January 27, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Cathy says: 2257 comments

    I have a pic of my father, as an infant (born 1918), in a dress similar to what the toddler in this photo is wearing. And several years later, pics of he & his dad in knickerbockers & knee socks, dressed as some of these males are. The woman, third person from the right, was a tiny-waisted item!

    What’s the correct term for the cresting along a roof ridge, as this house has/had?

    And what would be the purpose of the shims under some of the shingles of the main & porch roofs?

    • mlsheelermlsheeler says: 53 comments
      1929 Brick Foursquare
      Harrisonburg, VA

      Are they shims or could they be something still left from the roofers, like “steps” or ladder holders?

    • GeoffreyPS says: 102 comments

      The shims are in line with the chimney. My guess is they are there to brace a ladder against (flat against the roof) to get up to the chimney to clean it.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

      The only term I know is ridge cresting. This simple house has a few elements of Victorian ornamentation. The turned porch posts with corner brackets and the ridge cresting being the two that jump out. I’m guessing the wood pieces on the roof are an early 20th century version of roof jacks, used to provide access to the chimney on this steep roof slope.

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      Thanks for your answers.

  2. olive says: 56 comments

    Hannibal, MO Queen Anne Victorian.

    Full Disclosure – this is my house. I bought an old brick schoolhouse so Victorian is ready for a new owner.
    Happy for any comments or to answer any questions. Hannibal has lots of beautiful old and cheap homes, so you don’t have to just dream of owning an old home, you actually can!


  3. Maria E. says: 8 comments

    Happy Friday! I wanted to post a house that I had posted a while ago on the Friday link exchange. It is magnificent in real life! We were home shopping, and this one was on the list, so we saw it once and then went back. All the bathrooms are original. I almost fainted because of their beauty! I like everything original in old homes 🙂 There is a servant room in the attic and also one in the basement. Lots of gorgeous, unpainted woodwork. The dining room is beautiful. Oh, and they had a piece of the original wallpaper on display. It would look amazing with replica period wallpaper. All around wonderful home and very well maintained. Although this would have been my ideal home, we ended up buying a cute little 1920s home that was 100k cheaper, sigh. One day, though, I’ll be back for this one or one like it 🙂 Oh, and it has the original ice box and lovely butlers pantry. Here it is: http://www.ruhlhomes.com/single-family-home-for-sale/ia/davenport/52803/1028-mississippi-avenue__277056

    • mlsheelermlsheeler says: 53 comments
      1929 Brick Foursquare
      Harrisonburg, VA

      Wow, what a staircase! Can’t imagine making the decision to let it go.

    • Schaefme says: 12 comments

      Wow! This house is about 200 years too young for me, but completely stunning. The woodwork is too die for!

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1058 comments

      Oh my gosh the stairway and pantry is to die for!!!!! WANT

    • akd1953 says: 190 comments

      That staircase! It is a fairy tale come alive. The whole house is beautiful but the stair case is a stunner.

    • says: 24 comments

      I should have knocked on some beautiful mill-work. Geez. I go ahead and mention on the first house that the stairway is one of the BEST I have ever seen. Then THIS?! THIS! How whimsical! Gorgeous! Zounds! Why oh why are there not pictures of any bathrooms? And the kitchen is….sad? I am hunting the internet to find out more about this home!

      • says: 24 comments

        I should have knocked on some beautiful mill-work. Geez. I go ahead and mention on the first house that the stairway is one of the BEST I have ever seen. Then THIS?! THIS! How whimsical! Gorgeous! Zounds! Why oh why are there not pictures of any bathrooms? And the kitchen is….sad? I am hunting the internet to find out more about this home! EDIT:
        There is a bathroom photo in the youtube tour! It is fabulously vintage. So enticing!

        • Maria E. says: 8 comments

          There was a picture of one of the bathrooms when it was first listed, but they updated the listing with new pictures. I’m going to see if I can still find them somewhere online. I should have taken pictures while there, but was too excited to even think about it, haha:) My Dad did go through with the go pro and captured one of the bathrooms. Maybe I can get that uploaded. It’s a truly spectacular home! Oh, and I do agree about the kitchen, sad. The only thing I like about that is the ice box. Would have loved the original kitchen!

    • BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

      What a glorious home. Just stunning!

  4. DJ says: 1 comments

    The community of Castroville (Texas) was settled by citizens who immigrated from Alsace France.
    This residence was formerly a one room school (1850ish)
    There are no interior pics, but if anyone is interested, I know the owner and can get access to snap some.

  5. Cathy says: 2257 comments

    A mix of styles in Rochester, NY:

    1) 1900, very nice leaded glass & built-ins:

    2) 1940 Cape, whose interior is rather cute:

    3) 1950 brick Cape. Nothing special, except… the bathrooms, esp. the vintage pink & mint one!

    4) 1926, large Tudor revival. Lovely garden, too.

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      Nice to see houses in Rochester; I grew up in Pittsford, next door. The first house is my fave, plenty of space with what looks like good flow. I love the leaded glass inside. Very attractive woodwork & what can beat a walk-in linen closet (& sewing room)?? The front welcomes visitors, nicely ornamented but with restraint. And a good-sized yard downtown! A+ all around! Special award to the agent for LABELING photos — it’s a plus to know what you’re looking at.

      It’s a pleasure to see old houses being valued there again. When I was a kid, the city built the 1st “expressway” & even at 9 or 10 yrs, I was distressed at the wholesale demolition of lovely houses along East Avenue to make way for it. Some beauties were lost, as in too many places.

      • Cathy says: 2257 comments

        Good, glad you enjoyed seeing these. Yep, that first one is esp. nice. I’d love to have a walk-in closet… I also like the reading nook/mini-library of that one bedroom.

