April 3, 2020: Link Exchange (Supporter Thank You!)

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141 Comments on April 3, 2020: Link Exchange (Supporter Thank You!)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The Martin Behner Home, Escanaba, Michigan. He was a travel agent, born in Regensburg, Bavaria in 1847. (His Ancestry.com file.) There are a number of children with different women but I believe three were the same woman (Maggie, Margaret, Elizabeth.) “Minna” and the “unknown spouse” is probably a mistake (didn’t see sources for those either.) In any case, he wasn’t the original owner but lived there at the time they took the photo, 254 Michigan Avenue which was changed to Lake Shore Dr. The home is no longer at that location (Sanborn map confirmed the 254 Michigan Ave. location.)

    The people photo have nothing to do with the Behner’s or his home. I don’t know their names but I was lucky to find two photos of the same girl.

    For Supporters that need to take a break (you don’t have to explain or feel bad, I understand!):

    • StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
      Agency Lyndonville, VT

      Fantastic hats!

    • MJGMJG says: 2031 comments
      OHD Supporter


      I do love looking at photos and zooming in on the details of high resolution ones. I can stare forever. If I look at them long enough, maybe I could time travel into it.

      This house is wonderful. I love the french roof and the removable window screens. The details are great too. I wonder what colors this house was.

    • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Cool old house in Escanaba, one of the early homes in the town founded in 1863. In 1939, the house was moved by real estate man John H. Stephens down Lake Shore Drive “beyond the Hiawatha tourist court”. I don’t see it but it may still exist!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        That would be a shame for it to have been moved and then later torn down anyway. Maybe it’s still around. What was the Hiawatha tourist court?

        • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
          OHD Supporter

          Sounds like a “motor court”, a few cabins for tourists, the forerunner of motels. I couldn’t find the location.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Ok, found (what I guess you found): “Many persons watched with interest at the house, owned by John Stephens, formerly located at 254 Lake Shore Drive was moved down Ludington street yesterday morning, enroute to its new location beyond the tourist park. The house movers used 23rd street as the route after leaving Ludington street and then went back on the Ford river road eastward to a lot near the E.B. Harris residence.” Now just to find where Harris lived!

            • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
              OHD Supporter

              That one and another in garbled OCR I could barely make out! Stephens and Earle B. Harris were neighbors on Lake Shore Dr. in 1940 – “eastward” from 23rd, now Lincoln (Rt. 35).

            • MichaelMichael says: 2622 comments
              1979 That 70's show
              Otis Orchards, WA

              Kelly, this looks like the house here on street view!

              They added a garage next to it but the bones look the same.

              • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 924 comments

                1901 Folk Victorian
                Chestatee, GA

                Wow, maybe it is! Maybe it was moved a shorter distance than it sounded.

                • PaulPaul says: 103 comments
                  Arlington, VA

                  Actually from the moves description it was a long distance since it was not moved directly down Lake Shore Drive. It would have gone north on Lake Shore to Ludington, then west all the way across town to 23rd (now Lincoln), then south on 23rd to Ford River (I believe the other end of Lake Shore Drive). The photo I think was taken before the move. The rear portion of the house next door looks similar to the house still standing next to the current 254. My 2 cents.

              • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

                1901 Folk Victorian
                Chestatee, GA

                Have been going back/forth on this, looking for a current photo but nothing. The old Sanborn maps don’t reach this area. It’s not unheard of to have the same design on the same street but I’m not seeing too much of that in the older homes along the way, not too many from this period. A 1953 map is too fuzzy to make out what is there as well. So, strong maybe? Thanks for finding it, maybe one day a better street view will drive by.

                • PaulPaul says: 103 comments
                  Arlington, VA

                  The Portage Guest House (next door) website shows the back of this house, since the front of the guest house faces the water. The bracketing is still there, but with vinyl siding and no back porch, just a modern deck. That is all I found.

                  • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

                    1901 Folk Victorian
                    Chestatee, GA

                    Yeah, saw that too. Still hard to tell if this was a duplicate design or the post card one. When I was looking at the tax records, looked at so many that I don’t remember if it was the 1900 date or 1930 one, which would be wrong anyway but I was hoping to find it matched the year it was moved.

              • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
                OHD Supporter

                Thx! 2521 Lake Shore Drive. I looked up the deeds – it’s definitely the same house. Stephens lived there before and after the move, and his widow Margery sold it in 1966. The lot was subdivided and the garage-house at 2541 was built late 80’s. The current owners bought the house in 1999. The garage and siding aren’t great, the interior ???


                • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

                  1901 Folk Victorian
                  Chestatee, GA

                  Thanks for looking into it. Maybe the interior still has something left too.

                • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1014 comments
                  OHD Supporter

                  I don’t understand why the house in the antique photo has a c. 1910 Colonial Revival porch but the house at 2521 Lake Shore Drive has a c. 1890 Queen Anne porch. It doesn’t seem likely that the porch would have been recently back-dated, given the aesthetics of the garage. Are we certain that there weren’t several similar houses built in Escanaba?

                  • JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
                    OHD Supporter

                    The records are clear that John & Margery Stephens lived in the home at 254 Lake Shore, moved it in 1939 and owned it at 2521 until 1966. (At least a dozen census, directory and deed records, and confirmation by Wendy the neighbor!)
                    I can’t explain the porch, although unless there’s a better image, I’m seeing something that could have been recently made from stock parts. That would be a simple way to give it a sorta old house look without relocating the garage, an expensive project and a hard sell in cold Escanaba!

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1152 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I think I like the 2nd hat, the one in the family photo better than the first. That first hat looks like a Princess Beatrice original.

    • Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      I love that they all wore hats then…! I looove hats!! In the 50s and 60s, even as a young girl, I wore some beautiful ones. Every department store had a millinery department where one sat in front of mirror while the sales lady tried hats on you…nice memory.

      • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 89 comments
        OHD Supporter

        I used to work in the travel and tourism industry and went to strangely show in Toronto every year. My first year there I found a millinery show in a beautiful old brownstone. The hats were gorgeous, but pricey. Every year I saved up to buy a new one when I went. I still wear them on occasion.

  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 101 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    On the small chance you happen to be in the market for an important and superb 17th/18th century manor house—and assuming that neither the current pandemic crisis nor paying over $1000 per square foot is a disqualifying factor—may I recommend this 1676/1729/1954 home on 20 acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for just under $3 million? As seen in these 60+ images, Boston Cliff in Easton is surely one of the Chesapeake region’s great surviving brick manor houses: five fireplaces, beautiful Georgian paneling, enviable early interior fabric, inspired paint-color choices, and nicely situated grounds. Note that the main staircase in photos 18 and 19 has carved flower (tulip?) step-ends. Has anyone ever seen this whimsical interior architectural element on early houses before? I have not.

    And in one of those head-scratching disconnects that occur from time to time with Zillow, the Zestimate for this house is $740,000 (likely tied to the tax assessment: $654,800), even though the property sold in 2006 for $2.9 million … and in 2001 for $1.4 million.

    Be careful and stay safe.


  3. ddbackerddbacker says: 507 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    I don’t have anything to post today just a big ol’ thank you to Kelly and all readers and posters because it helps to maintain some sense of normalcy and continuity in the world.

  4. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Kirby, VT | MLS 4780359
    Quaint and cozy 1890 farmhouse on 4.5 beautiful Kirby acres. The house is in need of significant repairs and would not qualify for low down payment financing options at this time. The property boasts a gentle sloping field, perennials and fruit trees. There is a spring, septic system and electric on site. Come raze the old homestead and fulfill your dream of home ownership in the Northeast Kingdom!| Listed by Nikki Peters of StoneCrest Properties


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11881 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, $49,000?!

    • JkleebJkleeb says: 283 comments
      Seattle, WA

      The “old homestead” looks older than 1890 to me just looking at the floor boards.

    • MWMW says: 905 comments

      “FASTEN SEATBELTS”, lol. Looks like there was some fairly rough living there for a while, but at least they had humor.

      “Come raze the old homestead and fulfill your dream of home ownership in the Northeast Kingdom!” Seriously? Why do some people still feel the need to encourage this kind of stuff? No need to reply, just venting, we all know the answer.

  5. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Sheffield VT | MLS4757577
    Old farmhouse on a great lot with much of the work already done including roof, newer on demand water heater, exterior paint doors and windows. Also has 1 bedroom apartment with own access on the side. Has been run as antique shop in the past. All contents could be included into an offer, but also could be broom clean at request of purchaser as well.
    Listed by Nate Bartlett of StoneCrest Properties https://stonecrestpropertiesvt.com/listing/4757577/3125-vt-122-route-sheffield-vt-05866/

  6. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    East Haven, VT |Built in 1900 | MLS4720412
    Rare opportunity to own an historic church along with the abutting house property. The church was used up until a few years ago, it has a heating system but no water/septic. The house offers two full stories of space, a drilled well and a septic system. Kingdom Trails has now expanded into E Haven and this is a great opportunity to buy an inexpensive property for your vacation destination! | Listed by Kelly Deth of StoneCrest Properties


