May 27, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 5/27/16 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 113 Comments
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Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. If you share houses for sale, link to a site like Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin; no hidden listings that you have to login to view. To share just paste the link in the comment box below, no codes needed. Keep the links to a minimum of 5 per post (as in per post not per person.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. This particular one is a postcard from 1909 in Hustisford, Wisconsin of Haide and Ferdinand Moritz home. It is still there (at the North end of North Ridge Street) but no street view to show you. Thanks to Rachel Shoemaker of Oklahoma Houses by Mail for letting me know this is a William Radford design. The same design was posted last week in Stafford, KS. Check out one of his planbooks, The Radford American Homes, page 156 and 157 show this particular design.

Married March 1909, Ferdinand was 44 and Haide was 23. His parents were German and his widowed mother, Wilhelmine, was living with them at the time. By 1920 they were still living at this address with 4 children from 1 to 9 years old. Ferdinand passed in 1927 at age 63. Haide passed away in 1932 at age 47.

Have a great weekend and have fun sharing! -Kelly

112 Comments on May 27, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. MonicaG says: 166 comments

    Stone Ridge, NY
    269,000 for 2 homes-1st – 1770 colonial – the 2ed does not say and I can’t tell. 6 acres
    Really can’t tell if there is anything original inside either. Maybe you all can help me out. Thanks.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/420-428-Pine-Bush-Rd-420_Stone-Ridge_NY_12484_M34728-88734#photo11
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u7XtK8wPsyA

  2. MonicaG says: 166 comments

    I was reluctant to share this with you because I want it so badly I’m seriously considering a life of crime. True story.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/307-Old-Mill-Rd-Charlestown-RI-02813/66061853_zpid/
    http://www.planomatic.com/63403

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      I’ll tag along, Monica. Super house! You can SEE history in the wonderful wide floorboards. Fabulous property too!

      The listing would work much better without the horrid filter adding too much color & removing depth & proportion.

    • Dianne Freed says: 1 comments

      Hi Monica,

      Looked at this house in 1976 before anyone had done anything. It had never been updated. Even made an offer but the owners that used it as a summer home decided to keep it. As it was out in the middle of nowhere it would not have been a good choice for someone with small children. Soon thereafter we found a much better choice in Rehoboth, NA where we have lived for forty years in our wonderful 1789 colonial. Out in the country, but not so isolated!?
      Just interesting that it popped up here as I enjoy OHD!
      DIANNE

  3. Sailor John says: 1 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10941-Buckley-Hall-Rd-Mathews-VA-23109/94140967_zpid/

    The 1830s Greek Revival “Hyco House” in Mathews, VA at 10941 Buckley Hall Road.

  4. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Litchfield County, Connecticut is one of those fantasy places for old house lovers where not too much has changed in the last 200 years and the neighbors would shun you big time if you put beige vinyl siding on your house. Here’s an 1803 Federal in the beautiful village of Goshen (just north of Litchfield itself) for under $125,000:
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9-North-St_Goshen_CT_06756_M38087-06054

  5. S. Owen says: 13 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/23619-Highway-64_Maquoketa_IA_52060_M77070-34013

    This is not quite as old as most Houses on here since this was built in 1966 but it’s pretty cool and is modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses. Sits on some nice property and is a fairly unique house.

  6. KarenB says: 263 comments

    I hope I do this correctly LOL! This one is available just north of Lexington and south of Georgetown, KY. I’ve been by the house many times and always wanted to see the inside. One set of owners had mini horses. The only drawback with this house is I75 is right out the back door and Georgetown Road is pretty busy. The house is beautiful, though.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3501-Georgetown-Rd-Lexington-KY-40511/77558825_zpid/

  7. Bethster says: 891 comments

    I was browsing listings in the Roanoke, Va., area and came across a couple in a town called Fincastle that I thought I’d share. The first one has had an unfortunate kitchen renovation, but there’s still a lot I like about it, and it’s a pretty location.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/225-Herndon-St_Fincastle_VA_24090_M66863-98024#photo0

    The second one is a church, and I can’t do the interior justice. It’s very “eclectic.” Even though it’s got a new bathroom I would hate in any other house, in this one it seems appropriate. There are nice wood floors throughout the living quarters, and plenty of cool details. The church auditorium has not been converting to living space, so that could be made into more living space or used in some other way.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/45-E-Main-St_Fincastle_VA_24090_M66873-29672

  8. Nathan Davis says: 46 comments

    http://www.seevirtual360.com/themes/52/VirtualTour.aspx?listingID=9673

    This one isn’t for sale, but it’s a fantastic house (though its no longer used as a private residence), not far from me, in Vancouver, British Columbia. it’s got some truly fantastic woodwork, probably due to the fact that it was built by someone in the woodworking profession. I would absolutely love to see it fitted with period papers, ETC.

