August 18, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Today's old house photo is labeled D. L Strine, Downey, Cal. It still stands! (Street view link.) D.L. Strine was born in c. 1863 in Pennsylvania. A 1920 census shows him (57) as a grocery store merchant and living in this home with his wife, Eliza (48) and Raymond Strine (25).

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I did not spend long researching the Strine family, if anyone is interested, feel free. πŸ™‚

    I don’t know how long palm trees live but those small ones in the old photo appear to be in the same location as two in the new street view.

    I believe the home you see beyond their side garden is this one. I just noticed the pillar also still stands, on the right side of the drive way.

    Sorry for the short post week!

    • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

      Beautiful home Kelly! It looks like the front door has been replaced. Too bad, because the one that was there is gorgeous. Also the little port cochΓ¨re seems to be gone, dang. But still it has great curb appeal. Amazing how rural Downey appears in the photo you shared. They look so comfy sitting there on the porch with the pretty rose garden. It’s a real ‘socal’ home.

    • GeoffreyPS says: 102 comments

      I’m not sure why but seeing photos with baby trees compared to much later photos with very mature trees makes me happy. I love the contrast.

      Compare this 1912 photo of the Bandstand in Pioneer Park, Walla Walla, WA: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n-xqvfXAL5c/UYEdPS5IbzI/AAAAAAAARqs/mv3CMKLU-Bk/s1600/Bandstand+&+May+Day+pageant,+ca1912+(4).jpg

      to this contemparary one: http://www.ww2020.net/homes/Pioneer_Park_files/image001.jpg

      • natira121natira121 says: 693 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        I’ve spent many hours in that park! My grandmother lived in Walla Walla for decades. I loved going to the park with my kids, and really enjoyed the aviary there, as well as walking to and from the park, gawking at beautiful old houses. Walla Walla is full of them!

        My love of old houses started there…. some family friends lived in a wonderful home, built in the 1840s-50s, on a log foundation. It had wonderful sloping floors, layer upon layer of paint, plank doors, fantastic linoleum rugs everywhere, and was surrounded by HUGE locust trees. It was about 15 miles outside town, and a couple miles from where my mom grew up.

        My grandmother passed away in 2010, so I don’t have reason to visit with all her friends and family gone too. But I always go through town on my way back and forth to Montana to visit my mother. I love Walla Walla!

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Comfortable looking house, Kelly. For its age it hasn’t changed as much as it might have — new windows in the dormer, new door, porch railing added, and loss of the pergola or whatever over the driveway plus sad but expected change in the garage. What I’d regret most is that the side yard is gone, with its pretty roses climbing the fence & meadow beyond. The contrast in photos reminds me of the children’s book The Little House, about a tiny house in the country bit by bit crowded out as skyscrapers go up around it, eventually leaving it an anacronism all by itself in the midst of a noisy bustling city. Not that Downey is so noisy; been there & it’s nice.

  2. Sascha says: 42 comments

    The moment I saw that house, I knew it had to be somewhere here in Southern California! Super cute. Thanks, Kelly, for another week of posts, your site always has new treasures to look forward to πŸ™‚

    • jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

      Lindsay G: OH. MY. WORD. stunning picks! The third one, I couldn’t help but notice the marble (?), jade (?) quartz (?) sink in the first bathroom shown. WOW.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        – The sink is probably alabaster.

        The gray (?) mantle in the lite brown paneled room is a freak of nature! Is it Renaissance Revival; Empire; Klingon????

    • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

      Wow… My favorite of this batch is the first house. But… the Tudor sunporch of the third/Syracuse house has to be the coolest sunporch/solarium I’ve ever seen! And despite being very new, I really like the kitchen of the last/Houston house, esp. the cabinetry.

      • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

        I actually really like the kitchen cabinetry in the Houston house too…shhh! ?

        • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

          Your secret is safe with me. ?
          Personally, I’m all for convenience, esp. the older I get. But that has to be balanced with aesthetics. There are some new kitchens that I do not like and which just don’t ‘work’ with the house, incl. ones where charming features were ripped out willy-nilly. But others that I think are just fine, incl. this one. (Hoping nothing that was cool & could’ve stayed & worked with the new elements was ripped out!)

