March 20, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The school photo has no relation to the house photo, just like to show a people portrait on Friday. Maybe someone can find the house in today’s photo.

    Today’s book recommendation is also available on Kindle. My favorite topic to read are auto/biographies particularly about women. People day dream about living in the past but they don’t include the struggles every woman faced just because they were women. Helga walked across America in -1896 (the author traced her steps with articles from the day.) This is after she came to America from Norway with her mother, married and lived on a homestead in Minnesota eventually ending up in Spokane. She was a tough lady! I’m not going to give away what happened and if you want to be surprised don’t read her Wikipedia article.

    If you are new here, to share all you do is paste the link(s) to the listing (best way is using Realtor, Zillow, Redfin as some agents links don’t link to the listing.) Include the city, state, price, build date and a small comment about what you are sharing. Search the site first by zip to be sure it’s not already posted. Search box is on the right side if you are on desktop or scroll down if on phone.

    In an effort to keep post discussions about the posted house itself, please keep comments about the virus in the link exchange (which is also a discussion post, not just links!) I won’t disallow it since many may not see this comment, but I’d like to keep house discussions going sideways on someones house. 🙂

    Y’all be safe!

    PS, for monthly Supporters:
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/03/14/monthly-supporters-need-a-break/

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  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 90 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    So here is a house listing to help you forget the surreal madness around you for… well… OK, maybe two minutes. This is purported to be the oldest house on the market in America today, dating to 1640—with a late-1700s reworking and expansion—in Hanover, Massachusetts. The Colonel John Barstow homestead has six bedrooms, 4.5 baths, three staircases, and seven fireplaces in a 4624-square-foot 14-room home on 2.36 acres for $669,900—so $145 a square foot. The property is found 17 miles north of Plymouth Rock and features, as you would expect, some early paneling and pine flooring. Be careful and stay safe.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/336-Broadway-Hanover-MA-02339/57186411_zpid/

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  3. natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    I don’t do this very often, but for some reason I’m having pretty good luck finding houses to post!

    1915 Craftsman, $250,000 on two acres Mapleton, Oregon

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/10640-Sweet-Creek-Rd_Mapleton_OR_97453_M90582-12961#photo0

    1902 $11million Seattle, WA

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1214-Warren-Ave-N-Seattle-WA-98109/48851503_zpid/

    1910 Four Square? $400,000 Riddle, OR

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4097-Canyonville-Riddle-Rd-Riddle-OR-97469/61066544_zpid/

    1954 MCM/Ranch $375,000 Eugene, Oregon

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/531-E-40th-Ave-Eugene-OR-97405/48414375_zpid/

    1918 $539,995 Stanwood, WA

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27116-82nd-Dr-NW-Stanwood-WA-98292/38451312_zpid/

    1910 Craftsman $1,295,000 Salem, Oregon

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22350-Magness-Rd-NW-Salem-OR-97304/212521767_zpid/

    1908 Craftsman $2,199,000 Hood River, OR

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3820-Westcliff-Dr-Hood-River-OR-97031/92985193_zpid/

    I found all of these on Craigslist using fixer, or historic as a keyword.

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I find it notable (since I have four teenagers) that the various boys’ haircuts in the old photo are completely in style today, but the girls wouldn’t be caught dead in those bowl cuts.

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  5. natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    This looks like fun!

    1925 Tavern Concrete, WA $200,000

    https://www.coldwellbankerbain.com/p/45914-Main-St-Concrete-WA-98237/dmgid_136093125

    http://www.seattlebars.org/2012/10/1796-hub-concrete-wa-5262012.html

    And here is another one:

    1932 Tavern $350,000 Kerby, Oregon

    https://www.xome.com/commercial-for-sale/24099-Redwood-Highway-Kerby-OR-97531-326469628

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  6. 1888 Eastlake Style Victorian $115,000 Colebrook, New Hampshire

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/178-Main-St-Colebrook-NH-03576/300132226_zpid/

    She was built by the ‘Lumber King of New England’ for his rumored mistress. Current owners (my husband and I) have knocked out a large chunk (pun intended) of the necessary demo and we hope that someone is able to bring back her beauty and radiance. Plenty of additional photos and videos are available upon request.

