April 29, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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    • lissiekay says: 3 comments

      Beautiful. One of my favorites so far.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Lovely house! The blog about it is really interesting too– thanks for including that link.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Wow, jaw dropped. Beautiful big house and property, excellent shape, location seems good, schools look good, price seems reasonable, taxes high as expected but not crazy high. Hmm, might need to put some more thought into this one! Only wish is that it was located more of a walkable, in-town locations. Area looks a bit more suburb than in town.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      I know the historically correct colors during the early colonial period, the earthy reds, indigos, ochre and burnt umber, were because these organic pigments were easy to transform into oil-based paints. However, I find these colors so terribly depressing. I would have a hard time living in one of these beautiful homes and not wanting to change the colors.

  1. JosephFortHill says: 412 comments

    This may have appeared on OHD before, but the update is that the town of Northborough has voted to proceed with purchasing this in order to keep it from being demolished. I’ve been inside any number of times, and although it was converted to a restaurant many years ago, many interior features were left intact. Up to a few years ago, the second floor was essentially unchanged; it was remodeled for function space. The large hall attached to the rear is of course, inappropriate, but its usefulness may be helpful in preserving the remainder.

    (listed as under contract, but I am sure if you want to purchase with agreement not to demolish, the town would relinquish its contract.)



    A video presentation showing the original appearance:


    Story about purchase:


  2. KarenZKarenZ says: 1192 comments
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    What a great old photo! I really wish that we had the patriotism that they had in the old days! Have a wonderful vacation, Kelly–you certainly deserve some rest!

  3. BradG TX says: 8 comments

    Hard to tell from just the rear of the vehicle, but looks to be possibly a 1915 Ford

  4. Maria E. says: 8 comments

    Kelly- first of all, this is my favorite site! I’ve spent many hours on here and have learned a lot 🙂

    This dream of a house just got listed. We are moving back to Iowa, and if we can sell our current house quickly, this is definitely the house I will buy. Here is the agent website since it has a few more pictures and some historical documents:


  5. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    Two listings in Auburn, NY, another place I’ve never been:
    On the market for two years now. Low taxes, according to Zillow.
    Twice the price and nearly $9,000 a year in taxes, but you get a big lawn and a carriage house. Only one year on the market.
    Auburn was the home of William Seward, who expected to get the Republican Presidential nomination in 1860, instead of Abraham Lincoln, and, as his Secretary of State, kept Britain and France from intervening in the American Civil War. A Senator once, while coming home late, fell into a sewer opened for repairs next to the Secretary of State’s Washington residence, and, when the policeman who was helping him out asked what his name was, he replied, “This morning I was Senator James McDougall of California, but now I am Sewered.”
    Thus is history made.

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1192 comments
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      I love that foyer in the first house-even the wallpaper is just amazing! It looks like only part of the house has been used in a few years, but I would love it!

      The 2nd house is really a great deal, since it has air conditioning, lol! I love the property itself, though, with all of that green. Usually when you get these huge victorians, they take up all of the lot and you don’t have much of a yard.

  6. says: 73 comments

    A little almost-hometown pride: Palmer Woods is, along with Sherwood Forest, Indian Village, and parts of Boston-Edison, one of the only still-intact upscale neighborhoods in Detroit. My parents lived there before I was born, and nearly forty years later I’m still mad that they moved to the suburbs before I got a chance to live there too. The house that my parents owned isn’t for sale, but these ones are!





  7. Michele says: 93 comments

    This is a sad posting for me. I wish this house could be saved – it’s close to Medina, Oh.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Ouch, that one hurts to see what they are doing to it. Extremely sad.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Almost painful to look at these photos, but on any given day, there are several like it being sold piecemeal or demolished somewhere. Rare to find doors with faux painted burled panels. Magnificent staircase too. Why oh why??? Medina is the Ohio town where Californian Jim Siegel bought a huge 1860’s Italianate from the local Library (which was going to raze it for a parking lot) and spent a million dollars to saw it into pieces, transport it on flatbed trucks to coastal Sonoma County and painstakingly put it all back together. This is not the first time I’ve seen a Craigslist salvage house that should have never had been considered as a salvage teardown.

