August 25, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion – S

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    For today’s book suggestion, the photo shows what the hardcover looks like, the paperback is shown on Amazon when you click “Look Inside” on Amazon’s page. They are both have the same number of pages. Click the title or book picture above to see it on Amazon. Once there click on “Look Inside”.

    Despite the description saying “…Beaux Arts townhouse, a Navajo hogan, or a Craftsman bungalow…” if you check out the table of contents on Amazon it covers more than that. From Native American Dwellings to the Contemporary period. What I love about this book is that it illustrates the structure inside and out. The exterior, example floorplans for each style, breaks down the anatomy of framing, windows; various doors and windows of each style, staircases. Don’t let the size of the book make you think it’s not going to teach you anything, this book is amazing for pointing out what each “piece” of a house is called.

    Use it as a companion with Virginia McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses” and you’ll be a walking, talking historic architecture style genius (and annoy your friends and family “That’s not a Victorian, it’s a Queen Anne with Gothic Revival influences, the porch is a later addition featuring Colonial Revival details.”)

    Sorry again for a short posting week. Started with vet and doc appointments and ended with a death in the family (not related to the appointments.) Maybe next week will be a normal week again.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Sorry to hear about the loss in your family, Kelly.
      I agree that both of these books are excellent sources of information about identifying America’s historic house styles as well as defining their characteristics.
      I also appreciate you sharing the “real” postcard photo of a turn of the last century home which looks absolutely intact and original in the photo. Note in the closeups how the darker and lighter shades of paint were applied to the house. Almost for certain if the house survived afterwards it was subjected to the “Great Whiteout” that overtook nearly all homes built before World War I beginning in the Teens. Fans of the various Victorian styles were few and far between for most of the 20th century so even paint companies suggested all white paint schemes for older homes which muted their ornamental details and for some, was also considered more “dignified”.
      Although approaching Hurricane Harvey is expected to have no impact on the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, folks along the Texas Gulf coast are in full Hurricane preparedness mode at the moment. We pray for their survival and safety. I lived in the coastal city of Corpus Christi for a couple of years in my childhood and I vividly remember Hurricane Carla in 1961. (a rare Category five hurricane) I was literally terrified during the peak of the storm that our house was going to be blown away but fortunately, only a back yard fence was destroyed. School was out for a couple of weeks as well as power being out for about a week. Therefore, I sincerely feel for the folks along the Gulf. Plucky Galveston is again threatened with significant hurricane damage-the horrific Sept. 1900 hurricane almost destroyed the island and resulted in thousands of casualties. Because many major energy companies have their refineries and bulk storage along the Texas coast, if they experience major damage, everyone may feel the impact in higher gas prices and even gas shortages possible in some places.

      • Sandra D Lee says: 196 comments

        Keeping folks Texas Gulf & Galveston in our thoughts & prayers. Great post John!

      • KathySE says: 18 comments

        Thank you John for sharing having lived through Hurricane Carla as a child. It is nice to hear from you. I always look forward to Fridays to see what you have to say and share! Galveston has some beautiful historic homes. After hearing this and with what is going on now with Harvey, as tempting as some of those homes are, I wouldn’t feel safe to move to an area so close to the water like that. I feel compelled to share this. If you or anyone here has friends or family in need of a place to stay in Texas after evacuating or losing or being unable to get to their home, (whether historic or not), Airbnb is offering free short-term lodging for Hurricane Harvey evacuees as well as relief workers and volunteers. The program has been activated in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and surrounding areas to help Texans evacuated ahead of Hurricane Harvey through Sept. 1. Use this link if you need a place to stay or can offer a space to stay free. https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Thanks for the kind words and expressions of concern for the folks in southeast Texas. In Houston, they are now calling this a five hundred year flood. As you noted, in this weather-caused disaster, folks in Texas are coming together to offer their help for the victims of this massive storm. The response from outside the state is also very encouraging. But the individual stories are still being told and the aftermath of Harvey is far from over. I now see Harvey being as catastrophic for Texas coastal residents as Katrina was for Louisiana. There are people taking shelter on rooftops in flooded Houston neighborhoods. Galveston was able to come back from near total destruction after the Hurricane of 1900 so too will those areas hit by Harvey but it will take years for them to fully recover.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      Kelly, my condolences. I am sorry to hear about your loss.

    • Sandra D Lee says: 196 comments

      Condolences Kelly. Loved the post!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Athens sure has some lovely homes!

    • Michael Mackin says: 2530 comments

      Love the third one done by George Barber!

    • Gail M says: 202 comments

      All of these are pretty darn wonderful, and the former Oddfellows Hall is my favorite, too.

    • jimtownjimtown says: 89 comments
      1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
      upmiusa, MI

      That Dutch stone house and property is an awesome find. It surprised me at how gorgeous the interior is. A dream house for sure.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6531 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Burwash house is A+! Sure wish there were more pix of house and carriage house. This a very rare example of tin ceilings designed for and installed in a residential setting. They are made to look as though intricate plaster work; not simply square tins found in a 19th century corner shop. Pier mirror in parlor is monumentally gorge. Thx..

  2. BugLadyBugLady says: 69 comments

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    I like the kitchen in that last one. I’m also really liking the idea of living in a home with a hat. I could have so much fun with that.

  3. MW says: 902 comments

    No apologies needed Kelly. As always, thanks for everything you do for the site.

    Happy Friday!

    My wife and I looked at this house a couple days ago. What do you guys think?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/105-Cherry-St-Saint-Michaels-MD-21663/37637215_zpid/?fullpage=true

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Lovely home; my favorite thing is the tiny vintage kitchen which is presumably in the guest house.

      • MW says: 902 comments

        Yes, that little kitchenette is in the guest house/garage. It is a newer structure, not historical, and has seen some better days. Nice to have as in-town lots in St. Michaels are typically small and onsite parking isn’t always included, especially with a garage.

