tall windows overlooking a pond and blue-and-white patterned wallpaper above wood wainscoting.

A study with built-in bookshelves and a brick-framed fireplace is off the main hallway. Also on this level is a sunroom with brick floors and views of the yard.

Four bedrooms are upstairs, off a long hallway. The primary suite, at one end of the hall, has a decorative fireplace with a marble surround; the attached bathroom has a claw-foot tub and a separate shower. One of the guest bedrooms has an en suite bathroom; the other two share a bathroom off the hall.

The guesthouse has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen.

Outdoor space: A pond sits at the center of the property, surrounded by mature trees. Outbuildings include a two-car garage and a renovated chicken coop that could be used as an art studio.

Taxes: $20,040 (estimated)

Contact: Diana Bisselle and Elvia Gignoux, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-519-5021; sothebysrealty.com


Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, was developed in the late 1920s according to plans by Warren H. Manning, a landscape architect whose work focused on using existing plants and trees to shape a neighborhood’s character.

This house is less than a mile from Mountain Brook Village, a pedestrian-friendly commercial center with shopping and dining, and less than two miles from the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Mountain Brook Elementary School is half a mile away; public junior high and senior high schools are 15 minutes away by car. Downtown Birmingham is a 10-minute drive; Montgomery, the state’s capital, is 90 minutes away.

Size: 4,116 square feet

Price per square foot: $698

Indoors: From the street, a driveway leads to the attached garage and the brick entryway. Glass doors open into a foyer with high ceilings and blonde wood floors.

To the right, through an arched doorway, is a living room with a fireplace flanked by built-in shelving and five sets of glass-and-steel doors that flood the room with natural light. Across the hall is a dining room with a brass candle-style chandelier and direct access to the kitchen, which has two Miele ovens, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, custom-made oak cabinets and doors that open to a patio designed for outdoor dining.

At the end of the foyer, steps lead up to a built-in bar. A few feet beyond is an enclosed sunroom with brick floors, a distressed brick wall and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the patio.

The primary suite is on the first floor, off the foyer, with a fireplace, two walk-in closets and a bathroom with a steam shower, two vanities and access to the sunroom. A laundry room and a powder room are also off the main entrance to the house.

A landing at the top of the staircase is big enough to hold a set of comfortable chairs. To the right is a den with white paneled walls and two Juliet balconies. The full bathroom next door has a walk-in shower. A guest bedroom nearby with an interior window currently serves as a music room.

A hallway to the left of the landing leads to two more guest rooms, one with an en suite bathroom and the other with a large walk-in closet. Near the stairs is another full bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The lawn in the backyard is framed by neat hedges. In addition to the outdoor dining area off the kitchen, there is a walled patio off the living room. The garage has two parking spots, with room for another car in the driveway.

Taxes: $37,092 (estimated)

Contact: Brooke Wahl, ARC Realty Mountain Brook, 205-447-1704; arcrealtyco.com


Bellingham is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and an hour and 15 minutes south of Vancouver, British Columbia. In recent years the city has grown rapidly, with new residents citing proximity to nature as a big draw. This house sits on a scenic road with views of Samish Bay. It is about a mile from a nature preserve on Chuckanut Island, with acres of protected land and trails for hiking and biking.

Downtown Bellingham is about 15 minutes away by car, with casual restaurants, quirky shops and breweries producing craft beer. The city’s ferry terminal, about 10 minutes away, is the place to catch boats departing for the San Juan Islands, British Columbia and Alaska.

Size: 3,750 square feet

Price per square foot: $760

Indoors: A gate at street level opens to a driveway leading down to the house. The front entrance is set in a covered porch with a wood deck.

From the entryway, steps lead down to an open living area with an electric fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows facing the backyard and the bay beyond, and Bordeaux pine floors installed during a 2019 gut renovation. To the left of the sitting area is space for a dining table, with more seats at the center island in the adjacent kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinets and white-stone countertops.

Off the right side of the foyer is a hallway that leads to the three bedrooms. The primary suite, at the far end, has another electric fireplace, glass doors that open to a private part of the rear deck and a bathroom with heated tile floors, a stone soaking tub that sits under a chandelier imported from Italy, and a separate shower.

The two other bedrooms are spacious; one currently serves as a home office, and the other as a den. They share a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a long vanity with two sets of drawers.

From this part of the house, a staircase leads to the lower level, set up as a comfortable media space with a built-in bar, a powder room and a wine storage room with space for several racks.

Outdoor space: An expansive wood deck in back of the house has covered and uncovered sections, with views of the bay and, in the distance, the San Juan Islands. A fire table in the uncovered area has room for chairs surrounding it; a fireplace beneath a roof overhang is the focal point of an outdoor dining spot. Beyond the deck is a large lawn.

Taxes: $24,228 (estimated)

Contact: Heather Othmer, Windermere Real Estate, 360-739-9224; windermere.com

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