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July 1, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    My apology if I never post the house you take the time to share with us. I mean this with no disrespect or belittling the time you spend on this site or sharing. Some house I cannot share because they are already here (I don’t always say so unless I think letting you know might be of interest by way of history or comments.) Or I feel they have been too updated. Sometimes when I go to post them, already pending sale or off market. Keep in mind, I’ve usually got about 500-700 homes awaiting to be posted and while I’d love to post all the shares, it’s not possible. It’s also not possible for me to reply to all the comments but I do read and look at the houses so don’t think I’m not thankful that you took the time to show us your finds. πŸ™‚

    I’m really tired so am taking today off. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend. πŸ™‚

  2. Victoria Webb says: 131 comments

    Hope you feel better, Kelly. This heat can be tiring. You deserve a break from entertaining us so well!
    Here’s one that you’d posted here in 2014, now back on the market: http://www.zillow.com/homes/2458-Sylvester-Hwy,-Moultrie,-GA-31768_rb/

  3. BobcatHannah says: 34 comments


    I think the updates on this are nice (except for the bathroom which is fixable)

  4. BobcatHannah says: 34 comments


    This behemoth is goreous and I’ve driven by it 1000 times but could never see the house. Great lot along with a house!

  5. Tommy Q says: 442 comments

    The contingencies have closed on my house and on this one, my new home in Fort Bragg CA on the Mendocino Coast in northern California. I’m about 600 yards from the ocean.

    The pictures aren’t much here but it will give you an idea about the place. The backyard is pointing towards the Pacific. Only two families have lived here, the builders in 1912 and the family who bought it in 1951 and lived there until the last passed way early this year.

    Nothing has been changed since 1912 except for that paneling in the front room. The wall paper appears to be original The house is 100 percent old-growth Redwood. I’m going to have questions about furniture and etc for the future as I’d like to keep it somewhat period correct. I’m totally stoked… -L-


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s adorable, congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

    • Betsy says: 156 comments

      It is a sweet and charming house- Love the simplicity . Congratulations

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      What a great place. Congratulations! What is next to the stove in the kitchen?

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        Tommy, you have a very nice place to call home. Who wouldn’t like to live right next to the Pacific although when I lived in northern California I was always surprised by how cold the Pacific waters were in the summer. (Thanks to the Humboldt Current) That helped me to understand the Bay area’s summer fogs which can be pretty bad even in Eureka and Arcata. Your house seems to have been influenced by Craftsman style houses of the period. I suspect square columns once sat atop the pony/knee walls inside. Nice size back yard as well. Hope you have many happy memories there.

        • Tommy Q says: 442 comments

          Thanks John. I lived in Mendocino on Little Lake Road from 1970 until 1984, so this is like going home for me. Yeah, it’s cold but considering how very hot it is in Sacramento these days, I have no problem with 70-degree weather. I used to surf, wore a wet suit. I plan to go back to that, play music once again and generally live out my dotage with old friends. -L-

      • Tommy Q says: 442 comments

        That’s called a trash burner but it will heat the house if you put wood in it. There was obviously a wood burning cook stove in that corner. I’m sure that is asbestos on the wall behind it.

        It’s small but I don’t need much at my age although I might add a saltbox addition to the north side at some point. We’ll see… -L-

    • Victoria Webb says: 131 comments

      Congrats! That’s one of my favorite areas in northern California. You’re so lucky to live near the Pacific – and in redwood timbers!

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Congratulations! Very cute house in a wonderful location — love the Mendocino area. What is the appliance with the hose in the wall, next to the stove?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6728 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Such a cute place. Looks like most original features are intact, with little to be done. Love the double burner wood fired range still hooked up and ready to go. Nice! California is if nothing else – expensive. Check out this “updated” Aesthetic period mansion in Chillicothe, OH for pennies on the dollar:


      • Carolyn48 says: 34 comments

        I live about 55 miles from Chillicothe. That is a lovely home, but I will have to win the lottery to buy this one!