    • Lancaster John says: 826 comments

      MW, I think the house is a lovely vernacular Victorian, but unless your heart is set on Saint Michaels, you can do much better on price and value in any number of Eastern Shore towns. I’m quite fond of Chestertown in Kent County, but there are many other choices including Snow Hill, which is on a river but close to both the bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/111-N-Queen-St-Chestertown-MD-21620/37068047_zpid/?fullpage=true

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-N-Water-St-Chestertown-MD-21620/37067830_zpid/?fullpage=true

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/114-Washington-Ave-Chestertown-MD-21620/82136428_zpid/?fullpage=true

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/209-W-Federal-St-Snow-Hill-MD-21863/37765499_zpid/?fullpage=true

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/107-W-Federal-St-Snow-Hill-MD-21863/37765501_zpid/?fullpage=true

      • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

        Wow! My faves of this batch are the first & third houses. The first one at 111 N. Queen St: the library/office would be great, as would be the sunroom. The Gothic Revival/third one at 114 Washington Ave. is charming with its windows & outdoor spaces, and I even like most of the kitchen, even if it’s not how I would’ve done it.

      • MW says: 902 comments

        Thanks John. Those are good suggestions. Although we don’t live there now, I grew up in the area and know the shore pretty well. I lived in Chestertown as a teenager and do know it has some nice houses and have considered some, including the N. Queen St. house which I think is beautiful. But my wife isn’t as drawn to Chestertown and the schools seem to be struggling a bit since when I was there. We have 2 young kids, so the schools are a factor for us. Taxes tend to be fairly high in Chestertown as well, despite not having great schools unfortunately.

        I also actually went and looked at the 209 W. Federal St. house in Snow Hill a couple years back when it was for sale as a bank repossession for about 1/2 the current price. I like the house and Snow Hill is a nice town with highly rated schools. But my wife again wasn’t too big on living there, a bit small and remote for her tastes.

        She really likes St. Michaels though and it is closer to some of the family that still live in the area. The charm of St. Michaels is hard to beat and it also has better ranked schools for the shore. But yes, it is expensive though and the money doesn’t go far for sure in the real estate. Maryland in general is not a cheap state. It is one of those states that you definitely have to pay more for better properties, especially colonial/federal period ones which I prefer, and anything near the water. It is hard to find a historic bargain in Maryland once you factor in location, jobs, schools, etc.

        Thank you for the suggestions, I appreciate it.

    • Anne M. says: 859 comments

      Beautiful house, that front porch & pantry would seal the deal for me!

    • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

      Nice screened porches, nice roof, rooms look to be good-sized, and tastefully done. Some useful built-ins, plus a pantry. Those two steps in the pantry… do they lead to a second staircase?

      • MW says: 902 comments

        Yes, the odd steps in the pantry lead up to a couple rooms above the kitchen wing, which possibly was an older addition to the house. That was probably where a house maid stayed I would guess. The door under goes down to a fairly sizable basement which was surprising since it is so close to the water and not much above. The basement was usable and had the heating equipment in it. But not surprisingly is was a bit damp down there so likely isn’t a good place to store stuff that would be affected by that, and possible flooding on occasion.

        • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

          Thanks for the info. Interesting… Agree that prob was maids’ quarters up those stairs. But I was assuming that door simply led to a closet, I guess. Yes, close to the water @ low elevation for a cellar. [The last time my cellar flooded – due to a flash flood, it zapped my hot water htr. (same for many in the neighborhood), and the plumber said he was just so grateful that my cellar has a concrete floor. Said the day before, he’d been on a job in a low-ceilinged cellar with a dirt floor. Basically mud up to his ankles & couldn’t stand up straight. Got the new hot H2O heater down there, only to discover it was too tall for installation! Made me glad I’d been a teacher instead of a plumber. ?]

          Took a google map walk around the immediate neighborhood of this Cherry St. house – very nice! A marina with a lighthouse down the street and lots of nearby eateries, incl. an ice cream shop around the corner. ??

    • SuzyQ says: 92 comments

      Nice house and if you can handle the traffic during the summer go for it!

      • MW says: 902 comments

        I’ve been there a few times in the Summers, including just last week. I really don’t think it is all that bad. But it is all relative. I live in an area where that traffic is bad all year and getting worse by the day. So having “good” traffic the other 3 seasons of the year, sounds awesome to me! I usually hate lines and crowds and all that. But in St. Michaels, I don’t find it a problem myself, kind of part of the charm actually.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      I love the exterior, but it’s too close to the street for me, even if it’s a quiet, no-traffic street. Love the yard. The house is in perfect shape, so it would be great, likely needing no work, although it seems to have most of the old house charm modernized out of it, which would nix it for me. But it is a lovely house.

      • MW says: 902 comments

        I like in town type houses, so I actually like the close connection to the street. Sit on the porch with a nice iced tea and watch people walk by, maybe even chat with some on occasion. Kids could have a little lemonade stand. St. Michaels is a people walking around in the street kind of town. Most houses in town are very close to the street, some right up to the edge. This one being back a few feet with some grass is actually more than some. Also, because the house is near the street, it has a very large awesome rear yard on a corner lot front to rear, probably the best thing about the house.

    • ChrisICU says: 662 comments

      Nice house. Surprised there’s no stairway pix though. Always a hit here on OHD

      • MW says: 902 comments

        The main stair is not a grand type stair. It is pretty small and simple and tucked away off the main entry foyer. But what is nice about that is that the main entry foyer is just one big long rectangular room which has matching doors with side and transom lights on both ends. So the entry foyer is actually a very nice room itself and the stair just does it’s job without taking up a lot of room.

        St. Michaels was just a working fishing town originally. So the houses tend to be bit more working class, not ornate and showy. Most houses are fairly compact and efficient is use of the plan, kind of like how a ship would be. So in this house, the stair is just there to get the family up to the second floor as needed. The first floor is where any guests would stay. So an elaborate stair is a bit of wasted effort and cost. That is my personal theory on it anyway, but could be wrong. I do like how it allowed the foyer to be a great room itself though, especially with the light coming end from both ends. there are screened porches at both ends too, so would allow doors open to get the breezes when available.

