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House Crush: The Justus Humiston House

by Leona Jaeger One of the many things I love about old houses is what they can teach you — what they can help you imagine. My latest house crush has me imagining all sorts of things about life in 1769! If you love early American homes as much as I do, you’re about to fall head-over-heels in love with the Justus Humiston House — for sale on

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Black Walnut Plantation: 800 Acres of Historical Magic!

by Leona Jaeger (photo by Lee Sandstead) If you are indeed an old house lover (as I am!), it’s probably safe to say that it’s not just the beauty and craftsmanship behind old homes that draws you in, but the history as well. There’s a bit of mystery — a curious desire to know who lived there and what it was like. I don’t know about you, but when face-to-face with a beautiful old house, questions will buzz around my head like flies at a picnic! If you want history, then you are sure to enjoy learning more about the interesting life of Black Walnut Plantation, which is listed on both the National and Virginia Register of Historic Places. PLUS: It’s for sale on CIRCA!   Black Walnut has a rich story dating back about 240 years.

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DREAM HOUSE: Where Nantucket Meets NYC Suburb

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Since CIRCA features homes all over the country, it’s rare that I’m given the opportunity to peek inside any of the beautiful old houses listed on the site. Which is sad, in a way. I’ve mentioned before that what makes old houses so wonderful is an essence that can’t be captured in photographs — it’s just a feeling you get when you walk inside.   For this reason, I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to tour an absolutely STUNNING c. 1804 home in New City, New York — just 35 miles outside of New York City! Suburban? Not at all. I promise, once you get there, you’ll feel as if you’ve just landed on a private estate in Nantucket. This one is a BEAUTY. And it’s for sale on

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The Usonian Inn: A Mid-Century Marvel in Spring Green, Wisconsin

by Jon Valalik (photo by SJ Strand) Nothing screams “July!” like a dose of pure, unabashed Americana. Today, CIRCA brings you the story behind one of our favorite properties up for sale — Wisconsin’s Usonian Inn, a classic piece of roadside nostalgia with a direct connection to Frank Lloyd Wright in the rural haven of Spring Green. As much as we love traditional B&B’s (and trust me, we do!) there’s something wonderfully appealing about being the proprietor of a retro motel. Read the story, fall head-over-heels in love, then head on over to the full listing to place your offer! The sellers are willing to consider all reasonable

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House Crush: Littlebrook Farm

by Caroline Stephenson Bouckaert Have you ever had romantic notions of living in a log home? Perhaps less “Little House on the Prairie” and more mini Adirondack camp set on the West Coast? Today CIRCA brings you the idyllic Littlebrook Farm! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural importance in Spokane County, Washington, Littlebrook Farm includes a 3,650 sf hand-hewn log home on six acres flanking the Little Spokane River. Swooning yet? You’re in luck! It’s for sale on CIRCA! If these walls could talk, they’d have some wonderful stories to

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House Crush: A Second Empire Beauty in Delaware, Ohio

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Another day, another crush-worthy CIRCA house. Ohio, I’m coming!!! Anyone else notice how many STUNNING old houses there are in Ohio? I mean, just LOOK at this one!!! How perfect would this house be for conversion to a bed & breakfast? I’d stay there in a snap, especially since I have a rule that I’ll never stay at a bed & breakfast that doesn’t have a mansard roof (oh, admit it, deep down you feel the same way). Best part? It’s for sale on CIRCA!   You can race me to the bank. But just heed my warning: When mansard roofs are involved, I can be

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10 Log Cabins to Warm Up a Chilly Night

by Dana Schulz Everyone in the northeast has the same thought lately — will this winter ever end? In my tiny Manhattan apartment, I either have close to no heat or I have so much heat that I have to open the windows. When I leave for work in the morning I layer on outerwear like I’m going to the Arctic, and when I get down into the subway station I sweat like I’m straddling the Equator. When I’m done whining about it (I know that’s what you were thinking!), I wonder where I could live to fondly embrace the polar temperatures. And a cozy, rustic log cabin seems like the perfect place. Here are 10 such homes to hold you over until the spring finally arrives! (Image above

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10 Beautiful Victorians for Under $100,000

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

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House Crush: Saxton Hall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

I have a house crush. And it’s serious. As someone who’s been able to craft a career around old house eye candy, I can assure you that I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful homes. But every once in a while a house comes along that is so special that it deserves its own CIRCA Magazine post. Saxton Hall, along the lovely banks of the Hudson River (just 50 miles from NYC!) is one such place. Best part? It’s for sale on CIRCA!   Having grown up in a Greek Revival house myself, I have a soft spot for the streamlined elegance of this particular style. Were that not the case, it still wouldn’t take longer than five seconds of staring at the listing photos of this c. 1830 beauty to understand why I NEED THIS

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10 Historic Stone Houses for Sale

Last week, while New York was in the midst of the polar vortex, I found myself once again longing for a fireplace. I imagined the little stone house in Surrey, England where Kate Winslet’s character lived in the movie The Holiday (sorry male readers — this is a chick-flick reference!). A quaint stone cottage, it’s a quintessential, cozy “winter house,” complete with fireplaces in nearly every room, interior stone walls, and rustic wood beam ceilings. With no plans to move to the English countryside (sadly), I was delighted to find these ten amazing stone houses for sale across the U.S. (Click on the top photo of each listing to be taken to the listing site).  

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Seven Historical Castles for Sale Around the World

Like most of the world, I spent my holiday fantasizing about what very exciting goodies 2014 would have in store for my very ordinary life. Frankly, I’ve had enough of the standard resolutions: joining a gym, eating better, getting more sleep. This year, I’m aspiring higher! Hear me loud and clear: 2014 is the year of the CASTLE. Like many little girls, I used to dream about one day meeting my Prince Charming and moving into his magical fairyland. After combing through countless castles currently on the real estate market, I now have a restored hope in my childhood dream. To ring in the best, the brightest and the most gilded year to come, I’m offering my top seven favorite historical castles for sale across the globe! (Click on the top photo of each

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