March 3, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. CoachMarj says: 4 comments

    I just recently found this site and have quickly become obsessed. I love looking through all the archives and seeing what is new. There’s a couple houses on the market near me that seem to have kept some of their original charm. The neighborhood was initially built up around a Train Car manufacturing company which employed most of the village at that time.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Vast, GORGEOUS, transitional, shingled Queen Anne in Toledo has TO DIE FOR, HUGE, covered porch on 3; + SPECTACULAR, untouched carriage house; and – oh yeah – AMAZING, top shelf original interior. This house is a perfectly preserved masterpiece! Unfortunately FEW pix, but soooooo worth a peek. Wowski!

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Kelly – don’t miss the ceiling light fixture in the front hall: it’s one of your, (and my), faves!

      • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        What a fantastic house! I would love to know what shape the kitchen is in, and see more pictures in general. Tantalizing!

      • DANPDX says: 80 comments

        This house is nothing short of delicious…amazing!

      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1200 comments
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        I think that I would want to buy it just for the staircase alone! The colors are completely my taste (I actually chose a shade that is very close to that blue interior color)!

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Strongly agree Karen 🙂 They certainly are not the average home center hues we see so often. They are instead really thoughtfully chosen, rich, subtle tones infused with depth and warmth. The exterior colors are brilliantly chosen as well. Very nice. a few quality paper accent walls here and there to compliment the interior treatments would bring even more delightful depth to those rooms. I can’t stop looking at this place; certainly hope the owners will publish more pix; and am considering the four hour, one way, drive up there to see it should there be an open house, (ugh).

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Huzzah! An old listing with more pix! Big improvement in the DR color, that’s for sure. The burnt orange room is on 3!! It shows both the front covered porch and side balcony. Wow – WOW! This house is deeeeeluxe.

      • ReginaKTReginaKT says: 54 comments

        WOW! That round dining room with the curved buffet hutch – stunning! I’ve never seen anything like that before.

    • John Shflet says: 5456 comments

      Historic Grandbury is a picturesque town southwest of Fort Worth with a well preserved downtown and a number of restored Victorian era homes like this one. I’m surprised to see one so reasonably priced because Grandbury has a “touristy” atmosphere and its lake by the same name attracts large crowds of visitors on the weekends in the summer. At approximately 40 miles from Fort Worth, it is well within commuting distance. Thanks for sharing; Grandbury is one of my favorite nearby towns. (we live in Fort Worth)

  2. Teresa says: 13 comments

    I love your site. It is such a pleasure to get a peek inside all the beautiful old homes. It’s especially exciting to see a home that I have admired for years posted on this site. One you posted earlier from Sedalia, MO is one that I have always loved (one of the perks of being a home health nurse is driving thru neighborhoods you wouldn’t always take the time to explore). Anyway it is such a joy to see a glimpse of the inside of the home. Thanks for taking time to expand our love for beautiful homes.

    • SharonSharon says: 634 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      Hey, Teresa! Yes, that home on Grand has always intrigued me too. The Waldo’s lived there for many years. Many lovely homes on that street that I’ve always wanted to see inside of. Isn’t this site just the best?! I like that it’s so positive and dream-provoking.

      • Teresa says: 13 comments

        Yes!!! A friend introduced me to this site. We love to travel around and look at old homes. There are so many in Sedalia that I love. My family is fascinated with Dal Whi Mo Court because we have a postcard sent to my Grandma at an address there. She worked in Sedalia for a family. Her and Grandpa married in 1918, so you can understand why we are so fascinated.

  3. Kay says: 63 comments

    Love the dog!

    • Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

      Ha! Looking at the picture, I thought, “There has to be a dog somewhere,” and there he was! Just out of Little Rascals (Our Gang).

      Quite a house; how it became a children’s home must be an interesting story. From the clothing, the photo looks like the teens, maybe a few years earlier. Not a bunch of smiley kids, but they did have to remain still for some minutes to be photographed. I’d love to see the inside of this place.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Un utterly amazing historic property! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

    • Victoria says: 134 comments

      Those late 1700s stone houses in Chester County are exquisite, but even the realtor’s blurb suggests caution for the amount of work needed. Wonderful stream but a little close for comfort, considering seasonal flooding.

    • jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

      Very, very nice. It just screams history! I particularly like the little watercolor paintings of the place. Utterly charming.

  4. Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

    Tudor revival, says 1950 – but can that be right?? Have admired this house for years from the exterior, nice to see the interior. A generally pretty house, & love the bathrooms!

    1942 Cape and/or Colonial? Rather cute. Not too far down the street from the first house.

  5. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    The Ponderosa–In the early years of the 20th century a group of well-to-do New Yorkers established a summer colony in Redding, Connecticut, in a section of town known inappropriately enough as Poverty Hollow. Here is a log-cabin-on-steroids from that era that would have done Ben Cartwright proud:

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Cool property!

