January 5, 2018: Link Exchange

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Anne M.
Bethany
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DRC
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Laurie W
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Randy C
Roger Cook
Ross
Susan from New England
ALLALASKAN
Annabelle
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stevenf

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172 Comments on January 5, 2018: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11894 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    No idea the location of this week’s house.

    Thanks to those that support OHD via Patreon or Paypal.

    One announcement…
    I’ve updated the comment policy. Most of it’s the same, added that if you are going to suggest a home is in a flood zone or has been flooded before, must provide proof. And no more rants about bad agents.

    There are reasons for the rules. It comes down to keeping OHD a place owners/agents don’t have to worry something being said that could harm a potential sale or hurt the reputation of the agent or owner, meanwhile keeping comments open so we can have fun learning about the home, history and architecture.

    And despite being lax in the link exchange before, rules will apply from now on here too.

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    • CoraCora says: 2057 comments
      OHD Supporter & Moderator

      Clinton, TN

      This is good, and you are so right!
      I also think we should not proclaim that the reason a property is inexpensive is because it’s in a “bad” or “high crime” neighborhood. Although that may be true, if someone is truly interested in purchasing a home, they will do their research. I sometimes share homes on the link exchange that I realize aren’t on 34th Street and will never make it to the home page…but there’s interesting components about it otherwise (original details to admire, history, etc).

      *steps off soapbox* ☮ ?

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      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1139 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1947 Ranch
        OR

        Well said Cora. If you’re planning on looking at a home from OHD, it’s your responsibility to do due diligence. Well, actually that applies no matter where you get the house info, lol!

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      • Allison says: 36 comments

        A perfect example is Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids, MI. What was once a prominent neighborhood for the furniture trade, etc turned into a high-crime neighborhood and the homes were turned into multiple apartments. In the late 60’s, it only took 1 homeowner with a dream to purchase a once beautiful home and restore it to its former glory. After that, the love grew to bring the wonderful homes back and we now have the Heritage Hill Assoc.

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  2. BugLadyBugLady says: 71 comments

    Gloucester, MA. Steps from the beach. My SO’s mothers home. She is trying to sell this. I spent some time in it this summer. Nice place. Big. Sunroom is nice.
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/12-Barberry-Way_Gloucester_MA_01930_M35263-75757

    Bucyrus,OH

    I love the look of this home. I want it. But no homes for me right now. 🙁
    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/582-S-Walnut-St_Bucyrus_OH_44820_M47372-17825

    Howdy all. Missed you!

    It’s so cold!!!

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    • ThadaB says: 37 comments

      What a cute, fun watercolor as the last pic!

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      • BugLadyBugLady says: 71 comments

        The watercolor was painted by the owners mother (my SO’s grandmother). It’s been in the family since early 1900’s. Not sure when exactly but I believe the family is the second to own it.

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    • tess says: 306 comments

      Love the old beach house with room for everyone to stretch out.

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    • Sherrie says: 1 comments

      Love that house ! It is amazing how location drives a price. If that home were near my downtown area it would be closer to $200,000.

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    • Sharon says: 192 comments

      Ohio home is straight out of my dreamland things.

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    • Gina S. says: 24 comments

      Great classic, New England summer house! and Good Harbour Beach is probably my all time favorite beach, just stunningly beautiful, and the house is sooo close to it! Gloucester is such a great little town, if I had the money, I’d jump at this one!

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      • BugLadyBugLady says: 71 comments

        Well, if you want to know more or know someone who would be interested let me know. I’m trying to help them out as best I can.

        I have no interest in living in Massachusetts. I don’t think I could drive there without losing my mind.

        Also, if you’re in New England stay warm out there! I just heard that wind chills in New Hampshire are down to -100 F!!! Holy crapola!

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        • Gina says: 24 comments

          No problem! I’ll keep it in mind if I hear of anyone looking for a summer house. We’ve all got serious cabin fever right now, and I live for the day I can sell my stupid sno-blower, and stop wiping out on the ice in the driveway! I even managed to lose my almost new iPhone in the blizzard the other night. Ugh!!!

  3. CharlesB says: 481 comments

    Greek Revival in Derby, Connecticut–Built by Merritt Clark in 1840 facing the 17th-century town green, it has been occupied and gently upgraded by his descendants down to the present day:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/14-Clark-St_Derby_CT_06418_M32825-16449

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      That looks like a very small kitchen for such a big house, but maybe it’s just the photography . . . wait, BLUE BATHROOM . . . all is forgiven! Love it!

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    • CharlesB says: 481 comments

      Oops–apologies! That house was for sale for something like 147 days, and then an hour after I posted it–POOF!–“Off Market.”

      Here’s another–a Gatsby-type estate in Wellsville, NY (unfortunately the pics don’t really show the setting: perched at the top of a hill, 500 feet or more back from the street, with a curving drive accentuated by stone retaining walls):

      https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/35-N-Highland-Ave_Wellsville_NY_14895_M38685-12328

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      • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

        Totally smitten! What a lovely house! I even like the kitchen as-is. It looks full of light and peaceful. Of course, I’m blocking out the fact that it’s probably buried under snow and -20 right now . . .

