March 13, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Hope someone can find today’s old house.

    Recommendation is really the Edwardian Farm series but there were books that went along with each version (Victorian, Tudor…whatever others.) I assume many of you are trying to stay as home as much as possible, let’s find some entertaining things to watch. Ruth Goodman is my favorite (tv)historian ever so she’s the basis of my recommendations this weekend.

    The Edwardian Farm is on YouTube (link) but it’s poor quality. You can rent/buy it on Amazon as well (link.)

    Available for Amazon Prime Members with Ruth Goodman…
    Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas
    Victorian Farm

    Or poorer quality on YouTube…
    Victorian Farm
    Wartime Farm

    Feel free to link to whatever similar shows you’d like, there are many, MANY more. It’s been a slow listing week, has anyone else noticed? Maybe people are thinking having strangers breath through their home should be put off a while, I suppose.

    PS…for the YouTube watchers, I’m going to share one of my favorites to watch. Selena at The Recycled Life (link), her and friend do thrift/antique store shopping videos (for resale and fun.) Something I know some of you will enjoy too. If you want to share your favorite antique/history/whatever related YouTuber’s, feel free!

    PSS…Meant to mention, if you are a monthly Supporter and need to take a break, PayPal folks (link), and Patreon (link). There are no worries if you need to, you will not lose your Supporter status. If you are not a Supporter, link. 🙂

    PSSS…Thought I’d have time today to do new listings for tomorrow but nope, not going to happen. So will do my new weekend routine of resharing old posts. Wish I could keep working every day, it’s become what it has become. Don’t be like me, take care of your mental health properly. Nope, it’s a working weekend.

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    • Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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      OMG! I was going to leave a comment about COVID-19 and urging everyone to be safe!…Then I saw this!!!! I’M OBSESSED!!! My husband is so over these shows because they are ALL I WATCH!!!…Tales from Green Valley is another I believe people will love. I believe it to be their first. Victorian Pharmacy and Full steam ahead are also great but slightly different.

      I ADORE RUTH GOODMAN!! She’s a super woman!!!

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      • Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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        (I’d like to apologize for my use of “OMG”. I’d been up long enough to grab my coffee but not drink it. I’m in my 40s though, so there really is no excuse!)

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    • MJGMJG says: 2165 comments
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      CT

      I love the Victorian Farm series. So amazing and knowledgeable people! I like that group of people. This show is also available on Amazon Prime.

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    • 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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      1944 Cottage
      Bagdad, FL

      My husband and I watched your recommended movie, “Sweet Land” this week, and we both loved it I must admit I went off on the preacher, but those where the times then. Will be checking these out as well.
      Watched a PBS special called Victorian Slum, I think it was. Very interesting, and to think how those people did want every they could to make a living. Wonder if we would be that brave today? Hoping we never find out.
      Stay safe all, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

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    • 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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      1944 Cottage
      Bagdad, FL

      Watching “Victorian Farm” and loving it! Happy, happy, happy! Other than the shows Kelly mentioned above, any other shows or movie recommendations? I’m want to make a to watch list. 🙂
      We watched the “Restoration Home” series, and liked it for the most part. A few I wasn’t to happy with because they kept the outside looking original, (had to because of the grade listing of the homes) but totally destroyed any historical significance inside. But most were good restorations. It’s on Amazon also.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      Yes, those shows are wonderful and Ruth is the best! I wish there were more American social history programs made, though I don’t know if they’d be as popular over here. I loved the Tudor Feast at Haddon Hall, an amazing place that’s been in the same family for 850 years, and been used in movies since Mary Pickford.

      https://www.haddonhall.co.uk/

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5mAexY-HPs

      • MJGMJG says: 2165 comments
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        CT

        Agree! The people of the UK seem to really have a stronger respect for this. They have a lot of shows even on the BBC. Victorian Killers, Home Sweet Home where they talk about painting from the period, etc.

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  2. GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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    1909 Victorian
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Everybody stay well! Have a good weekend! 🌞🦋🐛🐞

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  3. Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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    Everyone! Be safe! Be smart! Stay healthy! Keep your distance but check in on older family members/neighbors. My plea to you is coming from Washington State where I reside in a current uninfected county…but surrounded by counties with active cases.

    I don’t know a single one of you and may never meet any of you but from one human to others, PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!!!

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3429 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Kelly, I hope you stay healthy because we will all have a lot more time to peruse OHD! And because we love you, too 🙂

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks, you and y’all too! Got enough groceries to last two weeks, maybe three. Husband has to go to work otherwise I’m not going anywhere for a while. I told him to stay away from his boss because every time there’s something going around he gets it.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        My spouse and I “grocery-ed up” too in recent days. Noticed just a few shortages at our friendly local “Wally World” (Walmart) store but nothing drastic. Not sure precisely when everyone started to take this virus thing seriously but by the end of this week the general mood is decidedly different than it was even a week ago.

