What $900,000 buys you in Virginia, Louisiana and New Jersey

This house, known as Miami Lodge, has been owned by the same family for 60 years. Aside from fresh paint and updated structural systems, it has remained virtually unchanged since it was built over 100 years ago.

Like most older homes in Hopewell, it is in the City Point area, known for its river views. The Virginia headquarters of General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union Army, overlooking the confluence of the Appomattox and James rivers, is within walking distance. The town’s river promenade is about a five-minute drive away, as are a number of popular seafood restaurants and markets. Richmond is about a 30 minute drive.

Cut: 3,688 square feet

Price per square foot: $243

Inside: This large home sits behind an expansive lawn, framed by mature trees and flowering plants.

Doors from the covered brick porch open into a great room with a fireplace (one of eight in the house), high ceilings, a chandelier, and tall windows that fill the room with light.

To one side is a living room with a fireplace with a surround of shiny tiles. Beyond is a formal dining room with another fireplace, another chandelier and original heart-pine floors. Behind the dining area is a kitchen with light wood cabinetry and space for a small breakfast table.

On the other side of the entrance hall is a living room with access to an enclosed porch. Nearby is a full bathroom with an original leaded glass window.

The five bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom has original moldings and a fireplace framed in green tiles. This space connects to a wing that contains a guest bedroom, home office, and full bathroom.

Across the hall is a guest bedroom with blue and white toile wallpaper; next to it is a bathroom with a white porcelain pedestal sink and a walk-in shower. Two other bedrooms off the main hall are large enough to hold double beds. Also off the hallway is a covered balcony with stunning views of the Appomattox River.

Outdoor space: The back porch and patio, lovely places for al fresco dining, offer glimpses of the river. Off the terrace is a garden planted with boxwood; beyond is a gazebo and koi pond. The detached garage contains two cars.

Taxes: $6,672 (estimated)

Contact: Susan W. Jones, Steele Group, Sotheby’s International Realty, 804-814-0334; sothebysrealty.com


River Ridge is about 25 minutes from central New Orleans, and many of its approximately 14,000 residents commute to town for work. The area was mostly farmland until the post-war housing boom, and many homes in this neighborhood date from the mid-century; others, like this one, were built to replace older structures.

This property is a few blocks from a shopping area with Langenstein Grocery Store, Planet Fitness Gym and CVS Pharmacy. New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Cut: 3,342 square feet

Price per square foot: $269

Inside: A brick pathway connects the sidewalk to the front door, which opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.

Hardwood flooring continues into an open living area with a fireplace and built-in entertainment center flanked by tall windows that overlook the lawn. Behind the living room area is an island that separates this space from a kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Nearby is space for a dining table next to a window to the side of the property.

The master suite off the dining room features a bedroom large enough for a king-size bed, two walk-in closets, and a full bath with separate tub and shower.

Another bedroom is off the foyer, along with a home office. A powder room and a laundry room are also on this level.

There are two further bedrooms on the second floor; they share a bathroom with a double sink and a tub and shower combination. Nearby is a spacious den used as a media room and games room.

Outdoor space: A brick patio is out back, adjoining the carport, which has a garage-style door to the street and a ceiling fan, making it an easy place to move alfresco dining. on rainy days. The back yard is landscaped with grass and surrounded by a wooden fence, with a stone fountain framed by a low hedge in one corner.

Taxes: $8,448 (estimated)

Contact: Lauren Smith, Dream Realtors, 504-491-3488; lauren.revererealtors.com


Jersey City, across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, has long attracted those who prefer to stay close to city amenities but also want a residential area with more space. This condominium is in a converted townhouse, updated with central air conditioning, soundproofing and a video entry system. It is located between downtown Jersey City and the Journal Square neighborhood, about a block from the Jersey City Armory.

A cafe, wine shop, and restaurants serving Salvadoran, Honduran, and Ecuadorian cuisine are all within a few blocks; Waterfront bars and restaurants are about a 10 minute drive away. The financial district is about half an hour away; the train journey takes about 40 minutes.

Cut: 2,204 square feet

Price per square foot: $408

Inside: The entrance to this unit is on the ground floor: the front door opens into a living room with hardwood floors, pot lights and a wet bar with a mini fridge and sink. A hallway leads from this area to a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom; access to the unit’s private outdoor area; a bathroom; and a laundry room.

From the center of the main living space, a custom made oak and glass staircase leads to the upper level, where there is a kitchen with quartz countertops, a quartz island and Bertazzoni appliances. Opposite the kitchen, next to the top of the stairs, is space for a dining table under a modern style light fixture with round bulbs.

Two bedrooms are also found on this level: the master suite is just off the kitchen, with a custom-designed walk-in closet and a bathroom featuring a marble bathtub and walk-in shower with glass walls. At the other end of this floor is another en-suite bedroom with space for a desk and workout equipment.

Outdoor space: The rear terrace, on the first floor, is paved with stone and brick and surrounded by a new wooden fence. It’s big enough for outdoor entertaining, with room for a table and plenty of seating. A deeded parking space comes with the unit.

Taxes: $12,024 (estimated), plus $300 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Eddie Perez, Compass, 201-344-2886; compass.com

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