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  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Was going to post this because of that gorgeous wood stove but the rest of the home is kind of meh (sorry!) Seriously, could look at this for days!
    link to Zillow
    Milton, VT $425,000, 11+ acres, c. 1830 home with updates.

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  8. natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Regarding today’s house picture, it appears the house no longer stands. (49 Henion St) But Dubuque is full of cool old houses!

    https://www.cityofdubuque.org/DocumentCenter/View/2928/West-11th-NRHP?bidId=

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      49 Henion was where the postcard was going. It was mailed from Dundee, Iowa so I assume that’s where the home stood/stands.

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      • natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        Okay, I’m a bit off this morning. *grin*

        Dundee is very small, but not much access on google maps, you can only drive the main drag, and it’s not there. Maybe someone else can figure it out from the rooflines.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5477 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        I looked on Flickr for any leads on the subject house. Very little was found. I did find a local website with a bit of history: http://www.dundeeweb.com/history.html It appears that the arrival of the railroad in the 1880’s gave rise to the tiny hamlet with a population today of less than 200. Should anyone really be curious, I suspect they could share the subject photo with the owner of the Dundee website and perhaps some old timer in town might recognize the house. Mention is made on the website about a terrible fire in Nov. 1906 but it appears the damages were confined to commercial buildings. This was a fine home of its day (c. 1900-1905) vaguely Colonial Revival in style with some late Queen Anne details added to the mix. The exterior looks to be in like new condition which suggests the house wasn’t very old when the photo was taken. I think it very likely the subject house belonged to one of the tiny town’s leading citizens and was next door to a lovely home of comparable quality. The design is similar to several published plan book examples from the first decade of the 20th century. Thanks for sharing this time capsule of an old house image.

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  9. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Greetings all. I am still influenced by a recent trip to California and the MCMs that I came across this week also from the east coast.

    Here is what I have to share:

    1966 Laguna Beach, CA 1,550,000

    Designed by architect Lamont Langworthy

    http://langworthydesign.blogspot.com/2013/08/lamont-langworthy-architect-architect.html?m=1
    https://lagunaartmuseum.org/exhibitions/hillside-homes-the-architecture-of-j-lamont-langworthy/

    Amazing mid-sixties home in wood and glass, quite sculptural and fun

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1565-Bluebird-Canyon-Dr-Laguna-Beach-CA-92651/25558985_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=e6749f30-307e-4d31-bb36-378225fcea83~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1960, Lagrangeville, NY, 999,000

    From the listing: “designed by Aaron Resnick, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright and one of the founders of the Usonia District” “Sited on more than eight acres, unified with the land, the house and landscape connect to create perfect harmony. The home has passive elements, which take advantage of solar gains during the day, making it energy efficient with a consistent seasonal temperature. Built in 1954, the original birch kitchen cabinetry, Cherokee Red signature slate flooring, tiled baths, and beamed wood ceilings are intact. Stone pathways lead to expansive pool with bluestone terrace”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usonia_Historic_District

    Pretty house, nicely photographed

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/205-Emans-Rd-Lagrangeville-NY-12540/30116040_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=9d05b9e9-9f72-405d-9234-85d642dce35e~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1956, Penn Valley, PA, 1,200,000

    Another MCM with lots of interesting details, not as soothing to me as the Usonia, but still a neat space. Appears to show the original architectural model of the home which shows the courtyard space with the pool. fun

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/708-Righters-Mill-Rd-Penn-Valley-PA-19072/9965445_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=89dcd152-f381-498b-a35f-6c647a0fe2f3~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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  10. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1948, Selma, CA, 185,000

    Love the entryway, appears Art Deco to me, and the original kitchen. I hope the next buyer allows to the house to continue to be itself, just take up the carpets.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2618-B-St-Selma-CA-93662/18681465_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=70ae91d8-9da2-4b04-abf3-f3ab6d0775c8~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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  11. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1910/1916, Kingsburg, CA, 720,000

    Mostly enamoued by the opening shot of the house and the neat older cooking appliances in the kitchen.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1433-Earl-St-Kingsburg-CA-93631/18684955_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=a8d1828c-d4c4-4ac8-b999-82fe1bb4fadd~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

  12. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1954, Berkeley, CA, 1,495,000

    From the listing: “A Berkeley landmark by Donald Olsen as his own home in the serene Thousand Oaks neighborhood. International modern design with walls of glass, views of the park woods and open floor plan.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Olsen

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/771-San-Diego-Rd-Berkeley-CA-94707/24845376_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=c568c507-be06-4ec2-8ea6-4d00a238295d~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    cheers!

