August 5, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 8/5/16 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 173 Comments
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Happy Friday! Share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. Link to sites like Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin; no hidden listings that make you register to view. Just paste the link in the comment box below, no HTML codes needed. Keep the links to a maximum of 5 per post (keeps email notifications from getting marked as spam.)

Today's old photo is a quickie due to time. Next week I plan on something a little more interesting. :) Have a fun weekend! -Kelly

173 Comments on August 5, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Melody says: 529 comments

    Here’s one with very little description. It definitely is a “handyman special” as they put it. I have no idea what style you’d call this. This area developed in the Victorian Era.

    “The home is a 1 1/2 story, 2 bedroom “Handyman Special” being sold “as is, where is” condition. It is a 3 bedroom home with attached garage on a spacious lot in a great neighbourhood in Courtright, On.”

    It’s being sold by online auction, with a starting bid of $5.00, high bid subject to vendor’s approval. The company owners are friends of mine and live nearby. They run an excellent business.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I love this charming little house! So much potential! The bathroom and kitchen are truly vintage and I would just love to clean them up and change very little design wise.

    • SueSue says: 1130 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape

      I second what Bethany said. Very adorable. I wouldn’t mess with it much either. Just update the internal things, decorate and you have an adorable cottage.

  2. tc says: 303 comments

    Historical update on this house featured on Old House Dreams in June:

    1930 Tudor Revival – Anderson, SC (National Register) – $1,500,000

    Posted on 06/17/2016–and-did–38c84053-d0f2-2fe4-e053-0100007f–389327791.html

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      The Macon GA home is absolutely lovely but the Cross Hill SC home is a real steal. Wow, for that price I would have expected a much more run down house. I even love it PINK!

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Both of those look like crazy good bargains for what you get. Love that Macon house!

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Very different from each other & I like both a lot. The Macon house is elegant — I especially like the enfilade of arches in hallway, and the kitchen and they did a very nice job on the screened porch. It’s a great buy all around. The SC house has so much charm — love the front door(s). Looks like you get plenty of space for the incredible price. The property too — and that fascinating old house! Cross Hill has a population of around 600 & isn’t far from a lake, if rural living is for you. It’s for me!

  3. Tim Snyder says: 70 comments

    This Lighthouse is up for sale. It’s currently a B&B, but could be converted back to a single family home. I used to live down the way from this house, and have driven up to the gates. My only complaint is the lake-side sitting room addition that replaced the original porch.

  4. UncieWill says: 6 comments

    This mid 1800s estate is sure to inspire some old house dreamin:

  5. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Silver Creek, New York is one of the less tourist-frequented towns in the Lake Erie grape belt in the southwestern part of the state. It has some great old architecture, fine beaches, and access to the fabled local wines. Here is one of its gems–a former B&B–priced just a whisker over $75 grand:

  6. Erin Fields says: 8 comments

    Gorgeous 1875 home in Grand Rapids, MI. So much painted woodwork though still beautiful. Bathrooms are fascinating. They look more 60s to me than original but I’m not sure.

    • Melody says: 529 comments

      It’s got one of those funky chimney windows! And I LOVE the bathrooms!! Kinda odd how they reversed the colour schemes, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

  7. Erin Fields says: 8 comments

    Massive, 1902 home, Grand Rapids, MI.
    Again with painted woodwork but it’s so grand and gracious. I just love it. Double parlors, double porches (with potting station?) to die for. Kitchen needs help but still has a lot of the original cupboards. And it has more than an acre in an area of town that is a 5-10 minute WALK to downtown. So cool. I hope someone buys it who loves it.

  8. Heidi says: 2 comments

    Found this house today, via a friend’s Facebook Post. Is a lovely home in rural Nova Scotia Canada. Tons of pictures.

    • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

      wonderful woodwork

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      That entranceway! My god, this house is so beautiful I can hardly stand it! Great find.

