November 24, 2017: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s old house image is a street view of McEwan Street in Clare, Michigan. The home mostly seen is believed to have been a George F. Barber home. I found newspaper clippings referencing it as the “Allen Tourist Home”, a boarding home prior to it being dismantled in 1961.

    Announcement time. Something happened a week ago that made me make drastic changes on the site. You’ll notice most of your favorite list houses are not showing and when you browse the site, it’s sparse. Most sold or off market homes were privatized until I can go through each one to evaluate, some will be made public again but many will be deleted from the site. Sorry for the trouble, this issue was serious enough that it has to be done.

    Be patient with how many postings you see for a while and the quality.

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    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 246 comments

      That’s disappointing to hear, as I’ve spent quite a lot of time browsing the old listings and have considered your site a terrific archive.

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        I too am fond of perusing the archives and dreaming. It’s a shame but Kelly has to protect herself so we don’t lose this treasure of a site. Seems like there’s always someone trying to rain on everyone else’s parade.

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    • heidi says: 147 comments

      It makes me sad you have to delete homes from your site. I think you do an amazing job.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      This has got to be considered “fair use”! If somebody out there is a fan and a COPYRIGHT LAWYER, maybe you could please help her out!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        It’s a bit more complicated than that, something I’m hesitant to go into full detail publicly about.

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        • Warbon says: 114 comments

          Is there a way you could post the houses without location or price from realtors that don’t want “extra marketing”. Your site has been very educational to so many; goodness, that’s how I learned about Eastlake hardware! I guess my opinion is if the realtor doesn’t want “extra marketing” don’t have a website you post your available homes on. (Had to be a little catty to vent.)

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          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 937 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            It’s not about the listing itself but the photography.

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            • CharlestonJohn says: 1121 comments

              Kelly, I really hate to hear you’re having these issues. Have you reached out to Kate Wagner about her experience? I have no idea how comparable the situation is, but it seems fair use would come into play

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    • LUCINDA L HOWARD says: 247 comments

      Well POOP! I wondered what happened. I was looking for a specific house in Missouri and could not find it. My phone had a fit and deleted a bunch of numbers, but I knew it was on your site. I am closing Monday on a 1920’s house in Bolivar, Mo and I like to look at houses built around the same time to get ideas.

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1106 comments
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        1947 Ranch
        OR

        Well POOP indeed. I agree. I went looking for Tudors in Illinois and I know there once were many and now the site has one. How awful for you Kelly, I’m sincerely sorry. I hope the issue resolves for you. We are all on your side.

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    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      You dedication to this site, old homes and us is truly amazing. I don’t think anyone here takes you and all the work you do for granted. Thank you Kelly for you continued commitment.

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    • Jeanne L says: 35 comments

      I don’t know all the details of the problem but I do know that I use your site to look for our new home. I don’t go to the big realtor websites except for Zillow. What is nice is I may not be interested in the home but I get curious about a location and then jump off and go to Zillow to see what else is for sale. So whatever the problem is I hope it gets resolved without too much difficulty. So extra marketing on your site is good for a realtor’s business.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1080 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      We will prevail ! Onward!

  2. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    The quintessential Western New York country estate–25 acres, 3300 sf Greek Revival, woods and waterfalls and just a short distance to Letchworth State Park–priced at $129,900. Oh, man, if I was 20 years younger…

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8704-Dansville-Mount-Morris-Rd_Dansville_NY_14437_M44141-81108

    Hey, Bridgeport, CT has a house evidently built from the same plans as this week’s feature, but (like many things in Bridgeport) it’s turned around backwards:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/60-Lenox-Ave_Bridgeport_CT_06605_M30519-84101

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  3. MW says: 906 comments

    I don’t know what the issue was, but it sounds like somebody got bent out of shape about something and probably threatened you with a lawsuit. Too bad Kelly, sorry you have to deal with that. All it takes is the 1 bad apple to ruin it all for everyone. Sad, but true. Too bad about the loss of the archived posts. I hope that you can actually still keep them saved somewhere, not just delete them permanently. There is a lot of great info. and history with some of them.

    Here is an 1887 Victorian from my old home town.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/401-N-Division-St-Salisbury-MD-21801/37692811_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone.

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    • Colleen J says: 1156 comments

      Oh my gosh that is absolutly beautiful. Where I live that’s easily over a million.

    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Happy thanksgiving weekend to you!

      Wow, what a beauty. What a wonderful job they have done with this house. When I see a price like this on a house that is so chock full of details, craftsmanship and beauty it just blows my mind. Truly this is a treasure.

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    • Gigi Regnier says: 39 comments

      Wow oh Wow! What a house. Thanks for posting it for our viewing pleasure. This is how to do a stair case.

  4. Mar.y C says: 164 comments

    Going to auction on 12/11. A lot of white paint but some lovely leaded windows and window seats and a big, beautiful carriage house. Possibly an apartment up top to help pay for all the paint stripper. Scroll down to see several sets of photos from several realtors. They’ve been trying to sell this for a while. https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/11/24/november-24-2017-link-exchange/

    Another substantial price reduction on a NRHP listed home, currently a B & B. Wasn’t someone looking for a B & B a while ago? Great gardens and is that an alcove bed?
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/31639815_zpid/42.344747,-75.287805,42.308577,-75.342737_rect/13_zm/

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    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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      1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

      I love the use of color in the second listing, Mary. That alcove bed is so charming and snug. Shades of Thomas Jefferson!

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    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      The second house, in Unadilla, is pretty, and comfortable looking. Nice grounds & curb appeal, too.

    • Lancaster John says: 845 comments

      That second house at only $139K makes me wonder how feasible it might be to have TWO old houses — this one, and one down south to escape the winter! There are some incredible values in upstate New York, including that Dansville estate posted above by CharlesB.

  5. TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. This gem in New Orleans was designed in 1917 by H. Jordan MacKenzie for the Crowley family. It’s a wild mix of styles including California bungalow, Prairie, Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau and Neoclassical with just a little touch of Aesthetic Movement to gild the lily. Amazingly there’s been very little remuddling over the years with mahogany paneling and woodwork left alone, gorgeous tile floors kept intact and only a minor remodel in the kitchen. Don’t know if the light fixtures are original and the upstairs bathroom looks as if it could be a later addition. The fence is also obviously modern, put up to keep Mardi Gras crowds off the property as it’s right on Canal Street. I’ve never been in this home though it’s been on the local tour a few times. I’ve always been wildly curious what that large white marble box in the bathroom is. Known locally as the Centanni House after the family that owned it longest. They were famous in the area for their massive custom Christmas display with lights and automatons. I still remember seeing it as a child. This is my current dream home in NOLA.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4506-Canal-St_New-Orleans_LA_70119_M72531-50610

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    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      Wow, that is one very cool, gorgeous house!! So many beautiful details throughout! And a floor plan, no less. ?? (Although something tells me the LR is mis-labeled…]

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        Yes Cathy, I don’t know why they mislabeled the living room as a second dining room, but mislabeled it they did. I’ve always found it odd that this house has no formal foyer, opening instead directly into the living room. Uncommon in 1917.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Whoa! That is the craziest, prettiest, most bizarrely delightful mutt I have EVER seen! Good gravy. I’ll bet they threw FUN parties! Thanks’ TG BTW – I think the marble box is a schvitz: your head would be popping up out of the top.