    • Teri R says: 276 comments

      Cathy, I really enjoyed viewing the 11 Arnold Park home you posted. Lovely.

      • Cathy says: 2257 comments

        Good, glad! Besides the leaded glass, I like the built-ins in the DR & what I guess is the library of #1. And even really like & would keep the wallpaper in the library.

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1058 comments

      2 and 3 are really cute houses. 1, loved it except maybe the bathrooms are not my favourite. 4, nice nice house.

  6. David says: 26 comments

    These pictures break my heart. Hurricane damage to a waterfront home in St. Augustine. They are still asking 750K, but it will need a LOT of work….


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

    I’m always amazed at how slender everyone is in these old pictures. Now, when we’re more obsessed about exercise and nutrition, we’re all fighting our expanding waistlines. ugh.

    I took a virtual tour of Pennsylvania today, which seems to have more than its share of fine old homes for sale.

    This first is a huge Victorian in very good shape which could use a slight declutter so it’s beauty can shine through again.

    Here’s a lovely stone Victorian with some slightly blurry pictures, but still nice to view.

    this is probably my favorite. An Extremely well maintained Colonial revival with a vintage kitchen to die for. Also love the built-in round mirror over the fireplace.

    Another PA Colonial revival with intact woodwork and an updated kitchen.

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      My faves are the last two, the Colonial Revivals. The last one, esp: that wide fp inglenook – with the radiators below the benches!, the bi-fold glazed doors, the built-in bookcases, the first all-white original bathroom (although I would paint or paper above the tiling, to go with the aqua/blue banding) with the marble-trimmed shower stall!, the sleeping porch, the upstairs fp’s… lovely!!

      • says: 24 comments

        I fell head over heels in love with the original bath! nycsmf lead us on with “intact woodwork”; where as I said out loud “what about the intact TILE?!” Personally, I like the updated bath as well?! So weird for me to say! The red/black/white vintage kitchen in the prior listing was too much fun! Thanks for the great list!

    • Meka says: 6 comments

      Yes, the first home is 7,200 square feet but looks like it has furniture for a 10,000 square foot house squeezed in. Maybe the victorians would approve though – they did like their clutter!

    • Colleen Johnson says: 1058 comments

      All four amazing listings, but the last one … OH MY GOD!! that fireplace!!!!!! Definantly my favorite.

    • RitaB says: 106 comments

      My family had a discussion re that very thinness. I’m approaching 70 and when I thought about this, I remembered that we virtually never ate between meals. Grew up on a farm and all our veg was fresh from the garden or canning stuff in the winter. I don’t remember anything in the “snack” category other than Hostess stuff -twinkies, cupcakes, and snowballs – and it was a big treat. We just didn’t eat huge plates of food and I only had one fat kid in my class. Slender seemed to be the norm.

  8. STeve Fischer says: 5 comments

    Is a house ever too opulent – too gaudy? This house in Natchez is stunning on the inside. Natchez Ms. is a pretty town full of great old houses, however the economy is poor and certain crime statistics are way above average. I love marble.


    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      Yeah, this one – its interior – is pretty much OTT, IMO! ? Its exterior is considerably more sedate than once inside. However, other than the gilded columns & painted ceilings, a lot of that probably has to do with the added decor. I do like the damask fabric used on the DR chairs, though. And the wallpaper in the red canopied & draperied bedroom.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

      Within the Italian Renaissance Revival/ Beaux-Arts style of this house, the opulence is appropriate. Not something I’d want for myself, but you have to respect the detail and craftsmanship.

    • Annabelle says: 82 comments

      Lord have mercy! I laughed and laughed! Each picture was more opulent than the last. I am afraid I feel like I would have to dress formally everyday just to match the house! Seriously, a ballroom! 12,000 square feet is a bit big for my husband and myself. I adore the toilet framed by the beautiful burgundy silk and velvet curtains! It really looks fit for royalty and that is a really low price for what you are getting. Can you imagine trying to fill it with furniture? Oye Vey! Hey! Let’s all go in on it and sit in the giant dining room and have champagne brunches!

      • Cathy says: 2257 comments

        This made me go back & look at that bathroom. I had really only noticed the sink before. With its surrounding treatments, the toilet itself looks so… inconsequential & ordinary – it doesn’t live up to its surroundings!

    • Arkham says: 69 comments

      It has it’s own ballroom!

      Life goals, right here…

  9. STeve Fischer says: 5 comments

    This is a Trost Home in El Paso Texas -In the leading old historic neighborhood (Sunset Heights) perhaps in the Southwest. https://www.trulia.com/property/3255752728-525-Corto-Way-El-Paso-TX-79902

    I took several other photos of the inside but don’t know how to post on here.

  10. Coqu says: 249 comments

    Wow, this looks like one of my parents’ earliest homes. I bet theirs too had a front porch like this originally. Wish we could see the other side to see the other wing that appears to be there. Wonder if this one has a bay window like ours–you can see pretty clearly through the opposing lower-level room window on this one (unless that’s a reflection)—perhaps it does! Cool, thanks!

    • STeve Fischer says: 5 comments

      If you google earth 525 Corto Way 79902 – you can see most sides and even more when you switch from street view. I love that entire neighborhood. It borders Mexico.

      • Coqu says: 249 comments

        I think you might have replied to the wrong person? I was referring to the small house pictured at the top of the page…your address shows a very large home. I’d love to see, but I have a feeling this is wrong, unless I’m zoning out 🙂

  11. says: 34 comments

    This isn’t a house for sale (sold last year). The people that bought it are meticulously restoring it. They had a topic recently on restoring cracked plaster walls. They do everything they can save anything original. Absolutely amazing house.

    • mlsheelermlsheeler says: 53 comments
      1929 Brick Foursquare
      Harrisonburg, VA

      Wow! I’ve seen it photographed as an abandoned house, had no idea someone bought it. Will definitely keep up with the progress!