    • Roman says: 4 comments

      I actually used to live in Halifax for a good portion of my life. This house has been on the market off and on for about 4 years, we were actually going to go and tour it, until we decided against it due to distance. Avondale is just a 45 min drive from Halifax and is home to quite a few grand mansions. across the Avon river is the township of Windsor, another storybook town full of charm. This is actually my favourite house in probably the entire world.

    • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

      What a beautiful home, or should I say estate! Wow, it is huge and so solid and inviting. I would love being in that warm safe retreat on a stormy winter’s day when the snow is blowing and the sea is roaring. The only room I would need to change is the little bathroom with the striped wall paper.
      I wonder how much it would cost to heat this home in the winter?
      Does anyone know what the circular thing is in the basement with the blue cover?

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      Absolutely gorgeous. The woodwork is amazing.

    • Victoria Webb says: 134 comments

      What an incredibly gorgeous property! Love the woodwork, the barn and the view. I used to live in Tatamagouche (2hrs. north) in my early twenties – I’m sure the climate has warmed up a bit since then.

  9. Rusty Slider says: 34 comments

    One more in New York. Fantastic Woodwork and stained glass,fsbo,fore_lt/pmf_pt/house_type/29928113_zpid

    • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

      this one looked interesting in the same town for 1/4 the price, needs some interior help

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Love the windows & stonework.

    • Charles B says: 481 comments

      I think Zillow is not very up-to-date on this one. The place had a ‘Sold’ sign out in front over a month ago, and in the past couple of weeks it’s had a brand-new slate roof put on and all the chimneys beautifully repaired. Looks like it found the ‘right’ buyer.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Lindsay, thanks for sharing. That Queen Anne Victorian at 1635 York Street in Quincy, IL is quite impressive. Quincy (also called the “Gem City”) is a community that embraces historic preservation and that is reflected in property prices there.

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

    here’s a couple of treasures in Preston CT
    Waterfront on Pequetanuck Cove. Spacious Victorian, well maintained, some original features include hardwood floors, built ins, wall panels and fireplace. Main floor has 9′ plus ceiling height with shower stall bath and laundry. Upper level has full bath with double vanity.

    And even though I much prefer a Victorian I am really taken with this Colonial. Unfortunately not a lot of photos. Description says “Grand entrance leads into foyer, dining room, office, hardwood floors through most of the house, open kitchen with pantry, fireplace in living room , generous size bedrooms with sitting room in master and master bath, 2 Car garage has a bathroom and heat! In ground Pool and BARN.” 3.7 acres of property.

  11. C.F. says: 37 comments

    It’s official! What was once a sad foreclosure listed on here is now happily mine, repairs starting soon. I made a Fb page if anyone would like to follow along. πŸ™‚

    • Paulthedreamer says: 36 comments

      Congratulations. The stained glass window is lovely. Good luck!

    • Cathy says: 2217 comments

      Congrats! ?

    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 859 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      Congratulations & good luck!

    • Marie says: 236 comments

      Way cool, CF. Good luck with the work. Keep us posted on your progress!

    • JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
      OHD Supporter

      CF, I’m tellin’ – you stole those pretty houses! πŸ™‚

      • C.F. says: 37 comments

        Thank you! I did! I still can’t believe my luck on getting such a great deal. It’s a big life change but I’m very excited and it already feels like home. I found a great Fb forum called.. Owners of Victorian homes? with info and pics from other enthusiasts, like the guy who took apart his pocket doors to fix them (I’ll be doing that soon myself). Another friend is looking and I just sent him this links list. I’m trying to get everyone to join the old house club. πŸ™‚

    • Charles B says: 481 comments

      Congrats from one WNY ‘sad foreclosure’ buyer to another. Glad it is in good hands! Like I said before, that town is straight out of the ‘Twilight Zone,’ but I mean that in a GOOD way:

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Fantastic! Looks terrific. Great luck on the project!

    • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

      congrats CF ~ I “liked” the page to follow along! What is the story behind the antique opium bed? Very cool … except for the opium part that is πŸ˜€

      • C.F. says: 37 comments

        Great! I was trying to find a daybed or sleeper sofa I liked that wasn’t modern garbage for over a year, and finally I just gave up and bought what I’ve always wanted for not much more than what a fancy daybed would have cost. True opium beds are actually like low coffee tables, I think this is actually a cabinet bed, also known as a wedding bed.. but ‘opium bed’ is more recognizable. I bought it on ebay from a man in Florida, he said he’d had it shipped from either Singapore or Shanghai. Comes apart into lots of little panels and rails, pretty easy to assemble, I like puzzles. No idea on date or history, but guessing 19th century. All of the sides have windows of sliding panels, the back wall tells a story with handpainted scenes. Lots of writing on it I will have to translate at some point. Here is another pic–

        • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

          That is very cool. Is it about the size of a twin bed or larger; it seems larger?
          I cannot imagine what it cost that man to ship it from Singapore and I am very curious about the term “Opium” bed. I will need to do some research.
          thanks for sharing. Looking forward to lots of photos as you restore this beauty.

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      That story about the $500,000 necklace stolen is really interesting! I cannot imagine owning such an expensive piece of jewelry. I wonder what that amount would add up to in this day in age? And I wonder if the theif was someone they knew or what.

  12. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I have never been to Montana. I’ve heard it’s beautiful, though.

    441 2nd St W, Kalispell, MT 59901

    $390,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      I like those triangular windows. I’ve never seen anything quite like that before. Charming little quirks like that give a house lots of character.

  13. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Whew, so much beautiful woodwork. Looks like it’s got a man cave, too. My husband would approve.

    1230 W Stephenson St, Freeport, IL 61032

    $129,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 4 Bath

    Sharing solely for the time-capsule oven. Never seen one like it:

    3827 Linden St in Edgebrook Estates, Terre Haute, IN 47804

    $69,900 | 2 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Those vintage mid-century ovens are super desirable; hope the new owner doesn’t just junk it. Samantha on Bewitched had one in her kitchen!

  14. Noelle says: 46 comments

    1774 House in Waldoboro, ME. It’s currently used as a B&B and the owners live in a seperate building.

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Wow, very nice house, love it. A bit too much painted floors and trim, but otherwise very nice. Would love to live there. And seems like not a bad price too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      Another reason to move to Maine! That is a real beauty. They did a terrific job with furniture & decor, too. It’s a house you could LOVE living in — I would never want to share it as a B&B. There’s hardly anything I’d change at all. Not sure about having 2 houses, and so close together, but with 100 acres I guess you could figure something out. Super deal!

  15. Danina says: 4 comments

    We went to look at this house last week. The original home itself is is pretty good shape. The inside has a ton of original charm and the fireplaces are beautiful. The original windows were amazing (although not efficient). The home is six-brick-thick construction, it’s a fortress. The current owner put together a really thorough list of “fun facts” about the house that we received when we got there. The two outbuilding houses are in bad shape and both need TLC. The house sits close to a creek and requires flood insurance. The yard is beautiful and totally flat (very rare in Piftsburgh).
    I was totally in love with the house but knew that we couldn’t afford to get the outbuildings fixed up and the flood insurance added an unexpected cost as well. Plus the cost of keeping up with a home that large.

    I hope someone can give this amazing home the love that it deserves!

    • MW says: 902 comments

      That does look like a nice house and property. Looks like it has very good schools in the area too, would be a big bonus for a family with kids in school like us.

    • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

      It is lovely, looks like it belongs in the French countryside. So sorry you had to say “No” to it. I am sure that was difficult.

  16. Giuseppi says: 2 comments

    I have a question. Does anyone know anything about the town Edentown, North Carolina? There seem to be many homes in foreclosure there and I was wondering what the area is like. Taxes seem to be very high. Any info especially people who live there will be great! Thanks everyone!

    • RitaB says: 108 comments

      Do you mean Edenton in Chowan County Inner Banks of North Carolina (as opposed to Outer Banks)?