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      stunning! Berkeley is one of my favorite places in California.

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    • MWMW says: 898 comments

      Great house! I live not too far away but have never been to that specific areaand noticed it. We live in an early 60’s MCM as well. We have great views, but our house is not nearly as cool as this one though, wish it was! I’d trade for this one any day if could make it work out.

      With the virus situation, looks like they re-thought the usual tactic around here of low balling the offering price with a fake price to get people fighting over it and went strait for the real min. offering price instead. It now shows an asking price of $1,800,000.

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  13. I appreciate all the beautiful homes everyone shares. I was curious if anyone has pet peeves or extreme dislikes when it comes to houses. For me…it would be wasted spaces, florescent painted walls, painted wood or bricks, and houses with no outdoor space.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Good question! For me, lack of picture rail where there should be and what some readers call “ceiling acne”, aka recessed lighting. I’ve refused to post homes due to an obscene amount of recessed lights. Also those huge square (faux and real) floor tiles that people put on walls. That’s it for me, I roll with whatever comes with a home although I do prefer homes with no neighbors. 🙂

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      • natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        No neighbors is a good one… I’ve lived too many years in three different houses without neighbors to ever go back in that regard. Other than that, track lighting, chandeliers in the kitchen (who want to clean kitchen grease off little dangly crystals!?) carpet, carports, kitchens with antique stoves that are not being used, and especially overly updated Colonials.

        Of course, with the exception of the last, these are things that are easily correctible. Mostly, I just imagine how I would want the house if it were mine!

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      • Randy CRandy C says: 449 comments
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        2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
        Olathe, KS

        Just in case I haven’t been clear, painted woodwork is a non-starter for me. I love naturally finished wood, whether millwork, furniture, cabinetry or whatever. Although I have stripped and refinished a lot of millwork and old furniture in my time, the thought of starting on an entire household full is simply beyond any interest I would have. Otherwise for the most part, I view other things as decorator items that could be pretty easily changed. Curious to see how many agree with my thoughts. Feel free to lambast me if you don’t….I have thick skin and enjoy others views.

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        • natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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          1877 Vernacular
          Columbia River Gorge, WA

          For me, it’s a matter of aesthetics. While I hate to see a glorious Queen Anne, or Craftsman, with all of her woodwork painted, I don’t mind painted woodwork in a lot of houses. I dearly love Colonials, paint and all, though I also happen to love big, wide, unpainted planks. (But I like them painted too…. go figure)

          I find houses with completely wood interiors usually oppressive, unless they have tall ceilings.

          But what I love the most is a combination of wood and paint. My service porch has a concrete floor, 12 inch wide vertical pine plank walls, and a random width cedar ceiling. There are three huge windows, sashes painted deep navy blue, window casings and trim natural pine.

          I ended up painting the ceiling molding the same dark navy as the sashes (we had pulled the moulding to install the ceiling, and it got mildewed sitting outside) and to my surprise I liked it MUCH better. It really set off the wood.

          I have stripped a lot of furniture too, and like you, I can’t imagine stripping all the woodwork in a big old house. That being said, imagine the bragging rights!

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Not a deal breaker if the rest of the house is good, but vessel sinks really trigger me. I would bonk my chin when I lean over to spit, and the flat surface it sits on would be hard to keep clean, especially in the back.

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    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 390 comments
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      What irritates me most is not so much the interior of the houses I’m looking at but seeing a lovely historical home squeezed in on a very small lot with, as I keep complaining about, no room to breathe. I’ve never been able to understand why this is so. Perhaps the large homes were built on nice sized lots that were subdivided or whatever. I don’t know. I just love to see old homes with land around them.

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      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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        1936 Cabin

        Angie, Land poor houses, land that was sold off to make money. We saw a house I believe posted this week, lovely grand place, but surrounded by a new suburb. I agree, it is sad to miss the original proportions. Old photos like those that Kelly shares are so enjoyable.

