May 10, 2019: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s old house photo comes from Rowley, Iowa. There were at least two of this planbook design (no, not Barber but definitely a planbook as I’ve also seen this design elsewhere) in Rowley, home 1: map link and home2: listing. Which one is it? I’ve been staring at these two homes for a while and still don’t know. The one posted for sale makes most sense, there’s still a farm in the same location as you see in the background while the street view home doesn’t appear to have had a farm/street in the background like that.

    I don’t know if they’ll be posts this weekend, I may take off (it will be rainy here so don’t know what else I’d do anyway.) 🙂

    Don’t forget to include prices, etc in your shares. 🙂

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    • natira121natira121 says: 319 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      I’m betting on the listing house as being the same one also, because of the trees, as well as the general setting.

      And Kelly, please take some time off. And if you get on here, let it be to do what we all do: Look at and drool over everyone’s finds, and make comments.

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    • AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      It’s so odd, but these houses you share always look so much bigger to me in the old pictures than they do in the current pictures. Is it the absence of fretwork and gingerbread that makes them look smaller I wonder? Does it do something to the perspective?

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    • Avatardunamovin says: 22 comments

      Rainy days are god given special treat days. Time to read a book, watch the grass grow and veg out. You do so much for OHD. Allow us to catch up on the old posts and favorites while you rest.

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    • AvatarKevinONeill says: 132 comments
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      1884 Victorian Cottage
      St Paul, MN

      I think its the map link. Only because in the last vintage photo there is an outbuilding that lines up almost perfectly with the map listing. The big barn is long gone and would of been where the grain bins are in the aerial photo of the map link.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      I’m almost certain this is a David S. Hopkins design. I’ll try to find the planbook illustration for it. Chris DiMattei sent me a photo of this design as well. Nice find!

  2. Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Kelly, whenever you try to give yourself a break, it never seems to happen, but a rainy day is the best excuse for doing nothing. Grab a good book and a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – and give yourself permission to relax! And, I have three interesting shares today from the upper Hudson Valley which will hopefully help to fill the void… : )

    First up is actually a repeat, but the current listing seems to have some different photos for one of my favorite local houses, a largely original 1860 Second Empire in the Village of Athens, NY. It has river views and a great carriage house for $395,000:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4-3rd-St_Athens_NY_12015_M48940-88366#photo30

    Second, a gorgeous over-the-top 1874 Second Empire just across the river in Hudson, NY, with an asking price of $1.6 million:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4-Willard-Pl-Hudson-NY-12534/83930754_zpid/

    Finally, an 1807/1814 Livingston family manor house in the classic Federal style with Palladian elements on a 58 acre estate known as Richmond Hill. This house, in Livingston, NY, is on the National Register and comes with great barns and an A.J.Davis-inspired carriage house for a mere 2.15 million. (Note: the Zillow ad does not include photos of the house, so the private listing follows, as well):
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/CR-31-Hudson-NY-12534/2084526129_zpid/
    http://househudsonvalley.com/1380-CR-31-Livingston.html

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    • natira121natira121 says: 319 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Holy Cow! Three nearly perfect houses! What a way to start the Friday exchange!

      Seriously, these are great.

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 855 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      Love them all! Pity there’s no current pic of the last house but we can see it a bit on the B&W photos at the end of the listing. The barn detail is very interesting.

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      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        If you click on the second link for the third house, househudsonvalley.com, you will find the current pictures of the house.

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    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2660 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      The first one makes my heart hurt I love it so much.

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    • AvatarMorningbelle100 says: 1 comments

      The 1874 Second Empire has been the house of my dreams for many years. The owners’ bed and breakfast is located next door to this house and is fabulous. Here’s the link https://thecroffhouse.com/. It was also recently for sale. Not sure if they sold it yet. They have two huge mastiff dogs who sit on the front steps and majestically observe passers-by.

      I’ve stood in front of this house many times and swore I would buy it if it ever went up for sale… Sadly the price tag is way beyond my means but I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as the owners (and I ;)-do. BTW Hudson is a wonderful place to live and visit.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      House 3. Oh, a house comes with that RAD barn! Swwwweet.

      House 2. Uber rad despite it’s current interiors: though I do like the blue parlor. Sure wish we’d been treated to quality close-ups of those REMARKABLE fireplaces. This one’s a show stopper!

      House 1. House 1 was a real treat to see again. Love the detail shots! Seeing it empty is kind of sad; considering the last owner’s story and all. Great new elevation shots!

      You’re my hero Barbara. 🙂

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  3. AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Happy Friday!

    Here are a couple pristine MCM homes in the Midwest.

