August 28, 2020: Link Exchange

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12511 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Recycling an image this week. Location unknown.

    It’s just been one of those weeks. I’m taking the rest of the day off so no more posts until Monday. I may take the week of Labor day off, think I need a break. 🙂

    Have a happy weekend!

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Enjoy! and thank you for all the wonderful places you have given me the privilege to see!

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    • EileenMEileenM says: 287 comments
      Camillus, NY

      To which you are extremely entitled.

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    • JulieJulie says: 403 comments
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      1997 1 storey contemporary

      That is a really nice house with a lot of great details. The porch on both levels is a bonus and there are children everywhere. I also like the reasonably mature trees.

      I hope you do enjoy some time off. Listen to your body.

      Apologies for not having been on here for a while with New Zealand houses for sale.

      I fractured my right tibia a couple of months ago (no accident, it’s the result of illnesses)as well as developed a number of pulmonary embolisms and spent a number of hellish weeks in hospital followed by a transfer to interim care in a rest home where I am awaiting the go ahead to start weight bearing and then getting walking safely so that I can go home. In addition, after 102 days of no community transmission, the virus returned to NZ just a couple of days before I left the hospital and that really threw a spanner in the works. Back into lockdown for the region I live and no visits from my husband here because of the vulnerability of the many elderly people.

      I will start looking for old homes to feature here again. It’s pretty boring at the rest home so that will help pass the time. Wishing you and all the members the best.

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  2. SonofSyossetSonofSyosset says: 143 comments
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    1798 Federal/Georgian
    East Dennis, MA

    This probably doesn’t happen every day on Zillow: the Zestimate for a 20,000+ square-foot 1873 mansion on 4.75 acres in Newport, Rhode Island, has increased over $8,500,000 … in the last 30 days. For that sudden uptick in value, you get 14 bedrooms, 18 baths, meticulous grounds, a lavish guest house, and limitless opulence. This is a terrific listing, but I am thinking that any potential buyer would much prefer to have bought this spectacular property a month ago rather than paying the current $14,000,000 ask price (a tad over the $13.3+ million current Zestimate). Hey, I read it on the internet, so this all must be true! Anyway, is it me, or is that tiled back staircase in photos 27 and 30 not quite right for the rest of such a grand house?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/180-Narragansett-Ave-Newport-RI-02840/65988165_zpid/?utm_campaign=iosappemail&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=emailshare

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    • 67drake67drake says: 300 comments
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      1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
      Iowa County , WI

      The estimated value of properties on Zillow and other similar sites is a farce. You can list your home for whatever you want, and 95% of the time the estimated value is magically within a small percentage of that. The estimated value of this property was what it was until it went on the market. Then when it’s listed for an inflated price, then Zilliow ups it’s estimated value so as not to PO the seller. I see it constantly!

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    • JosephJoseph says: 430 comments
      1790 Northborough, MA

      Was it actually listed at a lower price last month? According to zillow it sold two years ago, and has just now been listed for resale. The price jump? Well, from the realtor’s site:

      Recently the entire estate, internally and externally, has been thoughtfully and extensively restored to an exceptionally high standard. The Mansion and Carriage House are offered for sale exquisitely furnished with curated antiques, art work and classic furnishings.

      When seemingly outlandish price changes up/down occur, sometimes there is an actual change in the property – sometimes a piece of the acreage split off to bring down the price, sometimes adjacent lots added. In this case, it would seem to be an extremely high end flip.

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    • JosephJoseph says: 430 comments
      1790 Northborough, MA

      Also, “zestimates” are most reliable for “standard” properties, since they are handled algorithmically, and not actual human appraisals.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5587 comments
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      The staircase is a documented Guastavino tile installation from long after original construction. Some of their work is at Biltmore and other mansions from the 1890’s, though they are better known for the New York City Subway, the Oyster Bar at Grand Central and other commercial work. Doesn’t really match the house but I wouldn’t care!

      https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/guastavino-tile-arches

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Someone shared this one a few years back. One does not forget a service stair tiled from floor to ceiling, and floor and ceiling. Heheheh. 🙂 Zestimate is a wonky number; but I have no doubt whatsoever that values here and in other uber luxury markets have seen a drastic increase lately due to the wealthy and uber wealthy, (and anyone else with eyes to see who can afford it), fleeing NYC en masse.

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1166 comments
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      1875 Limestone house
      Langeais, Loire Valley,

      Full French inspo for the exterior of this mansion! 🙂

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  3. Hi! Please adjust this post as needed. I found this on zillow but it said no zillow links. It’s a beautiful home in Maine and I thought it would be very appreciated here. There’s very little in the overview but the pictures speak for themselves. I’d move there today if could.