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1060 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      I LOVE the Derby house !!! That’s the prettiest and sweetest home and looks so lovingly cared for. Everything about it is special. Especially the bathroom 🙂

  4. Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

    “11,000 square feet of rustic elegance,” the agent’s description of this 1856 estate in the White Mountains, set in unbeatable scenery. Some Stickley, some Tudor, some “updating,” not a lot of rustic-ness. All interesting. I’d live happily in one of the guest houses.
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/NH/pmf,pf_pt/house_type/2094887302_zpid/39_rid/Historic-Homes-_att/globalrelevanceex_sort/45.652448,-68.615113,42.330123,-74.520264_rect/7_zm/

    1860 Greek Revival, bargain for size & acres, and you get the antiques (per HistoricProperties.com listing) plus a little…er… SNOW. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3604-Lee-Street-Rd-Americus-GA-31709/105384590_zpid/

    Greek Revival with Victorian “fixes” that I’d take out. Nice house as is, though, with a comfortable historic feeling. https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/NH/pmf,pf_pt/house_type/86825992_zpid/39_rid/Historic-Homes-_att/globalrelevanceex_sort/45.652448,-68.615113,42.330123,-74.520264_rect/7_zm/2_p/

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    • tess says: 306 comments

      Greek Revival is lovely. Always amazes me how someone can live in 4000sf with only one bathroom. I need a 1000sf bathroom!

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    • Nancygirl says: 170 comments

      I love this house! I would be happier in one of the guest cottages, tho. The scenery is wonderful. The big house would make a wonderful bed and breakfast, or a hotel.

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    • BugLadyBugLady says: 71 comments

      That first one had me at wine!

      I absolutely love that setting. So lovely. I miss trees…

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    • SueSue says: 1142 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh my the The Bemis Cottage Estate is amazing. I mean really, you have a steam engine that comes to you! Certainly it is set up like a B&B or Inn already. And wow, what a beautiful spot it is all in. Great find. I looked at it over and over. Here is more about it if anyone wants to look more. https://thebemiscottage.com/

      The Greek Revival is uber romantic. While looking at it I felt as if I would have to walk across the floors barefoot since it looks so quiet and sleepy.

      I am always partial to homes in CT. I would leave it as it is since I like any drama Victorian touches offer.

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  5. holly gillette says: 6 comments

    Hi all,
    I love looking at the houses that are posted on this site. Thanks so much to all who participate. Browsing these homes is a new habit of mine that is quickly becoming an obsession! I spotted this beauty which is located in NY and I was wondering if this style of home typically has such ornate stained glass in the front door? Would these windows be original?
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/16-Clinton-Ave_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M31964-39244#photo1

    Thank you all for your input.

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    • Scott Cunningham says: 392 comments

      Fairly common for the upper end homes. I know I’m hoping to add in some similar doors between my vestibule and foyer at some point. There are numerous other pieces of stained glass (oval window, transom windows) that appear to be a bit above and beyond the normal colored glass type that psses for stained glass in most homes of this ere. Also, details like the inlaid woodwork and other small tells seem to point to a home that was once owned by people with both taste and means. Would be interesting to hear the story of this place.,

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      • SueSue says: 1142 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1802 Cape
        ME

        Holly, what a beautiful house. When I clicked on the VR tour it too me to the realtor site. Wow, who knew Fort Plain had so many beautiful old homes for sale.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2240 comments

      My *guess* is yes. But others here are a whole lot more knowledgable than I am. Beautiful glass, at any rate! And think I saw an owl centered in a hall window; cool!

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    • Randy C says: 454 comments

      I am certainly not an expert, but I believe the door windows are original based on the other stained glass pieces in the house. They are all beautiful.

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      • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

        I concur with others about the high quality and original appearing stained glass windows. New York City was the epicenter of Victorian era decorative arts in the second half of the 19th century with such illustrious firms as L.C. Tiffany and Herter Brothers based there. Scores of other high end NYC firms produced fine art glass, exquisite millwork, and tilework. The renowned art tile firm of American Encaustic Tiling company had their showrooms in NYC. Here’s one of their catalogs: (Internet Archive) https://archive.org/stream/artistictiles00amer#page/n0/mode/2up In summary, such luxurious decor was readily available generally in the northeast but especially in major cities. I’m almost certain this house was architect designed; perhaps by one of the talented architects working in the region like Archimedes Russell, or several others active at the time.
        Before I end, the oval stained glass window above the staircase is truly exceptional with its “Aesthetic Movement Wise Owl” design. The peak of the Aesthetic Movement decorative arts fad was from the late 1870’s to about 1885 and because it was embraced most avidly by the well to do, there’s not a lot remaining from this short-lived “movement”. The artistic principles of the Aesthetic Movement were imported from Great Britain with its chief spokesman, Oscar Wilde, even coming to the states in the early 1880’s to lecture, spread, and educate the public about this fleeting artistic movement. I can almost count on one hand the number of “Aesthetic” themed homes I’ve seen. Wonderful house, overall.