    • Jeanne L says: 35 comments

      Lindsay – all four of your picks are stunning. I am a sucker for a Tudor. The one in Houston is dreamy and probably my favorite. Exquisite details yet homey. Thanks for sharing.

    • TonimarTonimar says: 73 comments
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      Lindsay I always look forward to your posts! Our tastes are very similar and these were absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Here are a few new ones in Indiana from the last few weeks.

    For Craftsman lovers, I’ll start with this really delightful gem in Indy;
    https://www.trulia.com/property/3274620975-2459-E-Riverside-Dr-Indianapolis-IN-46208

    Also, how about this Mock Germanic, Arts & Craftsman manse in Batesville built by a well known furniture manufacturing family;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/507-N-Walnut-St-Batesville-IN-47006/124616298_zpid/?fullpage=true
    Romweber “Viking Oak” table; https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e6/63/3b/e6633be3773f8865baa2a4d50e2eaf41–the-vikings-s.jpg

    Very slightly altered, delightful little Italianate Gem in the nice little village of Rochester has some fine wood work in need of paint removal;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/228-W-9th-St-Rochester-IN-46975/85262993_zpid/?fullpage=true

    My favorite house in Vincennes returns to the market with newly acquired, seriously droll, domestic decor;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-N-3rd-St-Vincennes-IN-47591/85478084_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Really great, high style Victorian in Bourbon had a 1950’s Bedford stone exterior and partial interior makeover which aint half bad, (however annoying), but fortunately was otherwise nicely preserved, (oddly);
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/207-N-Harris-St-Bourbon-IN-46504/85564332_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This place down in Hartsville near Columbus started out life as a territorial federal center hall two over two; was added onto significantly later in the 19th century; and has had this and that done since then; all of which equals a really great eclectic rambler;
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/210-S-Jackson-St-Hartsville-IN-47244/112013026_zpid/?fullpage=true

    ALSO ++++++

    Check out this SUPER RAD, stone mill conversion in Ulster County, NY. The lower domestic spaces are ho hum, but the VAST studio space above is amazeballz;
    https://www.trulia.com/property/3276459632-1883-Route-213-Rifton-NY-12471

    +++
    Two more remarkable properties you may remember seeing before in Ulster County which continue on unsold;

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3274631384-575-585-Plank-Rd-Phoenicia-NY-12464

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3154229983-55-Leggett-Rd-Stone-Ridge-NY-12484

    Cheers all! πŸ™‚

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Formerly filled with Anne Rice’s VAST collection of creepy dolls, the chapel at St. Elisabeth’s condo conversion is on the market. It’s worth a look, if only to pause in wonder at how anyone could possibly LIVE there. As a chapel it must have been spectacular; but as a home – – I dunno: you’d have to wear sunglasses to fry an egg;
      https://www.trulia.com/property/3190047271-1314-Napoleon-Ave-16-New-Orleans-LA-70115

    • SueSue says: 1111 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I cannot imagine why the Stone Ridge, NY home hasn’t sold. It is spectacular. Taxes maybe?

      The Phoenicia property does have a more niche buyer. Perfect for someone like me that wants to establish a healing facility with homes for people to come stay. What is not perfect is the price that usually comes with such a property. One can keep dreaming.

      The Italianate is just charming. How fun to let it shine.

      The studio space in the mill conversion would make the most wonderful events space. You could live in the other part of the home and rent out that amazing space for weddings, art openings etc. It’s pretty spectacular.

      So many wonderful places. Wow, thank you for sharing.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      That Germanic / Craftsman fantasy is one for the record books. Love it.

  4. tess says: 297 comments

    Palm Trees have very long lives. With proper care it’s not unusual for them to live over 100 years. Don’t you wish these palms could tell all they have seen!

