October 13, 2017: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    You can always click on the photos of a post to get a bigger view. πŸ™‚

    This one was in St. Charles, Illinois and might be a George F. Barber design. I emailed Chris to see if he knew where it stood (I’m going on the assumption no longer stands.)

    Post the link exchange early today although I may still post a few more houses. πŸ™‚

    I always feel like I’ve forgotten mentioning something!!!

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  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Oh!!! I have been working on style identification pages. I’ll be using the old black/white photos rather than new ones. This is a home that will be featured as Free Classic Queen Anne style. Not sure when I’ll have it ready but it’s coming!

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1066 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      This looks just like our neighbors!!! They call their’s a ‘Queen Anne shaker’ ? I have a pic of their’s on my page. πŸ™‚

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  3. Kenneth Morris says: 9 comments

    Well, If you like the American Arts and Crafts movement (which I do), this house might be for you. I just wish I had a reason to move to Pa!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/315-Manor-Dr-Pocono-Manor-PA-18349/9819232_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  4. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Black Rock, Connecticut–the one-time home of Simon Lake, one of the pioneer builders of submarines for the US Navy, a circa-1900 Colonial Revival (supposedly there’s an 1850-period Italianate underneath somewhere) around the corner from Long Island Sound:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/45-Seaside-Ave_Bridgeport_CT_06605_M43258-17015#photo13

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  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Was hunting for more pix of this one:
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/10/13/c-1900-fall-river-ma/
    when I ran across this one:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/306-French-St-Fall-River-MA-02720/55984161_zpid/?fullpage=true
    Super diggin on the back porch and it’s depression area, river stone fireplace = WOW. No pix of it – of course. Now trying to hunt for more pix of THAT one – ugh.

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  6. James says: 1 comments

    Gorgeous 1896 Queen Ann architect built home in suburban Chicago historic district. Great house with pocket doors and 5 bedrooms, nice neighborhood too. $208k https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/513-Western-Ave_Joliet_IL_60435_M83956-40062

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  7. John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

    Kelly, thanks for sharing the lovely period photo of a George Barber designed home in St. Charles, IL. I seldom use the “Free Classic” style designation preferring instead to call it a late Queen Anne style home with Colonial/Classical Revival decorative details. Barber himself may have described the house as being designed in the “Colonial Renaissance” style. Another reason I seldom use the Free Classic label is because I’ve seen Queen Anne examples without Classical or Colonial Revival decorative elements being described as “Free Classic” because the writer did not know the difference. Thankfully, Virginia McAlester in her A FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES adds a more detailed description to help explain the architectural elements characteristic of the various styles and sub-styles. Thanks for sharing the old photo of this impressive home. I can only hope it has somehow survived but quite likely it hasn’t.
    My listing contribution for this thread is a nice c. 1903 home in Kendallville, IN, in the northeast corner of the state near Fort Wayne. Not only does it have lovely unpainted woodwork but an original Oak doored icebox still in place! Such early conveniences often had outside doors for regular deliveries from the Ice wagons that helped residents with their refrigeration needs. The landscaping for this house is also above average: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/108-N-Park-Ave-Kendallville-IN-46755/85636444_zpid/?fullpage=true It features four bedrooms and two baths with a recently sealed basement. Looks move-in ready.

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    • CharlestonJohn says: 1 comments

      To me “Free Classic” is simply a Queen Anne subtype that features classical elements like the Palladian windows and Doric order columns present on the featured house. It’s a fairly narrow definition of what’s really just a transitional style between Queen Anne and Colonial/ Classical Revival like you indicated. These transitional houses fall somewhere on a sliding scale that ranges from obviously Queen Anne with just a few decorative elements to this house that’s Colonial Revival with just a little late Victorian influence similar to many of Barber’s plans.
      http://www.movoto.com/walterboro-sc/1126-wichman-st-walterboro-sc-29488-812_1323097/for-sale/

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  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I got to researching St. Charles, Illinois and came across this video that makes St. Charles sound amazing: https://www.bairdwarner.com/st-charles-real-estate/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

