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My Dream Fixer-Upper is in Stony Point, New York

by Elizabeth Finkelstein My amazing friend Ariana, who also happens to be an incredible photographer with a discerning eye for beautiful things, sent me the link to this fixer-upper in Stony Point, NY. It’s Meet Me in St. Louis meets It’s a Wonderful Life and has a storied history as home to some pretty big stars of the creative industry. I can never pass up a good mansard roof, so thought I’d take the time to share this phenomenal home. Oh, and hey, while we’re on the topic — YOU SHOULD BUY

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Panoramic Ocean Views and THIS Foyer? Sign Me Up!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein   Now THAT’s a foyer I could get used to. Holy smokes.. this Victorian home in Swampscott, Massachusetts is not only an incredible piece of architectural history, it also boasts panoramic ocean views. What a

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This Art Deco House is an Incredible Time Capsule

by Elizabeth Finkelstein   A little bit of Miami Beach is alive and kicking in Baltimore, Maryland, where this jawdropper of an Art Deco house is for sale. I’m a total sucker for anything mint green, so I couldn’t help showing it a little love here on CIRCA. Besides, there are PLASTIC PINK FLAMINGOS. Sign me up!   (Hey, locals: There’s an open house this Saturday, May 20th from

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Yes, You DO Deserve to Live in a Castle on 150 Acres!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein I was completely blown away when this incredible listing landed on CIRCA! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, Redstone Castle is a turn-of-the-century jewel on 150 acres completed in 1902 for industrialist and coal magnate John Cleveland Osgood. At the time, Osgood rubbed elbows with the likes of John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt (who all spent time at the estate). In 2006, the property was used in the filming of the Hollywood movie The Prestige.   It’s up for auction with a reserve of $2,000,000. I’ll be playing the lottery for this one! See the full listing over at Platinum Luxury

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Art Deco Lovers Will Adore This 1931 Denver Mini-Castle

As a (rather nerdy) child growing up in the Northeast, I used to spend snow days home from school curled up in front of the television watching old Fred & Ginger movies. Homes of the 1930s, especially those that draw from the Art Deco style, have a special place in my heart. So I was floored when the team over at Estately (thanks guys!) sent me this amazing listing for a home in Denver, CO that just hit the market today. It’s a fantastic Tudor-style home with some very cool Art Deco details thrown into the mix. The ceilings, the staircase, the leaded windows—The whole thing is an absolute

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Now’s Your Chance to Buy That Historic Inn You’ve Always Wanted

by Elizabeth Finkelstein I know, I know: You have ALWAYS wanted to own a historic inn. Thanks, Melanie, for sending this one my way! Located on the banks of the Des Moines River, this stunner was built by one of Keosauqua, Iowa’s founding fathers, Edwin Manning, and is listed on the National Register of Historic

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There’s Some Pretty Insane Woodwork Inside This Illinois Home

Whether or not you’re a fan of the “more is more” approach the Victorians took to outfitting their homes, you’ll still be awestruck with the interior of this massive home for sale in Rock Island, Illinois. It appears to have retained pretty much all of its original woodwork, and let me tell ya’—there’s a LOT of it! This beauty is on the market for $205,700, and that would pretty afford you a semi-large closet in my town. Which is to say: SOMEONE PLEASE SNATCH UP THIS

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Now THIS is What a Beach House Should Look Like (and Please Don’t Tear It Down!)

Recently, I spent a week in Anna Maria Island, Florida, which at one time was full of darling mid-century ranches and beach bungalows that harkened back to the early days of Florida family vacations. It seems like every time I go back, another handful have been replaced with monstrous, cookie-cutter vacations rentals. Beach houses seem especially vulnerable to tear-downs, and because many beach towns have only temporary residents, they don’t seem to have the kind of active, year-round advocates that so many other places benefit from. What can be done?   Kara, a wonderful CIRCA fan, just passed along this listing for an absolutely stunning beach house in New Jersey. According to the listing, a 7,500 sq. ft. could be built in this location. Won’t some wealthy old house lover step in and make sure that

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You Could Have This Victorian Mansion for $29,900. But There’s a Catch.

by Elizabeth Finkelstein. All photos courtesy of Kas-Bar Realty, Inc. Well, now I’ve seen EVERYTHING. A CIRCA fan (thanks, Margaret!) just sent over this listing for a spectacular Queen Anne style mansion (Is mansion the right word? I’m thinking more like ACROPOLIS OF THE OLD HOUSE GODS). It’s got everything: to-die-for woodwork, ornate plaster & coffered ceilings, stained glass–the list goes on. And guess what? It’s a preservation darling. The Manchester Historic Association and The Nnew Hampshire Historical Society are rallying to find someone to take this home off their hands for just $29,900. The catch is, you have to move it. I WILL MOVE IT. I WILL MOVE IT. I will move it to have that

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A Historic Home Fit for the Gods in Portland, Maine

Image courtesy of the Portland Press Herald.   Every Sunday growing up my parents would take us to our local Catholic church; it was called the “Beach Chapel” since it was close to the shore and smaller and less formal than the main site. Religion aside, there was always something comforting about the ritual and the way in which, for at least that hour, there was nothing to worry about. When I saw a quaint church for sale in South Portland, Maine, I wondered if that feeling of warmth would remain even in a residential conversion. My assumption: a resounding yes!   The history of First United Methodist Church, also known as Brown’s Hill Methodist Church, dates all the way back to 1800 when Methodists began holding meetings in Portland. Twenty-four years later the meeting house

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