Charles Town, W.V. | $389,900
A 1907 Craftsman-influenced brick house with six bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.21-acre lot
This property is on a main street in the historic center of a city of about 6,000, in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. It is convenient to restaurants, antiques stores, a post office, a courthouse, an opera house, a furniture store and real estate offices, to name several local institutions and businesses. The Capital Beltway is about an hour southeast (add half an hour to get to the heart of Washington). Baltimore is between 60 and 90 minutes east.
The sellers have owned the house for 35 years and updated the kitchen and bathrooms in the last year. They have also refinished much of the extensive woodwork, replaced some of the rear windows, repointed some of the brick and resealed the roof.
Size: 2,997 square feet
Price per square foot: $130
Indoors: A front door framed in leaded glass opens to a large foyer with glass-front cabinets and wood columns that partition off the adjoining parlor to the right. That room has a brick fireplace with a pellet-stove insert and leaded-glass windows on either side. Facing the street is a pair of nine-over-nine windows with leaded glass on top and a wood bench below.
From the parlor, pocket doors open to a dining room with matching windows and bench, as well as a built-in china cabinet. Beyond it is the kitchen, which has new hardwood flooring, pale-yellow, Victorian-style vintage cabinets with new laminate countertops, and new cabinets built by the owner to match. The kitchen leads to an enclosed back porch addition, with a high ceiling and painted floorboards.
An elegant staircase winds upstairs from the foyer (a powder room is at the base). The second floor contains four bedrooms with hardwood floors, all about the same size. The first has an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower with marble patterned tile and a stand-alone tub. Bedrooms two and three are connected and have access to a bathroom at the end, which also can be entered from the hall by users of bedroom four. That bathroom has a molded-plastic shower insert behind sliding closet doors.
Two additional bedrooms with dormer windows are on the third floor, on either side of the landing. There is also unfinished attic space under the gable, and an unfinished brick- and stone-walled walkout basement.