    • Timothy says: 5 comments

      I live about 45 mins away in Ahoskie, NC. Edenton is a beautiful little, waterfront tourist town. Very historic, 18th & 19th century architecture, antique shops. The supposed site of the first Revolutionary “Tea Party”. Commuting distance to Hampton Roads…The houses are expensive–though the entire area of northeastern NC is somewhat depressed with few opportunities.

  17. Paula Libby says: 31 comments

    I love Old House Dreams, but I’ve never posted on the site before now. I have a house I’d like to add to the mix that’s currently listed for sale in Limington, Me. If you Google 10 Shaving Hill Rd., Limington, Me., you will see a lovely, early little cape style house that I hope someone will appreciate and love again.

  18. Paulthedreamer says: 36 comments

    This is my favorite house – hope it is not a redundant posting. I have never been to Dalton. Perhaps someone from OHD knows the house and area.

    • Anne M. says: 859 comments

      This house has been featured here before. It is one of the Crane family’s – Crane Paper is (was?) the manufacturer of US currency. Dalton is a pretty town in the Berkshires of Western Mass. Lots to do out there in the summer, can get a little lonesome in the winter, except on the ski slopes.

    • Zoomie says: 531 comments

      Stunning! It’s my favorite too! Out of my price range but it looks like a steal for 7 acres in MA. Lucky owner will have a fun project and fabulous house. Love the front stairs!

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      I don’t remember seeing it before — what a grand house! Great combination of 1915-era proportions with Greek Revival style. The stairway is beautiful and the photo of vestibule entry & front door knocks me over; yummy pantry & closets, graceful mantels. What more can one ask for? I see elegant parties spilling from house to lawn and sophisticated guests staying in some of those bedrooms. The price is more than reasonable for the cornucopia of wonderful elements here — taxes not even too bad, considering it’s Mass.

  19. Charles B says: 481 comments

    Niagara Falls–Abbott and Costello routines notwithstanding, not too many cities have an attraction at their center that compares to this thundering, powerful natural wonder. Here’s an 1898 brick mansion in the Park Place Historic District priced at $65,000:

    • C.F. says: 37 comments

      I went to see 80 Cornell and bid on it, it needs a lot of work. I posted a write up on it in here a few months back. Since then, it’s gone on and off the market at least 3 times, just came back on again this week. Owners seem to be house flippers and are very difficult to deal with, really hoping 80 Cornell finds someone who will love it back to life.

    • Lottie says: 376 comments

      Anne, I really love the house on 47 Ridgewood Terrace built in 1902. Thank you for posting it. 7 bedrooms and those darling windows and trunk room in the attic make this house! I wish the agent would show the 6 bathrooms, the kitchen, and stairs. It was sold for $300,000+ in 2007 and now $139,000? Keep my eye on this one.

  20. Cora says: 2059 comments

    2060 Maiden Ln Sw in Raleigh Court, Roanoke, VA 24015

    $249,950 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    515 Elm Ave Sw in Old Southwest, Roanoke, VA 24016

    $139,950 | 2 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    AMAZING story. Love.

    315 2nd Ave N, Columbus, MS 39701

    $199,998 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    30615 Maple St, Lindstrom, MN 55045

    $199,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

  21. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Well kept 1840 cottage. The bare woodwork needs repainting. The office with the crape myrtle adds to the historic feel. I like its strict symmetry in front.,pf_pt/2141718718_zpid/12888_rid/36.537639,-76.875458,36.305027,-77.24453_rect/11_zm/2_p/?3col=true

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      This is actually my favorite home on the site! πŸ™‚

      • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

        I knew I’d seen it somewhere! Should’ve checked. Of course you’d have it. My favorite too — I would love to look at it; it’s exactly what we are in the market for, except we need to be fairly near good medical care for my husband, and there’s nothing closer to this than 90 minutes. Bummed! It’s adorable.

      • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

        Kelly I cannot wait to see the home you and your hubby finally settle on. Hope it will be soon ~ I am almost as anxious about you finding the perfect home as I am myself!

