June 24, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I know the last few weeks have been spotty with posts. The next few weeks will likely be the same. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

    • priscilla miller says: 35 comments

      The love you give to this site leads me to believe you are blessed. I pray that you receive the blessing you exude. May the lord keep you safe.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thank you priscilla! 🙂

      • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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        1802 Cape

        You do such an amazing job Kelly. I am sorry you are feeling off. I have Lyme and so understand feeling too tired to even sit a the computer. Thank you for all the care and work you put into this site. I hope you know how appreciated it is.


    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      No complaints! The listings have been spectacular!

    • Michael Mackin says: 2044 comments

      I hope you are feeling alright. While I do look forward to the homes you post, your health is the most important thing!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Feeling okay, just exhausted lately and I don’t know why. Even though all I do is sit in a chair at the desk, sometimes I feel like I need a nap and I haven’t even done anything! It seems to be on/off, some days better than others.

        • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

          I’m so glad you were able to overcome that illness. I was super scared for you and I don’t even know you. I don’t know if you understand how much we all care about you and what you do for us with keeping such a wonderful site going! I feel great knowing there’s all these like-minded people here I can relate to. I check your site daily and is one of my favorites. Just wanted to let you know. 🙂

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Thank you Lindsay, I really appreciate that. 🙂

            • JullesJulles says: 530 comments
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              Kelly, I know you didn’t ask for this advice but I am a fixer and can’t help it. So, have you ever heard of fibromyalgia? It is an autoimmune reaction that usually occurs after a illness. Your body continues to fight with antibodies even though the enemy is gone. It would cause fatigue and achiness in your joints.
              There is also something called Epstein Barr or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that could cause fatigue or Mononucleosis could cause the fatigue. You went to the hospital and you could have picked up a host of bugs while your immune system was weakened.
              Depression could also cause the fatigue. Depression can be situational, death in a family, change in living circumstances, etc. However, Depression can also be biological without any situational circumstances. Your genes would cause you to produce less serotonin in your brain than the average person’s which would cause fatigue. You would usually see depression showing up in other people in your family.
              Last but not least, if you are in your 40’s it could be menopause and all of its wonderful gifts. It could start in your early 40’s and sometimes as early as your late 30’s and your mood can be severely affected. Had any hot flashes yet? Do you cry at stupid commercials? Want to kill your husband for buying the wrong mayonnaise? Prozac started out as a drug to combat menopausal mood fluctuations and is a wonderful thing during menopause. All of these things can be checked with your doctor and if this fatigue has gone on for more than 10 days, you really need to get some answers from your doctor about it.
              Sorry, about being in your stuff about your fatigue but your health concerns me and obviously many of your people here too. I know that you wouldn’t know us if we passed you in the grocery store but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t grown to care about you. You have brought us so much joy and we can’t help but want to help you when you are feeling less than yourself.

    • KarenZKarenZ says: 1198 comments
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      Kelly, I know that you have gotten some good health advice from trusted people on this site, so I will just tell you that I have health problems that keep me in the house on too many days and that cause me insomnia too many nights. This site is the one site that I know that I can spend hours on my laptop while lying on the couch! I truly appreciate the day that I followed a Pinterest link to your site! You have spoiled me from just any photo of a pretty old house, NOW I want to see the pics of the inside, too! Thank you for putting so much time and effort to make this a wonderful break from the painful times. I really hope that you start to feel better each day and that you don’t push yourself to try to get more things done. We all feel blessed by what you have given us here, but we can wait for you to feel better. To be honest, you were going too fast for me to catch up anyway, lol! Take care of yourself~we will wait or entertain ourselves quietly!

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      Thanks for sharing chawk. I’ve loved the house in Roswell for decades. My grandmother lived nearby when I was a kid so I would visit the area frequently. Jimmy Carter’s aunt (I think) lived nearby, too. It’s nice to see the interiors.

      • Bob says: 9 comments

        Roswell was the home of Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Martha Bulloch, so I think the name of the street builds a connection to TR as well!

        • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

          Bob, you’re correct. At the end of the street is Bulloch Hall. http://www.bullochhall.org/index.html It’s now a house museum.

          • chawk says: 16 comments

            The two houses were originally home to members of the same family and are similar. The original Mimosa Hall burned and was soon rebuilt but as you see – not of wood the second time. It’s the only one of the big three (Bulloch, Barrington, & Mimosa) that is privately owned.

            • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

              Beautiful houses, all of them. First obvious thing about the Reid ones is the superb quality of materials & the fact that he didn’t cut corners — all the elements are lavishly done. I’d never heard of him — thanks for the info. Busy guy in a short time.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      The Buford Place house in Macon is fabulous. Of course, once I saw the scenic wallpaper — Zuber? — I was a goner!

      • chawk says: 16 comments

        Neel Reid did wonderful work and was often involved in the complete process from house design to decor & furnishing (sometimes even designing furniture)to garden design as well.

      • Scott Cunningham says: 390 comments

        Its either Zuber style panoramic, or a Tromp l’oeil that is superbly painted. I loved the conservatory/sun porch, a two story affair with lots of glass and windows for summer breezes.

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Oh Savannah, how I love you. That house is just exquisite and in an exquisite area.

  2. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Angelica, NY isn’t just a pretty name–it’s one of the most beautiful villages in the state. This is one of its grandest homes, its ‘Tara,’ built by Theodore Haight in 1847 and sold to Frederick Hartshorn before it was completed in 1850. The columns are boxed-in tree trunks visible from the attic. The lot fronts on ‘Park Circle,’ the five-acre town park, and is enclosed by an original cast-iron fence:


  3. Alice says: 9 comments

    A historic home in beautiful Galena, IL, just a few doors away from me. Restoration needed! http://m.trulia.com/property/3234725784-104-S-Bench-St-Galena-IL-61036

    • 67drake says: 1 comments

      Galena,my favorite weekend getaway town. You’re lucky to be able to live in a neat place like that!

      • Alice says: 9 comments

        I love it! I walk 4 blocks to work and lots of cool shops and restaurants at my doorstep. Very unusual scenic area, no place like it anywhere.

        • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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          1802 Cape

          I had never heard of Galena before but with your comments I went and looked it up. Wow, what a wonderful place. The scenery, the Irish Cottage Inn,the Belvedere Mansion, the shops, the quaintness….it’s beautiful!!

          • Don Carleton says: 246 comments

            Galena has important connections to U.S. Grant!

            • Alice says: 9 comments

              And Abe Lincoln as well. It is nicknamed “The Town that Time Forgot” because it fell on hard times after it’s heyday at the turn of the century. No modernization took place until tourism picked up in the 1970’s. Lots of nice galleries, shops and restaurants now, or I would not have moved here from Chicago six years ago. Visit us sometime!

    • says: 19 comments

      Galena is lovely! What a cute house.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Oh, Grant’s hometown! Cool place & appealing house.

  4. Nicole says: 2 comments


    There’s a ton of old houses in this area of town but this one is so cute and looks to have not been updated too much!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Rusty! Hope you have been well!

    • Victoria Webb says: 135 comments

      That is one gorgeous house, and only 1/2 hr. from Lexington. Thanks…drooling.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      A house built to impress — and it succeeds! The leading in the glass is very nice & the parlors beautiful. Big windows & good light throughout; I also love the doors in the house. Has been lived in & much loved. You could have guests & not find them for a week!

    • JullesJulles says: 530 comments
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      This house is incredible. The woodwork in the parlor and the ceiling medallion are so beautiful. It belongs in a much more expensive house. The rooms are large, have fireplaces and bookcases and just feel like a home. The lot is wooded and private and the area looks very nice with a college not far away. Sounds like a great place to live if you have the money. Thank you for the beautiful find.

  5. Lancaster John says: 715 comments

    A nice Victorian at a reasonable price in a rather charming college town in Pennsylvania — within 1.5 hours of Philadelphia and 2.5 from New York…http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/337-E-Main-St_Annville_PA_17003_M41808-21315?ex=PA590373465

  6. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Hope all is well for you, Kelly. Rest when you need it! 🙂

    Found this quirky old place in SoCal:

    13510 Jamul Dr
    $1,180,000 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      That front door with the carved angel is astonishing! I’ve never seen anything like it!

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      Quirky, yes, but fascinating. I love it. I could definitely live here. The only problem is the price. I don’t have a million to spend. I am in love. I’m filing this with “if I ever win the lotto”.

      • Cora says: 2030 comments

        Yep it’s pricey…but in southern California that may be a great deal. The view from the front porch is just wonderful. It really is a cool house with so many unique details to enjoy. I was trying to figure out if the last photo is a rug (not sure why they would photograph a rug), or tile? If it’s tile, and original, I’m speechless.

