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If You Don’t Buy This $44,960 House, I Will!

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 pocket doors! EVERYTHING!!!! Seriously, just look at the photos.
 
Can you believe this!?

15 Houses Under 50K: January 2018 Edition

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

Just because I know that most of you have long lists of New Year’s resolutions that begin with “fix up an old house” (am I right?), I’ve rounded up 15+ gorgeous historical homes for sale for under $50,000 that are just waiting for a little TLC.
 
And lest I forgot to mention it, if you LOVE cheap old houses as much as we do, make sure to follow our other Instagram feed @cheapoldhouses on which we showcase only gorgeous historical homes for sale for under $100,000.
 
(If you come across any beautiful old houses for sale for under $50,000, send them along to us at letters@circaoldhouses.com)
 
Also… We don’t personally represent any of these homes. We’ve provided a link back to the original listing in the description for each home. Click through if you’re looking for more information!
 
This month’s picks, right this way

Save This House! An Endangered Arizona Ranch With Architectural Pedigree

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

Our friends over at the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (THPF) tipped me off to a pretty stellar, ninety-acre historical property in imminent danger. They describe it as “a 1938 guest ranch designed by Margaret Fulton Spencer, one of American’s first women architects,” and “a survivor of Southern Arizona’s golden age of Guest Ranching.” How fun is that? But because it’s for sale and lacks any preservation protections, the ranch could be purchased and torn down, if it doesn’t fall into the hands of a preservation-minded buyer.

Preserving a place like this seems like a no-brainer to me, but it’s amazing how little regard there seems to be for history, at least when it comes to big developers. So, for the trillionth time in my life as a historic preservation professional, I find myself asking, “why, why, why don’t people get it?!”

But you guys get it, right? Of course you do. THIS IS WHY I STARTED CIRCA.

I mean, just LOOK at this place. It’s gorgeous (By the way, many thanks to Jude Ignacio and Gerardine Vargas, who took these amazing photos for the THPF).

Help save it!

There’s an Incredible Frank Lloyd Wright House for Sale Just Outside of NYC

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

Houlihan Lawrence has a pretty spectacular portfolio of homes for sale just north of NYC (In my next life, I’m hoping they’ll hook me up with that crazy-beautiful Tudor estate that I’ve been swooning over all week). I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when this c. 1948 stunner landed on CIRCA, and knew immediately that something this good could only come from the master himself: FRANK. LLOYD. WRIGHT.

It’s located a mere 50 minutes from NYC, and, like all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses, seems to blend seamlessly into the landscape (it sits on over an acre). This is the real deal, guys—even the furniture has Wright’s name on it. Then again, who’s looking at the furniture? I’m sure your eyes are still glued to the carport. I WOULD BUY IT FOR THE CARPORT ALONE.
 
Gorgeous, am I wright? (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

The Interior of This Pittsburgh Fixer-Upper is Blowing My Mind

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 because I drove by a crazy looking salvage dump and you would have loved it,” or “Have you seen so-and-so’s house yet? You should become friends with her just to see her staircase! Thought of you as soon as I stepped inside!” or “You saw that amazing house that was just listed in XXX town, right? It totally made me think of you!”

I really should just wear a shirt that says “Skip the Niceties, Let’s Just Cut Straight to the House Talk,” but I think it’s probably a little obvious at this point. (And for what it’s worth, I’m totally ok with this, so please, world, DON’T STOP.)

Last night, my neighbor, Hope (who loves old houses and beagles, just like me) told me about this ridiculously beautiful house for sale in Pittsburgh—where the architecture never ceases to blow my mind. I’ve always been more of a small, cozy space kind of girl, but have long admired people who endeavor to fix up huge, old mansions. Check out the moldings, have you EVER seen anything like them? Amazing, right!?
 
Amazing, right?!

25 Houses Under 50K: November 2017 Edition

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

I’m so smitten with this collection of houses for sale for under $50,000 that I couldn’t wait a second past the 1st of November to share them with you. I’ve rounded up 25 beauties, plus a couple bonuses! Don’t miss #16, an eclectic historical gem that’s for sale for just $9,000.
 
And remember, if you LOVE cheap old houses as much as we do, make sure to follow our other Instagram feed @cheapoldhouses on which we showcase only gorgeous historical homes for sale for under $100,000.
 
(If you come across any beautiful old houses for sale for under $50,000, send them along to us at letters@circaoldhouses.com)
 
Also… We don’t personally represent any of these homes. We’ve provided a link back to the original listing in the description for each home. Click through if you’re looking for more information!
 
This month’s picks, right this way

A Charming Gingerbread Cottage for Sale in Tappan, New York

by Christina Poletto

 
Have a love/hate relationship with your studio apartment? Welcome to North of New York City, in which the lovely Christina attempts to lure all die-hard urbanites to points north. Swoon with us over the most beautiful historical homes for sale just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city that never sleeps.
 
Every once in awhile, you come across a house that stops you in your tracks because it’s so unusual and remarkable in its own way. I’ve seen my share of homes in the lower Hudson Valley but nothing quite prepared me for the miniature frame Perry-Smith dwelling, a Gothic Revival style cottage, circa 1855, that hit the market in Tappan’s historic district just a number of weeks ago.
 

I LOVE IT

This Idaho Mountain Home is One of the Coolest Places I’ve Ever Laid Eyes On

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 property for sale, which is dripping with old-world beauty and is on nearly 10 wooded acres overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. And of course, it’s a fixer-upper, which makes me love it even more! The price? The location? The stained glass? The listing makes some claims about its history that I can’t substantiate, but nonetheless, this is a gem.
 

I LOVE IT

Please Buy This $49,500 New York House!

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? Follow our Instagram feed @cheapoldhouses where we feature gorgeous historical homes for sale for under $100,000.
 
Gawk with me for a moment.

10 Houses Under $50,000: October 2017 Edition

by Elizabeth Finkelstein (Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Affiliated)

Fall puts me in the mood for… (drumroll…) CHEAP OLD HOUSES! Enjoy this latest round-up of gorgeous old homes for sale for under $50,000. And by the way, if you LOVE cheap old houses as much as we do, make sure to follow our Instagram feed @cheapoldhouses on which we showcase only gorgeous historical homes for sale for under $100,000.
 
(If you come across any beautiful old houses for sale for under $50,000, send them along to us at letters@circaoldhouses.com)
 
(Psst… We don’t personally represent any of these homes. We’ve provided a link back to the original listing in the description for each home. Click through if you’re looking for more information!).
 
This month’s picks, right this way

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