    1. A 1956 brick ranch in Ottawa, IL for $375K. This one’s been on the market for a while, so apologies if it’s already been shared. Everything seems pretty much original. There’s a very colorful rec room in the basement.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/108-Forest-Park-Rd-Ottawa-IL-61350/115663488_zpid/

    2. Another untouched 1950 Janesville, WI MCM with exterior lines that remind me of those airplane bungalows from twenty years earlier. Note the original closet “doors” in the bedrooms. Haven’t seen those in a while. $425K
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1526-Tyler-St-Janesville-WI-53545/89125522_zpid/

    Enjoy!

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  4. SNancyKatSNancyKat says: 18 comments
    1895 St Louis, MO

    Another North St Louis gem I stumbled upon yesterday. At first it wouldn’t appear to be anything special. But you MUST see the inside!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8947-McNulty-Dr_Saint-Louis_MO_63114_M71122-56947?view=qv

    It’s a 1939 brick cottage style ranch with so much original charm left untouched. The original PINK mental cabinets in the kitchen and PINK bathroom fixtures made me go OOOOOHhhhhhhhh. So often houses of this age have been stripped out and updated to where you are lucky if you get the original fireplace, even if it’s just decorative (this one has the original fire-burning!). $90K for a 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 1,500 sq ft with a good sized lot is such a steal. If I were single and looking for a home for just myself or for elderly parents……

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    • AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      This house is pristine! what a deal!

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    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      The interior especially is perfect. I so hope a, “fixer upper” doesn’t come in and destroy all that sweetness…..perfect pink cabinets. I think the fridge is pink too. And the bath tile is super. I can just see them coming in and tearing out walls for the infamous, “open concept”…..Horrors!! Even the neighborhood of similar vintage houses is nice….at an unbelievable price no less.

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      Agreed – the exterior doesn’t do much for me, but the interior is great – many pleasing & adorable features!

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  5. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    Speaking of gingerbread…..5.4M in Bronxville New York. I don’t know the style, but the realtor calls it Gothic Revival. Bronxville has a beautiful selection of old houses – and prices are high because of proximity to NYC. I love getting inspiration and ideas from these houses. I don’t know if the trim on this house is original, but pretty phenomenal. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50-Crows-Nest-Rd_Bronxville_NY_10708_M33905-50658

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  6. Avatardwr7292 says: 106 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    Hi All, just one great little house to share this week.

    A mid 1700’s stone and plaster Dutch colonial in Southbury, Ct listed for $425k. This is a highly unusual type of home in the area in which it was built. Once owned by actress Barbara Hershey, it hasn’t been altered hugely. Beautiful brook and waterfall, just the perfect place to relax.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/117-Plaster-House-Rd_Southbury_CT_06488_M48671-88564?view=qv#photo20

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  7. HRChristianHRChristian says: 30 comments

    This house was built in 1900. The interior has tongue and groove.And it comes with over 4 acres of land!!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8402-Winnsboro-Rd_Blythewood_SC_29016_M51209-03318?view=qv

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  8. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA,

    I came across this simple mid-19th century brick home in Conestoga, PA this week. Not only is the home attractive, in a minimalist way, but Conestoga itself is a very quaint old community near the Susquehanna River in western Lancaster County which was a livelier place as a way station in the days of migration to the Western United States. If you’ve heard of Conestoga Wagons, they originated near here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conestoga_wagon Now here’s the house: Conestoga PA, 1850(?) $250K. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Conestoga_PA/type-single-family-home/sby-14#M4556610988

    On the other side of the county, Churchtown is also ridiculously quaint (although not so isolated). Here are a couple of listings from there that caught my eye:

    Churchtown PA, 1735 Fieldstone, pricey (maybe because it’s a B&B) at $735,000. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Narvon_PA/type-single-family-home/sby-14#M4424069878

    A very large B&B from 1840 (?) in Churchtown, PA. $750K. Friends of mine used to own this. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Narvon_PA/type-single-family-home/sby-14#M3357559354

    Can’t say I was looking near Reading, PA but these came up with the Narvon search. A pretty amazing mansion (not sure what style to call it – Flemish Victorian?) built by a steel baron is now a “guest hotel” (whatever that means) but it’s worth a look just for the exuberant architecture. Reading, PA, 1892(?), $1,750,000. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Narvon_PA/type-single-family-home/sby-14#M3398833481

    And this is an impressive Colonial Revival which was once an assisted living home and has tons of space (26,000 square feet, 20 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms) for adaptive re-use. I wish I could figure out a use for it, as for the price it is an amazing value, in my opinion. Reading, PA $1,250,00. Retirement home for Old House Dreamers? LOL. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Narvon_PA/type-single-family-home/sby-14#M4864818582

    And I can’t really believe that Charming Forge is still for sale. I’ve shared it before. A pre-revolutionary home, with museum quality woodwork, on 48 acres, at $825K. Outside Womelsdorf, PA, which is itself a cute rural town in Berks County, between Reading and Lebanon. Womelsdorf, PA, 1749, $825K.