    10 S Arm Rd, East Andover, ME 04226

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  4. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Greetings All! back to sharing this week after a good week without much internet up in the woods.
    Here are a few that I found interesting from PA:

    1895, New Castle, PA, 450,000

    Brick home, impressive to me from the opening shot. Intrigued by all of that ivy, I love the tiled roof, Inside in surprisingly good shape. Take a look at the decorative detail in slide 7, the stairway detail after it. I want to see so much more, and wish the relator offered more information too.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/131-E-Lincoln-Ave-New-Castle-PA-16101/2078118301_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=034b781a-af95-431f-9ce7-61b6933a1fe3~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

    1900, Pittsburgh, PA, 649,000

    Another decorative brick with Gothic detail on the upper windows. I love the decorative leaded windows on the entry and the decorative stair and lighting. I enjoy the work they have done on their kitchen and pantry-some modernity, but nice, beautiful dining room with more leaded glass and beautiful wallpaper and light

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1410-Pennsylvania-Central-N-Pittsburgh-PA-15233/2078101507_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=6a280dfa-ca27-4074-a6c5-7e6eada64051~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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    • EricHtownEricHtown says: 380 comments

      Hey Kimberly, your New Castle pic is stunning. I love the dark forboding look and the size. When I was a kid I said I wanted a house big enough that I could hear my own echo, like this one. It has a Richardsonian Romaneque feel. The roof is awsome with those great dormers. I’ve paid a lot over the years for tuckpointing and finally got good at myself, which is much cheaper but still very time consuming work. I would worry that all of that fabulous vine is destroying my home.

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    • JimHJimH says: 5587 comments
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      The impressive New Castle home was built for banker Matthias H. Henderson (1845-1908):

      “An example of a Lower North Hill, upper class home is the Henderson residence. Built in 1895, at 131 E. Lincoln Avenue. This patterned masonry Queen Anne style dwelling is located at the crest of Highland Avenue overlooking the business district. The massive two and one- half story, square plan edifice is three bays wide with a red tile covered hip roof, gable roof wall dormers with stone trim and finials. The red brick cladding has decorative rough-cut stone courses, quoins and window surrounds. A three-story tower with a conical roof is located in the east bay while the west side has a two story bay window with a conical roof. Matthias Holstein Henderson, who was vice president of Lawrence Savings and Trust, was the original owner. This resource is used as a residence and a funeral home.”

      https://www.livingplaces.com/PA/Lawrence_County/New_Castle_City/North_Hill_Historic_District.html

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      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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        1936 Cabin

        thank you both Eric and Jim for your thoughts. I learn so much here, I would like to see my vocabulary and understanding grow. I too would worry about the ivy and it makes the house from the outside, not look necessarily abandoned, but that the interior would not has been as well kept as it is.

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  5. SharonSharon says: 484 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    Oh, great picks. I can lose myself in the pictures. Thanks for the journey!

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  6. Pure Southern Charm and Style lovingly restored, updated and maintained. Tall smooth Finish Ceilings, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors, accent the details and craftmanship of a bygone era. Covered Portico, Screened Porch, Multiple Fireplaces, Formal Living and Dining, Private Study. Newer roof, HVAC, ductwork, Generac Generator, Panel Box, Tankless Hot Water Heater. This property offers several outbuildings with Heat/Air and utilities, ample parking, and entry from both Railroad Ave. and 2nd St.

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/3122-Railroad-Ave-Bamberg,-SC,-29003_rb/111665335_zpid/

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  7. mountain-lionmountain-lion says: 49 comments
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    1952 Eichler
    CA

    1890 Victorian, very nicely renovated with an outstanding front doors, and a very cool interior dome.
    801 East Broadway, Helena, MT

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/801-E-Broadway-St-Helena-MT-59601/78166559_zpid/

    Early most light fixtures still present, as well as all the trim, fireplaces, and glasswork. If I could live in Montana, I totally would live here.

    Dome:
    https://cdn.photos.sparkplatform.com/mt/20200304184622881363000000-o.jpg

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  8. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5666 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Anyone here with Family initials of “P. and B.” ? (visible in a stained glass window) No matter, this lovely example in the Queen Anne style is available in the Ohio town of Bellevue for $209,000 https://www.trulia.com/p/oh/bellevue/276-southwest-st-bellevue-oh-44811–1110615680 Five bedrooms, two baths, and lots of period architectural goodies both inside and out. I would not expect this house to be on the market very long.