        • BethanyBethany says: 3323 comments
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          1983 White elephant
          Escondido, CA

          I am surprised this house is so much actually since Jamul is out in the boonies, a small town up in the hills with coyotes and rattlers for neighbors. It’s a lovely area but not your high prices real estate kind of town, if you know what I mean. We have some friends with a much larger house and 7 acres on a hilltop in Jamul and their house would be less than this, I think.

          • Cora says: 2030 comments

            Thanks Bethany, I was hoping someone from CA would give insight on the price. Over here in TN, this house might be $400k…so 1mil always sounds huge to me. 🙂

      • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

        California is a place that seems to bring out the artist in some folks. Hard to decide whether this is merely a residence or an art museum. I think the Victorians with their whimsical spirit would approve even though the house has unique details not seen in the Victorian era. The Victorians did have a deep appreciation for all things artistic, hence my suggestion they would have approved of this eclectic house. Thanks for sharing.

  7. FergusFergus says: 260 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    Given the recent political issues I figured it would be nice to look elsewhere in the world; anyone fancy a historic home down under? The Australian property market can move incredibly quickly in some areas, which is why some of these may have already begun to leave the market over the couple of days that I’ve been finding them. But nonetheless I’ve tried to dig out a variety of properties to demonstrate what you can get there, although suitable terraced homes complete with all that fancy filigree have proved illusive.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/8-stirling-street-wallaroo-sa/property-details-buy-residential-9873553/ – A rather interesting church conversion in Wallaroo, SA (South Australia)
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/12-right-hand-branch-road-walhalla-vic/property-details-buy-residential-9476878/ – A hotel/b&b dating back to 1878 in Walhalla, VIC (Victoria)
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/23-william-street-howard-qld/property-details-buy-residential-9459756/ – An 1880’s home in Howard, QLD (Queensland)
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/4-6-rivers-street-milang-sa/property-details-buy-residential-9971277/ – A former hospital built in 1910 in Milang, SA
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/718-tunnack-road-parattah-tas/property-details-buy-residential-9964213/ – A 1920s cottage in need of a little t.l.c. in Parattah, TAS (Tasmania)
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/48-52-prince-street-koorawatha-nsw/property-details-buy-residential-10021656/ – A former bank dating back to 1912 in need of a lot of love in Koorawatha, NSW (New South Wales).
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/1102-greenhill-road-summertown-sa/property-details-buy-residential-9994695/ – A former community hall(?) dating back to 1884 in Summertown, SA.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/166-spike-street-berserker-qld/property-details-buy-residential-10281732/ – A good-sized early 20th century Queenslander in Berserker, QLD.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/108-pine-mountain-road-brassall-qld/property-details-buy-residential-10204810/ – A 19th/20th century colonial cottage in Brassall, QLD.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/57-jutland-street-oxley-qld/property-details-sold-residential-10140674/ – Built in 1914, this Queenslander in Oxley, QLD has a lot of potential.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/451-tea-tree-road-tea-tree-tas/property-details-buy-residential-9727275/ – Dating back to around 1821, this Georgian Colonial home has a very picturesque location in Tea Tree, TAS.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/5270-midland-highway-elaine-vic/property-details-buy-residential-9998869/ – Anyone fancy the opportunity to convert a church dating back to 1909 in Elaine, VIC?
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/27-chauncy-vale-road-bagdad-tas/property-details-buy-residential-10092632/ – The amount of unpainted interior woodwork in some of the rooms of this 1860s home in Bagdad, TAS is stunning.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/67-gladstone-street-tarnagulla-vic/property-details-buy-residential-10137616/ – This early 20th century home in Tarnagulla, VIC comes complete with converted railway carriage.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/137-elphin-road-newstead-tas/property-details-buy-residential-8273020/ – Dating back to 1918, this Federation style home in Newstead, TAS has a charming entrance hall.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/191-george-street-launceston-tas/property-details-buy-residential-9548494/ – This Queen Anne/Federation style home built in 1900 in Launceston, TAS is as impressive inside as it is out.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/15-balfour-street-launceston-tas/property-details-buy-residential-7589560/ – Sticking with Launceston, TAS, there’s also this fine Italianate style home with a great interior and commanding views.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/5-hornsey-avenue-east-launceston-tas/property-details-buy-residential-10296007/ – This Californian Bungalow style home in East Launceston, TAS has a lot of potential.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/5-7-tyers-street-portland-vic/property-details-buy-residential-8569752/ – Currently being run as a guesthouse, this home dating back to 1853 in Portland, VIC, has a handsome facade and a nice interior too.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/28-montgomery-street-mount-victoria-nsw/property-details-buy-residential-10246057/ – This pretty pink Victorian cottage in Mount Victoria, NSW has a lot of potential, especially if you like painted beadboarding/shiplap.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/16-bridge-street-richmond-tas/property-details-buy-residential-8745484/ – Dating back to 1840, this large Georgian Colonial home has a wonderful amount of unpainted interior woodwork and a terrific veranda too.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/52-breen-street-quarry-hill-vic/property-details-buy-residential-10300946/ – Dating back to 1890, this Victorian home in Quarry Hill, VIC, has a lot of great period features, although its proximity to the train tracks might put some people off.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/17-glebe-street-glebe-tas/property-details-buy-residential-10046221/ – I must admit that I’m a big fan of the colour schemes used on both the exterior and interior of this 1880’s Italianate style home in Glebe, TAS.
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/1-cedar-court-sandy-bay-tas/property-details-buy-residential-10031536/ – This Federation/Queen Anne style home dating back to 1911 in Sandy Bay, TAS, has an interesting exterior and a gorgeous interior with numerous period features throughout, minus that one bathroom (you’ll see which one I mean…).
    http://www.realestateview.com.au/real-estate/singleton-nsw/property-details-buy-residential-9874401/ – I’m calling dibs on this 1860s Georgian Colonial style home in Singleton, NSW. Minus the pink room with the large collection of taxidermy and the blue bathroom it’s practically a museum-quality home. That rural setting makes it all the more gorgeous. I simply must have it!