      I conducted an informal streetview tour of this smaller city of about 33,000. St. Charles is an exurban community about 42 miles due west of Chicago and the Lake Michigan shoreline. It soon became evident that the influence and presence of the much larger metropolis has led to major redevelopment of the old urban residential areas. The downtown area has especially seen a major “remodeling” in recent decades. Thus I concluded its quite likely the featured vintage house photo came from an area that was clear cut and redeveloped. I suspect the Barber designed house probably remained standing perhaps until the 1960’s but it and likely its old neighbors were swept away by urban renewal around those years. Most regional towns of St. Charles size once had a wealthy enclave of mansions from the 19th and turn of the last century. I could find no such districts like that remaining in St. Charles even after looking at historic district data available online. Now for folks who like new urbanism St. Charles doesn’t disappoint. I did not see a single sub-standard or faded period home in my tour leading me to believe code compliance in the town must be strictly enforced. Nice town, overall, but just not the hoped for 19th century ambience found in some Illinois towns like Peoria with its fabled Moss Avenue.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I spent all morning looking around including a few Sanborn Maps. I thought the house in the left background was one of the Greek Revival’s built in the area so also went off that along with the building in the right background (false front with tower.) Didn’t find anything that matched although some areas on Sanborn Maps were a maybe but the homes long been torn down. I even checked out HistoricAerials.com but the 1963 aerial was too poor to get anything from it.

        There are a few Barber’s in the town still standing at least.

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        • Cora says: 2077 comments

          We spent the weekend in Hiawasee, GA for the Mountain Fair (which means I basically stayed up all night – insomnia much worse in a hotel). So I did a ~ 2-hour virtual tour of many old neighborhoods in St. Charles as well. Lots of large, pretty old homes but couldn’t find it either.

          Between the three of us, if it were still there, it’s likely we would have seen it!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Hey Kelly πŸ™‚ I wanted to post some links, and as some of the urls were really long, I discovered the tool goo.gl to shorten them. When I tried to post the shortened links they didn’t seem to be working. Would you please advise if you know anything about this? Also, sometimes I noticed you have replaced a long url with the word – ‘LINK’ – as such. Would you please explain how that’s done?

          Here is one of the links I tried to post, long and abbr..

          http://goo.gl/Yruqcj

          https://ferrebeekeeper.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/dacha-l.jpg

          —- Now neither seem to be working. Perhaps they’ll work after the post is approved??

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      • ChrisZ says: 60 comments

        This vision of Peoria is just that – a fable.

        Having been born in PIA and lived there until my escape in 1987, back due to a family death, PIA is but a shadow of what it once was. Same old Midwest story: Well paying jobs gone, Cat broke the union, real estate tax bills that look more like mortgage payments, City wants to close fire stations to save money.

        If you could only judge a town by their houses I would be gone by now …

        Steve

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      It is; I grew up near there and it was my parents’ (and therefore my) weekend destination for frequent antiquing trips.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      It really is amazing. I got to spend two days up there last summer exploring the Fox river valley. My BF was in a poker tournament at The Hollywood casino in Aurora. I have ZERO interest in gaming and gambling and so got to spend my time during the day exploring as far up as Elgin, (so pretty!), and all the way down to Oswego. Saint Charles and Geneva are by far the poshest and most expensive spots on the river; Elgin is quite nice as well. You can catch the train into the city at Geneva. Batavia down into North Aurora seems to be the sweet spot where an industrious soul could find something old and unloved at a fair price and sweat out a nice little nest egg. Aurora is – mmmmmmm – well, pretty urban; but there are some GREAT old houses down there just waiting for the tide to turn for the better. There is MUCH to do and see out there besides gambling. I had a great time!

