June 26, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11848 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Today’s old house photo… written on the back of the old house photo “Uncle Charlie & Aunt Minnie home in Marshall County” but another writer included “MN or Iowa”. The car boys are not associated with the home or people and I have no clue who they are but don’t they look old school cool?

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    • MJGMJG says: 2157 comments
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      CT

      Cool Pictures! Looks like they took off the shutters from the big window. You’d have to go outside to close them I would think when they’re installed because that window doesn’t appear to open. Thanks for zooming in on the one from last week too. I knew there was leaded glass or something in those transoms and I wanted to see it.
      How I wish color photography was well established. I’d love to know the colors of these homes.

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    • CarebearCarebear says: 1138 comments
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      Those car dudes are quite a different crowd than the guys taking a break around the front porch!

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    • CoraCora says: 2053 comments
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      Clinton, TN

      Do you think Aunt Minnie was using the porch chairs to dry her freshly-washed doilies, or just using them to pretty up the place?

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      • MJGMJG says: 2157 comments
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        CT

        My guess is that she was doing it for aesthetic reasons. Especially if the picture is 1890s where doilies and ribbons invaded everything from chairs to pictures to railings and tables and pedestals as well as being bunched in all sorts of way that people today would think looked messy. I am personally not a huge fan of the 1890s trend but it sure is fun to look at the different decades.

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  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 106 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    Given that this handsome center-hall home has been for sale for 455 days, maybe it has been posted before? This is a three-bedroom (or is it five?) five-bath circa 1800 property listed as having 1.28 acres, but it is actually surrounded by another 13 acres in conservation. The Reverend Ward Cotton House is priced at $750,000 and was restored by Historic New England in the 1990s—I didn’t know HNE actually rehabbed houses—according to the realtor. It is set nicely back from the road with 14 rooms, nine fireplaces, two bake ovens, and wide-plank flooring in Boylston, Maskachusetts, within walking distance of the Wachusett Reservoir. You also get a second kitchen… in the attic. Maybe that is what is called … a winter kitchen?

    Stay safe.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14-Cottonwood-Pl-Boylston-MA-01505/57569795_zpid/?utm_campaign=iosappemail&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=emailshare

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    • CarebearCarebear says: 1138 comments
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      I love those wide plank floors. And the fireplaces. I think that all I’d change is convert the baseboard heat to forced air. The baseboard is just so THERE, and modern, that it kind of hits you in the face. Forced air vents would be a lot less noticeable. And I really like air conditioning, since we’ve already had a few 90+ days !

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    • JosephJoseph says: 420 comments
      1790 Northborough, MA

      A lovely house in a lovely setting. Also close to Tower Hill Botanical Garden. There are so few houses like this where the setting is perfect, yet still close to amenities and employment. As for Historic New England, I think they will provide consulting and information, but not actual restoration work. I’d take a look but don’t want to go down someone’s private road/drive without permission.

  3. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 106 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    If you are looking for a castle without the hassle—or a handsome mansion for just short of a king’s ransom—this 1894 property on 1.5 acres is for you in Manhattan, Kansas: seven bedrooms, seven baths with 7700+ square feet and plenty of late 19th century opulence: $1,495,000. As a passing note: no moat. As a final note: laaa 🎵. As a footnote: too much free time.

    Stay safe.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2001-Poyntz-Ave-Manhattan-KS-66502/223961346_zpid/?utm_campaign=iosappemail&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=emailshare

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  4. 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival – Santa Monica, California | $6,895,000

    Lots of character and seems to be in mostly original condition.

    Will either be “refreshed with updates” and flipped or torn down.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/2230-La-Mesa-Dr-Santa-Monica,-CA,-90402_rb/20538827_zpid/

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    • JimHJimH says: 5098 comments
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      Cool house, and I hope you’re wrong about the updates or demo. Everything is there to backdate it, and the result would be so much better!

      The home of developer George Merritt Jones (1861-1931) and his wife and daughter, both named Olive. Didn’t see an architect but I like it.

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    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 105 comments
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      That green tile bathroom!

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  5. SharonSharon says: 334 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    Listening to Vaughan Williams’ “Lark Ascending” on my morning walk inspired these selections from rural England. Wanna listen and look with me?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58KNFgkVys&list=PLzHSqp9BuNhbH9HccPRn2xapjdAWm5unM&index=5

    Be sure scroll down and select GALLERY on the left side to see the best images.

    Mid-18th Century
    Sutton-under-Brailes
    Banbury, Oxfordshire
    $2,033,813.19
    https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbbarsbas140306

    17th Century
    Malthouse Lane
    Shutford, Banbury, Oxfordshire
    $1,047,645.66
    https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbbarsbas190067

    Mid-17th Century
    The Manor House
    Woodend, Towcester, Northamptonshire
    $2,403,966
    https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbbarsbar130026

    18th Century?
    North Cerney
    Cirencester, Gloucestershire
    $1,851,976
    https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gboxraoxr200014

    15th century grade II listed thatched cottage
    Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury
    $617,721
    https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/51458771

    Georgian
    Skaiteshill House
    St. Marys, Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire
    $2,715,895
    https://assets.savills.com/properties/GBCIRSCCS160242/CCS160242_CCS19000411.PDF

    17th Century
    Apperley, Gloucester
    $709,946
    https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbhmrscls170291

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    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 105 comments
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      Well chosen, Sharon, both music and houses! I often find Savill’s offerings, although absolutely charming on the outside, have been updated until very little of the original survives inside. 😬 These are just lovely.

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      • SharonSharon says: 334 comments
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        2001 Contemporary
        Sedalia, MO

        Yes. I found that to be true, too, and tried to select only those that retained the best historical features.

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    • JulieJulie says: 351 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      Thank you so much for featuring these homes. I am a big fan of BBC’s Escape to the Country and watch it every day. There are two types of houses that are my “dream homes” – one is a log home and the other is an English cottage with beams, inglenook fireplaces, a higgeldy-piggeldy layout,a snug and a country style kitchen.Naturally the place must have a cottage garden.

      I really like the North Cerny, Gloucestershire house – especially that kitchen.

