10 Under $50,000: A Gingerbread House, A Midwestern Mansion & An Old School Country Store!

This week’s edition of 10 Under 50 is sure to please those lovers of Victorian houses and of big, stately mansions (and if you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you fall into one or both of those categories). To round out the mix, we’ve got an early Vermont colonial and an old school country store! Everyone: Get out your Christmas lists, and join me as we sit back, relax and see the potential in this charming collection of beautiful historic houses, all for sale for under $50,000.

55PostAveBattleCreekMI55 Post Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014
WOW! If you have always wanted to renovate a big ole house, now is your chance! This home has great curb appeal! There is a large curved front porch and a nice corner lot. There is a ton of natural woodwork and the stairway has really got the character! The rooms are big and some updates have been done, however, much is still needed. This home needs a rehab addict! If you are looking for a large family home with projects, check this one out today!

303EHighStAltonIN-2303 E High Street, Alton, IN 47137
Own a piece of history! Alton town school built in 1877 and used as a school until 1960. Building was then used as an Indian museum and hosted town festivals in Alton. In later years it was used as a general store with apartment. Building sits on a 1.18-acre lot in the middle of Alton. Located 3 blocks from the Ohio River near public boat ramp.
70GroceryHillRdEquinunkPA70 Grocery Hill Rd, Equinunk, PA 18417
This large, 2 story home could be an amazing spectacle with a few updates and repairs. Gorgeous architecture, high ceilings, updated electric and plumbing and three incredible porches!
3435EuclidHeightsBlvdClevelandOH3435 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44118
This 3 bedroom 1.5 bath brick colonial in Cleveland Heights features a large 4 car detached garage and hardwood floors throughout. The property is conveniently located near bus routes, shopping and entertainment. The seller is offering up to a $500 home warranty credit toward the warranty of your choice. This property is eligible under the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative until 12/05/2013 to owner occupants.
HollyMeadowsRdParsonsWVHolly Meadows Rd, Parsons, WV 26287
Absolutely adorable 1885 story-and-a-half cottage with three bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a laundry room. Property is in good repair, but needs updates. Large and wonderful wrap-around porch!
304WashingtonStNashvilleMI304 Washington St, Nashville, MI 49073
Awesome small town location! This is a brick Victorian home that has huge potential! It has been used as a 2 unit, but it would make a better single family home. There is original woodwork and the exterior has great curb appeal, however work needs to be done! The bathrooms have been updated, but the rest of the house does need attention. Carpet and Paint are needed and if you want to fully restore the home, you will need to replace the drop ceiling and vinyl on the floor! This home could shine again and it is only blocks from downtown shopping!! To learn more about properties like this one, google aresmi.com and then call for your showing!
4212VictoryRDVictoryVT4212 Victory Rd, Victory, VT 05858
This house is the oldest house in town! Ready to finish, completely gutted with many newer features (electric breakers, chimney, plumbing, footing), yet keeping with the historic nature. 1.5 story cape located in the heart of a small Vermont village, just a short drive either Lancaster, NH or East Burke, VT. Put your finishing touches on this house and make it home.
8639WKeyStGlenwoodIN8369 W Key Street, Glenwood, IN 46133
Gingerbread house! This 3056 sq-ft single-family home has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a significant amount of original detail. Absolutely wonderful.
315N14thStMuskogeeOK315 N 14th St, Muskogee, OK 74401
Two-story historical home in the process of being remodeled. Wood floors, ceiling fans, large kitchen & Dining w fireplace. Large detached two-car garage. Gigantic walk-in closet with master bedroom.
801WisconsinSTNeodeshaKS801 Wisconsin St, Neodesha, KS 66757
Turn-of-the-century stately 2 story close to town. This home has lots of character and tons of potential. The spiral staircase, wood floors, natural woodwork and high ceilings are just some of the special features. A work in progress waiting to be finished!This home is being sold in as is where is condition with no implied warranties.



Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”


  • Remodel Angels

    I love the idea behind this article, but all I can hear is metal scraping against glass; Maybe screeching violins – all while you open up the invoice from the contractor and see that upper 5 or lower 6 digit “fixer-upper bill”

    Each of these “deals” are really cool looking. Great for a handyman fixer up house. But each of these homes are either 1) in an area where you can’t even give away homes due to the market, or 2) in dire need of at least massive maintenance.

    Then again, that might be exactly what someone wants in order to build that grand historic palace from a “ready to finish, completely gutted” home.

    • CIRCAhouses

      Hi Remodel Angels, this is true. The point is this column is to make people dream. How many people, actually jump on these houses is a different story entirely. But if someone actually did, they would be my hero!


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