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever! We’ve decided to wait until December before deciding to build a new “old” house or a crappy subdivision home…ugh. Unfortunately that’s about all that is around these parts.

          • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

            Kelly, there are many good old houses in Georgia. (yeah, I know, Georgia is larger than many people here realize, myself included) Do you know anything about Crawfordsville? There’s an exceptionally nice folk Victorian-one of several on the street apparently built from the same plan-priced very inexpensively: Looks move in ready in the listing photos. What’s the catch? The town has a real “Mayberry” like feel. Here’s the streetview: There’s a real sweetheart of a small towered Queen Anne just down the street (love that entry door which in period millwork books was called the “Queen Anne” model) It too has a for sale sign but that was from a couple of years ago when the Streetview van drove by. Curious to hear your opinions of the town if you have time to comment.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              I’ve never been to Crawfordsville. Looking up the stats in City Data, it’s got a high level of poverty. The down is cute but I see empty shops. No offense to anyone from the area but it’s not a town I’d want to live in.

              • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

                Thanks for the reply. It now makes sense that a move in ready house there is less than $20K, I too noted the rather lethargic looking downtown.

  22. C.F. says: 37 comments

    This one’s not for sale, but just spectacular! I found it while registering my place for filming. Betting the lighting fixtures are original. Absolutely love the striped paint job on the underside of the porch roof.

    • Cocoa G says: 72 comments

      That is the most breathtaking house I have ever seen. Everything is perfection from the furniture to the decorating to the location.

  23. FloridaOHDjunkie says: 158 comments

    that headboard in pic 6 is spectacular

  24. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    You love the wood and stone of an old house but your spouse loves mid century. What do do? Well, if you’ve got plenty of cash and a hankering for mid-west farming on 120+ ares this may be just the place for you.

  25. SueSue says: 1130 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    When looking at the house posted here in Madison, Fl this house was on the side. Very pretty and what a great price.,FL/285_SW_Meeting_Avenue/37370561.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cp-share

  26. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    1926 knockout Spanish house in the San Fernando valley! Recently sold for over $6 million, it was built for Miklos Rosza, Oscar-winning composer who lived there for 50 years. Bought from his estate by Andrew Getty, who died there a few months ago. Constantly in debt, Getty didn’t make big changes in the house. Tile work, wood, a fabulous bathroom, terraces & balconies everywhere. If 20s architecture appeals to you, take a look.

  27. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    Say goodbye to this Spanish mansion. Listed as ‘land’, this charming home has the unfortunate mistake of being on 3 desirable acres in an era when more is more. A pity, but reality of the times.

    • Zoomie says: 531 comments

      That’s a teardown!?!?!!? 4.5 mil for a gorgeous, exquisite house–who would tear down such a house? Unbelievable.

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      That listing is a crime! The house appears in superb condition and it’s wonderful, full of superb materials & workmanship, plus history. The old Kellogg estate, for heaven’s sake. So this must be the sellers’ attitude: flog the real estate any way necessary to get the bucks. How shameful.

    • dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments

      Has got to be a miscommunication. Who would spend over 4m for less than three acres of land and then tear down the mansion? This does not compute. :-/

      • ChrisICU says: 662 comments

        I’ve seen the same thing happen to large estates in Atlanta. I would guess that many people don’t value homes, but when the land is worth more than the house then the wealthy tear down and build their 10,000 + homes. It’s a shame but it does happen. I also know two wealthy people who don’t live in their family estate but don’t sell it because the same thing would happen. So instead they just sit on the house (for decades) and the house is just boarded up.

  28. says: 2217 comments

    Cooperstown, NY homes:

    Pricey & large, with great views of Otsego Lake:

    Saw this one listed on OHD sometime ago. Cool mural of the area. Back on the market…

    Stone & frame combo:

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      Okay so I was going to ask if that mural was authentic and if it was put there the same time the house was built..but there’s a date on it. I honestly can’t read what the date says….can anyone else read it?

