What $1.8 Million Buys You in Maine, California

This home, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, has won awards from the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The property is about half an hour from the New Hampshire state line, with views that stretch across Horseshoe Pond – where the house has a private dock – into the White Mountain National Forest, a vivid green landscape in the summer and awash in rich reds and oranges in the fall. The area is remote: the closest grocery store is about half an hour away and Portland is an hour and 40 minutes away.

Cut: 3,998 square feet

Price per square foot: $449

Inside: The main entrance is at the end of a private driveway, next to the garage. The front door opens onto a short set of steps leading to a hallway with a concrete floor.

The living room, at the end of the hall, has a black concrete fireplace, a wall of glass overlooking the park and another wall of glass facing a separate wing of the house.

A few steps away is a kitchen with appliances and stainless steel counters. To one side of this space is a breakfast room framed by windows that overlook the trees; on the other is a dining room with high ceilings and access to the main hall. Also on this level, just off the entrance, is a laundry room and a powder room.

Another hallway at the entrance leads to the master suite and a guest bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, windows that flood the room with natural light, and an en-suite bathroom. The next guest bedroom is large enough to hold a queen-size bed and has its own outside entrance.

In the center of the house, next to the main hallway on the first level, is a glazed air shaft with a door that allows pets to enter and exit. In the space surrounding the tree, metal stairs surrounded by built-in shelving rise to a bedroom on the upper level. A fireplace similar to the one in the living room occupies one corner of the bedroom, which has a private stone patio and an adjoining bathroom with a tub and shower combination.

The stairs continue to the top floor, where there is an open space used by the seller as an art studio and office.

A guest studio, connected to the main house by a staircase, has a shower room.

Outdoor space: The house was designed to offer views of the landscape, with cantilevered porches extending from the main structure, overlooking maples and pines. There is a private wooden dock on Horseshoe Pond. The garage holds two cars, with room for more in the driveway.

Taxes: $12,816 (estimated)

Contact: Nicole Mueller, Starboard Homes, Benchmark Real Estate, 207-514-4372; benchmarkmaine.com

Arts & Architecture magazine’s case study program challenged leading architects to build affordable, family-friendly homes in the mid-20th century, influencing Southern California residential design and landscape, and inspiring many people design their own versions of the ideal modern home. One such couple was Leslie and Nancy Watts

, who worked at arts-related institutions in and around Pasadena, where they built this home with the help of local contractors. It’s about a five-minute drive from the Rose Bowl stadium, home of the UCLA Bruins football team and a very popular monthly antique and vintage market, and about 10 minutes from the restaurant and shopping district. shops along Colorado Boulevard.

Cut: 1,634 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,099

Inside: Lush landscaping in front of the house creates a sense of privacy on the cobblestone steps leading up to the entry.

Behind the front door is an open living space with original hardwood floors and a freestanding brick fireplace painted in a hushed green. A wall of windows faces the backyard and sliding glass doors turn the sitting area and dining area next to it into indoor-outdoor living spaces.

Beyond the living room area is a kitchen with warm wood cabinetry and stone counter tops. A built-in desk is tucked into a corner in front of a window and framed by bookcases, creating a home office-ready nook.

The two bedrooms are located in separate hallways leading from the main living area. The master suite, at the end of a corridor lined with closets, has a space with a built-in desk and shelves placed under a skylight; a bathroom in concrete and black stone, with a green glass sink illuminated by another skylight; and a private outdoor area. The guest suite, at the end of another hallway lined with closets, has a bedroom open to a bathroom with a marble bath and glass doors that open onto a private patio.

An independent studio connected to the house by a lighted brick path could be used as guest accommodation or as a working space.

Outdoor space: Mature trees line the wooden fence that surrounds the flat backyard lawn. The private patios are connected to the backyard by brick pathways. The attached garage contains one car.

Taxes: $22,440 (estimated)

Contact: Cynthia Luczyski and Lauren Luczyski, DPP Real Estate, 626-695-2311 or 310-613-6363; dppre.com


This home is approximately 15 minutes from Santa Fe Plaza, the historic heart of Santa Fe City, filled with art and history museums and a beacon for the nearly two million visitors who arrive each year. A number of trails start within 10 minutes of this house; the nearest, La Tierra Trails, offers over 25 miles of trails for cyclists, horseback riders, and hikers to explore. Also nearby are a number of upscale resorts, including the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Bishop’s Lodge, as well as the Santa Fe Opera House, a popular destination for introducing and workshopping newcomers. shows.

Cut: 4,220 square feet

Price per square foot: $415

Inside: The entrance to the property is gated, with a gravel driveway flanked by drought-tolerant landscaping leading to wooden gates that open onto the main courtyard.

Another set of doors open into the entrance hall, directly across from a living room with brick floors, cedar ceiling beams, wet bar, kiva fireplace with built-in seating and glass doors to on a patio.

Brick floors continue through the dining area to the right and into a kitchen with double ovens, bench seating and center island with custom stone countertop. A cloakroom, a laundry room and a shower room are located in a hallway between the kitchen and the entrance to the garage.

The master suite is down a small hallway that extends from this part of the house. It has a walk-in closet, another kiva fireplace, a covered terrace with mountain views and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a separate shower.

The other three bedrooms are on the other side of the house, next to a hallway that extends from the entrance hall. All three are en-suite, and each is large enough to fit a queen-size bed.

Outdoor space: In addition to the courtyard at the main entrance, outdoor entertaining areas include a covered patio with a fireplace next to the living room and an outdoor dining patio with a built-in barbecue and space for a table and chairs. A winding path leads up the hillside to a pergola-covered patio with built-in seating and another fireplace. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $8,220 (estimated)

Contact: Darlene Streit, Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe Brokerage, 505-920-8001; sothebysrealty.com

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