November 25, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

Added to OHD on 11/25/16 - Last OHD Update: 9/30/19 - 124 Comments
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Today's old photo isn't from the top header. We've been busy today and did not have time to do the usual header photo. This is a photo of our house! Don't know the date it was taken, we were thinking the 1910's to the early 1920's based on the cars but perhaps someone sees something I don't that tells otherwise. I cannot remember if this was a church or community social. We did discover my husbands family built this home in 1901 (they are in the group.) The porch was added in the 1980's, we think my father-in-law got the idea of the design from the side porch (3rd image down.) Some original windows were found in our storage building. We also found the original front door sidelights and transom. Eventually we will repair or have replicas made along with a new door but that's a few years from now project. Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. :) -Kelly

124 Comments on November 25, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Lancaster John says: 863 comments

    Kelly, it is difficult to see that this is the same house! That porch really visually alters the scale.

    Here are three I came across this week on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

    A national register Federal in Princess Anne, looks rough on the outside but not bad inside. Click through to the “previous listing photos” — it’s a lovely home with a lot of square footage (5224) for the price (150K Short Sale),fsbo_lt/house_type/37622919_zpid/47238_rid/1740-1935_built/size_sort/38.362656,-75.42286,38.024295,-76.013375_rect/10_zm/

    Another one, early 19th century, in Princess Anne, smaller but move-in ready with “museum quality” restoration — 2639 sq. ft, $300K:,fsbo_lt/house_type/82161445_zpid/47238_rid/1740-1935_built/size_sort/38.362656,-75.42286,38.024295,-76.013375_rect/10_zm/

    Finally, a large (by my calculations 4800 sq. ft) home on 6 acres, listed as built in 1781. $235,000. Virtually no pictures, but the setting looks lovely on Google Earth.,fsbo_lt/house_type/36796558_zpid/2177_rid/1740-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/39.223742,-75.270768,38.553535,-76.451798_rect/9_zm/

    I may be taking a field trip soon…

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1023 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Love that greenhouse (solarium?) in Lancaster John’s first link.

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      A lot of potential for restoration in the 1st house. Lovely basic place — right about the previous listing photos; it’s helpful to see it furnished. I’d give the continued existence of the addition some thought. The 2nd one is beautifully done — looks like it IS a museum. You could walk right in & live back a couple centuries.

      Kelly, super photo! I LOVE ones with people in them & this does it and then some. Amazing how different the porch & some paint make the house look. It’s really fabulous that you found the side lights & transom, that would be a thrill to me & must be to you. Having photos & history of the place makes it alive — it’s all very cool.

  2. Betsy says: 156 comments

    What a beautiful house and how wonderful to have the old photos and history also
    Happy Thanksgiving !

  3. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    You’ve got yourself a honey of a house, Kelly! Amazing how that porch looks like it’s always been there.

    My ‘find’ this week is in the Near West Side Historic District, a 480-building enclave in Elmira, NY. The Alexander P. Morrow House was built c. 1903 for a prominent inventor and industrialist from the designs of architects Pierce & Bickford. It’s being offered at $45,000:

    The house can be seen at the 8:25-8:31 mark in this video about the neighborhood:

    • Glorybe says: 133 comments

      Enjoyed the movie of Elmira, NY & I must say I would love to do the Victorian tour in person, since this New Yorker has never been to Elmira! Thank you for sharing-It made my day.

  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    G.F. Barber, (I think), on the market in Vincennes;

    Lots of character and original details in cute little Gosport. The kitchen / garage is a real trip:

    • TeriB says: 41 comments

      The Gosport house is ADORABLE…

      Fireplace mantle in the garage…. Was this a room in the house that was converted to become the garage? Interesting

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Yeah Teri, it was the original kitchen off the back of the house, with several rooms beyond. In the image you can see the original, and rather late appearing cooking hearth boarded up. Guess somebody wanted a garage when they moved the kitchen further inside the house. Thing is, some pretty predictable stuff has been done over the years, but all the goodies are there for somebody who wants to peel back a few easy layers to get back to utterly delightful earlier than 1895. Gosport is a quiet, clean, respectable leeetle town up a rather steep and rolling bluff over the White River. There are a handful of other great old houses in town, and the village Main street is really nice. Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

