April 21, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

Happy Friday! This is where you share your old house finds, articles or general chit chat. Link to real estate or newspaper sites that do not require you to register to view and make sure your link goes to the house you want to share. Just paste the link in the comment box below, no HTML codes needed. Keep the links to a maximum of 5 per post (keeps email notifications from getting marked as spam.)

I also share an old photo from the header you see above and supersize it for you. This one is next door to a home I posted earlier this week, link (yes, I already knew it was the house since it’s written on the postcard.) I used 2016 street views to show what it looks like now.

The Gafney House is now an assisted living facility and has been since 1904, link. From an 1914 article, “Farther up the street and on the opposite side is the Gaffney Home for the Aged, an elegant brick house and stable built at the cost of about fifty thousand dollars for a residence by the late Judge Charles B. Gaffney of the law firm of Worchester, Gaffney and Snow. He with his invalid wife, lived here but a short time when he died; and his wife passing away soon after, this handsome estate according to his will, was left in the hands of trustees for public use.”

175 Comments on April 21, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I may take next week off. I always tell my husband that and never do but this time I need a break. Maybe if I tell you I am, I really will this time! When I say “off” I mean posting houses. I will continue to moderate comments and do my weekly searches but I think after that will be time for house stuff, reading or where ever the day takes me. And if you see me posting houses…YELL AT ME! 🙂

    • RosstRosst says: 2405 comments

      Kelly, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the before/after images!

      How fun!

      And, enjoy your week!

    • CoraCora says: 1891 comments

      These are my favorites – when I can compare every little detail from the old and new photos! These particular photos are great – so much remains on this home’s exterior.

      You deserve a week off! Take it and enjoy yourself. 🙂

    • Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1304 comments

      You certainly deserve some time off. You do an amazing job. I look forward to seeing the new houses posted each day!

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

      Kelly, I hope you have a wonderfully refreshing and relaxing break. Well deserved!

    • AvatarEileenM says: 243 comments

      Will certainly miss your posts next week. I might even have to use my “Old House Dreams” time to do some cleaning, so hurry back! In all sincerity, enjoy your time off. We all need a break from the every day now and then.

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Kelly, have a wonderful week! Do a lot of fun things. We’ll miss you!

    • AvatarAnnabelle says: 96 comments

      Got it, no posting! Although I love it when you do!

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 846 comments

      Enjoy your week, and know that your efforts in running OHD are very much appreciated.

    • AvatarJenny says: 149 comments

      You are the best, Kelly, and I hope you have fun while you take the week off. Like everyone else, I look forward to seeing your posts and I’ll miss them! Thank you so much for all your diligence and creativity.

    • Avatartracy concha says: 13 comments

      have a ton of fun!

    • AvatarSharon says: 98 comments

      Show me just one Craftsman this week, Kelly, I will be greatly upset. Don’t make me get out of this chair! LOL

      Enjoy the week. It’ll be a good time to plant the annuals and get caught up on my “Favorites.”

    • AvatarJudy says: 9 comments

      We all appreciate all your posts, but also know the value of ‘down’ time. Enjoy your much deserved break Kelly!

    • Nhgal03Nhgal03 says: 113 comments

      I love when you post things like these! It’s interesting to see the changes done to the houses. Have fun this week!

    • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Kelly, Indulge, relax, enjoy your beautiful new house and take a well deserved break. Have fun.

  2. AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

    Nooo don’t take the week off! I look forward to visiting your site everyday! What am I going to do with all my free time next week? 😭

    Well here’s my houses I’ve collected over the week:

    First of all, I’m only including this 1894 victorian because of how AMAZING the interior decorations are! The owners must be heavy world travelers because every single room has some pretty immaculate stuff! I encourage everyone to take some time to check out every room.

    A 1913 craftsman with some pretty amazing interior woodwork.

    An 1873 victorian.

    A 1930 Tudor. I love these little castle-type homes!

    This 1903 Pittsburgh mansion has some real charm to it!

    This 1820 home is a bit of a Hodge-podge mess but it’s definitely interesting and worth a look. I can’t say it’s my cup of tea but who knows.

    This 1930 home is a real beauty but the photos are cropped kind of weird so be forewarned.

    Lots of woodwork in this 1930’s Columbus Ohio home!

    This little victorian isn’t normally my type (I like the BIG Victorians with turrets and beautiful staircases and all the charms) but it has some style so I decided to include it.

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      The 4th house, a Tudor… my cats would love to lie in the sun in the interior of that oriel window, and I love its bathrooms. The 8th house down… my favorite parts are the landing with its huge & lovely windows & built-in seating, and the large white bathroom.

      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

        I adore Lindsay’s Pittsburgh Tudor, as well. One of the prettiest I’ve seen, and I’m constantly stalking 1930s Tudors!

        The living room has all the desirable features, and the bathrooms are so charming. The property taxes, though — I didn’t know PA’s were so high!

        • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

          About the 1903 Pittsburgh mansion — what a gorgeous place. An entryway should make a statement, and this one surely sets the tone for an imposing yet welcoming home. I have to ask — is that linoleum tile in the entry hall? There seem to be some irregular spaces that suggest it’s not marble or ceramic. Also, looks like pegboard on the back of the kitchen island. Pretty ingenious for hanging cookware. And last of all that big bathroom — I would add a sofa!

          • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

            Jeez, you’re right – I took another, closer, look & that sure looks like linoleum tile in the entrance hall!

            • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

              In the 1930s house magazines, stylish homes often had linoleum in the entry space — and frequently in bold or flamboyant patterns. I’m just delighted that if this is linoleum, it hasn’t been ripped out!

    • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Ooooo, so many nice houses. I adore the 1873 Victorian. The Pittsburgh mansion is a treasure.

  3. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

    About $50K in 1904… whoa… a whole lotta moola!! From a relatively quick look, I’m noticing that only the railings of the widow’s walk & upper story semi-circular side porch have disappeared. Wonder how detailed & lavish the interior must be, considering its build cost! Kelly, that’s only semi- “time off”… so definitely take the time to do other stuff you’d like to this week!

  4. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

    1781, 5.75 acres on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 209,000 asking. Only one picture but looks lovely. Does anyone know anything about this property? https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16070-Henderson-Rd-Goldsboro-MD-21636/36796558_zpid/

  5. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments

    This early Federal home in Princess Anne, MD was previously featured on OHD as a short sale. Apparently it is going to Sheriff Sale at the County Courthouse on June 14. https://www.auction.com/details/11653-somerset-ave-princess-anne-md-21853-2374914-e_5689a/?utm_source=-digitalmarketing-&utm_medium=-listings-&utm_campaign=-zillow-trustee-co.somerset_s.md-jun17-&utm_term=-affiliates-la1000-frm-e-5689a-

  6. AvatarChrisICU says: 555 comments

    Please forgive my non-house post, but I think many OHD readers would be interested. There are a couple of old house related books coming up for auction in the next few days. If you can’t buy a house, why not a book?

    This first book is from the early 20th century and is a Curtis & Yale Company building materials book. Lots of images of doors, stained glass, moldings, etc that you could have purchased from them.

    The second book is (to me) more interesting. It’s the 1820 book called American Builders Companion, and says it defined the ‘System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building’.

    So, I thought I would share these and hope you enjoy looking at them whether you enjoy old houses as a hobby or a profession.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Non-house posts like that are great! Thanks for sharing, cool!

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      Well, I hate to throw in a wet blanket again, but the Asher Benjamin book is nothing but a bunch of drawings of classical orders and ornaments, in a debased style according to the preface to the reprint which is available online: https://archive.org/details/reprintofcountry00benj
      Other editions are also available at archive.org.
      The popular historian Stewart Holbrook was evidently deceived by the title page description (apparently not bothering to open the book) and wrote a fanciful account of the book and its author as a God-send to practical builders. Nothing of the sort.

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      I wonder what color the owner of the Mountainview St. house likes? Could it be — blue? Like the shingles?
      Also note the floor plans provided in the listings. And the frilly shade on the newel lamp.

    • AvatarLindsay G says: 589 comments

      Wow that 1795 MA house is incredible! And all the surrounding land with it. I’m glad the owners kept with the 1700’s theme throughout the house with all the add-ons. I’d love to own such a home!

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      Yep, some neat stained glass in the first house. Its exterior didn’t do much for me, but I was pleasantly surprised by its interior.

    • AvatarRT says: 110 comments

      I showed my wife 27 Mountainview over the weekend. Glad that you posted it. Quite a bit of well-looked after home on what appears to be a nice street in a small neighborhood of similarly-sized, and well-maintained homes.
      It ticks a lot of boxes for me. Love the radiators, the porch and foyer, and that amazing built-in in the dining room. Kitchen is updated w/o being crazy, and the windows look amazing, especially on the stairs. Lots more space on the top 2 floors and the bathroom is cute. I wish the backyard were a bit bigger, and a family of 3 or 4 or more is going to want another bathroom somewhere I’m sure. They get crowded. It looks like a solid home. Great light! I can see another family loving it for the next 50 years.

  7. AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

    I’m going to tour the first one on Sunday. Will report back my findings. I think it is considered a Georgian/Colonial Revival? Mansfield, OH. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/111-Brinkerhoff-Ave-Mansfield-OH-44906/86611222_zpid/

    I do dream someday of having a home with a tower. Queen Anne?????? Urbana, OH

    Second Empire. Urbana, OH. Who wants to pitch in. We can live on separate floors. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/438-Scioto-St-Urbana-OH-43078/75059080_zpid/

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      I like that first house – it’s a Dutch Colonial Revival. A nice, traditional house.

      • AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

        Are you sure it’s Dutch Colonial Revival? The side-facing gambrels and dual fireplaces on opposite ends make me think Georgian Colonial. But I’m very new to this, so I could easily be wrong. How does one tell the difference between the two?

        Edit: I found an image of an old Sears Roebuck design for The Rembrandt which was a Dutch Colonial. There are a lot of similarities. Though it looks like the Mansfield home has a larger entryway into the living area and it’s opposite the stair. http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/images/1921-1926/1926_C3215A-C3215B.jpg

      • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 846 comments

        The first house is a typical 1920’s Colonial Revival with second story shed roof projections from a simple gable roof design. The house next door, which is visible in some of the pics, appears to have a Gambrel roof common to Dutch influenced Colonial Revival homes. The linked house is also not really Georgian Revival, although a lot of features common to Georgian homes are found in all types of Colonial Revival houses.

        • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

          Thank you… I was trying to think of the specific name for its dormer (“shed”), but my brain wasn’t cooperating (happens a lot these days!), so I truncated my reply. Whereas yours is detailed & much more complete! And I’ll have to take yet another gander, to take a look-see at the house next door.
          Cple of minutes later… ah, yes, I see the gambrel on the house next door. And the more I look at the original linked house, the more I like it!

          • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

            And… if the deck above the screened porch isn’t strong enough for use, I’d have it fixed/redone. That would be so cool to have for use from the door out back on the second story.

    • JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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      BugLady, I’d consider going halfsies on 524 Scioto – what a fabulous house!

    • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

      BugLady, Although your links aren’t working, I found 438 Scioto, the Second Empire house on Realtor.com. I found the others too, but didn’t think to save the links until this one. Here’s a working link, I hope:
      Love the house. What a shame about all of the tile and carpets. It looks like it has been a conference center, office or some commercial use, but could easily be converted to a home again. The carriage house is amazing.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      It’s Urbana for the win! Even though you’d have to de-office it. Second Empire is my favorite.

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Oh gosh, that first house is a treasure! What an astonishing price! I’m interested to know what you think once you’ve seen it.

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      That Mansfield one is a lot of house for the price. Looks to be in pretty good shape! What is that in the last photo, a historical marker or even a grave?

      • AvatarBugLady says: 69 comments

        Hey Teri.

        The street the Mansfield one is on is apparently on a national register for historic areas. The statue is in the park that’s across the street. That park has something to do with the founding of the city.

        My concern about that house is the foundation. According to the realtor it’s quite “weepy.” The seller says they’ll factor in repairs to the sale price.

        At first I wasn’t sure how I’d decorate it, but now I’ve got some ideas. I go see it tomorrow (Sunday).

    • AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

      The 438 Scioto home has been posted somewhere on here before, maybe a share? I remember the over the top mantle in the library, and I remember commenting on how I could picture a family having their “family meeting” in that board room, with a precocious ten year old addressing the family with power point and making his case for why he should get some new scooter or something. Gorgeous place.

    • vintrest@yahoo.comvintrest@yahoo.com says: 4708 comments

      My spouse and I toured 524 Scioto today…fabulous place! Didn’t make an offer, but it’s mansion grade for a modest price. Noisy street in front, though. Urbana is a college town and has a great collection of 19th century architecture. Gina Roseberry is the listing agent and a very nice lady. Even a potential neighbor drove by, stopped, introduced himself and said he hoped some nice people were the future owners of 524 Scioto. Seems like some real neighborhood camaraderie exists there.

  8. AvatarTeri W says: 137 comments

    So work took me to more small eastern Ohio towns this week. Here are findings from Guernsey County (mainly Cambridge). Not too far from Columbus or Canton/Akron, and has an annual town tradition of a Dickens Christmas that lots of people come to town for. I found some cool ones! And a few confusing ones, I hope you folks can help me figure them out!

    First, for the confusing ones:

    240 E Main St, Quaker City, c1870
    Not sure what this shape is supposed to be…unusual. Also unique transoms, and the chimneys are flush with the exterior (is this an interior chimney?). Not sure if that’s unusual. This area has Amish families btw.


    614 N 7th St Cambridge OH, c 1912, $159,000
    I need help with the porch, guys! It’s a unique construction, the supports look like joints used in furniture construction maybe? The house looks kind of craftsman, but not totally…kind of mission style? Original woods, some built ins, old ball foot tub, radiators, pedestal sink.


    630 Sherman Ave, Cambridge OH, 3520sqf, $224,900
    Another one that confuses me…listing says it’s an 1885 carriage house, but I don’t see that at all. Looks pretty firmly Craftsman to me, but in a few photos there might be clues that some part of it was originally a carriage house? Any comments?

    1032 Beatty Ave, Cambridge OH, 1062 sqf, $86,900
    Yet another conundrum. Looks really, really cool from the outside, and has a plaque I can’t read. No interior pics, says c 1900. I love the look of it but have no idea what it is/was.

