February 22, 2019: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s old house photo comes from Toledo, Ohio. This was a stock photo, much like we have today with Shutter Stock, Pexels, Dreamstime. Typed on the back, “Photo of spray painting residence at 113th and Summit Sts., Toledo, Ohio, November 14th, 1928.” and “The porch work, very difficult to paint with a brush, was easily and quietly ? with Leviticus AV Spray gun.”

    I did not find the home at 113th and Summit because it was moved to 2726 114th around 1947 (reference link.) “1906 – John Koella, born of a gifted musical and photographic Toledo in 1874 built house at Summit and 113th. He used it for a music studio and many of the rooms were small for this reason. Many of the porches were cut off when the house was moved…”

    Map link to the current location.

    This has many similarities to a George F. Barber design, perhaps someone can verify with an illustration from one of his catalogs.

    REMINDER. Please read the rule format up top. 🙂

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    • Avatarddbacker says: 379 comments
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      1971 Uninspired split-level
      Prairie Village, KS

      They should have kept this painter coming back. Maybe the porch would have survived?

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        The porches were removed when the home was moved, not sure paint would have saved them.

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        • Avatarddbacker says: 379 comments
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          1971 Uninspired split-level
          Prairie Village, KS

          Good point – I missed that detail. Removing, moving and replacing the porches would be difficult to do economically.

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        • MichaelMichael says: 1224 comments

          Beautiful house, Kelly. It does show how important the porch was, architecturally speaking. A lot of the grandeur is lost without it!

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    • AvatarMike says: 58 comments

      There was a small record label, Spangle, run from this address in the ’50s!

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    • AvatarJean Spencer says: 63 comments

      As a housepainter, I find this picture fascinating. I was unaware that spray painting went all the way back to 1928 and probably earlier. The scaffolding was not state of the art, however!

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    • AvatarJenni says: 1 comments

      This looks so much like our house in Omaha, Nebraska!! The Smyth House. http://www.facebook.com/thesmythhouseomaha

      We have long suspected our home might be a George Barber design. But, to date, we have found no proof of the architect or designer.

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      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments

        Oh you’re right, i can see similarities too! Your house is so gorgeous!! Great job!

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      • Christopher R DiMatteiChristopher R DiMattei says: 259 comments

        Jenni, I believe your home just might be a George F. Barber design, and I would like to exchange information with you, in the hope that we can make a determination together. Please feel free to email me directly at crdimattei@gmail.com, so we can begin the process. Thank you.

    • AvatarCZenos says: 62 comments

      Probably reads “DeVilbiss AV spray gun” as they were from Toledo and an early manufacturer of spray guns. I own an AV gun.

      Steve

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    • Christopher R DiMatteiChristopher R DiMattei says: 259 comments

      Kelly, I agree that this home shows many similarities with Barber’s work. I will investigate further and let you know what, if anything, I uncover. Thanks for posting this beauty.

  2. TGrantTGrant says: 528 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    This poor thing is crying out for its porches to be returned, but it’s nice to see that it survives.

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  3. AvatarJKleeb says: 147 comments

    1909 Colonial Revival, Spokane, WA $975,000. The ceiling decorative plaster doesn’t look correct to me for the period and some windows have been replaced but overall a great house across the street from a great park.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/242-E-Manito-Pl-Spokane-WA-99203/23531732_zpid/
    Article from 2015
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/03/manito-marvels/?amp-content=amp
    1817 Federal townhouse, Portsmouth, NH, $850,000. I have been obsessing about this house for a couple of weeks but can’t recall where I first saw it—if it was here I apologize for the duplicate. I love the overall feeling of age and the quirks here.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11-Sheafe-St-Portsmouth-NH-03801/95356797_zpid/

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  4. Matt DMatt D says: 28 comments

    I am hoping this is ok to post here, but New Orleans lost one of its grand St. Charles Ave. mansions (8785 Sq Ft) on Wednesday to a fire. The family who has owned the house over 100 years, says they will rebuild. It has a rich New Orleans history, and so sad to see this happen. But at least everyone, including the pet were able to get out unharmed.

    https://www.nola.com/news/2019/02/a-catastrophic-loss-historic-st-charles-avenue-home-with-mardi-gras-roots-destroyed-in-fire.html

    https://www.nola.com/news/2019/02/king-of-rex-to-continue-tradition-of-toasting-at-2525-st-charles-ave-after-tragic-fire-at-historic-home.html

    https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/orleans/historic-st-charles-ave-home-suffers-catastrophic-damage-in-7-alarm-fire/289-a557a199-f99c-481f-9186-a47f5e5e3fcb

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      How heartbreaking for the family. One of my biggest fears is a fire and losing our pets, I’m happy everyone was able to get out.

