May 13, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 71 comments

    Forget the dolls… I’ll live there! It looks big enough for two people. Add a small kitchenette, a bathroom, HVAC and BOOM… instant home.

  2. GloriaH says: 86 comments

    Another Kansas City beauty only one street over from the home listed by Kelly this week. I love the stone typical of so many homes in the Kansas City area.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54-Janssen-Pl-Kansas-City-MO-64109/2341403_zpid/

  3. ReginaKTReginaKT says: 60 comments

    I would love to have this as a playhouse for my kids! Too bad it’s on the other side of the country. I hope someone gets it and restores it so that other kids can play in it for 35+ years!

  4. SueSue says: 1160 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    I want it for Aloha Farms. How perfect for a family that has just lost their home due to illness.

  5. Arkham says: 72 comments

    That would be amazing for the people who are split between the love of old houses, and the interest in the Tiny House movement

  6. AnnaP says: 25 comments

    Just shield your eyes when it gets to the 80’s 😉 https://www.redfin.com/NY/Rochester/100-Edgeview-Ln-14618/home/72548495

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1188 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Wow–it looks like two completely different houses! Awful!

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      My question is Why? Why do that to a great old Tudor? If you like modern, buy a modern house. I grew up a few minutes from there. Quite a few great old places in the area, many now apartments, unfortunately, but at least they still stand.

  7. Anne M. says: 708 comments

    Here’s another gem from the McKnight section of Springfield, MA:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/145-Clarendon-St_Springfield_MA_01109_M49413-14252

  8. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Here’s a beautiful brick Italianate, with a belvedere perfect for smoking cigars or reading the Sunday paper, for under $25 grand:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/603-Walnut-St-Three-Rivers-MI-49093/74808415_zpid/

    • MonicaG says: 170 comments

      Is this sitting directly on top of plutonium?

      • GloriaH says: 86 comments

        The street view looks like a decent neighborhood. Not too unusual for these old mid-western homes to go for a really low price, considering what it will cost to bring them back to life. I noticed it wasn’t winterized and hope it wasn’t empty until it was listed. Getting those broken pipes repaired is such a pain.

      • Charles B says: 481 comments

        I think it’s the navy blue kitchen cabinets.

        • Jared says: 28 comments

          Yea, I just paint an orange gothic-font “D” on each cabinet door and you’ll have a Detroit Tigers theme going on. It’s about the right shade of blue.

      • Bethster says: 933 comments

        LOL @ plutonium comment! I wonder what this means? “PAS requirements and WFHM offer submittal information.” That could have something to do with it. Also, we aren’t seeing much of the interior.

        • Charles B says: 481 comments

          I bought one of these foreclosures myself late last year. There’s nothing too draconian in those requirements: there’s an anti-flip clause (if I sell it for more than five times what I paid for it within six months, the seller gets a percentage of the difference); and an owner-occupancy clause (I agreed to live in the house myself for one year; only applies if you bid the first two weeks the property is listed).

  9. CherylC says: 9 comments

    Rushville, IN may be our best kept secret for historic homes and the courthouse is not to be missed. Here’s one example of a current home for sale:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/605-N-Perkins-St_Rushville_IN_46173_M34186-75441

    • JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
      OHD Supporter

      CherylC, we’ve talked about Rushville, and John Shiflet posted this one a couple of weeks ago. Like in many of these small towns, just a few folks moving from the city to fix up a great old house would make a big difference.
      BTW, this house was built before 1892, not c.1911 like the listing says.

      • CherylC says: 9 comments

        JimH, I’m sorry I missed John’s post on this house and the Rushville discussion. I only recently started following this site and I love it because I am learning a great deal.

        • JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
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          CherylC, no criticism intended – sorry if it sounded like it.
          I tried to find the Abercrombie house in the state survey, but don’t see it. The Sanborn maps show it was built after 1887 and before 1892. It’s nice as is but someone like John could bring back all its vintage beauty.
          https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/welcome.html
          You’re right about the courthouse, an amazing building for a rural county that hasn’t grown in 150 years. What’s it like to live in Rushville?

          https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-mcclure/2462749789

          • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

            There’s a bit of a mystery in the small rural town of Rushville, Indiana. Not only is the Abercrombie House at 605 North Perkins available but also 431 North Perkins: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/431-N-Perkins-St-Rushville-IN-46173/85690861_zpid/ and very nearby, 602 North Main: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/602-N-Main-St_Rushville_IN_46173_M37732-89407#photo2 All of these larger Victorians are within about a block of each other. Not sure what to read into that although some online sources mention a local drug problem. (meth, prescription opiates, heroin) Unfortunately, the problems of hard drugs in small town America has gotten worse in recent years. But its always best to visit the community in person, talk to the people, visit the local Police Dept. and ask about problem areas. It may very well be a coincidence that these 3 larger Victorians in a neighborhood cluster are for sale at the same time or perhaps there’s something happening that needs to be looked into. I can’t offer any more about Rushville because I have not visited there.

            • CherylC says: 9 comments

              Hi John. What do you think of the two houses you posted? I actually thought of you as we drove past the one on 431 N Perkins with its two shades of aluminum siding.
              There are many Victorians in Rushville and they rarely come up for sale. As we drove through recently, we went down some streets I hadn’t traveled and my mouth kept dropping open. I kept saying ‘I want that one. Wait, I want that one.”
              Heroin and meth are big problems in Southern Indiana and I’m afraid it is moving north. People no longer able to afford legal meds are seeking other means of controlling pain and cheap heroin seems to be making in-roads. I haven’t heard too much about it connected to Rushville, but it wouldn’t surprise me. You make great suggestions and I will certainly follow your advice when and if I ever find my forever home.

              • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

                Hi Cheryl,
                If I’ve learned anything new about finding and researching old houses in recent years its that one should never rely solely on online sources for information. Real estate agents are obligated to put the best face forward on the properties they are showing so unpleasant location details aren’t always mentioned. The reports of criminal drug activity is not sufficient to deter looking at a given house in a community but if the next door neighbor has two vicious and loud dogs chained up in the yard as well as all the curtains inside are drawn shut that may be a clue you would not want to be neighbors with them. I reserve judgment about Rushville to after I’ve made a personal visit there. As you mentioned, it does look promising in streetview. The housing prices do not indicate any truly serious problems as they are average to above average for small town Indiana. One of the aforementioned properties has been on the market for years at approximately the same price so that suggests housing prices remain stable. Worst is when you see an entire neighborhood full of for sale signs with all of the listings bargain priced. Folks seldom up and move from an established neighborhood unless there’s a compelling reason. Therefore, any conclusions about Rushville remain to be determined. Good luck with your old house search.

          • CherylC says: 9 comments

            JimH, no worries. Thank you for the photos and link! I don’t live in Rushville, but have always loved driving through town looking at the Victorian homes and have recently considered moving there due to the homes now for sale. I’m looking for a more open-minded artistic community with a vital small business economy and doubt I will find it in Indiana. If anyone has suggestions where a novelist/poet might find her home, I am open to suggestions.

            • Paul W says: 539 comments

              Cheryl , we have been very happy in Logansport In , northern part of the state. Close to both Indy and Chicago, locally you have wineries, an excellent trail system, numerous parks, The State Theatre which is a performance venue, a community theatre group, an arts district, a very busy local arts organization and virtually some sort of art or music event every weekend. Since we opened our antiques and period design business, we have met new residents who have moved here from Indy, Chicago, Santa Fe, Grand Rapid. Low crime and the city is VERY pro-active on the drugs. Kids still ride their bikes unaccompanied and we have found it to be a breath of fresh air and years of Urban Pioneering. Next weekend is our Preservation Pitch In picnic for Logansport Landmarks.

              • CherylC says: 9 comments

                Paul, thank you for the tip! You make Logansport sound very inviting. I will check it out. I’ll look for your antiques business when I’m there. Thank you!

            • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

              Cheryl,
              Although I concur with Paul W’s statements about Logansport I personally feel the community remains more in the “potential” category than being already established as a destination community to live in. I’d add Aurora and Madison in far southern Indiana in the same “potential” category. But on the plus side, old house real estate still remains relatively affordable in all of these places.
              Looking elsewhere, although the two houses we looked at last year have since sold/off-market, we were impressed with Jacksonville, IL. (which has FOUR colleges in a town of just under 20,000) We too would prefer a town with culture, arts, and creative, educated neighbors we could intelligently converse and socialize with. Jacksonville had that cultural vibe but among its cons are the higher Illinois property taxes and a smaller collection of historic homes than in some other cities. I’d suggest, since you already are familiar with places like Rushville, plan a daytrip to Logansport. (May 22nd, which includes a local homes tour, would be ideal) I also liked in Streetview the few Victorians available in Rochester, IN due north of Logansport. Those in Peru (an old Circus town) and Delphi, Indiana also appear worthy of taking a look at. The right house you want is out there; your challenge is to find it.

              • CherylC says: 9 comments

                Thanks, John, for all the great suggestions and info. The home tour sounds like a lovely way to get a feel for the town. Speaking of Peru, does anyone know how much that grand Victorian brought in auction that was on this site?
                My son wants me to look at the Irvington section of Indianapolis. He wants me to move closer to him. Logansport is even farther from him than I am now. But I also want to go West again, so who knows?
                I learned more about the Rushville situation. All of Rush county has an unusually high rate of rare cancers and there are strong suspicions some former industrial businesses contaminated the soil and water.
                I am learning so much about this state and all the little towns. And I’m very excited by all I’m learning from all of the posts on this site.
                I strongly believe every house has stories to tell. As I writer, I think I will find my muse in my forever home. She’s waiting for me. By the sea? In the woods? In a small city down the block from the bookstore, around the corner from the library, and a short bus ride to the minor league hockey arena?

                • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

                  Cheryl, I too have asked about the Peru, IN auctioned off Queen Anne but no one seems to know what it sold for. Interesting to hear about possible environmental hazards in Rush County, IN. I know there are also areas in Indiana where Radon gas levels are above EPA’s safe exposure limits but don’t know if Rushville is one of them. Since you are willing to seek a house in the Midwest region, which has so many great old houses at affordable prices, I think you’ll find your forever home without too much effort. Probably the most difficult part will be choosing the best house from several available.

    • GloriaH says: 86 comments

      I’d be fine with the kitchen and the bath so that I could move right in. My kids are older, but they would have loved the bedroom wall when younger.

  10. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Here is another one that is sooooo intriguing and lovely on the outside…but there are NO INTERIOR PHOTOS. Just makes my eye twitch. Grr.

    4312 Leeds Ave
    $425,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M61597-26806

  11. It definitely needs some love & restoration but thought you’d like the kitchen sink…
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/239-N-Main-St_Cadiz_OH_43907_M39190-43629

    I hope I’m doing this right….
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/319-E-Market-St_Cadiz_OH_43907_M45298-18670

    This has character…..
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/40200-Cadiz-Piedmont-Rd_Cadiz_OH_43907_M31504-73307

    Cadiz is full of beautiful Victorian homes.

    Then there’s this house that’s free if you’ll just restore it. It has great, beautiful bones.
    This Old House link

    Thanks for being patient with me….

    This one is in downtown Steubenville, which I don’t recommend….but I love that library!
    http://www.oldcolony.com/s/oh/jefferson-county/steubenville/43952/506-n-fourth-st/dmgid_97772809.html

    Have a great day!

  12. MonicaG says: 170 comments

    A dollhouse? It’s bigger than my apartment.

  13. Paul W says: 539 comments

    Thanks for posting the playhouse Kelly for Ed. I have been trying my resources to find a new owner I hope someone comes forward as I’d hate to see this demoed.

  14. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is a bit too…updated for my taste. Still a lovely old home.

