An 1880 house in Provincetown, an off-the-grid home on the Big Island and a five-bedroom estate with two guesthouses in Rabun Gap.
Author: Julie Lasky
Published: 2020-09-09 09:23 am
$1.85 Million Homes in Massachusetts, Hawaii and Georgia

An 1880 house in Provincetown, an off-the-grid home on the Big Island and a five-bedroom estate with two guesthouses in Rabun Gap.

Built by a Portuguese-born fisherman in the late 19th century, this house more recently belonged to an artist named Hilda Neily, who replaced the garage with a two-story painting studio. It is at the top of a hill a half-block northwest of Commercial Street, the waterside shopping thoroughfare in this picturesque town at the tip of Cape Cod. (The sellers, who bought the property in 2014, own the Canteen, a local restaurant.) Boston is about two hours northwest by car or 90 minutes by fast ferry. Flood insurance is not mandated with a mortgage.

Size: 1,506 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,228

Indoors: The front door opens into a bright living and dining room with refinished wide-board pine floors that continue into an adjacent eat-in kitchen with bead-board and pressed-tin walls. The cabinets that wrap around one corner are repainted vintage wood.

Two bedrooms lie off the kitchen. In one, Ms. Neily painted the floorboards in leftover red, olive, lavender and blue. In the other, the walls are sea-foam green and a door leads directly outside. The bathroom they share includes a pink Deco-style tub with a shower head.

The second-floor main bedroom is reached by a ship ladder in the living room. It has antique pine floors, a vaulted ceiling with exposed attic beams and a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves punctuated by windows. A partial wall sections off a sitting room with a curtained closet, a vanity and a sink. A bathroom contains a claw-foot tub and a sink from the studio of Henry Hensche, a painter-mentor of Ms. Neily’s. A second sitting room could be used as a guest room. Beyond is a sunroom with bead-board walls, a pine ceiling and ocean views. The picture of a ship by Ms. Neily remains on the painted floor.

The studio building is uninsulated, with paint-splattered floors courtesy of Ms. Neily. The lower level includes a half bathroom and a slop sink. The upper floor has access to a small balcony overlooking the back.

Outdoor space: The main house’s sunroom leads out to the lower portion of a fenced, two-level deck. The top portion has built-in seating and 360-degree views of Provincetown and the water. At the base is a gravel side yard with access to the basement laundry room. A narrow deck also runs along the main house on the other side, followed by a lawn between the house and studio.

Taxes: $8,626 (based on a tax assessment of $1.303 million)

Contact: Brenda Dean, Cove Real Estate, 508-776-6401;

Credit...Hans Klett

Situated in a 12-lot subdivision in a northwestern section of the Big Island of Hawaii, this property offers 180-degree ocean views and no sight of any human habitation. (You will, however, see humpback whales swimming by in winter.) A 20-mile stretch of the protected King’s Trail is accessible across the road, and resorts with white- and black-sand beaches and other amenities are 10 to 20 minutes away by car in either direction along the coast.

The single-level buildings are concrete with standing-seam metal roofs to stand up to the tropical rains and wind (this part of the island is sometimes gusty). Solar panels and a battery bank provide electricity; community water is filtered through a reverse-osmosis system; and all systems are automated and can be controlled with a smartphone.

Size: 2,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $841

Indoors: Wide pocket doors, which you can leave open on windy days, lead into the main building from two sides. This structure has polished-concrete floors throughout.

There is a central room for lounging and dining; the open kitchen has bamboo-and-quartz cabinets, a glass-tile backsplash and a stainless-steel sink. A lofted area overlooks the main room.

The 720-square-foot pod is staged as a stand-alone master suite but could have other uses. The bathroom contains a shower and has bamboo, quartz and glass-tile finishes.

Outdoor space: The main building walks out to a large lanai at one end and a spa area constructed with lava rock at the other, where you will find an outdoor tub and shower. Parking is in a two-vehicle carport.

Taxes: $4,150 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $443,800)

Contact: Alethea Lai or Megan J. MacArthur, Venture Sotheby’s International Realty, 808-885-8885;

Credit...Brian Punch/Drone Media

Scogin Elam and Bray Architects of Atlanta designed this property in northeastern Georgia for Ronald D. Martin, then the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and his wife, Marchant Martin. Built with concrete, redwood and Cor-Ten steel, its rusty palette was intended to evoke Appalachia’s tin roofs and oxidizing yard machinery. Other design gestures pay tribute to Gee’s Bend quilts and local geology.

Several years after the house was completed, the detached garage was converted into a guest cottage. The architects designed a second garage with additional living quarters, including a cantilevered, glass-walled upper room; the award-winning building is known as the Treehouse.

The estate is just below the North Carolina border and surrounded by national forest. The area’s cultural hallmarks include the Hambidge Center, a 600-acre artists’ retreat, less than a mile down the road, and Foxfire, a museum and heritage center focused on Appalachian mountain life from the 1820s to the 1940s, less than 10 miles south.

Size: 4,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $440

Indoors: A meandering driveway runs three-eighths of a mile from the gate at the beginning of the property to a parking pad made of multicolored stones. The main entrance takes you into a concrete-walled, double-height foyer that serves as an art gallery and has striped wood floors. It leads to a vast living room with a central fireplace floating on a concrete hearth and multiple seating areas surrounding it. A retractable wall can partition off some of this space. The connected dining area includes a built-in banquette and is approached by a long galley kitchen with bird’s-eye maple cabinets and slate countertops.

Two corridors lead to the master suite, one lined in concrete on one side and glass on the other, the second holding a narrow office. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, ribbon windows and a glass door leading outdoors to a grassy area. A pair of en suite bathrooms include maple-and-slate cabinets: One has a free-standing tub with views through a picture window to the grounds; the other, a glass-enclosed shower.

The house ends with a 900-square-foot screened porch that centers on a wood-burning fireplace with a copper hood and a massive boulder sitting on the hearth.

Two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchenette fill the guest cottage (né garage). The Treehouse includes an open apartment on the lower level with areas carved out for a bedroom, living room and kitchen. Upstairs is a curtain-lined glass cubic bedroom suspended under the Cor-Ten roof, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Outdoor space: At one end of the main house, a gravel-floored outdoor room with cement partitions features a totemic stone statue by Marty Emanuel, an Atlanta artist. The guest cottage includes a private patio with a window cut out of a concrete wall to give a view of raised garden beds. A slate patio extends off the upper bedroom in the Treehouse. Yellow irises and cattails emerge from one of the two ponds on the property. The current owners created a sandy “beach” area near a creek. A collection of quartz boulders glitters in a field in an arrangement the original owners referred to as Stonehenge.

Taxes: $5,624 (2019)

Contact: Yetty Arp, Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty, 404-863-2116;

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