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        That’s what I thought it might be, but I’ve never seen one before and couldn’t be sure. Thanks for confirming it. The scale of the house is massive as well. It’s on three city lots so it isn’t all that obvious in the pictures. And yes, the Centanni’s were famous for their awesome parties. From 1946 to 1967 they did it up big. Sadly, the 1967 New Year’s Eve party was the last one as the excitement was too much for Mrs. Centanni and she passed away. Sal never turned on the holiday lights again.

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        • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

          Thanks, guys, for clearing that up about the marble bathroom enclosure. I was assuming it was a short shower stall, kinda wondering how one washed one’s hair in there. ? I googled schvitz, and then checked the house in satellite view, and see what you mean about its size & its lot, compared with most of the surrounding houses. Do you think that bathroom’s seahorse windows (the windows’ glass, not the windows themselves) are original, or a newer intro?

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          • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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            New Orleans, LA

            To me they look a little more late 20’s in design, but I’ve been told the stained glass seahorse windows are original and were an example of the architect’s whimsy.

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            • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

              Thanks, and… Oh, good, because I love those windows! (Along with the rest of the ones in the house – that one side elevation shown, with its banks of windows, so nice!) Yes, whimsical, and what better place for seahorse windows than in a bathroom?

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    • Lisa Lou says: 106 comments

      Wow, what a stunning house! Love it.

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    • garth says: 18 comments

      I spotted this place myself passing on a trolley to the bone yards a few years ago… what a stunner…. thanks!

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    • Warbon says: 114 comments

      What an absolutely beautiful home! So many period features that have remained intact. Intrigued by what looked like a marble slab shower stall in that one bathroom. It is just a fascinating home all around.

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    • This is one of the most amazing homes that I have ever seen!

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1080 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      Here’s some more
      http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/655

  6. ChrisICU says: 665 comments

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thought I’d share a ‘what I did this Thanksgiving’ project because I think some others may enjoy doing it themselves. This isn’t an endorsement of any product, and I don’t have any affiliation. And, it isn’t about houses for sale, but I’m guessing a lot of Old House Dreamers are on here for reasons more than buying a house. A few years ago I started a Family Tree on Ancestry.com. I didn’t get very far last time and I had some time to kill when the turkey was in the oven. This time around I found a lot more information including City Directories of many of my relatives. I started going on to Google Maps and looking up their houses. Most of my family’s houses are far away so I’ve never seen them before, but they are still standing, and it was fascinating to see from Street View where they lived. Thought you would like to know about that. Chris

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 887 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      That is great Chris! I like to do the same thing, have actually saved screen shots of houses that are still standing & visible on google to connect with my ancestors.

      • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

        Same here, with a Brooklyn Brownstone my father’s grandparents owned in the early 1900’s, where he spent Christmases as a little kid. And the house/apt. bldg. where my mother lived and the HS she went to, in the Bronx, in the 1930’s-40’s. All 3 still there, although the HS bldg. (James Monroe) has been slightly re-purposed.

  7. Mary C. says: 164 comments

    Sorry. Can’t get the link for house with carriage house. It’s on realtor.com at 313 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY.

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  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Had some time yesterday and went through all of the existing listings in Kentucky. Found some great new ones, and some updates on old favorites, (which may or may not exist any longer on OHD 🙁 ) Anyway, here are some delights from the best old house state in the union – KENTUCKY!

    Most exiting of all, (for me), is the return to market of my MOST VERY FAVORITE ANTIQUE PROPERTY OF ALL TIME EVER! The previous listing follows the current and has FAR better pix:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/296-S-Main-St-Russellville-KY-42276/2101514895_zpid/?fullpage=true

    https://www.movoto.com/russellville-ky/296-s-main-st-russellville-ky-42276/pid_b1zasimgeh/

    Looks like the much admired Vine Grove house has seen some significant stabilization this year, but has returned to the market; OHD page missing;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6418-Big-Spring-Rd-Vine-Grove-KY-40175/2108693011_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Another wonderful Italianate is listed again; old pix were better, and still available;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/838-Fleming-Rd-Maysville-KY-41056/105897576_zpid/?fullpage=true

    https://www.homes.com/property/838-fleming-rd-maysville-ky-41056/id-600036003494/

    Some new detail pix of whisky baron, another much admired; OHD page;

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/05/05/1890-queen-anne-owensboro-ky/

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/434-W-Highland-Ct-Owensboro-KY-42303/2112780402_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      That Owensboro house is just gorgeous.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
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      Usually I would run from anything associated with Jesse James or any outlaw hero nonsense, but the Russellville Bank property is wonderful. Wish the James Gang hadn’t gone anywhere near there.

      It’s fun to see more pics of the Owensboro house, and the others are cool too. Thanks!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Yeah, I could care less about the bank robbery bit: it’s just a flat stunning antique property all the way around. I’m particularly fond of early Italianates, and this one is a very fine example in many ways. The vast back garden is a huge plus. Sigh —-.

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  9. Anne M.Anne M. says: 887 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Sorry about the trouble, Kelly! Hope it didn’t ruin your 1st Thanksgiving in your new old house.
    Here is a 1924 summer cabin in the Berkshires with 22 acres:
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2094128988_zpid/1730-1935_built/globalrelevanceex_sort/42.444615,-72.989559,42.336849,-73.221989_rect/11_zm/

    An 1860 Octagonal House:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/484-Main-St_Townsend_MA_01474_M42086-08075

    1920 Brick colonial, great butler’s pantry
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-Metcalf-St_Worcester_MA_01609_M39442-65704
    1911 single story, Arts & Crafts?
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/22-Buttonwood-St_New-Bedford_MA_02740_M31203-06452#photo31

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  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Some great new properties.