        We all have to keep the faith that together we’ll get though this period of uncertainty-even during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (that cost my great-grandfather his life as he was in the hospital recuperating from a motorcycle accident) the vast majority of people survived and medical science compared to the present was woefully primitive and inadequate. My personal advice is to follow recommended safe preventative practices, use common sense, and expect things to get better as indications are that they are already improving in some parts of the world.

        Turning now to old houses and real estate in general, the strongest factor putting downward pressure on prices right now is the economic uncertainty. Sellers are hesitant to put properties on the market because they are afraid they will have to drastically reduce their asking prices to make a sale. Buyers are hesitant to make large purchases because of uncertainties about employment and future income. Some will probably be forced to drop prices to sell but the longer term outlook is still very favorable because once the virus crisis begins to wind down, I personally believe our economic health will rapidly improve with it.

        We haven’t taken our for sale sign out of the yard but we will try to allow a little more “wiggle” room in our negotiations than before. The main strategy is to patiently hunker down like most folks are doing and wait for this economic and health crisis to pass, as it surely will. I remember the confusion and worries so many had immediately after 9/11 but we did get through that crisis and normalcy eventually returned. Difficult times bring out the best in some people and the worst in others-why not try to be at our best? Just sharing my thoughts here in writing- I think that most here feel the same way.
        We have basic cable and I noticed a number of stations are going to have movie marathons in the coming days. Saw The Shining this morning and now my spouse is watching The Green Mile. The Matrix series of movies come on tomorrow. Wish there was a channel for old house lovers.

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        • 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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          1944 Cottage
          Bagdad, FL

          There is no toilet paper, Lysol, hand sanitizer, or disinfectant wipes to be found around here. Stores are starting to ration them thankfully, so maybe I’ll be able to get some. I have all items, but running low. We’re also stocking up on food. Ya never know. Once again, as a old nurse, wash your hands, was your hands, wash your hands.

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          • Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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            Thank you! THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HAND WASHING! I do have hand sanitizer and wipes that I use when I don’t have access to water and soap however, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m hitting that sink the moment there is one. I have not been about washing my hands at grocery stores and gas stations these past few weeks. I CAN’T not go into these places for it is included in my job responsibilities. I’ve also gone to wearing outdoor clothes and indoor clothes at work. Lysoling both sets. I’m not worried about myself getting sick, I’m worried about myself being a carrier.

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            • Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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              I have not been ABOVE not about…I WILL wash my hands at grocery stores and gas stations.

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            • 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 45 comments
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              1944 Cottage
              Bagdad, FL

              I’ve been doing the mudroom like thing, get home, clothes off and into laundry, robe on, maybe shower then, or wait till later, but wash my hands for sure. It’s just my husband and I, so if I want to stay in my robe, I will. Lysol makes a laundry disinfectant now. It’s found with the bleach at my Walmart, add to wash like you would bleach. I’m needing more, but suspect I won’t find any. Also, clean your phones, clean credit cards. Some people don’t think about cards, but they get handled, and how clean are the ATM’s or CC machines?

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              • Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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                My CCs, keys, pens, my purse…I even sanitize the sanitizer! My husband thinks it’s a little much…he’ll thank me when we all (our older family members included) stay safe!

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              • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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                I use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer in every load, especially since my mom got the flu and Pneumonia while in the hospital for rehab after her “Christmas Stroke”. She had the immunizations, just the strain that she got was different! Anyway, I got the last bottle at WalMaer yesterday! I thought that there was a hole in the bottle or something!
                The virus has just hit Pittsburgh—until now, all of the cases were on the other side of the State. We have many hospitals here, so hopefully they can handle all of this. Husband is an RN, so he will go to work no matter what, but I’m considering this time to get lots of things around the house!
                Stay safe everyone and have a good weekend!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Just want to wish everyone well in this time of national emergency. I’m really at a loss for words about the whole thing. I’ll be praying for you all.

      I’ve been feeling low lately; and OHD is a ray of sunshine for me amid the gloom. Lately wishing I had more time to spend here; but have been very busy with work, and dealing with all of the astonishingly unexpected peripherals of losing a loved one. My partner of five years died unexpectedly and tragically just over three weeks ago. It’s been tough. His death still has me spinning emotionally; and now this Wu-flu thing isn’t helping. Anyway, I appreciate you all very much, and can’t bear the thought of losing a single one of you – – – -: so read up on this damn thing; take it seriously; and take all necessary steps to get through it.

      Above all else; remember the most important rule:
      https://ritholtz.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/dontpanic.jpg

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        Jay, so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved partner. If you have announced this previously, my sincere apologies for somehow not noticing it. I do remember a period when your sometimes humorous but always informative comments were absent. I hope that with the passage of time that your burden lessens. As for dealing with the current situation, I’m witnessing my neighbors and fellow Americans doing what they have always done during times of crises-we all pull together. A younger neighbor of ours down the street called this morning and asked if we needed anything and offered to go get groceries for us. We’re OK for the next couple of weeks so I thanked her for her concern and caring.

