March 31, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. Link to sites like Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin or the agents site as long as you don't have to sign up to view the photos, just verify the link goes to the house. Paste the link in the comment box below, no HTML codes needed. Keep the links to a maximum of 5 per post (keeps email notifications from getting marked as spam.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. This one is located in Cleveland, Ohio on Denison Avenue (postcard says Dennison.) The house that is now beside it was not built when this photo postcard was made around 1910. Records show this home was built in 1910 but I believe it was built more 1905-ish. I haven't researched the name on the postcard so hope y'all can turn up something.

139 Comments on March 31, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Cora says: 2016 comments

    My favorite old house photos are the ones I can compare to a present-day photo of the same house. So much fun. 🙂

    This is a foreclosure in Wichita, the exterior was intriguing enough to share:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1231-N-Waco-Ave-Wichita-KS-67203/77334299_zpid/

  2. CharlesB says: 474 comments

    Bath, New Hampshire, at the head of navigation on the Connecticut River, showed every promise of becoming a great city in the 1820s and ’30s. Alas, the railroads of a later day passed it by, leaving it an architectural time capsule bypassed by the modern world. This is one of the grand houses of that prosperous era, priced at $69,900 (the pictures are atrocious so I am also including an earlier listing with better ones):

    http://www.watchforeclosure.com/foreclosed-homes/new-hampshire/grafton/bath/10951844/7-rum-hill-rd.html

    http://www.beangroup.com/homes/7_Rum_Hill_Rd_Bath/NH/03740/2134474361/index.html

    • Sunflower & Poppy says: 52 comments

      This could be really nice for the right preservation-minded buyer. I think Bath New Hampshire must be a beautiful place — quiet, but isn’t that the best part! I can imagine re-instating the early 1830s sash windows (the present ones look like late 19th century replacements) and no doubt the interior would need some sympathetic repairs/rehabilitation. Looks like a lovely big house for not a huge amount of money! Love the red exterior colour — very good choice!

    • Laurie W. says: 1750 comments

      Pretty front & I like the color too. One agent isn’t paying a lot of attention: the 1st listing says 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (yup); the second 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Wonder what it was like inside in its good days — it has such elegant simple design on the outside front (except the obviously later window in the gable), perhaps the inside was similar.

      • CharlesB says: 474 comments

        I’d bet my lunch money that the tripartite window in the gable is original–it may have originally had a detailed ‘Palladian’ enframement that would have corresponded to the main entry below it. If it were mine, I’d ditch the red paint (probably take three coats of primer) in favor of a light cream, with the trim done just a whisper lighter or darker. I’d put back the 12-over-12-light sash on the first floor, 12-over-8s on the second, painted a bottle green, with movable-louvered blinds to match.

  3. Lindsay G says: 584 comments

    This 1906 home located in Detroit MI might not sound like the ideal place to live but the house is beautiful so it’s really too bad.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-Longfellow-St-Detroit-MI-48202/88663052_zpid/

    Another Detroit MI home close to the downtown area.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19450-Lucerne-Dr-Detroit-MI-48203/88390778_zpid/

    A 1930’s Tudor in Providence RI.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/436-Blackstone-Blvd-Providence-RI-02906/65905157_zpid/

    An English Tudor sprawling mansion built in 1926 located in NY. Reminds me of a fairytale cottage that’s been added onto several times.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-Manor-Dr-De-Witt-NY-13214/31667936_zpid/

    This 1893 Shingle-style home located in Tacoma Washington has been renovated on the outside but the interior has kept all the old characteristics.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/407-N-E-St-AB-Tacoma-WA-98403/49202573_zpid/

    This 1894 Queen Anne victorian is a complete fixer-upper but has so much potential and charm.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/301-Washington-Ave-Evansville-IN-47713/94596116_zpid/

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      A bunch of neat houses. But my favorite of the bunch is the Tudor in Providence.

    • H.Bucket says: 28 comments

      That first house!!
      So much original perfection remains.

    • Michael Mackin says: 1871 comments

      Love the fixer-upper in spite of the amount of work. It’s a real gem!

    • Jenny says: 149 comments

      Wow, all great finds! I think the Detroit house stole my heart with the fixer-upper at second. But, any of them would be very nice. Thanks, Lindsay G.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3194 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That first house . . . I would live just about anywhere to have that house! What an amazing gem! It appears unruined, and even the remodeled kitchen is gorgeous and not over-done.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

      Great posts!!! The details in the Tacoma house are superb. Unfortunately the listing photos concentrated on them so it’s hard to get an idea of the rooms or the flow of the house.

      The Evansville IN home is an absolute steal. It seems like much of the work needed is cosmetic. For a handyman, it’s a perfect opportunity , and that giant carriage house is the perfect workshop.