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  9. AvatarDr.Snyder says: 49 comments
    1895 PORTAGE, OH

    Rochester, New York—off the market. She’s an 1894 Craftsman style home with an estimated value of about $412,000. I don’t remember if I posted this one in the past, but she came across a recent search and I felt compelled to share. Also, I’m not sure if it’s cool to share homes that are off the market (someone let me know if this is so). I’ve not lived in New York for just over a decade, so I don’t know if this area of Rochester (Park Ave) is still a good neighborhood; I remember it being diverse, progressive, artistic…one of my favorite stops, Writers and Books, is walking distance from her front door.

    Zillow photos:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/63-Brunswick-St-Rochester-NY-14607/30891372_zpid/

    Bayer video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23wuFvhVEi4

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    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1605 comments
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      1988 Fake Greek Revival!
      NC

      Nice, and it’s still single-family. So many houses in that area have been divided into apartments.

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  10. JulieJulie says: 198 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora/Hello from New Zealand,

    This 1880’s church was relocated from Dargaville to the town of Waipu (about 45 minutes north of where I live) and turned into a house. Waipu was founded by the members of a Scottish religious group created by the Reverend McCleod which first moved to Nova Scotia and then sailed to New Zealand. The town is full of Scottish surnames and street names and has an annual Scottish Highland Games every January 1st. This church/house is on the road into town and you can’t miss it. Note the colourful Friedrich Hundertwasser ceramic columns at the entrance – he was a famous Austrian artist who moved to New Zealand many years ago and settled in Kawakawa (the public toilets there were designed by him and they are amazing). This home was also renovated by an artist who owned a really great art gallery in Waipu for years. The price is $US849,720.00

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2004573348.htm

    1930’s brick bungalow in the Wellington suburb of Hataitai and directly across the road from a harbour. I love all of the beautiful leadlight window designs ,beamed ceilings and of course the views. Wellington gets a lot of earthquakes and is overdue for “The Big One” so I would be concerned about living in a brick house there as brick just crumbles in quakes whereas wood flexes. Nevertheless, it is worth a look. The price is for Negotiation and has a council valuation of $US599,296.00.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3545389

    Category 2 listed 1858 Gothic style Haywood House in the desirable Dunedin suburb of Mornington (South Island). The house has just gone under offer but was for Negotiation and asking for enquiries over $US312,820.00.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3541739

    http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details/7145

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  11. AvatarMrMike says: 60 comments
    Chicago, IL

    Good afternoon from Chicago!

    Here’s one in the North Kenwood part of town. It’s incredibly original – even has the sinks in the bedrooms (a lot of similar-era houses around here have these). I have a sinking feeling this will all get ripped out and painted grey, so enjoy looking while you can!

    4114 S. Ellis, Chicago, built 1883, $139K

    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/4114-S-Ellis-Ave-60653/home/13962713

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  12. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA,

    Just a question for discussion, what’s the OHD preferred Friday share link these days? (Now that Zillow is weird, Realtor.com is a two-stage slow loader, etc.)

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 709 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Redfin is good, Zillow works as long as the address shows in the link. Movoto is ok as well. Realtor can be fixed by removing the ?qview, I am on my phone do don’t remember the exact ending for their links for an example for that one.

  13. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA,

    Am I the only one who gets irritated when people act like “Tiny Houses” are some new discovery? Middle class families with 3 or 4 children lived in less than 1000 square feet in my neighborhood when I was a youngster in the 1960’s. This is a very cute Sears catalog home that was probably even smaller than its current 768 square feet when built for workers at the cotton plant in Edenton, NC. It looks like it has had an addition out the back. Edenton, NC $139K, 1930. https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Edenton-NC/118144474_zpid/55704_rid/36.29216,-76.277733,35.956054,-76.868248_rect/10_zm/1_fr/

    Still in Eadenton, NC at the larger end of the size and price scale is this 1839 Classical Revival (?) which I find a bit over the top in decor but is lovely underneath. Take a look at the side view with the double galleries. Exquisite. Edenton, NC 1839, 579K https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Edenton-NC/123407064_zpid/55704_rid/size_sort/36.29216,-76.277733,35.956054,-76.868248_rect/10_zm/1_fr/

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      The second house is named Athol, and it has its own (short) Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athol_(Edenton,_North_Carolina)

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    • JulieJulie says: 198 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      No, you are not the only one irritated about the allegedly novel idea behind the tiny house movement. Back in 1990-91 my husband and I rented a 12’x8′ house on 38 acres in northern Vermont. It was hand built by a doctor and was very cleverly designed to make up for it’s small size. To this day, that house remains the house I have most loved living in. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time…..Also, I am originally from North Carolina and my Dad had an uncle who lived in Edenton.

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      My 1920 house is ‘only’ 1344 sq. ft., but it was built for a family of 3-4 people. Houses have, IMO, become ridiculously large for most people or families. Granted, I wouldn’t mind *one* more room – in the form of a dedicated den/library; but my 3rd bedroom has been serving as a TV/office/extra guest room ever since I bought this house in ‘86.