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      • dwr7292dwr7292 says: 446 comments
        1930 carriage house
        Bethlehem, CT

        We’re here for you, Jay.

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      • KevinONeillKevinONeill says: 153 comments
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        1884 Victorian Cottage
        St Paul, MN

        Jay, sorry for your loss. It must be very difficult along with this national emergency. I always look forward to your pithy comments about all things old and modern society. I found Old House Dreams years ago and you were one of the originals that kept the debate lively. I’ve always felt like Kelly was an old girlfriend I lost touch with or at least some type of soulmate (I hope that’s not weird) 😉 Anyway you have lots of friends here with a lot of support. Hang in their buddy…”This too will pass”

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      • CoraCora says: 2053 comments
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        Clinton, TN

        Prayers and hugs for you ❤
        I’m so, so very sorry for your loss.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Thank you Cora. It’s been tough, but it’s getting easier lately.

          An even bigger thank you for all that you do for OHD. 🙂

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      • MJGMJG says: 2165 comments
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        CT

        Rosewater this is sad news. I lost my first love to suicide many years ago and know the pain and grief is never easy. Stay strong my friend.

        (You will always be rosewater to me, I can never remember your real name. Just like I will always be MJG to you LOL)

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      • SueSue says: 529 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Jay, I am so very sorry for your loss. Of course you are depressed and of course this virus is just adding to your pain and distress. There are no words that seem adequate to say to you. I will be thinking of you and sending hugs your way.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          That means a lot coming from you, Sue. I know you help people deal with grief, loss, and healing; so thank you X3 for your words. God bless you for your kindness. 🙂

      • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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        My condolences, Jay. Thanks for thinking of the rest of us.

        The fridge and cupboards are full for a long siege as I “shelter in place,” health issues putting me at high-risk if I catch the damned bug. Feeling anxious and down about it, I looked out my window this morning to see my magnolia gloriously blooming in bright sun. All is good!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Thanks’ Jim. Life goes on. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you are well prepared, and being smart about the situation. We’re looking at gloom for the foreseeable future here in Central Indiana; so very much looking forward that bright sun you caught sight of.

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      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1010 comments
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        Hugs to you, Jay. Such a loss is never easy, and I echo the sentiments of others here. No matter how bleak things get, they won’t stay that way forever. Life is a very strange roller coaster and eventually things do get better. Hang in there.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Thanks’ again everyone for your comments and private messages of support. If it has taken me a minute to get back to you, I’m sure you’ll understand. 🙂

        It will be nice when I’m at the point where I don’t have to talk about it anymore. I’m solid gen-X; and so, far more in touch with that sort of classic English stoicism than I am with any contemporary, millennial, feefee shareshare ethic. He was a milli, as were most of his friends, so there has been much feefee shareshare to contend with. 😉

        I’ve been keeping VERY busy with a succeeding effort to literally work through the emotional stages of grief. Helping me along in that process has been my nearing obsessive effort to quite literally go through every single nook, cranny, cabinet, drawer, box and bin, from basement to attic, purging, organizing, and cleaning every space and nearly every last little bit of everything. It’s all nearly done now; and my spiritual and emotional health is much the better for it. I recommend the exercise to anyone dealing with profound loss. Giving away many of his things to his / our friends has been a tough thing to do; but wonderfully cathartic at the same time.

        https://i.pinimg.com/originals/44/3b/a6/443ba6d24a7a62d529e054255e101d8d.jpg

        Anyway – I’m doing OK. Thanks’ again everybody for thinking of me.

        J

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      • KarenZKarenZ says: 1150 comments
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        I’m so very sorry that you lost your partner, Jay. I missed this until now. Please take extra with yourself right now to stay save❤️

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Thank you, Karen. I’m doing OK. Have LOTS to do around here to keep me busy, and my mind off of it – thank God. 🙂

  5. JulieJulie says: 351 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora from New Zealand,

    Arcadia Station, an early 1900s homestead in Glenorchy(South Island). The setting and scenery is absolutely spectacular and the 11 bedroom home looks very nice too although there are no interior pictures. It looks like they are wanting $US12,116,134.00.

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3662989/residential/sale/

    Here is the story of how the house came to be built:

    https://pureglenorchy.com/arcadia-the-house-that-was-built-from-a-broken-heart/

    An article about the house, including video and it’s popularity as a place for films (LOTR, for example) and television ads:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/117172433/arcadia-station-near-queenstown-for-sale-for-1520m

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      So perfect it looks like a movie set!