    The STUNNING acreage, historical significance and original outbuildings make it worth sharing. Hard to find something like this for under $1mil anywhere.

    2492 River Rd
    $889,000 | 4 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M81595-16325

    • jeklstudio says: 1121 comments

      You’re right about the ‘updated’ part. Pretty..slick..too perfect. But the grounds? That’s another story altogether! The trees are gorgeous as are the outbuildings. A really great looking property, but a bit too ‘done’.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Doesn’t bother me. I think the house is nice — gorgeous staircase. I know what you mean about “too perfect,” but this house doesn’t feel that way to me. Attractive. You’re right about the property — it’s beautiful on the river, and all ready for serious horse people. Wonderful stables.

  15. says: 4 comments

    Hello,
    I have been following this site for some time now and this is my first post. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with old homes and have always wanted to buy an old home and restore it. Unfortunately I live overseas now, so it probably won’t happen, but when I come home I just love observing the old homes when I drive around. This site allows me to look inside similar homes, a real treat and dream come true.
    I have learned a lot from your comments and thank you and especially Kelly for all of your insights and hard work.

    Here are some homes that are located near where I grew up in Upstate NY. (I hope the links will post correctly).

    I think it is just beautiful. And the pond! (Sigh…)
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/219-Mendon-Center-Rd_Pittsford_NY_14534_M36330-61606#photo7

    I love how this one has been restored. The stove is something else.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/73-S-Main-St_Pittsford_NY_14534_M44989-01543#photo0

    This house has some interesting features (scroll down to the lower pictures). And a view of the Erie Canal.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/70-Mitchell-Rd_Pittsford_NY_14534_M48465-83340

    Have a great weekend!

    • PhyllisPhyllis says: 44 comments

      That staircase is so beautiful. Lovely property.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Yow, Astar! I grew up in Pittsford — we lived in an old house in the village on Monroe. I’m going there in Oct. to my mmmphth high school reunion. I know all those houses. Pittsford is so full of wonderful antique places & has done a terrific job of preserving local farms, so as much as possible of the historic atmosphere remains. I used to drive past the Mitchell Rd. house & wish I lived there — or in the beautiful Greek Revival across the road, for which the listed one was the original carriage house. Thanks for putting these up!

  16. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    Some Illinois listings:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/208-N-Lafayette-St-Jerseyville-IL-62052/97916542_zpid/
    $80K
    The clipped gables are odd, considering the 1860’s style of the rest of the house. Needs more balusters.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/202-S-West-St-Odell-IL-60460/2098677014_zpid/
    $120K
    Eleven bedrooms and a chapel, but of course we don’t get to see the chapel.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/503-E-Center-St-Freeport-IL-61032/2098609847_zpid/
    $17K
    People are living in it, so it’s habitable, and it doesn’t look bad.

  17. Noelle says: 46 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-4-Mansion-Street-Coxsackie-NY-12051/2100703084_zpid/

    This has been on the market for a while and needs a lot of work not to mention money.. Would make an amazing house once finished though..

    • MW says: 841 comments

      Wow, what a shame. But price seems possibly crazy high for something like that that needs so much work. Is the location that desirable that they can ask that kind of price for something that is in such poor condition? It still looks quite salvable. But it if is let go to the elements much longer in NY, it might not be.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      You’re right about the amazing house this could be! Beautiful elements throughout — I’d LOVE to be able to give it what it needs. The front door(s) knock me out, gorgeous. I agree the price is startling, though, for the amount that needs to be put into this project. Wish somebody would come along who could & would take it on.

  18. DaisyLuDaisyLu says: 2 comments
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    Hi everyone! First time poster here! Kelly, thank you for finding and sharing all these wonderful houses with us.
    I’d like to share this cute house from the 1930s(including 8 acres!):
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1224-Ehlinger-Rd-Fayetteville-TX-78940/2099373600_zpid/

  19. meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 26 comments

    Well, not an old house, but interesting nonetheless – a 1936 grist mill http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/atq/5583919924.html

    • Jared says: 28 comments

      That’s pretty cool! I wonder if the whole thing was always powered by that straight-8 (diesel?) motor or if that was added later?

