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  • Lisa on 1906 – Buchanan, VA – $409,900
    Ok, going to win the lottery and move. The entry is gorgeous!
  • S. Owen on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Here's a few low priced houses around my area This is a rumoured Catalogue house for $40,000 https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/123-S-Vermont-St_Maquoketa_IA_52060_M86097-38526 Well maintained Foursquare for $49,900 with a large brick building behind it that appears to either come with it or was at some time associated with the property https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/612-Kenilworth-Ct_Clinton_IA_52732_M85868-97529#photo19 A good sized partially restored home also for $49,900 https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2804-N-2nd-St_Clinton_IA_52732_M86248-71524?ex=IA618935011#photo12 This one isn't low priced but is still fairly interesting. It has an elevator and although it is of recent installation it appears to have been tastefully implemented. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/900-3rd-Ave_De-Witt_IA_52742_M82134-92786#photo14
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    First house: the atrium is amazing! But every single modern thing needs to go. I would "Downton-ize" it immediately LOL! The French apartment is simply elegant and lovely!
  • StevenF on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Hqppy Friday, everyone! Here are a few from the first half of the 20th Century that caught my eye. The first is a 1908 Greek Revival with what may be an original kitchen (only a corner is shown), but some vintage bathrooms and beautiful leaded glass remain. Great proportions and nice millwork make this an attractive buy. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/305-Main-Titusville-PA-16354/2097481436_zpid/?fullpage=true Another PA find, this one a 1934 colonial with those distinctly non-colonial sized windows that Hollywood set designers were famous for putting into their colonial sets. Tons of sunlight. I can't tell if the kitchen is original - it certainly has some old counter-tops, but maybe from the 50s or 60s? The kitchen might match the age of the addition that was plopped onto the back. Still a great little house. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-N-Pearl-St-North-East-PA-16428/9508808_zpid/?fullpage=true My last PA find, a 1912 Craftsman in Tudor drag. Lots of original features, no home depot updates in evidence. Just imagine how nice it would look with the dark paint addressed. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/561-W-6th-St-Erie-PA-16507/52565132_zpid/?fullpage=true My last one, from further North in NY State, that looks like a little familiar to me, so I may have been shared before. If so, take another opportunity to feast on the color pallet and regency furniture a-la 1962. Whoever decorated this 1941 Colonial Revival knew what they liked and stuck with it through the years. I wish I had the patience to stick with something long enough for it to become fashionable again. I love the den and the original bathrooms. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6152-Old-Lake-Shore-Rd-Lake-View-NY-14085/30349420_zpid/?fullpage=true
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Dying of love here. The kitchen is renovated but well-done. I feel like there might be a missing porte cochere on the side. The driveway curves next to the building and there's a door and steps over there, and then the drive goes on towards the carriage house/garage. I can't even say how much I want this. If Kelly puts it on the regular feed, it's definitely going on my favorites list!
  • Ross on c. 1870 Italianate – Champlain, NY – Lost by fire!
    Thank you, John. I agree. Unless the house was wholly destroyed, perhaps it could be rebuilt. One of my favorite resurrection stories is Dick Cavett's TICK HALL, which WAS reduced to nothing but ashes. This did not however deter his late wife, Carrie Nye, who was determined to rebuild the structure. This amazing story is detailed in a wonderful and deeply moving documentary: https://www.amazon.com/ashes-life-times-tick-hall/dp/097425360X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1516406665&sr=8-2&keywords=tick+hall I own a copy, and have watched it many times. The recreated house was featured in Architectural Digest: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/wank-article-022001 Another powerful resurrection story is Uppark, a grand house in the UK which was initially thought to be totally destroyed. This proved not to be the case, and the house was gloriously rebuilt. Its story is admirably told in one of my favorite books: https://www.amazon.com/Uppark-Restored-Christopher-Rowell/dp/0707802520
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    I wish there were more pictures! A very appealing house from what little I can see.
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Love! Great bathrooms.