    If anyone’s interested, the Historic Houses Trust of Australia has an interesting digital catalogue of old photos of many of their country’s gorgeous historic properties: http://collection.hht.net.au/firsthhtpictures/resbyfield.jsp?term=A+pictorial+guide+to+identifying+Australian+architecture&field=SERIES_TITLE&searchtable=CATALOGUE_SEARCH_PICTURES&displayFormat=TABLE
    Australia’s National Trust also has a very interesting selection of properties in their care that seem to be well worth a visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/explore/?content=places
    I also follow a blog that photographically documents many of Australia’s Convict and Colonial era buildings that’s well worth viewing: http://ontheconvicttrail.blogspot.co.uk/

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      Thanks Fergus that one in Singleton is spectacular.

      I’m curious, what do you think the Brexit will do to housing prices and taxes in the UK?

      • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

        The 1860s one that you like is the only one I could get to load, Fergus. Cool place except for all the dead creatures — speaking of which, or maybe because of which, I’m sure the house has ghosts roaming around when you least expect them. The property is really gorgeous too.

  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    A couple of places up in lovely Elgin, Il on the Fox river.

    THE most beautiful window:

    A nicely preserved “Prairie”:

  9. Cocoa G says: 72 comments

    Someone recently asked if you ever post homes from Canada. This is for them.


    Here is a 6 bed, 4 bath 1901 Tudor Revival in Pgh, PA.


    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      Wow that second house! What a bee-uute! All the wooden trim inside (and out) is just amazing. I could only dream of living in such a striking home.

  10. MikeE says: 322 comments

    A friend showed this listing to me, her grandmother lived in this house at one time. Looks like some updating has been done to the bathrooms, not historic, but not terrible either. Newer roof and sewer line, but as Ross would notice, the aliens have stolen the front porch. From the pics on Zillo, it appears to be in relatively good shape, and is a lot of square footage for the price, especially in a brick house. I thought that the corner tower was sort of unusual, not exactly octagonal…as for the town, it was built by coal mines and railroads, so given the current states of those industries, it isn’t much of a surprise to learn that nearly 1 out of 5 residents are below the poverty line. The town’s website claims to be recognized as a “Certified Retirement Community”, but does not say by who. Climate sounds nice though, not too hot in the summer; since 1941, the city has provided free lemonade to it’s residents every day that the mercury has passed 90 degrees. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/316-Hancock-St-Bluefield-WV-24701/22790568_zpid/

  11. Tashina says: 2 comments

    Seeking input from anyone who might know of a contractor who is knowledgeable about old homes in southern Indiana. My husband and I are considering purchasing a 1880 home near Columbus, Indiana but it needs A LOT of work. It might be a total gut job. I want to get someone out there to give me an estimate of everything that needs to be done. My heart is with this house but I’m nervous about finding someone to do the job right and help us restore this gal to her former glory. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Here’s a link to the home but the pictures do not show very well just how much work needs done.