    • MaryS says: 15 comments

      Love this house. I am curious, looking at the ad and scrolling down the page it shows property taxes for 2016 at $15845? If that is the correct tax that is an insane price for property taxes, mine is only $1898 for a 3000 sq.ft. house sitting on 5 acres.

      • CharlesB says: 481 comments

        Seems reasonable to me–I used to live in a city 15 miles from this place and paid over $9000 a year for a house that was worth one-third as much. In California they call their outrageous property values the ‘sunshine tax;’ in Fairfield County, Connecticut, it’s more a ‘being-able-to-get-decent-pizza-and-scallops-and-be-in-midtown-Manhattan-in-an-hour’ tax.

        • MW says: 904 comments

          Also it in an area with schools ranked 9’s and 10’s apparently. Areas with high ranked schools can save tons of money on not having to pay for private schools. A few thousand extra per year for some taxes can be well worth the savings in schools, especially if you have 2-3 or more kids.

          People that don’t have kids think it doesn’t matter to them. Except they don’t often factor in the demand from families with kids to buy in areas with strong schools and how that affects their property values. Generally weak schools = less demand and values go down, strong schools = more demand and values go up.

  6. Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

    I’m also assuming it was a children’s home. The exterior of this house certainly had a ton of details. Nice to have both upper & lower porches. But my first thought was: is there any screening, esp. on the upper porch, to keep kids from accidentally fallling through?! Probably not… That lawn swing… a precursor to ones I loved when I was a little kid in the 50s. I’m willing to bet that a bunch of the kids pictured also loved their lawn swing!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Seems to me that child-safety is a pretty recent development, unfortunately.

      • Arkham says: 69 comments

        In the 2nd to last picture, zoomed in on the dolls on the upper balcony, it looks like it is enclosed in chicken wire.

        • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

          Heh, I had zoomed in on that pic, too – but thought those dolls were toddlers, and couldn’t find any screening/chicken wire. On the other hand, I’m on an iPad, so maybe my screen isn’t large enough to see that amount of detail.

    • says: 172 comments

      Someone has noted that there is some chicken wire located on the second floor
      porch. I looked real close and I believe I can see it. You have to look up very close to the details.

  7. Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

    Love that it has been lightly treated — pretty amazing all these years that somebody didn’t decide to “update” it. Thank heavens for sensitive people who respect history, which would envelop you, living here. It also has such beautiful serene property, very well done.

  8. Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

    Shenandoah Valley this week:

    More elegant than the outside indicates. I need & can afford about 40% of this house — but which 40% is the hard part.,-79.681778,37.034899,-80.419922_rect/10_zm/5_p/0_mmm/

    1850 farmhouse in Paradise…I mean, Lexington VA. The property & views are gorgeous. House needs some work but is much original. First, fix chimneys & open fireplaces! says “Price Unknown” — Other sites list it at $375K.

    Stunning 1954 Colonial with everything, including a beautiful garden.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      You are not kidding about the second home’s location in paradise. What amazing countryside. I wonder why it’s for sale again so soon? Did someone bite of more than they could chew?

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      I looked at the last one first, & loved it!! I would even appreciate the present owners leaving about half of their furnishings behind! Then looked at the others, and hmmm… that first one is mighty nice, too – IMO!

  9. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    The ‘children’s home’ has that mixture of tight vertical Stick Style massing, Italianate detailing, and short Mansard roof that you frequently see in San Francisco Victorians. Those don’t especially look like California trees, though.

    Here’s an 1830s Greek Revival that comes with a 19th-century country store building right in the center of downtown Lassellsville, NY. It is priced at $39,900. This section of the Mohawk Valley has so much interesting stuff that it ought to be made into a National Historic Park:

    • Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

      That house has good possibilities — I especially like the fireplace surrounds. The price makes bringing it back a tempting thought. You’re right about the Mohawk Valley — so much history there.

  10. Kevin says: 3 comments

    A great Southern Colonial revival house in Red Springs, NC. Needs a lot of work, but could be a grand old home again. Lots of other great houses on the same street, although the drive-thru bank right next door is maybe not ideal.

    • says: 172 comments

      Very nice dark woodwork inside.

    • JOE says: 750 comments

      Dear Kevin,
      This comment is for you and those who are interested in do it yourself techniques for bringing out wood that has a blackened finish. The house that you listed is a perfect example and would be doable for anyone with lots of time for it.
      Making the woodwork in this house shine, both literally and figuratively would be a years long labor of love, but it can be done. This technique may be used on any finished but unpainted wood. Sometimes it can even be useful on painted wood. The technique involves sanding with a lubricant which does not melt the original finish. One sands down to, but not through, the original finish if possible. This cleans up the majority of the wear and while wet, one can see what the wood will look like when the job is done. Once it is thoroughly cleaned, shellac is applied in thin coats until the proper sheen is arrived at. This process is followed by a good paste waxing. I am explaining the steps below in more detail.
      First someone who has not done this, before, should start in an area such as a bathroom or closet, where there is only one unpainted window or finished area of wood trim. If you find it too much work to do, then you know. You will still have one dynamite looking window where you worked. The trick that I use all of the time as a furniture restorer is wet sanding followed by shellac.
      Wet sanding is a technique, which involves sanding the surface with very fine, (120, 220 or 320 grit), wet or dry, sandpaper using paint thinner as a lubricant. I like to use nitrile gloves while doing this in a well-ventilated area. I have been buying these black heavy-duty gloves by the case for my work, but one box should be enough for you to see how they suit you. You can get them anywhere, and I make no specific recommendation, but here is a link to the page where I buy them,