    That said, you probably have wondered in the current economic environment why there’s been such an uptick in house sales this summer? While low mortgage rates partially explain this overnight real estate boom, they are but one factor in a complex market picture without much sense of direction for the coming months. One thing’s for sure…this is not a repeat of the Great Recession sell off between 2008 and about 2011. I found this REMAX article focused on the Canadian market but applicable to the U.S. as well, reposted on Yahoo News, interesting and perhaps shows the first indication of where things will be going in 2021: https://www.yahoo.com/news/house-prices-to-hold-steady-in-the-fall-but-2021-is-a-different-story-remax-175448929.html Since old houses are but a small sub-segment of the broader national housing market, it is difficult to make valid comparisons but usually national housing market trends apply to some degree to old houses as well. For old house buyers and sellers, the article indicates now is still a good time to buy or sell. However, going into 2021, there may very well be a precipitous drop in house prices that will affect old house pricing as well. I probably need to come back in a few months and see how accurate these predictions were. As we all know, the year 2020 has been anything but normal.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2642 comments
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      CT

      just going through some of these today. I see this house was also listed on the site. What are your thoughts on the stair case balusters. Pic 16 and closer examination at 17. Replacements?

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5666 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        Hmmm..I notice a difference in baluster finish compared to the other millwork elements-almost looks like raw wood but possibly the lighting makes it look that way. If someone replaced the originals, they were highly skilled to make it look this good, I tend to think they are originals.

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        • Sandy BSandy B says: 919 comments
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          2001 craftsman farmhouse
          Bainbridge Island, WA

          I agree John. They are lighter, but maybe because of a different wood species is all. In any case, custom turned.

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  9. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1947, Carmel, CA

    From the listing: “Distinctive architecture by Frank Wynkoop, who also designed the famed Butterfly House just one year prior, creates a unique opportunity in a rare setting.”

    I did not forget the price, if you wish to look, please do, but it is immense and not my reason for wanting to share this house.
    I enjoy this house for it sculptural organic way it clings to the rocky shore. I love the walls of windows that hold up angled roofs and the wooden ceiling structure. Inside the rock shore can be seen to be part of the moorings for this home and the views outside far-reaching. I was surprised to see a campy wagon wheel light fixture above and then see the furniture equally urban. They are only the wish of who owns the house and do not change the house at all for the next stewards. smile

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Scenic-Rd-Carmel-CA-93923/19332470_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=f48fdd02-1f7a-4292-96f5-d387ad8bf323~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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  10. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Oh, here is another favorite this week:

    1903, Los Angeles, CA, 1,795,000

    From the house’s historical plack: “Mary P. Field House Craftsman Style, Architect – E.P. Mah, built 1904”

    I love the dark interior molding against the yellow walls that arch up to the plaster ceilings. I love the personal style of the current owner-very handsome and comfortable house.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4967-Sycamore-Ter-Los-Angeles-CA-90042/20761525_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=263bd332-d2ad-4f2a-a0ac-fa86d82a683f~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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  11. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Egads this week was a fun hunt:

    1957, San Francisco, CA, 1,750,000

    From the listing: “1st time on market ever! Stunning Mid-Century Modern view home built by prominent Bay Area architect Ward Thomas as his personal residence”

    I always love to see an architect’s own home. Here an oasis sheltered under 100 year old cypress trees and surrounded by a number of beautiful plantings. Layers of beautiful wood holding up the roof above rooms with walls of windows and lots of globe like pendants lighting the rooms. Interesting fireplace design with small open fire pit below a large black planked hood (I would like to see under that hood). Behind the fireplace, it is joined by a common wall with the kitchen and more of the same black planks. Simple, usable kitchen. Interesting how the double sink is allowed to be accessed by both sides of the island. I like it looks practical. I also like the lovely wooden shelving with rough grey brick wall as a backdrop–I could easily populate that with pottery and books.

    http://exhibits.ced.berkeley.edu/exhibits/show/alltheirown/item/723

    https://www.bhhsfranciscan.com/ca/81-santa-rita-avenue-san-francisco-94116/pid-2213602806?SearchInput=81%20Santa%20Rita%20Avenue%20San%20Francisco%20CA%2094116&SearchType=Address&PropertyType=2%2C9%2C6%2C10%2C13%2C1%2C15%2C11%2C14&ListingStatus=1&NewListing=false&ApplicationType=FOR_SALE&Sort=DISTANCE_ASCENDING&PageSize=20&Page=1&SearchParameter=81%20Santa%20Rita%20Avenue&CoverageLat=37.747201&CoverageLon=-122.464446&CoverageCity=San%20Francisco&CoverageState=CA&CoverageZipcode=94116&lead=MemberKey%3D76007%26LeadBrand%3D11413101001000110005

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81-Santa-Rita-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94116/15132874_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=02ac606a-b837-45aa-97bb-95d9463f83e7~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That kitchen sink had me scratching my head for a second. Oh yeah! Still – – -? Heheheh. 😉

      Also; wonder what the story is with the nixed fireplace in the bedroom.

      Looks to me like a not entirely successful flip. Nice that the original kitchen was essentially retained. The trees are rad.

