A One-Man Mission to Beautify Napa's Old Town

Joe Brasil inside his most recent project. Image by Lisa James of the Napa Valley Register.   Realtor Joe Brasil describes the newly-restored c. 1868 cottage at 523 Brown Street, in Old Town Napa Valley, as his "beauty." I'm sure that most realtors feel a certain pride in their listings, but if you spend more than two minutes with Joe, you'll see that he takes that pride to an entirely unmatched...

A Colonette Confection in Columbia, Tennessee

How adorable is today’s 1835 Federal fixer-upper?! At first I thought it was a tiny house, but then I took a look around and noticed that there’s actually over 6,000 square feet to play with here. You can find it sittin’ pretty on historic West 6th Street in Columbia, Tennessee. Less than an hour’s drive from Nashville, this town boasts James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States, as one...

Before & After: Queen Anne Home Gets a Facelift!

Don't you just LOVE seeing work-in-progress photos? I could really look at this stuff all day long. Today's before-and-after comes to us from Bootheel of Missouri in the small town of Naylor. Kudos to Barco Construction on this fabulous exterior renovation. Love it! Read on for lots of yummy photos.  ...

A Bona Fide Castle For Sale… In The Bronx?

Most of us who live in New York City dream of one day owning a luxurious, spacious home filled with all of life's luxuries. I'm talking about the little things: an extra closet, a spare room, or an eat-in kitchen. To us space-deprived urbanites, an extra few square feet seems palatial. So, you can imagine my shock and awe when I saw that a castle -- yes, an actual castle! -- is for sale in The Bronx....

Mystery Monday: Ophir Hall

Over on Facebook, CIRCA fan Jason Crowley hit the nail on the head with today's Mystery Monday. Despite the presence of our fair grazers, this majestic estate is not Sheep's Meadow in Central Park (but those who guessed that - I salute your creativity!). Folks, you're looking at Ophir Hall (aka Reid Hall) in Purchase, NY, designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. You know I love...

Eureka! An Amazing Arkansas Porch House!

On down south we go to northwestern Arkansas, where right about now the sight of the changing leaves and the sound of natural springs must be pretty majestic indeed. With today’s vernacular fixer-upper in Eureka Springs, I think it’s pretty safe to say that porches were on the builder’s mind some 130 years ago. There’s a story there, but you’ll have to read on to find out! And while you’re at...

York, PA: Mansions, Movements & Peppermint Patties

"You Should Move To..." is a new column in which Lindsay travels the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to [email protected]!   If you live in a big city then I'm sure that you, like me, have spent hours daydreaming of a quieter life where your rent or mortgage...

Awaiting Your Sweet Touch in Poultney, Vermont

A chill in the air, the taste of pure maple syrup, a drive through picture-perfect Vermont. Oh, how wonderful that sounds! Let’s travel there today, shall we? Team CIRCA loves Julianne McCarthy of NorthLand Real Estate, so when I came across her fixer-upper listing in the town of Poultney I just couldn’t wait to share it with you. Here are just some of the reasons why I think this ol’ sweetheart...

Robert Searcy: A Houston Realtor with an Eye for Swank

Images of the Glenbrook Valley neighborhood in Houston, courtesy GlenbrookValley.org. Doing what I do, I get to know a LOT of realtors, and let me tell you: very few out there are like Robert Searcy. It was through Robert that I first became aware of Glenbrook Valley, a near-perfectly preserved example of 1950s/60s Americana that recently became Houston's first mid-century historic district and was named...

Mark Goff & Phillip Engel of 227 North Street

For residents of the small town of Healdsburg, California, the old Marshall House at 227 North Street had been -- until just a few years ago -- an object of great curiosity. At least since the 1950s, the long-neglected home had been in a sad state, it's foundation slowly sinking into the ground. Old-timers remember peeking into the house as children, believing it be haunted.   When Mark Goff & Phillip...

The Perfect Historic Corner Fixer-Upper in Newburgh, NY

With every apple picking season I mentally retreat to the orchards of New York's historic Hudson Valley. It’s just such a serene place filled with old downtowns, cozy homes, and colorful fall foliage. So imagine my excitement to come across today’s Queen Anne fixer-upper in Newburgh (yes, team CIRCA is obsessed with Newburgh)! This house in the Washington Heights neighborhood sure packs a lot of charm,...

CIRCA is on Twitter!

Amp up the charm in your Twitter feed with some crown molding and tin ceilings! If you're the type that craves an instantaneous old house fix, follow our tweets at @circahouses. See you...

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