      You will need a container to hold the paint thinner. The low VOC thinners that I tried had cloudy appearance, which obscured the work.
      1. Cleaning the old finish.
      a. Begin by folding and tearing the sandpaper to a usable size. I find that folding toward the grit causes it to break somewhat on the tear line. I tear it into pieces that are one eighth of a sheet in size. First ½, then ¼, then long ends together for 1/8 of a sheet. The 1/8 sheet piece is then given a three-way fold, like wit a letter going in and envelope. This gives you a very manageable piece that uses the entire piece thoroughly. The fold keeps the piece from sliding because of the grit on the side that you are not using.
      b. The rest involves dipping the paper in thinner and spreading a little on your specific work area. Use the finest sandpaper that you are comfortable with, because you will be going over it again with all grits until you reach 320. If you start with 320 grit, you will only need to do it once, but it make take much too much time. On the other hand if it onlt needs 320 for a quick clean, it will waste time to use 120 grit. The look while it is wet is very close to the look that it will have when it is finished. As you work, you will get a feel for which grit is best at one time. Working from top to bottom works well because the thinner tends to drip, so that you need not ad as much thinner below as up top.
      c. As you work you will be “cleaning” your sandpaper by immersing it in your thinner pot. The thinner gets really dirty, so every once in a while putting the dirty thinner on the rougher surfaces will decrease the waste. Wipe the controller dry with, what I use is a paper towel, but you can use anything to wipe. I also use paper towels to wipe it up each area as I finish it. Usually I find that an area needs more work after I have wiped an area clean. I then go over that area again with clean thinner and 320 grit sandpaper until the wet wood looks right. You want to retouch any area as many times as you feel is necessary. Remember that properly cleaned areas look dull when they dry.
      d. The paper towels that are used to wipe up as well as dirty thinner can be used to wet the surfaces that have not yet gotten wet. To dispose of paper towels and pieces of sandpaper that has used up its grit, I spread them out in a dry spot until they are thoroughly dry. If they are dried inside, they will drop dust in the air, so do your final drying in a controlled outside. Putting damp rags, towels and sandpaper stuffed in a trash bag create a perfect environment for a fire or spontaneous combustion. As I work, if the work area is well ventilated, I may drop used rags on the work floor to be picked up at the end. Old dirty rags can be used to wipe up the floor as well. At the end they should be spread out in a well-ventilated area so it will dry quickly. Don’t let anything that is damp with flammable liquids sit in a lump at any time. Use covered metal cans to dispose of them to be sure.
      e. If you fail to work in a poorly ventilated place, you are at risk of inhaling fumes with this technique. There is little airborne dust produced because the dirt is wiped up into the towels.

      2. Applying the new finish

      a. I use shellac for the new finish that will bring back the beauty of the finish. Typically shellac is brushed on with multiple thin coats of shellac. Shellac is a natural product, which dissolves in alcohol. When you buy shellac in a can, it is thick. It can be brushed on in one heavy coat if you want to. The best way is to apply multiple thin coats. Shellac comes in two basic color, clear and amber. Amber shellac used to be called orange shellac, but amber was a more marketable name so it changed. If you knew the name orange, look for amber to match it.
      b. If I am using shellac from a can, I start by mixing one part shellac with one part of denatured alcohol. I usually wipe it on with a fine lint free cloth. Worn out cotton sheets make a perfect wiping cloth. Start with a sample area to see if it will wipe on without sticking to the surface or leaving any lint from the cloth. If it is sticking, you can thin it further. If an area looks bad, it can be lightly wet sanded again with wet 320 grit paper. Then apply thinner shellac. Alcohol dries quickly, so you can do a lot of coats in a much shorter period of time. If the cloth sticks, you haven’t waited long enough. If it doesn’t stick you can wait less. The earlier coats often dry faster. You will keep applying coats until it has the sheen that you prefer. Then apply one more coat. Rub with 0000 steel wool if a coat feels rough. Wipe off steel wool dust followed by holding a magnet above it to get all of the steel dust off.
      3. Waxing
      a. After the finish has had a day to dry, apply a good paste wax. Rub a piece of 0000 steel wool in the wax in the can and rub it into the wood surface. Wipe down with a slightly damp cloth which both spreads the wax like spit polishing shoes. Buff it dry and slippery with other clean cloths or paper towels. You should have a great finish on your wood while maintaining the patina.

      • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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        1969 Regency
        Nashville, TN

        Wow. This sounds like a great way to refresh a wood finish without removing all of the patina which can happen with a complete stripping And refinishing. You should consider creating a YouTube video, even though your directions were very clear.

        • JOE says: 750 comments

          Thank you for expressing your positive thoughts. The house Kevin listed above would benefit so much from this treatment, but it would take a long long time. On the other hand, if you like to do it, you can work a small area at a time and clean up after while living there. I always wonder if someone could pull a Tom Sawyer’s fence trick with friends and speed it up.
          I am going to get to a blog up one of these days. I feel unsure when I post tips on techniques that I have learned or created over nearly forty years of restoring American Period furniture as well as just about anything else that comes my way. I don’t know if the OHD crowd wants to hear them and don’t want to be the guy that they say” Here we go again, I wish he wouldn’t gum up OHD space with this stuff. On the other hand, I hope that these tips will give some sense to do-it yourselfers how they can improve their own homes at a reasonable price. Your response makes me feel like it is appreciated by someone out their. This technique works on any wood surface and an added benefit is that the grain of the wood stays filled, so that you don’t get that hollow colorless look that goes with the full refinish. Shellac is also a repairable finish, so you can fix one area that gets damaged.
          Thanks again for your support.

    • Michael Mackin says: 2626 comments

      What a beautiful house. I’d love to spend a few hours just exploring the place! Thanks for sharing, Kevin!

    • NEdebh says: 32 comments

      Oh Kevin..what a Beauty! Love that Stairway! Seems to be an awful lot of cracks in the walls..could be some major foundation issues. Thanks for sharing!

  11. StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Happy Friday – the best day of the week for those us toiling away as wage slaves and because it’s the Link Exchange day on OHD!

    This week’s picture does not disappoint. With so many children I wonder if it was a school or orphanage?

    For my listings this week, I took a virtual tour of my home state of Michigan. Most of the homes are renovated to death, but I found a few interesting ones that still have some character.

    This first one may have already been posted; it’s an 1867 Italianate in Adrian. What’s interesting to me about this house is that someone updated the front hall and living room in the first quarter of the 20th century, adding some of the most graceful boiserie and elegantly coved ceilings I’ve ever seen. These rooms would be right at home in a 5th avenue NYC limestone mansion from 1910-1929.

    Next in Detroit is a nicely maintained 1920 colonial/Mediterranean(?)with older bathrooms and kitchen. I don’t they’re quite original, but they’re old. I love the shutters on the window over the front door and the formal gardens are cool.

    Next is a mid-century modern home in suburban Detroit which doesn’t need much work, and certainly isn’t a steal, but has wonderful paneling in the living and dining rooms. There’s a great window to wall ratio…lots of lovely outdoors just outside of those sheer curtains.

    It wouldn’t be a posting of mine if there wasn’t at least one Tudor. Here’s one in another Detroit suburb home from 1929. All it needs is a little TLC.

    And last, but certainly not least from the perspective of being unique, a huge 1935 Art Moderne behemoth (9000 Sq Ft.!)in Western Michigan that offers some unique design elements. It would be fun to bring the interior up the promise of the exterior.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Crazy for that first house! I love awnings on a home like this.
      All of your houses are great, and in one of my favorite states!

    • Mary says: 53 comments

      I am in love with that last one. Three bathrooms with amazing tile and all those windows…sweet.

      • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

        Yep, to those bathrooms. Esp. two of them: the blue and the pink & green ones, for me! Oh, and the cool tiled floor of the foyer.

    • jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

      Dear nycmf, I know exactly how you feel. Tudor style is KING! Thanks for posting it. The house has tremendous potential and great curb appeal. Maybe I’m the reincarnation of Henry V111, lol.

  12. LindaK says: 43 comments

    Chicken wire on the upstairs porch keeps the children from falling off.

  13. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
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    If you haven’t seen it, watch the series “Restored” (HG). He takes historic houses and restores them the way they looked when new. He does a great job that looks original but corrects some flaws. He does a Spanish Colonial that was built by a Rothschild during the depression that is incredible. Its great to watch the paint be stripped off the woodwork to bring these jewels back to life.

  14. Ryann Bayless says: 3 comments
    This house was once majestic and untouched, looked very different 30 years ago when my parents almost purchased it. Wondering what it would take to bring it back to it’s original splendor and how to go about getting a hold of original plans/blueprints and pictures, etc. Looked much, much different without carpet, white paint, “updates”. Maybe Ross or John could weigh in….thanks so much

  15. Cora says: 2058 comments

    The historical photo shown in this listing is almost OHD header-worthy. Really neat:

    402 W Main St, Pretty Prairie, KS 67570
    $159,500 | 6 Bed • 4 Bath

    I like the simplicity here:

    111 S Martin St, Turon, KS 67583
    $44,450 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  16. Cora says: 2058 comments

    An 1886 hotel in the wild, wild west. If walls could talk:

    203 N Main St, Cimarron, KS 67835

    $295,900 | 16 Bed • 8 Bath

    Love this one!