        • nic says: 56 comments

          This Gosport house was in our family for most of its life. I believe it was built by Thomas Criss, a local businessman. But it was purchased by the Dittemore family shortly thereafter. Mrs. Dittemore was the sister of my greatgrandmother. They ran the Dittemore Clothing Store on Main Street. Their daughter then inherited the house and continued to live there. She was the President of the Gosport Bank. Another interesting fact on the Dittemore family, their niece was Patsy May Dittemore, the child actor born there in Gosport who played the role of Spanky’s little sister in all of the Little Rascal’s and Our Gang movies. The house was mostly original up until it was sold out of our family less than 10 years ago. I have been in that house many times and am totally embarrassed to say that I had never been in the garage and didn’t know that fireplace was in there. I am going to email my elderly father and see if he can shed any further stories on the house.

          • nic says: 56 comments

            Just checked back through some old genealogy records I keep. This house was in our family from 1917-2009. Haven’t been able to reach my Dad yet this morning to see if he knew about the kitchen in the garage.

            • nic says: 56 comments

              Finally got ahold of my dad. He has been visiting his Aunt Hattie in this house every couple of months since 1936. Said that had always been the garage since then and he never knew about the kitchen origins of it. Here is my speculation…I remember the original kitchen in the main house very well. It was very similar in style to the kitchen in my 1920 summer house. I imagine that when the family bought the place in 1917 that one of the first things they did was to add on the new kitchen on the back. The current kitchen is huge and has a large enclosed porch on one end and attaches to the old kitchen/garage on the other end. This addition is a lean to on the back of the main house. I imagine this was a priority because I know how car crazy the men of this family are. And the Dittemore’s brother-in-law was the first car dealer in the area. So the well off Dittermores no doubt had an early car. I would wager that the only reason Aunt Hattie got her new kitchen is because Bert had already decided to take the old one for his garage!

              • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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                1875 Italianate cottage
                Noblesville, IN

                Super cool! Thanks’ nic. A model T would be ok on that wood plank floor, but I wouldn’t try to get a 1 ton pickup in there – heheheh.

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1061 comments

      The first one for the price, what a grand house but my favorite was the smaller second one! Great houses.

      Kelly, your house is so sweet, and wow does your husband family come from a huge generation that’s a lot of people in those grand pictures!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Not all are relation. I think it was a church social so it’s a mix of church folks. It was actually a church my husbands great-great grandfather founded along with some other of his relatives, still just down the street.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        My favorite too πŸ™‚

    • Lily left the valley says: 14 comments

      Love that second link, the Carpenter Gothic. What a great way to prop up a pegboard. πŸ˜€

  5. says: 9 comments

    That’s a gorgeous house – I love the historic photo and can’t wait to see modern-day pics if you end up posting them. We’ve got a grand old place but my wife will forever yearn for a wrap-around porch while I’m as envious of your collection of old photos. We have a tiny handful that go back to the 50s but miss the first forty years of its life. Are you able to figure out who many of the people in the pic are? Neat stuff, anyways – thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Not yet, going next week to visit the lady that owns the photo to see who everyone is.

      • John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

        Kelly, thanks for sharing this old photo. So many old houses lack early photos that could show missing details. Because of that they can never be restored back to their original appearance. Since your home originally had a wide porch and extensive porches are a mainstay of homes in Southern states, I see no problem with the larger wrap around porch that is there today. The sawn patterned balustrade was also available in 1901 (as noted in the original side porch image) thus the current porch enhances rather than detracts from the house, so its a keeper, for sure. I’m sure when you meet the lady who owns the photo you’ll find interesting tidbits of information about the Church folks. You’ll have plenty of time in the years ahead to make your house into the home you want it to be. After experiencing 28 years of old house ownership, I don’t think anyone ever gets all the tasks completed as there always seems to be another project waiting to be tackled. Maybe that is just part of the old house living experience. I wish you and your husband many happy years of living in what was already a family home.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        How exciting that she will be able to do that!