      • says: 2217 comments

        Yep. It says “Painted by Cyrus (or maybe Angus or Agnes?) Tart (or Tort??) 1908. So, if the build date is correct, the mural was added 22 years later. Whoever was the artist, their painting ability was better than their penmanship! ?Unless the homeowner is the one who added the mural’s info?

    • Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

      I especially like the 1st house. It’s had later modifications but they aren’t intrusive & the bow windows help by adding light. It’s really a beautiful place, and right on the lake, super. Holy moley, though, the property taxes leave me speechless.

      • says: 2217 comments

        Yep, the view up the Otsego Lake AKA the Glimmerglass (Cooperstown sits at the south end of the lake) is really lovely! I just looked at this house’s tax info. NYS isn’t exactly known for low taxes, but those figures are ridiculous!!

  29. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    This has some interesting charm. Seems almost school or commercial like in some ways.

  30. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    Isn’t this quaint? Log cabin meets old eclectic… it is so lovely.

  31. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I prefer when the floors aren’t painted, but I do love this home. Reminds me of a church for some reason.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Amazing pocket door indeed. After looking at it for a while, I concluded it may be an old door that was re-worked into a circular design in more recent times by someone with advanced carpentry/millwork skills. You’ll note on the right side, a traditional raised panel pocket door design but the circular left side, is a different design. If it had been original, I would have expected it to better match where it joins together with the paneled side. Also, at the base of the circular trim around the door are unusual base blocks. They too do not look like regular millwork items from the Victorian era. All of this is still speculation on my part and it may turn out it was designed that way in the 1800’s but it looks like a reworked installation to me. (a very good one, but perhaps not original) Nice house overall. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    Great built ins and stained glass. That room with the cabinets and corner sink is interesting.

  33. RustyNH says: 11 comments

    Regarding the Cooperstown house with the mural: per the Zillow listing (and confirmed by the owner who I know) the mural is not original but dates to 1928. It was commissioned by the Coopers (ala “Cooperstown”) and the mural artist was quite famous.

  34. says: 2217 comments

    Williamstown, MA – 1777; a lovely house! Personally, I’d prob keep most of the wallpaper, except for one of the bedroom’s. But would get rid of the upstairs carpeting. Neat upstairs bathrooms!

    Morris, NY – 1880, a fixer-upper. Lovely countryside of valleys & large hills. Morris is pretty much out in the boonies, Oneonta being the nearest small city, for shopping. I’ve driven by here many times; there are a bunch of pretty homes on this street.

  35. Andrea says: 7 comments

    We’ve been really thinking about retiring to the Roanoke Virginia area due to temperate climate yet charming old house stock. I came across this *dream house* that seems to be an excellent match between old house preservation with up to date amenities. I was hoping you’d like to share it on your facebook feed. She sure is a beauty!

  36. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I feel like this looks familiar. Sorry if its been shared already. I do love it.

  37. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Back on the market. Hurray for originality:

    519 N 9th St, Garden City, KS 67846

    $118,500 | N/A β€’ 2 Bath

    210 W 4th St, Metropolis, IL 62960

    $16,200 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  38. ChrisICU says: 662 comments

    One of those big old lumber baron estates which became a convent, then a couple of schools. The good thing is that it appears that the historic fabric of the house has remained. Now, what to do with those pesky classroom buildings. Someone wants to purchase it and turn it into a wedding event venue, but neighbors are fighting it. Looks like the property has been on and off the market for several years now. I’d love to see those secret passages… Very cool sounding.

    • says: 2217 comments

      Beautiful exterior brickwork, beautiful interior paneling and ceilings. But those blinds on the main bldg’s stair windows… they gotta go!