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  6. Wellington House, Medford, MA. $739,000 – built 1900 according to the town records although the listing says 1880s. Absolutely stunning dining room!

    https://www.redfin.com/MA/Medford/562-Riverside-Ave-02155/home/11796304

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

      Looks like an early to mid-1880’s Queen Anne style “cottage” of that era. Deed records are not always accurate. I’ve seen towered Queen Anne style homes dated into the 1940’s in town records but they clearly date from a half century earlier. Sometimes build dates reflect the last time a remodeling permit was obtained.

      I’ve heard anecdotally that some homeowners received a better break on their insurance premiums by pushing up their home’s construction date. Insurance underwriters get anxious about providing a policy on any house over a century old. Nowadays, major insurance carriers are cherry picking candidates by refusing to insure any home with roofs older than 20 years no matter the quality or warranty period of the materials. Obsolete knob & tube wiring or the presence of asbestos are also red flags to insurers.

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      • JosephJoseph says: 420 comments
        1790 Northborough, MA

        Yes, another answer to “why doesn’t somebody buy this old house instead of some new thing”. When I had to re-insure my mother’s house, they would look on google streetview and say no way. Finally had to move my auto insurance to get them to insure the house.

        I also think the “1900” may just be a default for “old” in the assessment records.

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    • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Man, you ain’t kidding! That’s a VERY nice dining room, and the rest of the house is either gorgeous, or easily made so. Nice!

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    • MJGMJG says: 2157 comments
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      CT

      This house has what appears to be original art glass windows that I wish there were some photos of. I wish there was a virtual tour.

      The dining room appears to have Bradbury paper. I have suspicions that the fretwork in the bay of the dining room is also new.

      I love the staircase in this house with the stained glass on the landing. I’d buy this house and open up the front porch into an open porch again and adjust the paint scheme.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      This is a wonderful house. so beautiful, original, and interesting inside and out.
      I am also interested in the insurance conversation.
      thank you all

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  7. briteyesbriteyes says: 75 comments
    Cottonwood / Millcreek, UT

    Fresh Meadows, NY, A steal (coughing) at $828k 1945 Vintage. Just in case some of the other homes here are not what you are looking for.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5018-196th-St_Flushing_NY_11365_M34891-27454?view=qv

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    • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Wow. I can’t imagine what has been going on it the place to have it look like that! Vacant for years? Squatters evicted?

      Just wow.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Hoarder. Clearly. Looks about a level 8 or so. My God.
      Love the vine coming through the kitchen window, left to grow inside for years, and years, and years – – –
      https://ap.rdcpix.com/710d0563db81770362c772b1418f4ed1l-w2314442961od-w1024_h768.jpg

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      • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        I didn’t think of that! I think you’re right.

        Years ago, after my ex-father-in-law passed, we spent 14 months cleaning out their 2200 sq ft house. I literally hauled 9.5 tons of crap outta there with my truck and horse trailer! And another 4.5 tons went into a 40 yard dumpster AFTER an auction company filled a semi with stuff to sell.

        I was SO grateful they didn’t have acreage! The backyard was nearly full of crap too!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Julie, if an auction company could fill a semi trailer with things of value, you were VERY lucky. 🙂

          I strongly suspect that every last bit of “stuff” that came out of this place was treated as hazardous waste – literally. As with nearly all hoarders, every legally possible centimeter of property was used to accumulate; as you can see in the back yard where now hardly a single weed grows, the city long since having mandated the green screened fence to – somewhat – shield the neighbors.
          https://ap.rdcpix.com/710d0563db81770362c772b1418f4ed1l-w2806974676od-w1024_h768.jpg
          Mental illness is a sad, scary thing. With hoarding it’s even scarier because the results are so empirical. Sad 🙁

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    • NolaLoloNolaLolo says: 9 comments
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      2-story shotgun single New Orleans, LA

      I went to high school not far from here and there are tons of brick houses like this (similar style, not condition.) It’s a pretty little suburb of Manhattan with an *easy* commute on the LIE, if driving a few hours for a few miles is your thing. Hope they won’t make this into a McMansion 🤞

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  8. KarmannGhiaKarmannGhia says: 2 comments
    1760 Antique Colonial
    North Orange, MA

    1760 workman’s cottage in the village of North Orange, MA listed for $210,000.

    https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/orange/5-main-st/pid_36604634/

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  9. ChrisICUChrisICU says: 670 comments

    Fabulous 3 bedroom apartment in. Paris. 4.7 M euro

    I have a confession to make. I always have a fantasy house that’s way outside my price range, but where I dream I could live in and when I’m there I mage all my troubles go away.i know it’s crazy, right? Once the house sells I’m off looking for another one.

    So, here’s my current fantasy house. No, it’s more like an apartment – and a very nice one.

    The real estate description has two interesting comments. The first is: ‘owned by a single gentleman of 82 years’ I read that as ‘owned by an elderly gay man so you know it must be fabulous’. They are correct. The second is ‘This is the sale of a “bare” property without rent’ but I have idea what that means.

    So without further adieu. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-property/property-88743806.html?currencyCode=GBP

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  10. ddbackerddbacker says: 484 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    1958 time capsule. Lawrence, KS $450K. Check out the rad indoor pool.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/805-Sunset-Dr_Lawrence_KS_66044_M80026-11084?view=qv

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3427 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I love love love this! Thank you for posting it! I wouldn’t change a thing. Not to nitpick though, but that’s not an indoor pool. Just an outdoor pool with a shade structure /shelter built around it. We have an indoor pool in our 1983 house and it’s actually an integrated part of the house within the four walls.