    I’m really in love with this great little frame, Italianate cottage;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11599-Hwy-69-N-Dundee-KY-42338/2093500605_zpid/?fullpage=true

    You’d probably need some goats to take care of the grass at this great Victorian cottage, but WOW what a cool perspective;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/402-Englewood-Rd-Middlesboro-KY-40965/115262105_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Very fine, top shelf, town house has MANY great original goodies, AND a SUPER RAD tower room – “in a pear tree”;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/417-Fayette-Park-Lexington-KY-40508/77524121_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Super fun, solid carriage house, very successfully converted some time ago, is now in need of sensitive updates;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1616-Bonnycastle-Ter-Louisville-KY-40205/73459143_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Big ole mansion, right on the river has 101 really bad pix – are better 6 good ones, (I guess);

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1015-Highland-Ave-Carrollton-KY-41008/115266712_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Super elegant cottage proves how effectively white can work with black trim when done judiciously;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/125-Chaplin-Rd-Bloomfield-KY-40008/2094514579_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Ho hum, OK house has some more of that SWEET, rich, deep blue green, Aesthetic tile I’m just mad for;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/211-N-Main-St-Cynthiana-KY-41031/2093468055_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Wow, Jeff! What a wonderful collection of fine period homes in Kentucky. The Lafayette Park mansion in Lexington is very fortunate to be in a well preserved neighborhood of late 19th and early 20th century mansions. The Cynthiana house was a pleasant surprise…very plain and sedate on the exterior but featuring a very bold “Artistic” interior. The tiles appear to be possibly from the American Encaustic Tiling Co. (New York showrooms) which were made in Zanesville. Ohio. The large firm sold art tiles nationwide. We’ve only scratched the surface in KY apparently, judging by the number of fine period homes remaining. Our off the beaten path one day visit to small Carlisle, KY, convinced me that even the smallest communities can have surprisingly sophisticated architecture. I also wanted to stop and tour Maysville after visiting Carlisle but our schedule to get to Muncie before nightfall prevented a stop there. I hope to make a repeat visit someday.
      Happy belated Thanksgiving wishes to you and to the many Old House Dreams fans. Thanks for sharing these wonderful properties.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
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      The Carrollton house was on OHD with a bad few photos, so I’m happy to see them all, even 7 shots of the majestic brick fireplace. All kinds of goodies there!

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    • Anne M. says: 887 comments

      All are wonderful! Particularly the Victorian cottage & the Bloomfield black & white. Thanks for posting these.

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    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my I don’t think the Cynthiana, KY house is ho hum at all! Not a fan of the kitchen space but you can fix that. I love it. Such posibilities.

      However the Fayette Park house is breathtaking and unusual. It is also warm and cozy. So often such a grand home doesn’t give you that cozy feel. Boy, I’m in love.

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    • You have the best taste in homes & each & every one of these is awesome! I can’t decide which cottage to buy when I win the lottery! 😉

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Aaaaand just one more thing. +

    My cool cousin and I watched the new bio of super rad, super cool, 20th century author Joan Didion, “The Center Will Not Hold”, yesterday;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99NaRJQzXiM&index=16&list=LLrpb7vb97Bp6Unl-LjCcuwA and like a good house freak, I had to get on the net and see if I could find pix. Here are the results.

    Joan and JGD @ Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, (the gate house);

    https://digs.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/462A0760.jpg

    https://www.redfin.com/CA/Rancho-Palos-Verdes/5500-Palos-Verdes-Dr-S-90275/home/7740427

    Joan lived here during her last two years in high school;

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2000-22nd-St-Sacramento-CA-95818/25790304_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Joan’s Arts and Crafts, childhood home right around the corner;

    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5637392,-121.482038,3a,75y,20.33h,91.94t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sJVQvOoYBXXC0AMuJ87yZZA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DJVQvOoYBXXC0AMuJ87yZZA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D54.69725%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en-US

    Cheers everybody! 🙂

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    • ChrisICU says: 665 comments

      I’m a little confused and a little in love with the house in Columbia, Pa. Is it only the blue building, or is the red brick part of the house? I ask because if you look at the house from Google Maps the back section looks like it’s atttached to both buildings.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Both REMARKABLE houses Shannah. Good eye! Thank you. I am particularly enamored of the attached Italianate with it’s SWEET antique, coal burning insert: but the carriage barn with it’s upper wood shop on Mount Pleasant is HEAVEN!

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    • Shmotrezoom says: 12 comments

      Hi all—can anyone tell me–what is the small door, and the strange stuff within, in pictures 26 and 27 in the Mt. Pleasant st house?

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  12. CoraCora says: 2064 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    ? this one really pulls at the heartstrings.

    Goldsboro, NC:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2115295369_zpid/

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  13. heidi says: 147 comments

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1401-Maine-St-Quincy-IL-62301/2120873331_zpid/

    Hmmmm…. not sure where my original post went. So I will try again: here is another fantastic house from my hometown. I worked for the people that did most the updates on this house in the mid 90’s (you could probably tell that from the green bathroom (: ) They truly loved this house and spared no expense on the interior and exterior. They actually had (if it still exists) a watering system on the roof so they could plant wave petunias all around the guttering. It was stunning. I feel its set empty for a few years now.
    Also take a look across the street at our amazing Jr. high!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Dang! Thanks’ Heidi! This AMAZING (!!!!!) house may have been built in 1875, but right about 10 years later than that someone spent MAJOR money to do a MAJOR “renovation”, such that 90% of the AMAZING decorative features you see, inside and out, date from that slightly later period. If only all “renovations” occurred before 1900! Heheheh. This house combines all of the best aspects of both periods VERY successfully. W O W!

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      • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

        Thanks for sharing, Heidi. Jeff, I concur that there was a major update to the house in the 1885-1890 period but it seems to only make the house even more appealing. The surroundings look quiet and well established. There’s a towered Queen Anne a couple of lots away that I recognize as a George O. Garnsey (Chicago based) planbook design. The house comes with a generous size corner lot so there’s much to like here.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Isn’t this one just incredible though!? I love the way they left the original Italianate front parlor alone in the update. It makes for a great comparison to the very fine, slightly newer rooms. Imagine if there might be four or five original, spare, marble, Italianate mantles shoved in somewhere down in the basement. Right! Heheheh.

  14. peg says: 60 comments

    Quitman, Ga, circa 1892 Henry Gray Turner House. Currently a B&B, on 22 acres with a salt water pool. What an incredible property! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/802-Old-Madison-Rd_Quitman_GA_31643_M63624-34975?ex=GA628019954#photo46t

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  15. peg says: 60 comments

    gorgeous 1916 Yazoo City, MS home ready for restoration! this home has some beautiful details. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/225-Grand-Ave_Yazoo-City_MS_39194_M73874-96929#photo0

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Another week, another batch of glorious old homes. Oh why can’t we live in them all? This Yazoo City home is stately without being overbearing and still has so much of its original “character” left. Peg, you’ve sure picked a great batch this week!