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  12. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1947, San Rafael, CA, 1,295,000

    From the listing: “Entering the curved front door one finds hardwood pegged floors, pitched wood-beam truss living rm ceiling reminiscent of old-world character, bottle glass and stained glass features all in keeping of Fredrick Thomas Olson’s old-world character.”

    Who is Fredrick Thomas Olson? I could only find the first and middle name reversed, and then I was not sure—or the name tied to CA.

    Cottage like brick Tudor. I love the wooden ceilings and in the upper wall of the living room delightful colored glass circular windows. Love the wooden gate with its big hinges. Simple but beautiful is the kitchen cabinetry.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/99-Marinita-Ave-San-Rafael-CA-94901/19246854_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=5eb5599f-d29e-4b84-a6e5-d6c9f8cf556d~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 785 comments
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      I like the 1947, San Rafael, CA home a lot. The interior is gorgeous and the outside patio area is a dream. Thanks for sharing this gem, Kimberly62.

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    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 155 comments
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      I love how the wonderful roof line of the San Rafael House peaks up above the fencing in Street View. Everything about this house is simply enchanting.

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    • natira121natira121 says: 813 comments
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      1877 Vernacular
      Columbia River Gorge, WA

      WOW. This house is just amazing, and a very fine example of the cliche “they don’t make them like this anymore”

      If it were mine, I’d fill it with glorious Scandinavian painted furniture, hand-woven rag rugs, and vintage appliances for the kitchen, of course.

      Just wow. Now I’m going to look at the pictures, again.

      Thanks SO much for posting this, GoodLordKimberly *grin*

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      What a wonderful little Storybook! An absolute MIRACLE that not a drop of paint has ever been employed to desecrate the gorgeous interior. All of that exposed, interior, brick half timbering is so RAD! Magical.

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  13. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    1922, San Francisco, CA, 1,700,000

    Opening shot, and interior room with a large window with multi-paned sidelights and and transom with a lovely circular pane at the center and the arched brick or stone fireplace with bookend lead glass fronted built ins. I can see this being an elegant house with its generous rooms. In the kitchen, lovely wooden cabinetry. Upstairs, beautiful stair railing that echoes the stained glass window in the stair landing

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/730-3rd-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94118/15098630_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-SendToFriendHDP-image&rtoken=3bd7af31-ad3b-4429-a126-3209d8834086~X1-ZUveo4kiegi2h5_46au8

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    • JkleebJkleeb says: 354 comments
      Seattle, WA

      I absolutely LOVE this house! There is so much to work with and it needs very little back dating. I would love to find better fixtures for the purple bathroom (I think those tiles were considered “orchid” at the time). Its difficult to tell from the photos, but I think the woodwork might be mahogany that has mellowed very well. I love everything you have posted today, but given how difficult it is to find a “non-updated” house that hasn’t been ruined through too much HGTVing in SF I think this is a real find.

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  14. messengerjsmessengerjs says: 52 comments
    Salisbury, MD

    1804 – Princess Anne, MD – $440,000

    This is Catalpa Farm which the Maryland Historical Trust says is significant because of the numerous outbuildings, including one of only four tobacco barns in Somerset County. Sadly it looks as though a lot of the original elements of the interior are lost, but the setting is so beautiful and the outbuildings are rare so I thought I’d share it.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/11021-Old-Princess-Anne-Rd_Princess-Anne_MD_21853_M68139-53477?view=qv
    https://mht.maryland.gov/secure/medusa/PDF/Somerset/S-408.pdf

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    • SuzyQSuzyQ says: 111 comments
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      MD

      Open house today.

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    • shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 155 comments
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      The grounds of the Catalpa Farm are so evocative of a bygone area. Princess Anne is a pretty village on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the county seat. About 300 structures of the old town are included in the National Register as the Princess Anne Historic District. The town is home to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. So, college town with lots of old houses, if you don’t need city lights it might be a nice place to call home.

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  15. shellyhorvathshellyhorvath says: 155 comments
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    Some gracious Southern Comfort today.
    1775 Georgian, 5 beds, 3 baths, $1,995,000

