September 1, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to all the Patreon and PayPal donators this week! You’ve all amazed me beyond belief with your support, I’m still a bit in shock at how many of you were able to donate (many more than listed, those wished to remain private.) I really cannot say thanks enough.

    For PayPal donators that come in over the weekend, I’ll be emailing you about next weeks shout-out. Patrons I’ll email you too although it’ll be the Friday after Oct. 1st when that shout-out is (Patrons are billed on the 1st no matter when they’ve signed up.)

    Just to clarify, I’m still an Amazon Affiliate but not for their CPM program. I can still make a percentage off the books I show you each Friday or through the bookstore (if you click on the book links and then go shopping on Amazon, I get a percentage of what you buy, very small but every bit helps.) I know, why am I still doing business for Amazon after what happened? I still like Amazon! It’s just the decision makers in their CPM department that are knuckleheads. πŸ˜€ I am looking into another book affiliate program but today is still Amazon.

    As for today’s book…this one is a must buy if you’ve got a house with wood windows or about to buy a house with wood windows. Don’t replace your wood windows with vinyl! Restore them! This book teaches you everything you need to know to restore your windows. It uses illustrations and b/w photos to guide you. (My particular copy was sent to me by the author but he has no knowledge of me mentioning this book to you and I’m making no money from the publisher by doing so, although I will make something if you purchase it through the Amazon link above.)

    Today’s old house photo, other than what is written on the front, no idea about the people.

    Is that all I needed to say?

    Monday I may not be posting. We are FINALLY getting around to ripping up our office carpet and replacing it! I don’t know if we’ll be done by then, you’ll know we are if I post something. πŸ˜€

    Have a superb holiday weekend! πŸ™‚ -Kelly

  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11732 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Oh, I don’t think the people pictured were the historical society of the day. I assume the postcard either belonged to them at one point or someone just wrote it on there. It is an old postcard, not a recent one or reprint.

    • Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

      I like this one, esp. its exterior and its sunporches. The countryside is very pretty, but… this house is just off Rte. 28, between Oneonta & Delhi, & that portion of 28 is quite hilly & full of curves. You just get up to 55 mph, & have to slow down for yet another curve sort of thing. ?

    • Anne M. says: 708 comments

      This is a really great house. So much character and beauty, inside & out. (I did have a good laugh over the realtor’s description “Grand-Dam” indeed!)

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape

      I love this house. It just exudes “summer home”. I can just see vases of wildflowers all through the house and linens on the line. I am assuming that it comes with a trailer and a cottage too? The realtor doesn’t speak of them but they are included in the photos. I wonder if you could buy some of the land surrounding the home? Seems like a very nice property for the price.

  3. JeSouth says: 38 comments

    Here’s a really nice 1918 Craftsman(?) in Greenville, Michigan. Look for the old phone on the wall of the kitchen!

    And, a 1870 Queen Ann Victorian in Ionia, Michigan with a really nice stairway.

    • Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

      Agree, the stairway pic (#14) of the second house is so pretty!

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1122 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      First house JeSouth is really lovely. Outstanding curb appeal and I liked everything about it (with the exception of the bathrooms).

    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1036 comments
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      1885 Italianate.

      The Queen Ann is around the corner from us, the gold trim is beautiful, the shingle house to the west of it is our neighbor, the house is ginormous! One of my very favorite in the neighborhood. Thanks for posting.

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3324 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    For once a historic home in my hometown of Wheaton, IL is being saved (due to private people, no thanks to the city). Here’s a cool article about the relocation of this historic brick home.

  5. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    This is so pretty! How did I miss it?

    1018 N Market St, Wichita, KS 67214 $159,900
    Beds: 6, Baths: 6, Sqft: 3,611

  6. RonnieH says: 80 comments

    1896 home in Medford, Oregon. Listed for $225,000, an INCREASE of $30,000 from just three days ago! I stopped by yesterday and checked it out. It is pretty neat, except for the nonexistent backyard and no garage (there’s a small pull out spot for maybe one vehicle). It literally has a neighbors driveway within just a few feet of the back of the house.,-122.552147,42.149914,-123.135796_rect/10_zm/?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 884 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I almost posted this one yesterday then read what the one of the previous owners did. I’m on my phone so maybe someone will search the address, look for a news article, maybe 1998, don’t remember. I can’t say if his crimes took place in that house but I just couldn’t post it after reading the article. His death on the front porch didn’t factor into that decision.