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1038 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Terri, thank you for listing Selma Plantation. I saw videos of it on Youtube a few years ago, and it made a real impression as probably one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen — even in derelict condition, it was utterly stunning. How wonderful that it’s being restored.

  12. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Kelly–Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!

    Here’s a ‘quintessential’ 1750 Connecticut cottage priced at $27,000:


  13. Chris says: 11 comments

    Here’s an interesting one!

    Driving by the CT shore, I noticed this little hole in the wall amongst turn- of- the century cottages. It looks as though it hasn’t been touched since it was built (including original contents). I found this pamphlet about the area http://www.grovebeachpoint.org/GBPAJJSCover.htm
    -going to see the property, let me know if you’d like pics of the interior

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Love the fourth house; colonial revival is fast becoming my second favorite house type after second empire.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Love the 4th….solid beauty. The Spanish colonial is wonderful in parts, but very uneven. Hard to believe the pictures are from the same house.

    • Jenny McCoy says: 140 comments

      Great picks, Jennifer HT!! I loved each of them. Thanks for finding these.

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      Another vote for the fourth house, the good-sized colonial revival! The DR alone was enough to grab me, never mind the rest of it, with plenty of good stuff!

    • JOE says: 756 comments

      I like your cheap house. Looks like a brick Italianate that has lost its tower and has the wrong porch. I hope someone who appreciates it gets it.

  14. prettypaddle says: 189 comments

    Not a house for sale, but this guy’s models of old houses and cars are so realistic! Hm, the link didn’t post. If you search “Minature car model DeMilked” you should find it.

  15. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Some of it is still there. :/

    3400 Penley Dr in Schweiter East, Wichita, KS 67218
    $250,000 | 3 Bed • 4 Bath

  16. mlsheelermlsheeler says: 53 comments
    1929 Brick Foursquare
    Harrisonburg, VA

    Hello everyone! First time poster here, stumbled upon the site while researching some houses my partner and I are interested in.

    An unfortunate victim of small town sprawl here, this house sits solidly in a neighborhood of 1970s fairly cookie cutter ranches. Sad that its property value likely won’t increase, no matter what kind of work and love goes into it. 150k is the high end of the neighborhood. So much potential, but at this point in our lives our first old house will not likely be our last. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/242-1st-St-Broadway-VA-22815/2097352776_zpid/

    This is the house I’ve fallen head over heals for, and which we’re hoping to put an offer on in the near future. Basically move-in ready, but still a fairly blank canvas. Embossed tin shingle roof has to stay, vinyl siding has to go! Lots of history to dig up, too, I think. The surprisingly formal front porch had me baffled at first, but then I stumbled upon the Sears Crescent kit house. After poking around on that trail, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are just too many strikes against it to be a real Crescent. But if that’s the case, someone still went to an absurd amount of effort to copy the design. In the late 1800s, a streetcar ran on Elm Ave. The trees in front of the house are enormous, wonder if if the streetcar ran under them or if they were planted when the house was built? http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/903-Elm-Ave-Grottoes-VA-24441/108057418_zpid/


    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I really like the kitchen and bathrooms in that second house. Good luck on your purchase!

    • says: 10 comments

      That is a cute house. Would you keep the pink tile in the bathroom?

    • Annabelle says: 82 comments

      I really like the first house in Broadway. The listing agent mentioned that the Apple tree was “famous”. Why is it famous I wonder? The neighborhood really isn’t too bad. All it takes is for one or two neighbors beautifying their homes and the property value increases.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I am fascinated by the old picture vs. the new picture of the Herington, KS house. It’s like one of those “find the differences” puzzles in a magazine! So far I’ve found: missing roof finials, a missing stained glass window, glaringly changed porch columns (all wrong), the addition of fancy trim on the edge of the porch roof which wasn’t there before, brick steps and column supports instead of wood, and I would guess the wood lattice under the porch is gone too but you can’t see it because of the bushes. At first glance the house seems unchanged but when you looks closely, it’s been changed a lot! It’s so interesting.

      • Cathy says: 2257 comments

        Your comment made me go back & look, because I hadn’t noticed all of those differences at first glance. There’s lattice, but it’s been changed. You can see it in the first pic, & just catch a glimpse of it – now the diagonal kind – between the bushes & the front steps in the second one.

    • Rob says: 38 comments

      When I lived in sf I walked by this house and dreamed. Thanks for the post and memories.

    • Eileen M says: 288 comments

      The Rockford, IL property could be gorgeous. I hate to see these gems go duplex.

  17. DANPDX says: 80 comments

    I’m sharing some great old properties in Spokane, WA. The city actually has some amazing turn-of-the-century homes with original features intact that are not Seattle/West Coast priced. Sadly, there are vintage neighborhoods that are fading away as the city continues to build new burbs and McMansions on the outer borders. Hope someone can save these beauties before they disappear:

    1. E.J. Cannon home – E. J. Cannon was a prominent Spokane attorney who was instrumental in establishing the School of Law at Gonzaga University in Spokane. The Rockwood neighborhood was the most fashionable in Spokane at the time the home was built and still a neighborhood with many fine single family mansions from the early 20th century. The home was nominated to the Spokane Register of Historic Places – see the nomination here:


    This home has had a rough history the past few years (have watched the property for nearly 40 years as I lived in the area as a college student in the 70’s). Let’s hope someone saves this one:

    416 E Rockwood Blvd
    Spokane, WA 99202

    2. Sweet little craftsman in a nice neighborhood…hate the siding and not crazy about the 60’s through 80’s kitchen and bath updates, but love the public areas on the 1st floor and the massive rock fireplace:

    2318 W Mission Ave
    Spokane, WA 99201

    3. This craftsman has fallen on hard times, but has some great original millwork and the open front front porch is a fantastic feature….just needs some love:

    723 W Providence Ave
    Spokane, WA 99205

    4. A beauty from Spokane’s past…the home was occupied by Lewis Prager, a successful German born wholesale merchant and family in 1910. This home is typical of the original occupants of the Cannon Hill neighborhood established in the early 1900’s, which was a fashionable upper-middle class neighborhood. A gem…love the millwork, stair and entry:

    1504 W 10th Ave
    Spokane, WA 99204

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That first house is totally amazing. I sure hope someone who appreciates it buys it and shines it up! I have to say that I am fascinated by the 4th house, really cool, but why why why (it’s a soapbox issue for me) doesn’t the realtor do something about the mess before taking listing pictures???? Even if I had to clean the place up myself, I would not post pictures like this on a listing. If there’s any hope of the residents moving out soon, wait till they are gone, or something!

      • danpdx says: 80 comments

        Sad (#4)…looks almost like an older person that had lived there for years moved/died and years and years of accumulation…removing some of the clutter would have really improved the appeal of this house to buyers..

      • Teri R says: 276 comments

        The bathroom in picture 10 of the first house! Cream and white <3

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      No. 3 makes me sad. Such a cute little house deserving a loving hand. One thing I don’t understand is that brick column in the living room. Do you think at there might have originally been a fireplace on that wall which was removed, necessitating the rerouting of some type of exhaust from the basement?

      The first house: wanted to love based on the handsome exterior, but the interior is really kind of a difficult. I’m not even sure it was esthetically successful when new.

      • danpdx says: 80 comments

        I was thinking likely a fireplace or wood stove originally in that area with the brick on #3…I agree the interiors of the first house are over-the-top and not terribly attractive…wondering if they were altered at some point in the past (i.e.paint, etc)

  18. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    This was probably a time capsule before the carpets were tore out. It was probably gold shag!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Oh my gosh how much do I love this house???? At that price (normal for LA but nevertheless pretty steep) someone with either deep pockets or a bulldozer will buy it. Lets hope the deep pockets and an appreciation for this grand old lady.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Look at all the pictures that had hung at one time in that green bedroom! They’re were regimented!

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      I can’t believe someone painted over the tilework of the LR fp!! And…I would like to see more of the Jack & Jill bathroom that’s between the aqua & bright green bedrooms; from what I can see, it looks great.

    • danpdx says: 80 comments

      Beautiful home…so much potential

  19. Cora says: 2059 comments

    Gah! What what?
    My birthday is coming up… THIS is what I want:

    139 Ridge Ave, Greendale, IN 47025

    $59,500 | 8 Bed • 9 Bath

  20. doug green says: 82 comments

    I haven’t seen much to post here on the west coast. The real estate market has been very slow with very few worthy of this site.
    Here is the exception to the rule. An original house in the same family for 90 years and designed by George Washing Smith often called the father of the Spanish Revival Style in California and it appears to still have some of the original furnishings.

  21. BarbF says: 34 comments

    Here’s an 1884 Victorian in Knoxville, TN with lots of unpainted wood:


    Next, a rustic 1935 home on 20 acres in Crossville, TN:


    Last, an impressive 1859 home in Morristown, Tn:


    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      It would be great to hire an experienced architect to incorporate the Crossville house into a larger Home mimicking the same design esthetic.

  22. Cora says: 2059 comments

    454 Victoria Ave in Daniels Hill, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    $59,900 | 7 Bed • 3 Bath

    1406 Floyd St in Diamond Hill, Lynchburg, VA 24501
    $12,500 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath

    2406 Memorial Ave in Miller Park, Lynchburg, VA 24501
    $55,000 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath

  23. Jeanne says: 4 comments

    I first saw this house on Lynette Jennings Design in the late 1990s. It is called the “Abalone House” and built in 1891 in Pacific Grove, CA. I am not in love with the wallpaper, but it is sweetly whimsical with a pretty yard and ocean views.

  24. Cora says: 2059 comments

    This may have been shared at some point. Selma Plantation. I believe it was just a couple of winters away from being reclaimed by Mother Earth.
    A couple has purchased it with plans to restore. Still in the stabilization phase right now (roof repair, removing trees that have fallen on the mansion, etc), but there are many wonderful interior photos of this magnificent house. Just beautiful… Breathtaking.


  25. Jessica says: 1 comments

    I read this article: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/amana-clear-creek/2017/01/26/sale-piece-iowa-county-history/97080454/

    Then searched the realtors page for the listing:
    And found this one available, too:

    Kind of unique properties.

    I found this site back in November. I have never commented, but I sure appreciate those who do. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • GeoffreyPS says: 102 comments

      Interesting comment in the first listing. The realtor says it has fallen into disrepair but cannot be demolished due to the historical designation. I thought that was ultimately the problem with some historical designations, that some owners were finding it easier to demolish and start over than to deal with all the hassles associated with the designation.

    • Teri says: 276 comments

      Interesting find – old 1884 hotel in Iowa’s Amana colonies! With this marketing, hopefully, it will find an owner to fix it up! Lots of potential!

  26. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    It’s gotten to be so seldom nowadays that you can find a brick Federal-period masterpiece with all the goodies and within smelling distance of salt water for under $45,000:


    • Paulthedreamer says: 35 comments

      Amazing house at an unbelievable price. This could be beautiful. The proportions look good.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      OK, what’s wrong with Salem NJ? This is amazing.

      • GeoffreyPS says: 102 comments

        Witches with an unnaturally dark tan that like to drink and party a lot?