    • Angel says: 1 comments

      I used to work across the street from this beauty.
      Although it wasn’t always this pretty. The owners had a ton of events to raise funds to fix it. One was a Halloween party. Which myself and three friends won best costume!
      It has truly been transformed. I will hunt for some before pictures.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I meant to pay attention to the 60,000th comment but it blew by earlier this morning. 60,000 comments?!!!! Wowzers! Thanks everyone!

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      Thanks to you Kelly. Your blog has become one of my favorite stops on the Internet, and the houses you share are an inspiration for those of us who are working on our own Old House Dreams.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Terrific, Kelly! Major triumph & well deserved. Hope you’re feeling better.

      I loved the story of the Moritzes & their house, but it was sad. Poor kids, so young to lose both parents.

  10. Sunflower & Poppy says: 50 comments

    This interesting 1790 Federal in Sterling Connecticut is back on the market again after only a year!! Doesn’t look like anything has been done at all and it needs some work. Fantastic historic neighbourhood — old rural settlement. Could be wonderful, but there is something wrong with this one in particular that needs to be sorted out once and for all! http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/719-Plainfield-Pike-Sterling-CT-06377/58120850_zpid/

  11. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    60,000 comments?! Congratulations!

    While I’ve been rather busy recently, I have managed to find some interesting homes:
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41269959.html – This partially converted church hall in Tregarth dating back to 1892 has a lot of potential.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40227276.html – This handsome mid-victorian home in Llanbedrog has a lot of potential too.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56716523.html – Anyone fancy a quaint old pub in Llanystumdwy?
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41883738.html – This 17th century manor house in Aberdaron sure needs a bit of love, but it has a lot of potential.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-32880630.html – With the right owner this manor house dating back to 1575/1585 in Bredon’s Norton could be even more of a gem.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-39744489.html – This 18th/19th century terraced house in Darley Abbey is nice and simple but still has a certain quaint charm to it.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41481201.html – This medieval hall in Llanfachreth is really rather special.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41840475.html – Or how about an impressive Arts and Crafts era mansion in Matlock? It’s just a shame that we don’t get to see any interior pictures.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40840407.html – Meanwhile at the other end of the scale is this charming little Arts and Crafts home in Ilkestone which is almost a time capsule home, and it has one of those gorgeous pink mid-century bathroom suites which is an absolute rarity in the UK.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54873341.html – This Victorian villa in Wormit makes for interesting viewing as it looks to have been ‘modernised’ in the 1930s.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40120284.html – Earlshall Castle in Leuchars dating back to 1495 has some very interesting ceilings.

  12. nailwhacker says: 9 comments

    A person’s home is their castle so why not buy one (besides the price)
    http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/chateauxforsale.htm New poster but have been following for a year, thanks to all for their posts, I look forward to new old house posts.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Some of those are offered for surprisingly low prices. However, dealing with the French historic-house bureaucrats deserves combat pay. Some beauties there!

  13. TelegramRome says: 8 comments

    Happy 60,000!

    So, I’m new around here! I’ve been lurking for a while but am just now starting to post. Already, I feel like I learn so much from you guys. Anywho, here are my links to share. I think I hyperventilated when I read “8 working fireplaces” in the description for the first one:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Old-Winchendon-Rd-Royalston-MA-01368/2098526522_zpid/

    And some interesting history on this one:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/30-S-Beaver-St-York-PA-17401/82771064_zpid/ (check out the mirror… it’s mentioned in the home description.)

    • ChrisICU says: 662 comments

      Great house – 90 acres makes it seem like a steal.

      • TelegramRome says: 8 comments

        Sure does. But then again I’m used to San Francisco Bay Area real estate prices, so anywhere is better than here price-wise.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      The first one is a knockout! I love the floor painting & the garden is just what I’d have if I could. I’m amazed somebody didn’t sell that grand mirror in the 2nd house; it would go for quite a few shekels, I’m sure. Hope a family soon lives there; it’s meant for one. I even like most of the wallpapers!