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  11. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 863 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    Attractive small farm with home dated at 1795 (give or take) is in Somerset County at the south end of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I’m not sure I’m down with all the Williamsburg references by the listing agent, but it is an attractive property with charm and 6 acres. $450K, Princess Anne, MD https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/11021-Old-Princess-Anne-Rd_Princess-Anne_MD_21853_M68139-53477

    I shared this one some weeks ago but it’s had a 20K price reduction, and it still is an attractive large home located near the Atlantic Ocean barrier islands in Accomack County, VA. Worth a second look? 1850, $249K https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/34080-Seaside-Rd_Painter_VA_23420_M57769-38013

    This former bank is now a ridiculously cute “tiny home” and an Air BnB rental near Chincoteague, VA. 1915, 85K, Oak Hall, VA https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/29344-Horsey-Rd_Oak-Hall_VA_23416_M59402-25205

    It’s a bit of an ugly duckling, but if you have a use for a 6,000 square foot former hotel (1910) from the era when Parksley, VA was a railroad boom town, here’s your chance at only $75K. Parts of the inside are more attractive than the exterior would suggest. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/24316-Cooke-St_Parksley_VA_23421_M62646-25235

    Why build a tiny house when you can buy one? This one bedroom cottage oozes charm, and most of its $139K asking price is probably due to it’s location in Chincoteague, VA, which opens it up to use as a vacation home within easy reach of the Assateague Island National Seashore and those famous ponies. The “Grumps Lane” address is a bonus for those of us with curmudgeonly tendencies. 1950.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4150-Grumps-Ln_Chincoteague-Island_VA_23336_M61698-95209

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

      I saved the Somerset County farm a while back into my Zillow account. It is picture perfect and my idea of a great classic farm. Kudos to the realtor and photographer for capturing the essence of this place. At that price point it couldn’t get any better.

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  12. shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 105 comments
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    1843 Greek Revival, $995,000 in Orwell, VT
    This may have been on the website, but even if it was it deserves another look.
    “Brook side, with it’s 236 acres of productive agricultural land and well maintained woodland is on the National Register of Historic Places not only for its superlative 1843 Greek Revival residence but also for the continuous stewardship of this national treasure.”

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/183-22a-Rte-Orwell-VT-05760/2082220677_zpid/

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  13. shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 105 comments
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    Another from Vermont today.
    1929, $725,000, Bennington, VT

    This white marble landmark building in Bennington features ornate moldings, elaborate brass chandeliers, marble floors, and much more!

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/338-Main-St-Bennington-VT-05201/115793906_zpid/

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

    Hello all! I am back with a quick share of something that just came on the market today, an 1805 rambling Colonial that hasn’t been remuddled. It’s a foreclosure in Woodbury, Ct listed for a shade over $300k. On almost 6 and a half acres with a barn and dependencies, it’s fueling my daydreams of becoming a gentleman farmer. Alas, I don’t see it happening for me, but maybe for one of you? Lots of features here to drool over. And just think 8 fireplaces!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/382-Weekeepeemee-Rd_Woodbury_CT_06798_M45965-71326

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  15. natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Since I recently took a road trip with my grandson, I decided to check for homes along our route from SW WA to Montana. Gorgeous drive, since we took Highway 14, then Highway 12 across Idaho into Montana.

    Anyway, didn’t find much till I got to Walla Walla.

    1909 Walla Walla, WA $750K What style?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1019-Alvarado-Ter-Walla-Walla-WA-99362/91571650_zpid/

    And then I didn’t find anymore!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Modified, Colonial Revival / Prairie / Craftsman. 🙂 Heheheh.

      Sounds like a fun trip.
      Is he joining the West coast exodus? Was just reading a post today, in another forum, by a Montanan from a family who has been there forever, lamenting the onslaught of “Californians” they are currently experiencing. Heheheh.

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      • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        Nah, he’s 13! *grin*

        But while in a little cafe in Lowell, ID (pop. 23) the locals were all sharing stories about people from all over the country looking for places to buy. They weren’t happy.

        I wonder how many of those people who are buying places “off the beaten path” will actually stay there long-term. Most people have no concept of what living in “primitive” areas entails…. what on earth will they do without Starbucks, McDonalds, Walmart, etc? How about when the first big storm hits? Without WIFI, or cell service? Weeee!

        I’ve seen it happen here in my neighborhood, and I’m only 9 miles from a small town, and 25 to a big one! People buy in the summer, then after one winter, they sell and leave.

        Wimps.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          >Wimps.
          Lolz. No doubt. Hard to blame those though who are seeking safety and sanity in a world accelerating ever faster into chaos. I’m out of the city where I am now as well; but want to be much further out; like down with my family in Vincennes further out. The market is still red hot here right now, so I likely won’t even have to list.

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        • JosephJoseph says: 420 comments
          1790 Northborough, MA

          This happens every so often when areas “get discovered”. Bypassed towns with old housing stock at very low prices look attractive. This happened with Hudson NY, for example. Another one was Eastport Maine. A local Massachusetts businessman talked it up and people were buying houses without even going to see them. Many of them neglected to think about how long a trip it was. The businessman? Oh, he had his own plane.

          This is why whenever I see “an incredible bargain” on OHD, I go to google maps. And when I see how far I have to zoom out before I see a grocery store or hospital, the bargain doesn’t seem so incredible after all.

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  16. JulieJulie says: 351 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    Kia Ora from New Zealand
    1913 villa in the Auckland suburb of Epsom. Wraparound verandah accessed via French doors, wood panelling and flooring and leadlight windows. Also comes with a pool and a large section (please, please don’t be bought by someone who plans to subdivide the land). It is up for Tender. I can’t find a valuation but I estimate it will be around US$1,926,000.00.

    https://www.uprealestate.co.nz/UPR14980

    Really lovely turn of the century villa in the Auckland seaside suburb of Devonport. It is up for Auction and has a valuation of US$1,702,000.00

    https://www.realestate.co.nz/3788172/residential/sale/1-first-avenue-devonport

    Excuse me while I go into town to get a Lottery ticket. Another Devonport beauty and I absolutely love it. A delightful mix of the old, the new and the whimsical with original native timber flooring and fireplaces. Check out the painting of cherubs on the verandah ceiling, incredible views of the Waitemata Harbour, the city and it has direct access to the ocean. I don’t know the original build date, sorry. It’s for Auction and has a valuation of US$1,733,888.00.

    https://www.bayleys.co.nz/1451154

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  17. messengerjsmessengerjs says: 38 comments
    Salisbury, MD

    1742, $449,999, Snow Hill, MD

    Poor Chanceford Hall. I can’t understand why it’s been on the market for 970 days. 5 years ago it was auctioned off and the current owners seem to have put a lot of work into it. (I put in a bid but lost out.). And Snow Hill has some interesting things going on. It’s also only about 1/2 hour to the ocean. Oh well, I’m sure it has been shared before. It was pending until a week or so ago and now it’s back to active. Seemed like a good time to repost.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/209-W-Federal-St_Snow-Hill_MD_21863_M62108-30976?view=qv

