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$725,000 Homes in Kentucky, Missouri and Minnesota

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New Castle, Ky. | $725,000

A circa-1840 Greek-Revival mansion, with six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, on a 15-acre lot with a former tobacco barn

Built by a New Orleans family believed to have moved to Kentucky to escape a yellow-fever epidemic, this house was bought in 1867 by the Confederate Army general Edmund Kirby Smith, who ran a military school on the grounds. (Remnants of the barracks foundation remain.) The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in the family of the current owner since 1933. It has been restored, with all systems thoroughly modernized, and was recently operated as a lodging.

New Castle is a rural community of about 1,000 residents, 35 miles northeast of Louisville. Settled in the 1790s, it has many historic features, including an intact 19th-century courthouse square less than two blocks west of this property.

Size: 6,434 square feet

Price per square foot: $113

Indoors: The number 13, representing the 13 American colonies, is an architectural motif running throughout the house. Exterior and interior walls alike are 13 inches thick; ceilings are 13 feet high; corridors are 13 feet wide; and 13 steps take you to the first landing of the main staircase.

A portico with fluted Ionic columns marks the entrance. Rooms are classically arranged in pairs, on either side of the central hall (although a two-story addition in back breaks the symmetry). Each of the original rooms measures 20 by 20 feet and includes a fireplace that has been converted to gas and windows that are four feet wide and eight feet high, many still fitted with original glass. Picture-rail and crown moldings are fashioned from plaster, and most rooms have elaborate tray ceilings.

The entrance hall is covered in block-printed Zuber panoramic wallpaper in the El Dorado pattern. (More than a century old, the paper was professionally restored in 2004.) The hardwood floors throughout are poplar.

The kitchen has been updated with oak cabinets, granite counters, a central island and a corner banquette. All of the base cabinets have pullout shelves, and there is an adjacent pantry with additional storage.

The four second-floor bedrooms have hardwood floors and brightly painted walls, and some have patterned wallpaper. Two additional, carpeted bedrooms are on the third floor. The three full bathrooms were fully remodeled in 1994, with tile or marble flooring. A laundry room was installed on the second floor for convenience; there is also one in the unfinished basement.

Outdoor space: Rear rooms open to a two-story, L-shaped porch with columns. Cilt acres of the property have been zoned agricultural and can support horses and other animals. The tobacco barn has many potential uses. There is also a detached one-car garage with a toolshed.

Taxes: $1,737 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $147,500)

Contact: Michael Mawood or Jacob M. Mercier, the Mawood Mercier Group, Re/Max 100, 502-445-6914;

Springfield, Mo. | $725,000

A 1965 midcentury-modern house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.83-acre lot with lake views

Edwin Waters, a Missouri architect with a reverence for natural materials, designed this house with mahogany paneling, slate tiles and local Carthage limestone. The sellers, who bought the property in 2015, added high-speed connectivity and other smart technology that supported two home-based businesses.

It is in Southern Hills, a subdivision established in 1955 that is known for its old-growth trees, generous lots and multiple architectural styles. This house is 15 minutes southeast of downtown and less than half a mile from the Galloway Creek Greenway trail, which leads to the restaurants and pubs of Galloway Village and to Sequiota Park, a green space with a pond, playground and caves inhabited by endangered gray bats. In addition, the Southern Hills Swim and Tennis Club is less than half a mile southwest.

Size: 5,271 square feet

Price per square foot: $138

Indoors: The entrance foyer sets the tone, with slate flooring, mahogany paneling, rough Carthage stone (a transition from the exterior) and a Sputnik chandelier hanging from the vaulted ceiling. Several stairs lead up to the main level and its open-plan space. A white-carpeted living room features more mahogany (including built-in cabinets) and stone (including a fireplace wall). It flows into a dining area with resin flooring that resembles terrazzo, and a cluster of pendant lamps. Exposed beams and trusses, re-stained by the sellers, support the high ceiling, and sunlight streams through glass doors and clerestory windows.

On the opposite side of a partial wood wall is an open kitchen with mahogany cabinets topped in black granite and a contemporary tile backsplash. An upholstered bench is built along a wall of windows overlooking the front patio.

Past the kitchen is a hallway leading to the four bedrooms. The spacious master, at the rear of the house, is furnished with Blu Dot Wonder Wall storage cabinets that float above the white carpet. Double mirrored closet doors open to a dressing room with a built-in Blu Dot vanity with electrical outlets in the drawers. Another mirrored door leads to the en suite bathroom; it has a stand-alone bathtub, a glass-enclosed shower and a walk-in California closet.

One guest room includes a wall of Blu Dot cabinets built around a window; a second has an en suite bathroom with colorful glass tile surrounding the vanity mirror. The fourth bedroom, recently used as a studio, includes a cantilevered stone-and-concrete fireplace and multiple windows and looks out to the front lawn.

On the walkout lower level are two long rooms that connect in an area with a fireplace, forming a U. One of the rooms has a wet bar, a mirrored wall and multiple closets. The other is set up as an office and massage room. They share a bathroom with a tub and shower head. There is also a laundry area on the upper level, off the kitchen, with two walls of storage, and a bathroom with a shower.

Outdoor space: The front patio, added by the current owners, is enclosed by ipe fencing and has a large seating area. In the space formed by the intersection of the house’s two wings, at the back, is a patio with a hot tub. This patio leads out to a professionally landscaped yard with mature trees, raised garden beds and a firepit. The living room opens to a small balcony; underneath is yet another patio, reached from the lower floor. Parking is in a two-car garage with a 440-volt smart car charger.

Taxes: $4,121 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $69,380)

Contact: Laurel Bryant, Murney Associates, 417-619-4663;

Minneapolis | $719,900

A 1910 Gothic-Tudor mash-up, with four bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, on an 8,712-square-foot lot

This house is in the Linden Hills neighborhood, five miles southwest of downtown, and is centered between two lakes, each about half a mile away: Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and Lake Harriet. It is within walking distance of a village-like cluster of restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and new high-end apartment and condo buildings.

Size: 2,496 square feet

Price per square foot: $288

Indoors: Passing through a screened front porch takes you into a foyer with hardwood floors and high ceilings. To the right is a living room that has a long bay window opposite a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround. At the back is a sun porch with a wood-plank ceiling, next to a dining room with double glass doors opening to the rear deck. (Both rooms were part of an addition put on at some point in the 20th century.)

The eat-in kitchen is to the left of the entrance; it has light from three exposures, knotty-pine cabinets with granite tops, walls faced in colorful, patterned tile and a window bench. Beyond it is a half bathroom.

All four bedrooms are upstairs and have wood floors and at least one closet (the largest has two). They share a bathroom with a floating sink, stone tile and a combined tub and shower.

The basement includes a large finished room and a laundry room.

Outdoor space: The sellers built the fenced deck that extends across the width of the house. It leads down to a paved rear area and a three-car garage, with one climate-controlled stall used as a workshop.

Taxes: $10,152 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $664,000)

Contact: Shannon Plourde, Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes, 612-298-4623;

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