Greenhouses: so hot right now! At the London Design Festival in September, industrial designer Sebastian Bergne unveiled the world's first-ever all-Lego greenhouse, made from 100,000 pieces. Three weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal declared greenhouses the ultimate female escape, "sunny, private, plant-filled sanctuaries filled with the sound of classical music or NPR" by day and "sparkling spaces for cocktails amid exotic foliage" that feel "worlds away from the rinky-dink eyesores that backyard greenhouses used to be" by night. And the newest Country Living devotes an entire page to them, pulling five properties with greenhouses, all listed below the $400K mark. Here, Curbed takes a closer look at the Country Living sampler, starting with a four-bedroom home in Walpole, Mass. Listed for $315K as a short sale, the 1860 colonial has wide-plank floors, exposed beams, a screened-in porch, a backyard pool, and an attached greenhouse.
? This 1910 Craftsman-style four-bedroom is set on more than 12 acres in Hazel Green, a tiny community at the northern edge of Alabama. The property, with a 4,200-square-foot main house (complete with charming wood-beamed ceilings), boasts two heated nurseries and is listed for $375K.
? Built in 1885, this four-bedroom Victorian in central Kansas has an unquantifiable percentage of the world's total oak supply: in the foyer, a carved oak door with a decorative glass inlay, oak staircase, and oak window seat, not to mention a bedroom with oak French doors. The terrarium was added to the family room in 1994; the property is listed for $139,900.
? Features of this 1868 Gothic Revival, which is asking $199,900: five bedrooms, plaster ceiling medallions, leaded glass transoms, a curved staircase, and even a "meditation chapel," perhaps to reflect on all those eco-friendly mitzvahs happening in the rooftop greenhouse.
? While not included on Country Living's list, this remodeled farmhouse in Chehalis, Wash., is still worth a look. Priced at $1.25M—by far the most expensive home on this list—the four-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot main house is sited on a property that would be, in the words of the brokerbabble, the "perfect spot for nursery company w/retail outlet." It's zoned for commercial use, with an office building, equipment building, and storage units.
· 215 Spring St., Walpole, Mass. [Zillow]
· Undisclosed Address, Hazel Green, Ala. [MLS Finder]
· 401 W. 3rd Ave., Saint John, Ks. [Yahoo Real Estate]
· 1127 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, Ind. [Yahoo Real Estate]
· 2710 Jackson Hwy., Chehalis, Wash. [Zillow]