    160 N Main St, Osceola, NE 68651
    $88,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      In regards to the second house: I love the house, even the kitchen is ok, but surely even in winter in Nebraska it might be possible for the realtor to find a sunny day (or half-hour) to take listing photos of a gray house so it’s not so gloomy looking.

    • Carolyn says: 303 comments

      The hotel is great and would be fun to own but from the photos it looks more like they are trying to sell the furniture than the building.

    • says: 172 comments

      I love the old trunks in the hotel. Like the architecture of the second house
      except for those pink symbols on the front gable. The wood work and cabinets are nice in the kitchen too.

    • NEdebh says: 32 comments

      The house in Osceola..Love it! Those floors are Great!

    • JimHJimH says: 5147 comments
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      Love that old hotel in Cimarron. The marbleized Detroit Jewel range is much later and would look better in my kitchen. Thanks Cora!

  17. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1036 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Ohhhh, that precious dog in the last picture!

    And how interesting that the children’s posing is so casual and natural. I’m used to seeing more stiff and formal antique photos.

    • Carolyn says: 303 comments

      WOW! That is amazing. Makes me think of The Great Gatsby.

      • jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

        Agreed. Great Gatsby would be right at home here. Lovely! The only thing I’d change is the granite counters. I would prefer something more in keeping with the style of the house, or the age, something. But it is truly elegance on the half shell!

    • Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

      Holy moley, what a spectacular house!! I am totally in love, and this is not at all my usual kind of house — but everything is so beautifully done, materials such quality, flow & design so fluid, who can resist? It’s a mixture of styles, but works so well & what fun history! I saw a video when the Lethens first began restoration & I didn’t expect much of it, but was sure wrong. How nice to see a happy ending for a formerly unloved beauty like this!

      • Stacey says: 5 comments

        It will be a happy ending if it actually sells! It has been on the market for nearly 3 years now and the price has dropped by around half of the original asking. At this point I can’t imagine they’ll make any profit on it. The neighborhood it’s in is great but that neighborhood is in the middle of a bad neighborhood. And the taxes are astronomical, $37k!

        • Laurie W. says: 1735 comments

          Oh dear. How distressing. Time to make a sacrifice to the House-Sale Gods. If ever a place deserved to sell, this does. And ditto for the restorers to get their investment back at the very least.

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      Holy corolly! That is some house! Those floors, those huge glassed-in bookcases, the kitchen’s skylight, that tiling, those French doors & casement windows, that cool chimney…everything!!

    • EileenM says: 290 comments

      I have come in on the opposite side of this discussion. While everything is beautifully done and I can certainly appreciate how much time, effort and money has gone into this restoration, it’s too over the top ostentatious for me.

      • says: 172 comments

        I totally agree. Much too ostentatious outside and inside for me.

      • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        Me too. I can appreciate it but it’s not right for my rambunctious family. I wish them the best of luck in selling it though; that’s so hard to have something on the market for so long.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Here’s another flip – FLOP in the same neighborhood which used to be on OHD. It was a delightful house full of charm and potential at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, like the house linked above, someone has dumped untold monies into it trying to lure rich yuppies into a neighborhood which is DECIDEDLY sketchy. It is back on the market AGAIN after having been flipped a second time when it didn’t sell the first. Madness.

        I suppose one can never have enough wine fridges! Lol…

        • StevenFStevenF says: 186 comments
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          1969 Regency
          Nashville, TN

          This is a shame. I can almost see remnants of what was an interesting house, which has been sandblasted into something that looks like a Benjamin Moore paint brochure for the color gray. Really sad.

          The same thing is happening in Nashville, where I’d like to relocate. Nice houses are bought, many walls are blown out to create an “open floor plan”, and then everything’s covered in hues of gray. Voila, the house is then twice as expensive as it was before. It’s depressing.

        • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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          1983 White elephant
          Escondido, CA

          I bet the remodelers don’t even know (nor would they care, possibly) that there’s a whole demographic out here that prefers houses not to be updated. They are just doing what they think the average person would want. Well, we all know that we on OHD are definitely above average! 🙂

  18. Cora says: 2058 comments

    Mansion in the Dakotas:

    339 N Euclid Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
    $890,000 | 13 Bed • 9 Bath

    • Anastasia Lee says: 5 comments

      Great House with excellent Interior & Exterior. To think All New Utilities as well. Not sure about the weather in Pierre however 🙂

  19. Christine says: 4 comments

    You have no idea how much I look forward to these email posts. It is so fascinating to see the exquisite architecture of these priceless treasures. As a historic home owner in Tennessee, I can truly appreciate the labor of love associated with remodeling and restoring. I wish the old south had more varied architecture but many homes have been lost in the name of commerce. How I long to find a huge place to make into a B&B, preferably south of TN as I can’t bear the winters. Thank you for the posts and the shared interest in these beauties.