        It is a nice house. Tempted on it. Wish it was a couple $100K less expensive though, of course.

    • FlaOHDJunkie says: 158 comments

      Beautiful, looks like a great neighborhood too

    • BungalowGirl says: 141 comments

      Beautiful home!

  4. Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia: Italianate, river front, east side with reasonable drive time to town. http://www.viewpoint.ca/cutsheet/1380/55/08vDIHxjidHE4blvgRJ6m4ER

    • CaptainMom says: 9 comments

      If the login window pops up when you try to access the site, put the address in the search bar: 4808 Hwy 332, East Lahave – Lunenburg County
      B4V2W2 Then when the login screen pops up, close the login by clicking the X in the top right corner and the picture of the house pops up. Click on details for the cutsheet. All dollar values on the website are Canadian dollars which at the moment is about .80 of the US dollar.

  5. My apologies for a second post but had technical issues. First house I shared is priced at $299,900. There are many lovely older homes in the area but most are in the same range or higher. For instance, this one at $399,000: Not sure on the age, late 1880s I think. A lot of properties in NS are just listed as “old”. http://www.viewpoint.ca/cutsheet/201718169/1/LVNjqMkBLsqtK3bMjoUQrh0w

    For bargains, look to Yarmouth and surrounding areas but note that not all areas of Nova Scotia have modern amenities like high speed internet. Not a bargain really but this one on the South side of Yarmouth caught my eye but the promise is not really delivered by the interior: http://www.viewpoint.ca/trackmsrv/HH7CmCG2epveTwkxFrGOBIsB?r=http://www.viewpoint.ca/cutsheet/201718912/1/SCdPRDYwnktYSYH6AcW2W3IA

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6531 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      All these “viewpoint” links require registration. Can not access.

      • CaptainMom says: 9 comments

        Try opening in an incognito window if you’re using Chrome. I forwarded the link to my husband and he was able to open it without being logged in so I’m not sure what the problem is. The website is the premier go to in Nova Scotia anyway for realty listings as they have a interactive map and search engine better than any I’ve seen elsewhere. If you still can’t get in and decide to register it’s perfectly safe and no spam emails in the years I’ve been registered. I will do some more research and see if I can find a cross post elsewhere. Ok, I just tried putting in the addresses in the search bar and the login screen pops up. Close the login by clicking the X in the top right corner and the picture of the house pops up. Click on details for the cutsheet.

        The street address for the houses are: 4920 332 Highway, East Lahave and 7 Main Street, Yarmouth.

    • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

      That second link has plenty of good pics, plus floor plans! I like the flow of the floorplan, the foyer is large and pretty, and I like the deck’s Chippendale style rail.

  6. Matt Z says: 104 comments

    Posting this one again because I’m obsessed with it lol Hopefulyl scheduling a visit to see it soon. In my neighborhood, someone want to be my neighbor?!!

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

    • says: 174 comments

      The architecture is very interesting.

    • Zoomey says: 531 comments

      Wonderful house! It feels like a quintessential summer house. Love the old stove and pantry cabinets in the kitchen, the beadboard (?) walls, the lovely old doors and the unpainted woodwork. It’s one of those great old houses with tons of space for everyone to spread out in. What is the neighborhood like?

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      I hope you get it!!! It’s a beauty! Good luck and keep us posted.

  7. Matt Z says: 104 comments

    Beautiful Shingle Style home in Cragsmoor, NY Has an amazing view from atop the Shawangunk Mountains. Named “Chetolah”it was the summer home of Hudson River artist George Inness, Jr.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Vista-Maria-Rd-Pine-Bush-NY-12566/32883345_zpid/?fullpage=true

  8. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    I haven’t posted many homes for awhile. Here are some nice old capes in my neck of the woods with great price tags.

    Amazing 1800 post and beam cape with gorgeous barn and 95 acres.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/230-N-Mountain-Rd_Jefferson_ME_04348_M33534-69854#photo34

    Very, very nice 1850 post and beam cape on 37 acres. Check out the kitchen and the studio space.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/443-N-Clary-Rd_Jefferson_ME_04348_M33761-64813#photo0

    1882 farmhouse/cape

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/316-Washington-Rd_Jefferson_ME_04348_M36193-25088#photo0

    Very cute 1806 cape in a lovely area of Jefferson Village.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/34-Village-St_Jefferson_ME_04348_M34479-76284#photo0

  9. Lancaster John says: 826 comments

    Being a gardener, I sometimes look for old houses based on climate zone. So, much to my amazement, I discovered that Sitka, Alaska is one full climate zone warmer than I am here in south-eastern Pennsylvania. Aside from buckets of rain (which gardeners like), the climate here seems perfect — cool summers and mild winters. Plus it’s on an island, and apparently no car is required…my dream-o-meter of an ideal place to live ticks upward. The fly in the ointment? Real estate in Sitka is not cheap. But at the lower end of the market it’s not too bad, especially given the natural beauty of the area. Google some images of Sitka, you will be impressed.

    If I had the money I might well choose this 1950 home on 6.5 OCEANFRONT acres. The views are amazing, the outside of the home rather resembles a classic summer cottage. The inside is rather overdone for my taste and the setting (especially the kitchen) but I could overlook that. Maybe this will be the first OHD Alaska home???

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2202-Sawmill-Creek-Rd-Sitka-AK-99835/2097041216_zpid/?fullpage=true

  10. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    I found what appears to be a “sleeper” Queen Anne style Victorian in Evansville, IN. I have little idea as to how stable the west side of town is but I see potential in this badly faded yet relatively intact home: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1431-Delmar-Ave-Evansville-IN-47712/77080869_zpid/?fullpage=true
    I suspect underneath the ugly substitute siding some clues remain about the original details. Wish I had the wherewithal to buy a house like this, restore it, while sensitively adding modern updates followed by reselling it with the goal to at least break even. The most likely outcome is for a low end landlord or investor to buy it and continue the earlier efforts to remuddle the house until it becomes unrecognizable. There’s still a Victorian soul remaining inside the walls but it would take someone with vision to bring it fully back. Good luck to anyone who is willing to make that effort.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Tons of potential. I love that stove!