  7. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Lyndonville VT | built in 1890 | MLS4761623
    Beautiful older home close to Lyndon Institute and Northern Vermont University. This home has had many major upgrades including a roof, heating system, replacement windows and appliances. Very nice attached barn/garage and detached shed with plenty of storage. This home offers beautiful woodwork, a three season porch off the kitchen, a bath on each floor and a formal dining room for entertaining. Large lot with a nice back yard as well! This home is being sold partially furnished. | Listed by Kelly Deth of StoneCrest Properties https://stonecrestpropertiesvt.com/listing/4761623/121-center-street-lyndon-vt-05851/

  8. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Wheelock VT | Built in 1855 | MLS4736273
    This charming 1800s Vermont home is situated on three acres directly on the VAST and VASA trail in Wheelock. There is room for everyone with three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a massive eat in kitchen with wood stove, dining room and living room with wood flooring throughout. The entrance to this cozy home welcomes you into an over-sized mud room with custom shelving and bench for your gear. Just above the main house sits a play house overlooking the property that features a sunny lawn, brook, basketball court and brand new Amish built shed. The current owner has made many upgrades to the property including drainage work around the foundation, new windows, new wood stove, new siding and refinishing floors. Wheelock is not only a school choice town but if you are accepted to Dartmouth and are a resident of the town you have free tuition. The property offers proximity to four seasons of recreation in the Northeast Kingdom. Kingdom Trails mountain biking, Burke Mountain skiing and Lake Willoughby are just a short drive away. Of course Snowmobiling and four wheeling is right out the front door. In addition, Burke Mountain Academy, the US Ski Team development site and Northern Vermont University are close in proximity to Wheelock. This one is not to be missed, just reduced! | Listed by Vanessa Welch of StoneCrest Properties

  9. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    St Johnsbury VT | Built in 1900 | MLS4782783
    Investment opportunity! This four unit apartment building has tenants in place and shows solid income numbers. This property has been kept in good order and has a newer roof, replacement windows and was recently painted. This is a nice level lot with frontage on the Passumpsic River and plenty of parking. There is a detached 2 car garage for additional storage and/or parking. | Listed by Kelly Deth of StoneCrest Properties

  10. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Lyndonville VT | Built in 1880 | MLS4794235
    Just Listed, this Grand Victorian home was designed by Packard and Thorne Architects in 1880 for Elisha Bigelow. The very same architect who designed the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury along with many other important buildings and churches in Vermont. This Victorian lady has been restored and updated with new electrical, heating system and chef’s kitchen with breakfast nook. The rich wood finishes and details are stunning and harken back to a time gone by when life was formal and luxurious. This light filled home features formal dining and butlers pantry, a parlor, a library with pellet stove, grand formal entrance, 5 bedrooms including a master suite with sitting room. Endless possibilities await with this property that additionally offers a barn that could become a home business. Walk to farmers markets and concerts in Bandstand Park, Lyndon Institute and shops. Short distance to NVU, Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain and all the recreation available in the Northeast Kingdom.
    Listed by Vanessa Welch of StoneCrest $250,000
    interactive tour – https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=BKm6UhUC2of

    • MJGMJG says: 2031 comments
      OHD Supporter


      This is a nice one. Has a lot of potential.

    • CarebearCarebear says: 1152 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I like that presentation on the Lyndonville house! I’d get rid of all the carpet, and redo the floors. That hot air balloon wallpaper has to go. As does the baseboard heat. I really hope they don’t hang air conditioners out the windows in the summer! I love that one mantle-I just wish they’d not bput a plant on it, so we could see the whole thing. It looks like this huse as a really good flow, nice natural light, and lots of possibility.

  11. HeidiHeidi says: 147 comments
    OHD Supporter


    I like the kitchen. I’m not so fond of the master bedroom. I would love to have the workout space during the quarantine.
    Victorian home in a fun neighborhood here in Quincy. Built date listed as 1891.


  12. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    Plainfield VT | Built in 1850 | MLS4774203
    Great new price, and new improvements including flooring and paint! The views are outstanding on this prime property with a great location close to Barre, Plainfield and Montpelier! Many renovations to the post and beam farmhouse have been done and the home is in great shape! Improvements include: new spray foam insulation through the walls of the entire home including basement! The exposed hand hewn beams with modern recessed lighting and fixtures look amazing! In addition to a great home the large field out back has outstanding panoramic views including Vermont’s most recognizable mountain Camels Hump! There is enough open land to farm if one wishes, possibly even to lease to commercial growers! This is a rare opportunity you won’t want to miss to own a nice sized lot in a very desirable location!| Listed by Nate Bartlett of StoneCrest Properties $283,699