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    • SueSue says: 529 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Kia Ora, that is the most exquisite of spots. It would be a dream for me to be able to be the steward of land such as that. I have always wanted to have a place where I watched over vast land since I was little. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. AVoegAVoeg says: 84 comments
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    Craftsman, Prairie WI

    Hopefully everyone is safe and healthy!

    Today I am sharing a 1920 Farmhouse in Browntown WI.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/W8917-Buckhorn-Rd_Browntown_WI_53522_M82739-84979#photo0

    BEAUTIFUL wood throughout. I believe there are many original built ins, but having some trouble distinguishing what may be original in the kitchen. In any case, this home is absolutely perfect. Not a thing I’d change except maybe removing the vinyl siding. 10 minutes away from where I live.. if only I had about a half million dollars to spare.

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  7. allanallan says: 82 comments
    1875 Mountain Cabin
    Whitehead, NC

    While looking through past listing I realized that there are no listings in Alaska. So I have found 2. Each are early commercial buildings with living quarters above.

    Chitina, Alaska 1910 country store, National Register of Historic Places, The views are Awesome!!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/L3-B3-Main-St-Chitina-AK-99566/2111784350_zpid/?

    Tenekee Springs, Alaska 1902 County Store & Cafe, Waterfront, Great Woodwork, 2 bdrm 1 bath – upstairs.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-E-Tenakee-Ave-Tenakee-Springs-AK-99841/2083269240_zpid/?

    Allan

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      The Chitina one is awesome!

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      • ebluhmebluhm says: 47 comments

        While looking through past listings, I realized that there are no listings in Washington, DC. But there may be interesting historic properties in Washington! Unlike Allan, I am not posting anything interesting.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          People can’t handle NOT keeping politics out of Washington, DC listings. It’s not something I care to do anymore.

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          • JkleebJkleeb says: 294 comments
            Seattle, WA

            I stay fairly positive and optimistic about the world but this is discouraging. I have really appreciated your guidelines on comments and have actually reviewed them when I was about to post something I thought might be too critical or snarky. I have liked that OHD is one of the few examples online where people are on their best behavior but I realize I only see what has been moderated and not what you have to filter out.

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    • JulieJulie says: 351 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      We recently returned from a few weeks stay in a cabin near Palmer,AK. We came pretty close to Chitina. Alaska is absolutely breathtaking and we fell in love with it. There was a nice looking old hotel for sale in Talkeetna when we went there for a day.

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    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 580 comments
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      Love the shots from Tenekee Springs especially Photo 4 with the snow on the trees and the houses close to the water. Everything looks so peaceful!

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  8. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 446 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    Hello all, hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring-like weather and sun that I see here today! I am working for a large retail corporation and it’s been a little nutty. People fighting over hand sanitizer and toilet paper. I hear that as soon as an area with these things is stocked, shelves are bare in 30 minutes. My little town was the first recorded CT resident case of Covid-19, so they’ve closed schools amongst other things. When it hits so close to home, you do start to pay attention more. No need to panic, but caution is the best option, I’d say.

    Anyway, very few old houses have interested me in the last few weeks—but I’ll show you what I’ve found. A few likely will roll their eyes at the magazine ready ones, I do like a bit of realness in an old house, but here’s what I’ve got.

    This 1870 (wrong) Federal in Sharon Ct is listed for 865k. It was formerly the home of designer Matthew Patrick Smyth who renovated/restored it from top to bottom, as it was being used as a rooming house. It was all done in veddy good taste, appealing to a wealthy buyer. It was more interesting to me when he lived here, as it was published, but it’s a very gracious place to come for the weekend.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/79-N-Main-St_Sharon_CT_06069_M33914-53816

    Here’s an interesting 1800 barn conversion in Woodbury, Ct listed for $379k. I was in this last time around it was on the market almost 20 years ago when it was last renovated and I remember thinking how charming and livable the floor plan was. Unique and quirky, but functional—also just steps to Main Street sidewalks and all sorts of goodness. I still firmly believe all barns want to be red and NOT orange.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/29-Curtiss-Rd_Woodbury_CT_06798_M46582-72265

    There’s likely little left to restore here from the 1920s, but this 1920 lake cottage in Winsted, Ct listed for $299k gets me. It’s got storybook proportions and overall nice feel. I see lots of cedar shakes, maybe some dark green casement windows and you’d be in business. Make it feel old, even if the elements are new. This is my patented wreck of the week choice.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/722-W-Wakefield-Blvd_Winsted_CT_06098_M48493-49274

    Finally, because my penchant for Colonial cottages knows no bounds, this Stormville Ny 1800 house listed at $425k caught my eye. Another one that is done to the nines, it really works for me. A bit more patina would make it feel a tad more authentic, but somedays pretty is good too. A wood shingle roof and copper gutters will always make my heart skip a beat.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/380-Rushmore-Rd_Stormville_NY_12582_M47598-95299

