What $500,000 Buys You in New Hampshire, New Jersey and North Dakota

Louetta R. Clark

This house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is in central Fargo, less than a mile north of downtown and a mile southeast of North Dakota State University’s campus. An elementary school is four blocks west and a hospital two blocks south. Mickelson Park and Softball Fields, which includes a sledding hill, is half a mile east. The home is within walking distance of a farmers’ market and numerous restaurants.

Size: 3,726 square feet

Price per square foot: $123

Indoors: A vintage front door with original hardware opens into a foyer and living room with carpeted floors (there’s hardwood under that pile), varnished molding, decorative columns, a wood-burning brick fireplace and windows set in bays or filled with leaded glass. Wood floors are exposed in the adjacent dining room, which has a built-in vintage sideboard with leaded-glass-front upper cabinets. The seller updated the kitchen, removing a back staircase, adding a butler’s pantry and designing and building the antiqued white cabinets with butcher-block tops himself. He also installed a farmhouse sink and stainless-steel appliances (including a six-burner Capital gas stove and a pot filler). Much of the main level is wired for sound, with speakers added to the dining room and kitchen.

Upstairs, the primary bedroom has hardwood floors and a deep bay created by the building’s tower. A walk-in closet with built-ins leads to a second bedroom. (Both rooms have individual closets as well.) A third, carpeted bedroom opens directly to a balcony overlooking the backyard; it has been reinforced, if one wishes to add a hot tub. The fourth bedroom has hardwood floors and two exposures. The hallway bathroom on this level includes a combined tub and shower.

In the basement, the seller installed a second kitchen and bathroom with a corner shower and created a carpeted room for use as a guest suite. An unfinished storage and laundry room is here, and there is more room for storage in the attic, which has been wired and plumbed.

Outdoor space: The house sits on a grassy corner lot surrounded by arborvitae and has a covered front porch supported by Doric columns and a deep backyard. The seller added an irrigation system. Parking is in a detached three-car garage that opens to an alley. The third stall contains a workshop.

Taxes: $5,839

Contact: Jon Bennett, Re/Max Legacy Realty, 701-200-0621; legacyr.com

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