      • Lancaster John says: 884 comments

        The Delaware River bay coast of New Jersey was settled very early on by Quakers and other groups and remains quite rural considering its proximity to Philadelphia and other large east coast cities. Likely because it is a “dead end” — there are no through roads north-south. I like this area and these towns where many old homes are available at generally lower prices than on the Delaware side of the bay. The only problem is that it’s New Jersey — high property taxes, high income taxes etc., whereas Delaware is known as somewhat of a tax haven with no sales tax, reasonable property and income taxes, etc. But this area is definitely worth a look for old house lovers.

        • Will says: 59 comments

          Salem has some really bad areas that you wouldn’t want to walk around in the daylight, much less after dark. Some streets look like the worst of Detroit or Newark, NJ. I wouldn’t take a house there for free.

    • akd1953 says: 190 comments

      I get confused when the description says “colonial” no matter what the house looks like, this one adds built 1880. A colonial built in 1880?

      • CharlesB says: 479 comments

        They weren’t building houses like this in 1880 (it would have been like building a split-level with Masonite siding in 2017). There’s a historical society-type plaque on this house that says ‘1828.’ I’d go with that rather than the date the listing agent provided.

    • Jenny McCoy says: 140 comments

      When you say “within smelling distance of salt water” do you mean it’s close to a beach? This is a lovely home, but if it’s close to the beach, that makes this a magnificent buy!!

      • CharlesB says: 479 comments

        ‘Smelling distance of salt water’ means it’s a block and a half from the Salem River, a tidal estuary. A good and proper beach would be about 3 1/2 miles distant.

      • Lancaster John says: 884 comments

        Would be an easy drive for a day at the beach in Cape May, Stone Harbor, etc. or any of the southern New Jersey beach towns.

  27. Cora says: 2059 comments

    34864 Z Hwy, Orrick, MO 64077
    $145,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath

    1521 Franklin Ave, Lexington, MO 64067
    $99,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    311 Spring St, Boonville, MO 65233
    $154,900 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath

    1113 S Elmwood Dr, Mexico, MO 65265
    $219,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  28. SandyF says: 130 comments

    This is a house that I have been watching for years-one of the best neighborhoods in historic Riverside CA.
    There are no interior shots yet-but it was just listed last night.
    If I weren’t looking to downsize-would not be able to resist. Riverside is coming around and will be something to watching the future. This home is one of the best Craftsman’s in Riverside.

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      Yeah, considering the exterior, would like to see inside! The aerial views of the surrounding landscape… some of them are really beautiful.

  29. CocoaG says: 72 comments

    1915 Victorian with lots of unpainted woodwork. Can’t handle the space age shower.
    5 bed, 4 bath, Monroe, NC.

    Spectacular 1917 Italianate Mansion. Former home of Berry Gordy, Jr. Pending sale.
    10 bed, 7 bath, Detroit, MI.

  30. Schaefme says: 12 comments

    She is humble from the outside, but once inside…those floors. I could absolutely see myself living in this home. https://www.trulia.com/property/1045548267-86-South-Ave-Pleasant-Valley-NY-12569

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      Sweet house. I’m not sure what they’re doing with the ceilings is right. “Humble” is just the perfect word — I’d come to love its venerable outside.

  31. Rita says: 21 comments

    I simply love this 1927 home in a nicer neighborhood in my hometown. I’d move right in. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/807-Fulton-St-Wausau-WI-54403/71281498_zpid/

  32. Diane says: 67 comments

    I stumbled onto this house again. Every time I see it, I again fall in love with its woodwork. I love the doors, both interior and exterior, and the wonderful curves. The drop ceilings must be removed. And it must be a one family.

    • JimHJimH says: 5236 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Diane, you’re right about the great doors in that house, starting with the front! The listing says 1920 – more like 1875. Thanks!

    • JOE says: 756 comments

      Hi Diane,
      You seem to be doing some pretty good stumbling. I like this house a lot, but was bemoaning the lack of pictures. The stairs, I want to see the stairs!
      The house, according to Gmaps is only one hour and twenty minutes from here, so my Realtor is making an appointment for me to see it on Friday. Have camera, will travel. If Kelly picks this one for the site, I will e-mail her copies of the photos, if not I will put them in another reply to you on this post.
      Thanks for finding it.

      • Diane says: 67 comments

        Please tell me all! Not just because I love it each time I see it (in spite of its location on the main street in an apparently tiny town and apparently having to travel for everything) but also because part of me keeps saying – can I retire there? I’m actually looking at retirement locations as well as just enjoying looking at old houses. As I said, each time I see this one, I’m in love again (doors and woodwork). If you’re interested in buying, and I assume you are, good luck!

        • JOE says: 756 comments

          Dear Diane,
          My Realtor is working on an appointment to see it on Friday at 2:30. I have no interest in this property to buy it personally. I will take lots of pictures for you and try to get a feel for the area. I am going to look at it as research on what is available. The vicarious feel for the houses on the site are great, but nothing beats going and seeing it in person.
          Please tell me what you want me to notice particularly. I will come up with a rough floor plan for you and try to get room dimensions if I can. Are you looking to return it to a single family home? I am good at evaluating the plausibility of doing so. I am not good at estimating costs, because I do most work myself.
          I am doing this for a fun outing. It will be much more fun for me if I am looking for you than just for kicks so please feel free to load me up with questions. I won’t do anything that I don’t feel like doing, so ask away.
          My goal is to be informed for a potential purchase two years down the line. I don’t set deadlines so it may be longer. I am currently redoing two house for myself and will need to have them done before I do another.