        • Tina Reuwsaat says: 55 comments

          Hi Kelley, Sad to say, this sort of crime is shockingly common. After working at a domestic violence shelter, I was appalled at the frequency of child molestation and incest cases. It’s not just Medford, it’s nationwide. Even as a former Curator of the So OR Historical Society, I was unaware of the history until now. But for someone who does know, the house may always be tainted by that and the suicide. Perhaps it is best if we sometimes don’t know too much about our old houses. Mine is known for the tragic loss of children in the family down through the years, including one of my own. But in spite of that it has an aura of peacefulness, not sadness. I guess the atmosphere is what we can add to it, and if we can move beyond the past. I hope this house has a chance to be happy again.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 884 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            I was a kid and went through something so there’s that feeling of what the kids may have gone through when I read about it, puts a darkness over the house, although it’s not clear if anything took place in the house. I’m sure it’s happened in some of the homes I’ve posted but since there is no way to know which, it’s not something I think about.

          • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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            1802 Cape

            I was one of those kids that grew up knowing abuse. I just couldn’t live in a home that had known all that suffering. It would be like reliving it myself.

        • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1122 comments
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          1947 Ranch

          A ridiculously inadequate ‘sentence’ handed down to him for molestation. Yet you see similar sentences even now. What’s the matter with judges? A few measly days and some community service?

          • Eric Unhinged says: 842 comments

            What’s the matter with judges, you ask? Watch this 55 minute video from 1994 and it will be crystal clear to you. The quality of this duplicated video is a little rough, but it needs to be seen. So please bear with the so-so quality for an hour if you want answers. This has been going on for a long, long, time and is only getting worse:


  7. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    1896. Sweet.
    45 Western Ter, Oxford, PA 19363
    Beds: 4, Baths: 3, Sqft: 3,299

  8. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Victorian built in 1865.

    Home built in 1891. Interior adorned with 100 year old wooden walls, flooring and furnishing.

    Somewhat pricey craftsman. Year built unknown.

    Federal style home built in 1790.

    Shingled craftsman built in 1900. Located in San Francisco so you know it’s going to be expensive but I say worth the price!

  9. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    Small craftsman built in 1912.

    Victorian built in 1915.

    Another Victorian. This one built in 1899. Not feeling that exterior color scheme though.

    Brick home built in 1889. Be prepared to look sideways at some of the pictures. And I’m sorry, I can’t help myself, I ADORE that circus-themed nursery! That’s just so clever.

  10. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 989 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Lindsey, thanks for pointing out the “circus” nursery in the 1889 Kansas City house. I’ve wanted to do a faux-tent ceiling for years — especially in a bathroom. This house’s tented ceiling is perfectly, professionally done. Very inspiring!

  11. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Palliser, Palliser & Co: High end vs. ‘budget quality:’

    Rockville, CT was one of those New England industrial boomtowns of the Victorian era where the Palliser brothers designed houses for the mill owners as well as the mill workers:

    Fifteen miles to the northeast was the textile-manufacturing town of Stafford Springs, where we find this standard issue ‘Model Towered Cottage’ (where the builder, however, took a few liberties with the tower roof):

  12. KathySE says: 18 comments

    1897 Walla Walla Washington – The mural in the dining room is fantastic. As for the living room, I would never have thought to contrast the red and yellow like that. Love the double crown mouldings. It is interesting how they have one color cabinets on the bottom and another on top in the laundry room. Great tin ceilings in some rooms and lots of other interesting details, as well as a newel post staircase lamp. Tiffany lamps too.,fsbo,cmsn_lt/mmm_pt/house_type/91575099_zpid/48310_rid/priced_sort/46.364462,-117.784424,45.877102,-118.722382_rect/9_zm/

  13. Kerry says: 2 comments

    I drive past this house every day and marvel at how it hasn’t been submitted here. It’s an 1847 build:

  14. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Folks often ask why old house real estate in the Northeast is priced so low? This realtor dot com article provides some insight behind the region’s bargain prices: Of course, old houses in major northeastern cities like NYC or Boston can still be costly, but especially in the smaller towns, old house bargains are frequently found in abundance.

    • Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

      The high cost of living — especially the high taxes — drove us from CT, John, among those millions. It simply made no sense to part with the chunk of change we did every year. My brother complains that his taxes in VT on 16 acres are $9K — but we paid that for 1.5 acres 15 yrs ago in Norwalk CT! I miss winter, living in the south, and am sad over and over that old houses and woods & pastures are lost to development here. The pressures on space are unceasing. It is, however, nice to be able to do a few things we couldn’t afford in the Northeast.

    • Scott Cunningham says: 390 comments

      The simple reason is there are better places to live. Cheaper, warmer, less government intrusion, etc…. Its a high tax, high regulation, anti-business climate. I grew up in the NE (Central NY), but after I left at 18, I haven’t looked back. I still have a family cabin in CNY that I enjoy going to, but every summer visit just drives home the points made in this article.

      I remember being in the gym one day in Kansas, and one of those “NY is such a great business state!!” ads came on (paid for with Superstorm Sandy federal relief money BTW….). I’m standing there thinking “Any business that would willingly move to NY, when it had options elsewhere would be crazy”…. Some guy standing next to me says out loud “Who are they kidding? Is that ad serious?” I have no idea who he was, but that the fact that the mere idea of businesses willingly relocating to NY being preposterous goes to show the level of the problem NY has created for itself.

      Since its so anti-business, there simply are no jobs (outside of a few islands of prosperity). I think its gotten to the point that close to 80-90% of the college graduates relocate out of state in some areas. No region can withstand a brain drain like that. The exodus of people (especially the ones who tend to have higher paying jobs), means that the talent pool in most parts of the region is rather shallow. Yet another reason that businesses steer clear.

      In the end its no jobs, no prosperity, and more people leaving than moving in. That creates a glut of houses (many old and beautiful).

      • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

        Hi Scott,
        I have no reason to doubt the facts you presented about the Northeast. But if these negative conditions are present, what is the region’s future outlook? Why can Indiana be such a low (property) tax state while New York and some other nearby states (NJ, CT, MA) are so much higher? Worded another way, where does all the tax money go? Surely, wages for state government employees are not that much higher in the Northeast. I’ve read that in many states there’s the thorny issue of pension funding for Govt. retirees. It seems either the pension funds collected were inadequate or they were “borrowed” by the state for other funding purposes. I have no solutions to offer as the issues are long term without any easy solutions.
        As I have mentioned many times in the past, small town America is endangered because of structural changes in our economy benefiting the big cities at the expense of smaller communities. I do hope that those who can still afford to live in higher tax regions can somehow preserve the surviving stock of great old houses remaining there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  15. Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

    1930 center hall colonial revival, nice residential neighborhood. Neat foyer tiled floor, and a few other niceties. And a screened porch. Not grand or anything, but I’d be perfectly happy with it. Plus, I could even afford it.

    • Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

      I like the last house, the old, yet modernized to an extent, Cape. It looks crisp and clean, yet has plenty of charm left. Its exterior – other than the dry stone wall – doesn’t do much for me. But I like the interior quite a lot despite – or maybe because of? – the updates.

  16. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Very Victorian:

    1021 N Main St, Columbia, MS 39429
    Beds: 4, Baths: 3, Sqft: —

    706 N Eufaula Ave, Eufaula, AL 36027
    Beds: 4, Baths: 4.5, Sqft: 5,500

  17. Mike says: 66 comments

    This is something special from 1957 in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago.

    This was the home of Charles & Marion Hohmeier. Charles owned a lumber and millwork company, and in 1962 built a full-size playhouse in the basement for his kids as a Christmas present. The last photo shows the interior of the playhouse.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1122 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      Phenomenal home! Love it, love it, love it. Beautiful in every way, and don’t I wish I’d been a kid living there with such a place to play!?

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 256 comments

      That’s a gorgeous house. Other than putting better mid-century chairs around what must be the original trapezoidal table and swapping out the ceiling fan, I wouldn’t change a thing in that amazing kitchen. It even still has the original GE wall mounted refrigerator, which besides being cool as hell, is ideally located in regards to the work triangle–keep cooking staples and produce in that one, and use the freestanding refrigerator for beverages and storage.

      The playhouse–I don’t know what I’d do with it, but it’s charming. Rent it out to a roommate? Airbnb it?

      Look at the ceiling above the playhouse–cast concrete. This house was built like a bunker!

      That is one of the rare basement wet bars that could actually get regular use. It’s beautifully designed and centrally located within the house.