  14. says: 1 comments

    Here is a beauty, just listed in Chicago in the Wicker Park Historic District.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2024-W-Pierce-Ave-Chicago-IL-60622/62012229_zpid/

    Thanks for considering!
    Edward

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      The Pawley’s house is in an ideal location, wow. Perfect for a summer place. Robert Allston was a mover in the Confederate gov’t during the Civil War, mentioned often in Mary Chesnut’s diary. Looks like, as you suspect, it has had some “updates” but it still has an antique feel & it’s nice for me, as a history junky, to see where Allston spent some of his time.

  15. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Great to see a database of plan books houses is emerging on this site. Of course, houses designed by George F. Barber dominate the plan book field but he was but one of many architects publishing house designs and plans from the last quarter of the 19th century into the years leading up to World War I. (approx. 1917) Nice to see a well documented William Radford design photographed when it was new. Thanks for sharing, Kelly, and for the plan book information, Rachel Shoemaker.

  16. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 83 comments
    2000 Spanish Revival
    Eagle, ID

    Here is a nice one for you Arts & Crafts fans. Zillow shows it as off market but I’m not sure. I’m sure all of us have plenty of disposable income to be able to buy this with pocket change.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5771-Valley-Oak-Dr-Los-Angeles-CA-90068/20808166_zpid/

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Beautifully preserved & furnished — a history course in itself! For purists only, though. Millay is one of my very favorite poets, how fascinating to see her living there.

  17. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Joplin MO:

    106 N Pennsylvania St
    $295,000 | 6 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M83517-78413

    • Cora says: 2059 comments

      Interesting, Zillow has this listed in Webb City (just saw it posted on OHD). Love that staircase. The jury is still out on the bathtub. 😉

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      Those are both wonderful houses. I love the porches on the stone house. On the other one, there are so many fantastic interior details!

  18. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Not completely sure what this is. From the description, it looks like originally it was a depot, then a store. With the other outbuildings, possibly the remnants of a mountain community from a different era.

    Either way, I’d pay $40k for the view.

    Rt 17
    $39,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M46898-99493

  19. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    More in Gilmanton NH. 1790 again, moved & well taken care of. Good price for the abundance it offers. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/858-Province-Rd-Gilmanton-NH-03237/92815874_zpid/

    Some nice paneling here, across from the brick house Kelly put up. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-Province-Rd-Gilmanton-NH-03237/92807451_zpid/

  20. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    You weren’t kidding about the animals! Who is hunting who on that staircase? I kind of like that peeling paint look though. 🙂

  21. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the paint was new and given that look for effect. Very steampunk looking interiors. Maybe a little overdone on the taxidermy, but I love the overall atmospheric effect. It kind of reminds me of Drayton Hall where (if my memory serves me right) they haven’t painted in more than a century.

  22. Bethster says: 891 comments

    Today I came across the house in the link, referred to as the historic Duncan home. It’s in Massillon, Ohio, and was built between 1922 and 1925; the home’s architect was Ed Hermann. Even though it’s reportedly been “completely restored/remodeled over the years,” the only thing I’d have to change right away is the kitchen area, which is a clashing mix of pale grayish tile (which I like), white cabinets, wood cabinets with black trim, and a black cabinet or two, with the cooking area oddly separated from the rest of the room. Otherwise I love it, even its rather dull, stocky exterior. I’d probably repaint the red trim a 1930s green.

    https://www.redfin.com/OH/Massillon/217-4th-St-NE-44646/home/66536487

  23. Cora says: 2059 comments

    So many details about this one that are original. It’s been a bit neglected, but at least not stripped of it’s dignity. Love the staircase and the unique high cabinets in the kitchen.

    1955 Clay St
    $95,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M71075-04421

  24. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Sharing again because they’ve cut the price. It was already cheap. Seeing a house like this sit empty is worrisome.

    724 N 5th St
    $169,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M74292-95835

  25. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Norwich is arguably Connecticut’s best ‘old house’ city. There was a lot of money and architectural taste here in the old days, and it somehow miraculously escaped the Urban Renewal horrors of the 1960s that so disfigured the state’s other urban centers. The town could forseeably be restored into another Newport, Rhode Island.
    Here is a 1755 Colonial priced at $95,000:
    http://www.historichomesinct.com/details.php?mls=G10124523

  26. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Interesting house. But the animals, yike! I can think of more attractive ways of decorating, but people vary, lol. The description is fascinating & I’m sure hearing it from the owners or agent even more so. I don’t go for the scraped paint either — its early owners would not have had it in that condition; this looks cool in a magazine photo but it isn’t restored. I’d love to have a real-life peek at this place.