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    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1605 comments
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      1988 Fake Greek Revival!
      NC

      Small dwellings were average back through history; they’ve grown & grown since about the 60s. Houses built for the boom after WWII were “tiny” compared to present-day ones. Even plantation houses would be considered small today for the sizes of their families; 6, 7, 8 or 9 kids, sometimes grandparents too, in a 3- or 4-bedroom place, like Oak Alley. At Arlington the Lees used hallways (as did others) for rooms. Relatives actually had to talk to each other in such close quarters!

      THe 1839 Edenton house, Lancaster John, is exquisite. Perfection. Thanks for making my day!

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 855 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      The average French houses are tiny houses then 🙂 And what about the british ones which are even smaller!

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  14. AvatarCharlesB says: 411 comments
    1846 Gothic/Greek Revival
    NY

    Woodville, MS–The Wax-Catchings House in the town’s historic district. The style has been called Eastlake and Second Empire, but the construction date (1897) and the side view (which is more of a gambrel than a mansard) has me seeing it as more of a Colonial Revival from the earlier, creative phase of that style. $162,750:

    https://www.watchforeclosure.com/foreclosed-homes/mississippi/wilkinson/woodville/11781246/348-college-st.html

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      Hi Charles, whatever the style I really like this one, and it seems to be in pretty good shape for a foreclosure. Thanks for the share.

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      That second, 1936, house really is adorable! And given my propensity for liking colonial revivals, I also like the last house listed.

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    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      I also love the 1936 house…..and agree with Cathy…..it Is adorable, especially the kitchen. I so hope the buyer appreciates it. Although my stated passion is the 18th-century colonials, having grown up in the 40s and 50s, the colonial revivals strike a very emotional chord with my senses…….and very nice memories. I’m always surprised at how many remain in original condition. My mother was a, “house nut,” and I followed her around learning how to love them too…!!

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  15. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    From the town of Frankfort, Indiana, is this nice George Barber designed home for sale at $154,900: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/408-S-Jackson-St_Frankfort_IN_46041_M49401-44791 This Queen Anne style, c. 1900 home has been on Old House Dreams in the past and looks just as elegant now as it did then. Four bedroom, one and a half baths. I took some photos in Frankfort and nearby Delphi, IN in 2017 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157707316883784 ) but somehow missed this Barber gem.

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  16. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    From APT website, you can now access, free of charge, 10,000 out of print trade catalogs…… great resource for restorers…!!
    http://www.apti.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=APT_Building_Technology_Heritage_Library&submenu=publications

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      I’ve spent many a rewarding hour finding and reading through many of the older publications in this collection. There are even some Victorian and early 20th century plan books in the mix as well as trade publications on almost any topic before 1960. Free download is also offered so you can retain your own personal library of period publications. In a world where previously free access to information is becoming increasingly fee based and monetized, this site is like an oasis of free information. Thanks for sharing; there is nothing better than a contemporary primary source for the best information on a topic from the past.

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  17. AvatarSonofSyosset says: 28 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    1725 home (or maybe 1710, according to the listing) in Natick, MA, with great floors, wonderful paneling, and some amazing beams. Price for the Jeremiah Bacon House on 4.3 acres with five bedrooms and five baths: $975,000.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/185-Eliot-St-Natick-MA-01760/56301986_zpid/

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  18. MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 10 comments
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    1945 Craftsman
    Athens, TN

    Hey Everyone!
    This house is in Manchester, MI. It was built in 1853. List price is 135k. It needs work, but it could be so gorgeous. Manchester is not far from Ann Arbor, MI.
    Enjoy!!!

    https://www.trulia.com/p/mi/manchester/302-ann-arbor-st-manchester-mi-48158–2050250474

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Well, I’ve yet to meet an Italianate I didn’t like, and this is no exception, especially with so much of it already in “primer” and ready to paint/paper… And, at risk of being a broken record, I’d rather buy a house with a kitchen like this than one that’s been “Updated” within an inch of its life – both are equally unappealing to me, but the cost difference in ripping out one far exceeds that of the other!

  19. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    1912. I know the carpet and decor are gawdy and outdated, but this is a large, gorgeous house, on 7 acres, with many very fine 1912 details, beautifully preserved. It was obviously loved for many years. Look past the loud decor. 💚 $465K

    Proctorville, OH:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10428-State-Route-7-Proctorville-OH-45669/2084892684_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      There are likely nice floors under that – carpet -. The sellers are nuts leaving it down to scare off buyers, despite it’s “nice” condition. That’s just silly 😉

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  20. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central NY, NY

    1) 1925, $349,900; center hall (mostly brick) colonial revival; pretty house with foyer, lovely sunporch, bathrooms are a mix of original & new, on a nice & quiet cul-de-sac.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Sage-Ct-Utica-NY-13501/31576026_zpid/