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      • TonimarTonimar says: 74 comments
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        Rosewater, lol I was just there last night. You were kind in your “urban” description of Aurora. It houses so many beautiful old homes. Unfortunately, the town, for quite some time had a reputation for gang violence. Elgin also is the home to some really beautiful residential architecture, but again suffers from long term reputation issues deserved or undeserved, I never really understood why. You and Kelly both have St.Charles pegged correctly! It is considered an upscale community in the western Chicago suburbs. Some of the wealthiest people I know live in St. Charles and in Oswego. So rest assured you both have outstanding abilities in assessing communities! Do either of you know anything about Adrian, MI? I found a deal there on zillow that I am posting.

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  9. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    I’m looking forward to the Classic Queen Anne!
    I checked out all the links because I’m so curious to see what everyone has shared.

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  10. Gail M. says: 201 comments

    A little stunner in my neighborhood. Busy street, but oh, the possibilities with that garage.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/699-Robert-St-S_Saint-Paul_MN_55107_M76121-24997

    And this immaculate home in Northern Wisconsin on the beautiful Flambeau River with original blue bathrooms!
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/901-W-5th-St-N_Ladysmith_WI_54848_M89701-92727#photo14

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  11. Mike says: 377 comments

    Living in a Victorian doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate other styles, and this atomic-age ranch blows my mind! It is an aluminum house from the Alcoa Aluminum Corporation, and apparently one of only twenty-four that were ever built. The kitchen compartment – how cool is that! An estate property, and doesn’t appear to have had many changes in the past sixty years. Here is a link to it, and a second link to a website devoted to one of the other twenty-four homes (with floor plans πŸ™‚ ):
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/226-Sanderson-Dr_Dayton_OH_45459_M44894-73688
    https://www.myalcoahome.com/

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      These houses are really cool, but I don’t get the purpose behind the design of the kitchen in such a way. It is horribly claustrophobic. The kitchens seem like a safe room you’d hide in if all those fabulous windows blew out in a storm. The light, airy nature of the rest of the house does offset the boxed in kitchen, I must say.

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      • Lancaster John says: 902 comments

        Frank Lloyd Wright in his Usonian phase was a fan of tiny box kitchens. Tiny kitchens were also a fad in the late 40’s neighborhood where I grew up. My parent’s 5 bedroom home had a galley kitchen in which you could stretch out your arms and touch both walls, and maybe 8 total feet of counter space. Not having to walk around as you worked was deemed to be efficient. The absolute opposite of today where most want big kitchens where guests can mingle with the cook while dinner is prepared — although that, at times, drives me nuts. I’ve been known to kick my guests out so I can get the meal together.

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        • BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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          1983 White elephant
          Escondido, CA

          I agree; we went from “open floor plan” house to “separate rooms for separate purposes” house 7 years ago and I love it!

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    • Lancaster John says: 902 comments

      I did a little reading and these Alcoa homes were designed by architect Charles Goodman, who designed several MCM enclaves in suburban Washington DC (Hollin Hills) and also designed the River Park Mutual Homes in SW Washington, a co-op complex which made extensive use of aluminium. As I recall Alcoa (or Reynolds) was involved in promoting the use of the metal in this complex. The barrel vaulted townhouses are particularly unique. http://www.riverparkdc.org/

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    • Teri R says: 276 comments

      This is the most swanky aluminum home I have seen in its current state! What a pleasure to view! Thank you for the posting. Such a time capsule!

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    • MW says: 923 comments

      Very cool house. With a gentle hand cleaning it up and refreshing it just a very little and it would be pretty awesome. Hope someone doesn’t go in and ruin it.

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    • SueSue says: 1109 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      The box kitchen or galley kitchen is what is in most restaurants. It is a very efficient way to cook. If we end up building when we expand the farm (if we cannot find an old home on enough property) I actually am thinking of this design for the kitchen.
      I can’t say I can get behind all that aluminum but I love all the bells and whistles that have been put in to the design, oh and the pink bathroom.

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  12. Krystle says: 4 comments

    This is my first post here -waves-. Dreaming of my own victorian in the Pittsburgh area for under 250k. This beautiful gal is outside my price range but I’m sure she will find someone love!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-E-New-Castle-St-Zelienople-PA-16063/126911723_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Wow, that is a colorful house! She’s wearing a lot of make-up, inside and out. Lots to work with there, though.