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    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      I like the Stormville cottage also, humble as it is at the edge of the road. Survey info agrees with the c.1800 date, and the saltbox was formed by a later addition. It was the home of Andrew J. Lee (1832-1917) in the later 1800’s, from a family of early Baptists. He didn’t produce much on his rough 56 acres, and I imagine he spent a lot of time with his Bible. The house used to be red, a better complement to all the stonework imo.

      https://goo.gl/maps/jfEHTDDu8Mnc3VZB9

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      Thanks for sharing the Sharon, CT, Main Street home. While the modern touches are acceptable, the “Tiger” maple staircase hand rail and balusters are perhaps the most beautiful components of any old house balustrades I’ve ever seen and I do not make this comment lightly. I believe the hand rail could be hand carved and shaped and the balusters hand made as well. I’m used to seeing such elegant uses of wood on fine Colonial furniture pieces but very little of it I’ve seen used in millwork. I recall some tiger maple millwork in a Gouverneur, NY mid-19th century mansion that was originally the home of a furniture factory owner. (Van Duzee was the family name as best as I can recall)

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      • dwr7292dwr7292 says: 446 comments
        1930 carriage house
        Bethlehem, CT

        I agree about the stair John—it’s so simply and beautifully done. It’s why I in fact recognized the house. I remember seeing pictures of it in a book and just being totally floored by it.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Decidedly, exceptionally rare and beautiful. Thank God they didn’t paint it.

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  9. Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    1923 Colonial in Springfield, MA for 209,500. I love the green bath, as well as the exterior
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/616-Alden-St_Springfield_MA_01109_M31025-00852
    1900 Colonial in Springfield for $329,000 with a working elevator; same neighborhood as the green shingle Kelly posted this week.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-Florentine-Gdns_Springfield_MA_01108_M38608-14144?ex=MA2914057101
    1920 Dutch Colonial in West Springfield, MA for $319,900 – nice neighborhood with lots of old houses https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/120-Rogers-Ave_West-Springfield_MA_01089_M38081-23250

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  10. Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Thought this one deserved its own post.
    Condo in a 1900 Catholic church in South Boston, MA for $849,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45-W-Broadway-UNIT-307-South-Boston-MA-02127/63531194_zpid/
    Hope everyone is feeling ok. I might post a few more houses on the link exchange this week as I am working from home for the foreseeable future. (May also spend time cleaning my own house, but where’s the fun in that?)

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  11. Sandy BSandy B says: 796 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    1925 VERY Tudor, South Bend, IN at $525 on the St. Joseph river. This house is gorgeous and even has appropriate chimney pots…….!! I especially love the kitchen and pantry. Disappointed there’s no photo of what I would expect to be an interesting fireplace.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/425-W-North-Shore-Dr-South-Bend-IN-46617/77027550_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=urn:msg:202003122117391d1997e8c25b84e6&utm_campaign=emo-MarketReport-hothomeimage&utm_term=urn:msg:202003122117391d1997e8c25b84e6

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  12. Thank you Kelly- for this wonderful site, and thanks to all participants who share your thoughtful comments. In this crazy time it is nice to have this virtual community of like-minded folk. I hope everyone is safe and not too stressed out. Thanks to those folks sharing the viewing suggestions.
    -Kate

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  13. JkleebJkleeb says: 294 comments
    Seattle, WA

    Portland ME, 1884 Townhome, $1,075.000.
    I’m not sure where I first saw this so I apologize if it was already on OHD. I think this house had a colonial/neoclassical remodel based on the aesthetic fireplace surrounds in the double parlors paired with the ionic columns. I like the new library shelving but would look for a period mantelpiece. There’s a great garage/carriage house and yard, rare in this neighborhood.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Thomas-St-Portland-ME-04102/84948605_zpid/

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  14. Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 150 comments
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    March 14th 2020

    I woke up to the news that the governor of my state, Gov. Inslee of Washington State, has closed all schools through April 24th. My husband works from home and our 17 year old already does online schooling, so this doesn’t impact my immediate home life. However, I live in a town of less than 50,000 people. We (our town) are only 97 and have been clinging to survival for decades! We have a part of town that has a street that is lined on both sides with ALF and nursing homes. We have several apartment buildings and mobile home communities strictly for people 50+. Two thirds of the children attending school in my community rely on the schools for their breakfast and lunches. Every friday those same kids are given a bag of food for them and their family to eat over the weekend. A lot of those families are single parent homes where the parent can’t afford to take the next month of work off to watch their children, they can’t afford adequate childcare, especially those who are not elderly family members. I am beyond fearful not just for the individuals in my community but for my town as a whole. I fear it will finally collapse. I love my town, its brief history and the fighters/survivors that created it. I am certain that there are many other communities finding themselves in the same situation, poor families and a huge elderly population. I want to do more. I work for a man who is 1) in the age of concern and 2) has a compromised immune system. It is my job to keep him healthy and safe. I also take care of 2 individuals in their mid 60s, one with an underlying health issue. I feel as though there is so little I can do in my community for fear of carrying COVID-19 into my work. By nature, I am a prepper. I feel as though many of you may also be preppers in some aspects. This has already proven to be a test of my ability to stay calm and rational (which I’d like to admit I’m about 50/50 for hanging on). Please remember those in your communities who this will impact heavily. Offer to run to the store for your elderly neighbors/family members. This has to be the most terrifying for them. If you’re not at risk and you don’t have family/friends at risk, maybe you could volunteer to watch the children of a family you know will be struggling during school closures. That is all. Thank you.