    So much interesting history! From the listing.
    Known as “the mansion house on Bay Street,” this elegant Georgian double house was built circa 1775 for in-town entertaining by Mansfield Plantation owner Miss Mary Man. The Mary Man house is remarkable for how much original fabric remains intact — from hand-hewn cypress construction resting on a nearly 250-year-old brick foundation to gleaming heart-of-pine flooring throughout. The front hall staircase leads to the 18th-century ballroom (now the master bedroom and hall) where, in December of 1812, legend says that the most famous woman of her time, Theodosia Burr Alston, of Oaks Plantation (now part of Brookgreen Gardens) was entertained at a ball held in her honor.(Theodosia, daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr — who served under President Thomas Jefferson and who infamously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel — was the wife of S.C. Governor Joseph Alston. On the morning after the ball, Theodosia boarded the schooner Patriot, which disappeared at sea, creating a nationwide sensation and mystery that endures to this day.) Off the porch stands a gingko tree, planted by the second owner’s family more than 100 years ago to honor one of their famous naval ancestors, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who opened Japan to the West in 1854. To the rear of the property past the foundation of the original kitchen stands a charming circa 1800 two-room kitchen building that was relocated to the property in 2008 and features a large central chimney. With only two owners, the Man family of Mansfield Plantation and the Hazard family of Newport, Rhode Island, this remarkable 18th century dwelling was adapted to changing lifestyles and times over nine generations without the loss of its architectural integrity — interior or exterior. This exceptional property is located in the heart of the historic district and overlooks the colonial seaport of Georgetown, S.C. International airports are conveniently located 90 minutes to the south in Charleston and 45 minutes to the north in Myrtle Beach. Georgetown also boasts its own private airport and was voted USA Today’s best small coastal city in America.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/528-Front-St-Georgetown-SC-29440/10981879_zpid/

    1890 Queen Anne, 11 Beds, 11 Baths, $2,875,000

    Beautiful B&B on one of the world’s most gracious boulevards. My son attended Tulane for 9 years (undergrad and PhD) and he and his family still live in the area (Mandeville) so I have spent a lot of time riding street cars on Saint Charles Ave. My husband and I kept looking at this B&B and finally a trip coincided with a vacancy and we were able to stay there. Who doesn’t want an elegant stained glass window in their bathroom?

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2727-Saint-Charles-Ave-New-Orleans-LA-70130/73826889_zpid/

    1853 Italianate, 6 beds, 7 baths

    One of my favorite houses on Prytania Street. Plenty of original lovelies intact, including floors, fireplaces, and gorgeous ironwork. The lot features beautiful landscaping. From the listing: Demo, extensive discovery, & full architectural plans already done. Complete a fabulous renovation to your liking! DEMO??? What the heck! See what you think.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2520-Prytania-St-New-Orleans-LA-70130/73821261_zpid/

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  16. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1031 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    This glorious 1877 mansion in Springfield, MA is back on the market after being sold in 2019.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/270-Maple-St-Springfield-MA-01105/56219162_zpid/
    The current owners have been marketing it as an event space/boutique hotel, here is the website with more pictures:
    https://www.valentinemansion.com

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  17. jbunnyjbunny says: 4 comments

    Hello OHD community! This is a first-time share for me, but this particular semi-detached house in Toronto is one I think you’ll enjoy.

    I don’t know the build date, but it’s typical of the brick Gothic Revival-ish/Victorian houses built in plentiful supply in the 1880’s. What is atypical in a house of this vintage in Toronto is the aged patina (whether natural or carefully curated is hard to tell) of the walls and floors. It’s much more likely that you’ll see stripped-to-the-bone ultra modern interiors in these otherwise lovely old homes in Toronto.

    Be sure to walk through the virtual tour to see the accurate (low) light levels throughout the house. Ha!

    Toronto, Ontario, $2,080,000

    https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22254960/74-shaftesbury-ave-toronto-rosedale-moore-park

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  18. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1031 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    1935 “cottage” surrounded by a state park in Bantam, CT $545,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Mount-Tom-State-Park-Rd-Bantam-CT-06759/197798583_zpid/
    1924 Arts & Crafts bungalow in Rhinebeck, NY $795,000
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/191-Cedar-Heights-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30139862_zpid/
    1925 bungalow in Shrewsbury, MA $419,750
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18-Stone-Ave-Shrewsbury-MA-01545/56724448_zpid/

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  19. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1031 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    1889 Queen Anne in Ashfield, MA $795,000 – used as an event space, very unique interior!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/292-Main-St-Ashfield-MA-01330/89187748_zpid/

    1738 in Sheffield, MA $595,000 just lovely!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1189-Ashley-Falls-Rd-Sheffield-MA-01257/56814835_zpid/

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    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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      1936 Cabin

      Anne, the Sheffield house is very nice, I especially like the shot of the attic stairs.
      I love the overhead shot of Ashfield, my grade school was Sanderson Academy (great 19th century school), no longer in use, but should be where the large open field is at the top right of the shot. Lots of fine memories of that town.

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    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 785 comments
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      What an absolute dream the 1738 Sheffield house is! Love everything about it. A touch of magic!!

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  20. Sandy BSandy B says: 919 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Charming 1870 farmhouse along with an 1850 farmhouse and a guest house on 15 acres 2 1/2 miles from downtown Edenton, NC. This is a gorgeous property listed at $749,000.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5BM6dVDCgU

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/527-Yeopim-Rd-Edenton-NC-27932/2111100135_zpid/?mmlb=g,0

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  21. OHDdroolerOHDdrooler says: 31 comments
    MI

    https://commercial.century21.com/listing/811-monroe-street-laporte-in-46350-REN013328456

    Church in Laporte Indiana for $115,000
    What a beautiful hidden treasure!