  13. StoneCrestVTStoneCrestVT says: 22 comments
    Agency Lyndonville, VT

    St Johnsbury VT |Built in 1900 | MLS4789537
    This remarkable downtown St Johnsbury building is fully ADA handicap accessible with elevator and is also fire code ready with entire building sprinkler/alarm system! This great property is right on Main St in the heart of the business district! It offers tons of space and is now occupied by several different businesses! The storefront on level 1 has direct access to the street and grabs the attention of anyone passing by. This is a wonderful chance to own a part of historical St J with many of the leases paying a portion of the property taxes! Current rent roll is $6000 month plus tenants are paying 84% of the property taxes! $485,000 Listed by Nate Bartlett of StoneCrest Properties


  14. JulieJulie says: 342 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora/Hello from New Zealand,

    “Pre-1910” villa on beautifullly landscaped and terraced section in the quiet former gold mining town of Lawrence in the South Island. High ceilings, leadlight windows and modern country style kitchen. This would be a great buy if you like being in a small, slow pace of life town that has a grocery store, a couple of pubs, a good cafe and an antique store housed in an old chapel that has lots of interesting bits and pieces but is absolutely freezing in the winter (I don’t know how the elderly man who owns it stands it but he does and is very friendly) $US291,978.00


    1920’s bungalow in the very English like town of Cambridge (I like going there to enjoy that Englishness and the giant Oak trees (and other kinds of Old World trees) planted in the 1850s that are all over the place. This home has a good mix of the old and new and a dash of panache. Valuation of $US483,676.00.


    Really lovely Edwardian hillside villa in the Coromandel Peninsula town of Thames. Superior ocean views as well. $US634,421.00.


    “Elevated and commanding, this circa 1910’s Villa oozes style and charm. Watch the video online!

    You will be captivated by the tasteful décor offering comfortable living and views on all four sides. Set down a private tree lined driveway on a 7225m² section (more or less) with unobstructed views from Cape Rodney to Portland, this home is locally described as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Reotahi.

    The spacious 4 bedroom home with window dressings brought from the owner’s B&B in France, together with traditional French armories in the bedrooms, blends beautifully with the traditional features including high stud ceilings, a generous central ‘ritz’ hall with stunning walls of blue and touches of gold ‘fleur du lys’, and features a genuine champagne ‘riddling rack’ from the Moet et Chandon cellars in Epernay.

    The generous lounge is heated by a Warmington double burning open fire providing a comfortable and contemporary living space with French doors leading onto the wrap around Veranda.
    The dining/living space with modern kitchen, featuring quality appliances also has a fully restored and working Shacklock Orion Rd601 coal range, and leads onto an impressive private and secluded outdoor entertaining area with spa pool.

    A little bit of France now lights up the property entrance, discovered in Avignon, originally a street light in the small town of Chablis, Burgundy the streetlight is a stunning feature on the double storey garage and carports with living above ideal for B&B accommodation conversion. ”
    Valuation is $US460,385.00


  15. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1936 Cabin

    Greetings All,
    Here are a few that seemed to go together, all from California:

    1970, Big Sur, CA, 929,000

    Set on 10 acres with amazing views, lovely wood interior, appears the inside shots were partially taken from the outdoors with the reflection of the glass getting in the way.


    1950, Berkeley, CA, 1,050,000

    From the listing: “Designed by midcentury architect Judd Boynton & tastefully designed to honor its natural setting and contemporary design. Features include a light-filled open bedroom with stunning views, a master bath with deep soaking tub, walls of windows & a large fireplace in the living room, south-facing gallery with natural slate floor & cherry cabinets.”
    I love the opening shot of patio and roof line that opens the interior up to the light and views, lots of windows and wood.


    1961, Redwood City, CA, 1,295,000

    A-frame set on 8+ wooded acres. Lots of overhead shots. I can see opening up to the view if possible by taking down a few trees. Rustic, but with a modern forward thrusting roof, looks like it is pointing the way. Interior has some neat aspects, like the large triangular living area, but then the upstairs lowers the ceiling Just past the fireplace.


    1964, Orange, CA, 1,295,000

    Eichler MCM, interesting entrance which is raised up to allow light into the interior, central courtyard, bright interior, with pops of color here and there.


  16. JulieJulie says: 342 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1997 1 storey contemporary

    The Big Sur property/scenery looks so much like New Zealand and the Berkley house is very similar to the style of house being built nowadays here in the wealthier areas of NZ. Love them.

  17. kstoutkstout says: 68 comments

    Found something a little extravagant. Does anyone really need a 27,000 sq ft home? What an amazing chateau in the south of France. Not to be missed.


    • CarebearCarebear says: 1152 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I love that round bed! Is there a name for that style? There must be!