  5. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    1850s Regency/Classical in Calais, Maine–Some 19th-century Down Easter must have visited Boston and admired the swell-front row houses being built in that city’s “New” South End and decided to build a free-standing version for himself back home:

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/735-Main-St_Calais_ME_04619_M44386-21510

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/735-Main-St-Calais-ME-04619/2146640358_zpid/

    http://www.buyrentsellboston.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/chester-square-2.bmp

  6. Anne M. says: 903 comments

    This amazing 1884 is being auctioned, the 1st (zillow) post only has exterior photos so I did some digging to find a some of the interior:
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/New-Bedford-MA/55995179_zpid/33058_rid/14_days/1720-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/41.777712,-70.705948,41.559206,-71.170807_rect/10_zm/
    This is from last February
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/52-Ash-St_New-Bedford_MA_02740_M46862-95887
    Here’s a 2011 article about it, with a few more photos.
    http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20110409/SPECIAL/104090305

  7. Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

    The header house & its pics: wow, those palm trees have certainly grown! But the arbors are gone…

  8. ChrisICU says: 672 comments

    What a nice home in Macon Georgia. Nice original details, unpainted trim, transoms over the doors. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/902-High-St_Macon_GA_31201_M55683-60288

    Neil Reid was one of Georgia’s finest 20th century architects. If this is truly one of his then it’s gotta be pretty sweet. The photos, however, need some work. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2082-Vineville-Ave_Macon_GA_31204_M57385-69836

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice picks Fred, thank you. Gillham RD has spectacular curb appeal.
      Of course – the house in St Joe is the real winner! A beautiful home filled with beautiful things, (and not too many of them). A+ the way they have kept the worn and faded bits instead of prettying the place up or slathering on the Vicky mag. schlockola. Just love the attic room with it’s untouched original plaster, and as compliment to the gorgeous unpainted wood. The original slop sink over a well with hand pump is THE BEST! Just love that! The red enameled, American Radiator boiler is sooooooo pretty, and a real gem which with continued care is good for another 100 years+; and is also in a condition easily converted back to coal fire if one should ever want / need to. I’m not sure what that mother of pearl looking tile on the parlor fireplace is about, but together with the decorative iron work, it’s a REAL show stopper! Just a VERY FINE home stem to stern. Thanks’ again!

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        Affordability remains one of the most appealing aspects of old homes for sale in St. Joseph which is located about 25 miles north of Kansas City. The agent, Lisa Rock, was my landlord when I lived in St. Joseph and she knows historic homes very well. She calls herself a historic house specialist and truly is as she has lived in and restored old houses as well as being on the City’s landmarks commission. The Kansas City examples seem reasonably priced as well combined with interesting designs. Thanks for sharing.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          She most certainly did a VERY fine job featuring this home for people all over the world to see, lust after, and hopefully buy! All of the photos are very well taken and informative of the actual condition of the home. Some of them are downright inspired. The still life with slop sink is primo imo; and just love the view from the landing up into the upper hall with service stair to 3 beyond, and likewise the next pic looking downward. A+.

    • SharonSharon says: 605 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      Here’s news on the Sedalia home.

      http://www.historicproperties.com/feature.asp?listing_id=ncsed003

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Dwan

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Semon

      A few years back, the local paper ran an article on the latest owners who had just moved in and “brightened” the living room by painting the original wooden ceiling beams white and created more space in the basement by removing the fascinating (and handsome) original central vacuum unit. I can only sigh, deeply.

  9. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1025 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Art Deco bungalow in Los Angeles, back on the market!

    Some months ago, I submitted this 1940 Art Deco fixer-upper to the OHD Link Exchange; it sold in February. It was listed again in July with a significant price increase. The interior seems mid-mod 1960s to me, but the exterior is pristine Art Deco.

    I do hope someone will buy and restore it — not tear it down, as the listing hints.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/4446-Ledge-Ave,-Toluca-Lake,-CA-91602_rb/?fromHomePage=true&shouldFireSellPageImplicitClaimGA=false&fromHomePageTab=buy

  10. TimO says: 8 comments

    Here is an early 1800s stone tavern in Virginia. It is up.fpr auction.
    8106 Buckland Mill Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155

    $299,900 | 4 Bed β€’ 3 Bath
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8106-Buckland-Mill-Rd_Gainesville_VA_20155_M67525-30123

    Here is a news article about the above home.
    http://www.fauquier.com/news/former-buckland-tavern-to-be-sold-at-auction/article_3a5253e6-82ff-11e7-ad77-2398df14a437.html

    Here is another historic home in Virginia that is being sold by a local municipality. It is an italianate. There are not many pictures with this news article.
    http://www.fauquiernow.com/index.php/fauquier_news/article/fauquier-warrenton-seeking-buyer-for-former-mosby-museum-2017

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      The Buckland tavern is truly a “beautifully restored” masterpiece. Those ground floor tavern rooms are nothing short of magnificent. Thank you.