      I like some features of the Dewitt NY home. The nook with the fireplace and that big entertaining room with the bar at the end. I grew up a few miles from it but don’t remember seeing this house. Dewitt used to be one of the nicer neighborhoods of syracuse, but it’s fortunes faded with CNY’s decline. The only thing that hasn’t diminished is the property taxes.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 5324 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        The price on the Evansville house is actually overly optimistic, and it will likely sit for a good long while as the neighborhood is blighted at best. The house is next door to my mother’s families house which was sold in the late 60’s to become multiple apartment units. Even then the neighborhood was already getting bad. Here is the before and after conversion into multiple apartments, (now razed);
        https://flic.kr/p/78x3vL https://flic.kr/p/78tacP

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I think it would be fun to live in Detroit. There is a lot of gentrification going on and possibility to build business. Plus their are so many yummy old homes like the two you listed. I can’t choose from the two. Both so beautiful.

      The Tacoma Washington house is a stunner. I actually like the kitchen in this house. It fits.

      The Indiana home is just waiting for the right person to bring it to it’s original beauty. I love this house. That tower is to die for too.

      http://www.movoto.com/guide/detroit-mi/detroit-suburbs-best/

    • TonimarTonimar says: 63 comments
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      Lindsay G you found some beauties! Thank you! I am especially partial to the first home.

  4. Lindsay G says: 584 comments

    Two beautiful Saint Paul MN homes:

    This 1896 home with Victorian accents has been restored on the outside but much of the inside has been kept the same.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/488-Holly-Ave-Saint-Paul-MN-55102/2028789_zpid/

    And this 1906 home that doesn’t seem to fit into any one category but still offers a lot of charm.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/477-Grand-Ave-Saint-Paul-MN-55102/2028951_zpid/

  5. Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

    1925 center hall Dutch colonial revival. The kitchen & bath don’t thrill me, but… the dining room, pantry/scullery, staircase, sunporch, etc. make up for it, IMO!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/206-Main-St-Douglas-MA-01516/57579229_zpid/

  6. Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

    I don’t know how to classify this one, but I like it, incl. its exterior color; 1900. Looks plenty light inside, has some neat built-ins, and… get a load of the pale pink/lavender & mint bathroom!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25-Kenwood-Ave-Worcester-MA-01605/56744479_zpid/

  7. Cora says: 2016 comments

    527 N Richmond Rd, Wharton, TX 77488
    $200,000 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/527-N-Richmond-Rd_Wharton_TX_77488_M76553-02100

    Take a few deep breaths before you get to the kitchen. It’s been swallowed by…The 1960s I believe. It’s groovy:

    711 Old Monticello Rd, Somerset, KY 42503
    $225,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/711-Old-Monticello-Rd_Somerset_KY_42503_M46141-23738

  8. Cora says: 2016 comments

    1895 Row home. Stunning.

    1470 S 4th St in Old Louisville, Louisville, KY 40208
    $465,000 | 5 Bed • 6 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1470-S-4th-St_Louisville_KY_40208_M41320-09962

    The floors, the stained glass…such a fine house, sitting there empty and dusty:

    1158 S 3rd St in Old Louisville, Louisville, KY 40203
    $129,950 | 5 Bed • 5 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1158-S-3rd-St_Louisville_KY_40203_M47890-31699

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 937 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Cora, that Somerset Kentucky house made my jaw drop!

    • Jenny says: 149 comments

      I’ve got to figure out how I could make a living in Louisville and then afford either of those houses! What amazing and awesome finds, Cora — thanks. I wish we could see more of the place on 3rd St Old Louisville — I bet it was grand!

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      Wow, the floors in both houses are wonderful!

      And I have a question about the finishing touches of the inside corners of the baseboards of the first house, as seen in pics #9 & 22. What are those little corner finishing touches, which eliminate the need for mitering the baseboards, called? I have them in my house, although mine are of a different design: slightly gothic-y looking. They’re cool, but I’ve never known what they’re called.

      • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

        Corner blocks, corner posts, corner molding blocks.
        There should be one on the outside corner you see to the right of the sofa in picture #9, as well as a corner guard on the plaster.

      • joe says: 726 comments

        Thank you for pointing them out. I have not seen them at baseboards before, but they are common as corner bead on plaster walls to protect the plaster edges. Now there is metal or plastic corner bead for drywall or plaster which is under the plaster or drywall compound.
        These types of turnings are common on certain styles of antique furniture as 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 columns.
        Outside corners are 3/4 turnings and inside are 1/4 turnings. These would be made on a lathe. The quarter columns are made by gluing up four pieces of wood to make 4 pieces. One would glue them up with brown paper like a grocery bag in between the pieces so that when a complete set was finished, the paper would split, giving you four equal pieces.

        • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

          Yep, I’d seen moulding on outside corners of walls before, protecting the edges, too. But before buying my house, had never seen this sort of trim used on inside corners of baseboards.

    • Ashley403 says: 79 comments

      Hi CORA This link has more inside pictures of 1158 S 3rd St in Louisville, KY.It does not look that bad inside. Once you get past the bars on the windows but even then nothing a good alarm system would not take care of. The kitchen is the worst.I am glad it is pending,hope it is an Old House Person that can appreciate the hidden beauty of the house. The fireplace surrounds are undamaged and beautiful. In one of the later photographs in the basement is the green kitchen sink/drainboard that Ross was talking about. It is not being used just on the floor it would be great to use in the kitchen restoration. http://www.semonin.com/Home/1459743/KPQ/1158-S-3rd-St-Louisville-KY-40203/

  9. skrippyskrippy says: 14 comments

    One condo in Chicago (1904):
    http://www.estately.com/listings/info/5558-south-kimbark-avenue–2

    One house + cottages in Nova Scotia (over 70 years old, but no date given):
    https://kate-inglis-h8jc.squarespace.com/about

  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 5324 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    A few interesting properties have hit the market in Indiana in the past couple of weeks, so I wanted to pass them along for y’all to enjoy.

    This one FLEW off the market in what I believe was less than a week, certainly no more than two, and you’ll see why as long as the pix are still available on Zillow. It’s a really great shingled, transitional, Queen Anne in Shelbyville, right across the street from a past OHD favorite; https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2014/01/22/c-1900-queen-anne-shelbyville-in/

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/203+W+Washington+St,+Shelbyville,+IN+46176/@39.5245038,-85.7816886,3a,66.8y,267.98h,91.72t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sraC58HPkOXsB650Z7mGqPQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x886b1771ff4a3041:0xe1e271134969ca24?force=lite
    I’m just nutz for the care with which this house has been shown down the years, preserving nearly all of it’s original exterior and interior details so beautifully. The real surprise is in just how intelligently and tastefully it has been updated and improved as well, a real rarity considering. It certainly has one of the best contemporary kitchens added to an antique house you will see; really delightful. It’s just so darn perfect all the way round. Comfortable, stylish, gorgeous: all in all, it is no wonder someone snatched it up lickety split!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/204-W-Washington-St-Shelbyville-IN-46176/85699851_zpid/

    I would REALLY like to know what the deal is with this one in my favorite little town, but am exercising extreme restraint!
    https://www.trulia.com/property/3261179504-1967-E-900-S-Ladoga-IN-47954

    Check out this mondo rad, not quite transitional, cottage in poor ole Marion for a SONG!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/423-W-1st-St-Marion-IN-46952/80725939_zpid/

    Lord, another one FLYS off the market:
    https://www.trulia.com/homes/Indiana/Fort_Wayne/sold/20111457-524-Riverside-Ave-Fort-Wayne-IN-46805

    I just love this tiny little cottage down in Franklin.
    https://www.trulia.com/property/3261435537-398-Yandes-St-Franklin-IN-46131

    If this old school house sat on at least 5 acres I’d have already seen it this week since it’s close to me and JUST the sort of country place I’d love to have, (at a price I can afford).
    https://www.trulia.com/property/3261776030-3000-W-Division-Rd-Tipton-IN-46072
    ALSO – found this profile pic:
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4138/4857511075_5cb50b093a_b.jpg

    Cheers everybody! 🙂

  11. JimHJimH says: 4748 comments
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    The first residents of the house pictured in Cleveland were Herman Czarnetzki (1864-1916), his wife Ottilie and their children, who appeared in the directory here in 1907. This stretch of Denison Avenue near the Cleveland western city limits was only sparsely developed before that time. Czarnetski was a cabinet maker who immigrated from Germany with his extended family in 1892. After his death, his widow lived here for a few years with her sons Emil, a machinist, and Arthur, a printer.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11465 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks! Glad you figured out that last name. Wish we could have seen what the inside was originally, wonder if he did any interior cabinet work for their home.

      • Michael Mackin says: 1871 comments

        The house that is built between has the exact same columns on the porch as the house you posted. I wonder if it was the same builder or perhaps they reused the posts when the porch was enclosed.