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6728 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          There are sooo many great old houses In Chillicothe. Hope I have time to get down there this summer and explore. πŸ™‚

          • Shelly Horvath says: 105 comments

            I work a lot in Chillicothe. It was the first capital of Ohio and is filled with gorgeous Greek Revival and Federal homes. I love to wander down the streets of the downtown area. This house is amazing and a lot of house for the money!

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        Thanks for sharing Jeff. It conjures up visions of Oscar Wilde meets the Property Brothers. I’ve never seen a finer Aesthetic Movement interior in Ohio but that is as far as I will allow myself to comment. I’m glad its priced well out of my price range.

        • Don Carleton says: 268 comments

          The aluminum/vinyl-sided exterior (particularly those replacement porch columns, ugh!) and replacement windows certainly help disguise the treasures within, but wonderful treasures within there are!

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6728 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          I guess Don said it for you John, and me too. The exterior is VERY unfortunate for sure. I don’t really mind the vast Florida room. My plants would be in heaven in there during wintertime, (and so would I). I actually really like the kitchen too. It has been molded into that former public room actually quite nicely; is not over grand or overly pompous. I find The color choices in cabinetry and counters very pleasing. Compared to so many of the “dream” kitchens we see in old houses, this one does not seem out of place. I’ll wager there are many more great original features in this house which are not shown in the images. FOR $440K! I mean – good lord..

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6728 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Check out this BEAUTY, certainly more affordable, in LOVELY little, lakeside, Rochester, IN. Comes complete with ROCK SOLID gravity steam heating system. What could be finer??? πŸ™‚


    • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

      This is a gorgeous home. (I like the reference to ‘Poverty Ridge’). The only thing I would change is the overabundance of wall papers. They’re very lovely, but too busy for me. The rest? oooh. The stained glass is phenomenal!

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Wow. Some of the prettiest stained glass I have seen.

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Awesome house! I’m surprised its still on the market. If I were to ever live in California again and could afford it, this house would be an old house dream come true. Thanks for sharing.

      • Don Carleton says: 268 comments

        Dear Mr. S.

        Re: this amazing CA house: take a second look at the saucer-domed ceiling of the tower’s open loggia–another example of a pebble-cast ceiling treatment in an “indoor-outdoor” space (e.g. the example on the RI house we were discussing a week or two ago). I knew there were other examples out there!

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          Don, You’re absolutely correct about the Sacramento example. One can see the individual pebbles in the concrete or stucco matrix. Note it also has a (cracked) concrete floor. However, I’m still not 100% convinced that was the exact same thing we were seeing in the Colonial Revival house (was it in Rhode Island?) under discussion several weeks ago. It does bolster the likelihood that the stucco-like material in the Colonial Rev. house could have been original. If that’s the case, it’s not a common ceiling treatment; the majority have beaded board ceilings or other decorative board treatments. My opinion against it being original was that the rest of the house was clad in wood. In a masonry or stucco clad house it would have likely been original and may be so there too but if that’s the case its rare at least from the thousands of period homes I’ve seen. Maybe it was something local by a certain contractor or architect.

    • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

      Now that is one magnificent home!!! I think this is my new favorite. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a house that stops me in my tracks. I can’t get over all the attention to detail. Great find!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6728 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN


    • Michael Mackin says: 2672 comments

      That is a stunning house, especially some of the stain glass windows. I might want to see what kind of wood were under all that white paint if it were mine but it is a stunning place either way. Thanks for sharing Ronnie.

  6. Coqu says: 251 comments

    Two other pictures from Woodstock, Maine’s 1915 Centennial (I assume yours is also Maine, the handwriting in the corner is pretty similar):

    (Knights of Pythias pictured)

    (Model T pictured)

  7. ChrisICU says: 672 comments

    I, for one, love it when I see posts by Fergus of old homes in the UK. Here’s an interesting article from Curbed.com about the impact of Brexit on these homes. http://www.curbed.com/2016/6/30/12067428/brexit-british-country-houses

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Nice if you’re buying with foreign currency. Values for the Β£ will change a good deal as this is worked out. The UK will be much healthier economically in the future, I’m sure, so who knows, this may be a good time to buy from abroad before the currency rises. There’s been far too much ridiculous fear about this, fed by those with a vested interest in the old status quo. Super houses, thanks for the listings!