          • Diane says: 67 comments

            I, too, am very curious about the stairway. Taking a picture from the top but none of the stairway itself seems strange.
            In the area I live in, in the few times I’ve been houses with the entry set up as this is with the gorgeous doors to each side, one goes into equally impressive rooms to each side (with different functions), with perhaps discrete doors for the servants at the back sides of the entry hall beyond the stairs except in the palatial ones which give no indicators where the servants might have entered. Objectively, these houses are well designed for later division into four apartments, which is a shame.
            The house draws me each time I see it, but I suspect it is on a busy street, and I do not want to return to main-street life although I do want to be relatively near the things one needs as one “matures” (another way of saying getting older).
            My desire is for a one family home. Some two-family homes can be converted with relative ease, but I suspect 4 is a lot to tackle. One might be able to rent several for more income to direct to the conversions and restoration but that is something one must seriously consider in depth before taking on the project. Due to an injury, I no longer can leap in do the work as I did before, which is very frustrating. I sincerely commend you on having both the knowledge and ability to do your own work. So many muddle the house instead of actually doing what should be done.
            I am doing what you are doing, also starting with a two-year window. I have the disadvantage of not having settled specifically onto one area although I have narrowed it considerably.
            Pennsylvania was one of many places I lived as as child when I didn’t live with my grandparents in their essentially untouched 1850 house, and it would be a nice state to return to, assuming I found a home I’d be comfortable in, and that definitely means an older home.
            I very much appreciate the effort you are willing to extend to get information for me. Thank you very much for that. If I can ever reciprocate up here in my part of NYS, I would be happy to do so if possible. I have a suspicion the area is not of interest to you, but the offer is sincere.

            • JOE says: 756 comments

              No need to feel overly grateful, I am really doing it for my own pleasure. One of my favorite things to do is to look at a house, figure out what needs doing and how to go about it, and designing any changes that I think would be necessary. Having you in the equation makes it more real.

            • JOE says: 756 comments

              Dear Diane,
              I have just gotten home from Highspire. I left at 12:45 and am getting home at 6:30, with a quick stop at Home D on the way back. I have to say that your “stumbling” really found a hidden gem. I took 136 pictures to try to capture the detailing. Although I was only able to see the center hall and the two apartments on the left side of the house when you walk in the front door and the entire third floor. The ones to the right were not accessible today.
              I have doubts from what you have said that the location on a busy street will suit you, but it sure was fun to see. It is only minutes to the Three Mile Island power plant.
              I have very little experience with my camera, transferring photos into separate files, giving them captions etc.. I think it best that I post it on the February 3rd Link and Exchange discussion. I will try to get it all together this weekend. Have to say that the house has a magnificent, untouched, (but in need of restoration), staircase that rises to all three floors with a continuous, darkly stained, oak bannister and beautifully turned oak balusters with octagonal bases. I took pictures to get every detail that I could. Even the corbels on the third floor dormers, which emerge from a fish scale slate roof, have the incised carving typical of the Eastlake style. Maybe I can get Kelly to give me some tips.
              It will take me more time than I have now to tell you more, so look for my post this weekend. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing this old house to the link and exchange so I could go see it. I had a great time.

        • JOE says: 756 comments

          Just wanted to let you know that my Realtor says it is currently four apartments. I can’t wait to see if the stair is still in there somewhere.

        • JOE says: 756 comments

          Dear Diane,
          I have posted on the Feb 3 link and exchange starting 2/4 at 8:26 pm without pictures. Kelly suggested flickr for the pictures. I just posted the pictures. If you want to contact me directly I am at dersieito@gmail.com I can send you a direct link to the flickr album as well as answer questions privately. It has been both fun and educational.

  33. Diane says: 67 comments

    Another one. I am concerned about the missing support on the curved porch. I would love to see this restored. I think it may have grown piecemeal although the date given is 1900, but please feel free to correct me. In spite of all that needs to be done, I see there is a Jacuzzi. I believe that is what I’m seeing.

    • Carolyn says: 302 comments

      Cool house but talk about being swallowed by suburbia, Yikes! Thank goodness there’s still some land left with it although it’s situated really odd with the front facing everyone’s back yards.

      • Diane says: 67 comments

        I suspect the land along the roadway was this home’s farmland at one time. I’ve seen the farm house set well back many times (as well as up against the roadway for others), leaving sufficient roadside land that later was as plots for houses when need for money arose. Not the original intent, but it worked well for obtaining money. Pure conjecture, but this farm probably went the way of so many and became a housing development or two.

    • olive says: 56 comments

      Really like this one – esp the barn. Until I looked at street view. How depressing. A once beautiful spot surrounded by beige-land. My Auntie lives in York.

  34. Sarah says: 6 comments

    We found this one on Old House Dreams a few years ago and made it ours – so much amazing history here (and even prettier in person). As life is taking us to Virginia next, we’re getting her ready to go back on the market –

    Miller House | 1888 Italianate in Northern New York
    154 Ten Eyck Street
    Watertown, NY 13601

  35. Eileen M says: 288 comments

    My mother was born in Watertown and I know that her family had property on Ten Eyck St. Unfortunately, that’s as much as I know about it. It’s nice to dream that this house may have belonged to my family MANY years ago.

  36. says: 6 comments

    I thought I’d share the house I just bought this month. It’s a small 1920s bungalow with 2 bedrooms and a huge unfinished attic. I’m just over the moon. I live alone, so this size is the absolute most I can manage! I have a strong suspicion it’s a kit house, perhaps from Pacific Ready-Cut Homes, but I haven’t been able to find any hard evidence for it. Enjoy!


    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      Congrats – that’s a cute house! I esp. like the front door & the craftsman style windows. Enjoy!

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      Adorable! So happy for you. I just love small houses (not the “tiny house” fads), like cottages. It’s fun to note ones I’d like to live in if I were alone — this sure fills the bill! Looks in move-in shape too, with room for everything but not extra space to gather dust & drive you nuts. Enjoy!!