  12. says: 48 comments

    1900 Arts and Crafts style home (originally a tea room at a country club)
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/349-Scott-Rd-Cumberland-RI-02864/65808725_zpid/
    older photos, including pictures of the bedrooms, cached here: https://wdcimagestorageprodeast.blob.core.windows.net/mls132/Large/1021901_1.jpg to 15.jpg

    c. 1925 brick Dutch Colonial Revival home with a slate gambrel roof
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/206-Main-St-Douglas-MA-01516/57579229_zpid/

  13. Gail M says: 148 comments

    1955, vintage kitchen, tiled baths, fireplace, great neighborhood. I want this house:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/700-Hall-Ave-Saint-Paul-MN-55107/2054274_zpid/

    • KRS says: 52 comments

      Love this! The period decor is fantastic. Total time capsule. I love the extra stove in the basement and the exercise bike turned into a jewelry holder. Love it all.

      • mlsheelermlsheeler says: 57 comments
        1929 Brick Foursquare
        Harrisonburg, VA

        I love how people can see things so differently. For me, there isn’t much I find appealing here. Isn’t that wild? Takes all types though!

        For what it’s worth, my taste is almost exclusively pre 1930 for some reason.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3194 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      While I don’t know if I’d be in the market for a house like this, I just love looking at it because it reminds me so much of my Nanna’s home when I was growing up. And I would take that stove in the basement in a heartbeat–so cool!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Love that they kept the original “Magic Chef” range in the basement for summer use. That model is the bees knees!

  14. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/538-Lockerbie-St-Indianapolis-IN-46202/1120208_zpid/
    $1.1M
    Yes, a million US dollars and change, for a small worker’s cottage in downtown Indy. Notice the bedroom ceilings. The price history is also interesting. There is a similar house kept as a museum on the same block which is officially 400 sq. ft., but it doesn’t have an upstairs. A two-car garage is that size.

    • Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

      Oops. The house across the street is that small. This one extends back a ways and might be considered large, if you count the half-story.

  15. Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1301-Kansas-Ave_Atchison_KS_66002_M86185-93603

    One of my favorite old Queen Anne’s in Atchison just went on the market this week. I have always been a huge fan of the architecture. I’ve also always died for a peek inside. Now that I see it the interior disappoints a bit. In any case, the house seems structurally solid, and certainly isn’t overpriced….

  16. KRS says: 52 comments

    A humble little place in France near Fontainebleau with river frontage along the Seine. Eleven bedrooms seems adequate.

    http://www.coldwellbankerpreviews.fr/en/data/fr/maison/10298-1263652

    • Laurie W. says: 1750 comments

      Oh, groan! It is yummy with its exquisite details inside & the terracing down to the river. Whoever buys it, I want to be their new best friend.

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      Oh, wow… the house & location are just beautiful. Love its huge windows & doors, never mind the location. Yeah, think I’ll snap it up for a little pied-à-terre for whenever I jaunt over to France. ?

  17. Scott Cunningham says: 391 comments

    Ahhhhh I missed it. I actually saw the sign in the yard last week when I drove by and called the realtor. Couldn’t wait to see the interior pics. One issue is it’s the one gem of a house in an otherwise lackluster neighborhood. Atchison is basically jam packed with cLassic old architecture, but not in this part of town. It’s also within sound distance of a giant wheat/flour processing plant that’s certainly not adding to its appeal.

    All that being said, the architecture of this house is in incredible.

  18. mlsheelermlsheeler says: 57 comments
    1929 Brick Foursquare
    Harrisonburg, VA

    So… Partner and I are hashing out a contract on our first house together, which is also our first old house dream! Signed off on the inspection negotiations this morning! https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/548-Virginia-Ave-Harrisonburg-VA-22802/85867024_zpid/

    This is the listing from 2013, previous previous owners kept it immaculate. Current owners had three dogs and didn’t do much of anything maintenance/cleaning wise. Dogs were not super well behaved. It won’t be terribly expensive to get the house back to it’s previous condition, mainly needs a lot of elbow grease! The zillow listing is not current because I pass the house daily on my way to work, and spotted the sign the morning they put it in the lawn. We had it under contract before they had it cleaned, fixed, photographed, and into the MLS. If it appraises well, that’s the only thing left and we’re hoping to spend Easter resurrecting this beauty with a few gallons of Murphy’s oil soap!