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      Sorry, there ain’t nobody. I’m giving up on my project house in Seymour because I can’t get the simplest jobs done. I sent out a window sash to a highly-recommended “restorer” and it came back with a four-inch piece of wood epoxied into the bottom rail. (You don’t use epoxy, because it eventually breaks away from the wood.)
      As for a “total gut job”, don’t destroy plaster walls that have stood for a century or more. You can break half-inch sheetrock by leaning against it.

      • Tashina says: 2 comments

        Thanks for the advice on the plaster walls. It definitely makes me more hesitant to take on such a big project when we don’t feel confident with doing foundation or other structural work ourselves. I just want it done right but I don’t know where to go to get that :/

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      E-mail Indiana Landmarks and ask them for a recommend. 🙂


      • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

        Indiana Landmarks in not in the restoration business and they don’t know anybody in the business. Their referral list is what their office girl found in an Internet search. Try it yourself and you’ll get the same results.

  12. SydneyWest says: 3 comments

    Beautiful old Sea Captain’s mansion in Brunswick, Maine.


    Can be yours for the low low price of $1.1 million!

  13. Melody says: 569 comments

    Here’s one from Canada. Got a cool $10.9 million?? It’s only $8.4 million in US dollars.

    They call it “Toronto’s Greatest Historical Restoration”, but there’s nothing historical or restorative about what they did. Basically they kept the shell.


  14. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    OK this ’70’s architect designed home has so much of the original interiors. You’re either gonna love it or hate it. It’s a specific style that evokes a lot of childhood memories for me. Shag rugs, diving board in the pool, red bathtub. To many features that were au courant during that era. http://www.houlihanlawrence.com/property/49554141/7-sundance-rd-lagrangeville-ny-12540

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Brings back the 60s to me, more than the 70s. They went all the way with the furnishing & decor — “burnt orange” shag, yowza. It’s a little grander than the houses I remember but quite an interesting place.

    • Victoria Webb says: 135 comments

      Crazy for that NY modern with the large pool. The orange shag wall to wall would have to go, but everything else – shazam! Too bad the taxes are $13k.

    • Betsy says: 168 comments

      Its like a museum ! Nothing looks used or touched at all. An astonishing time capsule.

  15. Noelle says: 46 comments

    1810 house in Jefferson, NY… Beware of the trinkets. It looks like a fussy old lady lives there.


    • says: 2195 comments

      A pretty house – both exterior & interior, a bit north of where I grew up. Looks charming. But yep, absolutely chock full! A few pieces of which I wouldn’t mind having – a lot is quite nice, but still, whoa…

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      A beauty. It’s a little hard to see past the stuff to the bones of the place but it looks delightfully un-messed-with. (I don’t envy them packing all that!) I see a man’s feet & a cute dog on the back porch so the lady doesn’t live there alone. It’s a really nice house — and someone is a talented gardener too.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      How amazing it was preserved so well by the taxi company! It’s so full of atmosphere, you can feel the years & years, and what an interesting history. It would be very satisfying to take care of it.

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      I’m not quite sure why but homes in the UK seem to have a different feel to them even compared to houses of similar age in the US. This is pretty nice and thanks for sharing Noelle.

      • Noelle says: 46 comments

        I don’t think there are many 1726 houses in the US. Right??? Most townhouses are at least 50 yrs older and UK houses from 1775 (or so) like different as well.

  16. Andy says: 7 comments


    Lots of Illinois homes this week, this one (my home about 1 hour from Galena) is an intact 1918 Craftsman with lots of original charm. Prairie-floral leaded glass cabinets in 3 rooms, all original doors, many original lighting fixtures, original Bruce hardwood in most rooms, etc.

    • says: 2195 comments

      Another house where the exterior didn’t grab me, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw its interior. Lots of beautiful built-ins, and a sympathetic kitchen which doesn’t look like it was just generically plunked down into the house, no matter the style.

      • Andy says: 7 comments

        Thanks Cathy, that kitchen compliment is huge to this Old House Journal fan. We tried very hard to make it special by copying the cabinet style of the other built-ins with a custom walnut build, omitting the ‘toe-kicks’, using a salvaged sink, etc..

        Would you mind being brutally honest about the curb appeal? The house was for sale for an extended period when we bought it in 1998, but its a very small market area, in a town of 1,100. Maybe it will go better for us this time..