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    • JimHJimH says: 4953 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks for posting, Holly! In the same neighborhood are a few homes with equally fine or better stained glass, all built in the same period. The Smith house at 7 Waddell has astonishing doors with the owner’s initials. Some of the best stained glass I’ve seen in homes is from the 1880’s Aesthetic Period.
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2015/04/09/1886-queen-anne-fort-plain-ny/
      https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-Waddell-Ave_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M31961-78382

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      Wow, that’s some of the prettiest residential stained glass I’ve ever seen! Stunning! And that last bathroom which looks original is soooooo coooooool!

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    • Ross says: 2458 comments

      Hi, Holly!

      Yes, the stained glass appears original.

      The house is a treasure, albeit a bit smothered by later “updates”.

      What a knock-out the house could be again!

      And I would kill for the two, likely original, gas/electric chandeliers!

    • says: 167 comments

      Wow, Holly! Took my breath away!

  6. MsPrufrock says: 3 comments

    I’m not sharing a house, but rather information on a show currently airing on the BBC about the history of older homes – http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/01/a-house-through-time . I haven’t watched the first episode yet but I’m sure just as this is very much in my wheelhouse, I imagine this is true of many of you as well. It would be great if eventually there was a US version!

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  7. MW says: 878 comments

    So agents that appear to be terrible and lazy don’t like being called out for being terrible and lazy, lol? Not surprising of course.

    Regardless, yes, best to just keep things here focused positively on the architectural and historical aspects, steer clear of the drama and potential lawsuits.

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  8. Cathy F. says: 2240 comments

    1) 1930, neat fireplace nook, nice backyard…

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/302-Dewittshire-Rd-S-Syracuse-NY-13214/31725799_zpid/

    2) 1930, stone & wood exterior. Guess it’s a Cape with shed
    dormers, but I think “cottage” when seeing it, although it’s not all that tiny.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Chapman-Cir-Poughkeepsie-NY-12601/30107885_zpid/

  9. Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

    That sounds like a super show. Will keep an eye out for it in various places & hope it comes soon to the US too. Thank you for the heads-up!

    P.S. Comment should be under MsPrufrock — got out of order!

  10. StevenFStevenF says: 863 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Greetings from Nashville, where it has been unseasonably cold! Attached are a few 20th century finds from North and South Carolina for your viewing pleasure.

    A lovely jewel box of a home, this 1925 foreclosed upon Colonial only needs a rollback in the bathrooms to make it a great home for a lucky buyer. I love the exterior dental molding, the porte cochere, and the intact screened-in porch. No internal pictures of the porch though, sigh.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-Carn-St-Walterboro-SC-29488/75224823_zpid/?fullpage=true

    This well-built 1934 Georgian could be a true showplace with a gentle hand. Alas, no original kitchen, but much of the rest of the house lies untouched. And at this price, who could ask for more?
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-Lee-Ave-Wadesboro-NC-28170/68702414_zpid/?fullpage=true

    Put your seat belts on for this one. A big old 1924 craftsman bungalow on the outside that was radically updated to look like a 1960s ranch on the inside. The owners decorated it in the mid-sixties and lovingly maintained – no, preserved it – for the last 50 years. An amazing time capsule.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/217-Spring-St-Thomasville-NC-27360/53148734_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Lancaster John says: 780 comments

      StevenF, all great homes for different reasons, but that bungalow in Thomasville takes the cake. It’s like somebody bought a craftsman in North Carolina but really wanted to live in a Palm Springs MCM. A treat to see an interior frozen in time for 50+ years.

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      • MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 28 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1945 Craftsman
        Athens, TN

        I love the last house!! The kitchen is right out of “Happy Days”!! I remember having some of the same furniture in our house when I was growing up in Michigan. Really cool.

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    • Cathy F. says: 2240 comments

      I can’t get with the last one, but… really like the first two, esp. the second house! It had me at the entry stair hall! Actually, the first two lured me in with their exteriors.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      What a time-capsule! Small signs show that it’s truly preserved and not re-created or just back-decorated. It’s a pet peeve of mine when house are decorated in MCM furniture and called time capsules. This one is legit! Really really cool and makes me miss my Grandma!

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    • Ross says: 2458 comments

      The 1924 craftsman bungalow?

      Wow. Just wow! I am gobsmacked!

      Thanks!

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

      Like the 1st, adore the 2nd.

      As someone who admittedly isn’t a fan of MCM, I gotta wonder what the 3rd house looked like before. Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer a 50’s kitchen to McMansion stainless and granite, but basically a craftsman vanished to create a different vintage style.
      I can celebrate the preserved MCM interior, but I mourn the loss of what it replaced.

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      • BungalowGirl says: 144 comments

        RobynMe, you took the words right out of my mouth. I tried not to cover my eyes as I clicked through the pictures, not because I don’t appreciate a well-preserved MCM, but because with this one, a beautiful, warm Craftsman interior was lost. I always find myself searching frantically for any Craftsman details that might remain on a house like this…. I found three interior doors. My thoughts are that it would probably be less expensive to change the exterior to match the interior on this one to reduce the bi-polar feeling I got looking through this one. Still a nice house, just too conflicted for my taste.

