$600,000 Homes in New Hampshire, New Mexico and Tennessee

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This house is on Main Street in Center Sandwich, an area in the historic town of Sandwich, about two hours north of Boston. Squam Lake, where scenes in the 1981 movie “On Golden Pond” were filmed, and where there is a beach open only to residents, abuts the town’s southwest corner. The White Mountain National Forest is directly north. Center Sandwich has one restaurant, a library, a post office, two art galleries, a Shaker chair workshop and a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school, and this house is a quick walk from all of them. It backs onto Quimby Field, a preserved green space with sports areas.

Size: 2,810 square feet

Price per square foot: $196

Indoors: The house, which has apparently been expanded over the generations, is a cluster of volumes with gabled roofs, including the original barn (now a garage with an upper recreation space). In front are a foyer with a winding staircase set off by red chinoiserie wallpaper, and a parlor with wide pine floorboards and bookcases flanking a window with a bench. Behind that is a combined living-and-dining room (with more built-ins, more wide, antique floorboards and a wood-burning stove). The adjacent kitchen is wrapped in white cabinets and emerald tile, and has space in the middle for a table. From there, a flight of stairs takes you down to a ground-level sunroom with French doors leading out to the meadow-like backyard. A nearby staircase rises to the second floor.

The master suite extends from the front to the back of the house. At one end is a bedroom covered in floral wallpaper; at the other is a sitting room or office with a view down to the kitchen. Between these rooms, along a private hallway, are a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a shower and twin sinks.

Also on the second floor is a guest room with striped blue wallpaper and an en suite bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

A door on the second floor leads to the upper level of the barn-garage, a finished, insulated double-height space with platforms, paneled walls and rough-hewed beams.

An additional two bedrooms are on the third floor. They have splatter-painted floorboards and are connected. One is paneled and has green-painted shelves and storage cabinets; the other has exposed beams, low closets and a bathroom with a shower. There is also an unfinished walkout basement.

Outdoor space: The backyard flows into Quimby Field. The garage has room for two cars parked in tandem and includes extra storage space.

Taxes: $4,884

Contact: Lisa Wardlaw, Lamprey Real Estate Associates, 603-253-8131; lampreyrealestate.com

Designed by an architect for his own use, this house is in the foothills southeast of downtown Santa Fe, about eight miles from the Plaza. It sits in a 1970s subdivision called Overlook at the edge of a national forest, among ponderosa pines and rocky outcroppings. The views are said to be particularly spectacular at sunset, when the mountains to the east are painted with rose and violet beams from the west. Stargazing is also prime here.

Size: 1,837 square feet

Price per square foot: $318

Indoors: About half of the square footage is taken up by a great room with a vaulted wood ceiling with exposed trusses and a long eastern wall of glass. An open kitchen with wood cabinetry and Talavera-tile counters and wall finishes occupies a corner of the room, and includes new stainless steel appliances and an angled breakfast bar topped in wood slabs with natural edges. A wood-burning stove is near the room’s western wall.

The master bedroom is to the right of the central hall, on the building’s south side. Casement windows wrap from floor to ceiling around a corner. In the en suite bathroom, Talavera tile decorates the vanity top and walls, and there is a large walk-in shower with a window.

The guest bedroom is directly opposite the central hall, on the north side, and has the same window configuration. It is served by a bathroom with colorful tile and a combined tub and shower.

A small upper level consists of a hallway lined in open shelves that leads to a hexagonal meditation room ringed by small, square windows and covered by a translucent plastic dome. There are also two attic storage rooms and an unfinished basement.

Outdoor space: A deck steps down from the northeast side of the great room. A cistern collects rainwater.

In the 1990s, this wood-sided house in northeast Nashville was owned by Marty Stuart, a country and bluegrass musician whose most popular song, which he wrote with Ronny Scaife in 1991, is “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” Mr. Stuart and his wife, the country singer Connie Smith, sold the property in 2001 to the current owners after fitting it out with antique corbels, stained glass and other architectural features sourced from around the world. They also extended the outdoor spaces and built a retaining wall from rock.

The house, which was expanded in 1950 from a two-room fishing cabin, is about 20 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes northwest of the Grand Ole Opry. Its dock was washed away in a 2010 flood and could be legally replaced. (The property occupies the second highest elevation on the street, but flood insurance is required with a mortgage.) The General Jackson Showboat paddles by regularly.

Size: 2,100 square feet

Price per square foot: $286

Indoors: A ramp, built for the comfort of a dog with hip dysplasia and easily removable, leads to a late-19th-century front door with hand-embossed hinges and diamond panes. It opens to an interior paneled in redwood, with a tile-floored entry hall that has a wall of hammered-copper squares.

Beyond is a living room. Mr. Stuart added the stone fireplace, whose mantel was cut from a beam that had been on his grandfather’s Mississippi farm. Carved corbels fill the corners of the dining area entranceway.

As you move to the back — the river side of the house — the kitchen is on the left. It has a granite-topped island and stainless steel appliances. The wood cabinets were custom built to fit the compact space.

Turning right from the front door takes you to the master suite, which includes a bedroom with wood floors and French doors that open to a deck, and a bathroom with double bowl sinks and mirrors, a walk-in terrazzo-clad shower and a toilet room.

The second bedroom is between the kitchen and sunroom. It has a built-in wardrobe with mirrored doors and has use of a bathroom with an antique vanity and a glass-walled shower.

The sunroom is an enclosed portion of the back porch with wood floors, a sloping ceiling and a fireplace whose mantel is supported by a pair of corbels.

Outdoor space: The home has multiple seating areas overlooking the river on various levels, the most prominent being the wide, covered rear deck that can be reached from the living room, sun porch and master bedroom. A second deck is on the side of the house, and a third is off the basement level. Grass is planted beyond the retaining wall, and steps lead down to the former dock area. Parking for two vehicles is in a carport on one side of the house; the expanded woodworking shop is on the other side.

Taxes: $2,478 (2019, based on a tax assessment of $78,550)

Contact: Vicki Hertel, Regal Realty Group, 615-636-8253; realestatebook.com

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