    • Laurie W. says: 1706 comments

      Beautifully restored. I love its simplicity.

      What is the ball hanging from the ceiling in the 14th photo? Anybody know? Looks like a wrecking ball, horrors!

  11. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just realized I forgot the weeks book suggestion! Next week! lol πŸ™‚

  12. Virginia Seward says: 57 comments

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/2095816372_zpid/globalrelevanceex_sort/35.393737,-83.19603,35.316175,-83.313275_rect/12_zm/4_p/?view=public

    This cottage was built in 1950’s (according to listing) so not super old, but very appealing to me

  13. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1025 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I just discovered Darren Knight, a comedian from Alabama who created the character Southern Momma. Turns out he’s also an old-house enthusiast, having purchased the circa-1848 estate, Sunnyside Plantation.

    The first link is a video tour of the house for Southern Living magazine, and after that, the listing that shows additional photos.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V73yNdqUEtU

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1568-Curry-Station-Rd_Munford_AL_36268_M77180-52291#photo13

  14. tess says: 297 comments

    South Carolina mountain horse property. 18 acres, old barn, livable house needing TLC. Very near mountain & forestry trails for riding. Thirty minutes to Clemson University Equine Center.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/631-Victoria-Ln_Salem_SC_29676_M68477-12780

  15. Russell Tudor says: 8 comments

    Hello everyone. I would like to have a large older home most anywhere in southeast which has already been divided into multi units. I would love to enjoy living in an older home with extra income to assist with retirement. Any info or assistance would be appreciated.

    Russell Oakland Park, FL

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Russell, I’m moving your request to this post so more will see it. πŸ™‚

      • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

        Hi Russell,
        Large old houses (built before 1950) with rental units (detached or combined with the owner’s living quarters) can be found in almost all areas of the country. It might be helpful in your search to establish the price range you are comfortable with; look at the taxes in the regions in the southeast you are considering. As you may be aware, the search menu at the upper right hand corner of this page (and all Old House Dreams pages) allows you to select houses to view based on the specific state, the price range, styles, (if that is important) square footage, and lot size or acreage. A detached dwelling unit or units would give you more privacy than having tenants in your home but I’ve seen a few multi unit houses that were divided in such a way that owner privacy remains. If you decide on a particular town, you can then type in specific criteria such as outlined above in most real estate search engines. Once you find a suitable house in a locale you’re comfortable with, contact the agent without delay because chances are if you really like it, someone else will too. Good houses that match your broad criteria are out there; they just have to be found. Good luck with your search and here’s hoping you find your dream home soon.

    • tess says: 297 comments

      This might suit you: 2 apartments, plus an RV hookup on 8 acres. I’m eclipse watching in this area; pretty mountains and a huge lake system. $299,900

      http://www.coolmountainescapes.com/listings/view/1073-westminster-hwy-westminster-sc-real-estate-20184843.html

  16. Mike says: 368 comments

    A couple of nice older homes in my area, Southern Illinois..
    I was in this house once when it was for sale several years ago, and I am glad to see that the current owners didn’t spoil too many of the original details. It is a solid house, and aside from interior paint and rebuilding the original porte corchere, shouldn’t need a lot to make it great.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/307-E-Oak-St_West-Frankfort_IL_62896_M85088-15840#photo28

    This mid-century split level hasn’t had many changes since it was built in 1961. Lots of pictures, with and without furniture: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/224-Kane-Dr_Herrin_IL_62948_M80014-27439#photo0

  17. Joe says: 748 comments

    Kelly,
    It says below that we can subscribe without commenting. How do we do that? I like to get e-mails about comments in the link and exchange, but sometimes, like this week, I find myself with little of interest to say in a comment.

  18. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Little Falls is one of the most fascinating towns in New York State, both from an architectural and geological standpoint (its streets and houselots are as vertical as anything in Switzerland). Here is one of its treasures: An Italianate villa with Indian/Islamic detailing, replete with cupola to overlook the panorama of the Mohawk Valley. Priced at $24,000:

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/53-Church-St_Little-Falls_NY_13365_M42829-88023

    • GeoffreyPS says: 102 comments

      I find New York taxes to just be strange. The house has an assessed value of $14,100 and annual taxes of $4,110. That’s 29% of the assessed value.