    • Glenn Hahn says: 57 comments

      Lovely….these two just fuel my fire to escape the cold climate and insane property taxes of Illinois Each with enough land to build raised bed gardens…

  11. Gretchen says: 41 comments

    I am blessed to live in New Orleans where it is hard to find a single block that doesn’t include some detail that doesn’t make one’s jaw drop. You can walk the same street a myriad of times and find something new to appreciate in every instance. This house BLEW my mind when I came across the listing — not the “same old” remarkable fare to which I’ve become accustomed. Featuring a mixture of styles including Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, an amazing amount of the original features and fixtures remain intact and the ‘modern’ upgrades are minimal and tasteful, including the marble master bath with original marble steam cabinet and the service phones for the domestic help. I highly recommend the virtual tour. The listing price is also amazing which makes me suspect flood damage to the lower level but the raised living areas remained untouched if that is the case. I hope y’all enjoy as much as we have (I’ve shared with others locally who were equally amazed). The municipal is 4506 Canal. Happy 2018 to all!

    http://www.idxre.com/homes/150/65396/4506-CANAL-ST-NEW-ORLEANS-LA-70119/2132027

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 804 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      Gretchen,
      I posted this a few months ago as it’s one of my favorite oddball NOLA houses. Such a mix! I have many happy memories of the Centanni house Christmas displays on Canal Street. Some years ago they did a house tour here and it always amazes me how large scale and glorious this place is.

      • Gretchen says: 41 comments

        Yikes! Apologies to all for the dupe! I convinced myself I had seen all of the wonderful OHD posts and would have remembered this one (had I seen it!) – after I researched further and read the fabulous stories of the annual Christmas displays I realized I wasn’t describing the house the way it is remembered/categorized by locals – it’s “the Christmas house on Canal!” I’m sad it was before my time as it left such an impression upon everyone who had privilege to see it. Especially the year they swapped in the REAL elephant!!! Those were the days…

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    • JefsndyJefsndy says: 139 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1915 Craftsman
      Orange, CA

      This NOLA house is INSANE. The tile work, the woodwork, the kitchen…ohhhh please box it up and send it west. It is a beauty. What a treasure…thank you for sharing it. What a Saturday morning treat.

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    • Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

      That house is so super. I liked it when TGrant posted it & it’s always a pleasure to see it again. So many wonderful things in it — but the kitchen floor knocks me over. What a joy the whole place is.

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  12. Lancaster John says: 780 comments

    This Missouri Colonial Revival mega-mansion was on OHD before — unsure if Kelly featured it or if it was just in the Friday links. Anyway, it used to be nearly a million. Now it is new to the market at only $358,000, somewhere around $30 a square foot. It’s lost some of the acreage along the way, but still sits on a respectable 8 acres. A quick google search will bring up the old listing and some old listing videos, which show it with furnishings. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/18708-Highway-W_Clarksville_MO_63336_M80464-18742?ex=MO628211447

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  13. FlaOHDJunkie says: 150 comments

    Love those Carolina postings StevenF.

    Bet this one doesn’t stay on market long in Natchez at this price:

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Natchez-MS/pmf,pf_pt/house_type/126465430_zpid/12909_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/31.876391,-90.844574,31.24803,-91.782532_rect/9_zm/

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    • Glen says: 59 comments

      Really like this, not so sure about the bathroom though, accident waiting to happen there, step back to far and down you go. Tub would be the first thing i rip out.

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    • Teri R says: 286 comments

      GREAT price for all of this! The bathroom is jarring but again, the price is amazing! Great front door and many period touches. FlaOHDJunkie, thanks for posting!

  14. FlaOHDJunkie says: 150 comments

    Rose Hill Plantation in Thomaston, Ga has been on site before and now listed as archived, but still shown for sale on Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Worth another look:
    https://www.georgiatrust.org/historic-properties/thomaston-c-1850/

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  15. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I think this may have been on the site before. It’s lovely. I like the old photo that’s included in the listing, too.

    Boykins, VA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/117841543_zpid/

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  16. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This has too fabulous a story not to share. What a view…

    Corolla, NC:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2092199597_zpid/

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    • Gretchen says: 41 comments

      Oh my goodness…wouldn’t care if it was a garden shed (with running water!) if it meant owning/having access to that slice of paradise with the ponies. What a dream come true opportunity for us who fell in love with the books on Chincoteague and Assoteague (sp?!!) ponies as young girls. Wow!!!

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    • Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

      I’d buy anything offered just to live by the sea among those horses! Heaven.

  17. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Oh gosh. That little kitchenette…

    If I Win Powerball I Shall Buy This.

    Brunswick, GA:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2143042834_zpid/

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  18. Piney says: 21 comments

    Large, lovely 1910 house in North Carolina, in need of some TLC.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/506-E-3rd-Ave-Red-Springs-NC-28377/78344117_zpid/

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      While I fear the creepy crawlies in the overgrown North Carolina weeds, I would brave it for this fantastic house! wow wow wow!