    • says: 174 comments

      Well, I hesitated to comment on this property. I
      can see the Victorian possibilities preserved as well
      as necessary modern restorations. By looking at the Google
      map, I suddenly wondered if this wasn’t the best neighborhood. I can see this house
      perhaps livable, maybe scenic, in a different environment. Find a nicely covered lot with trees, do necessary updates, and preserve the Victorian style and origins in its younger years.

    • EileenM says: 292 comments

      Sad, sad house. Someone needs to love it back to being a victorian.

    • GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

      I’d be concerned about noise from the railyard that is 2 blocks away.

    • Joe says: 754 comments

      It looks to me to be sound asleep, if it’s a sleeper, but I do see the potential if the area can support the value after the work is done.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Hi Joe,
        The post renovation value of this property is a critical consideration for most would-be buyers. In looking around the immediate area for signs of investment or improvement, (in streetview) I see very little. However, if the immediate surrounding neighborhood is not a high crime area, then taking on a project like this in the labor of love category might work for someone. Often a neighborhood turnaround begins with a single house being brought back but I would have to learn far more about that locale before I could answer several important questions. In the end, a project like this might not make economic or common sense so the former Victorian era home may linger until demolition becomes the only option. Still, in my imagination, I can visualize the before and after photos and their stunning contrast. I would be happy to assist any potential buyer(s) with an appropriate exterior design based on the evidence found under the siding. There’s a small chance somewhere could be found an old photo of the house showing its original appearance. I would not expect it to have been lavish or ornate so recreating a simpler period exterior should not be too challenging.

  11. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    A simple brick Greek Revival on a manageable-sized organic hobby farm in beautiful Westfield, NY, the ‘Concord Grape Juice Capitol of the World,’ priced at $119,000:

    https://ccbrmls.com/public/search/advanced/summary.asp?Listing_ID=1043673

    • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

      Beautiful, with tons of character, yet blending in modern amenities. And I like the tilework for the stove’s backsplash. Plus… the present owners have good taste, because… I have the same painting as in pic #9, of The Rev. Walker Skating on Duddinston Loch, by Raeburn. ?

  12. Anne M. says: 859 comments

    Some great houses posted so far, thanks!
    Here is a 1768 Cape which (as they say) needs some TLC
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/57634147_zpid/14_days/1720-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.67764,-71.584511,42.466779,-72.03289_rect/10_zm/0_mmm/
    Very pretty restored 1907, really fine curb appeal
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/56691720_zpid/14_days/1720-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.67764,-71.584511,42.466779,-72.03289_rect/10_zm/2_p/0_mmm/
    I had posted the listing for this house a while ago, it now appears as a featured house on the local newspaper’s website, there are 95 photos so lots & lots of details!
    http://photos.masslive.com/4502/gallery/190_fort_pleasant_ave_springfield_house_of_the_week/index.html

  13. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    516 N Main St, Mount Pleasant, TN 38474
    $184,900
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: –
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2096790114_zpid/

    The retro kitchen appliances, vintage bathrooms, and bedroom built-ins are share-worthy in this home:

    1404 Pawlings Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460
    $250,000
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: 1,058
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9982008_zpid/

    • jimtownjimtown says: 89 comments
      1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
      upmiusa, MI

      That house on Pawlings Rd. is the sweetest thing!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That first house deserves better pictures. Every house deserves better pictures than that, actually. I love the second one, especially that great vintage kitchen.

    • GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

      I love a good vintage bathroom with colorful tile. Reminds of grandma’s house. I’m amused that the two soap trays are each holding a partial roll of toilet paper. LOL.

  14. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I don’t normally bother to glance at houses listed at $4 million, but this 1920 stone “manor” has some really stunning features — its windows especially. The bathroom has an interesting checkerboard scheme, with the walls repeating the floor design. The prettiest room, the “simple” (!) white study not only is very Zen, it looks really familiar. Someone may have previously shared this house — if so, I apologize for the duplication!

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/NY/fsba_lt/32986836_zpid/43_rid/1920-1940_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/47.040182,-67.862549,38.220919,-83.682862_rect/5_zm/0_mmm/

    • DJ says: 68 comments

      wow don’t step back from the bathroom sink in the bathroom, that’s a step…in a bathroom. Interesting last very white room after all of the detailing and colors. Some nice wood paneling styles for sure.

    • Dr. Peterson says: 105 comments

      What a shame such a nice house and location is situated on such a tiny lot. It screams out for acreage…

    • I had seen this one somewhere before.
      The details in this house are absolutely astounding! The panels around the staircase especially caught my eye & then with each picture my jaw dropped farther to the floor.
      Is it over the top? Absolutely! But who cares?

  15. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Normally I hold my breath when I see that an Art Deco house has been enlarged, but the addition to this 1936 home in Minneapolis appears to have been sensitively done. Mostly I can’t take my eyes off the kitchen, which really has an original feel. And it doesn’t hurt to have that lake view.

    https://www.curbed.com/2017/8/24/16197626/minneapolis-cedar-lake-art-deco

  16. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Anne, your Blossom Street house is really something. Especially the sun-room!

    And the Tudor — 95 photos. How wonderful to get so many views of the house — truly comprehensive! Love the peach-colored bath.