  37. Cora says: 2059 comments

    21070 Gum Tree Rd, Orange, VA 22960
    $95,000 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

  38. Cora says: 2059 comments

    7350 Zimmerman Ave in Colonial, Pennsauken, NJ 08110
    $74,900 | 6 Bed • 1 Bath

  39. Claudia says: 6 comments

    Thinking about purchasing this house? what do you guys think?


    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Wow. This is unique. There are elements that I love, like the mid century exterior, and the vast, shaded porches. The setting looks beautiful. The interior is a bit of a challenge because of the cement construction, I guess. I like the beamed ceilings but it looks like the beams are covered with a bumpy surface. The absence of an entry hall is a little surprising for so large a home. I think the lighting scheme may pose a bit of a challenge. The sconces are numerous and very close to the ceiling. I’m sure there’s a cool midcentury solution that would be more appropriate than those dainty faux Victorian fixtures. Something like this:


      The toughest part might be the built in concrete furniture. Overall it could be a fun project. If you buy it, will you keep the eagle on top?

      • Claudia says: 6 comments

        You describe my thoughts so perfectly, If we do buy it i will get rid of the indoor cement benches. The beams are steel incased in cement (probably will get rid of the cement and will expose the stem beams) Not sure what to do with the scones, there are so many! And the eagle is the best part, my husband loves eagles, I did not share anything about the house before going to see it… his face expression was priceless!!!!

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      I usually like colonial & tudor revivals, , but… this house is so unusual & interesting – seems to be a blend of styles, that I rather like it. And the bucolic views out the windows & from the porch… mmmm… so very nice & relaxing.

    • Jenny McCoy says: 140 comments

      I think it looks like a really cool house with a lovely lot that looks like a park! Go for it! and good luck!

    • Teri says: 276 comments

      Personally, I love it! Gorgeous, quirky (in the best way) , sturdy, comfortable! Lovely setting too! Wow!

  40. Maureen Collins says: 6 comments

    I saw this home on another website and it was describing our little town of Tryon, NC. Tryon is the ultimate horse lover’s paradise as it was once the training grounds of the US Olympic Equestrian team and now has the Tryon International Equestrian Center which hosts FEI CSI 5* Hunter/Jumper competitions, the USEA Eventing Championships, and will be hosting the World Equestrian Games in 2018.


  41. Teri R says: 276 comments

    Antebellum – love the hefty front columns at 301 Culpepper St, Elizabeth City NC, 1857 build date

    The waterfront town looks quite supportive of historic preservation. The house is featured in one of six walking tours that is on the “Discoverelizabethcity.com” website. Many of the homes for sale are (in my opinion) very reasonably priced. I hope you enjoy checking this town out as much as I have this morning 🙂

  42. JeanneL says: 35 comments

    Hello all. I spotted this article about a house in Belfast, Maine ready to be demolished unless someone can rescue it. They are expanding the courthouse and this house is in the area where new construction is to begin so time is of the essence. This means moving it at around the cost of at least $62,000 plus all the other costs involved. Here is the link to Bangor Daily News where I read about it: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/01/27/news/midcoast/belfast-official-hopes-someone-will-save-190-year-old-house-from-destruction/

    • says: 168 comments

      What is a Murphy Bed and which photo is it in?

      • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

        Comfortable house. I love places that ramble as this does — elegant grown-up spaces & plenty of others for kids to enjoy.

        A murphy bed, BN, is lowered from the wall on hinges, usually out of a closet, where it can be tipped up again & hidden behind doors. Great in tiny rooms, kind of amusing here — photo #28.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3448 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I doubt the murphy bed is original. They are experiencing a comeback right now, several friends have built them into their remodels to accomodate guests. Just looking at it and this house, I bet it’s new. Still cool though.

  43. Cathy says: 2257 comments

    Large 1919 Dutch colonial revival, two porches – one screened, beautiful entrance hall/stairway, lots of rooms. Has been on the market for a long time, have no idea why. Looks really nice, to me.

  44. JOE says: 756 comments

    Just saw this on one of the other old house sites. Thought it was worth sharing here. 111 Chunnenuggee Avenue
    Union Springs, Alabama, 36089 zillow link: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/111-Chunnenuggee-Avenue-Union-Springs,-Alabama,-36089_rb/?fromHomePage=true&shouldFireSellPageImplicitClaimGA=false&fromHomePageTab=buy

  45. Tony Bianchini says: 59 comments

    Just found this really cool house/barn-shop and mini “gentleman farm:”

  46. says: 55 comments

    Foreclosed home, but still has some beautiful woodwork inside.

    Well maintained and I even like the updates they did on this one.

    Gorgeous home in Muscatine, Iowa close to the Mississippi

    A lot of history and a lot of blue in this home.

    More interesting on the outside then on the inside, but still wonderful.
    It even has its own Wikipedia page!

  47. BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

    A very famous house in Martinsville, VA for sale. Locally known as the “Wedding Cake House”, it was built by G.T. Lester in 1918. (The Lesters still own nearly every parcel of open land and commercial property in the area. Hahaha!)It’s spectacular from the outside, was just freshly painted and I believe got a new roof and new windows this summer. It is in the Historic District.

  48. Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments

    “This Charles Barber design is reminiscent of a 15th century Tuscan villa”. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1043-Craigland-Ct-Knoxville-TN-37919/41678972_zpid/ from 1926 :

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      A bunch of goodies. The interior of the tavern house really surprised me – like it a lot. But… my very favorite is the fifth one down – the house in Old Lyme. It is just gorgeous!!!

  49. ShellyP says: 37 comments

    If there are any Old House Dreamers living in the Spartanburg, SC area, do you know what happened to the Bon Haven Mansion? There was an effort in 2015 to prevent it being sold and dismantled then moved to Mississippi but since then I can find nothing to explain what transpired from that point.