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

    1926 Mediterranean in Springfield, MA amongst a lot of fabulous old houses on Longhill St. From the red tiled roof to the library windows to all the tiled baths, this is quite something! $479,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/283-Longhill-St-Springfield-MA-01108/56218087_zpid/
    1908 in Springfield, MA $430,000 exterior is very attractive (check out the domed turret) interior is office space & 2 apartments, but enough is left to get a sense of what a beautiful place it must have been
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/672-Chestnut-St-Springfield-MA-01107/56206319_zpid/
    1910 in the West End of Hartford, CT, $299,000 just enough pictures to leaveyou desperate for more!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25-N-Beacon-St-Hartford-CT-06105/59075934_zpid/

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    • JkleebJkleeb says: 294 comments
      Seattle, WA

      Bathrooms in the Springfield house are great—it really is a house with potential. I agree on the “desperate for more pictures” with the Hartford House. Beautiful details but I’d like to see them in the context of the rooms they inhabit.

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Anne, I love the last one. It is filled with so many details, and Kelly has posted, so I can save–have yet to look at hers, which you say has more images. But thank you!

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

    1810 “Federal-style farmhouse” in Haverhill, NH for $217,500
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/830-Dartmouth-College-Hwy-Haverhill-NH-03765/113001971_zpid/
    1896 in Woodsville, NH for $60,000 – great price
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Pine-St-Woodsville-NH-03785/2079962263_zpid/
    1899 also in Haverhill, NH for $169,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2643-Dartmouth-College-Hwy-North-Haverhill-NH-03774/113001895_zpid/
    1907 Arts & Crafts in Hanover, NH $2,399,000. beautiful wood!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17-Rope-Ferry-Rd-Hanover-NH-03755/92852977_zpid/
    Have a nice weekend everyone, stay safe & happy dreaming!

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  20. SharonSharon says: 334 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    Prairie of your absolute dreams in Malvern, IA. It’s been on here before. Price reduced at $319,999.99. Check out that inglenook entrance and the TONS of wonderful wood. I can hear it calling! “Come get me!”

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/910-Marion-Ave_Malvern_IA_51551_M72181-50857?view=qv

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  21. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 863 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    A charming 1890 brick farmhouse, barn and outbuildings on 6 pretty acres in Glen Rock, PA, an area of southern York county which is within daily commuting distance to Baltimore and to a lesser extent the D.C. area. $370K. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/13069-Glen-Valley-Rd_Glen-Rock_PA_17327_M33021-57526

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  22. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 863 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    If you have the spare cash ($879K) and fancy a fancy 1901 mansion in one of the most charming of Maryland Chesapeake Bay towns (Cambridge) here’s your chance. The description says that the architect had something to do with the Chrysler building in New York. I’ve always thought that homes of this era, up until the depression, are the pinnacle of quality American construction. I figure it must have been shared in the past, but it’s not in Kelly’s archives. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/314-Mill-St_Cambridge_MD_21613_M52648-91186

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  23. Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 863 comments
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    1875 Victorian Farmhouse
    Lancaster, PA, PA

    And while we’re in Cambridge, I thought I’d share this interesting home dated to 1875. The interior has been a little too worked over for my taste, but I have never noticed a home with a dual-bay front flanking a two story porch. 1875, Cambridge, MD $480K. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/203-High-St_Cambridge_MD_21613_M95969-06881

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Well you are just batting 1K this week, John. Super interesting! I hope this one gets posted so it might gin up some interest from one of the research guys. I’d sure like to know more about the progression here.

      The listing mentions dates of 1875, and 1850. Yes; but I think parts of this house are older than that. Seems to me that 1875 is right for the Italianate re-do and expansion of the principal block; which is so curiously and delightfully expressed on the front facade.
      https://ap.rdcpix.com/d0effea2ca759a549a810a5f70b0337bl-b1020879261xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg
      Also curious is the lack of stylistic updating of the interior to coincide with the exterior design changes and changes to the floor plan. Very unusual.
      https://ap.rdcpix.com/d0effea2ca759a549a810a5f70b0337bl-b3401327214xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg
      Overall, an absolutely splendid home. The kitchen is a bad cliche; and the baths uninspired; but so what. At that price, someone with taste can go in there and do better.

      Cambridge, MD is now on my mental map of towns to watch! TY

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  24. clasyklclasykl says: 57 comments

    1909 17 rooms $1,200,000 in Yakima, WA Some gorgeous details in this house. I’ve been in it as friends own it. Currently used as a bed breakfast. No mention about whether the carriage house is selling with house and I don’t remember if it was or not. No photos of it on Zillow. You can see it’s roof on the aerial view
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1811-W-Yakima-Ave-Yakima-WA-98902/121904210_zpid/

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      TY for posting.
      The exterior architecture is goofy – IMO; but the original interiors are really lovely. Nice listing too. Clearly the agents in Yakima, WA know the importance of shooting a house on a bright, sunny day. No doubt they have to pounce when the opportunity presents itself. Heheheh.

      Another fascinating plumbing / HVAC installation! Where’s the boiler?
      Is the water heater the boiler for the whole system??
      Also: check out the vintage sink tap at bottom right, (I guess in lieu of a slop sink). RAD!
      https://photos.zillowstatic.com/uncropped_scaled_within_1536_1152/IS337eiofbelb41000000000.webp
      I’m in the wrong business. I wonder how many plumbing apprentices are there who are in their late 40’s? Heheheh.

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      • clasyklclasykl says: 57 comments

        Just to clear up a misconception, the state of Washington has two climates. Seattle, which most people think of as WA is west of the Cascade Mountain Range and has mild climate with rain tempered by the Japanese Current in the Pacific Ocean. Yakima is east of the Cascades and has a similar climate to Indiana with hot summers…over 100 degrees, cold winters…can get to below 0. I lived west of the Cascades, for 44 years, maybe it hit 100 degrees twice in that time span and never 0. Now I’ve been 6 1/2 years in DFW area of North Texas in house we found on OHD. The last 3 years, I’ve spent 2-3 weeks in Yakima each year in June/July with no rain, not even any dew as we’d leave tools out overnight and they’d be dry as could be in AM. Therefore, lot’s of sunny days for realtor to take photos.