        • JullesJulles says: 530 comments
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          The interior is so nice as well as the exterior but the color scheme is a bit drab. Just a suggestion but put the red color on the door and garage door as the trim color. If you painted the mullions that red, it would really pop and show off those gorgeous windows. The other thing I might do is go get about $100. worth of colorful annuals and plant them in all the beds. I think those two things would not be cost prohibitive but would definitely perk the place up. You might also consider a pop of color in the interior. Just a few pillows and throws and art work. Sometimes you can have too many neutrals and that pop of color is easily changed if they don’t care for the color. This is a great house and you have done a wonderful job with it. I wish I lived up that way because I would love to have it. Best of luck and God Bless.

        • says: 2195 comments

          Ha, Julles beat me to it, as I was about to say the exact same things! A bit too monochromatic, IMO. If you don’t want to change anything about the exterior colors of the house, then some landscaping with areas of color is also what I was thinking.

  17. Tod Hicks says: 3 comments

    Here is another lovely upstate NY home down the street from me. Guy Park Avenue has some exceptional homes – this one still has its substantial carriage house with it – some others have had theirs sold off separately. The interior (with the exception of the kitchen) retains much of its splendor.

    • JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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      Thanks, Tod. A fine late 19th century brick home in very good condition with a large surviving carriage house is a rare bird, especially priced at less than $170k! It’s possibly a better bargain than the beautiful house on Academy for $140K, on the market for many years:

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        That one went off market for a long time after pending, last year I think. Then it recently popped back up as pending sale again so not sure what the deal is behind why such a long pending status.

      • Tod Hicks says: 1 comments

        Jim – yes I have admired the house on Academy. The tricky part with that property is location where there are only rentals (low income) in the immediate area. Guy Park Avenue has retained a good deal of home ownership and resulting neighborhood feel. There were a few other amazing homes on Academy which have been torn down – so sad to see but they were melting before our eyes. My home (1912 Colonial Revival) had been condemned and there was a fair amount of arm twisting to get it financed. It is still a work in progress, but we love the place.

  18. CharlestonJohn says: 1046 comments

    The best new listing in the city where the Ashley and Cooper rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean…

    The extant center front door to an old retail space is a fairly rare feature. The residential space would typically been accessed from a separate entrance via the side garden.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      What a GORgeous house! So many beautiful Georgian elements — I sighed more over each ensuing room. Well decorated too. Thank goodness for the undestroyed beauties of Charleston!

    • says: 2195 comments

      This house is… gorgeous! So beautiful & so classy. The ceiling medallions, the fireplaces… wow! I wouldn’t mind having that walk-in closet, either. 😉

  19. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Sure would love to get my hands on this cutie. Looks like a little elbow grease and paint remover is all it needs.

    18128 Beaton Ave
    $49,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  20. Imbroglio says: 64 comments

    The Nels Michelson house in Detroit was built in 1917 by a lumberman whose interests have contributed greatly to its inside splendor. Now known mostly as the “Gordy Mansion” after Barry Gordy, the founder of Motown, it is one of the city’s grandest houses. It is now back on the market. Besides the pictures in the listing below, please travel over to its website at michelsonmansion.com where more pictures and the house’s history may be found.


    Here, BTW, is a picture of the Olympic-sized indoor pool in the 1920s pool house in its origin form, now covered with a temporary dance floor:


    Don’t worry about access to the pool house or garage house in a Detroit winter: the buildings are all connected by heated underground tunnels original to the property.

    • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

      I love how the house retained it’s 1920’s vibe after all this years. Must have been a lot of love and care over the years. It’s been for sale for a while I wonder why.

    • Lindsay G says: 582 comments

      Oh my dear God!! It just astounds me that such places exist. I think my jaw was on the floor the entire time I viewed the pictures. It makes me wonder who the original owners were exactly…like what were they like in person? What were the parties there like?

      Thank you for showing this, it’s easily one of my favorites!

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      Sumptuous. It’s a place made for grand entertaining. Less need for that now in Detroit, I suppose. A beautiful house — I hope it finds the owner it deserves!

    • Cora says: 2030 comments

      Ohhhhh. Love.

      I’d say the $1mil + pricetag is justified in this case.

  21. David A. French says: 5 comments

    New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina

    The Joseph DeLeon Williams House known as the “Pembroke on the Trent,” is a classic Southern home built in 1906, residing on five ultra private acres overlooking 544 feet of the Trent River. Take a walk back into time, with features including 40 ft long and 12 ft wide center halls, a massive wrap around front porch, 2 run staircase, 1st floor master, double parlors with walnut pocket doors, 8 fireplaces with Neo-Classical mantels, massive attic space & more! Home has many original features, allowing you to truly enjoy a piece of NC’s history while overlooking peaceful Trent River views.