    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 509 comments
      OHD Supporter

      If we’re going to dream, we can surely dream big! i don’t need a chateau in the south of France but I sure want this incredible fairy tale. Have always felt there was something magical about “the south of France”. I’ll just keep looking and dreaming …

      Thanks, kstout. A lovely addition to my bookmarks!

  18. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1013 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Here’s a classic 1860 Italianate farmhouse on 10 acres with barns in upstate New York. Despite the kitchen’s gray and white, the cabinets look early, however, the carriage house cries out for backdating. At $299, 900:

    And a fairly non-descript, albeit unremuddled, 1848 Victorian in the Hudson River community of Coxsackie for $149,000 – a nice “blank canvass” combination of age and possibilities:

    Finally, an 1830 Greek Revival farmhouse on 4 acres just outside the Catskill Mountain “book town” of Hobart, NY, with four bay garage for $499,000 (Don’t miss the kitchen dining set.):

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

    Hello, old house friends/fiends!

    Today I have just one to share with you as the local old house new listings have been a pretty sad lot. This is a 1700 Georgian in Woodbury, Ct listed for $605k. This one has an interesting back story that will shed some light on what’s happened. Since I was a child, I admired this house’s proportions and location. It sits just a short stroll from Main Street but feels like it’s more in the country. There was more acreage, but it was sold off in the 90s to put in a small well-done subdivision of reproduction Colonial houses.

    The former owner for many years, now deceased, was a bit of an eccentric battling with the town over the house’s tax assessment. He did what many have done, just let the property go, come what may so his taxes were quite low, basically demolition by neglect. The whole area watched as this once grand house fell into ruin. It got so bad that the kitchen ell had a building permit that called for emergency demolition.

    About 2 years ago, a local antique dealer bought the house for himself, as I guess, a project. He has done a thoughtful limited job of keeping the house mostly as it was. I love that the patina has not been taken away. Many will likely not be thrilled with the kitchen being put in, but I don’t have real issues with it. I don’t love the can lights, but others seem to like them and they are fairly unobtrusive. Here’s the thing I was wondering. For all these years that I’ve known this house, it had a small covered front porch. That broken pediment is spectacular, but does it look original? The owner deals with a lot of large scale architectural antiques so I think it could go either way. It’s a lovely house with a bit of an optimistic price, but if I had the money, I’d be all over it. So much potential to push the house even further. I could sit for hours and plan the gardens for this property. In any case, that’s that for the week, folks. Hope all of you are well.


    • CarebearCarebear says: 1152 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The track lighting and the kitchen have to go. Other than that, the rest of this house, is fantastic!

    • RavennaGRLRavennaGRL says: 78 comments

      Wow, the antique dealer has done a magnificent job. The house was in terrible shape and it was brought back.

    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Don, this is a lovely house, taking a second look at it this morning. As always, enjoying your spin on this place.

    • Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Thanks for this listing DWR (Don?). I love the patina of this house…have explored the photos several times. The Zillow street view shows the front porch.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6647 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >(broken pediment) does it look original?
      Hmmmmm. No: I don’t think so. Firstly, the scale seems way off to my eye. Secondly, this is a vey simple home, nearly devoid of ornament; and a flashy badge like that seems way out of place. I wonder even about the side lights; and wouldn’t be surprised to find that they are contemporary with the current stair.

      All in all, I agree with you that dude has done a nice job here. He certainly did retain the radiant heat = so A+ for that. Yes, the kitchen is contemporary pro forma, uninspired and predictable; but you can make a grilled cheese sandwich in it – so.
      THIS I do like – very much:
      That fireplace is molto, molto rad.
      Can lights, (especially when used sparingly), don’t bother me; especially in a house like this where a tall person such as myself would constantly be on guard against concussion from anything low or hanging. Heheheh.

      I just love cute little fireplaces! Yes.

      I sure don’t blame you for coveting this one, Don. That kitchen is at a point where the tide may be turned fairly easily it seems regarding it’s design. I would definitely remove the thing over the front door. It just does not “fit” – IMO. 🙂 You should walk up there and give it a tap to see if it’s even wooden. My guess is composite; but I’m pretty out of my depth on these houses generally – so. Heheheh.

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

        I too, thought something about the scale was off Jay. That being said, the owner does deal with a lot of large scale vintage architectural pieces and may have sourced this one. If this was approved by the HDC I was once a part of, I will have to yell at a few people. I’ll see what I can find out. Either way, It is a damn special house that I am quite pleased to see looking handsome again. The location for me would be perfect, alas, I can only afford the first floor, lol. Walking on Main Street in this town is a treat. On Christmas Eve, volunteers light luminaria in simple white paper bags along Main St for several miles. People drive up and down Route 6 and some of the side roads to see it. It’s just one more special thing about the town.