  20. Janet says: 6 comments

    How old does a house have to be to be listed here?

    • Victoria says: 134 comments

      Wow,amazing house for the price. I thought it must be a mistake, but on Zillow it’s pending sale at $114,900. Beautiful property.

    • Tony says: 77 comments

      This is a wonderful home…I love the house..and the price!

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      Wow, a whole lotta lovely house for an excellent price! Love its exterior, then inside… That pale yellow bathroom & its shower is so cool! From the data given, looks like the surrounding neighborhood is not up to this house’s level, at all, which explains a price that is so afforadable.

    • KRS says: 68 comments

      This was the line from the listing that floored me:

      3215 E Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48601 is a single family home built in 1939. The $98,235 estimated value is 601.68% greater than the median listing price of $14,000 for the Saginaw High area.

      What’s going on in Saginaw High?

      • Carolyn says: 303 comments

        Sadly, Saginaw suffers the same fate as Detroit and Flint. Loss of manufacturing, loss of population, high unemployment, high crime and blight. There are a lot of people working hard to turn that around. This house would be at least a half million if it were on the other side of the state.

  21. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Majestic Greek Revival on acreage in bucolic NE Connecticut. This place must have knocked the local people’s socks off back in the 1840s:

  22. Lancaster John says: 837 comments

    My apologies if this has been posted, but this MCM by architect A. Quincy Jones in Fort Worth TX is a treat to look at, even if you don’t have the money to buy it.

    Hard to believe it was built in 1953. The current owners apparently bought it in rough shape and restored it.

    Here’s some history:

    And some more:

  23. nailwhacker says: 1 comments

    unique Utica, NY stone house on hillside, $224,500 3 bed 1 bath, not bad taxes for NY

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      Arlington Road is a neat street, within a nice neighborhood. The house next to this one, going up the hill, is also interesting – and also has a bridge leading to the garage. And the next house up from that one is also rather interesting, albeit that one is a modern (50s or 60s, maybe?) one – with no bridge (that I recall).

  24. Teri R says: 281 comments

    Greek Revival with beautiful columns and second story porch in Old Dauphin Way Historic District (Mobile, Alabama). Love the glass around the front door and the spiderweb oval window!

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      Besides the entry hall and stairway, I love the French doors with the horizontal panes of glass & the trellis patterned glazing as their transom lights. I don’t think I’ve ever before seen French doors exactly like that. And although there are things I would change about the kitchen – to brighten it up, I do like its basic layout.

  25. Cora says: 2058 comments

    500 E Benton St, Windsor, MO 65360
    $94,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    111 E McPherson St, Knob Noster, MO 65336
    $79,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    508 W Clay Ave, Plattsburg, MO 64477
    $74,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

  26. Cora says: 2058 comments

    400 W 11th St, Ellis, KS 67637
    $155,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath

  27. RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Highly stylish, elegant, brick Italianate, on the VERY cheap, in small town Indiana needs some LOVE:

    In 2013 looking charming as can be;

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Sure looked better in the summer and with the bushes. Needs some love but really cool!

      • John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

        The Cambridge City house is a real bargain; however, there are some things to consider to account for the low price. First is location…Cambridge is near Richmond, IN east of Indianapolis going towards Dayton, Ohio. Both Richmond and Dayton are bargain central for old houses so regionally, there is downward pressure on housing prices especially for those needing work. Note that it previously sold for $9k so its now twice as much although still incredibly bargain priced. (you couldn’t buy the materials alone for this price) Depending on the level of intactness inside, this house could be a real sleeper with potential to be much more. In streetview, the neighborhood looks stable, a similar brick Italianate style house is at the end of the block and appears to be well cared for. The 1830 date is way off; 1870 would be much closer to what is seen outside. I’m amazed to see original exterior shutters. Some of the door casing trim in the one photo looks to be from c. 1900 so one would need to see what the interior looks like. An extant fine walnut curving staircase with a robust Italianate style newel post would make this one a true old house bargain. Off-street parking must be available in the back as I noticed a paved alley in streeview. All in all, this could be transformed into someone’s Old House Dream. The local economy however, must be taken into consideration.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          I’ve been to C.C. and it’s a really cute, clean little town. I’m sure the currents are trying to flip it for a profit, but one could probably get it for $15K, so yeah – still a bargain. It looks like it’s been a little beaten up in the past few years; but like you said, still much original detail seems to be there. Sure wish “Scotty” could “beam it up” and over here for me to have at. 🙂

    • BethanyBethany says: 3508 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      What a fantastic house at a great price!!!! I love everything about it; of course, it would be nice if the kitchen was original but I like the 50’s update just fine. I hope Kelly will put it in the regular posts this week so I can add it to my “favorites” list! 🙂

      • Carolyn says: 303 comments

        I would swear this house has already been posted on this site but now I can’t find it. Am I losing my mind Kelly or was it always someone else sharing it?