        Think of you all every time I keep hearing about those awful fires. Hope everyone in Georgia will be OK. Last I heard they hadn’t lost (any?) structures. I imagine all the smoke must be spooky. Be well.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I know people were evacuated but not sure if anyone lost their home. We live near enough that the smoke was pretty heavy and you could smell the burning wood. The Sheriff’s office was even asking people to stop calling 911, there were no fires in the area! The fires have calmed down enough that we aren’t getting that smoke anymore. We were getting it from the Georgia and North Carolina fires.

  6. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    This 1904 Memphis TN home is my absolute favorite so it’s gets to be number 1 in my line-up this week! Lol.

    An 1890 mansion in Montanna.

    I thought this 1908 Hawaii mansion was super cool simply because of it’s location.

    This Pittsburgh home has a lot of really charming stained glass windows.

    Another Pittsburgh home that has a really neat staircase.

    A rather pricey 1925 mansion in Florida that has tremendous vaulted ceilings with great big wooden rafters.

    A 1905 craftsman that has a lot of potential.

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1061 comments

      Love love love the 2nd. Pittsburg with the nice staircase and also the last 1905 craftsman! Great houses, thanks for sharing.

    • Anne M. says: 897 comments

      That Memphis house is spectacular!!

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Oh yeah! Another old house VERY stylishly and tastefully inhabited. The sunflowers on that monumental hall table surrounded by the glow of wood and wall in that hall is breathtaking. Super golden gorge.

        All of these homes are worth seeing. Thank you Lindsay!

    • Cathy says: 2181 comments

      Wow, that first house… gorgoeus!! And its staircase is just beautiful – a real eyecatcher. (But I wouldn’t want to be the one responsible for keeping it dusted!!)

    • I’ll arm wrestle you for that home in Memphis–it is so pretty! The only negative is that it’s so close to the neighbor as I like to have a little space

  7. Cora says: 2053 comments

    How wonderful to have found that old photo! πŸ™‚ And house “parts” to boot. Glad someone saved them!

    Here’s some southern beauties:

    531 Keith Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
    $309,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 4 Bath

    212 S Main St in Jonesboro, Jonesboro, GA 30236
    $139,900 | 2 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

    1791 Mercer Ave in College Park, College Park, GA 30337
    $189,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    183 Frobel St, Monticello, GA 31064
    $149,900 | 5 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  8. Sue S. says: 271 comments

    Kelly, love the photos of your house and the updates. I could happily read a blog entirely dedicated to your house, your work and progress on it, etc.

    There’s such satisfaction in fixing up an old home that needs love and attention. Makes you realize that we don’t really own it, but are caretakers, passing through. πŸ˜€

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Sue. Right now they are working on repairing termite damage to the floor and some joists in the living room. We removed the rock floor a previous owner (during the 10 or so years it was out of my husbands family) put down in the living room to reveal a mix of chip board, original floor boards (not in good shape) with cement backer board screwed into that (my husband has damned the fool that put 40 screws in each piece of baker board, stripped screws.) Took off the (non original) baseboard to discover they removed the bottom planks to run electrical wire and then used baseboards to cover over. We can see one of the trees they built the house with (as in tree trunk) through the baseboard opening. I’ll share some after pics with you once we get the repairs done and new flooring put down, just judge us nicely for what we are about to do! πŸ™‚

      • tracy concha says: 13 comments

        hi kelly, I, just last week, ran into a similar situation with screws. In the end I used an angle grinder to off the heads and lifted the offending material right out. I was so pleased with myself I have to just pass it on. Thanks so much for your blog and I hope you are fully recovered from your recent illness.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Thanks, there were just too many screws to cut them. Not sure how they got them out but they did.

          If by recent you mean earlier this year, not sure my lung will ever recover (the dust in the house from removing all that rock, etc. makes it feel like I have one lung left, it’s weird) but I’m not dead so there’s that, lol. Thanks for asking. πŸ™‚

          • Glorybe says: 133 comments

            I often wondered about the home you live in, Kelly & thankful for your sharing! What a joy to have a home with family history & the family photo made it all come to life. Your porch is spectacular.
            God’s speed to you as your lungs recover from the dust storm from all the renovation.
            I have spent hours today dreamily looking at old house photos & know my home must be in our future soon…

      • Glorybe says: 133 comments

        Simply IN LOVE with this storybook Gingerbread home-Dreams really do come true-Love the detail about the owner marrying the painter & may they lived a blessed life happily ever after!