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  22. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1031 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    This just came on the market in Hopkinton, MA c.1840 Greek Revival with attached carriage house. $499,000 I walk by it almost every day & it has long been a favorite especially with the lovely lot that it has. The foundation is granite as are the steps into the house which more than likely were quarried less than a mile or two away. Old stone wall separating the yard from the sidewalk. The open house was today so I finally got get a look inside and now am even more in love with it.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/28-Ash-St_Hopkinton_MA_01748_M36865-12923
    You can find a detailed description of the house here:
    https://sites.google.com/hopkintonma.gov/historical-properties/2018

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  23. Truly One-of-a-kind living in this Historic Converted Church. Originally a Catholic Church, dating back to 1885, this amazing transformation from church to a very livable home has taken all the best features of a church structure and folded them into a gorgeous Mediterranean-style home while maintaining it’s original architecture. $274,900
    https://specialfinds.com/listings/historic-converted-church/

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  24. Tony BianchiniTony Bianchini says: 79 comments
    Alvord, TX

    Antebellum masterpiece, Aberdeen, MS, built 1856, 6,500 sq ft on 3.5 acres, asking $650K:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/301-N-Meridian-St_Aberdeen_MS_39730_M90094-71072?view=qv

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  25. natira121natira121 says: 813 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    I am looking for a bit of input: My 3-5 year plan involves removing the fiberboard on the walls of the living room to expose the 1×12 horizontal old growth fir planking. I am investigating chinking/caulking ideas for the gaps between the planks.

    The walls hopefully will look very much like this when finished:

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/23-36342330thst.jpg

    My walls are insulated with blown in fiber stuff of some sort (I don’t remember exactly what it is) I know from doing some siding repair that it’s doing it’s job, and hasn’t been damaged by moisture, etc.

    I am thinking that I can foam the spaces between the planks, then cut off the excess. Then a thin coat of caulking over that to smooth the surface (all the tiny holes in the expanding foam) My concern with this is that I don’t want foam or caulking on the faces of the planks, which means I’m going to have to tape off every single gap prior to foaming, and caulking, which sounds like a collossal pain in the ass. It’s not a huge room, but still! Sheesh!

    As for the planks themselves, I plan to scrub them with vinegar and water (I’ve had great luck with this, and love the look) and lightly sanding. That’s all.

    Anyone have any great ideas?

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    • Sandy BSandy B says: 919 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Julie, I have used both Sashco and PermaChink chinking in the log house we built in 1980, and is now on the market. At the time the aggregate in Sashco was finer than PermaChink, so I used it on the interior. I figured it would be easier to wipe off. Both looked very much like mortar and have held up beautifully. They are both available in several authentic looking colors. I used mortar white, which you can see in the listing photos of our house here. Both are water based, so if you buy in the tubes and cut the tip correctly, you shouldn’t have a problem with getting it on the planks (just wipe with a wet rag if you do). Use a small spatula to smooth after a fine spray with water as a release agent. You’d get a system down in no time. I would definitely use a small closed cell foam backer rod…..I’d never try the spray foam….it could be impossible to control. Email me if you have any other questions….I’ve chinked many miles in my time….!!

      https://www.matrix.nwmls.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k=4324444XSD6G&p=DE-137428099-843

      https://www.loghomestore.com/product-category/sealants-and-chinking/chinking-for-log-homes/sashco-log-jam-chinking/?msclkid=f53f60099a2a135179c73f45fcdb3d28

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      • natira121natira121 says: 813 comments
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        1877 Vernacular
        Columbia River Gorge, WA

        Sandy, thanks so much! Just what I was looking for, an answer from someone who has done it.

        Your place is gorgeous! Wow. That kitchen stove is a delight, and you don’t see that color often. My daughter would flip over it. Have you ever done any canning on it?
        And what finish did you use on the kitchen/dining floor?