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          The Marion house? Yes, it was on the site.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6648 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          I’ve experienced that too Carolyn. Several times I’ve nearly gone nuts thinking this or that house was SURELY on this site. Maybe Kelly could post a headstone with the address and “street view” pic when she deletes a post so those of us checking back don’t go nuts. Heheheh. That house has been for sale for years, and the OHD post had a wealth of additional, archived pix no longer available on the web. It’s a big, crazy house full of really great details.

          • Carolyn says: 303 comments

            I guess I didn’t realize houses that were still for sale were removed from the site. It is by far the coolest house ever and I’ve been searching for it for quite awhile to add to my favorites list. Thank goodness I’m not having a senior moment LOL!

    • Cathy F. says: 2199 comments

      Wow. I’m generally no fan of dark woodwork, but… this house is very cool! Love the staircase with its skylight for the stairwell, the (cellar?) stairs’ built-in gate, most of the other various built-ins (incl. bookshelves in a library where there’s shirred fabric behind the glazing?), the white subway tiled bathrooms, the archways & repeated trellis patterned glazing… nice!

    • Teri R says: 281 comments

      The inside is amazing! Good bones outside and on a pretty lot! Wonderful!

    • Michael Mackin says: 2626 comments

      Love the vintage bath fixtures!

  28. Tim O says: 8 comments

    Here is a little place from the early nineteenth century.

    8200 Buckland Mill Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155

    $189,900 | 1 Bed • 1 Bath

  29. Sapphyre says: 1 comments

    This house, built in 1900, was vacant for years but recently showed up for sale in my town. I hope someone buys it and gives it the love it needs.

    A second entry, built in 1945, also appeared online.

    (We’ve got a number of old houses and store buildings in town. It’s like living in a time capsule.)

  30. Diane says: 68 comments I have a weakness for this house and find myself looking at it frequently. Not large (by my definition), not fancy, but I find it a nice little summation of features I enjoy. I do like it.
    I can’t help but note the kitchen and baths aren’t shown.
    One might even be able to add a sleeping porch at the rear, depending upon what room(s) are at the back.
    I’m assuming the porch on the right-hand side toward the rear has the original style of porch columns that should also be on the main front porch as well.

  31. Rosie says: 1 comments

    We recently bought a historic home! First project this summer is painting the exterior, updating electrical and fireplace 🙂 it’s a beautiful 1915 farmhouse, that used to own a lot of the property around it and was a prune orchard! We even still have the original pump in the basement that they used to water the orchard. Also this house somehow survived over a hundred years without someone painting all the amazing wood!

  32. says: 68 comments

    This could be a gem. Grand Boulevard is also known as Bronzeville.

  33. Tracy says: 2 comments

    My childhood home is now up for sale.. so many beautiful memories made here! Will miss it very much, especially at Christmas.

    Queen Anne Revival built in 1897 with SO many gorgeous and original features! It’s even been featured on ‘Canada’s Historic Places’

    I sure hope someone will love it and take care of it!

    • says: 172 comments

      It is beautiful. Are you related to the Noonan family?

      • Tracy says: 2 comments

        I’m not. I believe it was in the Noonan family for 3 generations, then in the early 90’s was sold outside the family. My family then bought it and moved in in 1999. Has been a very happy family home for a very long time!

  34. Cora says: 2058 comments

    Something different. The mural in the baptismal is lovely:

    1101 Central Ave in Horton, Horton, KS 66439
    $20,000 | N/A • N/A

    403 W 9th St, Maryville, MO 64468
    $149,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

    625 W 1st St, Maryville, MO 64468
    $118,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  35. Cora says: 2058 comments

    625 W 1st St, Maryville, MO 64468
    $118,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    700 Washington St in South of Broadway, Pekin, IL 61554
    $324,900 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

  36. Matt Z says: 105 comments

    Hambleton House, an impressive mansion in Sugar Loaf, NY that has been on and off the market for a few years now.

    • MW says: 904 comments

      Thanks for the post. A very interesting form composition. It looks a little later than the state 1804 to me, but I’m no expert, so can’t state anything for sure on that. Maybe it was added on to and heavily modified a couple decades later. The brickwork all looks fairly consistent though.

  37. says: 55 comments

    This home looks more like a business on the outside with the long wheelchair ramp, but beautiful nonetheless

    Expensive, gorgeous home in Kansas with character in practically every room

    Old town mayor’s home. Very well restored with a home down the street on the OHD in 2013

    Another pricier home, but everything about this home just draws me in

    Amazing fireplaces throughout this home and I am a sucker for a spiral staircase.

  38. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m having company this week so posts may be scattered. If I post a share it may be a few hours before I am able to post the “thank you” comment.

