10 Houses Under $50,000: February 2016 Edition
by Teresa Iafolla
It’s February, and love is in the air! Ready to fall in love with our fresh crop of old homes on the market for a song? Read on and just try to resist… some of these are guaranteed to make you swoon or wax poetic.
19 Greenwood St, West Paris, ME
Source: Biz Realty via Zillow
Haven’t you always wanted a double-decker porch facing miles and miles of wooded landscape? Yea, me too! This century-old Maine home has just what we’ve all been looking for. At 2,396 square feet, the 5-bedroom house is brimming with sunlight and filled with built-ins. I love the wood paneling and natural wood cabinets. It looks like this house might even have two different living areas with two separate kitchens.
814 E Carolina Ave, Clinton, SC
Source: Century 21
With a little elbow grease, this brick beauty could be your southern paradise. Located in Historical downtown Clinton, this circa 1930 is in just the right place for a rehabber with a love of history. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a darling little sunroom that’s practically all glass. The dark hardwood floors look like they’re in decent shape, too…
3631 County Road 35, Roseboom, NY
Source: Vinyards Choice via Realtor
I love a saltbox, and this early American beauty has everything you could want in a fixer-upper: beamed ceilings, mantels, dormers and an adorable little fanlight above the front door. What a charmer!
54 Bridge St, Phoenix, NY
Source: William M Cross Realty via Zillow
My, oh my – I just can’t resist these Queen Annes, especially when they look like this! Just look at the elaborate details on this one! Sure, it could use a fresh coat of paint or two, but just imagine the transformation. This old home harkens back to 1887, and has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It definitely needs some love, but the price is barely a drop in the bucket for most homebuyers.
1010 Chestnut St, Columbus, IN
Source: Hoosier Brokers, LLC via Zillow
The design aesthetic du jour might be all about bright whites, but I’m a serious sucker for dark wood everywhere – the more, the better! Luckily, this 1880s Victorian has dark wood paneling in spades. Just take a peek! The listing says this 2,813 sq. ft. home only has 1 bedroom and 2 baths, but also mentions a few bonus rooms. Bottom line: There’s BIG potential here. The heart of this beauty is clearly the gorgeous fireplace. The woodwork and tiling around the hearth is to-die-for!
312 S West St, Corydon, IA
Source: Hometown Realty via Zillow
This gorgeous Italianate home is nestled snugly on a half acre of land. The façade of this one takes my breath away. Just look at that spindlework and the hooded windows! At a sprawling 3,448 sq. ft., there’s plenty of room to rehab and redesign as you wish.
423 W 1st St, Marion, IN
Source: Source: F.C. Tucker Realty Center via Zillow
Ready to say “I’ll take it!” to an 1890s Dutch Colonial Revival? This one has your name all over it! With windows everywhere, dark woodwork throughout, and lots of character (like the ornate fireplace), this house is a steal at only $37,900. The 3 bedrooms and 2 baths are calling out for a little love and care…
215 Blackwells Wharf Rd, Burgess, VA
Source: Middle Bay Realty via Zillow
What’s more shabby chic than an old country farmhouse in need of a makeover? Situated on 2.2 acres, this ca. 1890 Virginian house could become your refuge in the country. Plus, the listing says that additional acreage is available! Fix up the barns, too, and start up your farm, or turn them into a cute studio right on the grounds.
204 Phelps St, Windsor, MO
Source: Keller Williams Realty
Described on the listing as “classy, strong & charming,” this historical Missouri home delivers on character: high ceilings, hardwood everywhere, and lots of extra space with which to get creative. My favorite part is the curved staircase.
500 Front St N, Hamilton, NC
Source: Keller Williams Realty
Last but not least, this home may be my favorite of the bunch. A classy Greek Revival home with Victorian additions, this house is located in the Hamilton National Register House District along the Roanoke River. Put in the work, and before long you could be sipping ice cold sweet tea on the beautiful wrap-around porch, looking out onto the lush Southern landscape. With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home is the perfect choice for a rehabber willing to put in the work and create the perfect weekend retreat or Southern country house.
Did one of these old homes capture your heart? Write to us and let us know you found your match!
AUTHOR TERESA IAFOLLA
A contributor to the CIRCA blog, Teresa has been captivated by old, character-rich houses since she was little. Growing up in the cookie-cutter suburbs of Montgomery County, Maryland, she dreamed of one day calling a quirky, old Victorian “home,” often pouring over house plans and blueprints from the local hardware store. Chasing that fondness for all things steeped in history, Teresa attended college at William & Mary, the second-oldest college in the U.S., based in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, she moved into a restored Baltimore row home, circa 1830. Currently, Teresa lives in San Francisco and spends her days ogling the colorful Victorian Italianates that line her Mission neighborhood.