  9. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1061 comments

    Love the first one! Love the last one too!

  10. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    Kelly, Having historic photos of your house is special. Having historic photos that include ancestors in front a house that’s been in the family for generations that you’re restoring? That’s SO awesome. Notice the stacked stone piers supporting the house and the open foundation. That’s how you avoid the interior moisture issues that are common in modern Southern houses. No need for enclosed crawlspaces and dehumidifiers, just good old common sense.

    The vehicles are a little tough to sort out. I’m guessing a 1915 or so Model T truck similar to this

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks CharlestonJohn, 1915 was about the date we figured for the cars. Hopefully this week I can knock the date closer to when it actually was. The lady that has the photo said my husbands grandmother was not in this photo but after seeing a pic of her, I think she’s one of the little girls sitting in front which would put this photo about 1919 or 1920.

  11. Mouser59 says: 14 comments

    I enjoy your site and especially like seeing the very old homes on the east coast (where I am originally from). Could not resist posting this pic of the most amazing “remuddle” I have ever seen!

  12. Melissa says: 230 comments

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow “Old House Dreamers and Stewards”!

  13. StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    It’s my day for Italianates in NC…

    An airy 1885 Italianate in Mt. Olive, NC.,-70.43335,33.879537,-84.49585_rect/5_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

    and an impressive one in Tarboro, NC,-70.43335,33.879537,-84.49585_rect/5_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

    Both have beautiful staircases and haven’t been completely gutted and ruined.

  14. Paul Price says: 194 comments

    4 beds
    β€’ 2 full baths
    β€’3,300 sq ft, Great price at 109,500. Some of the windows have been replaced in this otherwise nifty house in the Joplin, MO area.

  15. Lottie says: 355 comments

    This one really touches my heart. Needs LOTS of work but has good bones. Built 1890. 15 min. walk to Lander University. $62,900

  16. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Nice 1881 house in a nice neighborhood in Parsons, KS that needs LOTS of work! Beautiful spiral staircase! Some remuddling. 4 bedroom 2 Β½ bath $45,000

  17. 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    I know I’m 2 days late,but just wanted to give a post Thanksgiving “Thanks” to you all.
    Thanks Kelly for this site,and all the work you do. If not for you,we wouldn’t be here. πŸ™‚
    Thanks to guys like John and Ross for all their knowledge. I’ve learned a lot.
    Thanks Bethany for agreeing that it’s not all that bad to live up here in the cold Northern states!!

  18. Cora says: 2053 comments

    519 Church St, Selma, AL 36701
    $99,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    1018 N Market St in Historic Midtown, Wichita, KS 67214
    $210,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 5 Bath

    Seems like this was on the market before. Beautiful SD home:

    521 1st Ave W, Mobridge, SD 57601
    $262,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 5 Bath

  19. BarbF says: 34 comments

    Kelly, I love seeing your old and new pictures of your home.It has such charm and has me longing for a porch just like yours.

    I came across a home to share in Harriman, TN. Wikipedia has an interesting article about the neighborhood, Cornstalk Heights.

    Here is a 1907 rock home in Dayton, Tn. It has 52 pictures! Some of the best ones are in the 30’s, so be sure to keep scrolling, lol.

    This next house has really captivated me and is just $19,900 in Dyer, TN. I adore the kitchen.

    • Lottie says: 355 comments

      The rock home in Dayton, TN is fantastic!

      • BarbF says: 34 comments

        I can picture myself writing gothic novels there, growing huge rambling roses and baking artisanal sourdough bread (none of which I do now!). This house is magnificent and I think people prolly wouldn’t even notice if I left most the rooms empty, lol.

    • Anne M. says: 897 comments

      Monte Vista is quite a house! Love the name in on the kitchen floor. Interesting neighborhood, too. Great find!

      • BarbF says: 34 comments

        Yes, I would love to tour that home. I had to go back and check out the kitchen floor because I didn’t see the full pictures the first few times I looked – thanks for the pointer!

