What $475,000 Buys You in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Virginia | Ezine Daddy

Amherst is a charming university town in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts with a top-ranked liberal arts college and a leading state university. This home is just a few blocks from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a half block from a bus stop. The bus ride to Main Street, lined with restaurants and country inns, takes about 10 minutes.

Northampton and Holyoke are also easily accessible by bus or car, making this property’s location convenient for faculty and staff from the schools that make up the Five College Consortium.

Size: 1,579 square feet

Price per square meter: $301

Inside: A gravel path leads from the driveway to the red front door in the middle of the façade. Just beyond is a living room with hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves and a wood-burning fireplace.

The living room leads into a bright dining room with an original built-in cupboard. A sun room with built in shelving and a window seat is off this space. To the left of the dining room is a kitchen with a farmhouse style sink, concrete countertops, and a subway tile backsplash.

Two bedrooms are on the main level, adjacent to a corridor that leads from the living room to the kitchen. One faces the front yard, the other faces the backyard. In between is a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

The master suite is on the second level and features two closets, a window overlooking the backyard, and a bathroom with another window overlooking the backyard. A smaller room off the main suite could be used as a children’s room or walk-in closet. Another guest bedroom is also on the second floor, with white painted wood paneled walls and built in closets and shelving.

The finished basement is currently used as storage and laundry.

Outside: A patio behind the house, next to the kitchen, is large enough to grill. It leads down to a large grassy backyard framed by mature trees. There are two sheds on the property, one of which was formerly used as a chicken coop. The paved driveway has room for two cars.

Steer: $8,100 (estimated)

Contact: Christine Lau, Five College Agents, 413-374-7316; 5collegerealtors.com

This home is located in the Harndale Addition section of Oklahoma City, most of which was developed in the early 20th century. It is just blocks from Alice Harn Park, named for an early proponent of the city’s beautification efforts, and is also near St. Anthony Hospital, one of the state’s oldest hospital complexes.

North Classen Boulevard and North Western Avenue, less than a mile away, are home to a variety of shops including cafes, cocktail bars and Blue Sage Studios, a glassblowing workshop and art gallery. Downtown is a 10-minute drive; The Capitol Hill neighborhood is 15 minutes away.

Size: 1,872 square feet

Price per square meter: $254

Inside: This home is on a wide street with a cobblestone path and steps leading through the front yard and up to the covered porch.

The front door opens into a living room with original oak floors, original wood crown and window moldings and a gas fireplace framed in rustic brick. A wide door leads into a dining room with a chandelier and a large window overlooking the side courtyard. Off this area is a breakfast room with sage green walls and a built in cupboard with original stained glass doors.

At the back of the first floor is a kitchen with a black and white checkerboard floor and a hanging pot rack. A powder room with a pedestal sink and stained glass window sits between the kitchen and a pantry with access to the backyard.

Two staircases lead to the second level: the rear staircase, which starts in the kitchen, and the main staircase, which starts in the foyer. At the top of the main staircase is the master bedroom with wide windows and a white painted decorative brick fireplace flanked by built in bookshelves. Next door is the master bathroom with art deco-inspired black and white tiling and a separate bath and shower. The two guest bedrooms on this level are spacious, with deep closets; one is currently used as a home office.

Outside: Behind the house is a patio framed by a low brick wall with space for a table, chairs and a BBQ. The detached garage has space for two cars; there is another parking space in a carport.

Steer: $4,992 (estimated)

Contact: Jennifer Kragh and Megan Tabor, Sage Sotheby’s International Realty, 405-748-0405; redfin.com


This house is located in the Norfolk district of Ghent, on a tree-lined street just off Colley Avenue, a lively thoroughfare with bars and restaurants, a bike shop and a cat cafe. James Blair Middle School, where the Ghent Farmers Market is open several days a week from April to September, is less than half a mile away.

Old Dominion University, a public research institution with more than 20,000 students, is about a five-minute drive away. Naval Station Norfolk, one of the largest naval bases in the world, is a 20-minute drive.

Size: 2,399 square meters

Price per square meter: $200

Inside: This home features a spacious porch overlooking the street with enough space for a small table and chairs. The cherry red front doors open into a small mudroom where a second windowed front door opens into a foyer.

To the right is a living room with a fireplace and a bay window overlooking the front porch. A door with an original transom window leads to the dining room with another fireplace. Off this room is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and doors that open to the back porch. There is also a full bathroom with shower on this level.

The master suite is on the second floor, off the main hallway, with carpet flooring and a bathroom with double vanity and separate bath and shower. Also on this level are two guest bedrooms and a full bathroom with shower cubicle.

At the end of the hall, a staircase leads to the third floor, a flexible space with a skylight. It is currently used as a bedroom but could also serve as a study or study.

Outside: A covered porch is off the kitchen. It leads down to a terrace shaded by a mature tree. Behind is a small yard surrounded by a green fence. The driveway that runs along the side of the house has space for parking two cars.

Steer: $5,184 (estimated)

Contact: Victoria Koenig, Signature Homes, 757-633-1753; zallow.com

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