        And I’m gonna stop right there with my 20 questions. *grin*

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        My god, Sandy, what a beautiful, quality, solid home. That house has an almost Arts and Crafts gestalt to the wood choices and finishes; and the light just pours in. That kitchen! Gorrrrgeous. Wow. On grid / off grid paradise.
        http://media.matrix.nwmls.com/mediaserver/GetMedia.ashx?Key=111926937&TableID=15&Type=1&Size=5&exk=aa4c5b88a7566be32226229e324edd86&Number=2
        What are the odds I see three blue heaven enameled, Quick Meal ranges in one week?! Heheheh. That one looks like it’s in amazing condition.
        http://media.matrix.nwmls.com/mediaserver/GetMedia.ashx?Key=111926937&TableID=15&Type=1&Size=5&exk=aa4c5b88a7566be32226229e324edd86&Number=5
        I’m almost sure you told me about that stove a few years ago.
        I’ll bet it was hard to sell that place. 🙂

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        • Sandy BSandy B says: 919 comments
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          2001 craftsman farmhouse
          Bainbridge Island, WA

          Thanks Rosewater….glad you like it. We are in a very hot market. It seems those folks that can afford to are leaving Seattle. Being an island only 7 miles by ferry from downtown and connected by bridge to the Olympic peninsula, has long had us on the map as the ideal place for families. We moved here 52 years ago. They are looking at all offers on Tues. This was the first log
          house I designed when I began designing and selling log homes for a hand-crafter out of the Bitter Root in Montana in 1980. I actually did most of the chinking, most of the drywall, hung doors, etc., etc……took a few years.
          And yes, that good ole’ Quick Meal works wonderfully. It was found in a shed and all the nickel had rusted away, so we had it restored and I became an expert at using it. I always told the kids, if they move me to a nursing home that stove had to come with me…!!!

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          • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            >that good ole’ Quick Meal
            I certainly would have taken it with me when I sold; especially having, ‘found it in a shed’. Of all things!
            https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bainbridge-isl-wa-1981-d.jpg

            Really love the, (then popular – 80’s), Neo-colonial saltbox style, but expressed in log house form. So clever and interesting. The Rumford fireplace is a masterstroke. Honestly Sandy, I do NOT give credit unless it’s due. Your design in that house is absolutely delightful, and I’m very impressed. In fact, I cant believe those links are already dead after less than 24 hours, so I went ahead and clipped many of those images for my collection.
            https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bainbridge-isl-wa-1981-c2.jpg
            Were those logs finished like that on-site? You must have been knee deep in saw dust from all the sanding if so! Heheheh. 🙂

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            • Sandy BSandy B says: 919 comments
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              2001 craftsman farmhouse
              Bainbridge Island, WA

              I was always proud of my Rumford. I interviewed three masons before finding one who knew what I was talking about, even though he had never built one. So I, having done my research, drew the plan with sections for him. He wasn’t convinced it wouldn’t smoke. He was a master mason but followed my lead without question. Well, even though the firebox is only 20″ deep, the throat is 4″ deep and extends the width of the opening (52×56″), it has NEVER smoked and a small fire can be felt across the 17′ room. It radiates the heat just as old Count Rumford would approve of. A chimney top damper I had fabricated takes care of the damper issue.
              The logs are high elevation, standing-dead Lodgepole Pine, and were hand-peeled at the log builder’s site in Montana. They required very little dressing at our site. They do have a finish on them both interior and exterior. I ordered the doors, cabinets, and T&G pine flooring from Montana as well. My son and I laid the floor and I faced nailed with Treemont cut nails.
              Thank you so much for the kind words….you made my day…!!

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              • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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                1875 Italianate cottage
                Noblesville, IN

                > master mason
                I’ll bet that wasn’t the last one he built if he stuck around long enough to see it in action. As you know, designed and executed properly, fireplaces built employing the Rumford principals are a marvel of effectiveness and efficiency. I hope I get the chance to build one some day.

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  26. MJGMJG says: 2642 comments
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    CT

    This amazing Queen Anne was posted last month! However I repost it now because I found the old color plate and floor plan.

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/308-W-8th-St-Plainfield-NJ-07060/2078315505_zpid/

    I took a picture and added it to my profile.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/user/8263/?profiletab=photos&subnav=albums

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    • JimHJimH says: 5587 comments
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      That’s a beauty! Designed by local architect Charles H. Smith for attorney Craig Adams Marsh. The house was full of cats and altered for apartments before restoration a few years ago.

      https://www.oldhouseonline.com/house-tours/rich-rewards-labor-love

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I am STUNNED. That hall was painted – army green? Really? Wooowwww. If you can find before and afters of that place, you’re my hero. Can you just imagine? I would have never guessed in a thousand years that the place was anything but untouched. VERY impressive. Thanks’ Jim.

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      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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        1936 Cabin

        How beautiful, that stairway is amazing! thank you both

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      • MJGMJG says: 2642 comments
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        CT

        Nice man! This house is stunning and is museum worthy. That staircase alone is out of t his world with that stained glass dome! I used to look at this house in the Scientific American catalogs and wonder if it still stood. I’m really stunned by it. The research that went into the original paint scheme just makes it that much better and now you can see what it looked like and the colors when it was first built.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5666 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        The house examples included in the pages of Scientific American Architects & Builders edition were submitted by various architects and apparently, there was some kind of business arrangement between the magazine publisher and the featured designs of the architect. Probably, the magazine paid the architect for every set of plans sold. As for the Plainfield, NJ, example, there’s another one in the small town of Carthage, Illinois: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/49008500478/in/album-72157711630098258/ (it was later stripped of some of its details as it looked like this in 1901: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/49169957037/in/album-72157711630098258/ ) It was featured in George Barber’s American Homes magazine where credit was given to Carthage native architect, George W. Payne & Son for the design. More properly, they should have been designated as “supervising architects” because the original design came from Chas. Smith of Plainfield. I suppose it could also have been an original Geo. Payne design used by Charles Smith but the similarities are too close for it to be a coincidence. Payne appropriated several Barber designs as his own.