  20. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Love this one:

    316 N Yellowstone St, Livingston, MT 59047
    $400,000 | 5 Bed β€’ 3 Bath


    712 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715
    $1,325,000 | 4 Bed β€’ 4 Bath

    Interesting that the history of this house is taped to…the water heater?

    835 2nd Ave N, Payette, ID 83661
    $167,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  21. Cora says: 2053 comments

    I would not guess 1912 by the exterior of this place. Pretty cool.

    841 Main St, Gooding, ID 83330
    $219,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

  22. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Southern Belle built in 1847 with over 6,000 sq. ft. and 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. I love the interiors (blue) but you might want to update paint and wallpaper. Beautiful!

    • BarbF says: 34 comments

      What a gorgeous home!

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      What a grand & lovely house! The front is a traffic-stopper. It combines Greek Revival millwork & spaciousness with Victorian room proportions — taller than wide — & it works well here. 11 weddings in 45 years and no divorces among them — good karma right there.

  23. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Kelly, the pictures of your new old home are precious! You and your husband are a part of the story of the family home now! How exciting!!!

  24. says: 4 comments

    Check this one out! What a bargain!
    I am not sure what style this would be.

    They also have this:

    Perfect if you need a LOT of room.

    I had the day off and have been taking down old wallpaper and pulling staples out of the floor in a spare room i am working on, and it is supposed to rain here tomorrow, so i am hurting all over now. It’s a gorgeous, huge bedroom, and it’s going to look great if i ever get done.

  25. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Someone save her:

    1489 Blackmer, Stockbridge, VT 05772
    $89,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 1 Bath

    Oooo my favorite so far tonight:

    17 Holman Ln, Norway, ME 04268
    $119,000 | 6 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    No wait, maybe this one. Why is this incredible house $35k??
    I need some ideas on how to break it to the hubs that we’re moving to northern Maine…

    18 Cushman St, Augusta, ME 04330
    $35,100 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

    • 67drake67drake says: 268 comments
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      1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
      Iowa County , WI

      That Norway ME is perfect for me. Gritty inside,and mostly original. I’d change very little-strip some wallpaper,and ask to owner to leave the furnishings. πŸ™‚

  26. Schaefme says: 12 comments

    First time posting altho ive been lurking and enjoying for the past six months. I’ve got a thing for colonial homes-the older and more wonky, the better. If only early settlers had chosen somewhere warmer, I’d snap one like this up in a heartbeat.

    • Don Carleton says: 261 comments

      I like the fact that the realtor built a fire in EVERY FP when s/he shot the property.

      Proves all the FPs are all in working condition and looks great…

      And if the 1789 listed build date is correct, it would be kind of cool to live in a house built the year of the French Revolution, non?

  27. tess says: 297 comments

    1. For lovers of snow, maple syrup, and Morgan horses. Brattleboro, VT 1780 farmhouse, with barns, pond, stream and fantastic views. Appears well maintained and easy to bring back to original state.

    2. For sun worshippers and history buffs. St. Augustine, Fl 1889 “Queen Anne Victorian”??? Beautiful home going to auction 2/14/17. You’ll have a very happy Valentine’s Day if you buy this one.

    3. For those with big Old House Dreams and hopefully big wallets. Minneapolis, MN 1915 mansion with glassed in porte-cochere and two amusement rooms. Must be in case you’re bored with the sunroom and the spa. A girl can dream, can’t she?

    • Cathy says: 2181 comments

      I surprised myself by liking the the second house the best. Its exterior didn’t do as much for me as the third house’s did, but love the interior of that second one. The bedroom with the arched window, built-in bookcase, & fp, along with its large bathroom, is sooo nice.

  28. LisaLou says: 102 comments

    This is the first time I’ve tried to share any house listing on OHD. Here goes, hopefully it will work!

    This is a house in Pine Bluff, AR. Fifteen years ago it was beautiful, well manicured; just a gem. It was sold to a man who went in and “modernized” a few things, then just closed it up. It hasn’t been lived in for maybe 7 or 8 years.