    Even if this does not make it to being posted, it is ok. This site is the closest thing I do to social media and it felt good to get these thoughts out. My anxiety has been elevated. This lowered it for a moment. Thank you.

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    • ZooZoo says: 523 comments

      I share your concerns about families without resources to withstand this outbreak. In our community, schools are closed for two weeks, but certain schools will hand out boxed lunches (in the parking lots!) to children who receive free and reduced price lunches. With no buses running, I don’t know how these kids will get to the schools to pick up their lunches. Many have no internet, so can’t do any work at home. Many parents have no child care and need to go to work to get paid. It’s a terrible situation for many people, not to mention those who are sick.
      I have elderly neighbors and am checking in with them regularly. The wife is quite ill with underlying issues. They can’t leave their house, so neighbors are bringing them food. And they’re doing all other shopping online.
      Please, everyone, check on your elderly neighbors. They may be too proud to ask for help, but they need it in this dangerous situation. If they become infected, they may die.

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    • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1909 Victorian
      Scottsdale, AZ

      Hang in there. I’m admittedly a bit of a prepper, so to speak. More on that some other time…

      I read a post about a lady who was hailed by an elderly couple in their car, afraid to go into the grocery store. She got their groceries and loaded them into their trunk.

      Made me think… maybe I should post in the local community that I can grab groceries and such for people at risk? Although I’m only 50 and was in athlete condition only 2 years ago, I’m at slightly higher risk now due to an ongoing medical mystery affecting my heart and vestibular system, and residual effects from pneumonia 3 years ago. But not as much as a large percentage of the local retired population. It’s all relative, so I’m relatively way healthier than many of them 🤷

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    • tcmchickietcmchickie says: 161 comments
      OHD Supporter

      TX

      Kelly, I had the pleasure of working for a group of folks during Hurricane Harvey called CrowdSource Rescue that used a system that paired people who were willing and able to help with other people who needed rescue. The 911 system was completely overwhelmed, and FEMA wasn’t yet in place, and people were posting on Twitter and other social media begging for help. We gathered their location information and coordinated with individuals and with groups like The Cajun Navy to pull them out of flooded and dangerous places and get them into shelters.

      This group has now expanded and is doing nationwide outreach to help folks who need it during COVID-19 and organize volunteers. I’m hesitant to post an outside link that has nothing to do with old houses, but with Kelly permission, I’d like to share it. Right now they’re trying to locate and focus on the areas that have the most need but hope to expand to other places. If it’s not ok, I completely understand and please delete this.

      I hope we all can stay safe and well and please take good care, everybody!

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  15. MosheMoshe says: 4 comments

    https://www.brownstoner.com/listing/3yd-MLSLINY-3193121/saint-james-ny-11780/

    Built in 1895 (Stanford White, architect)

    Price: $1,395,000

    Location: St. James, NY

    A fabulous house by a great American architect in a lovely North Shore location on Long Island, but it needs some serious work.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      Wow! Leave it to “Stanny” White (1853-1906) to take an Octagon form house, add a wing to one of the eight sides, and then deck it out in fine Colonial Revival trappings. I was astonished to see how well preserved the interior of this house is. While the term “National Treasure” may be over-used these days, what else could an architecturally ambitious design by one of the best 19th century architects in the country be called?

      SIXTEEN bedrooms! 3.75 landscaped acres with this Gilded Age mansion placed picturesquely at the top of a hill overlooking Stony Brook Harbor. After taking all of this in, the $1.4 million asking price seems almost too little. I literally pray that the next owner of this house is a dedicated preservationist who will do nothing to mar or obscure the vision of Stanford White’s hand in the original design. It would not bother me in the least if the National Trust for Historic Preservation acquired this house and preserved it in perpetuity. Worse would be an insensitive owner who has too much money and is arrogantly Philistine enough to believe they should be allowed go in and “improve” on a Stanford White masterpiece. Worst would be some totally brainless but wealthy brute who would raze the house to build some grand interpretation of a custom mega-mansion so that they could resell it at some point and make millions off the next idiotic owner. The Stanford White house should have every preservation covenant known to mankind affixed to its deed to prevent such criminal architectural folly. Thanks for sharing this rare Stanford White designed residence.