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      • Peg says: 60 comments

        Thank you! I love the Yazoo City listing as well. It seems to be an eclectic blend of styles which makes it so unique. I frequently check this area when old house “window shopping”. Kelly had posted a gorgeous victorian in this town a year or two ago that had some of the most beautiful stained glass windows I’ve ever seen.

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      • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        I echo that.

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  16. peg says: 60 comments

    ok, just one more! Logtown Plantation, Monroe, La, Circa 1847 on 10 acres! https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1463-Logtown-Loop-Rd_Monroe_LA_71202_M78855-95382#photo34

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    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I want this home. If I could I would pack up the horses, the family and all our other therapy animals and move tomorrow.

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  17. Jessica says: 3 comments

    I’m sorry to hear about the site trouble. If someone threatened a lawsuit over using real estate site pictures, McMansions From Hell just went through the same thing and was vindicated.

    This house obviously had a lot of things done to it in the ’60s, but there’s so much character still remaining. It even has what looks like the original kitchen cabinets. I would actually keep the red plaid carpet in the basement even though it’s definitely not from the same era the house was built.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/320-N-8th-St_Missouri-Valley_IA_51555_M78084-34339

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  18. allan says: 83 comments

    Check out this old store in Society Hill, SC. I love all the old stuff inside!! “The Coker General Store was established in 1828 by Caleb Coker, Jr. and Eli Gregg and was originally operated as a partnership under the name of Coker and Gregg until 1839 when Gregg moved to Mars Bluff on the Pee Dee River to operate a store at Mars Bluff.

    The building now in use was occupied in 1832, and has been substantially enlarged from time to time. A part of the present building was built in 1861, and was enlarged about 1870, and again about 1900.”

    http://unitedbrokerage.com/CokerRogersStore

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    • ChrisICU says: 665 comments

      That’s so cool, Allan. Click on the ‘more pictures’ and there are many more great shots. Of course there’s a lot of work to be done. The building is still around because it’s not in a prime retail location. But with retail making more online, having an interesting ‘historical center’ could be a draw. Kind of reminds me of Lehman’s in Ohio and Mast in Ashiville. People drive there from states all over just to check it out and shop at those kinds of stores.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      WOW! You weren’t kidding! Super RAD. Hope somebody can get a new roof on it PRONTO. Here is a better link with many more TANTALIZING pix!

      https://www.weichert.com/71591245/

  19. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    With Kelly’s permission I would like to once again Ask the OHD Experts!

    This is a kind of bizarre question, but have any of you old-house dwellers had the experience of people just walking into your house without knocking?

    My 112-year-old house is in a small South Carolina town, so it’s something of a local landmark. It’s not uncommon for people to photograph it or look in the windows. A previous owner even came downstairs one morning to find an entire family of tourists walking through with their video camera!

    I try to keep the doors locked, but it’s not uncommon to suddenly hear someone call out, “Hello!” followed by footsteps. It’s out-of-towners more than locals, and I think most have good intentions and are just really curious about the house, but it drives me crazy. I’ve tried saying, “Oh, I didn’t hear the doorbell!” but would like to know how others have dealt with people who come onto the property or worse just come in?

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    • John says: 76 comments

      A small sign at the front gate, private home, no trespassing, or something kinder perhaps, I’ve seen some creative ones, ( invitation required) usually works.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        That sounds like a good solution, John. A neighbor once walked through the back door into the kitchen and caught me in my slip. I was mortified, and plenty annoyed. I put a note on the back porch: “Please use front door!” — and it mightily offended ANOTHER neighbor who always came to the back door. I will try an actual sign! Thanks very much!

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      • Bethany Otto says: 3511 comments

        Our local Victorian showplace has had to put a chain with a no trespassing sign across the opening in its gorgeous cast iron fence for this very reason. I can’t believe people’s self-centeredness in approaching a private home as looky-loos.

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    • Mary C. says: 164 comments

      Wow, Daughter of George! This is not a good problem although it speaks to your home’s attractiveness. I know nothing about the traditions of southern hospitality but I know that here in the Northeast people entering one’s home without permission is a big no-no. Safety concerns come first. Assuming the locks stop people when they’re used, can you post a placard on the door or near the walkway for when you might forget to lock? “Closed to visitors” might do it. Or a velvet rope between porch posts. Maybe this is a sign that you could start a profitable side-hustle and schedule paid tours!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I was thinking the same Mary. A “nice” sign about it being a private home or a “this is a private home so don’t come the hell in” grouchy kind of sign. Or “We charge $100 per person for tours.” 😀

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        • Reneau de Beauchamp says: 51 comments

          Well I’ve tried all types of signage & notes, from courteous to snarky. Nothing stops them because they’ll say, “Oh, I didn’t see that”. Something has gone horribly wrong with today’s socio-cultural mores in respecting private property. And by the way, I once confronted a group of five in my hall by retorting, “Tours are $5 each”. When they coughed up the money, what could I do but take them through. You’re right, I need to raise my prices.

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        • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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          1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

          Hi Kelly! Sounds like a discreet but clear sign might be a good solution. I wish I had thought of the $100 tour the day a bunch of ladies “from off” rang the bell. I was working at home, and although I was in my pajamas, I was in the middle of a long-distance call. The women wanted to talk about the house, saying there is one in California that is very similar. Looking back, I wish I knew what house, but I was thoroughly stressed that morning. Didn’t help that one lady gave me a nasty look as they were leaving!

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        I love the velvet rope, Mary! And also your idea of paid tours. Thanks!

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      I’ve heard of this happening to others. Some friends of mine in Eureka Springs, Arkansas had this problem. Eventually they put up a smallish sign by their doorbell that said “private property, please respect it”. Incidentally that home was shown on OHD in 2016.

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    • Rob says: 39 comments

      Being a very private person, I keep a framed message hanging on my door stating: this door is answered for invited guests only. I suggest also adding something indicating it is a private residence. Depending on your degree of concern, you may also mention calling 911 or a larger sign in the yard indicating private residence no trespassing.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Thanks Rob, the private residence sign might work well in my case, because some of the tourists who see the NRHP plaque think that if a place is on the register, it “belongs to the people”!