  8. Charles B says: 479 comments

    Kelly, I think should take up a collection to send you on a nice rejuvenating cruise for a couple of weeks!

    Here’s one of my favorites here in the wine country of Western New York. The G.W. Palmer mansion is a brick Tuscan villa that dates back to 1856 in the Old Town section of Westfield (‘grape juice capitol of the world’). At $119,000, it costs less than most bland ranch houses one-third its size:


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I think it would drive me crazy to not sit down to work during a vacation (which I have anyway when we go away.) πŸ™‚ Thanks for the thought though.

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      Blown-in insulation in a brick wall? Moisture condenses on masonry because of the thermal mass and the idea of furring-out is to let the water drip and drain off without harming the interior finish. If you stuff the space with insulation it won’t drain off and you will get mold, or your insulation will get soggy and collapse. Am I right?

  9. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    This house is in Portland ME in an exquisite historic neighborhood. It has so much outside detail it reminds me of a wedding cake. Built in 1880. It’s really a very beautiful Victorian. Realtor says it needs updates. Needs a period kitchen but they didn’t remove anything period from the room, just added cabinets. The room is amazing. Check out the Chandelier in the dining room.


    This is a rare gem on Great Diamond Island. I cannot believe the price!!!


    Wow, wow, wow. On the famous Western Promenade in Portland Maine this is a George C. West Mansion. Built in 1912 and restored so beautifully. The staircase is breathtaking.


    If I had the money…..New England Colonial Farmhouse simply restored. On 25 acres with two bathtubs outside facing the river….Oh did I mention there is an Agra range?


    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Wow, the Dallas house is a like a resort.

      I adore the Memphis house but I am so confused at how they have utilized the space. The couch is in the entrance way in front of doors to the parlor? Did they make the parlor into a bedroom? And what room has the bar in it? I wish they would include floor plans in listing like the do in the UK.

    • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

      Oh wow what a place! The outside is simply amazing to look at at. There’s so much going on! But what I really like is the big stairway window. The wooden carvings at the top remind me so much of the windows at my church! I wonder if they got the idea from a church.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1091 comments

      Love that crenelated tower on this beautiful Shingle style house. Problems with the neighbors? Just fire a few arrows in the direction from behind your very own battlements.

  10. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    This is another house I wanted to post but I lost it for a minute and had to search for it again. It’s all remodeled on the inside but it’s such a cool house I just had to include it!

  11. Melody says: 502 comments

    I love driving by this house whenever I get the chance. The house is in a small town named Strathroy, it’s in the next county over from me. Like most small towns in this area, Strathroy is packed full of beautiful homes. Most towns around here formed back in the early to mid 1800’s, mostly developing around the railroad or oil fields. Old House Dreamers would be in heaven walking around these areas. Just take a Google walk around!
    This house is Georgian style, built in 1872.

  12. Anne M. says: 903 comments

    Love the Centennial House, Kelly! I am traveling this week and spent some time in beautiful Montgomery, AL. Just had to check out some old houses for sale there!
    Built in 1925:
    Built in 1908:
    Happy 4th everyone!

  13. Gordon Perry says: 3 comments

    Listed on the National Historic Register – Really nice example of Brick Italianate style built early 1800’s:

  14. Coqu says: 251 comments

    Would love to read some feedback on a question I have: What careers involve dealing with old homes (i.e. research, grants, sales, etc.)?

    I live in a newer area where there really is no appreciation for old homes, so my experience and knowledge of these possible careers is really limited, but I’m thinking some here might have a few ideas!