  50. Will says: 59 comments

    This is just up the street from me. It’s been on the market for at least 4 years and was originally priced well over a Million $. The somewhat sedate although stately exterior always sort of left me uninterested, until I saw the interior. It’s really amazing, and even though the price still leaves out your average buyer, I’d say it’s well worth it. The street is very quiet.


  51. Dee says: 1 comments


    I live 10 minutes from this place. Used to be a girls camp then a drug rehab. Would make a nice little hotel.

    • Cathy says: 2257 comments

      I grew up in Stamford, taking my driver’s test in Delhi, way back when. Never knew of this grand place, but then I would’ve been on Rte. 10 instead of 18, if traveling south of Hobart, which may well explain that. Did notice the recognizable landscape of the Delaware River meandering around in a pic or two though, as it does next to Rte. 10.

    • ChrisICU says: 678 comments

      Wow what an interesting house. Those principal rooms are amazing. I wonder if someone would make that a residence again.

  52. says: 55 comments

    Some more Midwestern homes to share for this week:

    A home that is up for auction. The darker wood is stunning

    Across the river is this beautiful, blue charmer

    Huge Home and somewhat sterile interior, but that is part of why I love it so much!

    This home looks like one I could settle in for the long haul.

    My FAVORITE house of the week. It is so mismatched and weird and doesn’t really all fit together, but to me it is my dream home.

  53. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    The Power House at the old Charleston Naval Base is going up for sale. It’s a 1909 Classical Revival Style building that was cleaned out a few years ago as part of the post-1996 BRAC re-purposing efforts. No idea of a price or terms.



  54. ChrisICU says: 678 comments

    A couple of weeks ago I posted some pics from Eufala, AL. Now, I’ve traveled up to Tarboro North Carolina. What nice houses!

    I love the lines of this house. It’s pretty simple and on 2 acres.

    If that one didn’t float your boat here’s another just down the street. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1003-N-Main-St_Tarboro_NC_27886_M68096-27600

    Or this one…. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/807-N-Main-St_Tarboro_NC_27886_M62739-49090

    Not as old as the ones above, but a nice traditional with a 50’s vibe. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1101-Panola-St_Tarboro_NC_27886_M55569-55505

    And if all the awesomeness of Tarboro is too much for you, here’s a great house nearby in Pinetops. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/347-NC-Highway-43-S_Pinetops_NC_27864_M62786-32216

  55. Miss-Apple37 says: 1162 comments

    And this one has interesting woodwork, staircase and even an Art nouveau window: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1634-Grace-St-Hannibal-MO-63401/2115788278_zpid/

  56. BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

    Just saw this mill (Cook’s Mill) for sale in Mebane, NC.

  57. Mary Beth says: 37 comments

    I’ve found a listing that seems to be a weird little time capsule of updates. Would it belong in this section? I’d adore to read what the group experts might say about the origins of the design and which time periods and styles are reflected in what appear to my untrained eye to be several up dates. Thank you! http://www.joehaydenrealtor.com/homes/4469-castle-hwy-pleasureville-ky-40057/10869856_spid/?src=2

  58. ChrisICU says: 678 comments

    Here’s an over-the-top Japanese/Contemporary from the ’60’s just north of San Francisco. Wooded acreage, vacant the last 11 years. 5000+ sq feet and 2 bedrooms. This fixer upper certainly needs the right buyer.


  59. Don says: 7 comments

    Built in 1897, 125 Chestnut Street Alto Pass, IL 62905 , Majestic Victorian close to Wine Trail, Shawnee National Forest, SIU and Bald Knob. Quiet, small town living. Great tourism and recreational area in Southern Illinois.

    $84,900 4 bed 3.5 bath – Prepare for the Eclipse! Come see the Mayor’s House.


  60. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    A beauty from Bath Maine for sale. An 1842 Greek Revival with a fantastic flying staircase. One of my favorite towns is Bath. Close to everyting including the gorgeous Popham beach state park.


  61. says: 1 comments

    A beautiful home built in 1899 in Central Illinois. Located at 111 E Church St, Sadorus, IL, just outside of Champaign. It was saved after 5 years vacant and repaired and updated, but maintains the historic quality and style. Was built by the Lumberyard owner, and owned by bankers and the pharmacist. Check it out.


  62. ChrisICU says: 678 comments

    Here’s a couple of interesting things. First, the house. WOW it looks like a pacific / Brady Bunch fantasy. Redwood forest, orchard, MCM, lots of glass, stone, and wood. This place is sweet and not too expensive. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2730-Hubbard-Ln_Eureka_CA_95501_M26353-70065#photo0

    Second, this is something I haven’t seen before. Usually if you go from Realtor to Zillow (or other apps) the pics are the same. But in this case the pics on Zillow look pretty different. Does this happen often? https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2730-Hubbard-Lane-Eureka-CA-95501/2099944584_zpid/

  63. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    If one of you buy this, may I live in the attic? The carriage and much of the furnishings rock.

    I would put vintage lighting back in and love this house! I know it has a few too many updates… but it’s such a looker.

    Someone is going to have a blast bringing this home back to life.

    OMG what a great school!

    This has potential.

  64. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    This place is a cutie! I love the booth in the kitchen and the pink and green kitchen.

    Potential, but not sure about this part of LA. I would have that purple fungus checked out to make sure it isn’t spreading. lol I kid.

    The bathroom is cute!

  65. Cora says: 2059 comments

    How bout a brothel?

    416 Hull, Jerome, AZ

  66. Cora says: 2059 comments

    112 W. 1st St., Oil City, PA
    4 bds • 2.0 ba • 3,882 sqft http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2138455488_zpid/

    113 Innis St., Oil City, PA
    4 bds • 4.0 ba • 4,318 sqft http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/78768671_zpid/

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