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    • Reneau de Beauchamp says: 51 comments

      Oh can I ever sympathize with your plight – I have exactly the same problem with my 166 year old cottage (also in a small SC town). During Thanksgiving dinner I had to run off intruders taking selfies on my front portico. While like you most are ‘from beyond’, a near equal number of locals like to send or even bring their guests by to take photos – and I’m not talking from just the street or sidewalk. God forbid I have my entry door open to let in fresh air; they assume that’s an invitation. A few I’ve caught in my yard snatching flowers, or saying (with clippers in hand) they just had to have a cutting of this lovely bush.
      Others in my area only solved their similar issues when fencing was installed. How I respond greatly depends on my mood at the time. On most occasions I’ve attempted politeness in explaining this is private not public access property. In different cases, depending on their attitude, I’ve descended to outright rudeness to run them off. In either situation the unwelcome visitors often become hostile that I’m not grateful for their interest. One even snapping smartphone photos as they walked away of the crazy man in his bathrobe with shaving cream on his face ranting & waving his arms when finding them in his bedroom. I could go on and on venting, but am veering away from your question on what to do. I have to agree with my neighbors, you’ll never stop the problem until you erect appropriate style fencing or some type of barricade plantings. In the interim perhaps we could exchange examples of “You wouldn’t believe”…..

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Oh my gosh Reneau, we could exchange some stories! It sounds like your place is especially attractive, both with the house and pretty garden. That’s incredible that “visitors” actually breached your bedroom!

        My town has a barbecue festival that is the bane of my existence, because it’s spread out over a weekend. Some people buy their food and picnic on my lawn, which hasn’t been bad because they clear away their trash. But one year there were people on the porch taking pictures through the windows, and being pretty aggressive. And while I don’t have a garden, I do have pecan trees, and some people come and pick up nuts.

        There used to be a wrought-iron fence, so I’m hoping that putting one in might create at least a better sense of boundary. Also some fast-growing hedges. And maybe actually holding paid tours once or twice a month would scare people off!

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        • Reneau de Beauchamp says: 51 comments

          To the absolute boredom of other readers, we could endlessly swap tales of touristy terrorism. I empathize with your BBQ scenario, as similar happens to me when ‘cross the street’ churches host festivities. Keep us all updated on your proactive privacy progress.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Heheheh. It’s funny you should mention that particular problem. I’ve often thought about sharing this story, but always ended thinking – naaaaaah. Buuuut, since you mentioned it, I would have to suggest that you do your best to avoid physical intrusions, but try to embrace those who just want to have a lookie loo from outside because the results of trying to “shoo” people away can be DISASTEROUS! Submitted for your consideration one VERY anti-social old lady and her pal who bought and are restoring one VERY visable, very spectacular, very beautiful mansion in Huntsville, AL. After they moved in a few years ago and discovered that the house was a magnet for our curious sort who just want to gawk and take a picture or two, their reaction was to holler and scream at people, throw things, and even turn the hose on folks! BAD IDEA. Soon thereafter, the local high school kids found out about the “crazy old witch” they started taunting her MERCILOUSLY! There are all kinds of articles, videos, etc. available on line detailing the whole sad story. Just google “Kildare Huntsville” on google and youtube for the links. Here are a few off the top:

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

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYN_6cJxHXA

      Oh brother! 🙂

      Here are some interior pix of the AMAZING HOUSE I gathered in galleries a few years ago; before the “witch” moved in:

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/regulusalpha/galleries/72157630101137580/

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/regulusalpha/galleries/72157630030376573/

      I could spend the whole day filling up this threads with links about this, so if further interested, Google is your friend. 😉

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Poor lady, that could easily be me. I’d have a bad day and start screaming at people and it’d be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and then I’d be known as the crazy lady.

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      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        Oh my Lord — that IS a gorgeous house! And I feel for the lady who has to put up with such aggression. In this day and age of social media, your advice to not respond in kind is wise indeed.

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        Oh my gosh, Kildare is gorgeous. I hope the crazy lady and her equally aggressive partner haven’t destroyed the interiors.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          No doubt! There were rumors a while back that they were completely stripping the whole place down to the studs. Fortunately I do not believe that turned out to be the case. 🙂

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      • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        What an incredible, beautiful and quirky house. Thank you for sharing this.
        Although I don’t think I would act like this woman, clearly by all the videos on Youtube this happens to them all the time and those filming want a reaction. Everyone needs to just leave them alone.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Sad thing is that none of that stuff happened until the lady started aggressively lashing out at people for just walking up the public street to have a look and take a photo. She was initially, illegally, harassing people who never even touched her property. That is what brought about the backlash of taunts and provocations. She was demanding that people not even LOOK at her house from the public right of way; up to and including throwing things and spraying them with a hose, while they just stood in the street! I’m sorry, but if you’re that anti-social and hysterical it’s probably better to NOT move into a highly visible local landmark. Nawmsayin? 😉 Heheheh

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    • Ross says: 2455 comments

      This happened to me all the time with my 1894 house. Once, I walked into the foyer and had a heart-attack upon discovering five women standing there. “Hi! We just wanted to look around!”

      I have learned to keep ALL the doors locked 24/7. And when people are working on the house I tell them: “Lock yourself in!”

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      • Ross,
        Thank you so much for having us Restoring Ross blog readers over to The Cross House for Family-of-Choice Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. You are the epitome of a kind and gracious host. It is a memory that I will cherish forever. Next time you are in Abilene, please stop by so you can ride Fluffy the Saintly Arabian.

        Y’all, the photos of The Cross House do not do her justice. She is even more magnificent in person. This may sound kind of woo-woo, but The Cross House has a noticeably warm, welcoming personality/vibe/aura.

        I am deeply in love with the mid-century pink and grey bathroom in the basement. And the dining room chandelier. And your turquoise library. And the most soothing room in the house (so far), the front parlor. And the porch ceilings. And. And. And…

        It was my first time in Emporia. The downtown is a jewel

        W/r,
        Amber

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    • Peg says: 60 comments

      I could not even imagine this happening! I am in the Philadelphia, Pa area. However, when I go to Cape May, NJ, I see many of the fine Victorians, nestled between the B&B’s with “Private Residence” signs on their gates. If polite signs don’t seem to be a good deterrent, what about a “beware of dog” sign? people usually notice those!

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    • Barbara V says: 1021 comments

      Here in the Northeast, that is NOT done. In fact, in some areas, such behavior would be met by an owner with a firearm. I’d hate having to keep my doors locked, but how about an attractive fence with a locked gate? Good luck!

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      • Oldhousejunkie says: 4 comments

        This thread reminds of why I love this OHD site. Walking the neighborhood peering into peoples homes could not only irritate the homeowners but even get you arrested. Thanks, Kelly for allowing me to see so many wonderful homes and keeping me out of jail!

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    • CharlestonJohn says: 1121 comments

      My wife had some man walk up behind her when she was home alone watching TV soon after we’d moved in. We’d owned the house for about 18 months prior to getting it good enough to occupy, so I guess he thought it was still vacant. The South is all about hospitality, but most people have guns. Not a good idea at all. Now the doors stay locked, and the alarm system announces when a door is opened even when it isn’t armed.