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1025 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Hi Coqu, I would suggest maybe looking into local, statewide and national historic preservation societies for informational and networking purposes. There may be good opportunities for volunteer, intern, apprentice and even staff positions to gain hands-on, practical experience (plus it would be fun!). Such organizations can give you some good ideas for job areas that fit your specific interests and aptitudes (for example, real estate, restorations, special events, advocacy, docent-work).

      Also, because professional standards for historic preservation have risen, a career would likely entail multi-disciplinary study in areas like architecture, public history, museum studies and the arts, including graduate work. Other fields, like law and accounting, could also be suitable. Vocational schools, short courses and workshops are also an option.

      You could look at government job listings to see if there’s an area that interests you. State parks/monuments or the Department of the Interior, for example.

      Good luck!

      • Coqu says: 251 comments

        Hey, Daughter of George. Thanks for the response.

        I’m thinking of relocating and any area I move will likely have more opportunities to volunteer to get my feet wet in this field, good idea.

        I also assumed specialized degrees (which I likely haven’t even heard of) might be a requirement for some areas, which is why I let out a sigh after I posted — *sigh* πŸ™‚

  15. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    Kelly, glad you are going to take a well deserved rest. I feel a bit guilty posting as I know you have to read and review every post. Here’s wishing you and all U.S. Old House Dreams fans a safe and happy July 4th. (acknowledging that Old House Dreams has a considerable international audience)

  16. Sherry says: 1 comments

    Kelly…thank you for all your hard work. It is always exciting to open up your email in the morning and see what is available. It has also been very educational as I have always really enjoyed seeing these historic places but never knew much about type and builder before. It really amazes me how much knowledge you and your friends share. Would love to see more in Texas. Thank you again for this great site!!! Enjoy your 4th!!

  17. MikeE says: 369 comments

    Happy Independence Day! I’d like to share a house in my town that is currently for sale. While I don’t know the people who live there now, I am familiar with the house. It is known locally as the Odum house, and is in very good condition. The immediate neighborhood has improved dramatically in the past 5 years, many older homes being restored. The listing states that it was built in 1875, but it was not built until 1901. Below the realtor.com link is a link to a page on a local history site that gives historical info on the house. Marion IL is a great place to live and raise a family, taxes are not bad, and Marion has a lot of new development. We are about as far from Chicago as you can get and still be in the same state, we are southeast of St Louis and only 3 hrs from Nashville TN. Check it out πŸ™‚



    • Sunflower & Poppy says: 50 comments

      Gosh — I perked up when I read Marion Illinois. My parents and both sets of grandparents grew up there and as a kid I remember vividly visiting my grandmother. Her little old house was so sweet and we used to marvel at how it hadn’t been updated since about 1915!! I haven’t been back there since about 1962 — I’m sure it has changed a lot.

      • MikeE says: 369 comments

        Yes, it has really grown, but the downtown area where we live really hasn’t changed that much. What were your grandparents’ names? If you know what your grandmother’s address was, I could maybe give you an update on the house…

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Ooooooooooooo, what a beautiful staircase.

  18. KathySE says: 11 comments

    Hi Coqu, here is a list of careers listed on Preservation Directory: http://www.preservationdirectory.com/PreservationBlogs/ArticleListings.aspx?catid=3

  19. Dave says: 1 comments


    Beautiful home in southern NH, 1 hour north of Boston. 1st time for sale in generations.

  20. Rachel says: 18 comments

    Nogales, AZ. Houses like this are a rare find down here.

  21. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    The outside is period appropriate but most of the inside is remodeled unfortunately. There is SOME things left untouched though which is super nice.

    This area has A LOT of these enormous beautiful houses and I love driving through there and looking at them all. I had a friend who lived in an older home around here and the house was absolutely massive. Lots of fond memories were had there and I miss those days. Anyway, here’s just a home I found and really liked: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/815-Parkes-Run-Ln_Villanova_PA_19085_M37143-08487#photo0

  22. Betsy says: 156 comments

    Thank you Kelly and everyone else for posting all of these great homes !