  9. Avatarpeeweebc says: 856 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Hi I’m the newbie. Kelly you sure pour your heart into this site, we appreciate it so much, you deserve a break 🙂
    I’m going way back, starting with page one, I’m only on page 50 so have a large amount of viewing yet to be explored. I’ve already saved 30 houses, these homes are so beautiful and can not be replicated today not even with the best of architects.
    Thank you for this site! Leigh

  10. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    I know this one has been on the site, but I think they added some more pictures to the listing, in particular the incredible front view of the home:

    128 Cemetery, Frankfort, NY 13340
    $135,000 | 5 Bed • 5 Bath

  11. CoraCora says: 1891 comments


    606 Summit St, Trenton, NY 13435
    $50,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

  12. AvatarShannon Barger says: 22 comments

    My mother knows the woman selling this house, we’ve always wondered what it looked like inside, and now we can fulfill our nosy ambitions 😀 Built in 1856, just 49 years after the founding of the city she kept it in well order, I wish they showed more of her lovely garden in back:

  13. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
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    Kelly, it looks like you found the best postcard of many of this picturesque place. It’s amazing that the carriage house has also survived 125+ years, but the interior of the house must be frightful!

    Have fun on your well-deserved stay-cation!

  14. AvatarChristopherJames says: 11 comments


    Does it get more Gilded Age than this? The listing states it has never been for sale…..makes one wonder what goodies are hidden there… 😉

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      Very gilded age! But… what struck me is that library is chock full, and the books look like they have actually been read!

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Spectacular house. It’s like stepping back 150 years inside — the furniture must be original, designed for the house. And the elevator! I’m wowed completely.

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 846 comments

      Thanks for posting this fabulous Newport cottage complete with a Bellevue Avenue address and a Ogden Codman interior.

    • AvatarJenny says: 149 comments

      Was this their summer home or year-round residence? It is so grand!

    • AvatarZoomey says: 501 comments

      I normally dislike mansions, but this one really feels like I could live in it. (I’d have to break my piggy bank to buy it, but still….) Maybe it’s the decor, maybe it’s the scale of the rooms, all the bookcases filled with books (no designer “vignettes” all over the place). The elevator is a plus! It’s elegant but inviting and warm. I’d have to give up my country decor, but I could manage for this house.

  15. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    If I had the money, I would buy this 1924 “Hollywoodland” castle for the simple reason that Clark Gable once lived there.


    P.S. Is that a lady’s shoe hanging on the kitchen wall??

    • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

      Dear Daughter, Could you post the address, I can’t get your link to work, I get a forbidden warning.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      The old street view included in this listing is amazing! I’m crazy about this house. Being a Southern Californian, it really speaks to me deeply. I wish I could afford it. Many people would find it hard to pay that much for a house that’s crammed in so close to it’s neighbors (or rather, according to the old photo, who’s neighbors have encroached on it so much over the years), but it’s just so expected in that area it wouldn’t bother me. So “Hollywood” and romantic. Thanks for posting!

    • AvatarJenny says: 149 comments

      I am a huge Clark Gable fan and I’m with you all the way on this one, Daughter! What a great find.

    • danpdxdanpdx says: 80 comments

      I posted this one back on March 17…looks like the realtor took new photos and tidied up several of the rooms. Shows much better now…beautiful old place…

  16. AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

    Here’s an 1850 farmhouse on 74 acres priced at $89,000–located in Dayton, NY, in unspoiled countryside 40 miles south of Buffalo. Yes, the inside falls into the ‘Fu-Manchu’s nightmare’ category, but the listing was obviously written by someone with a good eye for old houses and beautiful pieces of land (I don’t believe the photographer shared that vision). Ah, if I was twenty years younger…


    • AvatarJoe says: 633 comments

      I found it on G Maps, but it is due North of the location that the address takes you when you search. Look for the ponds. It is the house on the west side of the road with a pond way back and a large pond, not part of the listed property, on the East side of the street. The picture in the listing is the house, not the very interesting fixer where the link takes you. Here’s the link:

    • AvatarLin says: 67 comments

      People are running from NY just to get away from the slumped economy and ridiculous taxs

      • AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments

        If someone is looking for the go-go economy of Dallas or Orlando, boy, is Dayton, NY NOT a place they would want to be! The major local industries here are Amish quilt-making and alpaca farming. It’s a place to savor the quality of the air and water and attune yourself to nature’s rhythms.

        • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

          Yep, re: good air quality, 4 distinct seasons, & relatively low cost of living. I’m in Central NY (Utica), have a small-medium Colonial Revival in a decent neighborhood, & pay $3,500 in real estate taxes/year (city, county, & school), which is okay with me. Drive 5-10 minutes out of town, & you’re in the countryside. 10-15 minutes from South Utica to the Thruway. Drive an hour north & you’re in the Adirondacks. Our population has actually increased lately because we have an immigration resettlement center – lots of nationalities, which is cool, IMO. And so plenty of good ethnic restaurants, too.

      • AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

        I grew up in NY and left in my teens. While I still own a lake house up there (family property in Madison Cty that I cannot sell), its not a state or region I would hasten back to. In many ways its similar to Detroit (except for the professional sports teams)…. The sky-high taxes, restrictive rules and regulations, collapsed economy, high cost of getting anything done, all these count against it. I feel sorry for property owners there because even a grand home usually sells for little. I think that’s a reason so many appear here on OHD. And sadly, few who buy such a house have the means to maintain it, much less restore it, so many rapidly decay into ruin.

  17. AvatarJanie says: 31 comments

    Glad you gave us a heads-up about your well-deserved week off, Kelly. I’ll have to spread out my link exchange viewing over the course of the next seven days. Why wasn’t this last week when we had an audit at work and I kept sneaking quick peeks at OHD whenever I had a minute? Enjoy, Kelly. We’ll miss the fun of your wonderful posts.

  18. AvatarLynneKy says: 10 comments

    Kelly, enjoy your time off. Love the before and after pictures. Wonder why they removed the decorative railings? They were a charming touch, I thought. Thanks to all with additional posted links!

  19. AvatarOzark Dave says: 67 comments

    Enjoy your well deserved time off!

  20. AvatarJerry Fisher says: 18 comments

    I was browsing Craigslist and saw this house for sale:


    While it has a kind of pop culture connection, the price is a steal for this much house. The mint green isn’t my cup of tea, but its nothing a weekend of painting couldn’t fix. The house isn’t anything special per se. I’d guess it was a typical house for 1920 and probably didn’t have any outstanding features (after all, this is South Dakota and if a person wasn’t a social climber or well-off, they usually didn’t consider extras like nicer woodwork, etc anything other than a frivolity).

    If my credit wasn’t utterly abysmal I’d have already jumped on this. If anyone is looking to live in a village (about 120 people live there) they couldn’t do much better. Generally good area, a lake just blocks away and plenty of peace and quiet.

  21. AvatarTMNH says: 1 comments

    Another lottery-fantasy scenario, but nice to see a master craftsman re-purpose a couple of old barns. His vision and planning is simply amazing!


  22. AvatarBosqueNorse says: 191 comments

    I can’t find all the Link Exchanged Who Lived there photos in the Search menu? I am talking about all the old photos that appear at the very top of the OHD website and change. There are three of these old photos that appear and change.

  23. LottieLottie says: 403 comments

    Hello Kelly! Hope you enjoy your week! I have been away from home and my computer for a couple of months. I’m about 25 posts behind. I plan to use this week catching up on Old House Dreams, so I’m glad you are going to have a good restful week ahead!

    • AvatarEricHtown says: 313 comments

      That home in King William district is over the top, stunning, gaudy, beautiful luxury. Somebody had money and a flare for showing it with the style and drama! What a stunner!
      thanks for sharing

  24. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    15 bedrooms…Sure would like to know the whole story on this one…

    774 County Road 164, Callicoon, NY 12723
    $199,000 | 15 Bed • 3 Bath

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      Yes, I wonder what kind of a dormitory or orphanage it served as? By the bedrooms and bathrooms it was clearly something like that. It’s really cool! There’s some good furniture hanging out in there too.

    • AvatarAnastasia Lee says: 2 comments

      This is listed as a Boarding House in Sullivan County & near the village of Liberty are in the Famous Borscht Belt. Apparently it has connections to the Summer traffic from the early 1900’s to this vacation & entertainment center of upstate New York frequented by the ethnic NYC residents. So who knows who may have stayed here during the heydays of the Catskills.

    • AvatarEricHtown says: 313 comments

      The interior of this home has the feel of an old 1960s sitcom like Green Acres or PettiCoat Junction. It’s interesting but 15 bedrooms must be a typo, that’s a lot of bedrooms.

  25. HeatherlyHeatherly says: 16 comments

    Oh how I love this 1950’s rambling ranch..the kitchen! Frenchtown is a lovely town full of boutique shops, and farmer’s markets (that also sell wine). Excellent schools, and beautiful countryside.
    I want this house. Now.

    • AvatarBethany Otto says: 2656 comments

      Oh my gosh, you have found an amazing time capsule! I think the metal contraption on the wall of the kitchen is a wall fridge!! It doesn’t look like a single thing has been updated, ever–which is a very good thing! I am absolutely besotted and I would buy this place in a heart beat and not change a single blessed thing in it. Yummy! Too bad it’s about 4,000 miles away from me 🙁

      • HeatherlyHeatherly says: 16 comments

        It IS a time capsule! I do see the tile floor in the kitchen that was clearly an update, but at least it’s neutral, yes?

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      Attractive house, gracefully mid-century outside. Some very nice areas inside too. A 6-car garage would send my husband into a trance of pure joy. Ouch, though, the taxes! 15K on a house priced at 220K? That hurts! NJ’s reputation holds up.