    One of my favorite parts? A true doorbell. Works great and sounds lovely! Video of the same model:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjU73q6Vfvo

  19. FergusFergus says: 261 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    I haven’t shared any homes from the UK recently, so here we go:
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54392074.html – A charming cottage in Sellindge, Kent. The cottage forms part of what looks to have originally been built as a medieval hall house in approximately 1390.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-63159122.html Rose Cottage in Great Chart, Kent, is an 18th century shingle cottage that’s been tastefully upgraded to the extent where it only requires a splash of colour to make it magical.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62472218.html – This large portion of a Tudor era mansion in Colchester, Essex is a home that’s stuck in a timewarp. It offers that special kind of potential that only comes with a home that’s been lived in by the same family for well over half a decade.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-58432714.html – Abbey Farm House in Keddington, Lincolnshire, is a Regency home that’s sure to tug on your heartstrings the moment you clap eyes on its sorry-looking facade. But the potential this house has is apparent from the moment you step through the front door.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-47614098.html – St. George’s is an Edwardian house in Lincoln, Lincolnshire offering a wide variety of features from all across the 20th century. The unpainted woodwork of the staircase and Jacobean style fireplace in the entrance hall is stunning, and the art deco bathroom suite is ever so glamorous. That blue bathroom suite also has potential too. The house even comes complete with a verandah!

  20. FergusFergus says: 261 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    It’s so cool that we get to see what the property in the header image looks like in the present day. It’s a shame that the gable window has gone missing though.

    P.S. I’d very much like to share some UK homes for sale but the blog seems to be rejecting my comments again. 😮

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11465 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sorry don’t know why it does that on occasion. It’s been unspammed.

      • FergusFergus says: 261 comments
        1420 Perpendicular Gothic

        Thanks! Although it’s just done it again. 🙁

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11465 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Sorry, I don’t know what is causing the problem. I’ll keep a check on it so if you post, as long as you don’t receive an error message your comment will be approved it just may not show a “pending moderation” notice (or whatever it says when a comment is pending.)

  21. Cora says: 2016 comments

    This place could be so grand. I don’t understand the price. Check out the street view…I took a little tour on Google Earth…so interesting! The block has many large, gorgeous old homes:

    120 Church St, Westernport, MD 21562
    $52,000 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/120-Church-St_Westernport_MD_21562_M67434-96572

    • GloriaH says: 85 comments

      It is pretty amazing, but I wonder if the river right behind it creates an insurance problem for flooding. Also, the front door opens right on to that main road with no yard whatsoever. It also has train tracks directly behind the house. The parking lot for the bus stop is right next door. That’s four big things, so while I’m not familiar with the area I can see that it might be on the road to being used for something besides residential.

  22. CocoaG says: 71 comments

    1912 Tudor Revival Craftsman, 4 bed, 3 bath, South Pasadena, CA. The original carved oak front door is amazing.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1525-Milan-Ave-South-Pasadena-CA-91030/20696831_zpid/

    1923 Beaux Arts, 4 bed, 2 bath, Denver, CO.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/910-Gaylord-St-Denver-CO-80206/13331506_zpid/

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      With that first house & its door, you weren’t kidding! And I really like its aqua & white bathroom (sans the gold metal trim of the tub enclosure).

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I would not be surprised to find out that the Greene brothers designed the built-in buffet in the DR. Gorge! Thanks’ for sharing.

  23. EricHtownEricHtown says: 369 comments

    Mobile home windows and sick siding can ruin the look of any old home. People think they are making improvements but due to their lack of education they don’t realize they are destroying a home’s original beauty.

  24. Cora says: 2016 comments

    The tower room would be my hang-out…those little windows are excellent:

    301 Washington Ave in Goosetown, Evansville, IN 47713
    $134,900 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/301-Washington-Ave_Evansville_IN_47713_M47926-46833

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      If only ALL agents would include tower / attic shots in their listings! My fave. old house spaces are basements and attics; and rarely are those spaces featured in listings. ;-(

  25. Ed Ferris says: 311 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54-Linden-Ave-Dayton-OH-45403/35080274_zpid/
    $160K (short sale)
    One of my favorite wacko features, a fireplace literally under the main stair. I would put stronger colors on the outside.
    I still think you can get better buys in Richmond, but this part of Dayton is quite livable.

    • John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

      Thanks for sharing, Ed. I agree, this part of Dayton looks safe and the house still has a historic residential context around it: (streetview) https://goo.gl/maps/ni37Y8NsYcv The streetview, from a couple of years ago, indicate it was undergoing some kind of restoration/renovation at that time. I understand it was perhaps in use as a bed & breakfast? (Zoning?) There’s an impressive cube form Italianate diagonally across the street from this house but its being used as a funeral home. I noted that back in 2000 the property sold for about $20K more than today’s asking price so it seems like a bargain to me. Having a fireplace hearth located under the staircase seems pretty unusual-I’d be curious to see where the venting is located.