  • Joseph on c. 1880 – Londonderry, NH – $169,900
    I wonder why this development didn't add this (although, it might be only possible after the "first look" period. At that price it would be worth it to them just to remove any nuisance issue.
  • Krstout on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Anyone up for a bit of European flair? A beautiful house in Scotland. Check out the atrium. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-49632660.html An apartment in Genova, Italy. Amazing details and gold leafing. http://www.casa.it/immobile-appartamento-liguria-genova-31615645 A villa from Genova. Make sure you see the 11th image to see all of the painted ceilings! http://www.casa.it/immobile-villa-liguria-genova-29342449 An apartment in Montpellier, France. My favorite. https://www.green-acres.fr/en/properties/30095a-fo1-511.htm
  • Tara on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1515-Center-Ave-Bay-City-MI-48708/53724055_zpid/
  • CharlesB on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Pomfret is a classic Old Connecticut town, located in the state's 'Quiet Corner.' Here is one of its 18th-century landmarks (a bit 1930ed-up), priced at $164,000: https://www.redfin.com/CT/Pomfret/253-Mashamoquet-Rd-06259/home/106627217
  • Tim Snyder on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    I sort of have two speeds: an impeccably restored house, or one that needs a bit of help. For reasons I can’t possibly understand, this one has grabbed my attention, and it falls under the latter category: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/277-W-Broadway_Cape-Vincent_NY_13618_M40113-91052#photo0
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Pink wall oven, 'nuff said!
  • Lori on 1906 – Buchanan, VA – $409,900
    Absolutely love this home. Love the history. Thanks for sharing Phillip.
  • John Shiflet on 1890 Queen Anne – Belleville, MI – $165,000
    I too find the colors appealing. The footprint or massing of the house suggests there may have been some additions from a slightly later date than the original house construction. Nothing unusual about that as families grew and needs changed over time. Nice house overall, and I really like the barely seen fretwork Spandrel in the doorway going into one of the rooms. I did not see any mantels, but some homes with early versions of central heating never had fireplaces. The staircase and windows with colored glass borders (textbook Queen Anne sash) are certainly original. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.
  • John Shiflet on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Lovely period home featured in the vintage photo. Thanks for sharing. One reason the photo may not correspond to today's addresses is due to street address changes. Many communities adopted different address numbers around or after the turn of the last century to make streets more uniform for postal delivery purposes. A look at old city directories from the 1800's sometimes had residential entries for individuals like "the third house south of the Cemetery on (fill in the name) street." As modern postal delivery protocols were developed, (but still before zip codes) a more accurate address numbering system was sometimes needed. If the postcard house survives, its likely to be substantially altered from over a century ago. Women in the work force were very limited in occupation choices before 1900 so widows without financial support often took in boarders or did alterations/dress making and laundry. No social security existed back then and pensions were far from uniform. Even when a pension was available for the husband, sometimes they did not include payments to the surviving spouse after he died. Here's an 1830's Federal style home in Centerville, IN, with later added Italianate touches: https://www.trulia.com/property/5034396844-309-N-Morton-Ave-Centerville-IN-47330 Centerville, despite the name, is located just west of the much larger town of Richmond, IN, which itself is right next to the Ohio border east of Indianapolis. Not too many homes remain in the Federal style in Hoosierland so this is a rare find.
  • Cireel on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Nice ranch house, built in 1962, which is surprisingly intact... https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6230-N-Robinhood-Ln-Kansas-City-MO-64151/2494204_zpid/
  • Bethany on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    This style isn't my cup o' tea as a rule, but what a gorgeous property!
  • Cathy F. on January 19, 2018: Link Exchange
    Smallish Tudor revival: I particularly like the archways, the breakfast area in the kitchen, the lightness of the unpainted wood, & there’s the pink bathroom. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3227-Hildreth-Ave_Cincinnati_OH_45211_M34662-03397 And a larger Tudor Revival: My favorite bits of this one are the entire entry hall, the stairways, the repeated neat & fancy archways, & the windows. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12-Forest-Hill-Dr-Cincinnati-OH-45208/34207901_zpid/