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    • AvatarGretchen says: 37 comments

      I spent much time thinking about posting this sad news myself but didn’t know if it would be deemed inappropriate. What a horrid situation to encounter while in the course of the daily commute. We are on Fourth Street and, in addition to this majestic creature being an integral fixture in the ‘hood’, we have always been installed directly across from her on St Chas for the parades. So very sad for the family and the collective landscape for this loss but in true Nola spirit, she is not and will not be forgotten due to our City’s strong connections to its history and desire to celebrate same, her legend will survive despite this tragedy.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 677 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Anything about old houses is fine…well, almost anything. The loss of any historic home is always ok to bring up here.

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      • Matt DMatt D says: 28 comments

        On Saturday we walked past as we strolled down St. Charles Ave after the end of the day parades. I had no idea how much it would hurt to see what was left. I felt a deep sadness. In talking to other people, they all share the same feelings. Hopefully the home will soon be rebuilt and back looking her old self and as grand as ever.

    • AvatarCindy says: 134 comments
      1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
      Brunswick, MO

      That IS heartbreaking for the family, losing everything and the city of New Orleans too. It will be hard looking at that empty spot for a long time. This was a beautiful house with so much history.

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      • MJGMJG says: 328 comments
        1887 Queen Anne
        CT

        So much history, so many memories, so many family heirlooms, and normal every day memories destroyed. I can’t even imagine how they feel.
        How horrible.

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  5. evelynwalkerevelynwalker says: 55 comments
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    Incredibly beautiful home in Mobile Alabama, furnishings are amazing, check out the dining room wallpaper. $849,000. Listed as 3 bedrooms, but looks like 4.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/253-State-St_Mobile_AL_36603_M85418-14665

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  6. AvatarCharlesB says: 398 comments

    Barker (Niagara County) NY: 1846 towered Italianate villa in brick, a mile from Lake Ontario, for $85,000:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9017-Lake-Rd_Barker_NY_14012_M35927-87244?view=qv

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    • AvatarjillieD says: 59 comments
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      1952 Ojai, CA

      Good old New York with high taxes. What really amazes me about this house is what a cluttered mess it is on the inside. I mean, 3000 sq feet and still not enough room for all their stuff. Granted older homes aren’t rife with closets but, jeez! Wish there were more pics.

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      • AvatarKaren says: 579 comments

        One of my pet peeves about real estate sites, is the cluttered mess realtors allow some homes to be photographed in! Most are pictured, looking very neat and tidy, which, I think, gets the interest of buyers better than a cluttered home.

    • AvatarJenny Wiebler says: 1 comments

      Those photos certainly don’t do the house any favors. I wish we could see more because Italianate houses fascinate me (almost as much as Second Empire!)

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    • AvatarKaren says: 579 comments

      I live in Lockport, which is really not that far from this house in Somerset. My great great grandparents are buried just down the road from this house, in the Somerset Cemetary. I should take a drive Saturday or Sunday, to look at this house.

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  7. AvatarJuanita Dee says: 20 comments

    One of George Barber’s homes is for sale in Knoxville, TN $324,900.00. Open house on Sunday 2/24!!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1635-Washington-Ave_Knoxville_TN_37917_M82136-92262?view=qv

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  8. AvatarDon Richards says: 96 comments

    A few new listings in Connecticut this week and a few that have been sitting a while.

    This 1928 stone Craftsman cottage in Newtown, Ct is listed at 289k. It has been remodeled in a really high quality way that made me really linger over the photos and props to the realtor for including floor plans.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/55-S-Main-St_Newtown_CT_06470_M35490-32595

    A 1945 lake cottage in Bethlehem, Ct listed for $795k. This has likely been significantly expanded from what it started out as, but it’s been very sensitively done. It’s across the lake from me and I’ll be watching it closely because I am curious to see what it sells for. The pricing is shall we say, optimistic.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/130-Lake-Dr_Bethlehem_CT_06751_M42853-48831?view=qv

    An 1848 Greek Revival in Woodbury, Ct listed at 439k. This one came back on the market from last year. Great location, walk to town but super private. The owners apparently never met a can of white paint that they didn’t like. Super pretty house.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/19-Pomperaug-Rd_Woodbury_CT_06798_M47142-77902?view=qv

    Here’s another in Woodbury, Ct–an 1836 Colonial also listed at $439k. This is a head scratcher for me, if anyone more versed in architectural history would care to comment on this, i’d be curious as to your thoughts. It sits in what was an industrial village called Hotchkissville in the north end of town. Most of the village contain small Greek Revivals meant for the workers and a few larger homes for the more prosperous. This house with it’s very shallow hipped roof and broad eaves almost seems out of place. I don’t know if it was significantly altered at one point, or if it was built this way. All in all, it’s a nice old house. The antique dealer owner has been there forever and seems to have been a great steward.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/35-Weekeepeemee-Rd_Woodbury_CT_06798_M39279-60219

