by Elizabeth Finkelstein Much as I love what I do for a living, it can sometimes wreck havoc on my life. BECAUSE I WANT ALL THE HOUSES. Can you blame me!? LOOK AT THIS ONE. It’s $44,960. It hurts. I want it. The little fan on the front landing! The staircase! The built-ins! The […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein As you all know, I cannot get enough of cheap, beautiful old houses (I have an entire Instagram feed devoted to them.) This morning I happenstanced upon this Gothic Revival beauty and nearly fell on the floor. I WANT IT!!! Just look at the window in the upstairs hallway.
by Elizabeth Finkelstein When you do what you love for a living, and make it as public as I have made CIRCA, a funny thing happens: People start “thinking” of you a lot. Or, at least, they say they do. For me, this usually comes in the form of “I thought of you yesterday […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein My husband and I just returned from a week-long vacation in our friends’ DROP-DEAD STUNNING Ozarks rental home, so of course we’ve been dreaming ever since of buying our own historic vacation home somewhere lovely and remote, tucked away in the mountains. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted this Idaho […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein Thank you Craig for sending along this incredible home for sale in Elmira, New York, that has my jaw on the floor. THE POTENTIAL! I love the plasterwork on the ceiling, the stunning mantels, the CHANDELIERS and the stained glass. Someone please save this beauty! Psst… love cheap, beautiful old houses? […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein (Image courtesy of Northern Dutchess Realty Inc.) It’s almost embarrassing to admit how much time I spend looking at fixer-uppers for sale. Ethan (my husband) and I do nothing but dream about landing a big, old farmhouse rife with peeling wallpaper and sited on a hill somewhere up the Hudson River, where […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein My amazing friend Ariana, who also happens to be an incredible photographer with a discerning eye for beautiful things, sent me the link to this fixer-upper in Stony Point, NY. It’s Meet Me in St. Louis meets It’s a Wonderful Life and has a storied history as home to some pretty big […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein Old house fan mail is always lovely to get, but what I truly enjoy is when someone spots a gorgeous historical home for WAY LESS MONEY THAN IT’S ACTUALLY WORTH and drops it into my inbox. Thank you, Leona, for sharing this TO DIE FOR brick mansion in Polo, Illinois that […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein I’m not kidding. Homes like this come around but once in a lifetime, and I’m about this close to quitting my life, packing my bags and heading on down to Milford, VA, where this spectacular estate is waiting for me. Spring Grove, as it’s dubbed, is an Italianate gem sitting on […]
by Melanie Moore Krogman As Johnny Cash and June Carter sang, “I’m goin’ to Jackson!” Here now, the single best reason to head there, pronto! (the one in Tennessee, that is!)
by Elizabeth Finkelstein Here now, a TO DIE FOR 1910 mansion in Beaver Falls, PA. I’d give my eye-teeth to get inside this one! (thanks Ted for sending this my way!)
by Elizabeth Finkelstein I’ve had my eye on this house for a while, so I was thrilled when a CIRCA fan (thanks, Laurie!) sent over this listing for one of Saginaw’s most historically-significant homes, now complete with lots of interior photos. The image of a piano sitting in an abandoned room and surrounded by […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves here. I’ll just give you the basic scoop: This 4-bedroom house in Sandersville, Georgia is on the market for a mere $85,000, and the interior makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. Yummy!
by Elizabeth Finkelstein I have a message for all the budding artists and old house professionals out there: You CAN make a living doing what you’re passionate about, while at the same time doing GOOD FOR THE PLANET. I’ve always been a complete old house fanatic, but never in my wildest dreams would I […]
by Melanie Moore Krogman Historical integrity, large rooms, and 54 acres! Start the new year off right by fixing up this incredible North Carolina home. She is ready and waiting for continued renovations and some TLC from the right owners. For just $169,500, you’ll be buying into an abundance of historical value and […]
by Lisa Levin. Listing and photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence. We’re just a little biased toward life in New York’s Hudson Valley, not just because Elizabeth, our founder, lives there! Just up the river from New York City, this is one of the prettiest places in America, and Lisa is ready to take you […]
by Melanie Moore Krogman This could be your own Hacienda Haven! In Oklahoma City, you’ll find this GREAT four bed, five bath in no less than 4873 sq. feet. This is a foreclosure opportunity now listed at $199,900! Listen to the details, look at this house, then imagine adding your own personality and style! […]
by Rachael Meyerink This stately Greek Revival fixer upper has me drooling over what may lie beneath that 1970s carpet and wall paneling. It is situated on 5.4 acres right by beautiful (and I mean beautiful) Hudson, New York! It’s easy to see the beauty she once was, and could be again.
by Rachael Meyerink This 1919 Craftsman home is part of a historic district and retains nearly all of its original architectural elements. The original woodwork, hand-painted mantle art, light fixtures, hardware and built-ins are all still present. The kitchen boasts its original cabinetry, wine cupboard and floor-to ceiling subway tile in the breakfast nook. The […]
by Rachael Meyerink What a handsome turn-of-the-century fixer upper! This Colonial Revival home has 6 fireplaces with original mantles, a claw foot tub, and plenty of big windows to let the Florida sun shine in.
by Melanie Moore Krogman Waiting for you in Sterling, KS is an absolutely lovely Victorian home dating to 1903, and designed after the governor’s mansion at the time. In fact, a hand-sculpted brass miniature of the home is in Coronado Quivira Museum, in Lyons, KS (how fun is that?!). The owners loved this home […]
by Rachael Meyerink This 1905 Victorian was originally built as an inn with a commanding view of the mountains. It has a tower, a mansard roof, and almost 8000 feet to explore. First order of business for the lucky rehab-er- pluck off those fire escape staircases!
by Elizabeth Finkelstein Many, many thanks to Joe for sending me these two absolutely stunning homes for sale in Cambria, WI, which are for sale for a song! Joe actually used to own the house at 124 Mary Street, and he did so much research into it that he even up writing a Wikipedia entry […]
by Elizabeth Finkelstein While doing some reach for a post I wrote this week for Country Living Magazine, I happenstanced upon an incredible opportunity for the right investor, or someone who just loves fixing up old houses! These three Victorian homes are all clustered together as neighbors in Stafford, Kansas, and are for sale for […]
by Melanie Moore Krogman. Gracing Grace St. (1634 Grace St., that is) in Hannibal, MO is this GORGEOUS lady! If the double decker façade of this Neoclassical beauty isn’t enough to pique your interest, the long list of amenities and history will!
by Rachael Meyerink Hold everything and take in this grand brick Italianate home on the shores of Lake Erie! The exterior, even in its current condition is breathtaking. What has happened to the interior in the last decade is a sad tale—photos from a 2005 listing of the home are in sharp contrast to what […]
Does anyone out there know the story with these two neighboring homes in Paragould, AR–on the market for just $55,000 and $30,000? Built in 1928 (I’m assuming together, as one appears to be the carriage house for the other), they seem to have been plucked straight from the pages of a storybook. The realtor’s description […]
I’ll admit, I’ve become obsessed beyond reason with cheap old houses. But after seeing something like this incredible 9-bedroom home for sale in Johnsonburg, PA, can you blame me? Just look at that fireplace!
I have just one request of the future owner of this $95,000 mansion in Danville, IL: PLEASE invite me over!
A huge thank you to Nancy for tipping me off to this absolutely incredible $45,000 former masonic lodge in historic Hamilton, North Carolina that features original Civil War graffiti inside! What a cool property!