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    • SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 90 comments
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      1798 Federal/Georgian
      East Dennis, MA

      Great question. The one thing that pains me is a later renovation that is inconsistent with the time period of the house itself: tight oak 20th century flooring where there should be wide pine floorboards, Victorian mantels or newel posts in a pre-1800 house, or an ultra-modern interior for a house that is centuries older. The greater question for some is whether or not such anachronistic changes can be reversed (often yes)… and at what cost (the real sticking point).

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Kitchens that are irrelevant to the design, importance of the rest of the house. Regarding to showing a house, toilet seat covers up and televisions on. Yes. Great question

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5477 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Without getting into an essay about the foibles of insensitive house remodeling, generally I dislike classic examples of a particular style and period that have split personalities-i.e. half of the house appears to have been built a century or more ago while the other part looks brand new. Worse is when the brand new part emulates something seen on HGTV and is considered “trendy” for the next 15 minutes. Such Frankenhouses tend to age badly and look dated very quickly. Put another way, old houses look best when they look old. End of rant, thanks for posting the questions.

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    • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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      CT

      Great Question Mommyof40liltoes.

      Obviuosly a house that has been barely altered over years is a winner! but it’s a real tough question because I have such specifics i’m looking form.

      Pet Peeves that make me curse!
      1. Modern decking and railings put on historic porches and left unpainted.
      2. Modern decks on backs of houses, and left unpainted. Come on folks. Paint it to match the house. If we took architects from the late 19th century and had them time travel to today, they would be horrified at how our utilitarian railings and posts ever would become mainstream today.
      3. I cringe when elaborate woodwork is painted that was originally stained sometimes. But this can be countered with appropriate period color choices and can open the door to other creative Aesthetic Movement ideas.
      4. Vinyl replacement window done poorly or that have replace beautiful stained glass windows. There are other options out there.
      5. I’m with Kelly on Recessed lighting and track lighting. Though easy to remedy with the joy of tearing it out an patching it’s not a deal breaker for me. I loath it.
      6. Modern Doors! Especially Front doors.
      7. OPEN FLOOR PLANS! GAG! Why did you do that. Buy a modern house.

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  14. JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora from New Zealand,

    Mid 19th century timber and bluestone home in Dunedin. Stone fireplaces, wood flooring, Baltic pine walls, butler’s pantry and more recent updates include earthquake strengthening, underfloor heating and wiring. Asking price is US$414,068.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2553147754.htm

    “The Captain’s House” – a mid 19th century double bay villa and one of Port Chalmers original houses. Nice timber feautures and the many large windows mean you have great views of the harbour. Asking price is US$461,000.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2501352289.htm

    Wonderful and colourful late 1800’s villa in Central Dunedin. The current owners have done a wonderful job with it and it’s the kind of place my husband and I would be interested in but he isn’t ready to retire yet (Dunedin is a place we are considering retiring to). Asking price is US$353,864.00.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2558965492.htm

    Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Church, an excellent church conversion at Seacliff which is about half an hour north of Dunedin. Check out the Flemish glass leadlight windows made by a Dunedin artist. It is for Tender – sorry, but I was unable to find a valuation on it and I am not familiar with real estate values in that neck of the woods.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential-property-for-sale/auction-2571728050.htm

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      Great houses, Julie, I particularly like the Captain’s House & that converted church is just wonderful! (I got a “link expired” on the first house when I tried to check it out) There is also a Dunedin in Florida which is such a charming town. It is just up the road from Clearwater Beach and has some nice historic homes in the center of town. Just visited for the first time last year & said to my husband “this would be a nice place to retire!”

      • SammygirlSammygirl says: 21 comments
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        Anne, at first I thought your profile picture was the same as the photo up top! 😉

      • JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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        1997 1 storey contemporary

        Thank you. I don’t know what happened with the Dunedin Central house because it was still listed last night. I am familiar with Dunedin, FL because I grew up in Florida. Dunedin is actually the Gaelic for Edinburgh. Dunedin, NZ was settled by Scots and just about every street name is Scottish and there are a lot of Scottish last names.It is a great place to visit/live for those of us who love old homes because it is full of them.

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    • MJGMJG says: 1818 comments
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      CT

      Hi Kia. I was in New Zealand in December! What a wonderful country!

      I enjoyed the Victorian Era architecture during my visits through the different cities. Though the volcano eruption did hamper some of my plans, I still got to see so much. I enjoy when you post from homes.

      • JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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        1997 1 storey contemporary

        Hello, I am glad you enjoyed your visit here and that you like my posts. I am originally from the States and have lived here 25 years. Kia Ora is the word for Hello in Maori – my name is Julie. Were you planning on doing the White Island tour? That was a bummer but I climbed Mt Yasur in Vanuatu once and stood on the edge of the crater while the volcano did it’s thing. I would absolutely do it again.

  15. ChrisChris says: 19 comments
    Occoquan, VA

    I’m following the restoration of Aventine Hall https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aventine_Hall
    on Facebook (Aventine Hall Rebirth). Here its website; aventinehall.com

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  16. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 239 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    Wow–a gorgeous early Frank Lloyd Wright house in Chicago for $145,000: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/il/chicago/12147-south-harvard-avenue/pid_19547549/

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    • Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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      1972 raised ranch.
      Hopkinton, MA

      Oh my goodness, I have to say I didn’t quite believe that this was a FLW house but it is indeed! So different from what we are used to when we think of his work. And the price is amazing.

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  17. natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    My daughter and I were in Camas yesterday (for a blood drive that was cancelled *sigh*) and we drove around a bit, gawking at houses. Camas is full of Craftsmans, and a good smattering of Tudor Revivals. She showed me this place:

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1440-Division-St-Camas-WA-98607/23246521_zpid/

    Which is painted darker now. We both liked it, and I was sure surprised to see is was built in 2002!

    Inside is pretty much what you would expect, except that its got some nice woodwork, and a gorgeous mantle. I’m wondering if it’s salvaged, or new… same with the columns.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5477 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Natira, I can see why you like the Camas Bungalow. At least the exterior is close enough to originals in design to probably age well in the years ahead. The interior is a bit more of a mishmash but what appears to be an antique columned mirrored mantel was a good choice for a focal point.

  18. JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    One more Dunedin house:

    “Exuding elegance and representing perhaps the epitome of a modest English mansion, this picturesque home, designed by architect Basil Hooper and built in 1908, is a treasure coming to the market for the first time in many years.
    With architectural features, such as stained-glass windows, fireplaces, rimu staircase and timber panelling preserved, this property offers a rare chance to own what many consider to be one of Hooper’s finest homes.” It has a valuation of $US487,301.00

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3747395/residential/sale/87-melville-street-dunedin-central

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  19. Anne M.Anne M. says: 828 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Hi, everyone – hope you are all holding up ok. I am finding this all to be a bit stressful but walks with the dogs help (no need for social distancing from them).
    Here is the Ramage House in Monroe, MA – the smallest town in the state with about 120 citizens. It is in the northwest corner and is border by Vermont. It was named for our 5th president and is sometimes referred to as “Monroe Bridge.” Built in 1890, it has 9 bedrooms & 5 baths and is selling for $175,000.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-School-St-Monroe-MA-01350/56981903_zpid/
    Here’s another one from the western end of the state in Northfield MA, also built in 1890, it a two-family house, selling for $274,784
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-Aldrich-St-Northfield-MA-01360/56985327_zpid/
    Another two-family in Northfield, built in 1920 (exterior looks like it is from about 30 years before that) it is $399,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-Highland-Ave-Northfield-MA-01360/56985076_zpid/
    A pretty 1920 brick house in Amherst, MA $519,900.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26-Cosby-Ave-Amherst-MA-01002/56255526_zpid/
    A larger, 8 bedroom, 1920 house in Amherst for $689,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/315-Lincoln-Ave-Amherst-MA-01002/56255490_zpid/
    And because I have been inspired by Kelly & Kimberly – here is a California house from the very famous Laurel Canyon section of LA for $3.5 million. It was built in 1923:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2050-Laurel-Canyon-Blvd-Los-Angeles-CA-90046/20802476_zpid/
    Stay strong, Carry on & Wash your hands!

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    • JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      I love the Monroe house – such a beautiful setting and I love Vermont. It appears to be a well loved family home too. Try not to worry about the virus too much. Most people who get it will be fine. We are at Level 2 here in New Zealand which means we may have our first case of community transmission (thus far all cases originated from overseas). Since yesterday’s announcement of the new Level I will have to stay at home for the foreseeable future because they are asking that all people with compromised immune systems to do so. Thank goodness we have had no deaths and only three people have needed hospitalisation. This too shall pass.