    Finally for today is this 1810 Colonial turned Shingle Style mansion in Middlebury, Ct listed at $675k. It’s an exuberant oddball of a house, but I think it’s pretty amazing. That stone porch is striking. It too has languished on the market and the owners are selling it at quite a loss as to what they spent. I hope it finds a new owner soon.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/249-South-St_Middlebury_CT_06762_M37507-75459?ex=CT603803241&view=qv

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    • JimHJimH says: 4023 comments
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      Don, the Hotchkissville house is an altered Italianate, built for woolen mill co-owner Gervaise Hotchkiss, and later owned by Edward Cowles, who managed the shear and knife factory there. The National Register report gives a date of 1848. The form and roof appear as built, but the details have been lost almost entirely.
      http://www.livingplaces.com/CT/Litchfield_County/Woodbury_Town/Hotchkissville_Historic_District.html

      Litchfield County is a beautiful area with many old homes and folks that can afford to treat them right, but I’m often disappointed (or appalled) to see trendy decor inside. Thanks for sharing, and sorry for the mini-rant.

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      • AvatarDon Richards says: 96 comments

        Jim, I am always astounded by your ability to find information at the drop of a hat. Thanks for the information! Yes, the area can get a little overdone sometimes, I agree.

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      • Avatartracy concha says: 5 comments

        That’s so interesting! The Cowles family was my grandmothers and I still have some old tin types of Edward when he was a child looking exeptionally sour]. My grandmothers grandfather [Julius Cowles]
        left me his diary and there are some passages wherein the family took a trip from Waterbury which was their home to visit Edwards family and made a 2 day trip of it in horse and buggy. It’s so nice to see the house has survived!

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  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Anyone else have an interest in abandoned old houses? A relative of mine who knows I’m a fan of old houses sent me this Youtube video link (posted June 2018) to a c. 1860’s-’70’s Gothic/Italianate hybrid captioned Abandoned Grandmother’s Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCaT-yqZrsw I believe I’ve seen a similar house posted here before but it was in a more advanced state of deterioration. It looks like one day Grandma just stepped out and never came back. I can only hope that the owners would consider putting this once fine home on the market so someone else could restore and keep the unusual hybrid style house from being lost. The video is almost 25 minutes long. Wish I knew where it was located, but with it being “abandoned”, keeping the location private makes perfect sense

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    • AvatarDon Richards says: 96 comments

      It reminds me of the children’s book, Gone Away Lake. It was about two kids who stumble upon an abandoned Victorian lakeside resort. The parents eventually buy one of the houses and restore it. One of my favorites as a kid. Great video.

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    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I have a fascination with abandoned houses and watch quite a few urban exploration channels. I even have a board on Pinterest devoted to abandoned homes. Thank you for the share.

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    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2518 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      This is a very strange abandoned house video for a couple of reasons: first of all, all those open doors but no vandalism or evidence of animals. That makes me wonder if the entry was staged so it wouldn’t look like breaking and entering. Second, nothing is as dusty as it should be. Third, receipts from as recently as 2015, yet the place is a pigsty, yet no evidence of vandalism or animals. All in all, I found it oddly unsatisfying as an abandoned home video, of which there are so many on Youtube. Thanks for posting though, it was certainly interesting.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        I had the same questions you have, Bethany. Perhaps one of these days the property will show up on a real estate site. Until then, there will be more questions than answers-thanks for your comments.

  10. AmerikiwiAmerikiwi says: 158 comments

    Kia Ora from New Zealand,

    At first glance, this beautiful two story 1920’s Edwardian with a formal English garden and mature trees looks like something straight out of the English countryside but it is actually in the far south of the South Island near the town of Winton. When you step inside there is Rimu ( a native wood)panelling in the entryway and leadlight windows. The home has 4 bedrooms, a conservatory, original fireplaces, a lovely kitchen and sits on 10 acres that also includes a tennis court. It is in an area named after Lady Barkly, a 19th century Englishwoman who accompanied her husband all over the world on his diplomatic duties. She was a keen amateur botanist and spent time in New Zealand where she lived in very primitive, isolated conditions and won over the locals for being down to earth and not at all pretentious or precious. I read a her diaries of her time here and she really was an amazing woman so it’s seems rather apt that such a stately looking home is in a locale bearing her name. It is up for Auction and has a valuation of $US450,750.00.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3445232

    “Papatahi” (it means “flat” in Maori and probably reflects the fact it is on flat land) a grand country estate near Featherston in the botton of the North Island and about 90 minutes from the capital of Wellington. It sits on 10 acres, has four bedrooms, high ceilings with moulded trim throughout, a wine cellar, a big library with floor to ceiling shelves, an atrium, a timbered great room which has hosted many galas and balls, great views of the Tararua Ranges and a restored cottage. It is For Negotiation and I was unable to locate a council valuation but it will definitely be in the seven figures.