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      • Ashley403 says: 79 comments

        Hi Bethany
        The creepy crawlies would not bother me as much as in the first picture the women dressed in black standing in the front door. I used to do what today is called Urban Exploring till seeing something similar later in the pictures ended it for me, just saying.

    • Jayl65Jayl65 says: 16 comments

      I grew up in the next town over from this house. Red Springs was a health resort town based around the mineral springs in the 1800’s. Flora McDonald College was a prominent women’s college was there established in 1896. Widowed Elizabeth McLean McCormick moved to Red Springs in 1908 and contracted noted architect James M McMichael to design this home so the family could live close to the women’s college. It has been purchased and it’s restoration can be followed at the following link on Facebook.
      https://www.facebook.com/Red-Springs-NC-Historic-Home-Restoration-436801699984205/?rc=p

      • Piney says: 21 comments

        The listing is only a few days old; I assume they’ve put it back on the market? It’s a shame if they were unable to finish its restoration.

      • Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

        There’s a great deal worth preserving & restoring in that house. All the arches strike me as unusual for the period and they add much grace, starting with the front door and moving inward.

    • Barbara V says: 882 comments

      Wow, this house has completely captivated me… Looks like it was on the market, then off, then on again a year later. Old listing seems to show some significant interior water issues, still evident on the exterior… I wonder if the higher current price reflects that the source of the problem has been addressed…? If anyone reading this, including the owner, has any information, I would surely love to know more. With the sub-zero temps here in NY, I am thinking a road trip may be in order…

  19. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 458 comments

    Here is a really nice Queen Anne. When I first saw this home many years ago, I thought it would be gone by the end of the year its condition was so rough:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/203-Union-Ave_Saratoga-Springs_NY_12866_M47606-32454?cid=dsp_forsale_gdn_retarget_dpa&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIroHWy9y_2AIVAoxiCh1v4gOjEAEYASADEgLZg_D_BwE#photo12

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  20. Lee Ryan Coston says: 12 comments

    This house is in Des Moines, Washington – just south of the city of Seattle.
    https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/reo/d/charming-victorian-farmhouse/6441891209.html

  21. JullesJulles says: 540 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Van and I have been thinking about buying this adobe style house although there are some issues. The front porch has to be replaced, the kitchen cabinets are being taken by the family, the back wall of the house has a place where the wall has shifted four inches, forget about the mechanicals, the floors are gone, the bathrooms need gutting and last but not least the neighborhood is iffy. But….there is something very appealing about it. The family stripped most of the period hardware but the small lights left and the door is wonderful. What is your opinion? I trust what y’all have to say about it.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/414-Catalina-Ln_Alamogordo_NM_88310_M21127-27908#photo29

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    • Joseph says: 367 comments

      As a New Englander, it’s hard for me to get my head around desert area homes. Looking at the satellite view, what’s up with the duct work on the roof? Is that usual?

      • Jayl65Jayl65 says: 16 comments

        It’s very typical on older homes to have HVAC additions added to the roof through exsposed duct work. More typical would be evaporative cooling units. Or Swamp Coolers as they are locally called. These systems with a water saturated pad and fan pulling air through the pad will cool a home by 25 degrees or more. They are very effective in dry climates in the absence of humidity.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      How can people take built-in cabinetry? That’s just weird. Anyhow, from what I see it is totally worth buying and restoring, especially at that starting price. Since living in Southern California (I grew up in Illinois), I have really come to appreciate these adobe houses.

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    • BarbF says: 34 comments

      This house has a lot of personality. I really like it.

    • Anne Hamilton says: 210 comments

      Julles, Adobe’s can be fixed, get someone local who knows Adobe construction methods and can help you analized the composition of your original bricks. Just takes time and money, although you can make your own Adobe if you have the inclanation!
      I wood NOT let the owners STRIP THOSE CABINETS!
      Why are they doing that anyway? Your agent should’nt
      be letting them either. Basically, anything FULLY ATTACHED to the structure stays with the structure, and that would include the hardware they took.
      However, those can be replaced.
      It is a special Adobe, and they are getting more and more rare. So I think it is worth your efforts! All neighbor hoods have issues. In the S’west there can be pockets of poverty. My feelings are, as a participant in any neighborhood, its better to become a positive influence, and help upgrade things. Its always easy to be an isolationist.
      My G,G grangfatger built an Adobe in Safford AZ. They stand the test of time beautifully. As I am sure you already know, the mechanical need to be run internally/externaly of the bricks
      With a little investigation you can find local craftsman who can help rebuild those wall portions. I would caution you to be VERY CAREFUL and DO NOT let anyone who works on the structure add “new or modern ingredients” to your mortar
      or brick mix, these can actually become very detrimental over time, I have seen many horror stories of this. Get your original Adobe analized, try U of NM, or a local preservation society.
      I think you have a super special place there, I wish you the best, and thank you for your efforts in preserving these uniquely wonderful pieces of American Old West architecture, they are priceless!