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        • natira121natira121 says: 692 comments
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          1877 Vernacular
          Columbia River Gorge, WA

          And Oregon is the same way. West is WET, East of the Cascades is DRY

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          I guess I knew that. Thanks’ for reminding me. Whenever I think of Washington, my mind always goes to “Frances”. I’m a Leo, and love the sun. Couldn’t live in a gloomy climate – no-sir.

          Over, (or even anywhere near), 100deg – in Indiana? No. Thank God. Heheheh. Now I’ve lived in the Desert Southwest off and on for years; and 100+ with very low humidity is doable; but those kinds of temps here would be unthinkable with the humidity. Perish the thought! 🙂 It does occasionally get below 0 in winter; but very rarely. We stay pretty mild around here, generally. Wild swings, yes; but radical extremes, no.

          https://www.rssweather.com/climate/Indiana/Indianapolis/

          • clasyklclasykl says: 57 comments

            Well, I was remiss in not noting Oregon, like Washington has two climates. I do remember, though, in Evansville, IN going to work in ’68 when the temp/humidity sign said it was 90 degrees w/ 90% humidity at 7:00 AM. Maybe Southern Indiana has hotter summers…and more humidity than central Indiana. My first 13 years was in central Indiana (Anderson & Middletown) and I remember hot summer days and learned to ice skate on frozen Fall Creek in the winter. In the summer, there was a Norman Rockwellish swimming hole in Fall Creek where we boys swan sans bathing suits. If girls showed up, to get out of the water, you put on a community bathing suit, otherwise, just stayed in the water. We lived in a 90 year old haunted house in Middletown at the time. Saw my first ghost in that house.

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            • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              >haunted house in Middletown
              This one?
              https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/506-High-St_Middletown_IN_47356_M42762-36313
              It’s on OHD; but only accessible to contributors.
              https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/04/09/1899-queen-anne-middletown-in-2/
              It’s been for sale so many times over the years; I’ve wondered before if there might be a legitimate issue there.

              • clasyklclasykl says: 57 comments

                No, it’s on N. Raider Rd about 3 blocks south of town limits. Times are so different now. My sister and I (ages 6 & 8, respectfully) used to walk to the movie theater for Saturday Matinee (4 blocks from home, three of those blocks being outside town limits. The town stopped at Penn RR tracks which went over the road. Sometimes, we’d be walking home in dark without a care in the world. I wanted to post Google Earth photo of home but don’t know how to add the photo.

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                • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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                  1875 Italianate cottage
                  Noblesville, IN

                  This one looks appropriately creepy shot in fall, with that great old tree! It’s actually a rather amazing property up there, on some land, with great barns! I’mma have to keep my eye on that one. Love!

                  https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8206-N-Raider-Rd_Middletown_IN_47356_M41640-32901#photo0

                  • clasyklclasykl says: 57 comments

                    Great find as that’s my ghost house. I lived there from summer of 1949 through 8th grade until the summer of 1955, when we moved to Evansville, IN. The white barn is part of this property. The red barns are on the property to the north. The wallpaper mural in back hall was in the house when we moved in, I think, so it’s been there a long time…71+ years.

                    In 1953, a gentleman stopped by to see the house because he had lived there 50 years before.

                    The room with stone fireplace was there, but it was just a very large room with laundry and shower. We really didn’t use it as a living space.

                    You will notice in the front gable, there is a second floor door…above the first floor front door. I’ve always, even at 9 years old, thought the front porch is not original as there’s no place for that second floor door to go except onto a sloping roof. I figured there must have been a flat porch…with or without roof…for that door to go onto.

                    One night a woman spirit dressed in a long dress/gown, came out of a closet in my room, walked through the room, across the second floor stair hall, into my parent’s room…for some reason, we didn’t close bedroom doors…and to far side of their room. I went into their room, woke them up, but they said it wasn’t them that I saw. No explanation other than maybe it was the same spirit the gentleman who lived there 50 years before, said that neighbors across the street would see a woman at that second floor door with an oil lamp standing there looking out.

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                    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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                      1875 Italianate cottage
                      Noblesville, IN

                      Such a great house. I’d be thrilled to own it. If it had just a wee bit more land; and included all of those barns; it would be perfect.

                      The original porch likely just framed the front entry, and had a nearly flat roof with balustrade. The existing porch probably dates from the teens/20’s.

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

    Here’s an interesting late Victorian brick home in La Porte, Indiana, on the market for $185,000: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/908-Chicago-St_La-Porte_IN_46350_M48090-36327 The interior looks to be well preserved. The listing states it was in the same family (four generations of the Link family) since 1899. Often, the best preserved period homes are those that haven’t seen a constant change of ownership over the years. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in a compact 2,400 sq. feet. I like the old carriage house in the back that is painted in barn red. La Porte is a town of about 21,600 between South Bend, IN, and Chicago not far from Lake Michigan. The Indiana Sand Dunes State and National parks tourist attractions are also not far away.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Not much to look at outside. Nice details within. Excellent attic! That wood up there is purrrrtty. Love the bulkhead with the double doors and screen doors in the basement. I know; I’m a weirdo. 😉

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  26. Well, this is relates to something rather more than a house, and it’s not for sale. A pair of interesting articles have popped up on the Architecture section of Country Life, an excellent source of information on period structures in the UK. Architecture articles often have restricted access, so this was a double pleasure. Both address the history of Burghley House, the magnificent home of William Cecil who served for many years in the court of Elizabeth I. Some excellent exterior and interior photos are included. Enjoy!

    https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/burghley-house-the-500-year-story-of-one-of-the-very-greatest-houses-in-britain-216504?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=countrylife

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  27. 1909 Diamond Hill Home, Lynchburg, Virginia. $499,900

    https://www.trulia.com/p/va/lynchburg/508-washington-st-lynchburg-va-24504–2022970780

    I hope I did this right. Been looking at homes here on OHD for over a year and this one had to be shared!

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  28. SueSue says: 529 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Hello everyone!! I haven’t been on here for awhile. Working on the house to get it ready to put on the market. Trying to heal from cellulitis on my right arm and an infection in my left hand. All that causing a Lyme flare. It’s been tiring…but, I am here to share this gem.