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  13. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Gone with the Wind, Eastern-European style–Not trying to turn myself into some Lithuanian Fergus or anything, but here’s a Greek Revival manor house that could hold its own against the late lamented Belle Grove plantation in Louisiana:

    https://www.ober-haus.lt/en/house-sale-diktariskiu-k.-radviliskio-r.-sav.-siauliu-apskritis,6778673

    A Lithuanian version of Richardson Romanesque:

    https://www.ober-haus.lt/en/house-sale-terespolio-k.-kedainiu-r.-sav.-kauno-apskritis,5728842

    A Hansel-and-Gretel-style house that reminds me of Kelly’s featured listing this week in Lake Katrine, NY:

    https://www.ober-haus.lt/en/house-sale-medginu-k.-joniskio-r.-sav.-siauliu-apskritis,6741795

    …And a couple of log farmhouses for the serious Thoreau practitioner:

    https://www.ober-haus.lt/en/house-sale-ivoskiu-k.-joniskio-r.-sav.-siauliu-apskritis,3405017

    https://www.ober-haus.lt/en/house-sale-kraupenu-k.-ukmerges-r.-sav.-vilniaus-apskritis,5780563

    No, it’s not the South of France, but neither are the prices!

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  14. Virginia Seward says: 57 comments

    I have been dreaming of moving to Canada and I love this house
    https://www.point2homes.com/CA/Home-For-Sale/BC/Kootenay-Rockies/Central-Kootenay/922-FRONT-Street/47110794.html

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  15. Lancaster John says: 902 comments

    That last one — must be a mistake — 500 acres of land and a fixer-upper for 8,000 Euros? Even if it’s 5 acres that’s bargain housing.

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    • CharlesB says: 479 comments

      The description is a robotic translation which obviously leaves a lot to be desired, and I believe the word ‘acres’ is a misinterpretation of some other term. One of the pics is a satellite image with the property lines indicated; comparing it to a similar image of my five-acre property here in the U.S. I’d estimate the parcel is more in the range of 15 to 20 acres.

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  16. Cora says: 2077 comments

    There is a lot about this listing I don’t understand, including the jibberish in the description (could be real estate jargon and I’m just clueless). Not sure about the neighborhood. But the house deserves a share.

    Detroit, MI
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/88436353_zpid/

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    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 232 comments

      lol
      The gibberish:
      LATPAO=Listing Agent to Present All Offers
      IDRBNG=Information Deemed to Be Reliable But Not Guaranteed
      BATVAI=Buyer’s Agent to Verify All Information

      Basically this all means that the listing agent hasn’t ever even been inside the property, and they’re refusing to take any responsible to even verify information or give a reliable description of it.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

        Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood has the dubious distinction of being one of the finest residential areas in the city during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to a bona fide slum in the late 20th century. This decades long decline and abandonment took its toll on the many grand mansions and homes that characterized Brush Park so that today only a few survivors remain. But fate has been kinder to Brush Park in the past few years; Nicole Curtis, TV’s Rehab Addict, tackled one of the remaining gutted hulks of a Victorian mansion with some help from Quicken Loans which is based in Detroit. This dovetailed with announced plans for blocks and blocks of new market rate apartments and other quality development so that even a fixer-upper house that might have sold for $10K a couple of decades ago, now commands a million. If nothing else, it also proves that faded neighborhoods even after reaching slum status can still come back. Of course, Brush Park is only one Detroit neighborhood and there are plenty of others in Motor City awaiting a renaissance someday.

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    • MW says: 923 comments

      Only $1M, and all cash only?! Back off everybody. I’ve got this.

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      • Cora says: 2077 comments

        Ha,that’s one of the other things about the listing I don’t understand:

        We won’t fix anything, you aren’t allowed to see inside, but you must pay us $1mil cash. Mmmm.