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      • Joe says: 755 comments

        I have never heard of a listing contract that can not list exclusions. The thing is that the wise agent advises removal of the items before listing so that there is no need to have a negotiation or price reduction. Why give a prospect an opportunity to fall in love with a feature that they won’t get. Many people would look at the house with an agent, not really reading the listings exclusions until they decide to make an offer. Most of those would start out angry once they knew that something they loved was not conveying. It may also be intentionally listed that way as a negotiating tool. i.e. We could leave the cabinets for another $xx,xxx.xx on the selling price.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 863 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      I can’t speak to the condition , but I agree that it’s a pretty special place. New, period-appropriate windows would do wonders. Once the house is renovated, the furniture needs would be minimal as this type of house looks best when sparsely furnished, etc. a couch and a few pencil cactus plants and you’ll be good.

    • Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

      I’m adding my thumbs-up to this house, Julles. I hope SO much that you & Van buy it. It IS a very appealing house — its personality reaches out despite its undeserved neglect. From the attractive front porch on, the house charms. And the price can’t be beat! I second the advice not to go for removal of those super cupboards.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 863 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Wow. That New Philadelphia Home surprised! I was not prepared for the elegant woodwork and graceful proportions inside when viewing the exterior. It looks like there’s a Queen Anne buried in the back which was expanded in the early 20th century.

    • FG says: 90 comments

      That place in Truckee looks intriguing – in fact, I think it would look better if the photos hadn’t been processed… I was trying to figure out if it was inhabited or not and I think it is.

  22. Joseph says: 367 comments

    Simple and well preserved. Not the fanciest old home in Maine, but mostly authentic with a lovely setting.

    https://www.mynewcastle.com/properties/1332413/20-jones-corner-rd-newcastle-me/

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    • Laurie W. says: 1760 comments

      Yummy house.

    • JullesJulles says: 540 comments
      OHD Supporter

      What a beauty! I especially love the parlour and the beautiful paneling. Then there is the kitchen. It isn’t original but it looks like how it might have looked if they had kitchen cabinets back then. Then the house just feels like it would be so warm and cozy on a cold winter night. I think I would have to be a writer if I had that house.

  23. Julles says: 540 comments

    Believe me we freaked out a little when we saw them too. They are called swamp coolers, they use them instead of A.C.. although they put their AC’s on the roof too. The biggest shocker over here was the water. It is hard and tastes bad. It will destroy your dishes and put a white haze on everything that is like a cement haze. Wish we had rented a house with a softner and filter.

    • Anne Hamilton says: 210 comments

      Easy fix, install a water softener.
      Swamp coolers work well for that area, but Adobe’s tend to stay naturally insulated and cool.

  24. Ann Johnston says: 2 comments

    c. 1840 Greek Revival home in Upstate NY on 90 Acres! So affordable too.

    https://countryboyrealty.com/listings/201622115/

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  25. SueSue says: 1142 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Holly posted a wonderful Fort Plain, NY house and by clicking on a tour of it I clicked into the realtors site. Wow, there are a lot of old homes for sale in this area waiting to be saved. It seems there isn’t a lot of preservation going on either. (I wept a lot going through listings). I want to rescue them all. I wantd to post a few that haven’t been gutted.

    My favorite on the list is this 1800’s mansion. It has a working elevator that goes from basement to the full attic. Only, 41 dollars a square foot. Wowza

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/15-Orchard-St_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M32287-86021#photo0

    1857 Greek Revival with lots of land, a magnificent barn and a paint ball business.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/565-River-Rd_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M45660-12828#photo0

    This one is gorgeous. Historic 1865 Georgian Colonial that has had only four owners. Lovely inside and I adore that entrance with the front door leaded glass.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/15-West-St_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M32254-32147#photo26

    This is a very pretty 1837 Victorian on the outside but oh oh, the renovation bug has bitten and the paint cans came out. However, check pictures 8,9,10. Worth a look for just that.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/21-Willett-St_Fort-Plain_NY_13339_M32363-88334#photo0

    • Cathy F. says: 2240 comments

      Sue – Don’t quote me, but I *think* the first & third houses have been posted here in the past. Pic #13 of the first house, and 7 & 16 of the third house are ringing bells for me. Both beautiful houses. And agree that 8, 9, & 10 of the last one worth a look. That’s some wall of cabinetry! And a cool ceiling.
      I pass by Fort Plain a few times/year, but on the other side of the river – on the Thruway, not having a clue as to the homes across the river!

    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      The first house is yummy! I love the woodwork; I don’t know if it “should” be painted or not, but that gold color is really pretty. But why would they mention an elevator and not show it? Argh!

      • Glenn Hahn says: 57 comments

        Love the mansion as well, the inside is magnificent, and I am always amazed when I see hardwood floors with urine burns…I swear every older house I’ve owned has them, the damage animals do… SMH (I am a cat and dog owner and still don’t get it…I mean look at the craigslist free section sometime and search “cat damage” ) Any way enough of my amazement of $$$ lost and costs of those fur babies. The exterior of the Mansion, Is the brick painted? It looks like there’s been some weathering of the brick in some locations. Sure would loke to see what it loked like in its hey day.