  27. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    Can’t decide if this one has enough left to work with.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/125-W-Tuskeena-St-Hayneville-AL-36040/2099218488_zpid/

    Behind all the stuff looks to be a nice home.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/202-Chunnenuggee-Ave-Union-Springs-AL-36089/114487168_zpid/

    LOVE the ceilings and all the wood. That tub though…
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1604-Gilmer-Ave-Montgomery-AL-36104/72825927_zpid/

    Not going to lie…. I LOVE that outside eating area, even though its not period at all. I want to keep the swing too.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/230-Felder-Ave-Montgomery-AL-36104/72798900_zpid/

  28. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Just came across this little gem and had to share it. Being sold “as is” http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1987-Beth-Eden-Rd_Newberry_SC_29108_M58376-71442#photo13

  29. MW says: 902 comments

    Full House house:

    http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Famous-Full-House-home-hits-the-market-for-7947743.php#photo-10145969

    More for the fans of the show than for most of us who prefer a bit more historically intact houses.

  30. Cora says: 2059 comments

    110 S Stonewall St
    $64,999 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M30384-38586

    6.5 acres in West Virginia, and a purdy house:

    67 Railroad Ave W
    $186,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M32945-81226

  31. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6425-Seaside-Rd_Nassawadox_VA_23413_M57764-06017#photo35
    1750 house that hasn’t been badly mucked up — an addition is even fairly well done. Does anyone know what sits in the basement in photo #30? It looks like a trough carved from a whole tree trunk, but why would it be in the cellar?

    Some beautiful woodwork in this house, and a family graveyard on the property.

  32. Cora says: 2059 comments

    House needs lots of work. Was quite a farmhouse at one time. 5 acres and some barns:

    272 S 1800 Rd
    $85,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M89758-85244

  33. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Very art-deco. 1928:

    910 S Evergreen Ave
    $142,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M77707-22641

    1890:

    200 E Locust St
    $199,900 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M82936-73779

    I guess it’s obvious it was a church, but interesting that the description says nothing about that:

    108 W Washington Ave
    $98,000 | 2 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M76957-61693

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      It’s too bad that first one (which is in Chanute, Kansas) has had every last shred of Art Deco obliterated from the inside. The outside is amazing! I wonder what it was like before? I tried hunting for old listings but didn’t turn up anything.

      • Cora says: 2059 comments

        Yep, I agree about the interior. I was thinking that *maybe* the metal railings on the staircase could be original.

        I would love to have seen the 1928 interior to match the exterior. 🙂

        • Bethster says: 891 comments

          I forgot about those railings. You’re probably right about those. I was thinking of the baths, kitchen, and lighting, and at least some of the flooring and interior doors….I wonder about the doorframes upstairs, too. I guess they could be original, but that style doesn’t look like it belongs in a house that was built to be so Deco.

  34. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    The deal on the house I wanted in Fort Bragg CA is kaput so I’m looking again. Here is the remains of a home built in 1870 in the village of Westport, about 15 miles north of Fort Bragg. Westport reminds me very much of the Mendocino I moved to in 1970. Sleepy, faded and right smack dab on the Pacific Ocean. They want $248K (!!!) but I’m sure they will take much less — maybe $220K as the place is an aluminum-coated wreck…

    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6374033,-123.7834411,3a,69.6y,335.04h,100.34t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syZ0qCp0z6O37NLrZABTStg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

  35. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Tommy, that’s a very picturesque locale with hillside views of the Pacific. I could see building an upper deck in the back using the existing upper window as a doorway, if allowed by local code. Anything less than $250K in California is a bargain unless its in an interior community or way off the beaten path. Rare indeed to find a place with pleasant Pacific views in this price range. As for restoration, you could take some visual cues from the surrounding houses but I would think making it comfortable is more important than making it stylish. Is the local water Ok? (I had pumped well water when I lived in rural Sonoma County and it was undrinkable and barely acceptable for bathing despite several stages of in-line filtering) Good luck with your efforts…I think you could do a lot with this particular property so long as everything else is acceptable.