  17. Anne Hamilton says: 204 comments

    Two properties in SC, just south, within 5 miles of Camden.
    The first one is a 1925 brick home, unfortunately few pictures, but is quite nice and has lovely details including a gunite pool, huge old beautiful pecan trees on back acreage, copper gutters and a tile roof. Two lovely glass porches up and down, and a side screened in porch
    For this price, it is a steal in this area with that acreage.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4975-N-Kings-Hwy-Rembert-SC/69178829_zpid/

    The second is a fairly well known plantation called Millvale at Ellerby Mill. it is an antebellum home which has unfortunately not been taken care if but is a totally restorable structure.
    There is 280 acres. It was purchased by a timber company for the Timber and logged. They paid no attention to the house, so it needs restoration. the property is offered at 1.5
    million.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5269-Ellerbe-Mill-Rd-Rembert-SC-29128/2093246069_zpid/

  18. chawk says: 16 comments

    I learned this week that this wonderful house in Atlanta is scheduled to be torn down. It is a favorite of mine and I was saddened to hear it. Unfortunately it has become the norm here – from humble ranch to architect designed classics.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/281-E-Wesley-Rd-NE_Atlanta_GA_30305_M51976-69906

    • jimtownjimtown says: 89 comments
      1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
      upmiusa, MI

      Oh, it hurts to lose these landmark homes. So sorry!

    • BethanyBethany says: 3495 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That is just criminal. What the heck is wrong with people? That home is gorgeous with so much history and depth, not a flaccid boring new construction–yuck.

    • Victoria says: 134 comments

      The E. Wesley is one of the most eclectic homes in Atlanta. Other architecture buffs are posting about it on Facebook. It really is a shame that it’s slated to be a teardown, replaced by a larger footprint in an area that is already suffering from loss of old growth trees and increased runoff.

    • That house is fabulous!
      Holy crap, what is wrong with people?

  19. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Madison, Indiana, is a very picturesque small town on the banks of the Ohio River. It is also blessed with an abundance of historic homes with many of them from the Antebellum era. Here’s a reasonably priced large home said to have been built in 1830: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/601-Jefferson-St-Madison-IN-47250/85426305_zpid/?fullpage=true Some details do accord with that early date but its present configuration and exterior appearance is that of a c. 1860’s Italianate style structure. I think it possible that the house started out as a Federal or Greek Revival style home and was later enlarged and updated to a more “modern” Italianate style residence. The listing suggests it would be ideal for a bed & breakfast operation which I too believe it could serve that purpose well. Here’s a streetview of the house: https://goo.gl/maps/3tDgfW7dnvp

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6531 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      John, I don’t know what’s going on in Madison but I’ve noticed GOBS of antique houses hit the market down there lately. Seems like somethings up, and it’s not the river.

      • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

        Jeff, there’s not much I can add to the discussion as I have only toured Madison in Streetview. However, I have visited Aurora upstream and found it to be a charming historic riverside community. Madison seems so chocked full of mid-19th century homes that it would be tragic to lose any of them. I’m more of a fan of post Civil War architecture and thus seek out places to visit accordingly.

    • Chris says: 17 comments

      Wow….this house is amazing in and out. Looks pristine and $199k for almost 4000sqft on just shy of an acre !

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6531 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thank you Doreen. A home with the finest quality construction money could buy; and built at a time when Youngstown was as solid as the vast tons of steel it manufactured each year. The Tile throughout is superb! The master bath featured in the listing is of a very fine quality and splendidly preserved. The complete set of alabaster, slip shade fixtures is – OMG – I mean – WOW – gorgeous, (and as a set, worth a mint)!
      The fact that one may buy this exceptional home in very good shape for $200K at ask is unfortunately indicative of the infamously notorious state of affairs in Youngstown. When it comes to post-industrial rust belt cities, Youngstown is decidedly one of the rustiest (to be polite about it).

      Here’s a better link:

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/978-Ottawa-Dr-Youngstown-OH-44511/34858694_zpid/?fullpage=true

      • Victoria says: 134 comments

        Absolutely stunning. I know very little about Ohio, but the home appears to back up to 28 acre Lake Cohasset, built in 1897, no boating allowed. Idyllic to be sure.

    • GeoffreyPS says: 105 comments

      This house may convince me to move to Ohio. Wow.

    • SuzyQ says: 92 comments

      Listing price can’t be right.

      • 1885 Vic says: 17 comments

        But it was. We were ready to fly in to see this place and make an offer. Just got off phone with realtor. Home is SOLD, sight unseen. Had gone to bidding status!

        ?

        • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

          Disappointed for you, but not entirely surprised, considering the house & its asking price. Can quite easily see how a bidding war could occur.

          • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

            I concur with others who thought this fine Tudor Revival residence was extremely bargain priced. Eastern Ohio generally, and the Warren-Youngstown area specifically, has endured decades of economic hardship since the regional steel manufacturing sector disappeared beginning in the late 1970’s. Both Warren and Youngstown were hard hit and despite a few hopeful signs in recent years connected to Oil Shale exploration, they still have a long way to go to become prosperous again. For those who love old houses, these stagnant economic conditions influence the prices of period homes in these two towns. Fixer uppers can sometimes be astonishingly bargain priced while move in ready homes are usually priced below market value. But finding gainful employment may be challenging and seeing an appreciation in property values could take years or even decades. Still, if affordability is important, then this is a great area to search for affordable old homes. Communities along the Ohio River such as East Liverpool, Wellsville, going south to Marietta, as well as communities along the West Virigina side of the River often have bargain old house properties offering a lot of appealing features for the money. The region is also picturesque as it offers a glimpse of a rapidly fading and disappearing Americana from another time in the past. In summary, for those interested in this area, don’t give up your search. Schedule a visit before winter weather arrives and you may be surprised by what you find. Good luck!

    • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

      The asking price for this amazing house is… absolutely amazing! Even I could afford it! Which astounds me. (Granted, couldn’t afford to furnish it appropriately, though…)

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      It looks like someone did in fact get a heck of a deal on this home. The agent identified this house as French Eclectic, a label which includes a variety of houses generally built between the World Wars that show French influences. The hipped roof and rounded tower are two design elements that help define the style. Many features such as half timbering are also found in the similar Tudor Revival style. In my opinion this house has elements of both styles.

  20. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I think I’ve maybe shared this place a few years ago, but not it’s bizarre story.

