March 2014

A Turreted Treasure in Barre, Massachusetts

by Elizabeth Finkelstein This house. THIS HOUSE! It's everything I've ever wanted. Reputed to date back all the way back to 1780, this eclectic historical home must have been a beauty in her heyday. Just LOOK at that turret. But wait, it gets better: The house sits on over 132 acres! And get this: It has been in the same family since 1837. I'm sure that family has some stories to tell. Today's featured...

10 HOUSES UNDER $50,000: March 2014 EDITION: Part 2

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Ohio! You're killing it this week with the beautiful houses. Not only did we get two lovely and inexpensive CIRCA listings from Ohio this week (see HERE and HERE), but three of today's 10 beautiful old houses for sale for under $50,000 hail from the Buckeye State. You might not escape the endless winter (really, isn't this just endless?!?) in Ohio, but you will snag 14' ceilings...

Fix Up A North Dakota Bank… Vault Included!

by Amanda Davis I was so excited to come across this listing in the small city of Thompson, North Dakota. It’s a little bank house! I can’t say enough how much I love adaptively-reused homes like this. Finding an old building and turning it into a residence provides so much opportunity for creativity. You want a walk-in closet? This baby has a walk-in vault! Right alongside the 5 stained glass windows!...

Happy Spring! (and a little discount too)

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Spring is finally here!!! After the brutal winter we've all had, this calls for some serious celebration! In honor of old houses everywhere covered in lilacs, peonies, johnny jump-ups and snapdragons (my personal childhood favorite), CIRCA is offering all listings through April 15th at half off the regular $45 listing fee. To apply the promotion, no need to do anything special!...

The Prairie Style: 1900 – 1915

by Hänsel Hernández-Navarro If there's one thing we love about CIRCA, it's the chance to "tour" the great vernacular architecture that makes America wonderful. We're fascinated with the sweeping Southern porches, the Pueblo Revival homes of the Southwest, and the Craftsman bungalows dotting the Pacific Northwest. The midwest offers classic American Foursquares and majestic Queen Anne beauties, and New...

An Italianate Fixer-Upper in New Market, Virginia

by Elizabeth Finkelstein I have a serious weakness for the Italianate style. This certainly stems from too many years spent living in Brooklyn, admiring the great brownstone-lined streets found all over New York (for a crash course in this style of architecture, spend a day getting lost in the beauty of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Cobble Hill or Park Slope). Of course, Italianate in NYC doesn't come...

Open House This Sunday in Little Falls, NJ

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Hey New Jerseyites (and wanna-be New Jerseyites)! One of my favorite CIRCA houses is open for viewing this Sunday, March 16th, from 1:00 - 4:00. The best reason to attend? Period wallpaper on the CEILINGS, or course! Lots of pictures below, but I'm sure it looks even better in person. See for yourself!   105 Second Avenue Little Falls, New Jersey Open House Sunday, March 16th,...

10 HOUSES UNDER $50,000: March 2014 Edition: Part 1

by Elizabeth Finkelstein I'm back from a two-week vacation in Southeast Asia, where the sun was hot, the food delicious, and the old houses to-die-for! (and cheap, if I may say!) I'm excited to start the Magazine up again this week, and to kick it off with my all-time favorite column. There are lots of big Victorians in today's round-up of 10 houses under $50,000, so get ready for some serious swooning....

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