    • MW says: 841 comments

      That is cool. Love that it still has all the old equipment in it. Looks like it could be fired up and put back in action without too much effort.

    • meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 26 comments

      It kind of makes one wonder if anyone even has the know-how to get such a place up and running again, especially since it seems the current owner may want it disassembled and moved.

  20. EileenM says: 288 comments

    145 Clarendon St in Springfield, MA is my dream house. Love all of the rich, dark wood and the fabulous entry and staircase. Than you for posting it. I can dream……

    • MW says: 841 comments

      That does look like a very nice house, especially on the inside. Not super over the top fancy, but very nice and very comfortable looking.

  21. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Sort-of a clean slate. 1907 Farmhouse. Can’t beat the price…

    8145 State St
    $34,900 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M71533-89529

  22. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is the kind of listing I will scroll through several times, trying not to miss a single, fabulous detail.
    PLEASE, someone save this home:

    204 Rapier Ave
    $180,000 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M77774-74045

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      The reason it hasn’t sold in 447 days is that it lacks entasis. Those fluted pillars in the mantelpiece, I mean.
      Seriously, does a fixer-upper in Mobile go for $180K? I have no idea. Somebody has done the usual sheetrocking downstairs.

    • PhyllisPhyllis says: 44 comments

      Sad to see this charming home in this shape. The price does seem a bit high, but I can only imagine how elegant this home would be properly restored.

    • JullesJulles says: 530 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Beautiful, beautiful home. It has that wonderful New Orleans vibe that you can only find in Mobile and New Orleans. Just remember they had those high ceilings for a reason. It is hot and humid there. I mean I was raised in Georgia and visited Mobile and New Orleans twice a year growing up and I have difficulty with their summers. The great thing in both places besides the food, great houses and great people, you can grow just about anything in both those cities. You can see plants growing on brick walls there that seeded themselves! If you are into gardening or growing a unbelievable lawn this is heaven. They grow St Augustine grass there and you have never seen a prettier thick and lush lawn and everyone has it. And the flowers are gorgeous and everywhere. If you don’t live there, make sure you go and visit but… maybe not in the summer.

    • JullesJulles says: 530 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Great house with a good feeling about it. I had to look up what an ARP church was because the house was a parsonage of the church. Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. They were the Scots and Irish immigrants to America before the American Revolution. So think of some of the first immigrants to America. Cool! There doesn’t seem to be really large denomination now but I believe they are a spirit filled church.

  23. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Every single listing in this area says the build date is 1941, obviously not the case. Hmm.

    Love the unique exterior on these two:

    520 Sherry St
    $42,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M83494-77770

    128 W Water St
    $56,900 | 5 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M87040-19922

    Needs the carpet pulled up and a few other things, but I like it:

    181 N State St
    $69,980 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M86593-00791

    For the superstitious…this one is lucky:

    300 Waugoo Ave
    $77,777 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M70056-49693

    • Jessica says: 5 comments

      In my town, there was a fire in 1900 that burned the real estate records from prior to that (or that’s what I’ve been told), so you see a lot of older house listings that say built in 1900. If you have paperwork to prove it was built earlier then they’ll use that date, but otherwise it’s 1900. I wonder if that’s the case here.

  24. Chris says: 625 comments

    Deep in the Nantahalah Forest in western NC is an old 1920’s Boy Scout lodge, Wayah Glade. The property is on 26 acres and if you’re an outdoorsman or woman then you’ll find plenty of opportunity. Chestnut paneling, log home, and with a big stone fireplace. This could be a special place. http://www.preferredpropertiesfranklinnc.com/index.php/component/iproperty/property/82-3759-wayah-road-franklin-52222