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      • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        I am astonished at how many of you have had this experience. I would never, ever walk into anyone’s house no matter how spectacular. I have lived in very old homes for most of my life and have never had this happen. I might just pee myself if I found a bunch of strangers in my entrance way.

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        • Melissa says: 238 comments

          I have had all of these things happen at every home I’ve lived in – people appearing in the yard as early as 6:30AM – and I am still SHOCKED at the paucity of some of my “visitors”.

          In one neighborhood, I had a regular “visitor” who just wanted to see the view (from my back yard) during her morning walk – the view was the same from the road, about 50′ further from our driveway. I figured out where she lived and treated myself to a cup of coffee and a look through a magazine she’d left on her back porch. She was appalled… and I was successful. Believe me, it took a lot for me to get to that point and do that!

          In Florida, my home was a stand out in our neighborhood (mostly b/c we painted it bright yellow) and I would find high end fashion shoots, family reunion portraits, selfies, wedding photos and impromptu dinner parties in my front yard (we had a small picnic table with an umbrella near the front door) all without anyone asking! People who owned nurseries thought nothing of coming into my back yard and cutting down the seeds from desirable trees and I once had gypsies try to sell me the oranges from my own tree (which they had picked every singe orange from).

          Here at “Falling Down Farm”, we had a rather extensive first project on the house so it was wrapped in tarps – apparently this means “vacant” to locals (who mostly live behind gates) because I was awoken one morning (sleeping in because I was sick) by several ladies who decided to do a walk through – these weren’t neighbors! The contractors didn’t let anyone in after that, they’d thought the ladies were my interior designers (which one of them was a designer so she likely led them to believe it).

          Another time, I looked out the window of my den to see an older lady, parked in my neighbor’s drive, standing through her sunroof to get photos of my back yard and garden! I calmly walked out and asked what she was doing and she admitted that she was taking photos for an organization that had decided to give us an award.

          The best sign I ever saw was “Private Property : Good Dog, Bad Shot, Better Not”

          For the OP, you would be far within your rights to lock the front gate , or put a sign that says “private” on your walk way, and another at your porch entrance.

  20. Milie Williams says: 8 comments

    By of the day, 160 G, down from 200 G a couple of years ago. Nice little town, this house looks like it’s in really decent shape, I’ve not been inside but looks like someone is living in it. I want this one so bad but need to stay where I am for the horses and dogs….
    https://www.proffittrealestate.com/401_north_main.html

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  21. CocoaG says: 72 comments

    This home in Lakeland, Florida is a 1955 Ranch that looks like nothing much has changed since 1955. Super cool gray and pink bath.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/838-W-6th-St-Lakeland-FL-33805/47337885_zpid/

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    • Paulthedreamer says: 35 comments

      This looks like a movie set. It will be a shame if someone rips out the decor to “modernize.” Incredible!

    • Cathy F. says: 2208 comments

      This style of house is not my thing, but… I totally agree about the bathrooms, esp. the pale pink & gray one! Pretty! ??

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    • SueSue says: 1127 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      The decor of this era is not to my liking but I am like a kid in a candy store with all the bells and whistles they put into these homes. Truly, if I was to buy such a place the only things I would replace would be anything that wasn’t vintage.

  22. SandyF says: 134 comments

    My 1915 Craftsman was on a home tour of our historic neighborhood a few years ago. Even with many docents watching, someone turned on our heater ( wall thermostat)
    I never use it-and there is some furniture placed in front of some of the vents. And some staged for the tour.
    The house was so hot (it was a hot day too) and one piece of furniture with stereo equipment was almost too hot to touch. I felt so bad for the tour attendees as my house was hot! Note to anode-put tape over heater wall thermostats! Crazy people!

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  23. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    Baker City is east Oregon. Dry, colder winters, big open skies, clean water and air.

    This house is a hum dinger…

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2333-Main-St_Baker-City_OR_97814_M17736-27734#photo0

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    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Hi Tommy,
      Baker City (an old gold mining town in the high desert plains of Eastern Oregon) does indeed have a fine collection of vintage homes. I’ve visited the town twice and found places to photograph that were outstanding. The old Carnegie library is the only one I’ve ever seen built of local volcanic basalt. A c. 1885 iron fountain graces the courthouse grounds. Perhaps the most impressive is the Geiser Grand Hotel which opened in Nov. 1889 during the gold mining era. It was resurrected about two decades ago and is a rare survivor. Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geiser_Grand_Hotel Were it not for the remoteness of Baker City I think the town would have been far larger but a harsh summer and winter climate both preserve and hinder growth in the town. Like the much larger Spokane north of Baker City in Washington State, housing prices here are far lower than along the coastal areas along the Pacific. One great asset for Baker City is Interstate 84, the main highway connecting Portland with points to the east like Boise Idaho. In the old days, Baker City was a critical railroad center as well as a profitable gold mining region. Tourism has grown substantially in recent decades due the numerous well preserved period homes and buildings in town. I was truly honored when a local tourism bureau asked if they could use some of the Baker City photos I had taken for their use. Here’s the Flickr album they came from if anyone wishes to see them: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157621927416704 This Italianate style home is typical of the nicer period homes in town. If nothing else, if your travels ever take you by Baker City, stop and take a look around-you won’t be disappointed if you have any interest in the past.

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      • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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        New Orleans, LA

        Wow John, you’re not kidding. Baker City is a charming town. What a nice inventory of old homes and commercial structures.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Love that they restored all of the original windows and storms instead of replacing them with plastic. Makes a HUGE difference! Thanks’

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  24. CoraCora says: 2064 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Gorgeous Spanish-style home. The giant spider hanging in the dining room, although fabulous, would freak me out during dinner:

    Tucson, AZ:
    https://zm.zillow.com/homedetails/59827185_zpid/

  25. JpdillonJpdillon says: 42 comments
    1965 Levitt House
    Stony Brook, NY

    Man, I’m sorry about the loss Kelly. This site has been my favorite thing to browse since I discovered it, and whatever happened, I’m just glad my favorite site is still alive and kicking.

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend, my fellow US Citizens!