  26. Cora says: 2016 comments

    305 S State St, Lamoni, IA 50140
    $139,900 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/305-S-State-St_Lamoni_IA_50140_M77105-96136

    The exterior has obviously been modified, but the interior was surprisingly intact:

    207 W Adams St, Jefferson, IA 50129
    $129,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/207-W-Adams-St_Jefferson_IA_50129_M83124-06258

    • Laurie W. says: 1750 comments

      Wow, the DeMille estate dwarfs everything else, doesn’t it? What a magnificent house! Before reading the description, as I went through the photos it was hard not to see Myrna Loy, Clark Gable, Harold Lloyd or Bert Lahr wandering around, martini in hand. How fab it was DeMille, the papa of them all. There’s absolutely nothing bad about the place; to me, it’s perfect, an incredibly rare thing!

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      Love all of the gothic arches of the windows, & even the tub enclosure, of the last house!

  27. Diane says: 68 comments

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/302-E-Nebraska-Ave_Bonifay_FL_32425_M53317-83400#photo25 There are two houses in this listing. I’m including this hoping for comments about each. The listing states the houses are of the same age and gives the date 1950 which is clearly wrong and perhaps refers to the original mangling. I’d love comments about the badly mangled house plus the small one with the bad kitchen.
    I would love if anyone can decide what the large mangled house originally looked like.

    • John Shiflet says: 5243 comments

      Interesting houses, Diane. The primary house fits a regional traditional house form with its double galleried (double decker) porches, a necessity in Florida’s hot humid summers back in the days before air conditioning. Some previous owners really went to town enclosing spaces across the front but with the generous square footage in the main house and added cottage in the back, the next owner could reopen the porches on both levels and still have a very functional home.

      To make the reopened front more visually interesting, maybe add a little Victorian flavor with turned posts, a scroll sawn balustrade, and gingerbread brackets to either side of the posts. For the finishing touch, an ornamental gable brace and carefully selected colors would bring back the original late Victorian flavor, The mantels and staircase details indicate an early 1900’s origin albeit with many later changes and additions. A budget conscious buyer could skip undoing later changes for now and spend the money on the roof, eaves, and any other details needing immediate attention to make the house livable. Alternately, if the budget allows, one could live temporarily in the cottage in the back while renovating the main residence. As for the cottage in the back, it may have potential for rental income or perhaps ideal for a “Mother-in-law’s” place to stay. I cannot get a good date read on the back cottage except to say that it follows a favorite deep South folk or vernacular house form of a raised foundation with a wrap around porch with deep roof overhangs. It’s my understanding that the origin for this house form was the West Indies and was brought to places like Louisiana during the Colonial era. But this house merely uses the traditional house form (ideally adapted to the local climate) and appears to date from more recent times. They are still building traditional houses of this kind in Louisiana and in other locales across the deep South. Given that the house doesn’t appear to be in move in ready condition a thorough assessment of condition is required. The apparent bargain sale’s price may be misleading if the needed repairs and updates are multiple times that amount. In summary, from the photos, the house appears to have potential but due diligence is required before buying any property requiring extensive work. Good luck if you decide to make this your home.

  28. Cora says: 2016 comments

    This seems very comfortable and charming. I wouldn’t even mind the view of the grain elevator out back.
    Is that a sink in the front entrance?

    243 N Main Ave, Alburnett, IA 52202
    $149,000 | 5 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/243-N-Main-Ave_Alburnett_IA_52202_M78172-27879

    415 1st Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577
    $64,900 | 3 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/415-1st-Ave-E_Oskaloosa_IA_52577_M73936-12029

    606 E Main St, Knoxville, IA 50138
    $134,900 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/606-E-Main-St_Knoxville_IA_50138_M80034-62637

    • GloriaH says: 85 comments

      That sink is odd. Those grain elevators can be really, really noisy. The one in our small town puts out a dull roar 24/7 keeping things dry.

  29. peter j says: 37 comments

    wow love the 64,900

  30. says: 56 comments

    An expensive Galena, IL home, but the location overlooking the downtown is magnificent
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/125-S-Prospect-St-Galena-IL-61036/105620096_zpid/

    So much potential in this home especially having an unfinished third level
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/303-J-Ave-Nevada-IA-50201/93946483_zpid/

    You might need to win the lottery first to buy this one
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6101-Mission-Dr-Mission-Hills-KS-66208/75608800_zpid/

    Absolutely gorgeous exterior, but the new carpet inside needs to be removed
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/515-N-Estey-St-Luverne-MN-56156/115960941_zpid/

    Not really a fan of the color on the outside, but the interior doors make up for that
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2112-Drake-Park-Ave-Des-Moines-IA-50311/771433_zpid/

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my the Inn is just picture perfect. That view. I can imagine sitting on the porch on a summer evening listening to the birds say their goodnights and the sounds of the village below. Worth every penny.

