For Sale: 3BR Lake House in Durham, $170K
When I was a kid, this house belonged to my grandfather's partner from the NYPD. Birch trees greet you as you pull into the wide, old driveway, which once made a great basketball court. There's a nice-sized lake on the 2-acre property, and I remember floating in its cool, fresh water, encircled by green grass and trees, under a canopy of cotton ball clouds and bright blue skies. The 1,200 square-foot house was built in 1980, and it has changed owners since my childhood visits.
Located on 512 Allen Teator Road in Durham, it's listed as a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house, but one of those bathrooms seems to also be the laundry room. (In the gallery in the listing, you can see a toilet and shower stall next to the washer and dryer.) The home's 2,000 square feet also include a sunny little kitchen and a lower level family room with a new pellet stove. Over its 2-car garage, there's an AstroTurfed porch, half screened-in and half open-air, overlooking the lake. It's hard to imagine a better spot for a barbecue.