        From the exterior, you can see this was a mansion in its day.

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  17. Neness says: 53 comments

    Lancaster John,
    I just recently read that Lithuania has the fastest shrinking population in Europe. When at the Yalta Conference Roosevelt so willingly gave Stalin those parts of Poland that included Lithuania, Byelorussia and the Ukraine, the Polish nobility who for centuries built those beautiful palaces and manors and prospered for generations, were expropriated leading to the ruin of those wonderful buildings. The Russians resettled native Russians in those areas which was the beginning of a lot of strife for the indigenous population making life difficult to this day, therefore a lot of the people are choosing to leave in search of a better life, and property values dropped accordingly.

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    • CharlesB says: 479 comments

      The property value drop doesn’t appear to be across the board–the site those listings came from includes a large number of million-dollar-plus properties, almost all new construction, in and around the larger cities. It is the remote areas of the countryside that are emptying out as the inhabitants, free now to emigrate anywhere in the E.U., opt to go to where there are high-paying jobs. The situation is not much different from the 1890s, when the preferred destination was the U.S.

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  18. Neness says: 53 comments

    Kelly,
    Wondering why today’s comment as well as one from about a week ago weren’t posted.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Replied to your other comment but just in case… After you hit “Submit” do you see a message or does the page refresh?

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  19. I’m completely in love with this house and property. Elm Grove, circa 1792, located in Orange, VA. It sits on 32.74 acres and has access to Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County.

    Not to mention the husband would love the space for some classic cars. “This amazing property is also highlighted by not one, but two, climate-controlled garages with a 25+ car capacity. A restored, 1930 Model-A closed cab pickup is to convey with a full-price sale.”

    http://www.searchallproperties.com/listings/2329428/113-Windway-Drive-Orange-VA

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  20. Tony Bianchini says: 59 comments

    Too bad there aren’t more and better photos, looks like a lot of potential here:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/516-N-Mound-St_Nacogdoches_TX_75961_M80357-93945#photo0

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    • Cathy F. says: 2300 comments

      Agreed. Really lovely windows throughout, too.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

        This home, located on a prominent bluff overlooking downtown, is also a confirmed George F. Barber design; its one of several in the Weatherford area. I believe the property been on an off the market several times in recent years at a considerably higher price so now might be a good time to seek out buying it. Weatherford is an old town that has benefited in recent years from its nearness to Fort Worth. As Fort Worth continues to develop westward, Weatherford is becoming more suburbanized. Thankfully, the historic town has kept some of its architectural heritage in its Main Street program downtown as well as a collection of restored turn of the last century homes. I consider this towered Queen Anne style house to be one of the best the town has to offer.

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  21. Cora says: 2077 comments

    She’s a bit pitiful, but I love the exterior details:

    Bucyrus, OH:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/97118203_zpid/

    Needs love, but SO gorgeous:

    Mt. Vernon, OH:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2144255073_zpid/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

      This past April we visited Bucyrus and found a charming small town blessed with a large collection of period homes from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. If there are any “bad” neighborhoods in Bucyrus I did not find them although some areas, like along East Rensselaer Street, has more large mansion quality homes. I took a photo of this interesting mid-19th century Italianate that was altered somewhat around the turn of the last century: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/33961334844/sizes/k/ For more photos of the architecture of Bucyrus, here’s the full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157680886647193 For a town of its size, Bucyrus stands out for its historic architecture. The 1890’s railroad depot there is a showcase for community based historic preservation.
      As for the much higher priced Mt. Vernon house, also an Italianate style residence, it has some nice features although the claimed 1890 contruction date is off probably by a couple decades as the architectural evidence points to an 1860’s-1870’s construction origin. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Cora says: 2077 comments

        Amazing photos, John. So cool you photographed the house I posted!

        There sure are some beauties there! Big, lovely homes.

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        • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

          Thanks Cora, glad you found the album interesting. Visit Bucyrus if you have the opportunity and I think you may like the community even more.

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  22. Lottie says: 348 comments

    Three lovely homes in South Carolina!