  31. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Still recovering from die off from antibiotics with my Lyme so “house hunting” for fun.
    I used to live in Boston and was a Nanny at a home on Marlborough St. I often would walk around at night and wonder what treasures were behind the windows of all the amazing buildings. Here are some I found today.

    At the top at over 8,000,000 dollars is this beauty. Two units. The staircase in this brownstone is spectacular.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/163-Marlborough-St-2-4_Boston_MA_02116_M44795-07048#photo9

    My favorite. Another beautiful staircase.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/19-Rutland-Sq_Boston_MA_02118_M35017-38751#photo19

    The hand carved ceiling in this condo is just astounding. The fireplace is gorgeous as well.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/107-Chestnut-St-Apt-2_Boston_MA_02108_M48305-23461#photo21

    I cannot decide if I like the melding of modern with this 1824 Colonial. Although they have done a nice job of joining the two. No debating that it’s luxurious.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9-Chestnut-St_Boston_MA_02108_M33233-28311#photo12

    Another incredible condo in an 1890 mansion that has been sadly split up into units.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/27-Commonwealth-Ave_Boston_MA_02116_M36071-19835#photo10

    • Cathy F. says: 2113 comments

      Those first two houses are my favorites of this lovely batch. The first interior pic of the first one, with its panelling & fireplace, & then the staircase – which is gorgeous! I really like the second house’s staircase too, though completely different than the first one’s. I bet Beacon Hill and Back Bay are just chock full of beautiful homes!

  32. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    You used to be able to rent this place but looks like it is now on the market. Built shortly after the civil war it has quite the history. It is called the historic Skinny House or as legend says, “The Spite House”. I wonder if the legend is true? Looks as if there is very little left of the original interior. Wonder if you could fine old pictures to restore it back? The Curbed article has more pics than the listing.

    http://boston.curbed.com/2015/2/24/9988774/shortest-streets-in-beacon-hill

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Boston_MA_02113_M43644-18020?ex=MA597935009#photo6

  33. Cora says: 2016 comments

    Pretty 1887 home in Topeka:

    338 SW Woodlawn Ave in Potwin, Topeka, KS 66606
    $239,500 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/338-SW-Woodlawn-Ave_Topeka_KS_66606_M78555-15347

    And a sweet little 1925 cottage, bargain priced, also in Topeka:

    910 SW 3rd St in West Meade, Topeka, KS 66606
    $55,000 | 2 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/910-SW-3rd-St_Topeka_KS_66606_M71577-43254

  34. CharlesB says: 474 comments

    A very important historic structure–The little-known town of West Liberty, in West Virginia’s northern panhandle, was the first English settlement in the whole of the Ohio Valley (1770). It contains the first courthouse west of the Alleghenies, constructed 1778 and now up for sale as a potential tear-down(?!) The asking price is $14,900:

    http://www.watchforeclosure.com/foreclosed-homes/west-virginia/ohio/west-liberty/11434922/1130-van-meter-way.html

    http://property.citywiderealtor.com/idx/details/homes/a520/120148/1140-Van-Meter-Way

  35. Rachel J Shoemaker says: 47 comments

    There’s a beautiful Sears Alhambra for sale at 76 Cherokee Rd Hampton, VA

    Lots of good interior photos.
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/76-Cherokee-Rd-Hampton,-VA-_rb/

  36. Kate C says: 1 comments

    There’s a great fixer-upper in Havertown PA. 1725 with 1750 and 1800 additions. http://www.wagnerrealestate.com/listings/view/570-mill-road-havertown-delaware-pa-real-estate-6938658.html

    Needs some TLC but it’s got great history

  37. Cora says: 2016 comments

    320 Ash St, Lyndon, KS 66451
    $56,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/320-Ash-St_Lyndon_KS_66451_M85921-52456

    11650 Conestoga Rd, Wamego, KS 66547
    $382,900 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/11650-Conestoga-Rd_Wamego_KS_66547_M89617-18287

  38. says: 56 comments

    Just a few more to share this week!

    This one is pretty rough, but these are the kind that pull at my heart strings.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2138-1100th-St-Harlan-IA-51537/87065499_zpid/

    I agree with the listing that this one totally has a “castle-esque” look to it
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19468-Us-59-Oakland-IA-51560/2094912238_zpid/

    This one is so much different than all the other homes in Iowa
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-S-Wilson-Ave-Jefferson-IA-50129/86946210_zpid/

    Church turned home. Much larger then a lot of the church conversions I have seen
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-W-Main-St-Reedsburg-WI-53959/121608459_zpid/

    Lastly, another stunning home in Harlan, IA
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1301-11th-St-Harlan-IA-51537/87063733_zpid/