      Is that terrazzo in the entry hall?

      The plan shows there’s a sauna, which I would use almost daily if I had one.

      The mid-century style shrubs around the house are great, and I actually really like that the big back yard is just a lawn because it’s a blank slate where I could design and build proper gardens with mid-century and Japanese influences.

    • Bethster says: 934 comments

      Do you all think those recessed lights in the ceilings are all original? I have developed a raging dislike of those because I see them in so many “stunning renovations” these days. I don’t doubt that recessed lights were used in some ’50s houses; I just wonder if the number and placement of these is typical of the ’50s. (I’m not as familiar with Mid-Century homes as I am with earlier styles.)

  18. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Here’s a cute little pink house in GA:

    93 Main St, GEORGETOWN, GA 39854
    Beds: 2, Baths: 2.5, Sqft: 2,250

  19. eanselmo says: 1 comments

    Former garage and workshop turned stunning open concept home. Property includes 2 homes on a double lot in New Ulm, Minnesota. Rich history and many original features.

    Thank you!

  20. RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Very red and a lot to undo, but the windows aren’t white, there are some exposed beams and the 2nd bathroom looks to have matching green tub, sink and toilet. πŸ™‚

    Looks like this was totally redone in the 70’s, but a few upstairs windows still have nice trim. Photo #28 in the attic – are those old linoleum rugs?

  21. RobynMeRobynMe says: 116 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    If anyone is interested in NW PA –

    [please delete if cross-posting is bad]
    Circa had this one @$80K that would look stunning in period paint colors:

    Which had me looking at the stained glass, pool and *unpainted* woodwork in this $125K house:

    And for an even more $25K budget friendly home with (I saw) 3 mantels (and possible original mosaic tile on the wall in the bathroom?)

    • John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

      I believe the Innis Street house in Oil City has been on the market for years at various price levels including less than the current asking price.
      The West 2nd St. house seems like a phenomenal value for the price-of course, some folks love in-ground pools and others do not. I like the Gothic style fence in front as well as the period looking colors on the house.
      The towered Queen Anne style house on West 1st in Oil City has potential in my opinion. In most places, houses under $30,000 will not buy you much and certainly not a house of this size. Take off the cement-asbestos shingles, put back some original features and you would have a very nice period home. Invest the overall cost of a starter home in this house and you could have something truly wonderful.
      The only concern is location. Northwestern Pennsylvania has long been a region of economic weakness as the oil that provided the wealth for the fine homes stated to play out by the early 1900’s. Whatever industry that was in the region also has faded away over the years. Oil City, Titusville, and Franklin have had similar fates but have retained many of their nice period homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Winters can be harsh and roads tricky when ice and snow are present. Still, if maximum value or a limited budget is a top concern, this region’s towns offer great old house buys for the money. Thanks for sharing.

  22. JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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    The Holy Name of Jesus church in the Wilbur section of Kingston NY. A bit pricey but it’s quite nice and has a great story. The parishioners of this area mostly worked at the bluestone works and in the brickyards, and were served by a small Catholic mission. When time came to build a proper church in 1884 there were limited funds, so with donated materials they built it themselves.

  23. JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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    Here’s an expensive but sorta great lakehouse near NYC that needs some period touches:

  24. says: 3 comments

    We drove by this property yesterday. Just passing it made me want to go back and sit on the porch and enjoy the view.

  25. Melissa says: 247 comments

    If you like CT’s northwest corner

  26. CharlestonJohn says: 1046 comments

    Here’s another old SC Lowcountry plantation for sale with a bunch of property and old rice fields along the river. I’m not sure about dates and details of the houses included, but the real prize here is Pompion Hill Chapel, a wonderful example of Georgian architecture applied to small “chapel of ease” constructed to serve rural areas too far from traditional churches. I’ve heard people pronounce the name “Punkin Hill” and Huger is pronounced Huge-e showing the influence of the French Huguenots that settled much of this area.

    • Victoria says: 135 comments

      CharlestonJohn – the chapel alone for the SC Lowcountry plantation is worth preserving. I spotted at least one champion live oak on this incredibly lovely property.

  27. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    $4900! Has some great original features, looks totally restorable!