  25. Chris says: 625 comments

    I’ve seen lots of church conversions on here, and I once bought an old Carnegie library. But few would have the vision to convert this bank into a residence. At 16,000+ square feet it would be an ideal James Bond villan’s lair. It’s great architecture and I hope someone saves it. Think of the parties! LOL

    http://www.huntrealestate.com/real_estate/ny/rochester/35_state_street/551-5-r297635/

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      This house, when it was on the market two years ago, struck me as just the thing for a retired banker:
      http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/705-Washington-Ave-Evansville-IN-47713/77069742_zpid/

      • Chris says: 625 comments

        Tha’s a nice house Ed. But I don’t think it has the same evil villain lair vibe going on. If the place in Rochester were mine I think I’d flood the basement and have freaking sharks with lasers on their heads. Or, at the very least, ill tempered mutatant sea bass.

    • MW says: 841 comments

      That is a very cool building. However “FLEXIBLE CENTER CITY ZONING PERMITS ALL USES” doesn’t appear to include residential, at least they don’t list it. Given the only natural light seems to come from the front facade and skylight, utilizing that vast amount of height volume in the main space nicely will be pretty difficult. it can be done, but it would take a pretty unconventional, out of the box type of design that likely would still have even more limited resale appeal.

      It is a very cool building though and seems very cheap for what it is. The asking is only a small fraction of what it would cost to build it new in like quality.

      • Chris says: 625 comments

        MW, yes it’s a cool building. Unfortunately, this city looks like it’s suffered by urban desertification like most other cities in the 20th century. Fortunately, the move back to urban cores is already positively impacting many cities and I hope the same goes for this one. In reality this looks like a great retail space assuming a buyer has the ability to hold (and maintain) it for a while.

  26. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    Some might call this tiny house a dump and gut it. I see a gem that still has a chance. Brace yourself…it is So. Cal. pricing.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2429-Union-St-San-Diego-CA-92101/17065817_zpid/

    Grab a lottery ticket! Remove the ivy and move in! What is the black “thing” next to that AMAZING old stove? The original ice box is still intact too!
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/711-A-Ave-Coronado-CA-92118/17071729_zpid/

    Pretty…another lottery home
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1015-Alameda-Blvd-Coronado-CA-92118/17072744_zpid/

    Watch the Disneyland fireworks from this home.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/907-W-Broadway-Anaheim-CA-92805/25128168_zpid/

    • Chris says: 625 comments

      Hi Jennifer, I agree the house on Coranado is amazing. While not necessarily the most convenient from a workability aspect, I imagine if you have 16m to spend on a house it doesn’t really matter. Back when it was built the houses would be intentionally covered in ivy – part of the effect. I know these days we cringe when we see it, but that’s common to the style. Nice find!

      • Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

        It’s also WAY above the estimate for the area. Coronado is exclusive and expensive, and it’s a big lot so I know that they can kind of price it wherever they want. But I think double the estimate is kind of loco. My house had Ivy growing on it and it’s 12-13 years old. The damage that it did in a short couple of months makes me cringe. We took care of it, but it’s a scary invader.

    • JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks Jennifer! The big one in Coronado was designed by architects Gill & Hebbard in 1898, before Irving Gill designed the modernist buildings he’s famous for.

  27. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    Cute bungalow with original details. I dig the stove. Is the kitchen floor original?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/711-N-Zeyn-St-Anaheim-CA-92805/111419846_zpid/

    Unique property. What do you think that lighthouse looking thing used to be?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/322-W-3rd-St-Santa-Ana-CA-92701/2098674636_zpid/

    At first I saw a boring box… then I saw some details under all the stuff. There is still hope. I hope the agent is kidding about it needing a “new vision.”
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1917-N-Wilton-Pl-Los-Angeles-CA-90068/20808374_zpid/

    Is that a sink next to the stairs? I could grow old to be the little old lady from Pasadena. 😀
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/280-S-Orange-Grove-Blvd-Pasadena-CA-91105/63789347_zpid/

    I have to assume that there is pretty craftsman wood under all that white paint.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1460-Avonrea-Rd-San-Marino-CA-91108/20699000_zpid/

    • says: 73 comments

      “Is that a sink next to the stairs?”

