June 3, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Happy Friday! 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 where 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. Three glass plate negatives, location unknown. The date on the porch reads "1887". If you recognize this home, let us know in the comments! Have a great weekend! -Kelly

130 Comments on June 3, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Hard not to notice the addition to posts. I’m still tweaking the colors (sold should be red, right now it’s blue) but hopefully it’ll be easier for you to glance to read the status. Keep in mind the status may not always be right on OHD, check the links to the agents or other listings sites to see what they say.

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      As for the subject house, (an 1887 Queen Anne) because the date in the porch pediment is inside a keystone design and because Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State, it seems plausible that this is (or was) somewhere in Pennsylvania. The mode of dress also suggests this was taken before electricity arrived and was probably before 1900. The house is still picked out in period (probably original) colors with a lighter body color and darker trim. The porch looks original and is not displaying much deterioration which many porches of that era started showing after 30-40 years. The original roof cresting and (wood?) finials remain so this photo probably dates no later than the early 1900’s. The setting is clearly rural but smaller towns sometimes had unimproved blocks. Snows are common in PA winters. I’m not enough of a botanist to learn much from the flora. That’s about all my powers of observation can provide. It’s a nice house of the period no matter where it was located.

    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape

      This is so far my favorite vintage photos of a home Kelly. So clear and detailed. I love the winter photos too.

  2. says: 94 comments

    Here’s a nice one with an estate sale tomorrow http://www.zillow.com/homes/87-W.-Steuben-St,-Pittsburgh-PA_rb/?fromHomePage=true. And another right by me http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/214-W-Swissvale-Ave-Pittsburgh-PA-15218/11343742_zpid/, no interior pics for some reason, but I’ve been inside and it’s quite nice (all original grained woodwork on the second floor), with lots of projects to keep one busy.

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Meg, thanks for sharing. What is the neighborhood like around the West Steuben St. house? The 1921 date should actually be somewhere in the 1905-1912 period because the distinctive flowing Art Nouveau style windows were most popular at that time. I recall a similar house in New Castle, PA, maybe it was designed by the same architect. (but I could not find it in streetview) Pennsylvania is a treasure trove of old houses.

      • says: 94 comments

        John – Rather hilariously, I’m fairly sure this house was one we had considered when first house hunting in PA 6 years ago, and had since forgotten about. The neighborhood is great for walkability – nice homes lining one side (this one in particular has a huge lot with a big set back), with businesses across the tree lined street. We didn’t pursue it further since we weren’t fans of the corner lot, but I’m sure it would appeal to many.

  3. Lindsay G says: 556 comments


    Supposedly this house was built in the 1700’s. Is there any way of confirming this?

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Best to check old deed records, plat maps, or Sanborn Fire Maps. The interior square columns were popular between 1900 and WWI (or 1920 approx.) A basement inspection might reveal large hewn beams that could tie it to the Colonial era but the architectural evidence is insufficient for any conclusions. If the immediate neighborhood is from the Colonial era, it increases the probability that at its core, this could have been an early house.

      • Lindsay G says: 556 comments

        Thanks for responding! Yeah Manheim is super old but I’m not sure about 1700’s old. This particular house has been on the market for a little while now which is surprising since its on a main street within walking distance of everything. I’d really like to keep tabs on such a cute little historic gem to make sure all future owners take care of her to the best of their ability.

    • Lancaster John says: 847 comments

      This home could easily be from the 1780’s. Dollars to donuts it is a log home underneath the more modern siding and interior modifications — I can tell from the exterior proportions. Many Lancaster county communities have homes similar to this; quite a few in Lancaster city itself; several in Rohrerstown; several in Manheim. Generally they sell for modest prices. This area was fairly well settled by the mid 18th century. My own ancestors came in 1728.

    • JimHJimH says: 5158 comments
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      Lindsay, the state historical Commission has the house listed with log construction and a date of c.1800. It would be very difficult to date the structure very accurately beyond the biographical information – the owner, when he bought the property, when he appears in town and church records, etc. It’s old though.
      The local Historical Society owns a couple of them and as LJ says, they look a lot like this would with everything ripped off.