  39. Unheard Uv says: 32 comments

    Perhaps Florida’s most famous abandoned mansion is finally on the market!! The Howey mansion in Lake county, Florida. Lots of history and information cab be found on it with minimal digging. So.much.want. I do hope this one is done properly.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1001-Citrus-Ave-Howey-In-The-Hills-FL-34737/53753406_zpid/

  40. Cora says: 2016 comments

    Built as a wedding gift in 1876. I’d love to know the whole story:

    2789 State Route 26, Cincinnatus, NY 13040

    $264,999 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2789-State-Route-26_Cincinnatus_NY_13040_M33282-25679

  41. Susan Green says: 1 comments

    The link doesn’t say this, but this house was built by a man who taught woodworking at a prep school at a time when gentlemen learned woodworking. Scituate is a lovely town in an area known as the Irish Riviera.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/105-Glades-Rd_Scituate_MA_02066_M49242-19670

    • ChrisICU says: 614 comments

      What a charming home. That patina is something that takes years and I’m glad the current owners have maintained it beautifully.

  42. Cora says: 2016 comments

    The exterior of this one looks similar to another Homer, NY house posted on this site recently.
    I just love those little corner windows with the exterior millwork embellishments above them. There’s probably a technical name for them, forgive my ignorance:

    6 Copeland Ave, Homer, NY 13077
    $129,900 | 6 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6-Copeland-Ave_Homer_NY_13077_M40794-73024

  43. Cora says: 2016 comments

    8 marble fireplaces! This seems like a steal:

    872 Sherwood Rd, Aurora, NY 13026
    $199,900 | 6 Bed • 1 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/872-Sherwood-Rd_Aurora_NY_13026_M43042-67943

  44. Cora says: 2016 comments

    Love the exterior details and the brick walk.

    29 Kendall St, Manchester, NY 14432
    $349,000 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/29-Kendall-St_Clifton-Springs_NY_14432_M43843-25799

  45. ChrisICU says: 614 comments

    I decided to go to Cornwall tonight (online) and take a look at enchanting homes in the country. If you want to know the approximate price in US Dollars, just multiply by 1.25. This is some of the best exchange rates we’ve had in decades. This makes these seem even more attainable.

    I’m going approximately from high price to low. Beautiful homes in all price ranges.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56057140.html

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56382538.html

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-58595935.html

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-30699480.html

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56142052.html

  46. Cora says: 2016 comments

    And one more. Might possibly be a planbook design?

    2298 Lake to Lake Rd, Seneca, NY 14561
    $199,000 | 4 Bed • 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2298-Lake-to-Lake-Rd_Stanley_NY_14561_M40281-78335

  47. Amanda says: 2 comments

    https://www.thecolumbushometeam.com/homes/6169-Havens-Corners-Road/Blacklick/OH/43004/71337315/?regformcomplete=photoform

    Pre-1900s. A lot of updates to the interior. I love how the realtor shared pics of the house in all seasons. This area used to be all farmland of course, but now many developments are being built. So I was glad to see the area still has old homes around.

    • ChrisICU says: 614 comments

      Hi Amanada,
      What I saw looks like an interesting house. Unfortunately, the site tried to force me to register and then login on their site. I opted not to do that.

  48. Cora says: 2016 comments

    Another Emporia gem:

    901 Rural St, Emporia, KS 66801
    $125,000 | 4 Bed • 2 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/901-Rural-St_Emporia_KS_66801_M87274-04562

  49. MikeMike says: 285 comments
    1886 Queen Anne Victorian
    IL

    I stumbled across this house today by chance, and I don’t see where anyone has reported it yet: http://www.century21.com/property/910-e-forest-ave-neenah-wi-54956-CBR27748903 I love the roofline, the towers, and the woodwork is amazing! I wouldn’t mind northern winters, as long as I had a house like this to hibernate in!

  50. JeSouth says: 38 comments

    I grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan where they have many beautiful old houses in the Heritage Hill area. Here is a link to a very unique house that I don’t think I’ve seen on your website. It even has a built in Pipe Organ.
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Grand-Rapids-Township-MI-49503/23814533_zpid/79779_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/43.01268,-85.495091,42.893321,-85.828801_rect/11_zm/2_p/

    East Grand Rapids is another area of grand old homes. Here’s one I’ve always admired from the outside.
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Grand-Rapids-Township-MI-49506/23821104_zpid/79782_rid/42.971873,-85.533457,42.912183,-85.700312_rect/12_zm/

  51. Ed says: 1 comments

    Here is an amazing renovation in a beautiful historic district. $800,000 worth of work, selling for less than half. The Tiffany-era light fixtures might be worth the price alone!

    https://www.era.com/property/315-LIBERTY-ST-WARREN-PA-16365/61213287/detail

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