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  20. blynnblynn says: 3 comments

    I am not sure if this went through the last time I tried to post so I am repeating. We have listed our 1901 Bungalow for sale by owner on Zillow at https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/306-O'hara-Ave-Bisbee-AZ-85603/7389910_zpid/. Both the town and the house are on the National Historic Registry. “Located at 306 O’Hara Ave, Bisbee, AZ, this home has a surreal view of the Old Bisbee B and is close to everything. After undoing past remuddling and reclaiming bits of original Mining Town Charm with an eye to convenience, she is quite comfortable. Old House charm without climbing stairs!”

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    • JulieJulie says: 319 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      Well done, Blynn. I love the colourful exterior and the container roses look excellent – no doubt they thrive in that Arizona sun. The interior is so inviting and you have beautiful furniture and decor. I like the many artistic touches as well.

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      • blynnblynn says: 3 comments

        Thank you, Julie! It was a labor of love. If you have never been to Bisbee, AZ it is in the Mule Mountains South of Tombstone and has an elevation of approx 5450 ft. It is mentioned in the movie “Tombstone” starring Kurt Russel as the big city near them. At one point it had a population of over 20,000 and was the largest city between St Louis and San Francisco. The town all but died when the mines cut back. Now it is a very special historic little town full of colorful houses.
        https://www.discoverbisbee.com/history

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  21. ErinSErinS says: 32 comments
    PA

    Well, this Old Lady is definitely a fixer upper.

    It references a build year of 1860. There have been horrifying things done to her, yet still shining through are great fireplaces, light fixtures and woodwork under heavy handed brown paint.

    But her bones…inside and out. Yummy.

    It’s selling for 15,000 (not shocking in this area)…is not far from me and my fingers are itching. I just hate the lot she sits on.

    What say you experts?

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/331-S-2nd-St_Pottsville_PA_17901_M32740-52095?view=qv

    Is she worth a redo? Am I crazy??

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    • natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Wow! She’s a beauty. Did you notice the house next door is a mirror twin? Maybe someone will find the history of both.

      I say go for it. She’s got lovely bones, inside and out. I really like the exterior, all that wonderfull verticality and glorious trim!

      As for the lot, I’d LOVE to landscape it! And it appears to have a decent space in back, under trees.

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    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 810 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA, PA

      I have limited knowledge of Pottsville (it has some amazing Victorian mansions in one area) but for this and any other home I would ask a real estate professional — or do your own research — into recent sale prices in the neighborhood. If the cost of the home, plus the cost of renovations exceeds what you could reasonably expect to get out of it when selling, I think you should pass. Unless, of course, you don’t particularly care if it is sold at a loss or you plan to spend many years there.

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      • ErinSErinS says: 32 comments
        PA

        John…..it’s definitely a loss. No question. Pottsville’s market is stable, but due to the area this is in, the resale definitely would not exceed the renovation.

        Now….Mahantango or Howard Street (both with gorgeous Victorian era homes), you might get a decent resale. Yet….due to taxes being so high for properties on both streets, resale is often tough in this financially depressed area.

        So, if I were to do this, it would have to be my forever home…and the lot (on a hill) and the steps probably make it a pipe dream.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5477 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      Textbook Italianate style home here most commonly dating from the 1870’s although I suppose this could be an 1860’s example as well. My only strong advice is to not think that the low selling price translates into an inexpensive restoration. Almost the opposite may be true as once you look into everything that needs attention (besides the obvious major cosmetic work) you may find that another old house costing considerably more would in the end be the less expensive, better deal.

      I categorize this house as being in the “good bones” category-it has nice pocket doors,(needing some correct period hardware) two glorious but faded arched Italianate mantels likely made out of slate and faux painted originally to look like expensive marble or, if you’re lucky, real marble that needs a good cleaning. The staircase is a true period gem with its original (likely furniture grade walnut) newel post. It may have once had a lamp attached to the post top-look for evidence of gas piping in or going up to the post.