  4. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1106 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Where in the world do you find these pics Kelly? The same house in different seasons? I really like the one with the lady in a shawl, obviously winter time. Very, very cool.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It was a nice eBay buy. 🙂 Yeah, the two seasons. I wonder if they had taken more but were lost along the way. Wish I knew the location.

      • Pat Jamann says: 2 comments

        Kelly, the “keystone” above one of the doors is similar to the State Seal of Pennsylvania. The lady in the shawl reminds me of someone who immigrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, or maybe Romania. So, perhaps a town in PA with an industry that required a large labor force made up primarily of immigrants from Eastern Europe? I’d guess it might be 1898-1905 based on the square stained glass windows(We have a similar stained-glass window in our old home which was upgraded in 1901-02.)

        • says: 94 comments

          The square queen anne windows were common in homes well before then, mine is 1886 and they’re all original, and I’ve seen similar in even older homes than mine. Good point about the keystone!

  5. Lindsay G says: 556 comments


    I absolutely ADORE this home! I live very close to it and it makes my heart melt every time I pass it on my way to where ever.

  6. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Here’s a stone Greek Revival mansion on 10.75 acres, built in 1840 for a man named Myron Norton, patent holder for an apparently lucrative molding device used in the manufacture of “pine apple cheese.” It is located in the village historic district of Goshen, CT:


    • RJ says: 13 comments

      The stone Greek Revival is amazing! Love love it!

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1106 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      This house could really come out nice with a thoughtful restoration. If someone does that, I’d be happy to take those two matching blue sinks off their hands, lol.

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      Hey Charles, I was just about to share this one when I was scrolling down to see everyone’s posts and yours just caught my eye. I love stone houses and love that area of CT but this home needs major work. Hopefully whoever buys it (Zillow shows that 205 shoppers saved it,) will be a restorer and not a flipper or renovator. And, hopefully they subscribe to OHD and shares their photos!

  7. Don Richards says: 446 comments

    Here’s one in Waterbury, CT that needs some attention. Great location for commuting, but the city is still struggling.


  8. Lindsay G says: 556 comments

    Another one by my house that I’ve always loved from afar. Perhaps someone with some knowledge on houses built before the civil war can tell me why there seems to be sliding drawers directly beneath some of the windows?


    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1106 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      Lovely! A step back in time… Possibly the drawers were for storing candles? Quick access in the general living area, and shallow depth?

    • Brosia says: 73 comments

      When I saw the drawers, it made me think it would be a convenient spot to hold candles and a holder, for placing at the windows. However, I’m no expert on these homes and have never seen under-window drawers before, so I’m probably way off the mark. A very cool house in any case!

  9. nailwhacker says: 9 comments

    8 beds 8.5 baths 9,961 sqft 900k main house is 2 seperate deeds an carriage house

    3 beds 1.5 baths 2,546 sqft odd cottage style and for 70k but taxes at 10k

    4 beds 4 baths 3,374 sqft 2790k Arts and Crafts pristine home that has been featured in magazines

    6 beds 6 baths 4,519 sqft 260k

    4 beds 3 baths 2,836 sqft 205k 1930 english tudor not sure what was done to pics,
    they look doctored

    • JosephFortHill says: 416 comments

      Peyton Road pix use that new “Realtor Filter” – only this time they set it to “Maximum”.

      There must be something going on with that lovely cottage style for 70K – last sold for 183K?

    • Bethster says: 871 comments

      Ugh—those pics (Peyton Rd.) have extreme HDR treatment. Looks like they were painted over!

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      Nailwhacker, those are all really nice houses and you’re getting lots of house for the money but the taxes are crazy.

    • DenDen says: 97 comments

      Hm. The old root cellar reminds me of the old crypts way back to store bodies until spring. 😛

    • Lindsay G says: 556 comments

      Oh my god that first home!!! They’re all nice houses don’t get me wrong, but that first one has the absolute BEST staircase and wrap around open hall I’ve ever seen! And I love that little computer room alcove. I would just love to walk into that home everyday and look up to see that huge stairwell. And the fireplace in the foyer with the little benches is to die for!

    • Scott Cunningham says: 395 comments

      The Corona Ave house really does it for me. Great style in that place!! Downstairs layout very similar to my home. Took some idea pics off the listing.