    717 W Exchange St, Akron, OH 44302
    Beds: 4, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,734

  28. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    ByMore Ohio pretties:

    4136 Tallmadge Rd, Rootstown, OH 44272
    Beds: 5, Baths: 2, Sqft: 3,125

    Go ahead…Look inside. Amazing:

    408 King St, Ravenna, OH 44266
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: 1,546


    93 May Ct, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: 1,226

    Best kitchen cabinets:

    145 Cleveland St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
    Beds: 5, Baths: 3, Sqft: 2,650

    Check out the historical photo in the listing, you can see the house in the upper left corner. Very distinctive!

    3 W Summit St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
    Beds: 4, Baths: 2, Sqft: 2,840

  29. RT says: 110 comments

    I quite like how they’ve redone this old horse barn. New Paltz, NY

    Another restored stone house this week. Rosendale, NY,-73.990002,41.75076,-74.174538_rect/12_zm/2_p/0_mmm/

    Not a ton of interior pictures, but it feels like they’ve blended modern in well. Pomfret, VT.

    I don’t remember what this place used to be. Lots of possible uses. I’d bet there’s wood under all that carpet. Binghamton, NY.,-75.860081,42.072838,-75.952349_rect/13_zm/0_mmm/

    • Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

      Both nice houses, although I like the one in New Paltz better. On the other hand, the Warwick one’s swimming & garden pools are cool.
      I went to college at SUNY New Paltz – a nice village with oldest street with a bunch of original houses – Huguenot Street. Besides this house being on the Wallkill River (“kill” part is a reference to a river or stream), New Paltz is also near the scenic Hudson River and Shawagunk Mtns, yet close enough to NYC (about 70 miles) for day trips.

      • Cathy F. says: 2196 comments

        BTW, if I were to live in the New Paltz house, the first thing I’d do would be to install – period-appropriate, if possible – stair rails!!

  30. Tina Reuwsaat says: 55 comments

    Speaking of old house windows.. I am an advocate for saving the originals if possible. FYI, here is an article just published by This Old House on the latest in fiberglass windows.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Oh good lord….. That show jumped the shark 10 years ago. Instead of being a show that inspires and guides DIY’ers in the processes of “restoring and preserving” an old house, it has long since turned into a show about rich yuppies paying out the nose to gut them out and install fancy new gizmos. I was over it when they did away with Fats Waller – πŸ™‚

  31. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Couple of West Virginia beauties. One farmhouse, one fancy house:

    207 Ringer Ave, Terra Alta, WV 26764
    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sqft: 2,137

    102 Aurora Ave, Terra Alta, WV 26764
    Beds: 7, Baths: 5, Sqft: 4,400

  32. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Mansion, for not alot of $$$:

    1634 SW Plass Ave, Topeka, KS 66604
    Beds: 4, Baths: 3, Sqft: 3,893

  33. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    And a southern beauty in Savannah, TN:

    130 College St, Savannah, TN 38372
    Beds: 5, Baths: 2, Sqft: —

  34. Bethster says: 934 comments

    Has this Youngstown, Ohio, house been posted before? It’s possible I missed it. It’s a 1925 French Eclectic (according to the listing), and it’s listed as contingent now. I mainly wanted to post it because of the wonderful tile bath. Also because it seems like an amazing price, even for Ohio (especially since the taxes aren’t very high).

  35. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Can it be saved? Your address would be 0 (zero) First st.! A little old place in Bell Buckle:

    0 First St, Bell Buckle, TN 37020
    Beds: 2, Baths: 1, Sqft: 900

    Another Mansion. This one in VA:

    229 Old Stage Rd, Chilhowie, VA 24319
    Beds: 4, Baths: 3, Sqft: 3,466

  36. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Adorable cottage, in good shape. $40.5k:

    1212 N Main St, Evansville, IN 47711
    Beds: 3, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,896

    This old girl may be leaning a little on the outside, but her interior is still intact and quite surprising.
    You know then the name brand of the stove is “Detroit Jewel” – it’s been there a long time.

    1431 Delmar Ave, Evansville, IN 47712 $34,900
    Beds: 3, Baths: 1, Sqft: 1,668

  37. Nancy Dart says: 1 comments

    1812 Saltbox Cape with many original details and 2 acres of land, including stone walls and brook. Half a mile from wild and scenic Housatonic River fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and lake rights. Close to train to NY and all Berkshire arts events. Located in Sharon, CT but with West Cornwall address, this location offers social and local events in both towns.