  26. Anne Hamilton says: 210 comments

    I know we like to concentrate on great Ol’ US of A old homes and atchitectute, but for anyone looking for a vacation spot in the UK, and a good bunch of chuckles & laughes should check out this site:
    http://www.wreckoftheweek.co.uk/?m=1

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  27. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Sweet Victorian cottage in small-town Mississippi.

    Bogue Chitto, MS:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/2091802872_zpid/

  28. Debbie H says: 2 comments

    Hello, I am new to the old house world and am from California. We are looking to find an old house in a “safe” state (no hurricanes or tornadoes). Can anyone recommend such areas? Also, some snow just not blizzards would be preferred- I know were asking for the sun and moon ;). Thank you!!

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    • CoraCora says: 2057 comments
      OHD Supporter & Moderator

      Clinton, TN

      I recommend eastern Tennessee. 🙂 Close to the Smoky Mountains. You will get some snow but not much. I’ve been here since 2005, and have not seen a tornado. Having lived in Kansas all my life prior to 2005, the weather here is pretty boring.
      The scenery here is gorgeous, and there are many, many beautiful old houses.
      Good luck!

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    • Lancaster John says: 780 comments

      I’ll put in a pitch for south-central Pennsylvania. In Lancaster County, I’m 1.5 hours to Baltimore, the same to Philadelphia, 3 to New York, 2.5 to Washington…not to mention we have beautiful farms, a nice small city (Lancaster) with a good arts scene, and direct Amtrak service to Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburgh. We get snow, rarely more than 5-10 inches at a time, and our house prices are reasonable for a central East Coast location — median price in the county is around $225K.

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  29. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Many intricate original details in this smaller home (with 6 fireplaces!). The woodwork is fabulous:

    Bessemer, AL:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/1047601_zpid/

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      Oh Cora you’re killing me. I want this so bad I can taste it. I love the kitchen and bathroom. The unique cellar entrance would be inconvenient but interesting. What is that handle with a chain on the wall in that one picture (you can see the kitchen through the doorway)? And can anyone read the note that’s pictured? I can’t make it out, it’s too blurry.

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    • Teri R says: 286 comments

      Love this one Cora!

  30. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    And 2 beauties in TN:

    Huntland, TN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/41290291_zpid/

    https://zillow.com/homedetails/41290390_zpid/

  31. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    One more in TN. This is a steal.

    Decherd, TN:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/41281967_zpid/

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    • EileenM says: 290 comments

      Such a sad little house with so much potential. I hope sosmeone will buy it and gift it some love.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 804 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      Cora,
      You always post the most wonderful, cozy, small town, swing on your front porch and visit with the neighbors houses. I’m retirement area searching and I always see great location ideas from your posts! I look forward to seeing what you come up with every week. Thanks!

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    • Gretchen says: 41 comments

      Wow! The exterior 633 Fairmount certainly deceives–I never would have dreamed there could be so much “living area” from the street shots. Would love to see pics pre-modernization, as well as the blueprints–I can only imagine the fine gatherings that once took place in this grand home.

  32. chris says: 20 comments

    Some homes to look at in Cleveland Ohio Suburbs of Shaker Heights & Cleveland Heights:
    This Tudor for the fabulous 2 story living room:
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/21031-sydenham-shaker-heights-OH_rb/
    Not original…already “rehabbed” but check out the indoor pool!
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/2914-attleboro-shaker-heights-OH_rb/
    Stone Tudor…beautiful wood details:
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/2775-south-park-shaker-heights-OH_rb/
    Another Tudor, could use a little love
    https://www.zillow.com/homes/17461-shelburne-cleveland-heights-OH_rb/

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    • Bethany Otto says: 3481 comments

      Well that indoor pool is definitely not original but I sure like it. We have an indoor pool very similar in design and I am always on the lookout for pictures of what other people have done with theirs.

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    • MW says: 878 comments

      Wow, I try not to comment much on the taxes, but the ones on these 4 houses seem close to off the charts high. All 4 of them. And I’m in CA, so I am use to relatively high taxes. We have an absolute bargain compared to these, and they are locked into a low adjustment rate and don’t change much from year to year. Can anyone explain why the taxes on some of these houses seems to fluctuate so widely from year to year, as well as jump up so quickly. It must be hard to plan for not knowing what your taxes might be for the next year.

      • Ron G says: 172 comments

        Many times, an increase in property taxes can be caused by special taxing districts that have had major infrastructure improvements. This may be implemented by voter approved or some long standing policy that was put in place years earlier but the tax wasn’t use until needed. Most of these special taxing districts have sunset clauses and can be extended by the voters.

      • FG says: 90 comments

        My understanding, which could be wrong, is that Shaker Heights keeps their taxes high to provide excellent services and schools. They are also, from what I hear, persnickety when houses are sold about inspections, making sure things like cracked windows are fixed etc. I’ve had friends in some newly built not nearly as high end Chicago* suburbs who had similar taxes with nowhere near as nice a setting or school, etc.

        *Chicago itself has lower property taxes than a lot of the surrounding suburbs, especially outside of Cook County.