  39. Cora says: 2059 comments

    55 Middle Ave, Mexico, ME 04257

    $79,900 | 6 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    618 S Clary Rd, Jefferson, ME 04348

    $344,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  40. Dennis Liming says: 27 comments

    Not many places like this available in North Idaho…

  41. Shawn Cripe says: 24 comments

    Here’s one I came across in Oswego, KS. Very interesting house and huge! Just look past the mountains…and it’s literally mountains…of clutter and I think there is a really neat house there. Would be interesting to confirm some of the history mentioned in the listing.

    • Lindsay G says: 567 comments

      Haha the bathroom signs were hysterical. Just looking at them makes me want to have to go pee! Lol. πŸ˜›

      Too bad there’s all that junk everywhere. I tried to see the house for what it was but all that stuff makes it kind of hard. I wonder if these people were hoarders or are just packing stuff up to move?

      • JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Lindsay, you can buy all that stuff at the auction at the end of the month, and the house too! I’d want to go through everything, with a large dumpster outside.

        Bio of owner:

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Shawn, phenomenal house here. Not sure if the World’s Fair information is true but this was certainly one of Oswego’s turn of the last century’s landmark mansions. In streetview, it shows to be pretty much by itself on a 1.59 acre corner lot fronting 6th Street. A streetview viewer furnished photo has it tagged as a bed & breakfast which seems plausible. Only in a remote rural southeastern Kansas town like Oswego would you find a grand mansion like this priced at a low end starter home price. In the Hamptons, this house might be priced at ten million or more but the small town, remote location works against a much higher price. Zillow shows it last sold for $250K so the seller(s) are taking quite a haircut on this one. I’m wondering if a B&B operation failed and if this is lender owned? (anyone know?) There’s probably $25K or more worth of “stuff” seen in the rooms but I guess soon an auction will dispose of all of it. (as Jim noted) In the trivia category, I was born in Parsons. KS just a short distance away but my parents took me back to Texas not long after I came into this world. I’ve only visited the area again once back in 2001 and was disappointed to see most of the small towns were fading away. In such a region of low economic activity old house prices tend to be on the bargain side but usually not this extreme. I have doubts about the 12,000 sq. feet but not sure what floor spaces were included in that tally. Even if its “only” 8,000-10,000 sq. feet, that’s still an enormous house to maintain and keep warm in the winters. Given its low price, it might be justified to invest in some high tech geo-thermal or other high efficiency heating technology to keep winter heating costs managable. I think this one might deserve its own page on OHD because of the things that make it exceptional.

    • JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
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      Shawn, thanks for the interesting Deming House in Oswego KS. The World’s Fair story is unlikely. Architects and building suppliers exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair and folks bought plans there to build new homes all over the Midwest. I’ve seen a few claims that people bought whole houses or re-used fair buildings for their homes like this one. All types of lumber was available by rail almost anywhere in the continental US, so why would someone ship a bunch of used lumber to Kansas? A couple of old photos of the house:

      • Shawn Cripe says: 24 comments

        Jim, thanks for the historic photos of the house! Like so many others who follow this site, I am always amazed at your research abilities. I agree with you, I was very suspicious of the World’s Fair connection, but was still curious as the description even mentions the number of rail cars it took to ship it all to Oswego. I am certain that there is an amazing house under all the “stuff.” I only wish that the interior photos could have been taken after clean out. I do think the exterior looks really good and would only need a freshening up.

    • says: 2217 comments

      Once the house is cleared out – and I wouldn’t want to be a part of that team, OMG… but a lot of stuff!, I think there’ll be a house with many nice details to be seen.

  42. Angela Reid says: 3 comments

    Beautiful home in Historic Newberry, SC. Home is within walking distance to Newberry College and Downtown shops, restaurants, and the Opera House!

  43. says: 73 comments

    Just a few today.

    First, a lovely old thing in Watertown:

    One of the last remaining original homes (and of those, one of the only ones that hasn’t been completely gutted and modernized) in downtown Birmingham (Out of Massachusetts, we’re in Michigan now):

    And now, lastly, off to Maine! I would sell everything I own and uproot my life for this one. Like, in such a heartbeat it’s not even funny.