      • HeatherlyHeatherly says: 16 comments

        Yes, our NJ taxes are ridiculous. The state is slowly pricing the middle class out of the state. The garage…the possibilities, tho. I love the area, it’s beautiful and rural, and then you have the town center and Lambertville.
        I have been decorating this with my Hollywood regency furniture since I first saw it. I’m in love..

  26. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

    In the upper budget ranks (but fun!) of the Caribbean:

    Nassau, Bahamas, 1930 house occupied by the Duke of Windsor & wife when he was governor in the early 1940s. http://www.7thheavenproperties.com/real-estate/bahamas/duke-of-windsor-home-for-sale-nassau/

    Unusual! A 200-year-old water tank converted into a 4-bedroom home in Barbados. Not technically historical as a house, it maintains an antique feeling via original brick walls and 2-century-old doors.

    19th century in Bermuda. Beautiful woods inside. http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-840-cdqvbs/bellevue-paget-be-pg06

  27. AvatarJoseph Rice says: 314 comments

    Interesting interior treatments for this house in Wiscasset Maine:


    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1602 comments

      I like the diamond-painted floors, great in a house of this period. Given its age & dignity, though, leaving some of the others unpainted would be attractive & appropriate — but it’s immaterial to how very nice this house is. The entrance hall is so classic & lovely — makes you want to explore farther immediately.

    • AvatarMouser59 says: 5 comments

      Interesting was not the word I would look for – sterile perhaps?

  28. AvatarDwight Williams says: 36 comments

    This truly is a beautiful old house. I was in this house about 10 years ago and it’s magnificent. This house had a total restoration about 20 years ago and the owners spared no expense. I hope it finds an owner who will love it as much as I do.


    • AvatarEricHtown says: 313 comments

      The natural walnut wood moldings on the main floor are really outstanding and look so beautifully original. I think I’d change wallpaper in a few rooms to better show off the woodwork. Beautiful home and seems like a great buy on 30 acres.
      thanks for sharing!

    • AvatarDavid says: 27 comments

      A google search reveals this was most recently used as a funeral home, which explains the ADA-ramp and Exit signs. I’m not sure how I would feel about living in an ex-funeral home, but it sure is a lovely building.

      Henry is a charming small town on the Illinois River about 30 miles north of Peoria. They have a wonderful 4th of July celebration & carnival each year.

    • AvatarEric says: 313 comments

      This is a beautiful house with fine details but I couldn’t live in a previous funeral home. Talk about bad juju!. Love the house and the price!

  29. Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

    A grand staircase, but you have to “finish the restoration” (on parts they didn’t take pictures of, I suppose). Would it look better in dark wood stain instead of white paint?

    • AvatarScott Cunningham says: 375 comments

      One of the best deals I’ve seen in a long while. What’s the catch? You have to live in Toledo?

    • AvatarEric says: 313 comments

      This is a really good looking house inside and out. I’m sure Toledo isn’t the best place to spend winter but it’s probably great the other 6 months of the year.

  30. AvatarMatt Ziehnert says: 87 comments

    Very impressive exterior on this home 1885 Victorian in Hoosick Falls, NY


    • AvatarEric says: 313 comments

      The exterior is great and this was once a great house. The has been a gutted and modernized house with recently created woodwork based on basic designs from the 1880’s. A cheap interior copy of what should be so much more. At least that’s my opinion. Eric. kool facade

  31. AvatarDiane2 says: 68 comments

    I have decided that my first project after I either receive a totally new spine or enter my next life (whichever comes first) is restoring this house. Even before than restoring the one in poor condition in Montrose, PA that we all loved some months back (that will be my second project).
    Personally, I would have replaced the roof first and then scrapped and painted the siding before doing anything inside.
    I like the wood visible under the artificial siding and can’t wait to see the entire house with the wood visible although I know the present action is to cover it all up.
    The intercom system definitely must be repaired. I must be able to contact all the servants, especially when I want to be carried up and down the stairs or have someone wash all those floors and dust all that woodwork. Who, pray tell, are Gang(?) and Cluster.
    I do like what I can see of the stairway.
    Locally, I know where the warehouses are located to buy the old fireplaces, woodwork, doors, lighting fixtures, hardware, plumbing, etc. that were saved from houses being demolished to be used in restorations, but I have no idea where you’d find such things in other areas. I’m not sure most areas even salvage those items for resale to the public.
    I do like the child’s linoleum that someone later added.

  32. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Six million dollars for this gorgeous 1890 home with guest house right on the water in Ogunquit with your own pebble beach.


    For 12,500 dollars an 1920 church that needs work. “Labor Of Love, Your Heart Strings Get Pulled Looking At This Former Church, Called The Old St. Remi’s In Keegan Section Of Van Buren. She’s Impressive But Neglected. Also Known In Later Years As “The Church of Discarded Treasures”.


