TAXES $9,154 a year
CONTACT Allyson Cotton, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-227-6016; williampitt.com
WHAT An 1899 house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms
HOW MUCH $549,900
SIZE 2,496 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $220
SETTING The house is in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood, about a mile and a half southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Restaurants, art galleries, theaters and Victorian architecture are hallmarks of the area, which is part of the larger Calhoun Isles community, with access to lakes and walking and bicycle trails.
INDOORS Theron Potter Healy, an architect known as the King of the Queen Anne for his ornate Victorian residences, designed this house after visiting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which inspired him to tone down his style a bit. Even so, the house is filled with original details: first-cut oak hardwood floors and oak and cherry moldings; fireplace tiles; paneled doors; period light fixtures; cabinetry testifying to the architect’s previous life as a shipbuilder; and a stained-glass triptych at the base of the curving staircase that depicts a rising phoenix. The main floor has a large foyer, a pair of parlors, a dining room and a 156-square-foot kitchen. The original butler’s pantry was turned into a bathroom with a copper sink.
The second floor has four bedrooms, including a master and an adjoining sitting room that span the building’s width at the front. A full bathroom retains many original details, including a claw foot tub.
An unfinished third floor is topped with a vaulted pine-board ceiling.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house has a deep front porch and low-maintenance backyard with native plantings and two decks. A two-car garage can be reached from the yard or via a back alley (the structure opens on two sides).
TAXES $7,435 a year
CONTACT Tom Bain, Coldwell Banker Burnet, 612-701-5379; coldwellbanker.com
El Prado, N.M.
WHAT An off-the-grid Earthship house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms
HOW MUCH $515,000
SIZE 1,900 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $271
SETTING The house is part of the Greater World Community, a 340-acre subdivision with about 70 off-grid homes, 20 minutes south of Taos. It sits at 6,800 feet, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
INDOORS Designed by Michael Reynolds, a longtime practitioner of sustainable architecture, the house is built with earth-filled tires that retain and release heat. Despite the region’s extreme weather conditions, the temperature inside is consistently about 70 degrees. The house produces its own electricity, collects and filters water from rain and snowmelt, and treats sewage on site. Gray water is recycled for plants in a greenhouse that runs the length of the building and includes a fishpond. Natural ventilation is provided through buried cooling tubes and operable vent boxes.
The interior contains a kitchen that opens onto a living-and-dining area and two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Custom and energy-saving features include copper kitchen counters, energy-efficient appliances, decorative stained glass made from recycled bottles, and clay-based paint throughout. The floors are flagstone and concrete.
OUTDOOR SPACE The 1.8-acre lot has a walled yard and flagstone patio with mountain views. The house has an attached one-and-a-half-car garage.
TAXES $3,000 a year
CONTACT Ellen Lerner, New Mexico Mountain Properties, 575-377-2626; highmountainproperty.com