    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 555 comments

      What an incredible transformation!!! All the historical integrity was maintained in the main part of the house thankfully. As for the kitchen, something had to be done. I would just call in CrownPoint to put in a *proper* kitchen!

      • Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        I agree Amy, wouldn’t it a hoot to work with their designers on the perfect kitchen to fit this very period house.
        And dwr, couldn’t also agree more about the, “thing” over the front door….doesn’t fit the level of ornament, in or out, on this lovely country colonial.

  20. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1013 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Oops, almost forgot these:
    A striking 1900 (?) Colonial Revival (?) on one acre in Springfield, VT, for $444,000 (with another nice dining set, but no kitchen photos):

    And, across the street, an 1876 fixer for $110,000:

  21. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1013 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Just found another – an 1872 Second Empire in Perkinsville, VT, for $199,000 – apologies if it’s been shared before, but it’s worth another look:

  22. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1013 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Here’s the 1831 Oliver Tarbell House in Cavendish, VT, on 32 acres with lots of early details, including stenciled walls, for $499,000:

  23. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Hi all again,I am not used to posting so late. After the mods I posted earlier, here are a few other clusters of interest to me:
    Look forward to seeing all of yours (I had to scan through and make sure I was not posting something already here:

    For starters a lovely CA Victorian:

    1890, Alameda, CA, 2,195,000

    From the listing: “built in 1889 by architect A. W. Pattiani – one of the most notable architectural designers of the Victorian era. Listed as an Alameda Historic Resource”
    Delicate color choices to the exterior that delight the design, lovely front door


  24. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Block Island:

    1907, Block Island, RI, 939,000

    Sometimes I have a hard time with a church, or school changed into a home. I do think it is a wonderful challenge though to re-use these beautiful historic structures when their original use has ceased.
    From the listing: “Stately 3,000+ square foot house was originally the Primitive Methodist Church and then went under an impressive renovation in the 1980s.. Characteristics such as remarkable stained-glass windows, original church bell, distinctive alter archway and alter rail, original hardwood flooring reclaimed from local shipwrecks and many other unique details.” Includes an old photo of its previous life, and some nice close ups.


    1880, Block Island, RI, 845,000

    Lovely simple shingled Island cottage, nice porch, sunny skies, 2 acres (perhaps early spring and isolation is having me looking forward to summer near the ocean)


    1781, Block Island, 1,125,000

    Set on two acres and I love how the present owners have decorated, relaxing and beautiful, also, the partial stone wall in the updated garage.


  25. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Lastly a couple of homes, disparate/different, but I want to share them both just the same:

    1929, Berwyn, PA, 849,900

    3 + acres, over 7000 sq ft of old stone home, lots of paneled rooms, I love the paper in the front hall…now to furnish it. Glad to see the old cellar, which to see the old kitchen
    From the listing: “ Word has it Winston Churchill stayed here when his niece (who was a Spencer) when she owned it with her husband.”


    1850, East Greenwich, RI, 650,000

    In need of a renovation—that means lots of wonderful stuff, still the house has been used for the above Kentish Guards and as a public space has some of the trappings-like emergency exit signs. This house has a commanding appearance.


  26. Dr.SnyderDr.Snyder says: 71 comments
    1895 PORTAGE, OH

    (no published construction date) Derreenrickard Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland: €782,750.00 (aprox. $845,760).
    Feeling my heritage these days, what with the troubles and all. The closest I will come to a political statement is this: regardless of your political leanings, I hope and pray we all see the other side of this pandemic, virus free.

    Now for the good part. As I stated above, I cannot find a published date of original construction, though the stone walls suggest minimally early 19th century. The interior certainly suggests early construction methods. The cottage looks out onto the Kenmare Bay. The map offers no property line detail so it is hard to tell if the 19 acres on which the cottage sits borders the bay.

    The video offers stills of the interior (bummer), but the bird’s eye-view of the footage is “lovely.”

  27. Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    1904 Tudor, Whitesboro, NY on 1.5 acres at $569,900. Lovely house in a gorgeous landscape.

    1883 Farmhouse on 63 acres in Orange, one of my favorite areas of Virginia at $699,000. It’s updated, but not severely HGTVed. Wonderful stone/brick chimney stack. It would be fun to restore the barns.

    1718 French Andrews House in Topsfield, MA for $599,00…..a price drop of $100,000. On four acres and has remarkable fireplaces.

    1831 Federal Cape in Historic District of New Bedford, MA. A sweet house with a few too many grey walls……easy fix. $350,000.