    NC Governor Abner Nash, Sr. (1740-1786) and his family are interred on the property which was the site of their colonial home that was later razed. It is said that the Yankees disinterred their bodies during the War Between The States and when the family returned their coffins were broken apart and their remains were scattered around the lawn. The family gathered their family’s remains and re-interred them in the vault. May they rest now in peace.

  22. Cora says: 2030 comments


    Do the little windows in the tower room open? If so, I would live up there.

  23. Mary McG says: 18 comments

    A nice 1908 yellow brick in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh:


  24. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Small town Nebraska:

    130 W Vine St
    $99,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    325 E Park St
    $102,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    311 N Columbia Ave
    $15,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    Have to look beyond the clutter on this one:

    441 N 5th St
    $225,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

    441 N 5th St
    $225,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

  25. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Two houses I found just randomly browsing. They’re not super spectacular or anything but I found them pretty neat at the same time.



  26. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Looking for love:

    1130 S Topeka St
    $22,500 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

      Thanks for sharing, Cora. I’m not sure how much demand there is in Wichita for flipped houses but this would seem like an ideal candidate. It has “good bones” inside and you can see the potential for greatly enhanced curb appeal with an appropriate period porch. (Classical or beefy square columns rather than the 4 x 4 inch “toothpick” posts) Nice millwork and interior columns are evident that need cleaning up. I’d hope no one would take the shortcut of slathering white paint everywhere but in most flips they do. More neutral exterior colors would also help. The back yard is substantial but needs cleaning up and landscaping. However, location is critical and if this is in a marginal neighborhood a flipper would be taking a huge risk on investment. For a single family, if the neighborhood is marginal, the homeowners could do the urban pioneering thing. Bad neighborhoods don’t get better unless someone is willing to take the risk and reverse the declining trend. Some neighborhoods in other cities have been transformed from outright dangerous to now pricey because a few pioneers were willing to stake a claim with hopes for a better neighborhood. A lot depends on the Wichita market which seems to be fairly soft at the present. Still, there’s a lot of formerly nice old house here for the money.

      • Cora says: 2030 comments

        That’s true, there are few neighborhoods here in Knoxville that are up and coming due to folks purchasing something like this, and making it nice again.
        Other than the two front rooms, the rest of this home has been terribly abused. I did see a photo that appeared to have an original door propped up against a wall- so maybe some of it’s “parts” are still there, even though they’ve been torn away.

        The reality is, I’m just a sucker for a charity case. I see that big, lovely old staircase and imagine how many generations of children ran up and down, or those big columns decorated for Christmas 100 years ago.

        At one time, this was someone’s dream. 🙂

  27. Cora says: 2030 comments

    The snow photo makes it seem so cozy:

    51 Rush Farm Rd
    $269,900 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

    Talk about living off the grid – this looks like the cabin Loretta Lynn grew up in! Complete with outhouse:

    2200 2204 Rose Creek Rd
    $285,000 | 1 Bed • N/A

  28. says: 73 comments

    Fair warning: really none of these are what anyone would call “affordable”. But they’re old, they’re fantastic, and here we are!

    This is one of the oldest still-intact homes in the area. The build date is, I think, correct (it actually may be even older), but it’s gone through a LOT of transformations – it started as a one-room cabin (which may or may not be the library-looking room in the third interior photo, I’m honestly not sure), and then… grew.

    Not too far down the road:

    State-hopping a little. Don’t let the siding scare you off.

    I actually like the exterior more than the interior, but… what an exterior!

    I’ve driven by this house a million times and never gave it a second look, as I always thought it was the parsonage for the church next door, never realized it was a stand-alone single family! Be advised: this is a Make-Me-Move, the photos are not professional. They’re also not… let’s just say they’re not actually all of the house.

    I saved the best for last. I’d say to watch out for sticker shock, but it’s in Cambridge. There’s no such thing as sticker shock, because *every* listing in Cambridge causes sticker shock.

    • says: 2195 comments

      OMG, that last house, the one in Cambridge…! Talk about details galore! Love the dining room, especially – lovely, & so light & bright.

  29. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    If the front parlor is now the Great Room, does that make the back parlor the Not-So-Great Room?
    Seriously, the Massillon house has excellent details. The only thing I can find to criticize is the stipple finish ceilings (you know I have to find something).
    The Reply button didn’t work on the comment so I put this at the top level.

  30. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Church and (spooky) Rectory:

    4274 State Hwy 3
    $89,500 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

  31. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Another old cabin. Cool old fridge and stove:

    13029 Kimballs Mills Rd
    $22,000 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath

  32. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Ummmm…gorgeous…and cheap!