    1909 | 4 beds | 2 baths | 3,117 sqft https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/205-W-High-St-Winnsboro-SC-29180/87917987_zpid/

    1898 Former B&B | 6 beds | 8 fireplaces | 1 bath | 3,088 sqft | 3.5 acres | 1hr + 15min. drive to Myrtle Beach πŸ˜€
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3832-Long-St-Coward-SC-29530/2094658015_zpid/

    1905 Greek Revival | 5 beds | 3 baths | 4,114 sqft | 11 acres | Lots of columns and widow’s walk. Wow!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/24567-Us-Highway-76-Newberry-SC-29108/2094721144_zpid/

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  23. Shannon says: 21 comments

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4086-Egbert-Ave_Cincinnati_OH_45220_M36347-19989#photo25

    This reminds me of the shipping crate trend before they were a thing. Amazing how it’s perched up in the woods like that. It isn’t amiss among today’s modular style homes.

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  24. Cora says: 2077 comments

    Interesting exterior composition. Since it’s brick, I’m assuming it was built that way. Are those Spanish tiles on the roof?

    A couple of lovely, original (albeit dusty) fireplaces. Removing the 70s goldenrod carpeting and dusting the place would change the look its interior dramatically; lots of nice wood in there:

    Louisville, KY:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/73456129_zpid/

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  25. Krystle says: 4 comments

    Some of my favorite designs while wasting time on Zillow today! Unrelated please delete if not allowed, but how long did it take you to find your dream home? Getting quite discouraged there is really nothing I love on the market right now in my price range, and doing some past searches for sold homes not too many in my price range in the last 5 years have sold either! πŸ™ -passes around marshmallow brownies-

    I am not well versed in repairs, but this looks like an absolutely steal inside and out. Those turrets -drools-

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28-Sunbury-St-Minersville-PA-17954/2095932920_zpid/

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/301-Washington-St-Birdsboro-PA-19508/8862195_zpid/
    You’d think a house of this size and price could afford less blurry photographs! πŸ™‚

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-Electric-St-Scranton-PA-18509/9553717_zpid/
    Gorgeous stained glass

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/236-E-Pearl-St-Butler-PA-16001/2098118324_zpid/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

      Hi Krystle,
      Pennsylvania is fortunate to still have a fair amount of its Victorian era architectural heritage. The Birdsboro House is indeed famous as one of the best surviving residential designs by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. The Keystone State is a good place to look for affordable Victorians. I would recommend you expand your search to western PA areas in the old Oil region in places like Oil City, Titusville, Franklin and other communities in and near Venango County. Communities in southern PA like Washington and Union City also often have bargain priced but still elegant Victorians. Here’s one in Pottstown which despite vinyl siding on the outside is surprisingly intact inside with rare surviving period light fixtures: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/109-Broad-St_Pittston_PA_18640_M40411-06467 I’m not sure what your budget range is, but if you can expand your search outside of Pittsburgh (and I’m not suggesting places like McKeesport or Braddock) its very likely you’ll find the perfect compromise between style and price. North central PA around in and around the towns of Bradford, Ridgway, and Smethport also has many great old period homes. Here’s an album of old house photos my spouse and I took several years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157618714282071 Good Luck in your search.

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  26. CharlestonJohn says: 1089 comments

    Charleston house of the week… the fabulous c.1730/1795 Georgian/ Federal style Fenwick Hall…

    https://www.redfin.com/SC/Johns-Island/1709-River-Rd-29455/home/108058341

    History, pictures, and architectural details:
    http://www.fenwickhall.com/

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  27. Gwenn says: 107 comments

    http://www.talktotucker.com/idx/5243-n-meridian-street-indianapolis-in-46208/10965112_

    http://www.talktotucker.com/idx/5243-n-meridian-street-indianapolis-in-46208/10965112_spid/

    Every so often we are incredibly fortunate enough to be able to stage a home that is so rich in history and details it leaves us in awe. This 1925 stately home has been updated in a way that complements all the historic elements in the home and brings the luxury of today. You KNOW this home hosted some outrageous parties during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s. Fun fact: This home was built the same year F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published. For a private showing contact: Micki Solhan, 317.372.3994, F.C. Tucker, Meridian North.

