An 1880 brick rowhouse in Baltimore, a modern townhouse in Houston and a 1985 ranch house in Sarasota, Fla.

This four-story building is in the historic downtown Bolton Hill neighborhood, facing a narrow two-block-long park with a fountain. It is less than a mile northwest of the Amtrak train station and a mile southeast of the 745-acre Druid Hill Park, which has a zoo, reservoir, community pool and farmer’s market. Maryland Institute College of Art is a half-mile east, and the Johns Hopkins University medical campus is two miles southeast. It is also near the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric and the University of Baltimore.

Indoors: Built as a single-family residence and later divided into apartments, the house was restored to its original configuration after the sellers bought it in 2013. At one point, the back staircase had been removed and an elevator installed; it is not currently operable but can be repaired. A level entrance at the rear means that the house can be made fully accessible without structural alterations.

The house is attached on only one side, giving center rooms access to air and light. Beyond the front vestibule, double doors inset with stained glass open to a hallway that runs along the left side, in parallel with three parlors connecting on the right. All of these rooms have high ceilings with decorative plaster molding, tiger oak floors and pocket doors. In addition, the living room, at the front, has a carved marble decorative fireplace mantel, and the dining room, at the back, contains a bay window with stacked sets of pocket shutters. Next to the dining room is a butler’s pantry with glass-front upper cabinets and a sink. There is also a powder room.

The lower level has been opened up to create a room running the entire length. In the center is a kitchen with a floor of inset tile (the rest of the level has wood floors), marble-topped black work tables and black appliances. On either side are dining and lounging areas — the one at the rear of the house walks out to the backyard. A laundry room off to the side includes a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Three bedrooms are on the second floor. The largest is in the front and includes a plaster ceiling medallion, a decorative fireplace flanked by bookshelves, and a sitting room shared with the middle bedroom. The bedroom at the back has a bay window, oak parquet floors and a decorative fireplace with glazed green tiles and a carved wood mantel. The hall bathroom on this floor includes a vintage pedestal sink and a combined tub and shower.

The third floor is taken up by a master bedroom, an office, and a sitting room (which can also be used as bedrooms.) An updated bathroom has a skylight, a marble-topped sink and a walk-in shower.

Outdoor space: The brick paved backyard has planted areas and is bordered by a two-car garage that opens to an alley behind it.

Contact: Avendui Lacovara, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty, 443-326-8674; lacovaragroup.com

Allen Bianchi and Carol Isaak Barden, a local architect and builder, designed and constructed this stucco-sided townhouse with no shared walls. It is in the Rice Military neighborhood, about three miles west of downtown Houston and a mile and a half east of Memorial Park and its many recreations (golf, tennis and running trails to name a few). The area is thick with coffee shops, restaurants and bars.

Indoors: The front door is at the base of the three-story home, next to a two-car garage, which also provides access. Near the entrance is a room with a polished concrete floor and a wall of open bookshelves; the room can be used as a guest room or entertainment space. (It has access to two walk-in closets and a full bathroom.) Sliding glass doors open to the pool area.

The open-plan second floor includes a living and dining room with mahogany floors and a concrete gas fireplace. The windows that wrap around the front are shaded by the building’s cantilevered upper floors and surrounding trees. The kitchen at the back has wood cabinets with concrete countertops and a walk-in pantry. There is also a half-bath with a concrete sink.

The third-floor master suite includes a walk-in closet with custom shelving. The master bathroom has a vanity with double sinks and a separate shower and tub faced in travertine. There is also a guest bedroom with a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom.

Outdoor space: The fenced backyard pool area has concrete paving and crushed granite. It includes a vine-covered pergola, a fireplace, a shower and colored lighting.

This house is in the Landings, a gated enclave between Highway 41 and the Intracoastal Waterway. The community has its own nature trail leading to the water, as well as a racket club with a swimming pool and tennis courts that the owners of this home can elect to join for $1,485 per year. The beaches of Siesta Key and downtown Sarasota are both about 15 minutes by car.

Indoors: The seller bought this property last year and updated the kitchen and bathrooms, among other things. A double-glass front door, large windows and pale surfaces contribute to an overall feeling of brightness, and all that transparency offers sustained reminders of the surrounding greenery. Lounging areas are in a living room and in a family room with a wood-burning fireplace and wet bar. Eating areas are in a sky-lighted niche off the kitchen and in a separate dining room. The kitchen includes a custom quartz-topped island, a geometric tiled backsplash and an induction cooktop.

In the master bedroom suite are two closets and a bathroom with double ceramic sinks floating on a vanity created from a vintage cabinet. The walk-in shower is lined in ceramic tile with the look and texture of bamboo. Two additional bedrooms have attached bathrooms. The fourth bedroom is currently used as an office.

Outdoor space: An L-shaped screened lanai is directly accessible from the living room, family room and master. The grounds are planted with oaks — including a large tree in back that is at least a half-century old — and orchids. Parking is in an attached two-car garage.

Contact: Tara Lamb or Judy Greene, Greene-Lamb Group, Michael Saunders & Company, 941-266-4873; michaelsaunders.com

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