What $550,000 Buys You in New Jersey, New York and Delaware

An English country cottage in Haworth, a two-bedroom co-op in Harlem and a stone mansion in Wilmington.


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Haworth, N.J. | $539,000

A 1937 Tudor-esque house with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.23-acre lot

This stone-and-stucco house is in a borough of about 3,400 residents in Bergen County, 11 miles northwest of the George Washington Bridge. Local recreations include two private country clubs and a community swim club on six acres with three pools. A kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school with class sizes of fewer than 20 students is about half a mile away. And the small business district with its deli, Italian restaurant, sushi restaurant and apothecary (not drugstore) is about a 10-minute walk. There is also a shopping plaza in the borough of Closter, less than two miles east.

Size: 1,574 square feet

Price per square foot: $342

Indoors: Turning left from the foyer and passing under an arch, you enter a living room with hardwood floors, plaster walls and a soaring ceiling shaped by the Tudor gable. An enormous mullioned window fills the far wall; to the left, as you face it, is a stone fireplace. (All windows in the home are recent Anderson replacements that meld with the Old World interiors.)

The floorboards, plaster and multi-paned windows continue into the formal dining room. The adjacent kitchen was renovated about five years ago, with solid wood cabinets topped in granite and new appliances. A couple of steps down from the breakfast area is a powder room and entrances to the attached garage and the basement. A finished room on the lower level includes a wood-burning fireplace. There is also a room with a washer, dryer and sink and a workshop area in the space with the furnace and water heater.

The second floor is reached by a staircase with a wrought-iron railing; the landing offers a bird’s-eye view of the living room. To the right is the primary bedroom, which has pale pink walls, carpeting, two standard single closets and a double closet with built-ins. The en suite bathroom includes a shower. The second bedroom has apple green walls with chair-rail molding, and the third and smallest bedroom has been used as an office. The two share a hallway bathroom with a marble-topped vanity and a shower over a tub.

Outdoor space: The property, which is 100 by 100 feet, is approached by a semicircular driveway lined with shrubs and has a fenced, grassy backyard. The garage has room for one car.

Taxes: $12,180

Contact: Karen Leddy, Coldwell Banker Realty, 201-232-5627; coldwellbanker.com


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New York, N.Y. | $549,999

A two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit in an eight-story co-op built in 2010, in central Harlem

This second-floor unit is in Beacon Towers, a co-op with 73 units a block west of the Harlem River and less than two blocks east of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church. It is just a few minutes on foot to the 2 and 3 express trains at the 135th Street station.

The building has a part-time doorman and an exercise room off the lobby, and is pet friendly. A tax abatement is in effect until 2032. Buyers cannot have gross incomes in excess of $186,750 for one person, $213,500 for two people, $240,250 for three people or $266,750 for four people.

Size: 797 square feet

Price per square foot: $690

Indoors: A central room with oak floors and an open kitchen sits between two 10-by-13-foot bedrooms, providing extra privacy.

The kitchen is set off by a breakfast bar (a segment of the granite-topped wood cabinetry) and includes stainless-steel appliances.

A double closet to the right of the front door contains a washer and dryer.

Both bedrooms have double closets. They share a bathroom with a pedestal sink and a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The building has a furnished courtyard and bike storage. There is also a parking lot on the premises that residents can use at an additional cost.

Taxes: $760 monthly homeowner fee (includes abated taxes)

Contact: Daniel D’Amico, Damico Group Real Estate, 347-928-2021; damicogroup.org


Credit…Josh Wheeler/Wheeler Home Concepts

Wilmington, Del. | $550,000

A 1900 stone-and-mortar mansion with seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.15-acre lot

This house on Baynard Boulevard, a historic road leading into the heart of Wilmington, is distinguished by massive pairs of Ionic columns in the front portico and shorter sets supporting porches behind and to the side. It is two blocks from Brandywine Park, with its zoo, about a mile northwest of the central business district and a mile and a half from an Amtrak train station with access to the entire Northeast corridor. Philadelphia International Airport is 20 miles northeast.

Size: 3,600 square feet

Price per square foot: $153

Indoors: The seller, a family member of the listing agent, bought the property in 2018 after it had been renovated by previous owners. Design plans exist for the installation of an elevator in the garage, with access to the first and second floors.

The original double front door with leaded glass opens to a central living room with hardwood floors, a wainscot with molding (this is found in several rooms on the main floor, as is the Victorian-era ceiling fixture) and a stone fireplace that has been converted to gas. To the right is a music room with orange walls and French doors leading to a side deck. Straight ahead is a dining room with a bay window and walls covered in a pale lilac toile. Beyond that, at the rear of the house, is a yellow sunroom with radiant-heated stone-tile floors and an attached powder room and porch.

The kitchen and butler’s pantry were updated by previous owners with white cabinets, Formica countertops, gray backsplash tile and high-end stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner Dacor range.

Four bedrooms are on the second floor; the most lavish is a primary suite with a sitting room (a washer and dryer are there), a deck and a private bathroom that contains a vanity with twin sinks and a corner shower. Two guest rooms (one with access to a private deck) share a hallway bathroom that includes a tub and shower head. A third guest room, used as an office, has a fireplace with a gas-burning insert.

Three additional bedrooms along with a family room that opens to a widow’s walk are on the third floor, as is a bathroom with a claw-foot tub.

Outdoor space: The deep front porch wraps around the sides of the house, and a one-car garage is tucked into the base. Wrought-iron fencing surrounds the property, which includes a backyard gazebo.

Taxes: $4,645 (2020)

Contact: Carol Arnott-Robbins, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach Realtors, 302-388-2885; foxroach.com

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