    2) 1922, $119,000; neat lkg. façade, one bedroom condo across from a park – street view looks nice.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/399-State-St-APT-205-Albany-NY-12210/29650000_zpid/

    3) 1942, $210,00; smallish brick Tudor revival; not a fancy-dancy one, but really cute (IMO). Kitchen is modern, but (again, IMO) nicely done – no OTT stuff going on.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/142-Kenwood-Ave-Delmar-NY-12054/29670866_zpid/

  21. AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    1790 very original house on 7.88 acres with stable/pasture even. $300,000 and reasonable taxes. I love this house…..it’s not too big and has some early, if not original, forged hardware.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/533-Georges-Hill-Rd-Southbury-CT-06488/114422091_zpid/?mmlb=g,0

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    • natira121natira121 says: 319 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      REALLY awesome house!

      I have a question though: I have seen that color red a few times, particularly on front doors of houses of this era. Is it a period correct color? I’m guessing not, but I am certainly no expert, and I’d like to know.

      • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Natira, I have a great comprehensive book, PAINT IN AMERICA, The Colors of Historic Buildings by Roger W. Moss, Editor.(https://www.amazon.com/s?k=PAINT+IN+AMERICA%2C+THE+COLORS+OF+HISTORIC+BUILDINGS&ref=nb_sb_noss

        Apparently Vermilion or bright red was reserved for the interior of cabinets and cupboards in 18th-century houses. It was my reaction also to say the red of the front door is not at all authentic…..nor is the door itself for that matter.

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        • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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          1980 board & batten modern

          Great house! I will look for that book because the thought of color has come up often for me. As an artist the origin of colors and pigment are interesting. Now I want to go back and look at this house. Smile

  22. Avatardunamovin says: 22 comments

    South Carolina mountain farmhouse, 7 acres, numerous old outbuildings $144,500. This is in the country with small farms and horse properties. It’s a couple hours to Atlanta or Asheville. There is a large lake system about 3 mi. down the road. It is being advertised as “investors special”. There are million dollar homes being built all around it. Would make nice retirement or weekend home.
    https://www.weichert.com/82398679/

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      I don’t care for the idea of being surrounded by McMansions, but seven acres could at least keep them at a distance… Is anyone nearby enough to come up with some better pictures of the house??

    • AvatarLaurie W. says: 1605 comments
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      1988 Fake Greek Revival!
      NC

      Possibly worth seeing but photos of something other than grass & bushes might help. I suppose the idea is to sell it for the land alone, sigh.

  23. Avatardunamovin says: 22 comments

    I was visiting a friend in the area. She said it’s part of an old family farm. It has Been kept up, not trashed, needs updating. Pull up the address on Google
    It’s across from a private golf course and that road leads to a big lake and county park. Pretty area,,small town, low crime low,taxes

  24. RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Decidedly interesting house in one of America’s most dramatic locations has elements of Storybook, Mid-mod, hippy, time capsule, and more. It has quite a view.

    Cliff road house / Tiburon, Ca / 1965 / $3.65M

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/30-Cliff-Rd-Belvedere-Tiburon-CA-94920/19268872_zpid/

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    • AvatarStevenF says: 763 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Best house of the week!

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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      1980 board & batten modern

      Oooh la la!!!
      One of my best bffs was married at the Sauselto Womens Club. Beautiful bay location with an arts and crafts vibe.
      This place is fun! I like the driveway pebble design. The house is cool and yes, eclectic. Love the views!

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Wow! When I saw the build date, I almost skipped it – Glad I didn’t!

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      Wow, definitely not one’s usual, ho-hum house! Very inventive & whimsical, with a tiny bit of classic-for-the-times stuff thrown in. Design-wise, the only thing that would bug me is the interior kitchen w/out windows. The views are gorgeous… a “million dollar view” (the other $2.6M is for the house)!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Now Cathy – would I bother you with ho-hum? It has been known to happen; but that’s well in the past. Heheheh. 😉 You’re for sure right about that little cave kitchen. Looks like there is a full level below though, (unshown), which likely has plenty of potential space for a proper kitchen – with the view.

        Pretty darn special place. Glad y’all enjoyed seeing it as much as I did.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Can’t stop looking at it.

      I would alter the crap out of the main upper and lower living space of this house; and probably most of the lower space as well. The fireplace would be enclosed in a fine, re-claimed woods, generously sized and very comfy inglenook; with deep, firmly enough cushiony, bench seating – as you do. Some really great motto over the new, woodsy, bricky, tiley fireplace: and deep rich fabrics everywhere. A full room above creates more space up there: and that new room can also share the new view from the greatly increased, (100% in sympathy with the hippy, Storybook aesthetic of course), new window wall/s which embrace the view instead of minimizing it.

      Of course the fabulous entry and passages would be untouched; as would the upper bedrooms; and any other space which has valuable personality. I’m not a fan of the probably later added, [as perhaps are most of the arty hippy traits], bisected, turned wooden post trimming on the steel casement windows, and would have no prob losing them in favor of a new big (sympathetic) view from within.