      I did like that realtor.com estimated that the portion of the payment that went to principal and interest would be $91/month. Hah!

      • Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 393 comments
        1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
        Leavenworth , KS

        NY taxes are varied by locale, and usually on the high side (often ridiculously so). In the worst cases, they are high enough that they rival a mortgage payment (and never go away)

        • StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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          1969 Regency
          Nashville, TN

          NY RE taxes are ridiculous; left after 20 years. As you can see from this site, in general, higher taxes mean lower real estate values, as most people have a certain amount they can spend. If taxes go up, then the home price decreases to offset the increase. It’s a no win situation for a homeowner/saver.

  19. says: 3 comments

    Homes in Michigan-
    Montague, MI-1890: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5865-Old-Channel-Trl_Montague_MI_49437_M44183-23282

    Saint Joseph, MI-1892: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/707-State-St_Saint-Joseph_MI_49085_M34719-17588#photo0

    Saint Joseph, MI-1900: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2813-S-Lakeshore-Dr_Saint-Joseph_MI_49085_M41305-18590

    Saint Joseph, Mi-1873: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/909-Main-St_Saint-Joseph_MI_49085_M44352-79467

    Grand Rapids, Michigan-1890: https://www.trulia.com/property/3091599944-356-Cherry-St-SE-Grand-Rapids-MI-49503

    Grand Rapids, Michigam-1919:http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2042-Francis-Ave-SE_Grand-Rapids_MI_49507_M32644-97279#photo0

    Grand Rapids, Michigan-1919: https://www.redfin.com/MI/East-Grand-Rapids/320-Briarwood-Ave-SE-49506/home/96438975

    Grand Rapids, Michigan-1855:https://www.redfin.com/MI/Grand-Rapids/44-Lafayette-Ave-NE-49503/unit-4/home/96637852

    Grand Rapids, Michigan-1893:https://www.trulia.com/property/3270749640-523-Lyon-St-NE-Grand-Rapids-MI-49503

    Grand Rapids, Michigan-1902: https://www.trulia.com/property/3237220255-430-Madison-Ave-SE-Grand-Rapids-MI-49503

    Old Bank in Detroit, Michigan:http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/20454156/4765-W-Warren-Rd-Detroit-MI/

    Bloomfield Township, MI-1925: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2235-Quarton-Rd_Bloomfield-Hills_MI_48301_M33542-17038#photo0

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Evelyn, please keep links to 5 per post. This ended up in my spam folder and may not make it to those that subscribed to the post because email filters also mark emails like this as spam.

    • Cathy F. says: 2192 comments

      Now it has another admirer, albeit from afar! Very pretty house, IMO. Besides its design, love how light & bright it is. And another one where I would happily take most of the furnishings, too. I mentally laid claim to the green bedroom with its green tiled fireplace, and the white & rosy-red accented tiled bathroom is sooo cool! Love the staircase with its built-in bench in the entrance hall, along with a nice foyer. I even like the yellow & white trellis wallpaper. And that the kitchen has shelving for cookbooks.

  20. tess says: 297 comments

    Quirky house in a neighborhood of interesting houses in Sebring, Fl for 65k

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1223-Nahaw-Ave_Sebring_FL_33870_M50599-28349#photo8

    Clermont, Fl. “Red Wood Cabin nestled in the cypress trees by Lake Louisa. Property has a covered boat slip and ramp onsite canal”

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/12014-Eatmon-Ln_Clermont_FL_34711_M64360-62329

  21. Van Cardwell says: 37 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1406-Magnolia-Dr-Augusta-GA-30909/14949668_zpid/
    This is an interesting house at the Augusta National PGA golf course. $250,000. I would think you could rent the house for the PGA tournament and cover half your mortgage for the year. How often do you see a brick fence around a colonial revival from 1940.