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  27. MrMikeMrMike says: 70 comments
    Chicago, IL

    Happy Monday!
    Here’s a beauty I just stumbled on over the weekend – 1895 build date, in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago (it’s in the southeast part of the city, very close to the Indiana state line). The listing says it’s been in the family for 80 years, which isn’t uncommon in this area. $187K
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9808-S-Commercial-Ave_Chicago_IL_60617_M89899-12006#photo0

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That is good news; though I was unaware there was an issue. TY

      But wait – what’s this!

      “This spring, the School of Architecture at Taliesin West parted ways with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The school announced in June that it would leave its 88-year home at Taliesin West in north Scottsdale and Taliesin in Wisconsin and move its campuses to Arcosanti and Cosanti, the urban laboratories created by architect Paolo Soleri.”

      I can’t imagine the stupidity that must lie behind such a thing. 🙁 I’m scared to look into it and risk further disgust.

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  28. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2406 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Julie, thank you for adding this.
    here is the website (I thought this was going to become a foundation) alot more to the story than I must have known.
    https://franklloydwright.org/site/david-wright-house/
    It houses a kitchen I just love (glad to think of it again tonight-thank you Julie):
    https://c8.alamy.com/comp/PD068G/david-wright-house-kitchen-halloween-decorations-phoenix-designed-by-frank-lloyd-wright-PD068G.jpg

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  29. QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 81 comments
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    1969 split level prisoner
    Great Falls, MT

    unique MCM on 13 acres, $899,000

    https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/56818251_zpid/?

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  30. QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 81 comments
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    1969 split level prisoner
    Great Falls, MT

    huge four square? with a carriage house, pending at $599,900

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/463-Gilbert-Ave_Eau-Claire_WI_54701_M88588-91311?view=qv

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7456 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Not surprised that’s pending. Great place. Worth every dime; though I would ask for a substantial credit for all the wall paper removal necessary. 😉

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  31. Harrington, Delaware | built in 1880 | priced at $169,500
    This quaint, business-ready Victorian style building is situated in a prime location once known as “Clark’s Corner” in the small community of Harrington. On September 17, 1740, Thomas Clark received a Proprietary Warrant from Thomas Penn for lands “adjoining his dwellin place” which he named “Clark’s Folly.” By the 1790s Benjamin Clark and his son Matthew had established an inn and tavern on this land at a location which became known as Clark’s Corner. A mill, store, and blacksmith’s shop were located nearby. This was an important stop for travelers.
    https://matrix.brightmls.com/matrix/shared/yGkZq8Yjdcc/1CommerceSTREET

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  32. KevinONeillKevinONeill says: 157 comments
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    1884 Victorian Cottage
    St Paul, MN

    Happy birthday to my wife today, 44 years young “This old spouse” I only mention it because she has put up with my old house porn addiction for years. We have probably lived in ten different old houses over the last twenty years. I am making an offer on a farm in Glenwood City Wisconsin this week. If it comes together I’ll post it.

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  33. Hello Kelly. Been following for years and have never had the opportunity to share. This home is located in Northern Virginia, 62 miles from Washington DC and just a few miles from “Little Washington” and is between Warrenton and Little Washington on route 211. I’ve driven by it for years, wondering what the story is, and I received and auction email, and it contained the listing. The original part of the Spring House farm dates back to the 1700s. The farm is being broken up into five lots and sold at an absolute auction. The auction estimate for parcel 2 which contains the main house, a cottage, and a barn on 16 acres is 350k-450k. This first link contains the pictures. The second link is the auction listing. I hope you all love it as much as I do! https://micahtorrence.smugmug.com/Spring-House-Farm/
    https://www.trfauctions.com/auctions/detail/bw53803
    The entire estate was listed in the past for 1,995,000.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/13583-Lee-Hwy_Washington_VA_22747_M68812-60046#photo22

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  34. TopperTopper says: 16 comments

    Built in 1905 with 3,520 square feet in Mount Carmel IL for only $169,900.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/215-E-5th-St-Mount-Carmel-IL-62863/126540863_zpid/

    I want that nook under the stairs. I like the entire stairway There is a lot of nice looking woodwork here.

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