    • Gwenn says: 107 comments

      The last one is my favorite 🙂
      It’s also just a few blocks away from where I used to live

  33. Annie K says: 20 comments

    Hi- Happy New Year Everyone! I’m more of a looker than a poster here on OHD, but I wanted to see if anyone else has issues viewing all the listing photos on the realtor.com links? I used to have no problem, but lately I cannot get them to open. Is it me? Is my Macbook too old? Thanks in advance for any suggestions or solutions! Kelly, Thank You for this site- it is my daily decompression from my workday.

    • Polished Hippy says: 59 comments

      That Irvine Park one would be one of my dream homes. I always used to beg my parents to drive through Irvine Park when I was a kid to look at some of the oldest houses in Minnesota. Not only is it well preserved with almost all original features, but it even still has original windows and storm windows. What a rarity. Combined with the high ceilings and fantastic price (for the size and area at least) it makes me pine for my home town.

    • Gretchen says: 41 comments

      MarthAllena, thank you for sharing these St. Paul beauts! The humble twin has extraordinary gifts to offer.

  34. Anne M. says: 786 comments

    I am late to the party this weekend! I had to wait until my fingers unfroze to post, currently 0 degrees with a windchill of -18 here & of course the dog needs to go out.
    Some great houses here already, I have a couple more to add:
    Here’s a 1900 in historic Plymouth, MA:
    https://www.estately.com/MA/Plymouth#listing-20-allerton-st–2
    An 1830 brick farm house
    https://www.estately.com/MA/Southbridge_Town?max_year_built=1940&min_year_built=1800#listing-313-south-st–11
    Wonderful 10 bedroom, 7 bath mansion
    http://www.massrealty.com/hampden/springfield/home/63-Mulberry-St,-Springfield,-MA-01105/72238186/photos
    Here is a brief post about the carriage house for the above property:
    http://www.springfieldpreservation.org/63mulberry/

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  35. David McCauslin says: 68 comments

    Anyone interested in a castle house in Battle Creek, Michigan? Built in 1906, has an interesting upstairs railing! Not a bad price, either…

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3084737448-443-Main-St-Battle-Creek-MI-49014?cid=eml%7Cfsb%7Ccon_day_recprops_bk_emv2%7Cgroup_1#map

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  36. James @ HarrodsburgJames @ Harrodsburg says: 35 comments
    1810 Georgian/Greek Revival

    Love this Southern beauty, Bellevue, in Society Hill, SC. All Greek Revival details are historically intact, and could really be a show place. Outbuildings, too. The only problem is location, but that is reflected in the price.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/957-S-Main-St_Society-Hill_SC_29593_M65961-26032

    More pics from a local article about Bellevue being restored.

    https://newsandpress.smugmug.com/Bellevue-Society-Hill-SC/

    I absolutely would love to live in this historical gem and restore it to its former glory, much of which remains. Get a load of the three sash walk through windows on the ground floor.

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  37. James @ HarrodsburgJames @ Harrodsburg says: 35 comments
    1810 Georgian/Greek Revival

    Why am I not surprised your great site already had Bellevue posted. My memory is not what it was. Bellevue remains great, and those who love old houses, like me, never tire of viewing such beauty.

  38. RachelMedRachelMed says: 109 comments

    I’m really loving this house from Pittsburgh, PA. As always, I wonder about the state of the bathrooms and kitchen but the fireplaces and woodwork are so wonderful I think it makes up for anything that might be lacking or missing from those spaces.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-Highland-Ter-Pittsburgh-PA-15215/11334980_zpid/?fullpage=true

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  39. ChrisICU says: 639 comments

    Looks like this one needs a good bit of repair, but the bones are great. Larger than it appears and can’t beat the price. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/424-Main-St_Woodville_MS_39669_M76774-42348

  40. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    I was inspired to look through the Parkersburg listings after todays house posts. Found this beauty. The tower is in the back (?)
    Parkersburg, WV:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/23182037_zpid/

    And this incredible bargain, on the same street:

    https://zillow.com/homedetails/23180629_zpid/

  41. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    ?
    Marietta, OH:
    https://zillow.com/homedetails/75127805_zpid/

  42. Rachael Meyerink says: 10 comments

    I know it was built in 1974, but still… so many cool things that I hope the next owner maintains.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2800-E-Stonehedge-Ln-Sioux-Falls-SD-57103/85816121_zpid/

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  43. ChrisICU says: 639 comments

    This may just win the most unusual category building category on realtor.com. You can live in your own chest of drawers! The worlds largest chest of drawers I mean. LOL. Honestly, it’s really for sale, in a quasi-residential neighborhood and since it’s built in 1950 I guess it qualifies to be on here. You would have eternal bragging rights if you converted this to a home. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/508-N-Hamilton-St_High-Point_NC_27262_M62980-39945#photo10

  44. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Here’s a neat old 1850’s-1860’s-ish house and 4.5 acres in Indiana for under $60K: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/107-S-Monroe-St-Staunton-IN-47881/2092430249_zpid/?fullpage=true The curved winding walnut staircase is a standout feature, IMO. Stauton is about 15 miles nearly due east of Terre Haute.

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