  23. Victoria Webb says: 131 comments

    I found this one on the Georgia Trust site. A lovely c.1887 Queen Anne in Eatonton, GA for $650k: http://ezellhouse01.weebly.com/

    • ChrisICU says: 672 comments

      Nice house, but another listing that is heavy on marketing and light on details. Is listing price, number of BR and BA and other important details becoming passΓ©? I know that you can eventually find this ones details eventually, but it’s an interesting trend.

  24. says: 30 comments

    Recently on the market is a house I used to live in, in Mesilla, New Mexico. The architecture is desert functional, made of adobe inside and out, built in a traditional style adobe of the northern Mexican desert of Chihuahua. It was built in 1853, a year before this part of Mexico became part of the United states, and 59 years before New Mexico became a state.


    Don’t let the very plain exterior shots of the house fool you. Many houses in Mesilla, NM, have plain entrances, only to open up into jaw-dropping interiors like this one.

    • sothwestguy says: 6 comments

      Having visited Melilla NM. It is a very historic town, the core around the plaza is charming. Mesilla has visitors from around the world. A lot of Billy the Kid history as well.

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Really stunning house. The exterior severity is a wonderful contrast to its exuberant inside. Bet walking through it is an adventure, each corner & room bringing up something unexpected. Lucky you to have lived there! Wish I could.

  25. Cora says: 2054 comments


    Nice detail on the wood trim:

    2627 S Jefferson Ave
    $219,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    Cool purple bathtub! Unique porch:

    614 23rd St
    614 23rd St
    $289,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    Nice built-ins, and lots of ’em:

    2520 S Jefferson Ave
    $455,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

      Oh wow that craftsman is amazing. I absolutely love that skylight! That’s one of the coolest skylights I’ve ever seen.

    • says: 71 comments

      “Cool purple bathtub! Unique porch:”

      Forget the bathtub – that’s the staircase of my dreams!!!!!! πŸ˜€

      • Cora says: 2054 comments

        It is a gorgeous staircase!

        …and I just noticed something – that WIDE eave on the circular part of the upper porch…do you think there was a tower, or partial tower at one time? Just not sure I’ve seen that before.

  26. ChrisICU says: 672 comments

    Yes, I understand the complete impracticality of a 500 year old chateau in SW France, but it’s a nice fantasy. http://beauxvillages.com/en/properties-south-west-france.html?view=property&id=8636:

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Impracticality is the word — try working with the Fondation du Patrimoine & other French historic protection authorities; they protect buildings right up till they fall apart while their owners wait for an endless list of approvals! A good idea gone rabid. It’s great, though, to see a place with elements of the real thing — it draws you in, doesn’t it? The pigeonnier is superb, makes me picture donkey carts & keepers in tights. I’m worried about its stability, however. The views are gorgeous all around — thanks for finding this!

      • ChrisICU says: 672 comments

        Yes, well I doubt they are any more difficult than their counterparts in the UK. But yes, in the US we’re so lucky. It is a great house and I agree the pigeonnier has some issues to resolve. But overall it looks like it’s had some terrfic maintenance.

        • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

          From what I’ve read (never done it myself, whew!) they are harder to work with in France because of a lack of consistency, a rule being laid down & then changed once the work is done, plus frequently interminable waits (even years) for decisions. Immaterial — that is a castle that needs saving! I thought about those views all afternoon & the thrill of seeing them from such historic heights. Yes on the pigeonnier — I didn’t mean it hadn’t been cared for; it is SO old & in very good shape, just taking on a tiny slant. I think it’s enchanting!

  27. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Small town TN:

    This one, I LOVE. I think she’s easily saveable:

    205 Cumberland City Rd
    $85,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

    I’m not normally a fan of homes that have apartments built in (i.e. B&Bs), but this attic apartment is really kinda cool. My first two years of college I lived in an attic apartment of a 1910 Sears house. I loved that place.

    23 Marion St
    $159,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    2100 S Main St
    $199,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  28. Noelle says: 46 comments

    1833 house for sale in the West Village, NYC. For that area it’s nog even that expensive. I wouldn’t change much, through out the carpet and maybe the wallpaper. Other than that it’s perfect.