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      • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        Wow! I’m really glad my husband isn’t home, or he would have likely called an ambulance to take me away after hearing the noise I made when I saw the original range in the kitchen. Rosewater will understand *grin*

        The entire house is just wonderful! I second everything John said. Truely a treasure

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      • Sandy BSandy B says: 796 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        John, I couldn’t agree more with your statement. First glance gave me the shivers as I recalled like old gems of this era we’ve seen on this site that were bought and razed by some narcissistic idiot. This house is absolutely wonderful.

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      • Sandy BSandy B says: 796 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        John, don’t you expect they included staff rooms in the sixteen…?? Surely they didn’t make their own beds or do their own dishes…or…do their own cooking for all the lavish parties…..😏

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        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5357 comments
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          1897 Queen Anne Colonial
          Cadiz, OH

          Hi Sandy,
          Undoubtedly this household had domestic help as nearly all well to do households employed a staff to maintain/clean up their homes and keep things running smoothly. Most servants were relegated to top floor bedrooms most often next to the back staircase which led down to the kitchen whenever it was feasible. Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/b20392758/page/n3/mode/2up ) first published in 1861 London, offered advice to the Lady of the house regarding information for the mistress, housekeeper, cook, kitchen-maid, butler, footman, coachman, valet, upper and under house-maids, lady’s maid, maid-of-all-work, laundry-maid, nurse and nurse-maid, monthly, wet, and sick nurses, etc. Only the very wealthy had such an extensive staff of domestic help with the Butler being at the top of the domestic help hierarchy. Mrs. Beeton’s book was a runaway best seller on both sides of the Atlantic with many later additions all the way up to the 20th century. I personally have an 1880’s copy.
          Sadly, the “to the manor born” lifestyle also ended on both sides of the Atlantic for the most part with the upheavals of World War I. But when this Stanford White designed home was in full swing, it would not surprise me if the family had a half dozen or so staff members on call at all times. It was also a time of large families sometimes with extended family members (mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles,) taking up residence in the same house. Must have been a lively scene there back in the day.

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        • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
          OHD Supporter

          Sandy, the house was built for the wealthy widow of a minister and her 2 teen-aged children, who were usually away at school. The bedrooms were suites with dressing areas now called separate rooms, and an upper bedroom level was added to the wing in later years. The census shows just the small family with 3 young women servants – English, Swedish and French, also an older gentleman who probably lived in the caretaker’s house. It’s a large, elegant house but likely quiet as a church most of the time.

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          • Sandy BSandy B says: 796 comments
            OHD Supporter

            2001 craftsman farmhouse
            Bainbridge Island, WA

            What enlightening information…….makes my imagination take interesting turns. Thanks Jim, you always are a welcome wealth of information. It’s too bad for the house the children/grandchildren didn’t take an interest in maintaining it, but then, maybe the memories just weren’t there for them. I so hope it doesn’t get pulled down. How I would love to even just consult on a restoration. I got out one of my books on the subject, SHINGLE STYLES by Leland Roth, an acquaintance of mine, and immersed myself again in this favorite genre.

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 864 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      I really wish I had a spare 1.4 million, another 1.4 million to restore it and another 1.4 to invest to offset the (presumably high) property taxes! I second everything John S. said about this place.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6687 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      More pix and comments:
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/01/20/1895-saint-james-stanford-white/

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    • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1909 Victorian
      Scottsdale, AZ

      Um, hello Powerball 🙋 … I’m right here and know how to spend my windfall…

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  16. tcmchickietcmchickie says: 161 comments
    OHD Supporter

    TX

    For me, this was a real show-stopper-

    Hoquiam, Washington

    7 bed, 7 bath, in 7,639 sqft $499,900

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/515-Chenault-Ave-Hoquiam-WA-98550/55055410_zpid/?

    From the listing:
    “Well known Hoquiam Castle offered for Sale! A Beautiful 1900 Victorian Mansion. Well cared for & maintained. On the Registry of National Historic Places. Has been functioning as a Bed & Breakfast. Would serve well as a Grand Single Home Resident. 4 Floors, includes basement & apartment. 6 bedrooms & 7 baths of various sizes. Detailed wood trim throughout. Original wood floors, terraced gardens. Views of the City & Bay. 2 newer gas furnaces, water on demand, roof, exterior paint & some applian.”

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  17. lamokalamoka says: 1 comments
    1872 corning, NY

    FSBO
    MOVE IN READY
    1870’S VICTORIAN FOLK HOME, MOTHER IN LAW APARTMENT AND 5 DEVELOPED ORGANIC ACRES.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11225-River-Rd-Corning-NY-14830/32579960_zpid/?view=public

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    • tcmchickietcmchickie says: 161 comments
      OHD Supporter

      TX

      There are some houses that give off such a strong sense of being well-loved and well-cared for, it’s unmistakable and so nice to see. This is one of those houses for sure!