    39,990.00. I posted this 1900 cape last summer. Still for sale. I go past this house a lot. They have added new photos. It seems is largely in tact. Truly a great little house to restore. Nice area too.


    269,000.00 This 1800s Farmhouse sits on the shores of Burnt Cove. This is a wonderful spot. House needs work but hasn’t been messed with too much. Lot’s of original features still there.


    Classic summer “cottage” built in 1940 in Southwest Harbor. This is what my summer fantasies are made of. Sigh.


  33. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Some gorgeous million plus old homes for sale here in Maine, or as I call them “I wish” homes.

    This house is very unique. Called the “Stone Cottage” it was originally built before 1796. It has served as the town Jail, poor house, and a cherished summer cottage since the 1890’s. Your view is of the Castine Harbor “There is a 12′ cannon from the War of 1812 on the front lawn and historic elements throughout. There are 7 bedrooms and 3 baths and in a pinch the house could sleep up to 12 people.”
    Right out of a fairy tale.


    This one is on the Western Promenade in Portland. Just a fantasy home. This home was commissioned by Adam P. Leighton, the founder of the picture postcard industry, and designed by architect Frederick Tompson. (Frederick Tompson was a well known architect and designed one the most beautiful building in Portland, the Masonic Temple.) This house is just exquisite.


    Built in ’74 so not that old but it is fantastic.


    This summer cottage has hardly been touched since it was built. Check the kitchen out. What is most impressive is where it sits. It will take your breath away.


    My oh my. This 1920’s Greek Revival in Wiscasset is on the waterfront. The estate includes the main house, DayBreak Manor, as well as the guest cottage, vineyard & acres of formal gardens.


    Wilfred Mansur Victorian in Bangor. Huge and very beautiful.


    • AvatarDiane2 says: 68 comments

      I’m in love with 145 Sand Beach Road. I could move in there and never leave. Groceries could be delivered.

      • SueSue says: 1175 comments
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        1802 Cape

        Me too Diane. Summers here in Maine are just beautiful. I could just sit at the rocks and gaze at the sea all day. In winter you sit by the fire and listen to the waves hit the rocks. What else could I ask for?

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1879 comments

      That second house, at 261 Western Promenade… I wasn’t all that enamored of the exterior, but its interior is just gorgeous! The woodwork, the turquoise & green tiled fireplaces, the stained glass, the bathrooms, that inglenook… I’d even keep the same paint colors. Very, very pretty! Some of the other houses in this group have better vistas – really lovely water views, but once inside, I’d have to choose this house.

  34. AvatarBri says: 3 comments

    I’m more of a Victorian girl, but I *do* love me some “Rocketeer”, and this is the most art deco-y art deco house that ever art deco’d! I love it!


  35. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    I like the nicely proportioned components of the exterior here. Who doesn’t love columns and a beautiful tower?

    306 W Court St, West Union, WV 26456
    $175,000 | 5 Bed • 3 Bath

  36. Check out this Mid-Century Modern Tiki house in Portland, Oregon:
    The occupant seems to sell tiki mugs (I know another tiki mug artist so the picture of the office/shipping area caught my eye).

    I own a Mid-Century Modern, but it was like the super cheap, small kind. Butterfly roof is the only major feature.

    This is my first time posting, but I’ve been getting the emails for quite a while and looking at houses and reading comments. I love house porn, as I call it!

    Thanks for making this website! (BTW, I can’t get my avatar image to upload — says internal error every time, nor can I link my Gravatar. Any clues as to why?)

    Dana in Eugene, Oregon

  37. AvatarMatt Ziehnert says: 87 comments

    Here are some recent listing in the Hudson Valley Area of NY:
    1826 Church in the lower Hudson Valley town of Cornwall, NY Nice stained glass windows.

    1740 Stone farmhouse in the beautiful town of Stone Ridge, looks like a nice 1.5 acre property

    Well preserved Arts and Crafts Bungalow in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Interesting old O&W Train Station for sale in Wawarsing, NY Wish the listing had interior photos.

    Here is a home we looked last year. Back on the market. Previous owner died and the family was trying to sell it. Very charming home but the upstairs ceiling height is way too low for my taste. I hope someone buys it who will restore it and not a developer. Although I believe the lot too narrow to subdivide.

  38. Avatarshellbell67 says: 138 comments

    Take a look at what $1,099,000.00 will get you in Wichita, KS. Built in 1932 and I don’t think there’s too much original left in it. The green bathroom is pretty cool, though!
    Or this little cutie:

  39. AvatarKelsey says: 1 comments

    Beautiful shingle style owned by someone who obviously cares:

  40. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Charming 120 year old cape. This is a big fixer upper. Looks pretty in tact to me, accept some paneling. She is a sad girl but could be wonderful. I am assuming the price is because of the 100 acres it comes with. Near skiing.


    Beautiful Queen Anne. Called the “The Holman F. Day House”. Made into an office building but could easily become a one family again. Beautiful.