    • Jared says: 27 comments

      Well, at least they’re selling off the parts and not just sending them off to a landfill. Maybe those parts can be used to help bring another old house somewhere back to life.

    • Jared says: 27 comments

      How much do you want to bet they will plant a subdivision full of McMansions where it sits? I hope they also salvage the old-growth lumber the structure is likely made from.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Yes, that’s painful to see. At a time when re-use instead of tossing out & buying new is all the rage, it SHOULD extend to houses. Fixing this good old place & living in it makes SO much more sense than building a shiny new one. The pieces will be recycled, which is better than nothing, but it’s a shame to let homes like this go.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Aww, that is so sad. What a beauty she was and looked truly preservable.

  8. TracyO says: 3 comments

    Very interesting 1920 house, I’m not sure how to classify it: http://www.realtysouth.com/homes-for-sale/8922-West-Blvd-Birmingham-AL-35206-166327915

  9. Charles B says: 481 comments

    One of those sad-eyed puppy dog houses, like the Second-Empire in Auburn, NY:

    • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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      Charles do you know anything more about this house?

      • Charles B says: 481 comments

        No, other than what I can see from Google Street Maps. It probably meets the description the real estate agent gave me of the house I bought here in Western New York: ‘It’s what you can expect in this price range.’

  10. MikeE says: 366 comments

    I was in this house once a few years ago, and it is built like a fortress. It was restored about 20 years ago. Taxes are low, $1799 in 2014. I would want to change paint colors in a couple of rooms, but it seems to be move-in ready. Only drawback is that there is a funeral home parking lot next door on the left. House on the right was a vacant foreclosure that sold recently and is currently being remodeled. Marion is located in Southern Illinois, 2 hours SE of St Louis MO.


    • Julles says: 533 comments

      I love those stone cottages made with field stone and what a great price. $45,000 for 2 acres and 2 houses. Do you know anything about Kingston Georgia?

      • Angel says: 13 comments

        It’s a very small town in Bartow County. Small as in it’s so small they have only 2 police officers! It’s close to Barnsley Garden Resorts and it’s where the Kingston Downs is held. It sits between Cartersville and Rome. It’s a pretty quaint location.

      • Reneau de Beauchamp says: 50 comments

        Kingston is deep down in SSE GA, near the historic city of St. Mary’s, and not terribly far from the FL border. There’s a large USN submarine base in/at Kingston. The former timber logging city was revitalized by the military presence, though some old timers question if this was a good thing or not.

        • RitaB says: 108 comments

          I believe you’re thinking of Kingsland north of Jacksonville, Fl. Kingston is nw Georgia.

        • Angel says: 13 comments

          No, that’s Kingsland. Kingston, the house I posted, is in Bartow County Georgia, which is northwest Georgia just over an hour south of Chattanooga. I live less than 10 minutes from Kingston.

      • Angel says: 13 comments

        I actually live about 5 minutes from Kingston.

  11. Subie Juan Kanobi says: 1 comments

    1895 Victorian in sassy Cincinnati, OH. A single family until about 1930. A 2-family conversion in around 1930. Sold to the Abernathy family for $1 in 1969. An eyesore in 2006. Complete reno/receivership court-supervised back to single family, in 2008 and now for sale: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4550-Erie-Ave_Cincinnati_OH_45227_M36635-12042

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 914 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      This is on the site with links to the historical information. I’m not able to post the link if anyone is interested to read more about this one it’s on here.

    • WhenIWinTheLottery says: 67 comments

      Applause! That is a fantastic house. Kitchen needs a tweaking but overall a great place. All those window! How much snow does Indiana get? This California girl does not like snow.