    https://harcourts.co.nz/Property/864277/GR181025/118-Papatahi-Road

    Late 1800’s wood villa made from kauri (a very durable and beautiful native timber) in the South Island /Otago settlement of Benhar/Stirling. It has been freshly painted on the outside and the interior has original, unpainted woodwork throughout as well as fireplaces in most rooms. It sits on three acres and looks like it is in good condition and there is a lot of scope to decorate it the way you like. Note the large leadlight window by the door which has the words Tiro Matau. “Tiro” means “View” and “Matau” means “right” in Maori. It sounds like maybe the original owners meant it has the right view but they took some poetic license with “Matau” which means right opinion or viewpoint. It is for Negotiation and the council valuation is $US186,000.00. I really like the potential this place has.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3460132

    1890’s restored character villa near the South Island town of Lawrence. Original wood panelling, high ceilings, ornate fretwork and a charming albeit very small kitchen. It sits on a very manageable 1/4 acre and is priced at $US190,000.00.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3459118

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    • AvatarJKleeb says: 147 comments

      I really like the shower/tub in the “Matau” house—-I actually like everything about the place. Glad the stained glass and fireplaces have been retained. If I could live in New Zealand I’d want it to be in a house like this.

      • AmerikiwiAmerikiwi says: 158 comments

        That red is kind of creepy – it looks like something straight out of The Shining.But I am glad you like it!!!

    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I invariably adore everything you send us from NZ but this week the Wallace Road house had me swooning but then I saw the “Gateway to the Goldfields” house and my heart was won over. Sigh.

      • AmerikiwiAmerikiwi says: 158 comments

        Thank you very much. I really like that house too because it is just the right size and has a nice setting. I don’t mind the kitchen size either.

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  11. AvatarJo says: 8 comments

    I’m not sure about the Hotchkissville house, IDK if it is original or remodeled, but the roof makes me think maybe it’s an early, simple version of Italianate, more based on simple Tuscan design which was popular in the very early years. This is Alexander Jackson Davis’s Blandwood mansion in NC. It dates to 1844 and has a similar roof and simple, clean look while of course being much larger.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/52/Blandwood.jpg/1024px-Blandwood.jpg

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  12. Avatarjosa0512 says: 44 comments
    Helena, AL

    Does anyone know anything about this house in Dayton, TN?
    It was once posted here on OHD but the posting has been removed.

    1907 house in Dayton, TN:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/472-Chickamauga-Dr_Dayton_TN_37321_M84731-32311#photo0

    It’s in a strange location. It’s right on the water but surrounded by businesses and apartments and a park. It’s currently off the market but I’m interested in it.

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    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      What a shame it is isolated like that. Certainly an amazing house.

    • AvatarjillieD says: 59 comments
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      1952 Ojai, CA

      Whenever I read that something has been “taken down to the studs” my heart sinks.

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    • AvatarJKleeb says: 147 comments

      They say “it’s been cleaned out all the way to the studs” like it’s a good thing (well, maybe it is for someone else…).

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    • AvatarGretchen says: 37 comments

      Coast Guard’s National Vessel Documentation Center is in Falling Waters. Never ever thought to see what that town might comprised of due to my transactional interactions with them but now I am very interested! I am hoping for some extra history beyond this great home! Awesome!!

  13. AvatarSonofSyosset says: 26 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    Two properties from New England:

    First, a 1731 saltbox on just over 2 acres in New Canaan, CT: $950,000. As the listing says, history happened here in the time before now.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Ferris-Hill-Rd-New-Canaan-CT-06840/177138313_zpid/

    Second, the 1820 David Akin House on .75 acres in Yarmouth, Cape Cod, about 150 yards from the Bass River in an area in which the earliest settlers were mostly Quakers. Many of the homes nearby were built between 1800 – 1850. I have driven by this Federal home dozens of times and can attest to the major renovation completed over the last ten years. $1.2 million.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Pleasant-St-South-Yarmouth-MA-02664/55931014_zpid/

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    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      My mother grew up in New Caanan. It is a lovely very wealthy area. The taxes on that house are 16,000 a year. Schools are amazing.

      I adore the Yarmouth house. What wonderful summer’s to be had there.

  14. AvatarAndrea says: 5 comments

    Here is an interesting build. I usually like the older home but this one is fascinating. $190 K, N8064 975th Street
    River Falls, WI 54022
    https://www.edinarealty.com/homes-for-sale/n8064-975th-street-river-falls-wi-54022-5016012#/

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  15. Avatartess says: 309 comments

    Gold mine under old NC house? Nice to have a gold mine most OHD rehabbers really could use one $$$

    https://www.wyff4.com/article/entry-to-old-gold-mine-likely-discovered-under-nc-home-experts-say/26475994

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    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Oh these poor people. Insurance isn’t going to cover the cost of this difficult fix.