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  28. Cora says: 2077 comments

    A huge, stunning bricktorian in OH:
    Marietta, OH:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/75127805_zpid/

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  29. Cora says: 2077 comments

    1900, West Virginia. Small town charmer:

    Sutton, WV:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22374940_zpid/

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    • SueSue says: 1109 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I love the cottage. Reminds me of my Grandmother’s old home. How cute this be all decorated up! Makes me nostalgic.

      I also love the art deco home. So much for such a good price. I love how it stands out. How fun to it would be to own it.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2300 comments

      Love the first house! Lots of nice attributes, incl. its neat archways, a couple of original tiled bathrooms – and one with an original floor & tub, & the backyard.

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  30. Gwenn says: 107 comments

    Not sure if this was posted already but this is the house Lizzie Borden lives in after the trial…

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/306-French-St-Fall-River-MA-02720/55984161_zpid

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    • SueSue says: 1109 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Beautiful. It needs a lot of work but many people build their own home and it never has this much charm and durability. Yet, there is the price. That made my gulp a bit.

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  31. Noelle says: 25 comments

    If only I lived in the States and had 180.000…

    Big old 1870 mansion for sale in Columbia, PA.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/226-Cherry-St-Columbia-PA-17512/9691323_zpid/

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    • SueSue says: 1109 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Not enough pictures of this amazing house. I also cannot believe the price as well. Wow, all that for less than 200,000? This home has high drama. Something I adore. And let’s just talk about that stove. Beautiful.

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  32. SueSue says: 1109 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    This 1835? Colonial is in Augusta Maine. I know the lane it is down. It sits right across from my mother’s church which is a gorgeous cathedral with Tiffany windows. The windows on one side of this house seem very odd. Who knows what has been done over the years. However, the inside is very nice. Good price at 129,000

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8-Church-St_Augusta_ME_04330_M31465-92086#photo2

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  33. Old World Elegance and Charm in this beautifully maintained Greek revival cottage. It is believed this home was built in 1850 and it was rated ”outstanding” in the Wayne County inventory of Historic Sites and Structures!

    http://www.lingle.com/Property/Detail/Lingle/10030823/4824-US-HIGHWAY-35-N-Richmond-IN-47374

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    • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

      Nice period house here that retains the flavor of the mid-19th century while having modern updates that many buyers appreciate. Such early homes are not very common anymore. When we visited Richmond this past Spring, we took a day trip to Connersville and Rushville with a friend of ours who lives in Richmond. (he bought the Fielding Gaar House a couple of years ago) I distinctly recall seeing a finely built stone Greek Revival farmhouse similar to this one on the side of the road (appeared to be long abandoned) before reaching Connersville. I hope that someone will rescue it before it is gone. Thanks for sharing this listing.

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  34. Mike says: 69 comments

    This Frank Lloyd Wright cottage in Glencoe, IL, has been owned by the same family since 1956. Apparently it was to be part of a larger estate on the property, which never happened.
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Glencoe/239-Franklin-Rd-60022/home/13791165

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  35. Cora says: 2077 comments

    The architectural elements of this 1961 GEM have been preserved and it’s gorgeous. Looks like the Brady Bunch could move right in!

    Wichita, KS
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/77385892_zpid/

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  36. TonimarTonimar says: 74 comments
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    I know nothing about this town and I’m frustrated with the lack of description and pictures along with the quality of pictures. But my goodness the woodwork and details I am seeing have captivated me and all for less than what a new car could cost. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/418-E-Maumee-St-Adrian-MI-49221/68235312_zpid/

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    • John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

      Fine house in Adrian, MI, from the early 1900’s but some questions remain unanswered. The listing shows zero bedrooms and bathrooms as well as an upside down photo of a coffered ceiling in what was probably the original parlor or dining room. Some later alterations are obvious but enough of the original fabric remains to keep the house interesting. In streetview, there’s a postal facility across the street and the nondescript building next door has a sign saying its a Fishes and Loaves food ministry so possibly it draws homeless or poor residents for its services. One would need to visit the location to have a better idea about its relative safety but otherwise, the streetview looks similar to that found in many older neighborhoods across the Midwest. As you noted, the price seems especially attractive.