  29. katie kofemug says: 2 comments

    Someone mentioned plan book houses as being the basis for many homes. I confess, as I’ve scrolled and looked at these gorgeous homes, I recognized more than a few from Merrymeeting Archive and archive.org house plan finds. I’ve been so enjoying this site and the respectful, helpful comments that I thought I might offer something back. If the person(s) who were discussing Plan Books is interested, you can find a list of Kit Book Homes here [be careful this site will draw you in and you might need breadcrumbs to find your way back]: http://sears-house-seeker.blogspot.com/2015/07/catalogs-online-sears-radford-gordon.html & here are historic plans & construction design books: http://www.housemouse.net/ These books are often full of period specific details regarding hardware, plumbing, wiring, which companies were located where, etc as well as “standard options” you could order. Ironically, what were once the modest starter/ young family homes are now the Dreams people long to find. Again, thanks for the many hours of dreaming.

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      I think we should mention that the planbooks are NOT copyrighted and are available for free online, mostly from archive.org. Dover Publications added a useful essay to their reprint of The Cottage Souvenir No. 2, and that essay is copyrighted, but George Barber’s plans are in the public domain. Whether housemouse.net deserves their $39 or so as a mirror server is up to you.

      • katie kofemug says: 2 comments

        Absolutely agree Ed! The Sears links are almost all linked to archive.org except where noted. Housemouse is a good place to discover titles, dates of publication, etc. I have vision issues so e-books, esp pdfs that zoom with reasonable clarity, are a blessing to me and why archive.net is my second home. For me, print books such as amazon and housemouse folks create from public domain require a huge magnifying glass and direct lighting and that only works for an hour or so. That said, I do appreciate many, many folks prefer the hard copy in their hands and on their shelves. Thanks for making a really valid point I neglected πŸ™‚

  30. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1025 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Tommy, are you lucky! Linoleum like that (is it a linoleum rug?) is so rare, and so collectible.

  31. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    I ran away from California and am visiting family in NC. I just drove by this looker and had to see what the inside looked like. Bummer about the fireplace, but it sure is adorable. Im mobile so I apologize if it’s been posted before. Having trouble searching.


  32. Michael Mackin says: 2672 comments


    I hope you have a great holiday and thanks for all you do to bring us this site. I enjoy the time I spend here and learn new things each day!

  33. Shelly says: 37 comments

    Sharing a video found on a favorite old house FB page today, the MAGNIFICENT historic Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon, Georgia. c.1855, along with links to the Hay House website & FB page. Enjoy!
    Facebook page:

  34. Cora says: 2054 comments

    More TN!

    Super cute. Love the entrance and flower beds:

    419 N Jefferson Ave
    $214,500 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    Needs more photos. Exterior was interesting:

    400 N Douglas Ave
    $32,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  35. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11886 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This was just too weird and interesting to not share.


    PS, this week may be spotty with posts as I am a bit ill.

  36. Cora says: 2054 comments

    This one is kind of simple, but there’s something about it. I really like the realtor’s description, and the price seems low:

    5 S Central Ave
    $99,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    This one could be lovely. The exterior needs some serious help. The photos were taken on a dark, dreary day so the property and outbuildings seem a bit eerie. 13 acres. I like the photo with the stone steps leading to nothing but a foundation.

    18 College Hill Rd
    $99,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    Love the exterior:

    9 Miles Rd
    $187,500 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath


    40 High St
    $240,000 | 2 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    9 North St
    $99,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  37. Susanna Bartee says: 1 comments

    This is Main Street USA living at its best. The historic Mettier Building was built in 1842 as a confectionary shop on Main Street, Weston, Missouri. The top floor was used as a ballroom for Soldiers and wives from nearby Fort Leavenworth. Over the years it has been in use in various ways, to include a bookstore and barber shop. The current state includes a large first-floor retail space and three newly-renovated apartments that rent for approximately $700/month. Buyers could renovate the top two floors into a spacious living space and rent both retail space and garden apartment for income. See photos and more information at http://www.517mainst.com

  38. MikeMike says: 369 comments
    1886 Queen Anne Victorian

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather Kelly, hope you feel better real soon. I found this brick beauty by accident today, and thought it was worth sharing. It is currently a B&B. It would look much better with historical wallpaper instead of the white walls, but most of the woodwork appears to be in great, unpainted condition. Not sure exactly what style this would fit into, Italianate with Second Empire influences?