      Something tells me this started out as a rather simple, if large, modernist house before it was luxely hippified probably in the early 70’s.

      This house could be uber great if someone modified it (hippy) extravagantly and really embraced all of the wonderful 70’s Arts & Crafts elements here: expanding on that theme while embracing post, post modernity. Great opportunity for a tech-er of means, of taste, and most importantly who abides, to live a charmed life with a view of the city, bridge, and beyond. Great opportunity to employ many bespoke artisan craftsmen to really kit the place out special.

      I wonder if one could rather easily ferry commute to Silicon Valley for occasional meetings? You would have to e-commute to live here I would imagine.

      Aneehoo

  25. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    1910. Need more interior photos, but what we can see is grand! The street-level garage is wonderful…I’ll bet there’s a tunnel-like stair leading to the house from it! $449K

    Pittsburgh, PA:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/138-Stratford-Ave-Pittsburgh-PA-15206/11623532_zpid/

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  26. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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    1980 board & batten modern

    I wanted to share part of my growing up with all of you. While riding in a car with my architect uncle he brought to our attention a ludicrous building “improvement” a false mansard roof slapped on the front of a one story art deco building. The original building could still be seen from the side alley. We cannot win every round. I thank my uncle for his insight.

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  27. NonaKNonaK says: 152 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Austin, TX

    Offerings from Galveston, TX.

    1886 Victorian, Galveston TX – 3 bd 1.5 ba – 1,840 sf – $159,000 – Built before the 1900 hurricane. She needs lovin’. Cool that the original build estimate is included in the pictures.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1928-Avenue-K_Galveston_TX_77550_M75281-80572

    1886 Victorian, Galveston TX – 4 bd 2 ba – 2,272 sf – $420,000 – Wrap around porch. It’s been “whitewashed” but still has many original features . Too bad about the windows but some are walk-out.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/913-16th-St_Galveston_TX_77550_M74719-83531

    1879 Galveston, TX – 5 bd 2 ba – 2882 sf – $465,000 – Has a cottage look from the front. Beautifully maintained home. Lots of natural light.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1217-Church-St_Galveston_TX_77550_M77966-81688?ex=TX2303304832

    1874 Italianate, Galveston, TX – 4 bd 4 ba – 3,992 sf – $989,900 – Great curb appeal. Beautiful curved stairway. Picture #16 has a huge mantel.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1121-33rd-St_Galveston_TX_77550_M73088-03672

    1940 Bungalow – Galveston, TX – 2 bd 1 ba – 1,423 sf – $295,000 – Cute brick bungalow with a pretty pink bathroom.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5026-Woodrow-Ave_Galveston_TX_77551_M72008-92875

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    • AvatarEricHtown says: 313 comments

      I’m always amazed at how many homes survived the hurricane of 1900 that killed 6-12,000 on Galveston Island. Makes me think the builders back then used materials that were in many ways superior to what we work with today. Back in the day a 2×4 was actually 2″x4″. A quarter of the island’s residents were left homeless and lucky to have lived.

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      I like the 3rd house you listed. Agree that the outside has a cottage-y sort of look, with a more formal interior. And yes, plenty of natural light, incl. that whole bank of kitchen windows. And I like what they did with the clawfoot tub & its shower to keep any errant water from soaking the rest of the bathroom floor by putting in that marble curb.

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 855 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      The cottage one has a NOLA feel, like the creole cottages thanks to the dormers and roof’s ridge parallel to the street.

  28. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    Some homes are noted for a singular feature and while this Richardsonian Romanesque home has many standout moments …it is THAT room. For the OHD purists other parts of the home have had a heavy hand, but the homeowners overall created a livable and charming place. I actually What would you do with that room?

    St. Louis, MO
    Richardsonian Romanesque
    $929k
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4411-Westminster-Pl_Saint-Louis_MO_63108_M88927-28848#photo32

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      Hi Chris, sometimes I have thought about building a home with ONE fantastic room and living in that (with service spaces tucked somewhere). This started years ago when I considered buying a very atmospheric one-huge-room home that looked like a hunting lodge. I also could happily live in one room if it were the garden conservatory of the Dupont’s Mt. Cuba Center (https://mtcubacenter.org/) I could see living in a replica of that one room in this house!

      • AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

        I know exactly what you mean. I once almost bought a library simply because the reading room was ‘that room’. But, the location and neighborhood convinced me otherwise. I still fantasize about finding that perfect place.

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1881 comments
      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central NY, NY

      A lovely “that room” room! Certainly works as an opener, to intro the house! Although I do like the real opener/intro, the vestibule, too. Granted, that bathroom is waaay OTT (IMO) & not my cup of tea, but I also love the stairway and the leaded glass bay window.

  29. RosewaterRosewater says: 4549 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Interesting house. Great front porch Romanesque detail! Thanks Chris.

