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Friday Fixer-Upper – A Triple Threat!

by Teresa Iafolla

Happy Friday, house-lovers! I have some great news for you. When I started searching for the next fixer-gem for our Friday feature, I found so many gorgeous houses I couldn’t pick just one. Instead, I decided to pull together my top three!
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Restoring an Old House in 12 Simple Steps

by Amy Dorsch Heavilin of Vivacious Victorian

My husband Doug and I are beginning year three of bringing our 1902 Queen Anne Victorian back to life. Twenty-two rooms, and we’re in the middle of restoring just room FIVE. To be fair, the exterior restoration was a beast, and it was completely done during the first two years. We are doing all of the interior work ourselves, because when it comes to restoration, you need really need two things : time, or money. Let’s face it – you need BOTH, but if you don’t have a lot of money, you can make up for it with your own time (and willpower). Restoring an old house is a process, which I understand is why a lot of people don’t do it themselves. But we LOVE the process, even when it’s driving us mad. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to restore a house with someone else doing all the work, and having it all done BEFORE we moved it. It seems so….. I don’t know….. practical? But our way is an adventure, and pretty fun.
Sometimes people ask me what restoring a house is like. So, here’s the process of restoration. It’s OUR process of restoration, but I can’t believe it’s any different for anyone else restoring a house. It’s probably in a different order if you’re doing the WHOLE house at once, and not room-by-room like we are. (And, I swear on a stack of Old House Magazines, I didn’t try to make it twelve steps. It just happened that way.)
12 steps to heaven, coming right up

10 Houses Under $50,000: November 2015 Edition

by Teresa Iafolla

It’s time for another edition of your favorite column: 10 old houses for under $50,000, stocked to the brim with original detail! As always, we’ve managed to round up an impressive crop of old beauties on the market for a bargain price tag. Just don’t spend too much time ogling and miss the chance to jump on your perfect fixer-upper. Some of these won’t be on the market for long!
This week’s picks, right this way

Our Favorite Historical Inns to Visit this Fall!

by Katy Mendenhall. Photo Courtesy of Boston Business Times

How about a little fall vacation? Hoping in the car and driving to a quaint, historic inn for the weekend sounds perfect! I have researched and come up with some beautiful pieces of history that you can stay in today. After all, inns and B&Bs are a great alternative to the more expensive hotel chains. They offer a more personal experience and usually have compelling stories to share.
Here are 5 places I believe will inspire you, and hopefully even turn you onto staying in a historic inn during your travels!
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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 STAIRCASE.
Let’s all save it together!

My Latest House Crush is Being Featured in Country Living Magazine

By Elizabeth Finkelstein. Photo courtesy of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.

This week over at Country Living Magazine, I wrote about this OH-MY-GOSH-GIVE-IT-TO-ME-NOW-I-NEED-IT-IN-MY-LIFE-THIS-MINUTE house in Hancock, Maine. To say it’s my latest house crush would be an vast understatement. I love the rugs, the painted floors, the country kitchen and the perfect use of red on the upstairs windows—not to mention the 21+ acres of open fields! You’re going to love this one, I promise. Head on over to Country Living Magazine to check it out!

7 Historic New England Homes for Under $100,000 that are NOT Fixer-Uppers

By Elizabeth Finkelstein.

I like to think of myself as a professional house-peeper, with leaf-peeping as a side hobby. This time of year always makes me wish I lived way up in New England, where the fall colors are shimmering brightly and the old houses are dazzling. To prove that you don’t need to be a millionaire to own a beautiful, old house in my favorite part of the country, I tracked down 7 gorgeous historical homes in New England that are for sale for under $100,000 and are MOVE-IN READY. Ready to check them out? Click the video link below!
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Fixer-Upper: A Lovely Queen Anne in Macon, Missouri

by Teresa Iafolla. All photos courtesy of Century 21

Today’s Friday fixer upper is a lovely, sprawling Queen Anne nested away in Macon, Missouri. Built in 1875, this Victorian beauty still has many of its original touches — including some breathtaking woodwork. Last we heard it was under contract, but in the event that this one falls through, we’ve got $63,000 waiting in the wings!
I love it! Show me more!

Peek Inside This Spectacular Farmhouse for Sale in Nanuet, New York!

By Elizabeth Finkelstein. Photo by Edberg Marketing.

We made another movie! Come geek out with Cristiana and me as we peek inside this TO DIE FOR ca. 1754 farmhouse in Nanuet, New York (right around the corner from where I live, and just a hop, skip and a jump away from New York City!) Special thanks to Laura Weintraub of Weld Realty for allowing us to use this spectacular home as our playground for the day. Enjoy! And make sure to check out our YouTube Channel to see more old house eye candy.
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