  18. I found three houses for y’all. And these are some pretty good ones too!
    First up, we have an 1872 in North Bend, Ohio. This house is actually quite incredible-its bathrooms are extraordinary.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Muirfield-Dr-North-Bend-OH-45052/63260269_zpid/

    Next, a very regal Second Empire with wallpaper to extra for my liking, but the fireplaces are quite amazing.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1226-Sheffield-St-Pittsburgh-PA-15233/11376361_zpid/

    Finally, a brick Queen Anne with shoulder-high wainscoting and probably the best door trims I have ever seen.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/800-N-6th-St_Burlington_IA_52601_M85675-48588#photo14

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  19. MikeMike says: 368 comments
    1886 Queen Anne Victorian
    IL

    I found this stone church in Wisconsin that has been converted into a fairy-tale home:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/506-N-Main-St_Lake-Mills_WI_53551_M88631-01843?view=qv

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  20. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 580 comments
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    The stone church in Wisconsin is simply gorgeous. I love the exterior and the inside is just — I’m speechless. Love it, everything about it is SO, as Mike said, a fairy tale home. This is just beautiful!! Thanks for posting it.

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  21. Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Here’s a few more from me this week, all pricey
    1900 Georgian in Pittsfield, MA for $899,000, very grand on 2 acres:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Crofut-St-Pittsfield-MA-01201/55944130_zpid/
    1906 in Holyoke, MA with Connecticut River views also for $899,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1040-Northampton-St-Holyoke-MA-01040/56176463_zpid/
    1928 Mediterranean in Providence for $1,095,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Westford-Rd-Providence-RI-02906/65985962_zpid/

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  22. SueSue says: 529 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    Hello everyone. I hope this finds you all well and safe. I wanted to say that I am thinking of everyone at this stressful time.

    I am immunosuppressant so staying home, especially having just flown back from GA a little over a week ago. Husband is not traveling to CT but working from home.

    I know I like to post the expensive gems but I am sharing a few deals today.

    Augusta, Maine. This is a not so nice section of town. I have driven past this since I was 18. When the little gift shop was open I always wonder what they had in there. Now on sale it is surprisingly untouched. Built in 1910. Makes me a bit sad that it is in this spot. Could be adorable. The staircase is unique. Priced at 90,000.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/119-Mount-Vernon-Ave_Augusta_ME_04330_M34656-88979?view=qv

    Augusta,ME. This is really nice. Colonial? Farmhouse? Listing says this was built in 1867. Vinyl siding on the outside but look at that trim!!! I love the windows in this house. Fireplaces all over and what looks to be original front doors. I think I got a peek at original floors in the dining room She is really lovely. Ceilings are like mine. So common in old homes in Maine. Priced at 69,000. A steal.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-N-Chestnut-St-Augusta-ME-04330/91850886_zpid/

    This 1880 girl has been abused a bit but there is plenty to work with I think. This is a foreclosure. Looks like they ran out of money. Some original floors remain. Staircase has been left alone and is quite pretty. Very pretty on the outside. On a little bit over an acre. Priced at 157,167. How they came up with that number is curious.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-N-Chestnut-St-Augusta-ME-04330/91850886_zpid/?

    Gardiner,ME. A “little” higher up the price ladder is this Victorian built in the 1800s by William Wallace Brower. She sits right on the Kennebec river. The outside of this girl is amazing. Inside there is stained glass,gorgeous woodwork,nooks and crannies and a little side room with the most amazing fireplace and ceiling. No photos of the entrance hall and staircase. Not a fan of the kitchen and the one bath they show. They made the carriage house into a dwelling. I bet it was adorable before it was converted. Priced at 599,900

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Riverview-Dr-Gardiner-ME-04345/2082773845_zpid/

    Of course I have to add an even more expensive property because this is part of the old Woolworth Estate in Monmouth, ME. The estate was once the home of the Woolworth family and in the mid 1900’s was a gentlemen’s racehorse farm owned by Norman Woolworth, Jr.. The barn and 26 stalls remain. The original home was restored to its original beauty. There are eight uniquely decorated and themed guest rooms with private baths. The whole thing overlooks Lake Cobbossee with stunning grounds. Asking 1,300,000.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19-Moose-Run-Dr-Monmouth-ME-04259/300194421_zpid/?

  23. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Will someone hunt down before photos of this one? I’ve posted a few Wright L.A. homes, don’t remember if this was one, I’d like to see what it original looked like anyway.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2255-Verde-Oak-Dr-Los-Angeles-CA-90068/20808138_zpid/

  24. Sandy BSandy B says: 796 comments
    OHD Supporter

    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Charming 1767 Cape on 2 acres in Simsbury, CT Historic District with a great barn at $295,000. Nice fireplaces and wide board floors…beautiful landscape.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96-E-Weatogue-St-Simsbury-CT-06070/174078311_zpid/

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