    I hope the site is reachable for anyone that wants to look. Not sure what house type it
    is; Queen Anne, Federal? I would like to learn how to tell the difference. Any suggestions to site that I could learn from is greatly appreciated!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s a Colonial Revival. Queen Anne’s dated pre-1910 (there were a few stragglers) and Federal homes pre-1840’s.

      There are a few sites that tell you house styles but I suggest the book A Field Guide to American Houses, it digs down into why a house is one style and not the other. (link:

    • Zoomey says: 523 comments

      Even though the photos are atrocious, it’s clear that is a beautiful house. Colonial revival is my favorite style, and this house is very elegant. What a shame it was let go, but the modern intrusions can be excised quite easily and the house can return to its roots, which are splendid!

  29. tess says: 297 comments

    I am absolutely in love with this house! Cocoa. Fl 1890’s waterfront cottage. Once was the town library. Fishing pier, screened porch, mangoes, bananas, and macadamia nuts…paradise.

    Be sure to watch the youtube video.

  30. Diane says: 67 comments

    First, two houses in Amsterdam, NY from the pending sales list. Amsterdam has a number of homes built for the wealthy, but like many towns along the Mohawk, it fell upon hard times. There are several mansions on the outside of this hill-side road. I seriously am waiting for the hillside to finally give way and have them tumble to the street below but they have lovely views. I regret the lovely fireplace facade now being in the kitchen, but I commend the owners both for leaving the wall alone and for finding a way to move the kitchen from the basement to the first floor. They did it far better than I’ve seen in several others in Amsterdam. I love the interior. I would have scooped this house up except I knew I’d need a servant to clean the wood work, another for the yard, a third for the garage/former carriage house, and another to carry me up and down the stairs. During spring or summer, I sometimes go to Lansingburg after work specifically to drive down this street. There are several blocks that are especially lovely and take you back to a different era. This house is on those blocks. I had to include this. Troy used to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the USA. There are still some gorgeous houses there from that era that haven’r been turned into apartments yet. I used to walk along these blocks looking at them. Around Washington Square there are other lovely ones.

    • Zoomey says: 523 comments

      Those are all splendid houses at absolutely jaw-dropping prices. They all look well-cared for, so I assume their owners find a way to maintain their lovely houses and find work in Troy and environs, which must be severely depressed if such gorgeous old mansions are going at such low prices. I’d be proud to own any one of those houses, so much rich detail and elegance. The woodwork in the first one is spectacular, particularly the ceilings on the main floor rooms.

    • Cathy says: 2181 comments

      The first two, in Amsterdam… nice! As you say, the first one has great views out over the Mohawk River Valley, to the hills on the other side. The second house – pretty, esp. the entrance hall, stairway, and stained glass windows. I’m in Utica, and have always thought the view of the lights of Amsterdam from the Thruway at night looks pretty – spread out below in the valley & crawling up the hills.

      • Diane says: 67 comments

        If you are ever aware of an old house for sale in a decent area out that way, I’d love to know. I rarely ever was out that way, I have no idea why, and am ignorant of the area. I am wide open for relocation and I am indeed past the age when most have retired so I legally can leave with little notice to my employer.
        The property taxes are too high in my area, as well as housing costs. I pay close to $4000 on my little 1,000 sq. ft. cookie cutter house form anout the 1920s. If you leave my area taxes drop considerably.
        The mayor for Troy/Lansingburgh wants to increase the property tax 24%. So far, the uproar has prevented it, but I suspect it will go up some. They already unrealistically have inflated the value of the houses on the tax roll.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Tons more pix of Amsterdam house on this page:

    • Susan S. says: 76 comments

      Love the first and second houses. The last one in Troy had beautiful fireplaces but would cost a fortune to return to a one-family dwelling. Loved your comment about why you couldn’t buy the second home–lol–me too!

      • Diane says: 67 comments

        Actually, I believe it has always been used as a one family. You would have to create entrances at each floor for it to be separate units. Presently, it is all one unit.

    • Laurie W. says: 1705 comments

      I could bunk happily in the 2nd house. All of them show they were built for a feeling of ease & hospitality.