  36. Gordon Perry says: 3 comments

    Looking for a move in ready & completely restored, look no further! Only one hour from Music City: Nashville, TN

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8660-Allensville-Rd-Allensville-KY-42204/115462844_zpid/

  37. Noelle says: 46 comments

    This is à nice house in Maine. Neede some work though..

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Main-St-Thomaston-ME-04861/84981257_zpid/

  38. Alice says: 9 comments

    I toured this house about 8 months ago and the price has dropped since then. Lovely little town, but not much going on there. Is this a George Barber by any chance? Needs lots of work for sure, but lots of vintage charm remains. What is that weird hallway sink? The agent had no idea either.

    http://www.trulia.com/property/3185834619-505-S-College-St-Mount-Carroll-IL-61053#photo-26

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Alice, thanks for sharing. I do not recognize this immediately as a Barber designed home but I do feel because it has so many distinctive details it is architect designed and the distinctive design was most likely sourced from a planbook. I think the late 1870’s date is off by about a decade because the details inside and out are typical of the late 1880’s to early 1890’s. One hears the expression “diamond in the rough” too frequently but that seems applicable here. With the interior cleaned up and the period millwork restored/refinished this would truly be a Victorian dollhouse. Substituting the drab exterior for a 3-4 color period palette would put the Wow factor back into this small but architecturally impressive house. It’s just waiting for someone to give it the TLC it deserves and for the price of a starter house in the suburbs you could have a real Victorian gem in all of its glory. It would be almost criminal to go in and knock out walls, rip out the Victorian trim, and otherwise make it look like HGTV’s Property Bros. did a makeover inside. (nothing against Jonathan & Drew but this house is too intact and unique for such a callous approach) A big plus is it is located in a local historic district so that means you won’t have a fast food joint or used car lot going in next door. This would be a house I’d consider myself but we are not currently shopping for our next home.

    • C.F. says: 37 comments

      I love this little house! Needs a historic redo and it would be gorgeous. I’m betting the hallway sink was right next to the servants’ stairway, for servants to wash up or aid in cleaning. The house I saw at 701 Penn St in Johnsonburg had a nearly identical one in that location.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Sounds plausible, although this smaller house would be an exception if the owners could have afforded a live-in servant/housekeeper. Maybe a boarder was taken in at some point or another family member? There is but a single faucet probably for cold water so the sink falls into the utility category. I’m certain there was a clear reason for it but there may be no one around today to explain what it was used for. It’s just one more feature unique to this interesting house. (the sink doesn’t seem original but appears to date from the early 1900’s.) I looked at the house in Earth view and it appears a storage unit facility is next door so not sure how all of this fits into a historic district criteria unless it was grandfathered in when the district was created. Alice, if you read this, do you have any idea what the large metal structure is next door?

        • Alice says: 9 comments

          Hi John and C.F. There is a furniture maker next door, probably grandfathered. I seriously considered taking this project on, and that business seems sleepy, not problematic, well cared for and respectable.

          As a single person, it just seemed too much for me to take on, even though the price was more when I first saw it, I didn’t know how much repairs might be or how much I could do on my own. The roof seemed problematic in places. Decorating, I don’t mind.

          My thought was that is a servants sink, also. I do believe that one of the upper rooms was a servant’s quarters. There is a back staircase.

          The town is sweet, not far from the Mississippi, some tourism there. College Street is the road down to a gorgeous ivyed campus, formerly Shiner College, now a historic preservation school. Not at all a bad place to live, if you can work from home.

          I ended up buying a smaller Victorian home in the town of Galena, where I walk 5 minutes to work each day. The place I chose needs little work but a some paint. I made a good choice, but still wonder about the house in Mount Carroll, and what might have been. It is the reason I found my way to this blog, which I enjoy very much! And check in often.

          • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

            Thanks for the additional information, Alice. Over the years I’ve professionally restored antique furniture and woodwork so having a furniture facility next door would not be any bother. The presence of a back staircase does suggest the original family could afford hired help. It might have also been a situation of an invalid or elderly family member needing a caregiver or merely the family had the means for paid help. (extended families tended to live under the same roof in the Victorian era) Intriguing house in any case with great potential.