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  16. AvatarCharlesB says: 398 comments

    The Hayden Homestead in Torrington, CT, consisting of a wood story-and-a-half house built by Augustin Hayden in 1765 following his return from the French and Indian War, and a brick Jeffersonian Classical ‘wing’ built by his son Cicero circa 1810. Cicero was a brickmaker by trade, and his son Tullius Cicero, who was born in the house in 1811, continued in that line of work. The house is on the National Register as a contributory component of a historic district; the barn is also on Connecticut’s state inventory of significant historic outbuildings. Priced at $204,900:

    https://www.redfin.com/CT/Torrington/2656-Torringford-St-06790/home/107295068

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    • SueSue says: 272 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      I have this house on my list but I am a bit afraid I would be taking on more than I could manage.

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  17. SueSue says: 272 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    I found a house I love in CT but no barn or fenced pasture and at the top of our budget. Yet, I am smitten with this Gambrel and it’s location. Minutes from the beach. Built in 1690. Listing price 399,000

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/43-Johnny-Cake-Hill-Rd_Old-Lyme_CT_06371_M39789-43756?ex=CT616163117

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    • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

      Looks wonderful! It says “contingent” — did you get it? Seems like a perfect house. Can you turn one of the garages into a barn? Surely you can fence part of the 3 acres? It has a new kitchen, nice baths, doesn’t look like it needs any work! Go for it! Good luck!

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  18. AvatarAdam F. says: 1 comments

    Below are some properties I’ve found through local knowledge… not really posted on popular sites.

    Tannersville Ny (now listed by owner) –> https://www.onteoraclub.com/Real_Estate/Homes_for_Sale.aspx
    Old listing (by realtor) https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/32-Candace-Rd-W_Tannersville_NY_12442_M36552-59482

    Barbara Farnsworth Bookstore & House –> https://www.farnsworthbooks.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJSRFO3dWRc
    Article … “Bouillabaisse for Bibliophiles”
    https://www.cornwallchronicle.org/2018/wp-content/uploads/October_2018.pdf
    410 Sharon Goshen Tpke & 5 Smith Pl.

    “Hathaway” –> https://hunterfoundation.org/projects/hathaway/
    Property is diagonally across from Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY

    Aunt Hetty’s Cottage –>
    https://www.adkrealty.com/aunt-hettys-cottage/

    Panton, VT
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1650-Lake-Rd-Panton-VT-05491/2088778839_zpid/

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 291 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Here’s another classic Catskill Mountain “cottage” from the 1920’s – one of the later additions to the private Elka Park community – reduced from the original asking price of $440,000 to $405,000. One of my first shares, but worth seeing again for it’s wealth of original features:
      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/201-Francis-Rd-Hunter-NY-12427/2095760828_zpid/

      Fortunately for its sake, the above cottage is in far better condition than Hathaway, which is slowly decaying from its lack of committed stewardship over the past ten years or so…

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      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 291 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Here is a link to the National Trust for Historic Preservation which shows a current listing for Hathaway including a few more photos:
        https://realestate.savingplaces.org/properties/1907-arts-crafts-tannersville-ny/

        And an article from Big Old Houses from 2013. (It looked much worse than this when I stopped by to see it last fall – very sad):
        http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2013/10/

        • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

          What a lovely house! Evocative, and in such good shape in 2013. I’ve seen it advertised in Preservation Magazine for years. Are they trying to sell it? What a shame that it can’t find an investor willing to turn it into a luxury weekend hotel. I’d do it myself if I were 30 years younger! I could live there for the rest of my life as an innkeeper, showing it off to visitors. So sad to hear it’s declined further. I love the arts and crafts look. Sad also that all the furniture was stolen in 1990. What a shame.

      • SueSue says: 272 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        I just adore this cottage and the beautiful spot it sits in. I truly wish I could buy it for a summer getaway.

      • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

        I looked into Elka Park a few years back, but the taxes and fees on a house like this were at the time $14K per year, which put it out of my reach for a weekend house. It is idyllic, if you can afford it. And most of the houses are extremely well-preserved. Views are spectacular.