    • Julles says: 533 comments

      First, this a beautiful home. Second, stylistically I’m so confused. Greek revival, victorian, tudor, craftsman, and then I swear the stairway banister almost looks Georgian. The details are magnificent. The arched door, the craftsman paneling and benches, the Victorian stained glass and those bathrooms, wow! I think I love the staircase with the delicate banister best. It is a work of art. Why is it so cheap????

    • Sandra G. McNichol says: 72 comments

      Wow – what a beauty! I love this house, and am lusting over that bathroom sink! I can’t believe the price, either. For me, too bad it isn’t in a warmer climate.

  12. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Here in Maine Summer brings out the sale signs. Everyone near the coast hopes that some out of stater will decide to purchase a Summer place here. The houses I am posting are ones I pass on a regular basis and saw signs go up.

    This one Jeff and I would buy in a second if were were going to stay in Maine. WOW and what a fantastic price.


    Over the years I watched this house fall to wreck and ruin. Then someone with vision bought it. Now look at it.


    Another beauty for the 1700’s


    This is on the peninsula on the way out to Pemaquid Point in Bristol. Beautiful area and you are right near Damariscotta for shopping, restaurants and Rt. 1. I don’t know if the realtor was having fun but the body sized lumps in the beds is creepy. It has seven acres and a kitchen that has not been touched.



    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      I’d happily live in any of those. Surrounded by history & beauty, yowza. How rare that the 2nd house found a loving family — almost restores my faith in mankind. I think the lumps in the last home’s beds are hilarious! I suspect some kids were the culprits — with a willing realtor, good laugh.

      • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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        1802 Cape

        The second one makes me happy too. My mother has been here in Maine since 79 and although I left at 19 for design school in NYC I would come home a lot. We would pass that house on the way to the beach and I would wish I could have it and restore it. Such a pleasure to see it not torn down and loved.

  13. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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    Happy Vacation, Kelly! Here’s a fixer-upper Greek Revival in Missouri (near KC) that needs someone to love it: http://northwestmissourirealty.com/mo/ray/rayville/rural-homes/64084/80728

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Tons of potential. What a pretty house — the front exterior has such balance & dignity, pure. The price makes it worthwhile to restore — I hope somebody comes along for it.

      Kelly, your vacation sounds perfect! Just right. When can I join you? I’ll bring my dog!

  14. KarenZKarenZ says: 1192 comments
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    Only in CA can a $1,700,000 housse be called a fixer! I love Spanish homes and it’s only because of OHD! I live in PA and I had never seen one! Take a look! http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/20705213_zpid/any_days/1700-1930_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/34.226564,-118.106804,33.938803,-118.691826_rect/10_zm/?3col=true

  15. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 67 comments

    This commercial made me think of us old home lovers. It’s longer than a regular commercial but you’ll like the ending… https://youtu.be/NrQUDfdoOL0

    A bit of trivia… this was filmed on Universal’s California back lot. It’s been Mockingbird Lane from The Munster’s, the street Marcus Welby, M.D. and the Beav from Leave It To Beaver lived on, and most recently Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. Also, the creepy old Victorian and the Bates Motel from Psycho is there as well.

  16. Ashley Brockus says: 1 comments

    Hey Kelly and everyone! We have spent the past four years restoring our Eastlake Victorian house, built in a boom year of Wichita, 1887. http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/77361295_zpid/any_days/37.677231,-97.316788,37.659396,-97.354982_rect/14_zm/?view=public
    WE are on the historical registry for Wichita, Kansas, and the National Historic Registry. And we just put our house up for sale by owner, it’s time for a new adventure! Priced to sell, and we’ll sell some of our furniture after sale of home too!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 914 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Beautiful home! I’ll add it to my list for next week postings.

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1192 comments
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      I agree with Kelly–you have a beautiful home. I love the updates that you’ve done. They’re more modern, but not glaringly overboard. Your kitchen is gorgeous and that bath is to DIE for!! What I would give for a shower like that! If I knew anyone in Kansas looking for a new home, I would definitely let them know about this house,Ashley. You have just beautiful taste! I wish you lots of luck selling it!