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      • TonimarTonimar says: 74 comments
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        John thank you so much for your response. Your vast knowledge always amazes me! Excuse me please as I’m rather inept using street view on my tablet. You solved what was initially a mystery to me in the photo you were able to discern as being a coffered ceiling. I briefly looked into the town and am even more interested in seeing more. Thank you again John, I’ve continued to be educated by you!

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  37. Elwen says: 22 comments

    Napoleons Hat. A fixture of the St. Lawrence seaway is offered for sale for the first time in over 40 years. The original guest house built in 1897 and remodeled to a modern two level cottage flanks the world renowned Napoleons Hat built in 1913. Featured in dozens of publications over the century, including a feature cartoon from The New York Times, this collectible property is truly a unique experience.

    http://discoverroyallepage.com/property/18538680/66-HAY-ISLAND-/LEEDS%20&%20THE%201000%20ISLANDS/

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  38. Oklahoma Houses By MailOklahoma Houses By Mail says: 82 comments
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    Tulsa, OK

    Here’s a JH Daverman no 27 on the market in Onancock, Virginia.
    5 Parker St. Onancock, Va. Have a look! It’s charming. I have found quite a few of this popular pattern home. But, have never seen inside until now!!!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Parker-St-Onancock-VA-23417/2097241840_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      If you want to check out the before: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/09/08/1905-onancock-va/

      It’s privated/protected page (I do that when homes are put back on the market after a flip/update, until I can update or remove from site.)

      Pass is: oldhousedreams

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      • Oklahoma Houses By MailOklahoma Houses By Mail says: 82 comments
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        Tulsa, OK

        Thanks Kelly!

        How did I miss that post? Hmmm.

        This is a JH Daverman no 27. Quite a popular plan. I even have a blog showing several.
        I wish they had left the original sinks and tub in the flip!!!
        Also, I noticed in the new listing that they altered the living room or reception hall…..whatever you want to call it now. The floorplan calls it the living room. They walled up the entry to the kitchen by that little nook next to the stairs. Then they made an opening from the parlor (dining room now) to the kitchen. That’s per the catalog floorplan. I’ll post the catalog page to my flickr account. Just search JH Daverman no 27 on flickr if anyone wants to see it!

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          It was such a ho-hum kind of house with the old paint job, it almost blends in with the plants, lol. I actually like their updates and plan on reposting, it’s just way down on my list. Glad to know who designed it though, thanks! Can you link to your blog post?

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  39. Cora says: 2077 comments

    A couple of big old homes in Topeka that were once grand. They’ve been abused but still have some of their original beauty left to work with. Someone save these damsels in distress:

    615 SW 9th St
    Topeka, KS:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122712095_zpid/

    620 SW 9th St
    Topeka, KS:
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/122713185_zpid/

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  40. David McCauslin says: 69 comments

    This Grand Rapids home is back on the market. Unfortunately, only 15 photos currently.

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3207376652-1353-Bridge-St-NW-Grand-Rapids-MI-49504

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  41. TheParkThePark says: 24 comments

    A tiny, but nice little house from my hometown. It’s in Illinois, and the few jobs apart from farming are at the University or several manufacturing plants nearby.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-E-Carroll-St-Macomb-IL-61455/116472396_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  42. Michael says: 1 comments

    The best of a few historic homes up for sale in Boise, ID. This one has been owned by the same family that build it 125 years ago and on the market for the first time.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1109-E-Warm-Springs-Ave-Boise-ID-83712/79697937_zpid/?fullpage=true

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