    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Mike, I think it began as a fairly straight-forward 1873 towered (with a nod towards the Second Empire style) Italianate. Then, between about 1890 and a decade later an oriel Queen Anne style turret was added as well as the wrap-around porch. The staircase and newel are pure 1870’s Italianate but the interior fretwork is consistent with this later stylistic update. Wealthy people of that era frequently made changes to their homes to show they kept current with the latest styles. Since those changes were made long ago, from a preservation standpoint it would probably be best not to remove the later alterations. Besides, an argument could be made that they add character to the house. Carthage, Illinois, was home to architect George Payne who through submissions to various trade magazines of the late Victorian era managed to attract a national audience from his small town. Quite a few Payne designed homes and buildings survive in Carthage but I don’t think his architectural career goes back to the early 1870’s so this house was likely designed by a different architect. Payne may or may not have had a hand in the later changes, though.

      • MikeMike says: 369 comments
        1886 Queen Anne Victorian

        Thanks for the insight, John! There were so many styles of architecture used in a span of only a few years, it really was (IMHO) the golden age of residential architecture! Our house (1884) is a fairly simple 2-story Queen Anne, a typical middle class home in Smalltown USA. We are discussing adding on square footage and also restoring some exterior details that have been lost. Whatever we decide to do, I want it to look like the additions are, if not original, at least in keeping with the house. I hate it when people change old homes and think that because they slap a little area of vinyl fish-scale somewhere that they are improving the house…

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          Mike, I agree that the best additions and changes are sympathetic to the original style of the house. Queen Annes houses have been described as an “anything goes” style but there were still some defining characteristics. You seem to have a good understanding of Victorian era styles so I’m sure any additions you may make will harmonize with the original house. A conundrum exists for preservationists in that the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation (applicable to houses in historic districts and on the National Register of Historic Places) requires additions to be visually different from the original design, yet sympathetic to it. The good intent behind that is to not trick the public into thinking more recent additions or changes are original to the house. A bit tricky sometimes…

  39. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Surely there’s some historical significance to this home (Jim H hint hint). πŸ™‚

    They’ve slashed the price. It certainly needs lots of love…but even in its current state, it’s just breathtaking. I love the tall, tall chimneys, and the oval window on the side view. From the interior, it appears that window has been filled in (above the wonderful staircase).

    679 N Main St
    $209,000 | 9 Bed β€’ 9 Bath

  40. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Usually, the pricey homes have been updated more than I would want, so unless I really like them I pass them up without sharing. I really like this one, even though it too has been updated more than I would personally prefer. 1824:

    827 Campbell Rd
    $1,750,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  41. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Fairly original farmhome, located near historical Appomattox in 1860. Very simple. Several curious outbuildings:

    7724 Red House Rd
    $129,900 | 2 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

  42. Cora says: 2054 comments

    I love the house…

    I LOVE the old abandoned country store! I dont have the slightest idea what I’d do with it…but I want it.

    56 Long Island Rd
    $119,900 | 6 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  43. Melannie says: 1 comments

    I just listed a lovely Victorian. Hope you like it enough to post. http://www.flexmls.com/share/WH2n/553LAGRANGESouthHavenMI49090

  44. Cora says: 2054 comments

    New on the market…she’s purdy:

    200 E Locust St
    $199,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 4 Bath

  45. Cora says: 2054 comments

    A nice craftsman:

    410 E Locust St
    $104,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    These photos almost look like paintings…this one is over the top:

    1847 N Wellington Pl
    $695,000 | 7 Bed β€’ 5 Bath

    • Sandra says: 302 comments

      I hate when people do that to the photos! It looks so corny. πŸ™‚

      That first house is super cute. It looks so clean! Lots of great features, nice price too.