    • Sandra G. McNichol says: 72 comments

      Your home is beautiful! Good luck selling, and on your next adventure!

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape


      Your home is spectacular. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to live in such a lovely home. I will post it on my homes for sale pinterest board.

    • Joanna Smith says: 4 comments


      I am not even sure I can articulate how much I love your home– I have friends that drive by it daily and they have actually sent me photos in the past because they knew I would LOVE it. This is sincerely my dream home, even with that location (it’s really not THAT bad!). I am dreaming of hanging art from those picture rails and reading in the sitting room. Thank you for seeing the beauty in this home 🙂 Wichita let’s far too many gorgeous homes disappear. If ONLY I could purchase this and move home!

  17. Cleo M. says: 19 comments

    Houses in Virginia tend to be pricey, but that said….

    1820’s Victorian – This one is a beauty and a great price, but it’s on the fringes of the historic area and next to an large low income apartment building.

    1830’s grand southern mansion – This one is near the bay and is currently a popular wedding and party venue

    1820’s Folk Victorian – Pretty house, but the “town” of Cartersville is one block square.

    1827 – Log Cabin in the Blue Ridge

    Two “If you hit the Lottery…”
    1858 Italianate – 180+ acres and a vineyard

    1836 Farmhouse – 150+ acres, Gorgeous woodwork, a pool, and mountain views

  18. JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
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    You don’t usually see flamingos in Normandy but I’m loving this one:

    • Coqu says: 259 comments

      Holy cow, that’s a lot of curb appeal for $126k, wow!
      Again, WOW!

    • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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      Wish they had more interior pictures but what a great house for an unbelievable price. Looking at TRULIA it is in a very safe area with great schools. If there are problems with the house, they need to say because I can’t understand why it would be this inexpensive.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Reached back into the 20s for this one’s style — I love it! You’d HAVE to keep the flamingos — cheering to see that subsequent owners felt the same way. That is a heck of a price for a lot of home; can’t help wondering if there’s a catch somewhere.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Wow! I wonder what is wrong. Why so low?

    • Jeff Bergman says: 4 comments

      Just called the realtor. She said it needs minimum of 80K in work to get it livable again. Roof, kitchen, bathroom upstairs. All need ton of work. She said Charleston could support a 200K home no problem if someone wanted to make it work. Already two offers in on it though. Just waiting for the owner’s sister to return from overseas trip to give her blessing on the sale. I just hope it gets the attention it deserves.

  19. Cardinegreen says: 25 comments

    Not very common to see s house of this vintage in upstate NY. So simple and so cozy.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      It’s in really good shape & somehow welcoming, as you say — helped by those beautiful warm-colored floorboards. If NYS taxes weren’t so high! My father’s family lived in that area for generations — beautiful country & peaceful.

  20. Elspeth says: 3 comments

    Somebody please love this house back to health!

    In Hopkinsville, KY. Needs work outside and the kitchen and baths are horrid, but see the pretty unpainted woodwork! At $55k, you could re-do the rest.


  21. KarenZKarenZ says: 1192 comments
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    If I could afford this house, I would live in the city of Pittsburgh again in a second! I know that it has some updates, but really pretty still!

    • JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
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      KarenZ, I get a map of the city with 1000 house-dots. Try the address link at the bottom of the Zillow page, or just give us the address. 🙂

  22. Andy-D says: 38 comments


    I didn’t see this posted on the site (not including all the Friday link exchanges). Nice 1892 stone home in Wisconsin. Not really sure the style

    I love towers.

  23. SF says: 134 comments


    This was a good friends home, great house but on a busy street. The price would be higher (gulp) if it was on a quieter street,but still a beauty. Mills Act property taxes keep it them low, so that helps out with the price. Large pantry, bathrooms are ok, kitchen has been remodeled but matched the original and it is hard to tell where the old left off and the new begins. Good solid house…

    • WhenIWinTheLottery says: 67 comments

      I’m sure it’s not far from the Orange Circle. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it driving around. That’s a pretty big lot for the area too. Very pretty house.

