There’s nothing like the patina of age old stone. It just gets better with time and the age really *shows* in the same great way as a well-worn leather bag. A moss covered, crumbling old farmhouse in a bucolic setting is especially irresistible if you have a healthy appreciation for old houses and the great outdoors, like me! These homes deliver big time, inside and out.
1. 400 Front St, Boiling Springs, PA – $499,900
3 beds/3 baths
2,120 sqft, 0.53 acres
This gorgeous stone property c.1800 is just steps away from and one of only three homes on beautiful Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs. It also includes a charming, separate guesthouse. This is a perfectly quaint setting that feels far away but is just a few hours from D.C., Baltimore and NYC.
2. 2235 Lucas Turnpike, High Falls, NY – $839,000
4 beds/2 baths
3,849 sqft, 3.9 acres
A main player in the storied history of the hamlet of High Falls, this c. 1730 has been sensitively restored. It sits on 3.9 acres and an additional 2.1 with restored barn are also available across the road! The wide plank floors and extra wide hearth just can not be replicated today, and the old world cozy feel they lend is unbeatable.
3. 7252 Middle Rd, Middletown, VA – $749,000
4 beds/4 baths
4,748 sqft, 6 acres
Marlboro Spring Farm is an all-stone home with a c.1700s main house and a c.1800s rear addition on 6 acres, including gorgeous gardens and a trout stream. The wood slab used for the kitchen island is from a 150 year old tree taken from the property! Now that’s cool.
4. 848 W Thatcher Rd, Quakertown, PA – $699,000
3 beds/2.5 baths
2,800 sqft, 3.79 acres
The Christian Hager House c. 1860 has tons of original features: original wide plank flooring throughout, exposed and pointed interior stone walls, and beamed ceilings. The huge blue barn really finishes off the nearly 4 acre property.
5. 450 Pecher Rd, Fairfield, PA – $1,399,000
5 beds/5.5 baths
5,079 sqft, 73 acres
This is an equestrian estate at its finest. If privacy is your thing, this one c. 1780 is set on 73 acres in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains outside of Fairfield Pennsylvania. It’s both close to D.C. and also a world away! The exposed wood ceiling beams and stone walls retain the charm despite updates.
6. 237 Cooley Mill Road, Havre de Grace, MD – $1,300,000
5 beds/3.5 baths
5,361 sqft, 68 acres
Mt. Friendship Estate is home to a gorgeous fieldstone home c. 1773 (with additions in the mid 1800s.) The walk-in stone fireplace had me at hello. Door locks and skeleton keys from the 19th century? Original wavy-pane glass? Yes please!
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AUTHOR ALIX ADAMS
Alix is CIRCA’s Properties Manager. She relishes working directly with homeowners and real estate agents to track down new stewards for homes with secrets to keep and stories to tell! On a lifetime mission to visit every great flea market in the world, she’s probably going to need a bigger old house soon.