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      Jennifer HT, you sure offered up some gorgeous eye candy today. Thanks!

      • Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

        Thanks! I was already an old house fan and saved links all the time, then I found this site. Love that there are people that are like minded in my love of old homes. Most my friends out here in CA are into *gasp* “master planned communities.”

  10. nailwhacker says: 9 comments

    if you like carraige houses from an estate

    3 beds 2.5 baths 3,260 sqft 340k Queen Anne sorry to say, painted interior but great detail

    4 beds 1.5 baths 2,651 sqft 209k original interior Craftsman but 8k in taxes

    6 beds 4 baths 6,269 sqft pre-foreclosure not enough pictures but it looks great and what a view. we all talk about high taxes but this one is 26k

    5 beds 3 baths 2,879 sqft

  11. Anne M. says: 891 comments

    Here is a nice Victorian with a lot of intact features:
    In the same town is this mansion built in 1921 for a member of the Draper family. The Draper Corp. manufactured textile looms and was the largest of its kind in world in its prime. Most of the house itself leaves me cold but the kitchen and pantry are pretty remarkable
    I almost forgot – the McKnight Historic District in Springfield, MA is having a house tour in a couple of weeks.

  12. FloridaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

    A Natchez Belle fallen on hard times. Can we report this one to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Houses

    more information about condition


    not for the faint of heart or wallet, however houses of this genre are usually over $1 million in this area

    • MW says: 906 comments

      Now that is sad to see. Looks like a recluse lived there, who was apparently into collecting ball gowns a lot more than taking care of the house. Sad for the house as well as the person whoever it was. Looks like the house has definitely seen its fair share of neglect and abuse over the years. But actually probably will clean up a lot better that what it might seem and be a reasonable house to restore. That collapsed corner is definitely troublesome looking though. The brick walls possibly don’t look at that substantial. That would definitely need to be considered before anything.

      Despite that, often these are actually the perfect type of house to get to restore. If the price is cheap enough for the area, this might be a pretty nice project for something to get into and bring back. Too bad the stair looks like it ripped out and redone in the 50’s or something. That is probably one of the bigger looses to the house.

    • JimHJimH says: 5158 comments
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      Thanks for Melmont in Natchez. Very sad for sure, especially since the family has owned the house since the 1950’s and the owners grew up there. Looks like the estate is selling everything there separately, including the marble mantels!

    • JullesJulles says: 535 comments
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      I was looking at all the items listed for the estate sale and it looks like the lighting and the mantelpieces are for sale as well. If this is true, then how long is it going to be before they let the house fall down? And I love the servants quarters behind the house. The lines and proportions are beautiful. I am so in love with this house. I would love to put it back together. Looking at Trulia, it is not a bad crime area although the houses around it are in a poorer section of town. What I can’t understand is why the town would let this happen. This is their history. Also why do you think the staircase has been replaced? What should I look at to see that? Thanks, I want to learn this.

      • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

        I’m guessing that the ornate staircase is still there, that the other one pictured is a back staircase that has been remuddled. If you are interested in more information contact the Historic Natchez Foundation. They seem to be trying to work with the owners. Many of these fabulous homes are tucked in neighborhoods that are now less affluent in Natchez. If you haven’t been to one of their Pilgrimages you should put it on your bucket list it will truly blow your mind.

    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What a sad but hauntingly beautiful place.

    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What a sad but hauntingly beautiful place. I cannot believe the things they are selling. Family photos? It is so odd in a Grey Garden way. I want to know more.

  13. MW says: 906 comments

    Here is a mid-century modern. House is nice and in pretty original condition. It is in Piedmont, CA which is a very nice, pretty affluent small town that is entirely within Oakland, CA but separate from Oakland, for those not familiar. The house is nice, but the real story is the video, taking real estate listings up a few more notches.


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That might be the most perfectly decorated mid-century ever. Way cool!

      I watched the video three times to see the monkey eating the banana!