  22. says: 20 comments

    Here are a few gems I came across while daydreaming about weekend retreats:

    Early 20th century craftsman with acreage and salvageable interiors
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1654-23rd-St-Allegan-MI-49010/74604551_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=hdp&utm_campaign=emo-homereport-fsba-address

    Could this possibly be a catalogue home? maybe tearing out the paneling and drop ceilings will reveal hidden treasures?
    https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/73862896_zpid/1_pnd/60.261617,-56.074219,7.231698,-137.548829_rect/3_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

    A 1935, stately revival.
    https://www.zillow.com/savedhomes/for_sale/74798523_zpid/1_pnd/60.261617,-56.074219,7.231698,-137.548829_rect/3_zm/1_rs/1_fr/

  23. Gwenn says: 102 comments

    Another in the high tax city of cleveland heights…
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2780-E-Overlook-Rd-Cleveland-OH-44106/33658806_zpid

    Yellow springs Ohio

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/716-S-High-St-Yellow-Springs-OH-45387/82190336_zpid

    Not sure if this one will work but a very cool old school house in yellow springs…

    314 Dayton St, Yellow Springs

    Found that one on realtor.com but the link doesn’t seem to work πŸ™

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      I agree. Perhaps five percent of old house of this age are so remarkably intact inside. It must have been under the ownership of one family for several generations. Very rare to find multiple early 1900’s light fixtures still in place with original shades. I appreciate that the agent who took the photos was so diligent as well. Many listings get by with less than a dozen photos but here you have 100. A question that needs to be asked is how is the town of Pittston? There are pockets of poverty in western PA especially in the Coal country. Otherwise, this could be a stellar late Queen Anne style home. Thanks for sharing.

      • mplehmann says: 11 comments

        Pittston is seeing a downtown revitalization. Lots of dedicated residents are making things happen. It is a definitely old North East PA coal country. My family settled in the town in 1850 that is why I keep an eye on the town. The job market is the problem. The area has seen some very rough times, but it is coming back. I think if some skilled labor and industry made it into the area, that would help a lot. I recently tried to make my way to the area to live, but no jobs to be had.

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          After my posting, I did a little more investigating and found out that Pittstown is near hard-scrabble Scranton, PA. The Wikipedia entry on Pittstown did touch on the decline (with the town losing over half of its population since 1950) as well as the more hopeful signs of improvement you wrote about. As for bringing back jobs, perhaps Pittstown can learn from Pittsburgh which went from a gritty town of steel mills to now an emerging center for biomedical research/pharmaceuticals and other high-tech sectors. As for the future of Coal, despite the current administration’s promises for expanding the use of Coal powered energy, that has yet to materialize. I personally think that Coal at best has a limited future for energy production so looking now for alternatives to bring jobs back to the region seems wise. The State and Federal governments could facilitate the transition by offering attractive tax incentives to business sectors aligned with 21st century technologies.

          Getting back to the architecture, in the short streetview tour I took there were a fair number of interesting old houses on almost every street. A few appeared restored while others have the typical mid to late 20th century makeovers with aluminum/vinyl siding, altered or missing porches and other changes unsuited to period homes. I’ll have to put Pittstown on my list of places to visit as it looks interesting.

    • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
      OHD Supporter

      mplehmann, an awesome house in Pittston and a bit of a sleeper from the street. Thanks for the post!
      Good internet and low crime there I see, and the taxes aren’t horrendous. I might look to move there myself if I could find a housekeeper/cook that would work in that vintage kitchen for 1910 wages. πŸ™‚

      Are the folks there friendly and open to “outsiders”?

  24. BungalowGirl says: 129 comments

    I just saw this and thought it was too cute not to post. It is in Francestown, N.H., and built in 1790, with 22 acres.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/504-Todd-Rd_Francestown_NH_03043_M43055-91237#photo0

  25. Matt Z says: 103 comments

    This gorgeous home just came on the market in my neighborhood. This massive shingle style home dwarfs all the other cottages around it, including my home haha. Originally part of the Mamakating Park Inn complex, it was the home of the Inn’s manager. The interior is gorgeous and has a time capsule quality. Definitely a bargain, with lake rights to Masten Lake. I just moved to the neighborhood in June, and it has been really been a delight! 15 minutes to Middletown, and 10 minutes to Rock Hill and Monticello!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-Columbian-Dr-Wurtsboro-NY-12790/32777013_zpid/?fullpage=true

  26. Rachel M says: 107 comments

    This is such a great mid-century house! https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85-State-Route-416-Campbell-Hall-NY-10916/31820073_zpid/?fullpage=true

    The main problem seems to be that it shares a driveway with an condo complex? Seems like land was sold at some time maybe and now it’s included in the complex and they do yard maintenance and things as part of an HOA fee. Not sure why this mid-century house is subject to the HOA of an old farm house turned condos though. Definitely not ideal and probably why it’s been on the market so long but could be overlooked for how great this house is!