    As to “THAT room”, to my mind, it can be either one of two things. Either it was built as a rather grand ballroom addition early on, and has subsequently lost it’s fireplace to the extant altar, [John Foreman cringes in heaven]: OR, (which I consider more likely), it was purpose built as a (probably Catholic) chapel by the priests who likely inhabited the house after an early owner donated it to the church. The latter was a quite common occurrence when wealthy families decamped from their earlier urban mansions and moved out into the clubby suburbs. Another less likely possibility is that it was purpose built as a chapel by an early owner. This seems less likely due to it’s quite substantial size being vastly over-adequate for the in-home devotional needs of a single family.

    Would be fun to see the history here if someone cares to find it in order to see which, if any, theory proves out.

    As to what “I” would do with it – heheheh; that would be none too pleasing for any of the neighbors in much too close proximity; unless they just happen to have a great passion for music you can feel, beyond mere sound. 😉

    Good exterior view from the back shows evidence of modifications:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6466097,-90.2527801,3a,51.4y,182.67h,105.39t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOc8fFvm_YZqPXhwv7-5Cog!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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  30. AvatarJason Daniels says: 32 comments
    Lexington, KY

    Here is a house in Harrodsburg ky in the historic district of Lexington st. I started researching this house this week and researching the family. If anyone wants the history let me know. I didn’t want to bore you if history isn’t your thing. The people who have this house listed doesn’t have the date of the house right.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/315-E-Lexington-St-Harrodsburg-KY-40330/105899958_zpid/

    Here is the YouTube video

    https://youtu.be/JlqI8VDEI64

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      109K. At that price it’s a bargain at around $33 per square foot. Harrodsburg is a quite nice town too, as I recall.

  31. NonaKNonaK says: 152 comments
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    Austin, TX

    Too bad I don’t have a cool 3.65M to spare. I could happily live out the rest of my days in this house. I’m surprised at the smaller kitchen. Would love to see the bedrooms. Especially the round one.

  32. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    Ok this one is for the land – but what gorgeous land it is! Nestled alongside Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, this 165 acre property has a terrific Victorian, cabin, and superlative views. The terrain reminds me of the italian Lake District (Como, etc). The ample sized house is in remodeled condition, and it looks like it’s a drive to get a loaf of bread. But once you’re there who wants to leave!
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/114-Fort-George-Rd_Bayview_ID_83803_M15180-25096
    And yes, there’s a video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zyB4ldrfDCg

    Bayview Idaho
    Victorian
    3.9M

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    • AvatarSandy B says: 451 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Thanks ChrisICU……I am familiar with this part of Idaho…..it is heaven. And this property is idyllic to the max. The house is the perfect lake house, absolutely love it. I’d love to buy just the little cabin with a small slice of waterfront.

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 855 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      absolutely idyllic!!!

  33. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    1962 MCM in Las Cruces, NM 230k

    Lots to like here – kitchen & baths could be original. Has a great basement bar/man cave.

    Pix obviously taken in autumn. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4000-Lilac-Dr_Las-Cruces_NM_88005_M22057-50734

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  34. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    1930. This has been mostly modernized interior-wise, but the exterior is so perfectly charming I still wanted to share $182K:

    Wichita, KS:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/409-S-Crestway-St-Wichita-KS-67218/77346224_zpid/

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  35. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This is just an old house article I came across that was so interesting to me.

    This person decided that he would buy a derelict, literally falling down Queen Anne in Detroit for $500, and fix it up. It chronicles the factors that led to his decision to make the purchase, and provides a very candid, raw view of the sad condition many neighborhoods in Detroit are in, and why.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/drewphilp/why-i-bought-a-house-in-detroit-for-500

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
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      1980 board & batten modern

      http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/detropia/
      Cora, What a wonderfully interesting and well-written article.
      A few months ago I had seen the above documentary and became fascinated by the rise and fall of Detroit. I was inspired to post houses from Detroit and found quite a few. I didn’t find enough time to get it all together to post here.
      Here is a grand old home that is still available:
      359,900 1922
      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1701-Strathcona-Dr-Detroit-MI-48203/88694104_zpid/

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      • natira121natira121 says: 319 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        Fantastic! I do find the giant ss fridge hilarious in the context of the nearly untouched kitchen. What a joy it would be to restore this place. I’d live in the sunroom while pointing and writing checks *grin*

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    • JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks – very inspiring for urban pioneers! Here’s the guy’s house:
      https://goo.gl/maps/f4wy46CGHZRrPemZ8

      Here’s the Farnsworth neighborhood that he calls Forestdale, and a good article about it:
      https://goo.gl/maps/h65UeKzU5vyyUqUc7

      https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/how-paul-weertz-helped-stabilize-the-tiny-detroit-neighborhood-you-almost-never-heard-about/Content?oid=2343926

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      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 464 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1980 board & batten modern

        JimH thank you for the additional information. I look forward to reading the Weertz article tonight. It is nice putting the pictures you included with Cora’s article.

