Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $240,000

The Grey Lady is packing bathing suits and plastic bags (to hold wet bathing suits) and towels and face sunscreen and body sunscreen and aloe and moisturizer and hardly has time for Great Homes and Destinations this week. Her magic number is $2,400,000, which is again and always hilarious. What’ll that get you?

The three-story house has an elegant foyer on the first floor. To the right is a den with chestnut paneling and a coffered ceiling; a flat-screen TV over the fireplace is hidden behind a painting. To the left is the living room. Ceilings on this level are more than 20 feet high. Updated kitchen appliances include a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Both the kitchen and the dining room open to a terrace and a bluestone patio overlooking downtown Providence.

A rich lady in Beverly Hills once showed me how, at the press of a button, artwork on the wall of her bedroom rolled aside to reveal a flatscreen TV. She was so proud.

We’ll see if we can find some houses with secrets in today’s installment of Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $240,000.

Fully renovated Colonial, 4 BD, 2 BA, almost 2,000 square feet, in Cambridge, MD, for $229,500, via Trulia. Fireplaces in virtually every room, big lovely windows, porches in front and on the side, bow windows, built-in book cases, lots of character. Located in one of the best small towns in America. Maybe it was involved in the Underground Railroad? Let’s pretend.

This one’s for you, Meaghan. 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1400 sq foot Craftsman in Astoria, OR, for $237,500, via Trulia. The inside needs some work, but look at that water! (Youngs Bay, apparently. Who wouldn’t want to frolic in the bay of the youngs?) Look at that enclosed porch! Look at those flowers. I can almost smell them from here. Also, the house’s address is 666, so you know it’s hiding something good.

4 BR, 2 BA, 1600 sq ft lakehouse with extensive property and chipper Adirondack chairs for $229,900 in Alexandria, MN, via Trulia. The grounds, with their park-like feel, border the actual City Park, in case your own nature isn’t enough for you. Inside the house there’s a breakfast nook for French toast, and a formal dining room for fois gras. Kitchen island, sun porch, built ins, and one bedroom built to resemble a ship’s cabin for some reason. Presumably a secret panel dislodges to reveal space for stowaways.

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