  27. Cora says: 2054 comments

    Not nearly enough interior pics, but the exterior charmed me so much, I still wanted to share. 1922. I have no idea what style this is, but it’s lovely.

    4333 E. Douglas Ave
    Wichita, KS
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/77345986_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Hi Cora,
      The agent is suggesting “Storybook Style” in the listing narrative while I’m seeing a fairly straightforward (for the Twenties) Dutch Colonial with a Gambrel roofed front gable utilized here to make a style statement. The multi-paned windows mimic original Colonial era versions.

      I’m not a big fan of agents who take a dozen or so photos and then post multiple sets of the same photos perhaps to entice viewers into viewing what they think will be a large variety of interior/exterior views. Better, IMO, to just post the dozen you have which are still enough to provide a hint of the overall features. Those who find the house very appealing can then always ask for additional photos or better, schedule a viewing of the property with the agent.

  28. Cora says: 2054 comments

    This should be mine.

    That porch +
    6 acres +
    glass of wine =
    Cora

    241 Hill Rd
    Macon, MS
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/127174878_zpid/

  29. Cora says: 2054 comments

    And another in MS. I have seen this before but I searched the site and didn’t find it. Sorry if I’ve posted before. 21 acres! That center hall is like a dream. Appears to be in the renovation process, and they have been mindful of saving it’s original features. I hope someone purchases it and continues to preserve. This one is obviously special. <3

    DeKalb, MS
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2100801935_zpid/

  30. Cora says: 2054 comments

    1899 Queen in tiny Winchester, TN. NRHP.
    Many of the interior photos are very dark. There is lots of dark wallpaper, though, too which may add to the effect.
    Amazing porches, I especially like the view in photo #3.

    111 N Cedar St
    Winchester, TN
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/41284908_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Stunning house inside decorated by owners who seem to have visited the late 1800’s and came back to make their home match those of the period. Strong Victorian interiors are not everyone’s cup of tea but for those who appreciate all of the rich opulent complexity of the era, it would be difficult to find a better example. The highly carved newel post is a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

  31. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I’ve seen a few root cellars, but never one in this pristine condition…it was obviously built to last! Normally they do not have cement floors, so some restoration work has been done, but…Wow!
    This is a lovely property with a nice old farmhouse.

    1968 Saltwell Rd
    Carlisle, KY
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/105909557_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Carlisle is a small rural gem of a town between Lexington and Maysville. In the listing, mention was made that a prospective buyer could buy a total of 52 acres and the house for $219,000 which makes it a real bargain. That would also be large enough to have a few horses as well as crops if farming is part of your future. I’m pretty sure this one is outside of Carlisle itself but the town and surroundings are very picturesque. I took some photos around town when we visited Carlisle a couple of years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157658642849589 If one does not mind living in a remote locale the area has much to offer.

  32. CoraCora says: 2054 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    WE SOLD OUR BORING SUBDIVISION HOUSE YESTERDAY! FINALLY! :):):) FOR FULL PRICE!

    On the hunt for an old house in Knoxville TN or surrounding area…closing date is Oct 1…GO

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congrats!

      Alright everyone, let’s help Cora find an old house! πŸ˜€

      • Joe says: 748 comments

        Is there anyone better than Cora at finding great houses? Congratulations on the sale of the old house and best of luck finding your dream, Cora.

        • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

          Congratulations, Cora! Now we can look forward to reading about your adventures in old house living. Knoxville was the home of master planbook architect George Franklin Barber who from 1888 to 1908 sold planbooks and house plans by mail to citizens in towns large and small across America. There are wonderful old houses to be found in the Knoxville region and I wish you folks the best in your search.

          Now, if only we could be so fortunate as well to sell our Fort Worth, TX Victorian so we could move on to our next old house adventure. (sigh) In the meantime, we now live in a construction zone for new apartments.

        • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
          OHD Supporter

          Congrats and good luck, Cora!
          You’ll probably find a perfect home for your family without our help. When you do, be sure to post it here so we can tell you all about it, what to do, what to keep or change (especially in the kitchen), paint colors, etc. Just don’t ask for financial help because it seems we’re all pretty much broke. πŸ™‚

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