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10 Houses Under $50,000: August 2015 Edition

by Teresa Iafolla

From Maine to Missouri, these 10 diamonds-in-the-rough have one thing in common: they have loads of history at bargain prices. Most of these are turn-of-the-century homes with the architectural flourishes I pine for — the sweeping porches, the elegant spindlework, fishscale singles. All just waiting for a good polish and a home rehabber ready to roll up their sleeves.

Any of these catch your eye? If you decide to call one of these finds home, make sure to send us your project photos!

This week’s picks, right this way


by Rhonda Montague (All photos courtesy of: Château de Gudanes.)

Constructed in the mid 1700’s, Château de Gudanes commands attention snuggled up against the soft green hills near the small village of Château-Verdun in the south of France. Few of us can imagine seriously shopping online for an enormous French château needing extensive and expensive renovations, yet, that’s how exactly how Craig and Karina Waters found their magical fairytale love. After just one visit to this faded countryside beauty, the Australian family was passionately convinced this forlorn and forgotten, but once magnificent residence, deserved a new life.

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Fixer-Upper: Lumber Bridge Queen Anne

by Teresa Iafolla

Hidden away in Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, this old-time beauty is just begging to be fixed up! And at only $150,000, it’s the steal you’ve been waiting for.
Those gorgeous Queen Anne touches (look at that porch!) just need a little TLC to really shine. And with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and over 2 acres of verdant landscape, you have plenty of room to work your transformation.

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by Lisa Levin (Credit: Katrina Brown Hunt, America’s Quirkiest Towns, Travel & Leisure Magazine, August 19, 2014. )

Welcome to “You Should Visit…”, in which we travel the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to!
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