What You Get


WHAT: An antebellum Greek Revival house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a one-bedroom guesthouse

HOW MUCH: $898,500

SIZE: Approximately 3,000 square feet in the main house


SETTING: Red Banks is an unincorporated community within a 40-minute drive of Memphis and Oxford, Miss., home of the University of Mississippi. Most of the surrounding land is rural and agricultural. This 160-acre property is a former farm for cotton, Indian corn and sweet potatoes, as well as for pigs and other livestock. Shopping is about 18 miles away in Collierville, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis with a historic main square.

INDOORS: The single-story house was built about 1850, with a gabled roof and Doric columns across the facade. The house has wide center- and side-hall entryways, both measuring about 450 square feet. The rooms are large, with ceilings that reach nearly 14 feet, and the house is sometimes used for events. Tall windows bring in abundant light. Floors are original heart pine throughout.

Kitchen updates include a six-burner Thermador range, custom cabinets and granite surfaces. Bedrooms keep the same generous proportions as the common rooms, each about 360 square feet. The master has a bathroom with a skylight and a glassed-in shower, as well as floor-to-ceiling closets. All three bedrooms have fireplaces. Off the back is a large porch overlooking a garden with brick paths.

The brick guesthouse was built using elements salvaged from an 1850s house, including the door, its sidelights and its transom. The ceiling beams, paneling and mantel are made of wood harvested on the property. There are a living room, a kitchen and a loft bedroom.

Other outbuildings on the property include a workshop with a bathroom and central HVAC, as well as a five-stall barn with a loft.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The acreage is flat, with old-growth red oaks, magnolia trees and Osage orange delineating pockets of meadow. The property has two ponds.

TAXES: $3,000 a year

CONTACT: Allen Green, John Green & Company, (901) 412-2998; johngreen.com


WHAT: A converted stone barn with five bedrooms and three bathrooms

HOW MUCH: $900,000

SIZE: Approximately 8,000 square feet


SETTING: Villanova, a community of about 9,000 people, is characterized by winding roads and shady cul-de-sacs. It is on the Main Line, about 12 miles from Philadelphia. The area is known for Villanova University, as well as for its role in Revolutionary War history — Valley Forge is around 10 miles away. This house is across the road from the Radnor Valley Country Club, and within the well-regarded Radnor Township School District.

INDOORS: This three-story stone bank barn was built in the 19th century and converted to a house about 10 years ago. The interior retains exposed two-foot-thick stone walls, vaulted ceilings and timbers, as well as some wood floors.

The barn is built into a slope, with about 2,200 square feet on each floor and access to the outdoors from every level. On the first floor is a two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing trees. French doors open to a wood-paneled den.

The first-floor kitchen has a terra-cotta floor and is separated from the dining area by a low wall and a flagstone corridor. The dining room’s wood-paneled ceiling is echoed by the wooden floor. A door in the kitchen opens to a cobblestone courtyard.

One of the bedrooms is on the first floor; the remaining four are on the second floor, as is an office. A hallway between bedrooms overlooks the living room. The second floor also opens to the garage, which has room for six cars, and a small storage shed.

The third floor is an open, flexible space with a 20-foot-tall ceiling; one of the owners teaches art classes here. There’s also an indoor basketball court. Off this floor is an attached wood-frame workshop with concrete floors and large barn doors opening to a yard.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is on an acre, with a small yard at the base of the property and a larger yard up top.

TAXES: $9,287 a year

CONTACT: Marni O’Riordan and Tom Lowy, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, (610) 420-9369 / (610) 909-3432; http://524sproulrd-1.go2frr.com


WHAT: A contemporary with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms overlooking the Scioto River, plus a one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse

HOW MUCH: $900,000

SIZE: Approximately 5,992 square feet total


SETTING: Dublin is a suburb of Columbus on the Scioto River. A town of 700 as recently as the 1970s, it now has a population of about 45,000, with 1,100 acres of parks and 100 miles of bike trails. This house is on a residential road overlooking the Scioto River. There are shopping centers in Dublin, while Ohio State University and downtown Columbus are within about 12 miles.

INDOORS: The two-story contemporary was built in 1972 and last updated in 2010. It was designed by the architect Gerald Horn. The exterior is mostly stone quarried nearby, while the interior makes extensive use of wood, including ceiling beams of Douglas fir and ceiling paneling of redwood as well as oak floors. Picture windows throughout overlook the Scioto River.

The foyer has a wall of glass facing a courtyard at the front of the property. In addition to formal living and dining rooms, there’s a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves flanking a TV. A family room with a large stone fireplace, a pitched redwood-paneled ceiling and walls of windows on three sides is open to the kitchen, so whoever is cooking won’t get cut out of the conversation. The kitchen has granite countertops and wood cabinets built by local Amish. The stainless-steel appliances were updated in 2010. The first floor also has an office and sitting room with a wet bar and a wine cooler.

Three bedrooms are upstairs, each with a pitched redwood ceiling and an en-suite bathroom. The master has a private balcony. The fourth bedroom is over the attached garage, in a 1,600-square-foot suite. The suite has a full living, dining and kitchen area. The bedroom is upstairs in a large space designed to echo a barn loft Mr. Horn played in as a child.

The pool is between the house and a cedar guesthouse of about 1,300 square feet. It has an informal living room and a kitchen downstairs, and a bedroom accessible by ladder.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is two acres with a formal garden with a pergola, and a brick patio around the pool.

TAXES: To be determined.

CONTACT: Lezley McCurry, Signature Real Estate, (614) 309-0505; signaturehomesforsale.com