    I finished watching all the “Restored” episodes while doing today’s searches. Wow! What an excellent show! Possibly the best American restoration show yet, OHD’ers will love it. If you’ve not seen it yet, it’s on the DIY Network (actually playing right this minute on Comcast) or you can buy to watch them from Amazon. Amazon

  39. John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

    Perhaps of interest to some prospective old house buyers is this MSN Money slideshow about the top 100 places where real estate prices have increased the most: (since the 2008 recession, I assume?) To my surprise, the number one spot was in Michigan so I find it difficult to extrapolate and see how it relates to local (by county) housing market health. A number of the top spots were in rust belt states but if the comparison is being made percentage-wise to what they were during the recession and today, then that increase makes sense.

  40. Cora says: 2058 comments

    For this price, you could make this beauty shine again on a budget. It’s in one of the sweetest little Midwestern small towns, too:

    244 W Randolph, Howard, KS 67349
    $35,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath

    • John Shiflet says: 5456 comments

      Thanks for sharing, Cora. An interesting thing I discovered about this house is how they utilized a gable ornament (catalog number 2071 priced at five dollars and seventy five cents on page 246) available here from this 1900 Foster-Munger catalog: The builder then repurposed this gable ornament as as a porch pediment or tympanum. That was probably a less expensive method to add ornamentation to the porch without a more formal pediment such as those made from stamped metal panels. The most expensive pediment panels from the Victorian era were usually made of stamped or embossed copper.

      • Cora says: 2058 comments

        Wow! They did a pretty good job making the porch look fancy. Thanks for the info John.
        Howard, KS is a tiny town with a few real gem old homes. Would be a wonderful place to live.

  41. Cora says: 2058 comments

    716 S Crawford St, Fort Scott, KS 66701
    $98,500 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  42. Cora says: 2058 comments


    38 Myrtle Ave, Butler, NJ 07405
    $689,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  43. Cora says: 2058 comments

    This must have some history, it’s over 200 years old. I hope someone buys it quickly so it doesn’t deteriorate more; it appears quite liveable. I love the look of an old house in the snow:

    897 Williams Rd, Hamilton, NY 13332
    $28,000 | 1 Bed • 1 Bath

    6907 County Highway 18, Plainfield, NY 13491
    $169,900 | 3 Bed • 1 Bath

    9910 Starr Hill Rd, Steuben, NY 13438
    $315,000 | 6 Bed • 4 Bath

    • Diane says: 68 comments

      I’ve looked at the second one a few times on the Internet, and I am pleased that they changed the pictures to show apparently completed work on the staircase. At first, all you saw was a detail picture of one spot on the side, the balusters were broken or missing and the visible wall was a shambles. Later, I saw a picture indicating the wall had been repaired and painted and now there is a picture of the stairway with a repaired wall and the stairs appear usable although the floors appear unfinished. I had wondered how one got upstairs before and wondered about a second unseen staircase.
      I love the inclusion of the old photo of the home. The front exterior appears unchanged from that time (except for the fence).

  44. Cora says: 2058 comments

    My favorite so far tonight. I was very surprised by the interior! Nice millwork. I really love the unique foyer-staircase design:

    505 Jay St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
    $29,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  45. Ernie says: 117 comments

    I found this home on the Zillow Android App and wanted to share it with you.

    305 N Grape St, Medford, OR 97501
    By Owner: $298,000
    Beds: 2, Baths: 1.0, Sqft: 1,012
    Single Family

  46. says: 55 comments

    A few more homes I wanted to share this week:

    I am obsessed with the detail in this staircase

    This home is much more intriguing inside then it is on the outside

    The wood! and the fireplace!!!

    I wish I could have a porch like this home with the land. I could see myself sitting on the rocking chairs on a cool summer evening

    Currently a B&B with so much history. I just wish there were more photos

  47. Cora says: 2058 comments

    Here’s some eye candy in Hiawatha, KS:

    410 N 7th St, Hiawatha, KS 66434
    $133,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath

  48. says: 6 comments

    This beautiful northern Wisconsin lakefront cabin is one of a kind:

    It sits on a private peninsula and overlooks a bay occupied by an all-girls summer camp. It’s a little piece of heaven.

  49. ReginaKTReginaKT says: 54 comments

    I just found this on the Circa website:

    What a grand old home! 🙂

  50. Mike says: 1 comments

    I grew up in St Louis Missouri. There are more old wonderful homes than you can shake a stick at! Please look at the 2 I have put links to below and let me know what you think.

  51. Cora says: 2058 comments

    Whoa Nellie.

    1248 Pawlings Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460
    $3,950,000 | 7 Bed • 11 Bath

  52. Cora says: 2058 comments

    This seems like a very quaint little town. Adorable house…I have porch envy:

    18128 Beaton Ave, Southampton County, VA 23827
    $49,900 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  53. Jennifer Alexander says: 2 comments

    Does anyone know anything about the original post? Where the house is located, etc?

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