    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1801 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Okay, while it is still fresh in my mind (2nd time through), Tudor, Loved the porch exterior, the Orange I love the chimney and its mixed elements, the Topsfield is so cool and old, the one and a half cape–think that is the terminology, has been rather modernized, but I love the view of the roof with its chimneys and that steeple in the background. Fabulous!

  28. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5456 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Just a few words coming from the heart that I wished to share…I hope that no one minds. Given the gravity of the situation changing in recent days from serious to dire in some places, I’ve decided to take a break from posting on these pages until I feel it is appropriate as I envision we are now moving towards a period of national mourning.

    Those who have followed my posts for a long time probably remember my guesstimated views about a coming time of scarcity-I believe it still holds true that in the future, old houses won’t be so carelessly demolished but if not rehabbed, then they will be carefully dismantled and the reusable components salvaged.
    Another conscious change I’ve recently made in my personal life is to go on a “Corona” diet. As often as it happens around the end of the year, I noted with dismay some weight gain over the Holidays pushing me over 200 lbs. on a 5’7″ frame. About a week ago, I made a conscious decision to lose weight and by the end of summer to get down to my ideal weight of 140-165 range. I know that is a goal I’ll reach since I’ve dropped below the 200 mark several days ago and still going down. I know, that sounds silly and vain doesn’t it? But I think all of us now sheltering in place will have to come up with our own coping strategies. Besides, I think there will be far less obesity in the general population when all of this is over than there was before it started. Stay healthy, everyone and lets do whatever we can to help each other. If it were possible, I’d give everyone a collective hug but in this case a virtual version will have to suffice. I’ll be back whenever it feels appropriate to do so.

    • MWMW says: 905 comments

      John, good words as always. I’ve had similar thoughts and I’m working on the same fitness goal right now, just started, and about in the same place as you. Let’s do it!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6647 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cheers John. Best of health and well being to you and yours.

      I too have lately felt ambivalent about lusting after real estate when it seems the whole world is going to schmidt. The reason I keep coming back is because virtually experiencing beautiful and interesting properties gives me great joy; and that is important to good health. Please don’t let fear or stress get a hold of you (anyone). Stress is a killer, and can compound and exacerbate any illness that might take hold. Get out in the sun regularly. Smile. Experience joy every day. Will yourself to be healthy with every breath and YOU WILL. 🙂

      With love

  29. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1013 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    John, I share your concern for the state of our world and the disturbing loss of life and respect your decision. I fear that we all may be face to face with personal loss before this is over. At the same time, though, I think it is important to maintain our connection to others and to those things which are important in our lives.

    Many of us may live alone, and look forward to the connection we have made with Kelly and other OHDers who share our viewpoints and our values. At times like this, when we are physically isolated from others, I believe it is important that we maintain this connection while not losing sight or being disrespectful of the difficulties faced by everyone.

    • natira121natira121 says: 660 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Well said, Barbara. While I don’t live alone, I am definitely feeling cut off from my kids and grandkids that are such a big part of my life.

      I realized after a week or so of feeling pretty damn panicky that I needed to make a couple changes. Number one being not looking at the news all the time! I now check a couple times a day, once to see what’s going on in the world, and once again to check the headlines, making sure there’s not an alien invasion going on or something.

      I talk to my mom every couple of days. I talk to my daughter every day, and got a good laugh the other day at her having to yell at her middle son to “Stop looming over your sister!” while said sister was screaming her three year old head off. (She had to cover the phone so the kids wouldn’t hear me cracking up) *grin*

      I talk to or text my son every day. I email with all of my close neighbors. I peruse craigslist, and OHD religiously, and have recently discovered the show Supernatural, which I am thoroughly enjoying. And as soon as my hip is better, I’m going to be back in the saddle again! Yay!

      I am ever so grateful for all of these things. And I have no doubt that when this has all settled down, I’ll appreciate them even more, as well as all the things I haven’t been able to do. And I think it’s very important to keep that in mind.

      Stay busy, stay connected, stay safe, and enjoy whatever you can!

      • Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Thanks for your comments Natira, I do live alone, and although my kids live near and keep a close check on me, I don’t get to see my grandchildren and only one daughter is bringing me supplies. They’re all so afraid of bringing me the virus. I take long walks to get outside and probably will simply take a drive to give the car a run, . HOWEVER, I have MUCH to be thankful for and remind myself of it many times a day….and listen to a update only each morning, that’s it as far as the news for the day. I do appreciate OHD so very much and thank all who take the time to post our historic diversions….!