  24. JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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    I was looking in my neck of the woods and found this. Must love unpainted shiplap and try to look beyond the decorating. Reasonably priced. Jefferson, ga is a nice small town with great schools. Looks older than stated 1905 to me. http://www.trulia.com/property/3223640241
    and one in Carnesville, ga

  25. majolicadavid says: 54 comments

    This one is pretty amazing. Sold furnished or unfurnished. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/905-W-Main-St-Smethport-PA-16749/122630374_zpid/ more pictures at link below.

  26. BobcatHannah says: 35 comments

    I just drove past this and had to look it up and share! My town is extremely proud of their old homes. I love living here and wish I was in a position to buy! (But I love living in an old house that was converted to apartments while still retaining the old house charm. I know that’s an unpopular opinion. Renter’s gotta do what a renter’s gotta do)


  27. Anne M.Anne M. says: 859 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Here is an 1888 Victorian in Williamstown, MA built by the son of the Williams College president – some lovely details!
    In the same town a 1760 salt box – one of three 18th century homes for sale in Williamstown

  28. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Pricey, but yummy:

    770 Jackson St/ Redding House St
    $1,500,000 | N/A • 3 Bath

  29. Cora says: 2059 comments

    In Ohio:

    2509 E 31st St
    $56,500 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    And Kentucky:

    1267 State St
    $294,500 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath

  30. Aaron says: 43 comments

    Craiglen, perhaps Charles Barber’s most notable house, is for sale.


    Charles Barber was one of George F. Barber’s sons.

    The Craig family were owners of probably the largest agglomeration of Tennessee marble quarries and companies. I own a cottage that was built by one of the designers who worked for Grey Eagle (later combined with Candoro Marble), which is surprisingly marble-encrusted for such a little house, but I covet Craiglen’s floors.

  31. Larissa says: 7 comments

    Not sure if this has been covered yet? A gem in my city with great and colorful history!
    The Sells Brother’s Circus House

    More info:

  32. annaPEN says: 25 comments

    I’m a total sucker for original kitchen sinks! …but I’d surely take the rest of this house too 😉

    • RitaB says: 108 comments

      I love the Ft White house. Gorgeous on the inside and that second floor veranda would serve you well down here in Florida – catch the breeze and also be too high up for mosquitoes. I go through Ft White a lot. Not much there; quiet lifestyle. What you see from the veranda in the picture is a lot of Ft. White. Crossroads on the way to the Itchnetucknee and tubing in the ice cold water in the summer. (I’m sure I spelled that wrong.) The price seems a bit ambitious for Ft White, especially on only half an acre.
      Inglis is in a part of “old” Florida; sparsely populated, scrub palmetto and nature. Cedar Key is across the bay or just up the road. If you want laid back and lots of fishing (the Withlacoochee runs through Inglis and it’s almost on the Gulf Coast), this would be the place for retirement.

  33. BobcatHannah says: 35 comments

    AMAZING. I personally think this a fair or low price even. Great location. http://m.herrealtors.com/terrypenrod/mobile/homes-for-sale/755-dennison-avenue-columbus-oh-43215-177206465

  34. Deb says: 1 comments

    Will be closing soon on my dream house. I can’t wait to get in and start exploring! I feel so honored to be able to give this house the love and respect it deserves!

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Congratulations, Deb! Handsome house with a lot of history. It’s lucky to have found you!

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Congratulations. 1824! Now that’s a house with some history. This Federal style house with a center hall appears to have retained many of its period details. Here’s wishing you and your family the best and many happy times ahead in this Antebellum era home.

      • Deb says: 5 comments

        Thank you John! I can’t tell you how excited I am right now. I can’t wait to really delve into the history of the house. There’s a lot of info online about the original owners, but in 192 yrs. the house has seen a lot of owners, and I’d like to research them all. I already have a list of projects lined up to preserve the integrity of the house. I really can’t wait to get in there and get my hands dirty!