    • says: 2217 comments

      That last house has really neat windows and built-in glass-fronted cupboards, plus the tucked-away sink. Interesting fireplace, too.

  44. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I love this. I know there are some updates that wont be everyones cup of tea, but come on …. those stairs. I don’t even hate the wallpaper. It is HUGE too.

    • Cora says: 2059 comments

      You said the magic word: stairs. I have a staircase obsession. You’re right, stunning. I kinda like the funky “toilet closet” too. I was trying to decide if that was a reflection or it really is sitting in a little alcove? Anyway, unique, which I like. πŸ™‚

  45. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    Pretty fancy. I like how that shelf is built into the stairs.

  46. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    Love almost all of this house. Except the bedroom lighting.

  47. Cora says: 2059 comments

    111 W Walnut St, Columbus, KS 66725

    $136,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 4 Bath

    This one looks like recreating what once was may be impossible. Sure do like the story behind it, though, and the painting showing a glimpse of it 115 years ago.

    11102 N Warson Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63114

    $75,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    Bargain priced:

    411 N 4th St, Belleville, IL 62220

    $49,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  48. Cora says: 2059 comments

    For a brave, ambitious soul:

    2002 Knox Ave in Ellendale, Saint Louis, MO 63139

    $35,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    Aww, I love this one:

    301 Taylor St, Cannelton, IN 47520

    $49,500 | 3 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

    I mostly like this. Especially the light fixture in photo 17.

    531 W Saint Catherine St in Limerick, Louisville, KY 40203

    $269,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  49. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Gorgeous exterior. Glad it was left largely untouched:

    625 High St, Paris, KY 40361
    $165,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    Uh…where do I sign?

    203 Cabell St in Daniels Hill, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    $199,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  50. Cora says: 2059 comments

    I even like the name of the town!

    3077 Route 11, Mooers Forks, NY 12958

    $49,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  51. Shawn Cripe says: 24 comments

    Wowsers!! Check out the newel post in this house in Lawrence, KS! Amazing millwork and fireplaces too! Now, where’s that winning lottery ticket?

  52. JEFFREY J LEWIS says: 1 comments

    This one is fairly unique!

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

    Just spotted this cozy little home in northern SC. Looks so much bigger than 1600 sf and in great conditon. I cannot believe the price. Just 82.500 gets you this beauty!

  54. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    I could move in today and be very happy. No changes.

  55. karenliny says: 4 comments

    I’m new to the website and don’t know much about older homes or restoration, but I really like these two:

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Elk Street in Streetview looks like an outdoor architectural museum from the mid-1800’s to the World War I era. The first example is a fine towered Italianate style house while the second might be classified as an American Foursquare but with many residual late Victorian touches inside. The huge stained glass staircase landing window is phenomenal. Franklin, like a number of other Pennsylvania cities, benefited from the oil wealth in the latter part of the Victorian era. That period of incredible prosperity is reflected in the grand homes still standing. Unfortunately, some of these homes are not priced where they should be because of long term economic stagnation. (but for old house lovers/buyers, a major advantage) Thanks for sharing.

  56. Jennifer HT says: 775 comments

    This is beautiful and in San Diego, so the price reflects it. I am please that it hasn’t been gutted and turned into a glass and granite palace, like many old homes in CA.

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

    An 1820 Colonial in East Hartford CT (not a great city) Price is right but the taxes are in excess of 8k. Lots of painted wood but it has potential for sure.

    I found this one in my perusing yesterday and it is adorable. It’s new to the market and at an unbelievable price of 82.500. It appears in excellent condition. 1901 historic home. Curved front porch wraps around the front bay wall. Pennsylvania Blue Slate roof. Wrought Iron fencing. Pine hardwood floors, amazing fireplaces. Blows my mind once again when I see the wide disparity in home prices depending on location.

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

    This just took my breath away so I had to share with someone! An 1810 Colonial in Norwich CT! The outside is beautiful but I don’t know how much of the original interior is actually left. They’re asking 57,500 for it and it’s livable.

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