  39. sbehrenssbehrens says: 15 comments

    Black Walnut Plantation is a Nationally Registered historic site, with the manor house dating back to 1790.
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/2091-Black-Walnut-Road-Clover-VA-23962-MLS-38350

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/615-Federal-Street-Lynchburg-VA-24504-MLS-294471

    Historic Bloodworth Cottage, built in 1776
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/23283-Back-St-Accomac-VA-23301-MLS-42233

    Aspen Cottage
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/7253-Northumberland-Hwy-Heathsville-VA-22473-MLS-98486

    THE GRANGE is an historic home built in the 1760’s.
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/31272-SEASIDE-RD-Melfa-VA-23410-MLS-42924

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/910-Grove-Avenue-South-Boston-VA-24592-MLS-59669

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/382-Albemarle-AVE-SW-Roanoke-VA-24016-MLS-826359

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/124-Broad-Street-Danville-VA-24541-MLS-53397

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/2546-Jessees-Mill-Road-Cleveland-VA-24225-MLS-376048

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/12275-ASPEN-STREET-Emory-VA-24327-MLS-361968

    The Haven: Circa 1794.
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/23454-FRONT-ST-Accomac-VA-23303-MLS-42713

    Original home built approx 1750, with the addition of an old stage coach house in 1839.
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/4412-Old-Buckingham-Road-Powhatan-VA-23139-MLS-1600223

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/14-KING-ST-Onancock-VA-23417-MLS-43463

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/715-Court-Street-Lynchburg-VA-24504-MLS-298649

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/18111-Wes-Gentry-Abingdon-VA-24211-MLS-54489

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/3909-STONEY-CREEK-ROAD-Edinburg-VA-22824-MLS-SH8622029

    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/150-Old-Stage-Rd-Stanleytown-VA-24168-MLS-128607

    POWELL MCMULLEN HOUSE circa 1800
    https://www.coldwellbanker.com/property/233-MCMULLEN-MILL-RD-Stanardsville-VA-22973-MLS-546138

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      Thanks for all the Virginia links! I am probably going to move there in a few years—but if I fall in love with a house down there, I may go sooner! I like that South Boston house a lot, but not quite enough to start packing my bags.

  40. SueSue says: 1130 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    A true beauty in Bristol ME. You are down near the beach and just down the road from the Bristol swimming hole which is just too cute. You are also very close to shopping in Damriscotta. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/42-Upper-Round-Pond-Rd_Bristol_ME_04539_M35397-99567#photo0

    The swimming hole.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g40533-d8453101-Reviews-The_Swimming_Hole_At_Bristol_Dam-Bristol_Maine.html

  41. Elegant One of a Kind turn of the century home (1908) with columns on a historical street in Walla Walla. Enter home thru double glass and oak doors.

    http://www.windermere.com/listing/WA/Walla-Walla/1025-Alvarado-Terrace-99362/29575979

  42. C.F. says: 37 comments

    I’m typing this from an airport, waiting to fly home. I found my dream home! Links and pics coming soon, paperwork is going back and forth to purchase.. Coincidentally, someone posted the link for it on this site in the past few weeks just as I was traveling to see it. It’s wonderful, can’t wait to start the repairs.

    On that note, I was waiting to post this link until I’d made a final decision one way or the other. On my last house hunting trip a couple of months ago, I went to see this gorgeous Edwardian beast [701 Penn St, Johnsonburg, PA]–

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1apjifigry3jxdx/AAAQ8GBcxCy1OeY1cLQmCMgSa?dl=0