    Whirlwind Mansion is a crumbling hulk, about 15 minutes from my home. It is not as old as some on this site, built in 1974. It’s decor is a gigantic display of 70s opulence, to the tune of 22,000 sq ft. Decaying, overgrown tennis courts and a pool, covered for years, with it’s built in bar and kitchen falling apart nearby.

    What’s most interesting about this place, is it’s sad, sinister story:
    It was built by a local politician/banker, with money he embezzled. Millions.
    When he went to prison, the property was seized.
    The truth is, no one in this area of East TN could afford the 30k per month utility bills.

    So…it’s sat empty since. Out in the country, on a hill, overlooking it’s own little unkempt lake and broken down boat dock. It currently says “pending” but has for months.

    Below the listing link, I shared a link to an article I found on a website called “Atlas Obscura” about the place that tells the whole story. I sure hope someone can save it. Notice the asking price is now 700k+, and the “zestimate” is less than 80k.

    180 Whirlwind, Clinton, TN 37716 $799,900
    Beds: 11, Baths: 11, Sqft: 22,000

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2110558103_zpid

    Link to article:

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/whirlwind-mansion

  21. Cheri Forney says: 1 comments

    This is a great story about historical homes “hidden” inside modern ones.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSpiritof76Museum/posts/1803229793037343

  22. Anne M. says: 859 comments

    I had to add another house this week – love it when the photos are so professional. Built in 1907, it has been on the market for a while:
    https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/springfield/76-pineywoods-ave/pid_18110182/

  23. says: 1 comments

    Just had to share this one. Big, huge old house from 1850. Looks well preserved and renovated. I don’t know what I would do with all that space. It was just listed, so enjoy. (ps. I wonder what the heating bills are like.) 🙂

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3-Losee-Rd_Wappingers-Falls_NY_12590_M35882-85616

    • Cathy F. says: 2217 comments

      A pretty house! I esp. like the dining room & its built-ins, and the green bathroom. Granted, the lens used makes the nearer things seem longer, but still… just walking around in that kitchen would burn some of the calories one’s consumed!! ? Wappingers Falls is in a nice area in the mid-Hudson River Valley; a pretty area. Plus can take the Metro-North train down to NYC for day trips.

    • EileenM says: 292 comments

      This house is beautifully redone. Just too bad about the kitchen.

  24. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is just so lovely.

    438 Emmanuel Rd SW, Willis, VA 24380
    $158,000
    Beds: 3, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,143
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/124573965_zpid

  25. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Bargain! I love it. If this old farm was in my area, I would snatch it right up.

    303 Coal Hollow Rd, Christiansburg, VA 24073
    $49,000
    Beds: 2, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,260
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/79179537_zpid

  26. says: 55 comments

    Just a few to share this week. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

    This one has so much potential and with having a new roof it can save so much money on the restoration!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/401-S-Oak-St-Wenona-IL-61377/115699194_zpid/

    Stunning large home in Rockford, Il
    http://www.koenigrubloff.com/homes-for-sale/1854-E-STATE-Street-Rockford-IL-61104-211229280

    The Pryor House Bed and Breakfast is up for sale in Shelby, Iowa
    http://www.cbshome.com/homes-for-sale/802-Center-Street-Shelby-IA-51570-211232119

    I am in love with the shape of the windows around the door and on the one side of the front of the house!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1608-Thompson-Ave-Des-Moines-IA-50316/811925_zpid/

    • GleamObscene says: 8 comments

      Love the house on Thompson too! My best friend RJ grew up about 10 houses down opposite side of the road, really a gorgeous street with a lot of surviving stunner houses. Thanks for repping Iowa!

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I come across (and post) some really bad remuddles, this one is one of the worst exterior ones I’ve seen in a while. The interior actually is not so bad, despite the bad listing photos there looks to be some good bits. The exterior though, who was asleep at the paperwork desk when that permit was put through? Surely it had to go through the city when it was added? I bet the neighbors would be in love with the next owners if they were to remove that.

    Link: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/323-Aberdeen-St-Rochester-NY-14619/30882494_zpid/

    Street View

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 247 comments

      I rather like it. The addition is a charming postmodern counterpoint to the original structure. I think it’s a rather thoughtful design. Too bad the listing doesn’t have pictures inside the addition, because that glass room looks like a wonderful treetop space, as does that rooftop terrace. The glass room looks like

  28. Hoyt Clagwell says: 247 comments

    …The glass room looks like it would be a wonderful studio/library space.

  29. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Simple-ish craftsman with gorgeous floors. I like it!

    234 N Clarence St, Wichita, KS 67203
    $60,000
    Beds: 2, Baths: 1, Sqft: 912
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/77336653_zpid/

  30. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    HUGE rooms with an interesting mix of beautiful original Victorian features, dropped ceilings and paneling. What a place! I’m wondering what the patterned floor covering is in what appears to be the attic?

    360 S Dobson St, Burleson, TX 7602 $234,900
    Beds: 3, Baths: 1, Sqft: 2,175
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28628028_zpid

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      This is a very well maintained turn of the last century home in Burleson, TX a southern exurb of Fort Worth due south off Interstate 35. I’d almost bet there is shiplap behind the paneling seen in some of the rooms. The period millwork seen inside is above average for a modest cottage of this period. The 1.14 acre lot is large even by Texas standards and having the original ornamental wire fencing is the icing on the cake. I wouldn’t expect this small jewel to stay on the market very long. I appreciate you sharing.

  31. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Here are a couple that need a bit of love, and priced accordingly:

    38 N Main St, Prattsburgh, NY 14873
    $32,000
    Beds: 3, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,769
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32587678_zpid/

    11 N Main St, Prattsburgh, NY 14873
    $47,500
    Beds: 4, Baths: 1, Sqft: 2,569
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32587731_zpid/

  32. GleamObscene says: 8 comments

    Here’s one of my favorites in Des Moines, absolute steal of a price for size, amount of original details, great corner lot with a 3rd of an acre straight in the middle of the city, and being an Eastsider I’m biased in being proud of this one.