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      A huge congratulations on a nice looking Federal with an interesting asymmetrical front elevation.

      Here’s a streetview showing the full window boxes that used to occupy those mounts.

  35. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    There are many small houses for sale cheap along Conwell St. The odd numbers are on the side of the hill, which gives you a climb to the front door and wet basements from drainage through the stone layers. However, this one looks bigger and better. The previously posted blue house is still available, too, for $50K.

  36. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Ed, Aurora,Indiana, is a town with lots of charm and character. Like Madison, IN, (which is increasingly becoming touristy and gentrified) it’s location on the Ohio River only adds to its appeal. This 1898 house seems priced very reasonably and Aurora is one of those towns where I believe future property values are likely to increase in the years ahead. Did you notice that little add-on porch pediment? Someone went to a lot of trouble to be stylish there.

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      You occasionally see houses in Madison offered at $25K. Those are incredibly small brick row houses, on lots 20 or 15 feet wide. Bedrooms six by eight feet! People live in them; I’ve lived in smaller apartments, myself.
      I always thought the porch pediment (or tympanum) was meant to show visitors where the front door is, so they don’t appear suddenly from outside in the dining room.

  37. JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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    Found 2 more interesting homes in FL. Both are across the street from the same lake.
    This one needs a white Knight, $170,000

    This one needs updating but I really like the lavender pedestal sink, $239,000

  38. Matt Ziehnert says: 104 comments

    Wow this beauty just came on the market. Wish i had the funds to it the museum quality restoration it deserves. Hope someone with the means to do so buys it. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/110-Phillips-Rd-East-Fishkill-NY-12533/2098767574_zpid/

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Matt, what a gorgeous house! I agree with you completely. Millwork is lovely. I imagine how the front hall would look, restored to its youthful elegance, not to mention the rest of the house. If I could afford NYS taxes, I’d be very tempted by this. Hope someone who can is also interested.

    • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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      What a gorgeous house! I actually find it beautiful the way it is. I would get a bucket of Mr Clean and one of Murphy’s Oil Soap and scrub everything down and then I would paste wax the floors. For this house, the chipped paint and worn floor is patina not a mess. Also, I feel the way it flows from colonial thru later additions tells a loving story of a family home through the generations.

      In a different vein, Kelly is out on vacation for the week so please keep adding houses to the link. We don’t want old house withdrawl symptoms!

      Also, HGTV is starting a new show called Stone House Revival on May 10th for all us stone house lovers. Hopefully, he believes more in restoration than renovation.

  39. Matt Ziehnert says: 104 comments

    Another time capsule home, this time in Jeffersonville, way up in the Catskills. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35-Mill-St-Jeffersonville-NY-12748/32762480_zpid/

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Some fantastic old baths & the kitchen sink is indispensible. I love the pantry — it now holds glasses & crockery but once surely was loaded with jars of preserved goodies, can almost see them. I’d want to lighten up the interior — awfully dark on those long winter evenings.

      • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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        I love when the houses are in this kind of condition. I feel like I could walk through another time just walking through the rooms. The kitchen is great and I love all the unpainted wood. It would be a fine home for someone.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Agreed Matt. I especially like the Gothic style kitchen cabinets and the tin ceiling. I think this house has great potential and appears to mainly need cosmetic work. Is this in an area you are considering? If so, here’s wishing you the best if this house “speaks to you”.

    • JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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      That first house, wow. I thought it was going to be a New Orleans kind of home but the inside tops anything New Orleans has. I don’t think I’ve seen a home worth $28,000,000 before. Those ceilings are exquisite. It looks like something you would see in an embassy. Are there still artisans out there that can do that kind of workmanship? It is hard for me to believe that there are people out there with enough money to buy it.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Julles, two groups dominate the top end of San Franciso real estate. The first group is made up of largely Asian (mostly China) investors with loads of cash looking for a safe haven. With individual investors bidding against each other such astronomical prices are possible. The second group is more local and made up of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Tech company top executives. Like the Asian investors, they see SF real estate as a safe investment with appreciation in property values likely to continue for the immediate future.
        As for artisans, yes there are still artisans with the skills to recreate such lavish interiors. Some are Russian and Italian immigrants trained in traditional old world arts. You can see their work in the gambling palaces of Las Vegas, in grand Mahattan Penthouses, and ultra high end homes around the country. Back in the Victorian era, the best of the best was usually made by European immigrant master artisans with Germany being particularly well represented in high end woodwork. Herter Brothers, which arguably made the very best in high-end Victorian furniture, almost exclusively employed German immigrant master cabinet makers even enticing them to come over to America for higher wages than back home. The Pedretti family was from Italy and were supreme artists in ceiling and wall fresco work. After embellishing the opulent mansion of Dry Good tycoon A.T. Steward in NYC, they moved on to a commission in Cincinnati, OH and like the town so well they took up residence there. A number of Cincinnati’s finest Victorian era mansions feature their exquisite work. While the number of top tier artisans is much fewer today than a century ago, they still exist for those who can afford them.

      • Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

        I have no idea! I am sure it took a very long time to complete. There aren’t as many true craftsmen around with these trades left. I am sure its hard to find and VERY expensive.

        This home wouldn’t be worth this much if it weren’t San Fransisco.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Well, it is a bit sad to say, as nice and crazy as the $28M San Francisco house is, the $1.2M Berkeley house is nice, but is actually just about average for around here. Although that one is a nice example, $1M+ houses are about as expected for a good part of Berkeley and adjacent areas as far as “average” goes.

  40. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    This still has some life left in it. It needs some back dating updates, but it a cool house.


    It the woodwork original? It looks too perfect.


    Love the old stove…in the living room?


    Interesting place.


    There is one adorable bath in there! Some more charm under the decor.




    Love this. Some of the rooms are dark, but it could be the photographers filter. I LOVE the old mail cabinet.


    I kinda dig the toile dining room. The vanity is interesting.


  41. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    May not be posting today, need to catch up!

    Saw this one in my searches. I wondered why was it so cheap?! Then I saw the aerial view. Just glad it wasn’t paved over! I can live by railroads, Main Streets, airports even but not Interstate 75.


    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape

      Gosh darn it this is horse alley!!! I want it. Although my husband would not be able to handle the traffic noise nor would my therapy clients.

  42. lara janelara jane says: 484 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The Rial Niles Italianate cottage in Baxter Springs, Kansas is back up FSBO:

    If it were closer to Joplin I would’ve already made an inquiry. It needs so much love but the potential is there for it to be as amazing as it was in 1870.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape

      What a beauty. Is the roof caving in or is picture #2 just taken at a weird angle? So sad it has fallen to such disrepair.

  43. paul says: 9 comments

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/1752-8th-Avenue-Wellborn-FL-32094-MLS-93723 this is an amazing looking property with great history behind it

  44. Dyna says: 1 comments

    Our home is for sale. My husband’s ancestors built this house in 1910. Augusta is a small, quiet farming community in west-central Illinois. We are 35 miles east of the Mississippi River; approximately 250 miles southwest of Chicago (4 lane almost all the way, plus Amtrak within 35 miles of the house); Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL is 35 miles one way and Quincy University and John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL 40 miles the other direction; St. Louis is 150 miles away; we are located in a tri-state area of IL, MO, and IA.

  45. Cora says: 2059 comments

    *LOVE* The staircase gets me every time! Oh…what a beauty this must have been, and hopefully will be again someday:

    249 Point Rd
    $160,000 | 7 Bed • 4 Bath

  46. Heidi Tungesvick says: 3 comments

    House history, beautiful photos including “before and afters”!

  47. April Sochia says: 2 comments

    This one has been for sale in my town for awhile. I love walking by it. It needs a lot of work!

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