      • MW says: 906 comments

        Ha, ha, yes, I didn’t see the monkey either until about the 3rd time! Then when I saw it I was like ‘what the heck?’, but thought it was funny, if not odd. I guess they decided to put that in there as a gesture that they knew that the jungle wallpaper in that room was a bit much, but that they’ll just leave it up to the next owner to decide what to do with it. Quite clever. Obviously the whole video was very well done. Certainly the best I’ve ever seen for a real estate listing. Oh, and the house if very nice too. Wish we could afford it! But it is a bit out out our league and I’m guessing it will sell fairly easily for more than asking, probably probably notably more. Piedmont is a very desirable town to live in for the area, highly sought after, great schools, etc.

      • JullesJulles says: 535 comments
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        It is a very famous psychology psychological effect called inattentional blindness. Go to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo and as it plays count how many times the ball is bounced. Then watch the video again without trying to count the bounces. It gets people every time.

    • Victoria Webb says: 134 comments

      What a great video! Obviously the realty company spent some $$ on that one. How cool is it that she changed outfits to show off the master closets?! I hope everyone checked out the photos, the staging is perfect. Gotta love the murphy bed.
      Really fun to watch, thanks for posting.

    • Bethster says: 871 comments

      That was fun. I kept expecting to see Don Draper dropping in for a visit with Pete Campbell. 🙂 I’m not much into Mid-Century but I do like a lot about this, especially the trees/setting. I’d want them to include some of the art, too!

    • Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

      I freaking love it! What a clever way to market this home.

  14. Rachel Shoemaker says: 36 comments

    The chance to redeem myself from my last post, a 1920’s foursquare painted in rainbow colors LOL, how about an immaculate untouched MCM home! Designed by Tulsa architect Donald Honn. Honn designed many of Tulsa’s Mid-century

    • MW says: 906 comments

      Love the whole house for the most part. Well, except that master bath is a bit much. And that refrigerator would need to be replaced. Those commercial units seem cool, but are noisy and suck up tons of electricity. For a house like this, they need to spring for one of the high end residential grade units that are far better than those old things.

    • Lindsay G says: 556 comments

      Now that is some home! I like the location too with it being right there on the river. And wow what a view from the upstairs windows!

    • Jennifer HT says: 767 comments

      I’ll take it! My dream of owning a restaurant is on.

  15. CdnJon says: 1 comments

    Do you ever post old houses in Canada?

  16. Michele says: 92 comments

    This house is a little older than I normally like but it is in great condition and such a great price I had to post it. I think Cambridge City is close enough to commute to Indianapolis for work.


  17. Elaine says: 95 comments

    I am SO upset! I just saw that the house of my great great grandparents in Eatonton is for sale. (She was the great granddaughter of Daniel Marshall. I probably should say A, not ”THE”!) I noticed the last two times I went thru it wasn’t looking great (it always had been picture perfect before)! I WISH WISH WISH I could get this, but alas, I’m still totally broke! This house belonged to my grandmother’s ”Aunt Gusta.” When her father died, she had the house next door built for her mother, on what was then their property. (That house was ”fixed up” a couple years ago. This is a beautiful street of old historic homes in Eatonton. I had written the historical society asking what had happened to the house, but never got a response. Both of these homes were on the historical tour that the society used to do. I had fun telling my granddaughter (she started in on geneaology at age 10) that this house belonged to her great great great great grandparents!


  18. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Brick Greek Revival for $48,900 (OK, the interior is in Webster’s Dictionary next to the term ‘Fu Manchu’s nightmare’):

  19. RobinC says: 2 comments

    Built in 1702. The realtor took the photos to appeal to a modern home buyer, so the amazing three staircases, entrance, hallways, and neat original details are not shown.


    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      Wow, what a gorgeous restoration and why are realtors so silly? Anyone who is interested in the house is eventually going to see the staircases, entrance hallways and original details before they make an offer and possibly get annoyed at wasting their time if that is not their taste. .. I hate it when a realtor isn’t up front from the get-go.

    • RobinC says: 2 comments

      The house is under contract, because some crazy people (us! Our Old home dream going to be reality) did see the three original staircases, the original waistcoat, the original paneling, wide pine floors, etc, etc, etc and fell in love with the house. What I oddly love is the 1950’s heated bathroom in the garage, clearly the lady of the house was not having that grime in her house! When we close, I will share photos of the features that old home fans really want to see.

  20. Cora says: 2064 comments

    We drove through here today on our back from the beach. This has been for sale for a long time. Love the exterior.