      I believe that’s a planter box. 🙂

    • John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

      The West 3rd in Santa Ana tower structure was an antiquated gravity feed water tower and for some reason is still seen more in California than in other areas. Many of these old structures disappeared in the years after pressurized water supplies became available as did roof mounted lead-lined cisterns used to catch rainwater.

  28. says: 73 comments

    Jumping states a little this week:

    This one is a block over from Adam’s Castle, which I posted last week.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/911-S-Shady-Hollow-Cir-Bloomfield-Hills-MI-48304/24496845_zpid/

    Some lovely details still in-tact.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/379-School-St-Watertown-MA-02472/56373921_zpid/

    Around the corner from my old house. I have always loved this one (beware, kitchen and baths have been VERY modernized).
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/44-Upland-Rd-Watertown-MA-02472/56374140_zpid/

    My big daydream house of the week.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/46-Eden-Rd-Rockport-MA-01966/56959631_zpid/

    This one has been off and on the market for years now. STUNNING home on a *very* busy road.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2195-W-Maple-Rd_Birmingham_MI_48009_M32894-39904

  29. Chris says: 625 comments

    So many great things going for this one. Charming and large Victorian. Well maintained house and neighborhood. Blocks from a thriving Main Street in a very nice small Virginia town. College town so maybe that’s why it’s got a nice vibe. If I were looking for a house I’d definitely look at this one. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/116-Lee-Ave_Lexington_VA_24450_M55078-24532

  30. Allan says: 74 comments

    Here’s one for you from my native state, now known as the state with HB2.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/141-Fish-Camp-Loop-Rd-Newport-NC-28570/101985406_zpid/

    and also an article on the home;
    http://www.jdnews.com/article/20140621/News/306219938

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      It’s adorable! I would have thought 1930s rather than 1760 but as the article says, it’s still standing & the floors don’t squeak. Cool history. The price seems high to me, but I’m not familiar with the market there. This is a snug place with still a feeling of age.

  31. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Nicely restored. I usually don’t like this style but this is kinda cozy:

    429 S Terrace Dr
    $199,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M85114-44787

  32. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1893. Cool house – great carriage house…but, hmmmm…

    100 S Michigan
    $79,900 | 2 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M85322-61529

  33. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/82-Brookedge-Dr-Williamsville-NY-14221/30257826_zpid/

    Nothing extraordinary about the architecture but an interesting semi-time capsule.

  34. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    Yank those home depot sinks… a few other changes. Good to go.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4351-W-Church-St-Farmville-NC-27828/80900583_zpid/

    • Chris says: 625 comments

      Nice house but when I looked up Pierre Bernard (The Great Oom) I think I found out about one of the most interesting people in 20th century America. What an interesting tale! http://mentalfloss.com/article/30101/americas-first-yoga-scandal

      • Demerese says: 2 comments

        Hi Chris……yes it is a wonderful tale….how it has not been made into a movie escapes me as Pierre Bernard was quite the character…and his wife Blanch was a raving beauty and interior decorator in her day….She practiced and instructed Yoga up until about a year before her death in 1980. Those who I have spoken with remembered how much of a fixture and Grande Dame she was about Nyack.

  35. Chris says: 625 comments

    Here’s an unusual mid-century find. The architecture feels International, but the interior finishes don’t really complete the look. But I think it could be something with the right touch. Sometimes I like an over-the-top house covered in details and then other times I like the simplicity of this one. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/md/lavale/12612-henry-drive-southwest/pid_9806/#

  36. Chris says: 625 comments

    Like one giant man-cave, this is a guy’s house. Other than not being able to find the front door this is a cool find. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/175-Bobcat-Ln_Ligonier_PA_15658_M43633-19209

  37. Francesca Passeri says: 1 comments

    Here is a link to the listing for my very own early Floridian house in Fort Myers, FL
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3329-Edgewood-Ave_Fort-Myers_FL_33916_M59677-18486

    The house was constructed prior to the use of plaster and all ceiling and walls are all beadboard. Ten foot ceilings throughout and a massive walk-up attic give this house a tremendous presence on the double lot. This is very hard to capture in the photos. I am selling the house to purchase another 1920’s house in the same neighborhood but with river frontage. Can you give me some exposure to old house junkies to make my dream come true?!!

