by Dana Schulz
Where I grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, a square-mile shore town, there’s the east and west sides of the train tracks. The east side has mostly newer homes and cute beach bungalows. The west side has mostly older homes, most of which are in the Victorian style. The division is not economic — the east side homes are valuable for their proximity to the ocean, and the west side homes are valuable for their historic charm. I grew up on the east side five blocks from the boardwalk, and although there’s nothing to complain about there, I did always feel slightly jealous of my friends who lived in one of the large Victorian homes with their pastel paint jobs and peaked roofs. Now that I’m an adult who has been paying Manhattan rents for quite some time, I can’t quite afford the skyrocketing New Jersey real estate market. So, I’ve compiled here a list of 10 beautiful (and some huge!) Victorian houses for sale under $100,000. Enjoy!
122 Barry Street, Union City, Michigan
$89,900, circa 1890
The gothic-style arched windows on this Victorian beauty take the façade to the next level. Inside, there’s plenty of warm woodwork for those snowy Michigan winters, as well as original radiators (I know I’m not the only one who loves a good radiator!).
211 North Thomasville Avenue, Pocahontas, AR
$59,900, early 1900s
In a town named for such an important historic figure, I’d expect no less than the original details on this Arkansas brick charmer. It most certainly has the “bones” to make any true history buff content.
344 Jackson Avenue, Talbotton, GA
$99,900, circa 1894
As if the classy, subdued gingerbread details on this house weren’t enough to make me start packing my bags, there are pecan trees in the backyard! And plenty of outdoor spaces to admire them — a spacious front porch, a screened-in back porch, and a side patio. I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t mind spending a lazy afternoon lounging on the porch with some pecan pie.
401 Main Street, Falmouth, KY
$69,900, circa 1907
The buttercup-yellow paint job on this stately Victorian is a perfect compliment to the whimsical rear railings. And the fun doesn’t stop there. The interior boasts etched wood bannisters, elaborately carved doorways, and moldings galore. I think I may just have to start working on my southern drawl, ya’ll.
2857 East 6th Street, Kansas City, MO
$82,000, circa 1883
Not only does this Midwestern Victorian have a perfectly planned porch, but it has a carriage house to keep it company (old houses get lonely too!). The main house needs a little TLC, but that just means opportunities to flip through all those home design magazines you’ve been saving all these years!
2 Stone Arch Road, Kenoza Lake, NY
$80,000, circa 1905
I can think of only one word: PRECIOUS. A periwinkle facade, ribbon ornamentation, and colorful stained-glass windows–precious, right? Don’t let the cuteness factor fool you, though. There is nothing wee about this turn-of-the-century home, with its large stature, spacious wrap-around porch, and stand-up attic.
163 West Washington Street, Nelsonville, OH
$95,000, circa 1900
She’s a lady if I ever saw one! This house is full of peaks accented by colorful detailing, fan-shaped ornamentation, and dentil moldings. She’s also full of surprises inside, from ornately carved fireplaces to stained-glass ribbon windows. Gentleman, I think you’re going to have to fight over this beauty!
711 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV
498 E Main Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL
Seven fireplaces? Yes please! You won’t need them that often in sunny Florida, but nothing adds charm to a room quite like an original wood and brick fireplace. The built-in shelves and bay windows aren’t too shabby either.
258 East Market Street, Nappanee, IN
$56,000 (foreclosure), circa 1890
The two turrets give the sense that this wood-sided Victorian is very important, which makes sense as it was originally built as a Masonic temple. The former use has left plenty of open space, perfect for a party celebrating your new historic house purchase!
AUTHOR DANA SCHULZ
Dana Schulz is a writer and lover of urban exploration, culinary history, and, most of all, old houses. Her dream home would have a wrap-around porch to host dinner parties featuring tasty treats prepared in her vintage kitchen, complete with a farmhouse sink, retro refrigerator, and collection of milk glass containers.