    401 W Church St
    $115,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    This exterior is even better. Looks like the owners don’t want the address given out…yet I see an address…

    4020 Seneca Trl N
    $129,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      OK aesthetically I like the W Church st house more and how can you go wrong for 115k? Do you know if it had been empty for a long time while it was for sale? I would worry about plumbing issues or infestations if it was empty for awhile.

  21. Paul Price says: 200 comments


    This appears to be an Italinate with room and ceiling size….then has a Craftsman style porch added on fitting with the 1908 build date. The woodwork and perhaps staircase appear to be Eastlake……then make one wonder just what criminal activity took place in 1977 with the kitchen remodel and fireplace…Could the original mantel be in the attic. All in all a space deal for 99K.

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      The cube-rectangular house form with the multitude of brackets/corbels under the eaves does tie this house to the Italianate style. Vinita is pretty old by Oklahoma standards with it becoming an important stop for the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railroad in the early 1870’s. I’ve been through the town a fair number of times and recall a large brick commercial building standing off by itself with an 1880’s date on its metal cornice. Otherwise, Victorian era architecture is sporadic. I think Vinita had some major tornado damage in the past?
      As for the house, there’s more than one phase evident. I think the original house with the corbels under the eaves might very well date back to the 1880’s. It appears there was a turn of the last century remodeling, maybe as late as 1908 but looking slightly older which includes the millwork in the entry and carved corner blocks. You can find many of these same details in your house in this 1900 Foster-Munger catalog (Chicago):https://archive.org/stream/TheFosterMungerCo.CCA114238/The%20Foster%20Munger%20Co.%20CCA114238#page/n1/mode/2up Because Vinita was a busy railroad town over a century ago, it was convenient to order millwork pieces from these catalogs and have them shipped in by rail direct from the factory. It would be interesting to see a vintage exterior photo of your house without the more recent changes. There’s a lot of vintage charm in this house and here’s wishing you the best if you decide to make it yours. Thanks for sharing.

  22. CC says: 2 comments

    Hi – thought I’d share my house now that it was listed with photos. The woodwork was already painted when we bought it but we found windows in walls and hardwood under carpet. We found plaster specialists to readhere the plaster etc. There are still windows in the front hall closets from when the enclosed the front porch but we used it as is so much I couldn’t tear it out.

    It took us 13 years to bring this back and the final touch was FINALLY getting at the maple under linoleum in the kitchen last week. We found a new project closer to our jobs so decided to list and thought you guys might enjoy.


    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      Very nice, airy and filled with light and I absolutely love the built-ins. Great job!

      • CC says: 2 comments

        Thank you! There were only 2 prior owners before us and the first owner did several renovations in (guessing) late 1920s. The sunroom with the TV was certainly a sleeping porch – they left the doors in the attic and I’ll confer with the house. We have most of the copper gutters in storage (taken off by last owners) we will leave with the house also (stored off property in case). The back entry not shown has the original door and hardware and a pantry with original cabinets. My dream was to have reproductions made based off them. The next project was going to be a front door made to match the back door.

  23. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Been jealously guarding this one since I found it. I absolutely love the retro decorating. Has an open house on 6/25 and I am hoping it doesn’t get bought. Hopefully it waits for me and I can get my CT ducks in a row and get this house!!! http://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/61152615_zpid/3-_beds/2-_baths/any_days/1_pnd/34.531449,-79.280091,32.256942,-82.795716_rect/7_zm/1_rs/1_fr/?3col=true

  24. Techynyc says: 1 comments

    Here is an 1800’s Stone house in South Kingston RI.
    Rhode island MLS#: 1118886

  25. ChrisICU says: 668 comments

    I’ve NEVER scene a facade like this. What style is this? American Vernacular? Saratoga Springs is chock full of beautiful historic homes – and usually with a high price tag. This one is no exception. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/149-Union-Ave_Saratoga-Springs_NY_12866_M42511-61346

    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Chris, the first thing to ascertain is whether the unusual gable/facade design is original to the house or was a more recent change. If it is original, then it looks like the builder was aiming for an exotic Moorish or Indian Revival effect but it was not carried forward into the interior design. Otherwise, with the triple window Palladian/Classical Revival gable window and other interior Queen Anne and Classical Revival details, it does not differ materially from other houses from the 1890-1895 period. Such oddball combinations in the Victorian era were sometimes described as an architectural “Folly” but more academically correct would be to call it an Eclectic design.