  46. JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1917 Sherman Booth House in Glencoe IL. Not considered one his masterpieces, but a fine house. Purchased by the owners in 1967 for $74k, now available for $1.9MM.

    • Sandra says: 302 comments

      Wow, that’s really beautiful. And I love the way they’ve done the interior, not overdone, the photos are very nice. Glencoe is so desirable.

  47. ChrisICU says: 672 comments

    If you have ever dreamt of living in a castle, mideaval monestary, chateau, winery, or another villa then here’s your chance. All you need to do is win the lottery and move to Italy. I just spent HOURS daydreaming about these homes. It seems that taxes have risen drastically in the past few years because of the financial crisis. Many families have put up their large homes for sale. Many are so large that they have become small hotels. So, there are literally hundreds of amazing homes for sale. For example,

    a home built in the 900’s (yep) and hasn’t been for sale in over 500 years. http://www.zoopla.co.uk/overseas/details/photos/30555987

    A villa in Pisa with astonishing 20′ tall rooms. http://www.zoopla.co.uk/overseas/details/20431829?search_identifier=1ef8610aab9aec9c2199829a41ce75a2#RHwSwfoQly1JiBgy.97

    Where the newer part of the building is from the 16th century, adjascant to older ruins http://www.zoopla.co.uk/overseas/details/photos/40832499

    A house with over 1000 years of history. http://www.zoopla.co.uk/overseas/details/31754221?search_identifier=926c1a79d7793ccb453f4c7370ec968e#bdlVz9BT7Zz5XA1F.97

    I could go on. Purely impractical in reality, fantasticically dreamworthy for an evening of fantasy.

  48. Destiny Longleg says: 2 comments


    This circa 1875, 3900 square foot single family home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and sits on 3 acres with 1000 ft tidal river frontage.

  49. Rod Goodemote says: 1 comments

    Our Beautiful George F. Barber Victorian is available for Sale – Please see http://www.myvictorianhouse.com
    There are 3 reasons people hesitate to buy a house like this – 1st is Utility Bills – We installed an Awesome Geothermal heating and cooling system – Utility Bills average $250 per month. Reason # 2 is people are concerned about asbestos – The Asbestos is the basement has been professionally removed – 3rd, people are concerned about lead paint – We had 1 bedroom with paint and it was lead – It was professionally corrected and certified as complete. Thank you for viewing!

  50. Mark says: 2 comments

    Does anyone know what happened to John foreman ?the man that used to big old houses blog/.com.i know he was sick but he hasn’t posted anything in awhile .

  51. Marilyn Hall says: 2 comments

    Our beautiful home located in Plattsburg, Missouri (45 minutes north of Kansas City) is for sale. It is a historic home listed on the National Registry. The main work it needs is a flat-roof replacement. We have put over $2,000 in roof repairs this past year but it really needs a full replacement, eventually. It could also use some outside paint touch-up mainly on 2 sides of the home. Other than that, the home was completely restored by the previous owners…new plumbing and electrical.


    Here is the zillow listing.http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Plattsburg-MO-64477/house_type/2140619415_zpid/86474_rid/3-_beds/1700-_size/globalrelevanceex_sort/39.684732,-94.267846,39.4521,-94.636918_rect/11_zm/1_fr/?3col=true

    Site with videos: http://thebachscholarhome.weebly.com/

    Thank you,

  52. Marsha Hegenauer says: 2 comments

    Hi everyone, this is a historic home in the small Michigan town of Omer…it’s the kind of town where everyone knows everyone by name….the home sits one block from the beautiful Rifle River, noted for it’s Steelhead, and Spring Sucker runs…and only a few miles from beautiful Lake Huron…. Would be a great bed and breakfast!! A steal at this price!!!


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