    This treasure is in Lubec Maine. Lubec sits right on the boarder of Canada. It is cold, cold and cold but very beautiful. Nearest actual shopping is about an hour away in Calias but if you chose to live in Lubec you probably don’t care about the nearest Walmart.

    “This 1840’s Ship Chandlers Home, also known as the historic ‘Jeremiah Fowler House’ is full of original detail & character with an eccentric touch. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983,”. The home has been in the same family since the 1850’s and they have not done a lot of updating thank goodness. This is the most amazingly untouched home with the most incredible eccentric interior. (There is a bed in a bathroom.) I just love, love, love it. It comes with contents too. Ummm, wait until you see it. Check out the old oil lamp on the newel post too and the stove…Oh my…the stove in the kitchen. Oh and most of the contents convey!! There are some amazing antiques here. Of course she needs work and being sold as is but what a pay off when you fix her up. Asking price is 249,000. If I could afford to buy her and have another home I would do it in a heartbeat. Enjoy!!!

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/35-School-St_Lubec_ME_04652_M47966-85679?ex=ME2643704008#photo0

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Yes Sue, nice to see you here again! Everything you said in your description was wonderful, I could enjoy it without seeing the house…but the house was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the bedroom/bath and the folky painting on the walls. It is a tiny house within. smile

      • SueSue says: 529 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Thank you so much Kimberly. I cannot get over the bed in the bathroom. I just want to sit with the people who live there. I know there are wonderful stories to be heard.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      First – glad you’re feeling better, Sue. Straight up.

      Second – WOW!!! Thank you for posting! If you don’t post this again Friday, I will for you. What a vision of generational preservation by circumstance. Love that! SUCH a treat to see as is. Breaks my heart that it will never be this rad again. 🙁 Anyway, I’ll save my sperg for when it gets posted: because SURELY it will get posted. Amazing. I have never seen that range before: and I sure wish I could get a full on look at it now.
      https://ap.rdcpix.com/c6d73b79b8672247278574b7f3a414bfl-m355302161xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Turns out it’s the 1914, first generation, Westinghouse, all electric range. It would probably be Kelly’s dream stove if it had a sight glass on the ovens. Sorry Kelly, (aint happenin); they are thermostats not peep holes. I was hoping this model would be an outlier, but nope. It’s actually the very first year Westinghouse began making home appliances. The unit is essentially the Loyd Copeman, which Westinghouse had just bought out; but with beefed up solidity and styling for reliability and pizazz.
      http://www.lloydcopeman.com/images/stove6.jpg
      This is the best preserved example I could find on-line.
      http://www.lloydcopeman.com/images/frickberg/Dads-215-cropped.jpg
      Even it has a few issues. I believe the open element toaster, and the clock, seen in pic were options, (if not standard)! Amazeballs!
      https://westinghouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/1l_1914_Copeman_Stove.png
      I wonder if the one in this house, (which looks flawless BTW), still has a clock and toaster laying around there somewhere?? Cant imagine the value on that unit. Wow…

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      BOOM! Already posted. Don’t know how I missed it. The things you miss when you don’t click on each and every one. Sigh..
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/09/11/1840-greek-revival-lubec-me/
      Didn’t even think to look. Yaawwwwnnnnn.

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      • SueSue says: 529 comments
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        1802 Cape
        ME

        Oooohh, I am so sorry for the repost Rosewater. I should have gone to check to see before I posted it. Thank you for telling me all about the stove. It’s my dream stove. I cannot get over the treasures that are in this home. I would buy it in a minute of we could have two houses. Lubec and surrounding towns are full of amazing old homes. If Jeff and I didn’t want a warmer place for our farm we would happily live up there. It is so amazingly beautiful.

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

        I could move in here as is. “God Reigns. The Government at Washington Still Lives” is a sign above one of the doorways. It is a reference to Lincolns assassination. I love these family history houses. I hope whoever buys this has respect for the house and its former occupants. Its a treasure.

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  29. Sandy BSandy B says: 793 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Nice to see you again Sue…!
    I’ve had the Fowler house on my list for some time. I’ve been to Lubec twice, staying in the Inn at the Wharf….great place..! Here is the Nat. Reg. link for the house. a short but interesting read.

    https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/83003693

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    • SueSue says: 529 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Sandy, isn’t Lubec gorgeous? Maine in general is beautiful. I live in the Augusta area not far from the sea. Maine is a treasure trove of old homes. We are only moving because we would like warmer winters. Winter is pretty hard on me with the Lyme.

  30. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Hi All! trying to catch up after being up in the woods in the cabin for days without any electronic communication, or need for it–walk up the road to visit family and talk in person. smile.
    I only have a few things to share this week, one is personal, the old cabin radio-the one thing I think I can post late in the game (this week), that I am pretty sure no one else will have already shared.
    Back when I first shared my old place, I had found an old radio in a cabinet. Jay/Rosewater, was interested, so Jay, I post this for you:

    Greetings all:
    I was at my cabin this weekend with no electronic communication. We played cards, old board games, enjoyed the water, the local pair of bald eagles, and a young fawn and her mom, and a thunderstorm from the porch. I also spent more time with the old radio in the cabin. It is a:
    Eveready 1929 Model 53 Radio

    https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio-Retailing/20s/Radio-Retailing-1929-09.pdf
    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/national03_53.html
    https://www.pinterest.com/americanvintagedesign/vintage-phonographs-and-radios/

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/user/7647/?profiletab=photos

    smile, my husband guitar/amp guy was most interested in the tubes, but they are mine

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  31. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Here are the shares I wish to show you this week:

    1900, Pepperall, MA, 1,500,000

    From the listing: “This majestic Country Estate features a 1900 English Tudor residence on over 8.5 acres of bucolic landscaped grounds. ‘Wooltop’, is gracefully sited upon a secluded hilltop and filled with unique charm and character. Featuring 15 rooms, 7 fireplaces, Farmer’s porch, screened porch plus attached 2-story accessory apartment and quintessential one bedroom Cottage.’