      I’m somewhat familiar with Pottsville and know that its not an economically robust town. If part of the plan is to restore the house and sell it somewhere down the line for a big profit you may become disappointed. Now, if you’re thinking “forever” home or at least longer term in years, such an investment makes more sense.
      As for the exterior of the house and its sloping lot, some careful (perhaps terraced) landscaping, and repainting the house in period colors (here’s an 1885 paint catalog: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125012875452/page/n3/mode/2up ) or alternately, select colors using your own tastes to create a pleasing to the eyes color palette. Please keep in mind that houses back in the Victorian era were always about details, details, DETAILS! Think of a Victorian era house as being a very large but showy piece of furniture with colors that show off and highlight the home’s details. You’d be amazed what colors could do to change this house’s exterior from “meh” to WOW! In summary, this house has a lot of potential provided its next owner is willing to put in a lot of hard work or has the funds to pay for the work. (a bit unlikely all things considered) Last the general rule in old house restoration is to prioritize work usually in this order: 1. Roof, 2. Foundation, 3. Structural and Systems (plumbing, electric, HVAC) and 4. at last, the fun work: cosmetic. Best as well to divide cosmetic work into a room by room approach rather than the entire house at once. Never (should be in all caps) whole house gut the insides unless you have hired a supervising architect and a large work crew. Good luck if you decide to take on this house and property.

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  22. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1004 comments
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    1905 Colonial Revival
    Kansas City, Missouri
    $419,900

    Designed by eccentric architect Louis Curtiss, this more-interesting-than-usual take on the Colonial Revival was recently renovated. I was in this house about 20 years ago when it still retained most of its original finishes, kitchen and bathroom. Conspicuously absent are the incredible original light fixtures which were quite ornate. In spite of the updates, much of the architect’s creativity still shines… especially the staircase.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/414-Gladstone-Blvd-Kansas-City,-MO,-64124_rb/2286391_zpid/

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  23. tcmchickietcmchickie says: 150 comments
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    TX

    When I’m looking at really big, stately old homes with a lot of open, wood floor space, I frequently have the silly thought, “Oh, I could give awesome roller skating lessons there.” I think I may have found the ultimate place for those lessons:

    $45,000 12 bed, 12 bath, in 14,631 sqft built in 1861
    65 S Main St, Jewett City, CT 06351

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/65-S-Main-St-Jewett-City-CT-06351/2139862057_zpid/

    There are more pictures of the interior of the house here:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/65-S-Main-St_Griswold_CT_06351_M32627-75279#photo13

    Even though it may not be as historically significant as some properties are, I hope someone can save this one and find a fun use for that much open space.

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  24. Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    “Staunton, Virginia, one of my favorite places…..”Oakdene,” 1893 fabulously restored somewhat Gothic mansion on a preferred street in a preferred neighborhood of Staunton. The 1.31 acres is a beautifully landscape haven in town and actually the asking price at $1,200,000 seems very reasonable to my West Coast sensibility.

  25. dwr7292dwr7292 says: 445 comments
    1930 carriage house
    Bethlehem, CT

    A little late to the party this week folks, but I wanted to share a few that I found.

    This 1931 Cape appears to have a lot of similarities to Royal Barry Wills houses. This has been in one family since it was built. Lots of interesting nooks and crannies. This is Newtown, Ct and listed for $439k.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1-Obtuse-Rd_Newtown_CT_06470_M34180-05541

    A 1930 Dutch Colonial cottage on a magical 8 acres. Pond, waterfall—lovely barn. You’ll need to write a large check of $995k for this place in Washington, Ct.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7-Old-Litchfield-Rd_Washington_CT_06793_M36327-82985

    And my wreck of the week award goes to this 1870 Victorian farmhouse on 23 Acres in Torrington, Ct listed for $306k. It’s a foreclosure that needs a lot, but there’s plenty here to work with and turn back into a comfortable home.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/560-Brandy-Hill-Rd_Torrington_CT_06790_M42355-90574

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Don, nice group of houses. I would love to see the first and last with their former decor, I am intrigued by what I see. The first house has many nice details. The middle is special and I like the decoration. The last house seems to have a lot going for it, and I wish them all well.
      Trying write well and interesting, but there is a national press conference going on now, and it is distracting to say the least.

    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 390 comments
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      Oh, man, I LOVE that 1930 Dutch Colonial. My kind of cottage, situated on what is definitely “magical acres”, all eight of them! Love the interior as well. Everything here appeals to me.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Very nice!

    • natira121natira121 says: 610 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Wow, they did an awesome job on this house! Keeping the original floors, windows and apparently, woodwork, makes such a huge difference. And the fact that it’s been being lived in since the work was done for 37 years makes a huge difference as well. Very, very nice.