    The photos are a mix of mine and the realtor’s. If anyone is interested, I HIGHLY recommend her–Vanessa Pichler [Howard Hanna Realty] 814-834-6777 / 814-594-0953 vanessapichler@howardhanna.com
    Finding a realtor in that area was a nightmare, and once I finally found her, she was fantastic. The house needs some work, but not bad. Lots of paint cracking off, but seems to be from 100+ years of paint layers, rather than from rot or damage. Back porch roof has some kind of wonky interior gutter leak in the corner, hopefully just a spot rip out and repair. Rest of roof was old, but could prob last a few more years. Some original decorative woodwork inside that needs a polish but otherwise great, some woodwork has been painted over [hate that] but otherwise looks in good condition. Lots of original lighting fixtures, that giant frosted glass bowl in the dining room is much bigger than it appears in the pics. Had an electrician go through– light switches worked, still had old 30s style outlets and fuses/knob and tube.. he said it wasn’t too bad, but not everything was grounded. He emailed me a very detailed report with pics, I can post his contact info if you’d like. The contractor was a total no-show, it was impossible to get any contractors to answer the phone in a week of calling. WES? did call me back and sounded reliable, but unfortunately I had just made an appointment with No Show and said no thank you. The town is tiny and the main st is mostly dead, empty storefronts, but the library was fantastic and I chatted up the librarian.. Georgianne? She was wonderful, and knew the history of the area. St Marys is the nearest bigger town, still small but has a lovely restored 1920s movie theater [Apollo] with the gilt and trimmings, a Walmart and a few stores like Subway sandwiches, etc. The people were super friendly and everyone knew everyone else [just had to mention a name], but it is a bit remote– over 2 hours from an airport because of rural roads rather than the actual distance in miles. Lots of countryside that is likely gorgeous in summer and fall [dead and bare when I went], it’s near a big hunting preserve so lots of trucks and guns. Still, you can get a 2 story 3 bedroom house in Johnsonburg for $8000-12000 [saw both on Zillow and did drive bys.. Not bad]. Johnsonburg’s industry is the paper mill on the edge of town, apparently it made all the paper for the Harry Potter books. I really hope someone will love 701 Penn St back to life, it’s terrific and has a lot of potential. Has a walk in safe and an elevator! The fireplace in the ‘drawing room’ is that wonderful giant, Tudor style where I could almost walk into it, and it actually has built in cabinets on either side. The big overhang thing at the front door was massive and looked like something you’d see at the Ritz. Coming down on one side, just needs a repair. Layout is great, big airy hallways, everything is very rectangular and feels like something out of Masterpiece Theatre. I admit, though the yard was a bit small for me and it’s too far from the things I need, I am sad I won’t be purchasing it, it’s a great house. Check out the original flat radiator in the basement ceiling!! Guessing it was to dry laundry in the winter.

    • C.F. says: 37 comments

      Forgot to mention, the strange massive plywood headboard thing in one of the bedrooms is probably a cheater cover over a fireplace. Wasn’t able to see behind it, it was flush with the wall, but that’s my guess. Probably because it was a little girl’s room and there wasn’t really another spot to put a bed because of the windows.

    • C.F., congratulations on finding your dream home!!! So exciting! If the beautiful Penn St Edwardian beast is the house you didn’t choose, I cannot wait to see the house you chose instead!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  43. Rachel Shoemaker says: 36 comments

    I think a 5 year old chose the colors for this historic foursquare located in Brady Heights north of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1133-N-Cheyenne-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74106/22156365_zpid/?view=public

  44. Bethster says: 891 comments

    I do too. Especially on the stairs! And the colored cups hanging in a row in the kitchen. I also like the blue tub and the bathroom floor tiles, though not the ones on the wall—I can’t figure out what the heck is going on there….

  45. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Something slightly spooky about this one. I like it:

    305 7th St
    $135,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M79299-14584

  46. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Even with 7 measly photos, this one won my heart. Seems a little sad but a little wood soap & polish…
    Curious about what appears to be two bathtubs in one bathroom.

    802 Main St
    $119,900 | 6 Bed • 7 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M77345-34384

  47. Cora says: 2059 comments

    The room leading out to the 2 nd floor balcony looks modern and odd to me. Otherwise lovely.

    802 Main St
    $119,900 | 6 Bed • 7 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M77345-34384

  48. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Horrible photos, but sweet little schoolhouse:

    1499 State Highway 161
    $25,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M34315-64258

    A 204-year-old house, with 204-year-old issues, I’m sure. Can’t beat the price:

    14 Maple St
    $35,100 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M39977-86476

    I love the barn rafters, last photo.

    127 Park Ave
    $47,500 | 5 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M36106-56523

    Hurray for the out-of-the-ordinary:

    48 Alden St
    $85,000 | N/A • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M33313-71638

  49. CPreston says: 1 comments

    Chance to own an historic steamboat era hotel
    http://www.mossyoakproperties.com/land/7209

  50. Cora says: 2059 comments

    House is odd but lots of character.
    Beautiful grounds. 1795:

    3654 Co Rt # 35
    $449,900 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/M32426-81263

  51. Heidi Tungesvick says: 3 comments

    Beautiful Craftsman 4-square in North Dakota!

    Zillow listing:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-3RD-St-Arthur-ND-58006/66886026_zpid/?view=public

    House Website with great before and afters!
    http://wildvelvetwellness.wix.com/sommerfieldhouse

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