    52 Wall St
    $69,000 | 7 Bed • 1 Bath

  33. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    Ok so maybe this post isn’t Old House Dreams, but maybe it’s Old Room Dreams. It’s not for sale, as I t’s a memorial room in Atlanta. I thought you would be interested because of the splendor of the woodcarving. Rooms like this don’t seem to be created any more. This one took 3-4 years to create. Wish there was a way to see this one in person. http://historyatlanta.com/whitehead-memorial-room/

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Whoa. I mean…WHOA!!!!! Holy moly kinda whoa!

      • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

        I know, right? It’s about as exuberant I’ve ever seen in the USA. I imagine hundreds of years from now this will be in some museum. Fantastic quality.

        Your response made my night. I like it when I can share things that people really appreciate.

      • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

        Agreed, those are some of the most stunning high relief carvings I’ve seen in a while. Hat’s off to the master woodcarver. The reference to Grinling Gibbons is apt. It’s said some of his leaf carvings were as thin as the real thing. Such exquisite carvings are an anachronism in our modern mass production, slapdash world. Thanks for sharing Chris, I should have known about this installation but for some reason hadn’t seen it before.

  34. ChrisICU says: 625 comments

    OK maybe not quite as elaborate as the room I shared, but this is an example of some great plasterwork and woodwork. Typical 1920’s design this charmer doesn’t come cheap. That’s partially because is’t in Charlottesville VA which is a pretty desirable location. But what great details! http://loringwoodriff.com/1007-rugby-rd

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s beautiful. Sometimes I wonder if the people that live in these homes are ever unhappy? I don’t think I could wake up to something like that and have a bad day!

      • ChrisICU says: 625 comments

        It’s a nice fantasy to think one’s life would become perfect with a home like this as a background. I personally think that things can be just as challenging in a house like this. But it wouldn’t be a bad place to hang your hat.

  35. Cora says: 2030 comments

    I’m definitely on an adobe kick of late. This one has been renovated. I honestly don’t know enough about these to tell what’s original or not, but it’s a neat old house.

    The whole thing with the giant tree growing up through the roof in the kitchen bothers me a bit.

    126 Cresta Rd
    $798,500 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath

  36. Cora says: 2030 comments

    The inside doesn’t live up to the outside.

    360 S Crest Rd
    $1,650,000 | 7 Bed • 6 Bath

  37. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Cute. Love the staircase.

    122 Chambers Ave
    $149,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  38. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Some of the photos are really bad. I love the HUGE Windows – I wonder if they were stained glass at one time? Seems like a bargain.

    2601 Washington Ave
    $50,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  39. Cora says: 2030 comments

    This is another one which the photos are confusing. The description is even more so! Big old house though, with some wonderful features left. 1864 seems a bit early.

    401 N 6th St
    $225,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath

  40. Jessica Hansen says: 2 comments

    We recently bought a handsome 1910 house. Still lots to do on my decorating list, but here’s a tour so far:


    I’d love if someone could tell me what style of Victorian this is (colonial revival maybe?) as well as some information about the interior, like the pendant light in the living room.

    Thanks for such a great blog! I love seeing all the old houses!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m in love with your decorating style (as in your furniture/fabrics/etc). 🙂

      I’m unable to help with the style but I bet someone here can offer their knowledge on what it was originally.

      PS, Totally following your blog now.

      • Jessica Hansen says: 2 comments

        Thank you! 🙂 It’s quite eclectic, but I believe in just surrounding myself with things and colors that make me happy. Trying to balance my bohemian side with my love for Victorian style.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          That’s been my philosophy too, even with the things that shouldn’t go together. 🙂

          • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

            Jessica, Your house appears to be a few years earlier than 1910 with interior details consistent with a late Queen Anne style home. If the porch dates from c. 1980 then its current “style” is Classical Revival. Mention is made of a fire damaging the roof. If you have an earlier photo showing what the original house (before the fire and porch addition) looked like I could probably zero in more accurately about the style. Lovely home, in any case. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This guy is awesome! Old article but I never saw it before.


  42. Lottie says: 393 comments

    One of my favorite houses with double porches built in 1890. It is in a really pretty part of Central, SC (all of Central is pretty!) and less than 5 miles to Clemson University and less than 1 mile to Southern Wesleyan University. It is on 6 1/2 acres and has 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,955 sqf. And I really like it although it is a little plain inside. Has a secret staircase from bedroom closet to attic!

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