    I briefly had (who I believe to be the current owner) as a client and he had said the home was built for one of the Hubbell children, F.M. Hubbell being the patriarch of the family and arguably the most integral businessmen behind the growing, developing, trailblazing of Des Moines as a legitimate metro area back in the 1850’s. Hoyt Sherman (brother to general Sherman) would be the other I’d immediately point to as the pioneering force of early Des Moines. Sadly don’t have any verification as to the Hubbell children claim, I’d love to know if not them, whose house was this initially?

    http://www.iowarealty.com/aspx/FindAHome/listingdetail.aspx?list_numb=546528

  33. BungalowGirl says: 141 comments

    Not sure if this has been shared yet, but the Johnny Depp Farm, (aka Betty Sue’s Family Farm) is for sale in Versailles, Kentucky. (You can see several clues to it’s famous owner in the photographs). It’s 1 mile from famed Keeneland. Built in 1915, much of the interior is updated, but it is still a very charming, cozy 41+ acre horse property.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5493-Versailles-Rd_Lexington_KY_40510_M41851-21358?ex=KY595618645

    http://www.lex18.com/story/35740727/farm-previously-owned-by-famous-kentuckian-for-sale

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s cute, I love the door way. It is lovely if you pretend it wasn’t a 1915 house, looks like a very comfortable and fun family kind of home.

      • BungalowGirl says: 141 comments

        I agree. Much of it’s 1915 is gone, but it is comfortable and cozy looking, and well…you can hang a sign that says, “Johnny Depp Slept Here.”

        I don’t know if many people know this, but many “horse people” do:
        Johnny Depp stepped up and purchased the old grey horse that portrayed “Gunpowder”, that he rode in “Sleepy Hollow” when Johnny portrayed Icabod Crane. The horse was going to be “disposed of” after shooting of the film, as he was not the most attractive horse, and only had one eye. Johnny stepped up and purchased the horse, and he likely lived out his days there at this farm.
        http://www.wideopenpets.com/johnny-depp-saved-the-life-of-a-one-eyed-horse/

  34. BungalowGirl says: 141 comments

    I drove past this adorable house yesterday, in my current town of Martinsville, VA. I stopped to take a cell phone picture, it was so darling. It does look to need TLC, and has no other pictures on the listing, but I simply hit the brakes , it was so cute.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/402-Oakdale-St_Martinsville_VA_24112_M52266-50304

    After I saw that one, I stopped again at this one. It is a few streets away, and maybe even more darling… I have always loved this one, and now that we have chosen another house, this one is for sale, of course.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/208-Thomas-Hts_Martinsville_VA_24112_M51408-64105

    This looks to be a great house, and I may have shared it before.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/205-Broad-St_Martinsville_VA_24112_M65998-61551?ex=VA625850226

    1959 Cutie
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/212-Spring-St_Martinsville_VA_24112_M52654-81416#photo10

    You can see some of the original 1824 log walls on the interior of this home.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/500-Sours-Mill-Rd_Martinsville_VA_24112_M58051-50807#photo27

  35. Rachel M says: 109 comments

    Such a great old house with a lot of potential. Just needs a little love! Also those old photos of the house and family at the end are so wonderful.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/189-Great-Rd-Shirley-MA-01464/57108358_zpid/?fullpage=true

  36. Douglas Green says: 83 comments

    This showed up on my Facebook page and i couldn’t resist posting it here. I would be happy to see an article like this at least once a week.
    http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170828/mansion-on-the-move-in-wheaton-x2014-at-3-mph

  37. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    What a unique old home! I would call it craftsman, but the exterior almost has a hint of Spanish style?

    246 E B Ave, Kingman, KS 67068
    $80,000
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: 2,700
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91184169_zpid/

  38. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Pull the carpet, unpaint the wood…It would look like a totally different home.
    Something big is missing on the second floor front exterior, trying to picture what may have been there…a small balcony maybe.

    $19k, wow.

    101 E 8th St, Kinsley, KS 67547
    $19,900
    Beds: 4, Baths: 2, Sqft: 1,664
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91131556_zpid

  39. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Fantastic, fairytale swirly staircase…But no exterior shot of the house! When you push the street view within the listing, it opens facing an elaborate Victorian, almost Barber-ish looking. However, the actual house that goes with the listing is next door.

    116 W Commercial St, Waterville, KS 66548
    $70,000
    Beds: 3, Baths: 3, Sqft: 2,278
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/116501708_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Hi Cora,
      I’m pretty sure the house next door IS a Barber design. 116 W. Commercial is an older house (with an Italianate style newel post) but looks relatively bland compared to its Barber-ish neighbor next door. Any luck in your house search? (Knoxville, TN area as I recall)

      • Cora says: 2059 comments

        Hi John! No, not yet. I admittedly have wayyyyy too many stipulations for my perfect old house…so finding the right house will take a while. Since we only have about three weeks to find a house, we decided to rent for a year to give us time.

        On that note, the rental is VERY cool. It’s an old carriage house. The upper level was converted to servant’s quarters in the 1940s. The owners have been careful to retain it’s features – the kitchen has the old checkerboard flooring and metal cabinets. Lots of great unpainted wood, gleaming wood floors. Quirky wooden closets and storage space, with the original hardware. Original bath sink, tub and cabinets. The lower level is garage/storage space. The landlord and his wife are renovating a large, beautiful 1887 Victorian about a block up the road. They are old house lovers for sure and will only rent the carriage house to kindred spirits.

        Honestly, if the rental were for sale, we would seriously consider purchasing it, as it is so unique!

        • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

          Given that soon winter weather will be arriving, (and the end of the year Holidays) it makes sense to rent for a while. Should we sell our Fort Worth Victorian in the coming months we may opt to rent until Spring arrives. That carriage house sounds interesting-I’ve seen a few over the years that I thought would make great primary homes. Good luck and thanks for the update.