  19. AvatarCharlesB says: 398 comments

    The original ‘Pepperidge Farm,’ a 1928 Tudor in Fairfield, CT, priced at $2.99 million. Were the first Milano cookies baked in that kitchen??

    https://afahomes.com/listings/2-fence-row-drive-fairfield-ct/

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1826 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      Nice, very nice!
      Or… the first Chessmen cookies? (nom, nom…)

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  20. AvatarMélissa ( from France) says: 45 comments

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40528733.html
    Lockerbie, UK, 6 bedroom castle with tower
    2,478 700$
    awsome vaulted dining room

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  21. AvatarNeness says: 45 comments

    Pseudo- Jacobean 1892
    1120-1130 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania
    $1,750,000

    Located in an area of large, historical houses , it’s not in my taste, but is in impeccable condition, having in recent memory passed out of the original family.

    https://www.weichert.com/81854851

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  22. AvatarOHD Drooler says: 10 comments

    1920
    Louisville KY
    7700 sq ft
    61 photos!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/422-W-Oak-St-Louisville-KY-40203/2111404767_zpid/

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  23. AvatarJennifer HT says: 800 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Anthem, AZ

    Here is a house that hasn’t been touched in decades. It is so rich in color! The foiled wallpaper and posh MCM decor is awesome!

    $989,000
    3beds · 5baths
    1240 S Manzanita Ave, Palm Springs
    https://b1iw.app.link/NQppEM8tzU

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    • AvatarStevenF says: 698 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Good Lord!!

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    • CandyCandy says: 125 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Carpentersville, IL

      ok…wow! I’m astounded and rather speechless (a rarity for me)! And I’m stuck somewhere between thinking this is awesome and/or thinking my mother never really died but rather is living in Palm Springs! My parents designed and built a new home in 1965 and I swear that half of the stuff in this house was in ours! Just amazing!

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    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2518 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Escondido, CA

      Epic! It should be FORBIDDEN for this home to be changed in any way when it gets a new owner. They should make that a legally binding part of the contract.

      1
    • AvatarEric says: 287 comments

      This house makes me think of Dean Martin when he played the character Matt Helm. This would have been the perfect setting for one of those movies. What wild and colorful fun!

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1826 comments

      Holy mackerel! Talk about saturation, color-wise!

      1
      • AvatarChrisICU says: 527 comments

        That place MUST be sold with interiors and cars. What an amazing conflagration of color and chutzpah

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  24. Maggie MayMaggie May says: 4 comments

    Hey All! I am formerly Juliana Moon. I don’t know what I did, but whatever happened, it is surely my “oldageitis” that caused it.

    I have a house to share that I am interested in buying.
    It is on an island in the Detroit River, about 30 miles south of Detroit, called Grosse lle.
    It is a farmhouse built in 1885. Price is $89,900.00. I love this house, and am hoping I am not taking on more than I can chew. I will need help renovating it, and have 2 contractors that can help me with some stuff. So…I may need some advice if I do buy it, if that is OK.
    The location is right across from Centennial Farms Equestrian Club. Grosse lle is a beautiful island and I have always wanted to live there. Enjoy!

    https://www.trulia.com/p/mi/grosse-ile/8269-bellevue-rd-grosse-ile-mi-48138–205018017297

  25. Maggie MayMaggie May says: 4 comments

    Here is a 1926 Tudor also on Grosse lle near Detroit, MI. They are asking $129,900.00. The house has been stripped to the studs, but has so much character if you can look past that. I am hoping someone refurbishes it, instead of tearing it down. She is a beauty that just needs someone to make her the grande lady she used to be!!😁

    https://www.trulia.com/p/mi/grosse-ile/25486-3rd-st-grosse-ile-mi-48138–2050179074

  26. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    C. 1900 towered Queen Anne in Louisville, Kentucky for sale at $465,000 https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1400-Highland-Ave-Louisville-KY-40204/73608321_zpid/?fullpage=true Modernizations have been kept to a small number but there’s an abundance of period details. They include: inlaid patterned flooring, multiple unpainted mantels, interior fretwork, art glass, art tiles, and more. Appears to be move-in ready.

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    • MJGMJG says: 328 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      I love this house! Lots of great detail. The inlaid pattern floors are a huge favorite of mine. How I wish you could still order pre-made borders like they used to.
      Kitchen is a gut job for me. And the brick with be instantly plastered over.

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m not able to post this one but a 1907 bank with teller counter included in Westminster, MD for $369,900:
    https://www.redfin.com/MD/Westminster/3424-Uniontown-Rd-21158/home/148535883

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  28. AvatarZann says: 502 comments

    Excuse me while I briefly interrupt the historical goodness you guys are posting.

    I haven’t commented much the past five months or so due to a lot of abrupt changes, but I wanted to pop in and say I have finally joined the ranks of those who accomplished the OHD dream! Next month I am signing the deed on a 1940 Cape Coddish-with-Craftsman-hints home. I’m pretty confident it’s a kit home, but I’m not going to dismantle anything to look for markings. I found a 1939 advertisement for a home with a very similar exterior and an identical, albeit flipped, floor plan, so I think I’m heading in the right direction.