  38. CoraCora says: 2030 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Insomnia browsing:

    1010 Electric St, Scranton, PA 18509
    Beds: 6, Baths: 3, Sqft: 4,965

    754 Green Ridge St, Scranton, PA
    For Sale: $215,000
    Beds: 4, Baths: 2, Sqft: 3,900

  39. says: 56 comments

    I am a little late to the party this week, but still wanted to share a few homes!

    This one has had some rather weird updates, but still is beautiful

    Everything about this home is absolutely fantastic!

    The interior is not going to wow you by any means, but the exterior is quite lovely.

    • Bethster says: 934 comments

      Oh no! I wonder if they demoed the original pantry? I hope that at least they sold it…maybe a salvage place got it. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though. πŸ™

  40. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Early 1900’s “Free Classic” version here of the Queen Anne style in lovely Logansport, Indiana: The 1920’s date is at least 10 years off…more likely that the house dates from the 1905-1910 period. North street has a number of fine period homes and is near to everything in Logansport. Here’s some photos taken over the past several years in Logansport: Victorian Antiquities and Design (Paul W.) is based in in the 1884 Bergman Building in this picturesque town on the Eel River.

  41. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    In Marion, Indiana, and priced under $20,000: Too much of a bargain not to share…certainly in the “good bones” category and with some TLC, could become a nice home again. Looks like its in a decent area in streetview:

  42. BungalowGirl says: 148 comments

    Had to share this adorable one in Brewster, NY. Not sure if it’s been shared before, but I find it so charming that I couldn’t resist.

    • Bethster says: 934 comments

      That IS adorable! I would change the kitchen backsplash, maybe do something to the bathroom, but overall it’s irresistible. For a minute or two I thought, “Forget Virginia, I’m retiring to Brewster!” Then I saw the taxes: $10,368 a year. Oh well….

  43. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Funny worded listing for this bargain late Victorian style house: “good bones, but no hide.” Sounds like it has been gutted inside: Kentland, Indiana, is located in the far northwestern corner of Indiana near the Illinois border and a short drive from Chicago. The listing for this bargain $25,000 home also mentions unpainted woodwork and a need for replacement windows so its difficult to tell just how much has been changed and how many original details remain. Still, for the modest price, it might represent a good old house value. I took some photos in Kentland in recent years: (combined with nearby tiny Earl Park, IN)

  44. Cora says: 2030 comments

    I hope whoever buys this gem doesn’t do much to it. I just love it.

    • BungalowGirl says: 148 comments

      Thanks for sharing the article in the Roanoke Times about the Sidna Allen House in Hillsville, VA. I live not too far away in Martinsville (husband works in Roanoke), and I had not heard of this project! I may have to go check it out. It is so heart-warming and encouraging to see a small community care so much about its history that it would undertake such an ambitious project to save this wonderful home.

  45. John Shiflet says: 5397 comments

    Hi Nightingale,
    That is quite a collection of old houses. I had posted the Elkhart, IN Queen Anne a few weeks back as it appears to have potential. Thanks for re-posting as I feel it truly deserves a caring new owner. The Whigham, Georgia, house is an outstanding value with its 2.9 acres. Looks like it is sited near a waterway, another plus. I have visited Henrietta, Texas, many times. It was established in 1860 well before railroads arrived in the area in the early 1880’s when town lots were sold in nearby Wichita Falls. Henrietta grew very slowly (and remains a sleepy town of just over 3,000 today) while Wichita Falls grew rapidly (thanks to a regional oil boom in the teens and twenties) into a city of over 100,000. Surviving Victorian era homes are very rare in Wichita Falls (less than a half dozen by my informal count) while there are still some like this cottage remaining in Henrietta. It looks amazingly well preserved and with a proper Victorian exterior color scheme would look outstanding. Streator, IL (and Paxton, IL) both have great collections of Victorian era homes. This very reasonably priced towered Queen Anne style home in Streator has long been a personal favorite of mine: The Poplar Bluff, MO house has been on the market for some time but definitely has potential. The Sidna Allen House is a very lucky home to be rescued by the public. To me, it looks older than the claimed 1911 but without interior photos it is difficult to determine a more exact age. Queen Anne style houses of this form were being built in the late 1890’s until around 1910 but in the final years they were seldom so ornate on the exterior. Thanks for sharing this interesting collection of old houses spread out over a large geographical area.

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