  38. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I have about 30 houses bookmarked…just never have time to share them all. Here’s a few.

    This one seems like a total steal, though I’ve not checked out the neighborhood:

    907 S 5th St
    $59,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M31812-58430

    Cute, needs some polish:

    21 S Lafayette St
    $64,500 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M40896-84197

    The staircase, the built-ins, the tower…all the stuff we love:

    714 N Meridian St
    $120,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M41644-16933

    1880: Very large, grand Victorian home in a little town, appears to be a package deal with some older unique buildings on the property. Would like to know the house history:

    122 S Anderson St
    $129,900 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M46174-41203

  39. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    A few more that are shareworthy:

    276 W Main St
    $130,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M44938-03660

    208 Christian St
    $279,900 | 6 Bed • 7 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M40924-79143

    644 Henderson Ave
    $188,700 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M48981-72855

    Exterior only, but very intriguing:

    196 Prospect St
    $111,000 | 6 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M65496-86065

  40. Jami says: 1 comments

    Extraordinary 1907 American Foursquare home.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5-Circle-Dr_Mc-Gill_NV_89318_M12295-42343
    Contact : Jami -Keller Williams Realty 775-289-2814

  41. says: 73 comments

    John Shiflet’s comment about Beason, IL not having any grand old homes got me looking around the area. Lincoln, IL isn’t too far away, and looking at listings, I found this. Massive Greek-ish columns, Italianate staircase, Queen Anne and/or Shingle two-story rounded bay… Quarter and a coke if you can pin down the architectural style; Go!

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/227-N-Logan-St_Lincoln_IL_62656_M89646-17724#photo0

  42. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This one finally has interior pics. It’s Miss Havisham kind of creepy but somewhere in there could be an awesome home…pretty sure. 🙂

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/715-North-Rankin-St-Natchez-MS-39120/2099381224_zpid/

  43. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    Had to share this property because of the provenance related to old Hollywood. Very unique multi-family property with original features. Wonder if it has a chance of survival in the hot LA real estate market…
    
    1328 N Formosa Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20792958_zpid

    • Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

      Adorable! I love it. I really hope it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

    • Chris says: 625 comments

      This property has been on the market at least a few times in the past years. It’s a beautiful property and just as charming in person. It would be a nice dream that it stays like it is. Would need someone with deep pockets who likes Hollywood history than profits.

  44. christopher brisson says: 6 comments

    Hi Kelly!

    I am currently searching for property in North Carolina and this past week came across two homes under 75k both of which have charmingly unorthodox exteriors. I thought your readers would be interested in these quirky finds.

    The first house is located at 926 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/926-N-Main-St-Salisbury-NC-28144/113760712_zpid/

    The second house is located at 111 W Pope St,Dunn, NC 28334:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/111-W-Pope-St-Dunn-NC-28334/71864474_zpid/

  45. Cora says: 2030 comments

    This is just an article about an old house that is fascinating. I could read this stuff for days and never get enough:
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1027750763971773&id=127457017334490

  46. RCH I says: 1 comments

    This century-old farmhouse is one of five built between 1910 and 1920 by a pair of brothers who build fine oak trim And built-in cabinetry into their homes, very unusual for rural Minnesota at the time. It has now been updated with care to preserve the original style throughout.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20491-Ostrum-Ave-N-Marine-On-Saint-Croix-MN-55047/2260451_zpid/

  47. Liz Cruz says: 4 comments

    Speaking of farm houses, we just got one in at the job built in 1825 on 1.6 acres. I love the large rooms & the bar set up in the Living room, very different. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1665-Us-Route-9-Schroon-Lake-NY-12870/30430944_zpid/

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