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  26. cheryl plato says: 176 comments

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I have just a few to share.
    1768 in NH,got to scroll past the scenery, funny one pic the teenager didn’t want to get out of bed
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2-Ireland-Rd_Henniker_NH_03242_M31855-86538#
    1800 NH the google street view is so lovely
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/34-Prospect-St_Hopkinton_NH_03229_M35400-62874#
    Love this 1875 in WV. Seems like a bargain.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/301-S-Maple-Ave_Martinsburg_WV_25401_M40746-55078#
    1860 WV farmhouse in pretty setting
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2417-Vineyard-Rd_Falling-Waters_WV_25419_M34135-55332#photo0
    1826 NH some additions, remuddling, but a beautiful curb appeal setting
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/135-Sawmill-Rd_Hillsboro_NH_03244_M32109-67336#photo0
    Kelly I tried to find that house in Clare today,on google maps, had NO luck.
    Everyone enjoy your weekend!

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  27. Barbara V says: 1021 comments

    Here is a gorgeous, unique and beautifully landscaped 1904 Arts and Crafts is Salem, VA, with LOTS of pictures, plus historical info:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/710-Beech-Rd-Salem-VA-24153/79270727_zpid/

    An 1865 (?) inn in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/119-Journey%27s-End-Dr-Independence-VA-24348/2098097869_zpid/

    And wrapping up our tour of Virginia, an 1893 Queen Ann in New Castle, largely renovated, but far from ruined:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/417-Main-St-New-Castle-VA-24127/96642258_zpid/

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  28. Barbara V says: 1021 comments

    Oops! Cannot leave Virginia without including this 1873 Queen Ann B&B on 12 acres in Clifton Forge:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6209-Longdale-Furnace-Rd-Clifton-Forge-VA-24422/107808480_zpid/

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  29. Request for Advice

    Hello, fellow OHD’ers! I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday.

    I’m going TDY (I’m a civilian DoD employee) to Fort Polk, LA tomorrow; I’ll be there for a month. I’ll have my own transportation and will have weekends off.

    Question: What old-house-related things should I go see during my time off, ideally within a 2-hour drive from Fort Polk? I enjoy house museums and living history. Also, what shouldn’t I go see (i.e, not worth the trip)?

    Thank you all for taking the time to read my post. Any advice or guidance is greatly appreciated.

    W/r,
    Amber

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Hey Amber,
      While you’re at Fort Polk I would suggest checking out the National Landmark Historic District of Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish) and the Alexandria Garden District. Also, if you go to Alec (the locals nickname for the city) check out Kent Plantation. You might check and see if Hodges Gardens is having their holiday display, but I believe a budgetary crisis might have closed them. If Lake Charles is close enough to you they’ve some lovely old homes as does DeRidder, about 30 miles from the base. You should see Houmas House too if it’s not too long a drive.
      Happy viewing!

      Grant

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      • californianinkansas says: 106 comments

        Mr. Grant,
        Thank you for such a lovely detailed reply. THAT’S how you pronounce Natchitoches! I’m planning to go to Natchitoches this weekend, and the Kent Plantation next weekend. I’ll look into the Houmas House.
        Thank you, again!
        Best,
        Amber

  30. Lancaster John says: 845 comments

    Here is a gothic Ironmaster mansion in Cornwall, PA (google Cornwall Furnace, a revolutionary war-era iron furnace museum) that is in foreclosure. I knew the people who lived here and visited this home before it was sold to the current owners. The size of the rocks in the walls is amazing. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/137-Furnace-St-Lebanon-PA-17042/86525653_zpid/?fullpage=true

    And a simple Italianate just down the street from me. Has a nice barn in the back, Rosewater. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2108-Marietta-Ave-Lancaster-PA-17603/9718225_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      Both of those are winners but I’d love to get hold of that Gothic beauty.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice barn for sure John – thank you. 🙂

      I remember the Furnace St. house only too well. It crossed my radar when your friends sold a few years ago. There was a whole series of really great, VERY ATMOSPHERIC, night time, listing pic shots taken of all the great details of this house, as well as of all of the beautiful things they had in it. I’m sure I sent Kelly the link, (in the days even before the old share forum), but I can’t remember if she posted them or not, (and now can’t check since the archive is down). I MAY have clipped them myself, and may still have those pix on an old hard drive. I’ll check when I get home. It really is SUCH a great house, but I almost didn’t recognize it all empty and forlorn, and in the day time, all devoid of the romance and the thrill of the old, years ago listing pix. Hope I can find them. Bet it was fun to spend time there back in it’s halcyon days.

      This still extant listing from before it went into foreclosure has some much better pix than the current, lifeless, bank pix:
      https://www.weichert.com/73864498/

      • Lancaster John says: 845 comments

        Would love to see those photos…I checked our local MLS but the listing photos there (from when it sold in 2007 for $725,000) are rather pedestrian, although they do have furniture pictured. It is currently active for sale in our MLS at $619,000 but I can’t find it on any of the public sites that I could link to.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Rats! I didn’t clip the pix. It would have had to have been listed after early 2011, when I really started paying attention to national listings. I can see it well in my minds eye. It made a remarkable impression that’s for sure.

  31. StevenFStevenF says: 820 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Hello! I finally have recovered from my thanksgiving feast enough to rouse myself out of my turkey coma to share a few homes with you alL..

    A diminutive MCM at a nice price in NC.
    https://www.zillow.com:443/homedetails/1069-5th-Avenue-Ct-NW-Hickory-NC-28601/71948122_zpid/

    A NC Victorian that appears to have had its interior colonialized sometime around 1940 to a pleasing result.
    https://www.zillow.com:443/homedetails/40-Franklin-Ave-NW-Concord-NC-28025/5685730_zpid/

    A TN Victorian with unusual exterior woodwork. It’s rather blocky but not unattractive. toning down the colors might help. Lots of internal arches over the windows which are pleasing.
    https://www.zillow.com:443/homedetails/525-Cumberland-St-Harriman-TN-37748/42038149_zpid/

    A 1950s Colonial time capsule with one of those space age ovens my grandmother had.
    https://www.zillow.com:443/homedetails/603-Illinois-Ave-Dayton-TN-37321/42029469_zpid/

    And the best for last, an 1823 federal/colonial in Jackson TN. It’s been on the market a while, so apologies if it’s already been shared. Comes with a dog trot log cabin.
    https://www.zillow.com:443/homedetails/2611-Beech-Bluff-Rd-Jackson-TN-38301/41817724_zpid/

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      That Concord, NC house has lots to love about it. I agree with you that it was probably given the colonial treatment about 1940. Funny the realtor has that listed as the year built. Not with that staircase and built-ins. Even some of the mantlepieces are far older than that date.

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3511 comments

      I love the Dayton house. That is just like the kitchen I grew up with–metal cabinets, red countertops, etc. So cool! Needs some elbow grease is all.