    What I like about this place is the repetitive nature of the Tudor, the columns, the beams, windows and also, the comfortable interior.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36-A-Elm-St-Pepperell-MA-01463/2084409284_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=b0f85a92-72a3-471f-aed7-077be90b16c6~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1920, Annville, PA, 249,900

    From the listing: “The mill is thought to be the oldest continuously operating mill in the US….Multiple Buildings (Bank Barn, Masonry Shop, 4 Concrete Silos)”
    So, not a house, what I like is the functional workings of a mill, but so much newer than the really old smaller mills we have seen. I do in this instance, like the overhead drone shots so that I can see all of the different buildings, it is so fascinating.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/545-W-Queen-St-Annville-PA-17003/2078986024_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=043637ad-c3e3-4a0e-b1ff-7799f4beab35~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1910, Los Angeles, CA, 920,000

    Craftsman with beefy exterior structure, not until 18/24 do we see the interior, but it is worth it.

    Nice shot:
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2915-S-Budlong-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90007/20592550_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=f815645c-b3df-4fb8-9d68-cd9ea95e9249~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8&mmlb=g,49

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2915-S-Budlong-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90007/20592550_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=f815645c-b3df-4fb8-9d68-cd9ea95e9249~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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

    GUYS!!

    Under contract on an 1830 “Federal” (kind of seems like maybe a touch of Greek Revival) that I’m absolutely in love with!!! Front half of the house is a completely updated kitchen (looks nice and quite functional and good layout, so I’m not complaining), a parlor, the entry hall with staircase, a full bathroom, and a second parlor or lounge. Then upstairs 3 bedrooms (2 master suites) and a random small room and full bath with claw foot tub. I think the updated kitchen was a formal dining room previously. All wood floors, couple of different board sizes depending on the room, except bathroom upstairs has vinyl floor (most likely over planks).

    BUT THEN

    The BACK half of the house just made me giddy!!! There’s another kitchen with original massive cooking fireplace, that has had modern conveniences added and perhaps the room was combined with another room and made one large space. The floor is vinyl tiles…but I peeked under some that were lifting and OMG 8+ INCH WIDE PLANKS! I’m SO restoring that floor! So then you go up the servants stairs to the second floor of that area and JUST WOW! 2 or 3 bedrooms, full bath, couple of small odd rooms, but guys THE DOOR HARDWARE! Hinges and latches holy cow I was amazed! So many old (original?!?!) features, and these crazy plank doors 😍

    And the second level is all over the map…4 steps down, turn a corner, find rooms…go back up, around a corner, more steps, more rooms IT’S CRAZY AND I LOVE IT! Winchester Mystery House mini-me lol!

    If that whole section of the upstairs back was servant’s quarters…they had a mess of them employed that lived in the house!

    Plus 2 different staircases to the attic.

    And full basement with dirt floor, stone walls.

    This sits on a 1.7 acre parcel that is bordered by 3 roads. Technically I say 2 acre because between the parcel and 1 road is a section of the old Black River Canal that was part of the Erie Canal system. It’s all overgrown now but just amazing to look at.

    On the 4th side is a parcel 2+ acres…that is part of the state park! So nobody will be building there, AND I have unobstructed access to the lake!

    Yes, it’s by a lake!

    But wait, THERE’S MORE!

    It’s also 1 block from a downhill ski area.

    Pinch me…

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    • QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 79 comments
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      1969 split level prisoner
      Great Falls, MT

      Congratulations!

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      • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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        1909 Victorian
        Scottsdale, AZ

        Thank you! This has been a long, fragmented search with houses that went under contract as I was on the plane to view them (and the realtor knew I was coming), sellers that decided to keep the property, undisclosed mold issues, etc.

        The house will have projects, definitely! It’s almost 200 years old lol. But I think this one will work out 🙂

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

          Congratulations! I certainly wish you the best as you take on this project house. Sounds like it wasn’t remuddled in the past which saves you from having to undo someone else’s inappropriate work. Keep us posted on your progress, please.

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          • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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            1909 Victorian
            Scottsdale, AZ

            It’s my goal to preserve as much of this house as possible! I may add a couple of things, like locks for some doors (but nothing shiny and brassy and just YUCK – I’ll keep it as true to original as possible). And TBH I’m considering creatively hiding one of those attic entries – I love hidden rooms and such, and it would be a perk for the next owner to discover!

            One question – and I’ll take as many answers and opinions as you all are willing to give – the house uses heating oil currently. How blasphemous would it be to convert to propane or some other method? Also, I’ve never used oil heat so what caveats do you have to share about that?

            Further…have any of you put in a solid surface over basement dirt before? Suggestions? That is one daaaaamp basement – condensation all over the place. I know I intend to run a dehumidifier down there, and I’d like to install a vapor barrier and have the luxury of a solid floor, but is it feasible?

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            • JimHJimH says: 5098 comments
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              I’ve owned and/or lived in a half-dozen houses with oil heat in areas where gas wasn’t available, and never had serious complaints. It’s generally much cheaper than propane or electric, and very reliable if the furnace is well-maintained. I always preferred propane for cooking and electric for hot water.

              Pouring a concrete basement floor wasn’t that difficult, but it came out a little better when I contracted out a couple of others. It’s worth it either way for usability, and it does reduce humidity if the drainage and vapor barrier are done correctly.

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            • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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              1875 Italianate cottage
              Noblesville, IN

              Heating oil and propane are both relatively very expensive sources of fuel for heating a home. Propane can often be very hard to have re-filled on season; so at least you are not likely to go without central heating with the oil as fuel. Oil is dirty; and does require significant annual cleaning of the boiler. It’s easy though; just really dirty. You can of course pay someone to do anything around the house; but what’s the fun in that?

              The good news is that in that old listing I found I noticed at least one, but most likely two, bio-fuel (pellet) stoves currently installed as fireplace inserts. If those convey, and are in good working condition, that is a HUGE ++. Those units are extremely efficient, and easy to operate and maintain. They are also very easily vented straight out a wall with very little necessary venting requirements. They burn extremely efficiently, and emit very little heat along with minimal flue gasses. Should you decide to remove them from the fireplaces and install them more strategically elsewhere; you’ll find that is rather easily done. They do need regular maintenance; and can shut down rather easily if not adequately maintained. Fingers crossed for you that they are still there and run well. Those units are NOT cheap; so if they convey in good shape, count your blessings. 🙂

              As to damp basements: 95% of the time the dampness you noticed in any basement will be caused by inadequate and or flawed drainage along the home’s exterior perimiter. It’s either going to be the drain scuppers or the pitch of the grade leading to or against the house, or both, which cause that ambient moisture. RARELY is it a “high water table”. The VERY FIRST thing you want to do, (barring any water intrusion from the roof), is to address any drainage issues you find prevailing. It’s easy enough stuff to remedy; but possibly labor intensive. That though is what big strapping local bo-hunks looking for part time work are for – right. Heheheh. I’m sure there are one or two hanging around up there. 😉 Yeah – get that water away from the house pronto, and for good. Plenty of YT vids on what to look for and how to address those issues. YT is a DIY’ers pal.