    I’m making some modifications to the porch, the original hardwood in the living room needs some love, and the electrical system needs an update, but I am very blessed to not have much more to do other than those things. Best part is I’ve been leasing the house, so I don’t have to actually pack. I think I will ceremonially carry a few things out the door and back in again so I can say I moved in. 😀

    Thank you Kelly and all the familiar faces/names for fanning the flames of my historic home dreams for the past five years. A little encouragement went a long way.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 677 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Awesome! Congratulations!

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    • CandyCandy says: 125 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Carpentersville, IL

      How wonderful for you! I hope the future is filled with everything you need and lots of what you dream of! Life is too short for anything less!

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    • CoraCora says: 1856 comments
      OHD Supporter & Moderator

      Clinton, TN

      Fantastic! Keep us posted on your progress! 💙🏠

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    • AvatarRandy C says: 420 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
      Olathe, KS

      Wow, congrats! It’s always fun to hear that someone here found an old home to love. Best of wishes and hoping your moving costs won’t be too prohibitive! If you care to share, please post a pic or 2.

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  29. CoraCora says: 1856 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1784. This was on the site before, but was either sold or taken off the market. It’s for sale again. It garnered a great deal of interest last time. Looks the same as far as I can tell; the price is different. “Perhaps the finest example of a restored Palladian style residence in all of the Shenandoah Valley.” $1.4M

    Charles Town, WV:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/296-Piedmont-Ln-Charles-Town-WV-25414/250715536_zpid/

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  30. AvatarWm mann says: 7 comments

    Oh well,New Canaan. I went to school about two miles from this property a zillion years ago. Very nice house for a couple.
    Interesting flue structure aroround the second floor fireplace located in the middle of the hallway? I imagine that a partition on either side of the fireplace was removed at some point.
    To bad the prop.taxes are so steep.

  31. AvatarBernd says: 28 comments

    Kelly, not sure if this has been mentioned previously, but, if not, guess who bought the castle in Waco? Chip & Joanna Gaines. Read about it on CNN…

  32. AvatarRobinjn says: 219 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1978 Split level
    Columbia, MO

    1750 (supposedly), Tryingham, MA. It’s fairy tale, turreted, crazy, fabulous! I know it’s a late submission but seriously, click this link.

    https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/tyringham/75-main-rd-77-tyringham-ma-01264–2362874508

  33. CoraCora says: 1856 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1900. I thought about not sharing this beauty…because I know how some of y’all get about painted woodwork. *eye roll*

    It’s just too pretty not to share. $400K

    Sandersville, GA:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/219-N-Harris-St-Sandersville-GA-31082/76615675_zpid/

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      The house is so extraordinary that the white painted woodwork is a negligible issue. A former resident, Rachel Theresa Paris, (1911-1976) wrote a book (1970) about living in the house and the neighborhood titled SILK STOCKING STREET. Her collection of papers and effects was bequeathed to Emory University in Atlanta: https://findingaids.library.emory.edu/documents/paris554/ The house interior is characteristic of mansion grade homes from the turn of the last century. The magnificent fretwork arch forming a stick & ball Georgian style medallion is an impressive detail. I’m not sure what the small studio type structure by the pool was used for originally (assuming its not a modern replica) but writers and artists of the 19th century commonly had such spaces for creative use. Thanks for sharing this lovely home.

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    • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

      Wow! What a beauty! And I’m one of those people you roll your eyes at! Stunning house despite all the painted woodwork (which is beautiful!).

      1
    • AvatarRandy C says: 420 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
      Olathe, KS

      Yep, that would be me. This home is beautiful though, even with the painted woodwork. Thanks for posting.

    • AvatarKeith Sanders says: 87 comments

      Well, a body would surely want to acquire the furniture too. The town is well named for a buyer like me.

  34. AvatarNancy says: 32 comments

    Beautiful house even with all the paint!

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  35. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Another one I cannot post but way more original than most homes I am able to add to OHD. $375,000 in Chicago, Illinois. 1926. Unpainted woodwork, original sink/kitchen cabinet (fairly certain about that).

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5137-W-Berenice-Ave-Chicago-IL-60641/3663325_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • AvatarMW says: 698 comments

      Maybe I am only seeing the obvious, but didn’t you just post it?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
        Admin

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        No, it’s not on the site.

        • AvatarMW says: 698 comments

          I guess I consider this still part of the OHD site, and is of course. But I realize you are referring to the main listings, and that the main postings are more curated. But I guess I don’t see why you cannot post this house on the main page if you wanted. But I’m sure you have your reasons, no need to get into here any further.