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  32. Melissa says: 238 comments

    Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! Thank you to Kelly for hosting and managing this board and being the official Den Mother to all of us here.
    Thanks to all Patrons who help keep the board going, and to the house genealogists, researchers, restoration experts, etc. for promoting the preservation of Old Houses!

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  33. Gemma says: 112 comments

    Nelson County family of five lost their 1840 rental house in a fire on Thanksgiving eve. Newspaper story from the Ky Standard: http://www.kystandard.com/content/family-five-escapes-old-house-burns

    • TGrantTGrant says: 876 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      I’ve lived in this area for years and that is one of the less messed with Victorians. So many have been broken up and turned into apartments. Or in the previous century had been converted to boarding houses. It’s a very nice area, a little touristy but nowhere near the quarter. You do have to beware of Mardi Gras crowds in that neighborhood.

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  34. CoraCora says: 2064 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Big, BIG dramatic home. Seems like a bargain – retains some pretty cool original features. 1900 build date. Restored, it would be a swanky mansion.

    Sidney, OH:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/75115049_zpid/

  35. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    Hi All,
    To help make this Monday a little brighter for old house fans, here’s a couple of outstanding Victorians (outstanding both in style and for their exceptionally reasonable pricing) in the central Illinois town of Decatur. (population of approx. 73,000; founded in 1829) This first example is just stunning in every way: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-W-Prairie-Ave-Decatur-IL-62522/84811796_zpid/?fullpage=true A very pleasant surprise was discovered as well in the taxes…about $1,200 per year according to the listing. That is exceptionally low by Illinois standards. Not far away is this FSBO (for sale by owner) gem: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/462-W-Macon-St-Decatur-IL-62522/84812365_zpid/?fullpage=true It is just up the street from a George Barber designed home. (a match with the Jeremiah Nunan House in Jacksonville, OR) I’ve kind of been sitting on these two listings, assuming there would surely be a pending on them very soon. (or that we might sell our Texas Victorian and would become prospective buyers ourselves) I have looked into Decatur, IL, but just don’t find enough evidence of historic preservation on-going to think the town would be a good fit for us as a retirement destination. I’ve also been looking into Galesburg, IL, which seems to have a more intact historic residential district although only one Queen Anne Victorian is on the market there and it has been on and off the market for five years or more. Jacksonville remains my favorite town in the Land of Lincoln but there are no properties on the market there that match our wants. Most likely, if we can ever sell our Texas home, we will end up in Hoosierland with its lower taxes. If any Old House Dreamers buy either of these two properties please share the good news here. Good Luck!

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

      Wow, to both houses.
      Have to admit, the kitchen in the first one does nothing for me. I do love unpainted woodwork, but I gotta ask – where is the 0.1 bathroom? 😉

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      • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

        Robyn,
        Yeah, after seeing all of the period “Wow” rooms, the kitchen is a bit of a let down. However, at this low price for the property, upgrading the kitchen to match the rest of the house shouldn’t be too bad. The W. Prairie Avenue house listing shows, Bath1: Lavatory, Toilet, Shower, Tub Bath2: Lavatory, Shower, Toilet Bath3: Lavatory, Toilet.

        The West Macon Street property lists 6 bathrooms. Neither house is absolute perfection but at their low prices, there’s a lot of value for the money. Thanks for your comments and for Lancaster John’s as well.

    • Lancaster John says: 845 comments

      Both exuberant gems! Thanks for the share.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      People keep sharing that Prairie Ave house, and it’s no wonder: that place is soooooooooo choice. Looks like it’s still not too late to save the Macon St. house from the mcmansionistas. Sure hope someone does! Thanks’ John.

  36. Lottie says: 369 comments

    I love this simple house. Built c. 1838, this house has been home to a mayor, judge, senator, congressman and Baptist minister. Cool kitchen. Great price in the Silk Stocking Historical District.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/506-East-St-S_Talladega_AL_35160_M82809-11555#photo0

    Zillow has the wrong address on their site. If you want to go to street view, you must type in correct address.
    506 East St. S. NOT 506 South St. E.

  37. Michael says: 15 comments

    John Shiflet, where is your house in Texas? I have been looking in Texas, but as you well know, the property taxes are outrageous. I guess it’s okay to leave my e-mail address here. I’ve left it everywhere else! greetingsfromdixie@gmail.com

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    • John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

      Hi Michael,
      Our home is in Cowtown, better known as Fort Worth. Unless you are very comfortable with urban development, any person interested in our house and property should be aware that we are literally surrounded by a new market rate apartments project (353 units) with 3 story townhome type apartments going up now just feet away from our north and west lot boundaries. Thanks to our homestead exemption, our taxes hover around $600 yearly. I’ll leave it right here and send you a PM but it would either take a developer or a special type of owner to appreciate our place. We are within walking distance of downtown and the Historic Stockyards are a couple of blocks due north of us. Thanks for asking; perhaps I can help you to find something in Texas if you have a fairly clear idea of what you are looking for. A fellow old house dreamer just closed last week on a Dutch Colonial that was recently moved down the street to a new lot due to the apartments project.

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  38. ChrisICU says: 665 comments

    Quintessentially New England home in historic Concord Massachusetts. DIning room, Kitchen, barn are all terrific. I even like the wallpaper and color choices. Hope it’s not overly updated. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/325-Main-St_Concord_MA_01742_M43699-58937#photo22

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Choice! Very choice. Amazing trim details = wow; and love that they even included at least one pic of the barn. Thanks’ Chris

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

    Random east VA houses that caught my eye. As long as sea level doesn’t rise too fast, these could be sweet homes!

    c1915 $148K – some nice details. Love both stairs.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/25648-East-Main-St_Onley_VA_23418_M61239-09036

    c1800 $50K – really wish I could see the date on that doorknob. Older kitchen!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/30244-Bobtown-Rd-Pungoteague-VA-23422/2095911750_zpid/

    c1910 $95K – mid-reno, so some things (windows) replaced, but still nice. I think I most like the overgrown yard…
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Riley-St-Onancock-VA/107801464_zpid/

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  40. CoraCora says: 2064 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    “French Normandy Colonial”
    Neat house in Topeka:

    Topeka, KS:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/77456261_zpid/

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  41. CoraCora says: 2064 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1784. Expensive but just gorgeous:

    Charles Town, WV:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2095669779_zpid/

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  42. Anthony Bellov says: 3 comments

    Saw this house this past Tuesday (11-28-17) because I’m researching early hand-hoist residential elevators. This house is AMAZING!!!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/154-E-Grand-Ave-New-Haven-CT-06513/57958655_zpid/

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  43. Cora says: 2064 comments

    The pink bathroom is just perfect in this 1920 charmer. The landscaping features are stunning:

    Wichita, KS:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/77344770_zpid/

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