  40. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    ***URGENT***
    Folks, I can’t live without my OHD fix. I’m sharing Kelly’s post here, in hopes it will generate some attention and some new Patreon donors.

    Work with me, people!

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/08/30/newsletter-subscribers-general-announcement/

  41. RobynMeRobynMe says: 114 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Sorry to post this one. Just don’t read the text. Someone please save/buy the fireplace and stair railing at least…

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-W-State-St-Ithaca-NY-14850/2093271856_zpid/

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Yeah, when you see this: “What I love about the home: great income cash flow generator” the sellers clearly are not thinking about preservation but using the historic home for rental income. Cornell University is located in Ithaca, so probably the seller or sellers are thinking about student housing. But depending on the location, the surrounding homes, and other factors, this house might be better as a single family restored back to its Victorian era glory. I love those floor to ceiling windows, the beautiful newel post and staircase, and the like new looking (but surely old as such artisans are rare these days) faux graining on the door. I’d date this house to around 1880 based on the visual evidence. The exterior appears to be remarkably intact. Sad that to the seller its only value is for student housing. Well preserved homes almost 140 years old are far and few between in most parts of the country. Thanks for sharing.

  42. CoraCora says: 2059 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Our house deal fell through. We are staying in boring subdivision hell for now.

    I’m headed out to the back porch to drown my sorrows with a glass of wine, a bag of M&Ms and a trashy Harlequin. I may be there all night.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Ick, sorry to hear that. Hope you aren’t stuck in one of those subdivisions that you walk into the back yard and have to look at 5 other backyards.

      • CoraCora says: 2059 comments
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        Clinton, TN

        Pfft… thankfully, no. Our house is actually a rancher built in 1958, but retains exactly zero of its mid century charm. It’s all updated and annoying. It looks pretty much just like all the other homes on the street.
        The back porch is it’s best feature, and there is a tiny patch of woods in between our back yard and the one below us.
        Back porch photo included below. Pictures me there, head in hands, all night.

        https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1nLHuOW5Z7FTHBiNnhuRGFKTFU/view?usp=drivesdk

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Well that room looks like an awesome feature!

          • CoraCora says: 2059 comments
            OHD Supporter & Moderator

            Clinton, TN

            It is…I live out there most of the time when I’m home. 🙂

            I guess I should count my blessings instead of whining about owning a nice home.

            That carriage house though… the one we can’t get our $1500 deposit back on…

            *Chugs wine, dumps entire bag of M&Ms into my mouth*

            • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

              Sorry to hear the disappointing news. It’s certainly no consolation, but we’ve been trying to sell our downtown Fort Worth Victorian since I came back from working in California in late 2007. We’ve had a couple of offers but for one reason or another we never got to the pending stage. Today we are literally surrounded by new apartments under construction, (they were out pouring concrete pads this AM) our streets are all torn up, utility wires cover the ground on the margins of our property and getting into our driveway is a challenge. Jack Daniels and Coke on ice are my “make me forget my troubles” libations of choice.

              Hang in there, I’ve always found out in hindsight that everything happens for a reason even though at the time it may be difficult to see that reason. As for the carriage house deal, if you haven’t moved in yet, perhaps the landlord(s) would be nice enough to give you a refund because the situation you’re in was not of your choosing.

              • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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                1901 Folk Victorian
                Chestatee, GA

                John, any news on the Queen Anne near you? https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2011/07/12/1898-queen-anne-fort-worth-tx/

                • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

                  The landmark Garvey House is being adapted as the leasing and management offices for the new 353 unit apartments complex (10+ acres) under construction around us. The interior has been completely gutted, a three story addition was put on the back, and the terrain around the house was bulldozed about 15 feet lower making the house appear to be sitting on a pedestal. Better than demolition, I suppose, but not what I would call preservation. The exterior color will remain stark white to match the whites, blacks and greys of the new 3 and 4 story apartments. The new porch balustrade doesn’t match the original despite there being some sections of the original balustrade left on the site. I expect a number of such compromises to be on the finished project. The roof is tarped right now and I have no idea what kind of shingles will be used but probably the less expensive 3-tab asphalts. Developers do not usually make for good preservationists. For us this construction experience has been very intrusive and frankly, has probably reduced our chances for selling as home buyers usually do not wish to live just feet away from new apartments, But that is our reality at the moment.

                  • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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                    1901 Folk Victorian
                    Chestatee, GA

                    Happy it wasn’t torn down but doesn’t sound good for the architectural elements it had. Thanks for the update. Maybe you’ll be one of those last hold out and developers will offer you an obscene amount of money for your place.

                    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

                      Agreed. I can send a few “after” photos in a few months if wished. As for us, we are anything but holdouts but are being treated as such. I think maybe the game plan is to stress us out to the point where we will capitulate and sell for whatever is offered. At that point, depending on the offer amount, we may become holdouts. We’ve been put through too much to give away the farm, metaphorically speaking. A low-end rentals landlord at the opposite end of our block with the same size lot as ours is asking $5 million! All I can say about that is good luck.

                    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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                      1901 Folk Victorian
                      Chestatee, GA

                      Yes, update photos please!

              • CoraCora says: 2059 comments
                OHD Supporter & Moderator

                Clinton, TN

                Hey John, thanks. That is a very long time to try to sell a home. There are lots of folks who would not mind the urban surroundings on your old house…I know I wouldn’t. I’ll bet your home is lovely.

                We had been trying to sell our home by owner for a couple of years. We finally decided to list it a couple of weeks ago and received the full cash offer after 4 days on the MLS. So we were over the moon. It was still showing pending on Zillow until this morning.

                On a positive note, as soon as it was showing as active again, our realtor immediately started getting calls and has shown it twice this morning. I guess if you are in the market for a boring, updated subdivision home…ours is the one to see. Fingers crossed!

                • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

                  Sounds promising. Let’s hope another full price offer is just around the corner and the failed sale was just a hiccup on your journey ahead. Good luck!

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