          As for this house, it looks to me that it just needs a good, simple going over to clean and refresh things, including the yard. With a light touch, but some good elbow grease and effort, this house probably could sharpen up very easily without much serious intervention. Just a good deep cleaning alone would do wonders.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Yes, as in a main posting. There are some photography companies that aren’t worth the effort to go through the agent/photographer for permission, I don’t see this lasting long enough for me to go through all those hoops to post even if I can get past the first one. 🙂

  36. AvatarMW says: 698 comments

    https://www.sfgate.com/homes/article/Fixer-Upper-Chip-Joanna-Gaines-Waco-Cottonland-13642447.php#photo-16984428

    Huh, oh…… I’ll admit, I’m not that familiar with what they do to houses on that show, but I’m not getting a good feeling for future of this nice old house and the made for TV makeover it is about to get. I just hope they try as much as they reasonably can to save and restore things, rather than gut and modernize. And that includes the inside, not just the outside.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Interesting to read a San Francisco based article about the Waco, Texas, “Castle”. The literary closing embellishment about seeing if Shiplap clashed with Mahogany made me chuckle. However, I believe most of the finish woods used inside were of (Quarter-sawn) Oak.

      • AvatarMW says: 698 comments

        The real estate section of the local news does post stuff of interest from around the country and world on occasion. Not just only local stuff. Probably mostly about just generating interest and clicks for ad revenue.

        The article was written by a Houston source as is noted. The San Francisco website just picked it up and republished it. And probably is through some related sister news source of some sort. As I am sure you know, a lot of news is owned by bigger national corps. They all share and report similar, if not exactly the same content. Sometimes the exact same content, just coming out of a local reports mouth. Plus the TV show itself is the same as everywhere of course. Marketing. It’s all probably tied together financially somehow or another.

        Let’s hope they treat this house with the historical respect it deserves. It looks like it needs some help, but is still in a condition that it could be historically saved in the right hands. But I hope they don’t just gloss it over for max resale and TV entertainment.

        As most of us know, it usually takes extra hard work and dollars to carefully keep and restore history as much as possible. It is a lot easier to just gut something and modernize it. Some old houses maybe that is just part of reality. But this house seems like there is more than enough history there and architectural integrity to warrant that. As we know, once history it erased, it’s pretty much gone in reality, except for in the record books.

    • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

      It’s heartbreaking to see such a beautiful house in such disrepair! I hope it is sensitively rehabbed, and not turned into a granite and marble palace! There is so much beauty here crying out to be saved.

  37. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Seems reasonably priced for the Chicago market. A recent HGTV show, Windy City Rehab, has before and after examples with many of these renovated homes well exceeding the million dollar mark. Depending on the location, this house may attract a house flipper.

  38. CoraCora says: 1856 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1894. Cute house in an historic district. Needs rehab, yes, but much potential here. $385K

    Denver, CO:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3465-W-31st-Ave-Denver-CO-80211/13311052_zpid/

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Thanks for sharing. In streetview, this looks like an up and coming neighborhood. Denver has had a real estate boom in recent years if news articles and TV shows can be believed. I put this house in the “good bones” category meaning that it retains a fair amount of original details. Only a local real estate agent could tell you if this is a good price for a fixer upper or not. Might be appealing to a local flipper but if that were to sell to such a buyer, its likely it would be thoroughly modernized inside. (and selling for more than twice the pre-rehab price) Historic district guidelines usually only apply to exterior details.

  39. CoraCora says: 1856 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1908. This is so charming…I even like the funky 70’s kitchen. This would actually be quite fun to restore. I’m smitten! 💚 $159K

    Demopolis, AL:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-S-Walnut-Ave-Demopolis-AL-36732/104503086_zpid/

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    • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

      I love the front stairs! So elegant! They really make a statement. The kitchen, I can live without, but so much of the house is enchanting. Wish they hadn’t painted the woodwork. With some love, it will be breathtaking once more.

  40. AvatarTed says: 4 comments

    1890. St. Louis, Missouri. I have been fascinated by this house my whole life. It was a funeral parlor for much of it’s history, but I saw it online and just had to share it here..$1 Million

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1631-Missouri-Ave-Saint-Louis-MO-63104/81713054_zpid/?fullpage=true

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    • Avatarzoomey says: 482 comments

      Beautiful woodwork, and I love those old marble sinks and the wonderful original-looking bathroom. I could not live in a former funeral parlor (it appears it still is a funeral parlor). It has that same awning in the 1930s looking photo, so I assume it’s been a funeral parlor for many decades. It will be restored into a spectacular home. The kitchens confuse me, but all can be remedied with enough love, care and money.
      Also, if it’s a funeral parlor, why are all the bedrooms furnished with that lovely period furniture? Does/did someone live there? It is a stunning house, although I don’t like that it’s so close to a major highway. But that’s me.

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      • AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 254 comments

        I would LOVE to live in a former funeral parlor. I would brag that I lived in a funeral parlor. I would use the former funeral parlor’s letterhead for my own stationery…

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