  30. Anne M.Anne M. says: 880 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Hello, everyone – just got back from a long walk, the sun is out after a few days of rain and it seemed as if most of the town was out strolling or doing yard work, all the while social distancing. These last weeks have been stressful as life gets more & more constricted so I was grateful for the opportunity. I hope you & yours are all feeling ok and that you are finding ways to keep busy.
    I “traveled” the country this week looking at Old Houses, but will start with a few from my own backyard:
    An 1853 Italianate(?) in Lowell, MA – very updated but the architecture is pretty and there are some great features remaining like the staircase $649,900
    1920 “cottage” in Holyoke, MA $314,900
    1914 in Springfield, MA for $199,987
    1856 in Barre, MA for $329,900

  31. Anne M.Anne M. says: 880 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    From my tour: 1915 two-family in Green Bay, WI for $139,000 – there is a beautiful wall of what I think are original cabinets
    Gorgeous 1875 in Indianola, IA for $319,900
    1927 “Jacobean Castle Revival” in Perrysburg, OH for $995,000
    1905 beauty in Lewiston, ID for $335,000 – riverview! (not crazy about the updated baths, tho)

  32. Linda77837Linda77837 says: 3 comments
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    Hello all! I do not comment or post much but this site is my respite and small relief in our present world. Praying for all of you who love these old places as much as I do. Will miss you John S. but I do understand and hope to “hear” from you soon. Thank you Kelly for all the hard work you do

  33. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 837 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    I’ve been admiring this cozy 1920’s bungalow on an attractive block in Dayton, OH for some weeks now. I didn’t post it before because the interior pics are not the best, but I think it’s worth a share. Lots of original detail seems to remain inside. 89K, Dayton OH, 1928: https://www.trulia.com/p/oh/dayton/2015-burbank-dr-dayton-oh-45406–1022956291

  34. TopperTopper says: 15 comments

    This house lists a build date of 1890 and is currently going for $100,000 in Martinsville IN.
    The porch seems a bit incongruous especially with a trellis on each end. The interior is a mix of nice features and lots of wood paneling on the walls upstairs. Certainly the most unique feature is the 23 x 43 foot dance studio with fireplace that was added on. I see some other nice looking old houses cruising around in street view.

  35. JimHJimH says: 5148 comments
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    I’ve always been intrigued by New Mexico, and Silver City is an interesting place.

    1923 Elks Lodge, Silver City NM – $465k
    Maybe a boutique hotel for this old mining town?


    Warren House, Silver City NM – $450k
    Says 1885 but looks a bit older.


    1890 Bricktorian, Silver City NM – $351k
    Entire block for sale with 5 other homes – $1.38m



  36. RonnieHRonnieH says: 83 comments
    1910 Craftsman
    Medford, OR

    1926 Craftsman in Klamath Falls, Oregon. $209,900.
    Looks like a nice craftsman home with unpainted built-ins…nice.


  37. natira121natira121 says: 660 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    I’m pretty sure this has been on here before, but I couldn’t find it, so:


    And I thought of something this morning regarding the wearing of facemasks: No lip waxing! *grin*

  38. Gail M.Gail M. says: 199 comments
    1964 Brutalist midmod condo
    Saint Paul, MN

    Not for sale yet, but here is one of my best friends, Fred Livesay, showing of a house he’s been restoring here in Saint Paul!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1014 comments
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      Impressive! This little gem of a house has come a long way from the nondescript mess that your friend had to start with. The architect did a good job of recreating the original character of the house while accommodating restrictive, intrusive, and pain-in-the-*** codes out of necessity. The two-panel doors are a nice touch. I wish more historic organizations would tackle these modest houses which are in many ways more interesting than the grandiose homes which have traditionally gotten all the TLC and attention. Thanks to all involved, and thanks for sharing this video.

  39. Just came across this beautiful place in West Virginia – 53+ acres surrounded by rolling hills, with a lovely 1840s house, and pond, and a few (rather rundown) outbuildings. I can imagine rambling around in the countryside, and fixing up the house (needs some backdating!) $375,000 right now. Not a bad deal!


  40. Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Stuff house dreams are made of…least mine…. I just had to share, as this post represents a whole very, very nice way of living.
    1950 Colonial Revival on the water in Blue Hill, ME….$4,000,0000. What a place to live and play..!! This is such a cozy house on very much a 50s scale to my eye. I adore the kitchen, the views, the dock, pool, and storage facilities for all one’s toys. It’s a beautiful house……ahhhh, I could be very happy here.

  41. George F. Barber Queen Anne Victorian in the Catskills of Upstate NY for sale: https://client.rg1.imprev.net/28/4028/61323742/

  42. Sandy BSandy B says: 765 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Poor house….George would turn over in his grave. The house is neither nor now.


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