      • ChrisICU says: 668 comments

        Thanks for the info John. I would guess that it’s an imaginative update that was done sometime later. But it certainly took quite an imagination!

  26. ChrisICU says: 668 comments

    Kelly, don’t get mad at me, but I really want to show this one even thought it’s a newer house. It’s a great example that I’ve seen where a millennial home interpreting historic style, this time American Gothic Revival. I guess that would make this American Gothic Revival Revival. Anyway, it’s TOO white, but that was the trend when built. But this does show that craftspeople can build beautiful and well constructed homes today. Thanks for indulging me Kelly. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/619-E-Jennings-St_Newburgh_IN_47630_M43026-02013

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11933 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I don’t mind new houses as long as they were built to mimic old (there are a few posted on OHD like that.) Heck, the husband and I have been talking about giving up on our own house search and building an “old” house (we live in the land of subdivisions, GAH!)

      Needs color but it’s cute! They did a nice job with it, IMO.

    • MW says: 906 comments

      Ha, ah, weird, even almost all of the furniture is white! But agree, for a new house, the house itself is pretty respectable looking. It they had gone for more natural wood instead of painted for some of it, it would look even better. Love that 2 level garage though too, do have to admit that.

    • Lottie says: 369 comments

      I love this house! It IS white, like clouds surrounding heaven…:-) I especially thought it looked like heaven in the last photo of the bedroom with swings in it! Very unique home!!!

  27. says: 72 comments

    Warning: this is the polar opposite of what this site is about. I’ve been holding off on this one for a while, but… well, I think it might be time. This house has been on the market for a VERY long time, which can be attributed to one of two things: either its terrible location at a perpetually traffic-clogged intersection, or… well… let’s just call this perhaps The Best Example Ever of What to Never Ever Ever Do with an Old House.

    Come one, come all! Step through the Home Depot “Suburban Elegance”-series door! Bask in the glaring light of the (multiple) ornate crystal chandeliers! Marvel at the eye-searing perhaps-watercolor frescos! Become entranced by the world’s blandest granite-lined walls! Lose yourself in the multicolored neon light strip -accented 1970s porn red-carpeted basement rec room and whatever fresh hell they did to that room under the stairs that I can’t figure out for the life of me!!!

    I only wish I was joking. Someone took a lovely 1815 Federal (from what I can tell, at least) Colonial, and did… well, see for yourself what they did with it. You keep waiting for it to get better. It doesn’t.


  28. Chris Touchet says: 1 comments

    Check out this historic beauty available for sale now!


  29. ChrisICU says: 668 comments

    Last week we saw a house that (maybe once) housed a turntable for your car. (Btw, I found out it costs between 8-40 thousand dollars to put one of those babies in.) Earlier today I posted an American Gothic Revival Revival with a two story garage. Now here’s the ultimate parking space. How about your own motorcycle garage built originally for Mr. Davidson of Harley Davidson fame? http://www.shorewest.com/vp/ListingServlet?SITE=SHOREW&ScreenID=SLIDE_SHOW_LARGE&cd_MLS=2195743&pres_agent=&PHOTO_NUM=1 that’s pretty cool.

    The house seems very livable for a big house, too.

    On a side note, I once knew a lady named Betty who parked her motorcycle in her living room. But that’s a story for an entirely different day…

  30. says: 7 comments

    Not sure if this one has been shared or not. This is near my home. Very beautiful.

    459 Hudson Ave
    Newark, OH 43055

  31. says: 1 comments


    this one has to be close by to the one you just posted recently.

    Oh, these beauties of the old days…

  32. Cora says: 2064 comments

    Here’s one from the town I grew up in. The staircase is really the most interesting part…the interior has been covered up with panelling and carpet:

    409 Exchange St
    $72,500 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  33. Cora says: 2064 comments

    Not sure how to describe this one. Some of the original features are just absolutely stunning and a bit eccentric. Great price and looks totally restorable.
    They are calling it a Steinberg Victorian, built in 1886. Do they mean Sternberg? Wichita is the home of the famous and forlorn Sternberg Mansion.