  41. CoraCora says: 1891 comments

    Stunning woodwork, millwork:

    119 W 8th St, Williamstown, WV 26187
    $220,000 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath

    300 Bellevue St, Marietta, OH 45750
    $440,000 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath

    123 Frederick St, Marietta, OH 45750
    $59,000 | 3 Bed • 2 Bath

    511 6th St, Marietta, OH 45750
    $140,000 | 5 Bed • 4 Bath

  42. AvatarCody Kapcsos says: 16 comments

    Date Listed 31-Mar-17
    Address Neville, SK S0N1T0
    View map
    Bedrooms (#) 4 bedrooms
    Bathrooms (#) 2 bathrooms
    Size (sqft) 1,600
    For Sale By Owner

    FREE HOUSE (obo): 1-1/2 Story + dormers character home to be moved. The home was moved onto a new basement 12 years ago. Project was never completed and would be relatively easy to move as very little work was done after being set on the new basement. Main level includes kitchen, dining, living room, master bedroom, large bathroom, and a flex room. Second floor includes 3 bedrooms and a bathroom that has been roughed in. Original wordwork, doors and floors. Fieldstone fireplace. Awesome potential. Dimensions: 30’x34′. Also have a new set of windows and doors for it that would be available at a heavily discounted price. Located 30 minutes south of Swift Current.


  43. AvatarCody Kapcsos says: 16 comments

    Date Listed 31-Mar-17
    Address T8T
    Bedrooms (#) 5 bedrooms
    Bathrooms (#) 1 bathroom
    Size (sqft) 1,600
    For Sale By Owner

    We have moved a new home onto our land and this one must go! 1930’s house with lots of great character traits. Needs to be moved off this spring.


  44. AvatarCody Kapcsos says: 16 comments

    Date Listed 10-Apr-17
    Address 702 7 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0N5, Canada
    Bedrooms (#) 1 bedroom
    Bathrooms (#) 1 bathroom
    Size (sqft) 604
    For Sale By Owner

    Perfect little home for a cabin, studio, or retirement home in a small community. We are planning to build a house where we currently live and would much rather have our house moved away than see it destroyed and filling up a landfill. We’ve lived in it since 2004 and completely renovated it then. New wiring, new plumbing, new heat, new watertank, new insulation, new windows in 2006, new roof in 2015. One bedroom 604 sq foot (although when we got it they had closed off the dining room to make it a 2 bedroom). Douglas fir floors in living, dining, bedroom. Ceiling insulation may contain asbestos, never tested, but I’m told if you are “moving” a house, you don’t need to do abatement. And if you leave it alone it’s fine. Includes furnace and water heater, all fixtures. Aiming for an early summer build so maybe June removal or late July. You arrange and pay for the removal and the home is yours! Of course, serious enquiries only. Do some research regarding moving houses and destinations. It’s one turn and you’re onto 16th Avenue NE and then a km to Deerfoot. Probably wouldn’t need a lot of wire moving, house is only about 16 feet high, maybe a couple more with chimney. Measures 20′ wide, 30′ deep. We would take a deposit in trust if you agree to take it, fully refunded once the house is on the trailer (that avoids us having someone back out at the last minute and our build being delayed by then having to arrange demolition)


  45. AvatarCody Kapcsos says: 16 comments

    Date Listed 07-Apr-17
    Address R0K
    Bedrooms (#) 4 bedrooms
    Bathrooms (#) 1.5 bathrooms
    Size (sqft) 780
    For Sale By Owner

    This 2 story farm house was built in 1915. There are 4 bedrooms and 1 bath up. The main floor is a kitchen, dining room and a spacious living room. The entrance, which includes a laundry/bathroom, and the garage were added in 1970. Many things still original! Will be ready to go in May. Price does not include moving costs. Located near Pilot Mound.


  46. AvatarMatt Ziehnert says: 87 comments

    Saw this post on a Facebook Group this morning. What looks to be a landmark example of a George Barber designed home is threatened with demolition in Dixon Illinois. The owner is selling the home for $25,000 cash until May 8th and after that selling the parts piece meal and having the home demolished. I’m not sure if it’s a real or fake post but the home being discussed is gorgeous so I figured I would share it here.

  47. AvatarMatt Ziehnert says: 87 comments

    Interesting former Hotel? in the charming, yet expensive city of Hudson, NY

  48. AvatarJbilly says: 45 comments

    A pretty and fancy Victorian with a carriage house.
    See what I found on #Zillow!

  49. AvatarLoni Trapp says: 1 comments

    Hello! Here is a beauty in North Dakota!


    Thank you so much!!!

  50. AvatarMatt A. says: 9 comments

    This one is awfully nice, and not at all expensive:


  51. Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

    Here are two Old House Nightmares in the McVictorian style. Don’t look at them if you’re at all depressed:
    The second one was on OHD years ago and got pretty well slammed then. The horror starts on the second floor. I went to the Open House today and it is even more offensive when seen in person.

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