$850,000 homes in Indiana, Louisiana and California

Source:  New York Times

Michigan City, Ind.

WHAT A 2007 home with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms

HOW MUCH $859,000

SIZE 2,325 square feet


SETTING This low-slung house sits on a quiet lot about a mile from Lake Michigan and its beaches. It is about six miles from the center of Michigan City, which has a population of about 31,000 people and is currently undergoing a revitalization that includes the development of an arts district. It is about 70 miles east of Chicago.

INDOORS Designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm Brininstool & Lynch, the house has a screen of red cedar slats on the exterior and concrete floors with radiant heating throughout. The front door opens into a nook clad in horizontal red cedar boards with a built-in bench and fireplace. The cedar paneling wraps around to a kitchen equipped with gray Arclinea cabinets, Carrara marble counters and backsplash, a Sub-Zero fridge, a Wolf oven and microwave and a KitchenAid cooktop. There is a separate walk-in pantry.

The kitchen is open to the living and dining area, an expansive space with a wall of sliding glass doors that offers views of the property; on one end is a large screened-in porch. Three bedrooms with oversize windows look out to the forest on the other side of the house, and each has an en-suite bathroom with honed soapstone counters and walk-in showers tiled in slate. The master suite is the largest, with two walls of windows and a double bathroom vanity.

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