    1136 N Market St
    $55,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  34. Cora says: 2064 comments


    42 N Clinton Ave
    $399,000 | 9 Bed • 5 Bath

  35. Cora says: 2064 comments

    The outside is so overgrown and spooky. The inside is just a wonderful surprise.

    66 Ocean Ave
    $769,000 | 7 Bed • 7 Bath

  36. Doreen says: 231 comments

    Sorry–I just can’t resist. The “Amityville Horror” house is on the market again. It’s not bad enough that they’ve had murders and supposed hauntings at this place, but jeeze, couldn’t they use the same type of windows in ALL of the 3rd story dormers? That might be what drove that guy crazy.


  37. Ian says: 27 comments

    Well folks, after a couple months of back and forth, we finally have an accepted offer on the house.


    We will be closing near the end of the month. Stay tuned for more info/photos.

  38. ChrisICU says: 668 comments

    Nicely restored Frank Lloyd Usonian home. Surprised a bit at the price, but it’s on 30 acres, has additional rental property, and the plans for an unbuilt FLW home intended for the site. Surprised that PrarieMod.com hasn’t posted this one yet. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2203-River-Rd_Willoughby-Hills_OH_44094_M33963-39229

  39. ChrisICU says: 668 comments

    The location on this house is so special. Burks Garden (also referred to as God’s Thumbprint) looks like a volcanic crater but it isn’t. It’s bordered by the Appalachain Trail, which happens to be how I discovered this area. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2376-Banks-Ridge-Rd_Tazewell_VA_24651_M57898-89625
    The house is charming and sits on a lot of acreage. Every view is beautiful.

  40. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Thanks for sharing, Shawn. Stellar interior in this house. I recognize some of the details from millwork catalogs of the period. The fancy carved door and window trim corner blocks were among the most expensive in the catalogs. Oddly, there’s a “Washington” model entry door turned with the carvings and moldings (with an etched glass scenic pane) turned towards the inside rather than facing the outside. Fine staircase newel and mantelpiece as well. The exterior is also heavily ornamented with “Eastlake” details. I think the 1,500 sq. foot interior space is surely off…looks to be 2,500 or more square feet. Nice restoration overall and competitively priced. 1890 looks to be accurate for a construction date.

  41. ica171ica171 says: 3 comments

    This is local to me. Two owners and it appears to have most of the original kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately it also has no yard, which is a common old house problem around here, at least in this price range. The build date is probably wrong; they usually are listed as 1900 or 1920, supposedly because a fire destroyed all the records before then.


  42. Derek says: 32 comments


    Built in 1925. Copied and pasted from Zillow: “Rare opportunity to own a charming historical home in downtown Carthage! Built in 1880, this Waddel-Larkin home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Home includes wrap around porches on upper and main levels, beautiful and original to house, iron fencing in front yard, large and beautiful 1.5 acre lot with creek in back of property. 4/5 fireplaces, master bedroom with original fireplace. 3 outbuildings.”


    Built in 1923. From Zillow: “Grand, Williamsburg style older brick home. Eleven-foot ceilings on 1st floor; 10-ft on second. Massive moldings & trim. Wood or tile floors throughout. Grand Entrance Hall, Formal Living Room w fireplace; Den/Office w fireplace and book cases; Grand Dining Room w fireplace; 4 large bedrooms up w/ two Jack & Jill baths. Second floor grand hall. Detached 2-car garage with rooms above (roof and rooms need repairs). Lots of improvements in past three years, including two new heat pumps. Huge attic.”

  43. Derek says: 32 comments

    Oldest house I’ve found yet, since I’ve been looking. From 1730.
    “Pre 1730’s 3 story brick colonial home.
    Beautiful original wide hardwood pine floors throughout. Fireplaces in each room with their own unique craftsmanship. Regular staircase as well as the original spiral style that goes up to one of the two attics.
    In-ground pool with pool house bathroom porch and kitchenette.
    Carriage house style barn with wood floor on one side with steps to barn attic.
    This house is being sold as is.
    Price reflects that house need TLC.
    Motivated seller.” $79,000.

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