  31. Cathy says: 2181 comments

    Kelly – My thought echos that of Lancaster John’s first comment… I kept looking at the old & new pics of your house & comparing them, because it looks as though the house has been extended, but I guess it’s just the porch making it seem that way. IMO, the porch works – looks like it really belongs there.

  32. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Simple and sweet:

    7520 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
    $229,500 | 4 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  33. Sarah M says: 45 comments

    I’m a little late, but I just came across this lovely house. If I could afford it, I would snatch it up!

  34. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Love this!

    1010 E Main St in East Central, Muncie, IN 47305
    $99,900 | 3 Bed β€’ 2 Bath

  35. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Wonderful original MCM, seems a bit pricey:

    6040 Crows Nest Dr in Delaware Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46228
    $275,000 | 3 Bed β€’ 3 Bath

    Former sanatorium:

    608 Woodruff Place Middle Dr in Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, IN 46201
    $449,000 | 7 Bed β€’ 5 Bath

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      Wasn’t the Swain Sanitarium in Woodruff Place listed here several years ago when it was offered for $185K?
      Another house on WP East Drive gathered quite a few comments here and is now offered for $500K. At the time we were commenting, it was completely stripped and needed foundation work. I’m glad to see that it has been completely repaired, updated, and tastefully restored with Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper — must be, for that price, I haven’t seen the house since. Similarly, 544 WP Mid Dr was decaying and abandoned and is now on the market for $350K.
      Tecumseh Street is NOT in Woodruff Place, there’s a fence between its lots and the alley behind WP East Dr, but a house on that street that didn’t sell for $150K is now back on the market for $169K. I was shown it in December 2012 and decided it wasn’t worth buying for $17K — it went for $14,400. But I make many wrong decisions.
      And I certainly don’t know what houses are worth. I see HGTV shows about people buying little tract houses in SoCal for $400K and selling them for $500K. Is snow all that horrible? Do ordinary jobs in California pay $100/hr.?

  36. says: 1 comments

    3rd oldest house in Georgetown, SC for sale:

  37. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    I have missed a couple Fridays and finally caught up with regular posts! Here are some shares-

    A CA vineyard home, with a CA pricetag.

    This house needs some serious TLC but seems like a pretty untouched slate to begin with.

    Great opportunity to fix up the worst house on the street! You may even end up with instant equity.

    Another high priced stunner. A bit new for some of you, but the details are great.

    This is quite a looker. I know there are some updates, but there is a lot of charm left. Newel post lights always get my attention. πŸ™‚

  38. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    An interesting house struggling through different eras, but great potential.

    I swooned at the first interior shot. The mural and the fretwork are lovely.

    Those stairs… the wide plank floors. love.

    I wish the pics of this were better and there was more of them.

    I am torn. I want to hate the updates, but I love whats left too. The struggle is real.

  39. BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

    I just saw this one in Zanesville, OH, and had to share! It’s a stunner called the Schultz Mansion.

  40. BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

    Just saw this one, and couldn’t remember if it had been posted here before…? Here she is again, just in case, in Franklin, VA.:

  41. Diane says: 67 comments
    I really wanted to share the stairway, hallway and built-ins and fireplace. I also love the windows and dislike the kitchen and missing wall.
    I’not sure the interior is really married but I do find this intriguing and would love comments.

  42. Maureen Saunders says: 5 comments

    I’ve lived in this town for 9 years now and had no idea this house existed. Too bad it’s in downtown Elyria, I don’t think it will ever sell for the listed price or anywhere near it.

  43. SusanD says: 1 comments

    This house has quite a bit of history associated with it. I am sorry to be moving from it but due to circumstances, the house is listed.

  44. Candace says: 7 comments–31

    This is the Joseph Mann homestead in Randolph, Mass. Built in 1734, and said to be the oldest home in the town!

    This one is my favorite- a 1768 barn/business home in New Hampshire. There is a funny painting of a fireplace where a fireplace should be as well. πŸ™‚

  45. LauraT says: 2 comments

    This house is so wonderfully period correct where it counts. We viewed it and loved it. A bit far out for us but someone will be lucky to get this home!

  46. Lisa says: 29 comments

    Wow!!! Great House Kelly.
    Keep up the good work.
    Love this site, it’s always a hilight of my days…

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