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              • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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                1909 Victorian
                Scottsdale, AZ

                We keep getting bursts of showers here, but I keep missing them – staying 30 minutes away, ugh. I want to see what the runoff situation is. There is hardware installed for half round gutters, but only 1 gutter is still attached. 🤷 That all needs to be addressed asap, given how much precip the area gets.

                I did a huge-ish project at my Scottsdale house a few years ago. I trenched (by hand) the areas under the scuppers, lined with double layer of thick plastic sheeting, then laid riprap over the sheeting. They drained out 20 or so feet from the house, plus looked really nice!

                I think you can make out the trenched and riprap drainage in contrast to the pavers and crushed stone in the pic below. That project took me months – laying retaining wall blocks (those were 60 pounds each!), shoveling and raking fill dirt, adding trellises and bougainvillea, creating steps, shoveling and raking crushed stone…on top of the drainage project… But I was pleased with the final result!

                https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/31061066_1328548280578356_2352435436258201928_n.jpg

                I’d want to do something similar for drainage at this house, but use stone appropriate for the landscape. Or maybe pop up drains that dump into the old Black River Canal? Options!!

    • JimHJimH says: 5098 comments
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      Wonderful news!

      There’s a letter waiting there for you from 1836:

      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BraytonLetterWesternville.png

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Yes, as Sandy B said, I am looking forward to pictures too! your enthusiasm is contagious and your descriptions are exciting. Congratulations, I would love to be in your shoes.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice. Congrats! Listing link? 🙂

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      • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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        1909 Victorian
        Scottsdale, AZ

        I messaged you! 😊

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6670 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          You got yourself a SMOKIN good deal there, Ms.. Well done! I say nix the vintage, knotty pine kitchen; unless you really like it. It doesn’t seem to have been a very quality installation when it was new, and it hasn’t aged very well. The new kitchen on the other hand is delightful! Lucky you – especially at that price. Wow. I like it because though it is a contemporary installation, it has not changed the architecture of the room it’s in at all. Looks great in there in fact – IMO. Wonderful space, light, and a great fireplace! Niiiice! 🙂
          https://ap.rdcpix.com/e1afea143242fae33400c246b2ba93e9l-c826824666xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg
          With all of those doors coming and going in there; it would have been really hard for that space to work for much of anything else anyway.
          https://ap.rdcpix.com/e1afea143242fae33400c246b2ba93e9l-c1430593803xd-w1020_h770_q80.jpg
          I’d say you got SUPER lucky on that score. A nice quality installation to boot. I even love the color! Heheheh. Table down at the fireplace end = perfect.

          As someone who has known the desert Southwest all my life; and lived out there off and on for many years; I feel quite safe surmising that you are going to miss Scotchdale winters! Heheheh. I don’t have winters as bad here in Central Indiana as you will in upstate NY; but every winter I spend here is spent longing for the brilliant, warm winter sun in Tucson. So good luck with that! Heheheh. Limited, regular use of low impact tanning beds helps me tremendously with the S.A.D.. 🙂

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          • GearGirlGearGirl says: 205 comments
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            1909 Victorian
            Scottsdale, AZ

            Ha! I’m going to keep the old kitchen – if I add just 3 locks to interior doors in the back half of the house (upstairs and downstairs), I can make the area a vacation rental 😉 Having their own kitchen and living room/den would seal the deal. I was an AirBnB superhost when I had the Scottsdale house, I think it’s fun.

            I’ll stay for 1 or 2 winters to see if I get any winter vacation rentals; otherwise this is my May – October home and I’ll return to Scottsdale (or maybe even Mexico) the rest of the year!

  33. Sandy BSandy B says: 793 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Happy Day to you GearGirl…!!! Looking forward to photos for sure..!!

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  34. 1885, St. Joseph, MO, $449,000

    This huge 9 bedroom, 6 bathroom Richardsonian Romanesque is for sale as a single family home, a multi-family home, or as a bed and breakfast. It’s actually two homes (7 bedroom, 4 bathroom and a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom carriage house). The main house includes a 3 bedroom, one bathroom apartment so it could have rental income potential with both the carriage house and the 3rd floor apartment.

    This house retains tons of original features, yet is modernized for comfort and efficiency. It has the original stained glass and leaded windows (including an 18 square foot window!), 8 fireplaces, pocket doors, and so on. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Kansas City making for an easy commute while enjoying small town living!

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/2101-Faraon-St-Saint-Joseph,-MO,-64501_rb/110494396_zpid/?view=public

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  35. 1900, Emporia, KS, $149,000

    Hi, I’ve read every home on this site, and this is my first time commenting. I love reading the comments on the posts, too.

    A friend of mine has a brother in Emporia, KS trying to sell his 1900 home. I love the staircase and stained glass windows.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/801-Union-St-Emporia-KS-66801/91196428_zpid/

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  36. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11848 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Doesn’t appear but two people were subscribed to this homes comment section, maybe someone can give better opinions than me about this (on the homes post page, he won’t see here.)

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/01/03/c-1850-greek-revival-kathleen-ga/

    jfjones comment about how far back to restore.

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  37. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1914 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1766, Brooklyn, NY, 3,250,000

    From the listing: “has been occupied by only 3 families! The Wyckoff- Bennett- Mont Homestead is a pre-Revolutionary War Dutch farmhouse built in 1766…Straight off the Revolutionary War Trail, where George Washington marched up nearby Kings Highway, many soldiers would stop here, and you’ll still find their names etched in the original window panes”
    Unique, living museum, to have a place survive this long in such a now congested area and on a half acre of land. So much to admire and peruse here. enjoy

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1669-E-22nd-St-Brooklyn-NY-11229/30727034_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=bb57dee6-f94b-4553-ba36-06b612fac4cb~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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