  26. I love this old house in Holyoke, MA- beautiful old woodwork and a fantastic view of the river: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1040-Northampton-St_Holyoke_MA_01040_M37016-59527?view=qv

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  27. 12 Massachusetts Avenue Worcester, Massachusetts is a 1907 English Revival with separately deeded Carriage House/ Caretaker House. The Sally Parker House is a fine example of English Revival craftsmanship in the shingle style in a resplendent neighborhood noted for its architecture. Originally constructed in 1907 and later expanded, this stunning example sits proudly at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Drury Lane. Incredible home in the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District neighborhood surrounded by equally beautiful homes of English Revival, Georgian, High Colonial Revival, Victorian, and Craftsman Homes. Walking Distance to Nationally renowned University and Research Library as well as an Olmsted designed Public Park. Offered at $875,000 for both properties.

    https://12massave.com/

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  28. Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Just saw I forgot the link to, “Oakdene” in Staunton, VA….so sorry. It is worth taking a look at….Very interesting.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/605-E-Beverley-St-Staunton-VA-24401/108131101_zpid/

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  29. Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Wonderful 1879 shingle-style Bar Harbor, ME, has been posted before, but I never cease to enjoy purusing it again….AND…it’s been reduced in price by $324,000 to now only, $4,876,000…!! Although sizable, it has an original coziness about its architectural features and furnishings which makes it easy to imagine how grand carefree family summers must have been in earlier times on that four acres of oceanfront. If only………

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Barberry-Ln-Bar-Harbor-ME-04609/91843689_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-propertyalertnew&rtoken=a5df9641-5932-410a-930d-574477061d46~X1-ZUxys7xro5c0zt_6ttic&utm_term=urn:msg:20200324163518793f8a117ee1d877&utm_content=image

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    • ZooZoo says: 535 comments

      I love looking at big old houses I can never afford, and most of the time I feel like I”m looking at a painting in a museum. Pleasant, but, eh. But this house!! It pains me to look at it. I’m wracked with house envy! I want to live in this exquisite house. Every single room, and the views, the views, fill me with house-jealous pain! What a perfect (for me) house! I love every square inch of it. The bathroom with the, what, zinc?, tub is too painful to look at for more than a second. Such perfection. It would be like owning a Degas painting, only one you live inside.

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      • Sandy BSandy B says: 725 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Zoo, you speak as I feel exactly…… my imagination goes crazy when I look at this house, especially since I love Bar Harbor (when no cruise ship is in port) and the pace of life in Maine in general. I’ve often thought I was born a few generations too late..!

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1644 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Thank you for bringing this house up again. So nice

  30. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 390 comments
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    I do not know how I missed this vision of loveliness. All I can say is thank God et al I found it.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Barberry-Ln-Bar-Harbor-ME-04609/91843689_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-propertyalertnew&rtoken=a5df9641-5932-410a-930d-574477061d46~X1-ZUxys7xro5c0zt_6ttic&utm_term=urn:msg:20200324163518793f8a117ee1d877&utm_content=image

    A gem in Bar Harbor, Maine that is simply breathtaking, beyond words, even. The woodwork is perfect, the colours, the furniture, the windows, the view. Did I mention the view? I can visualize myself waking up at dawn and racing to the shore, rain or shine, so happy to be alive and living in paradise. Cannot believe such an incredibly beautiful house exists. And in Maine!! Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

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  31. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5477 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Holy Toledo Batman!!! (just couldn’t resist, sorry) Here’s a lovely Queen Anne cottage in Toledo, Ohio, priced at $132,777. (lucky 7’s maybe?) https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2139-Glenwood-Ave_Toledo_OH_43620_M40730-80494 featuring 3,164 sq. feet 5 bedrooms, 3 baths. Nice interior millwork and period mantels inside.

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  32. JoeJoe says: 750 comments
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    1820 Federal
    Baltimore, MD

    Hi Kelly,
    By running this site, you are one of the heroes of this time. OHD keeps me from going stir crazy, easier to stay in. It is protecting me from exposure to infections, and keeping me from spreading them.
    Ross has posted that he has seen a big increase of traffic on restoringross.com, have you had a big rise in the traffic on this site?
    Thank you!

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m not sure, my traffic changes depending on how much social media picks up posts so it’s hard to say because it varies from day to day.

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