      • CandyCandy says: 138 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Carpentersville, IL

        JimH… I’m seriously considering that perhaps you know everything in the world about Architecture, Houses, Real Estate and History! And please believe me when I say that I’m not trying to be a smart ass or condescending or any other negative thing… I‘m just constantly amazed at your depth of knowledge and the way you generously share with us all! Thank you so very much!

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    • CandyCandy says: 138 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Carpentersville, IL

      Cora, Thank you so much for posting this! I loved reading it! I was born in Detroit and although we moved when I was young, my parents had many friends there and we visited almost on a monthly basis for years. Eventually, my older sister moved to a Detroit suburb where she still lives some 45 years later. She spent nearly her entire Nursing career working at an inner city hospital and then one day they were all notified that it was closing. Detroit fell and fell hard…no one can argue that! But it’s coming back and slowly rising from the Industrial Ash. And if anyone from OHD is looking for an amazing home at a Bargain Basement price, search Detroit on Zillow or Realtor.com. You’re gonna see things that will knock your socks off!

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  36. CoraCora says: 1891 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Thanks Jim! I was scouring the Poletown neighborhood on Google maps last night trying to find his house! So fascinating.

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  37. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Urban Pioneering stories can be uplifting. This well-written piece points out the pitfalls of taking risks in an urban environment but ends on a very hopeful note. Nearly all the problems mentioned in the article are economically driven. Examples of the unwise decisions that made the situation worse than it had to be are sprinkled throughout the article. (City and political corruption, a legacy of unpaid municipal debts, arbitrary corporate decisions that benefit the company’s bottom line at the expense of local residents; and I could go on)

    The back to the city movement is now well over a decade old and has helped to revitalize many neighborhoods formerly in decline. From numerous anecdotal accounts, the City of Detroit is improving. Not all of it, but small areas like those where the author of this story lives.

    Detroit is perhaps the most dramatic example of an American one industry town. As the automobile industry declined, so did Detroit and so many other regional communities that made parts and assemblies that went into the cars Detroit built.

    Detroit of the future is destined to be smaller than the large city of the past but if enough caring people come together to work for common goals including more investment and economic diversification, the improving city has a future. Detroit is often cited because its such an extreme example of urban American rise and fall but there are many other communities across the country with similar stories on a smaller scale.

    As the article brings out, one of the keys for successful urban pioneering is age. Being in the early 20’s with a college degree and diversified talents including construction skills can go a long way in depressed neighborhoods. Thanks so much Cora for sharing this uplifting story.

    Historic preservation focused on saving old houses can play a vital role in neighborhood revitalization. I’m sure that among our Old House Dreamers we have current and past urban pioneers. But saving a neglected old house isn’t unique to cities; there are plenty of old farmhouses and faded gems in smaller towns with architectural merits silently waiting for someone to adopt and give them a new lease on life. Perhaps that explains in part why I have a special fondness for old houses in distress. I don’t worry much about the survival of historic homes priced in the six figures and above. Their monetary value usually provides some measure of protection from oblivion. Not so for faded old houses priced in the used car price range. I sincerely hope this article may inspire others to get involved and decide to do their part for positive change.

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  38. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4714 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    One of the most architecturally impressive c. 1900 homes in Frankfort,Indiana, is on the market for $375,000: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/500-E-Washington-St_Frankfort_IN_46041_M49111-51888 Although the interior was renovated for achieving a certain look and retains a design cohesiveness, some of the period flavor is lost for a more modern look. I’m not a big fan of white pickled finishes as seen on the staircase. As for style, there’s definitely a Romanesque flavor as well as elements of the Queen Anne style. Lots of fraternal organization references in the decor as well. I can only wish I could have seen this house in the “before” state. It’s on a street with a number of impressive period homes. Here’s some photos I took of nearby Frankfort homes a few years ago: (scroll down) https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157707316883784

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    • natira121natira121 says: 319 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Wow, that’s a cool house, though I too would love to see it “before”. And I think I’d rather see pickling than paint.

      And as someone who has one TV, I at first thought the house was being used as a sport’s bar!

  39. momofsnoopsyahoo-commomofsnoopsyahoo-com says: 1 comments
    1919 Colonial
    Chickasaw, AL

    $116,000, 95 Lee Street, Chickasaw, AL 36611, 1,915 square feet. Built in 1919, this beautiful 100yr old colonial sits on a corner lot with large oak trees surrounding it. It has hardwood floors, as well as a stained glass door. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a bonus room. There are two storage buildings in the back and a double carport. Shelli Bell, Roberts Brothers, 251-680-7848. https://clicktime.symantec.com/3ApttPx563ppippioCNq1NB7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10216515651395961%26set%3Da.2735035747255%26type%3D3%26sfns%3Dcl

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