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6 Books Old House Lovers Should Own

Whether you’re dreaming about old houses, shopping for one, or in the midst of restoring yours to perfection right now, you’ll benefit from adding these to your shelf. Old house lovers worth their weight in wavy glass should have an itty-bitty background in urban planning, an understanding of the domestic architectural styles surrounding them, and […]

How to Create Your ~*Fantasy*~ Farmhouse Kitchen!

Is this a “one-room journey” or an immersive sound experience?! BOTH, obviously *wink* The Castkills wildlife turned out in full force to chirp and sing along as Christienne of @catskillfarmhouse warmly welcomes us into her kitchen to share the backstory of how she and her husband have renovated their spacious, airy (now that they’ve raised the ceiling nearly […]

What Do Home-Seekers Want to See in Real Estate in 2022?

New year and, for some, new (old) house dreams! We asked our CIRCA community of old house lovers what they’d like to see in the real estate market in 2022. Whether they’re actively in the market searching for their dream house, or if they’ve already put down roots and are reflecting back on their house […]

How to restore a fairytale cottage (right out of Lord of the Rings!)!

In a mystical realm called Wisconsin 😉 stands @elvencottage, a c. 1926 cottage straight from your favorite childhood fairy tale (or adulthood fantasy novel). It’s been nearly a year since West and Alexis purchased this fantastical old house (their old house-iversary is coming in December!) and in that time they’ve painstakingly and carefully restored windows […]

You’ll be speechless when you see this church-turned-home!

The hashtag #LookUp was surely coined with All Saints House in mind! Follow homeowners and restorers Anastasiia and Gunther through the arched doorway and into this converted chapel. The soaring ceiling is impossible to ignore (ok by us!), and the Great Room is filled with stories — some anchored by objects and others as memories […]

CIRCA’s Founders Have an Old House TV Show Coming!

CIRCA founders, Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein are bringing “Cheap Old Houses” to TV! Back-to-Back Episodes Premiering Monday, August 9th at 9pm and 9:30pm ET on HGTV & Discovery+. It’s here! The show every old house lover has been waiting for since…forever!? This may be the best thing that 2021 brings us. Shortly after the CIRCA […]

7 Idyllic Stone Farmhouses for Sale Now

848 W Thatcher Rd, Quakertown, PA 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 […]

4 Homes for Sale with Fun Vintage Bathrooms

8215 Co Rd 79, Auburn, AL Almost all of us go weak in the knees for a gorgeous claw-foot tub, but how far are you willing to go? I’ve been running across a few vintage bathrooms this week that are, frankly, refreshing in their resistance to the status quo. It’s nice to see something *different* […]

For the Love Of All the Old Houses – 10 Of the Most Amazing Historic Homes For Sale This week!

1023 Forest Ave, Palo Alto, CA Temperatures are warming up, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and the real estate market is gearing up for a busy spring. There are so many old houses hitting the market that *need* your attention right now! Here is a mashup of everything that’s making me exclaim “Ok, that’s just…WOW!” […]

These 5 Old Houses *Might* Make You Love Wallpaper Again

305 Clara’s Point Road, Sewanee, TN The tradition of adorning walls with paper began in ancient China and has been used in American homes since colonialism. Maybe it’s because patterns have a way of showing their age quite quickly, or maybe it’s because the stuff has notoriously been *the worst* to remove, but many people […]

9 Italianate Old Houses for Sale Now

250 Fort Hill Road, Scarsdale, NY The Italianate style first cropped up in England in the early 1800s as a reaction to the Neoclassical style. It was romantic and informal and left behind cold, clean-lined classicism to draw inspiration from the medieval villas of Northern Italy. People were into it. It spread to the US […]

4 Old Houses with Charming Kitchens

332 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT Old house kitchens are delicate business. It’s quite the dance, capturing a period in time while also packing in just enough contemporary essentials to survive. When executed correctly, though, it’s utterly satisfying. These seamlessly incorporated kitchens are inside of increeeeedible houses, so you have to take a look around […]

5 Old Houses that are Ideal for Entertaining

39 Old Snake Hill Road, Pound Ridge, NY I love my apartment, and it’s in a really lovely historic building. When guests come over, though, I’m reminded that it is definitely only outfitted for two people. Especially if eating is involved. That leads to dreaming about wet bars, dining rooms that can fit 8 people […]

These 5 Old Houses Have Elegant Woodwork

148 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA Along with the faulty wiring and the headaches, old houses come with the absolutely, most positively stunning details that make your jaw drop and your heart soar. These beautiful built-ins and most extravagantly ornamented rooms are so pretty that it boggles the mind and pretty much no one would, […]

Jawdropper Alert! This Gothic Victorian is Blowing My Mind

I can’t stop staring at this Gothic Revival facade. The ornament is so bold! It sits on over an acre of hilltop property, with distant Manhattan views, no less. There are 6 fireplaces, a carved mahogany staircase complete with fabulous Tiffany stained glass window, decorative plaster ceilings to die for and much, much more. This […]

6 Beautiful Old Craftsman Houses For Sale

504 Hudson Avenue, Paris, TN The Arts & Crafts movement was born out of a critique of all things excessive, ornate, and artificial. Figures like William Morris, whom populated the movement, preferred authentic craft that married the intellectual act of design with production at last. Thanks to that mission, we’re left with pleasingly sturdy bungalows […]

These 6 Old Victorian Houses are Fabulous and For Sale!

208 W Bush St, Prairie Grove, AR There’s nothing better than an elaborately ornate victorian home. All of those fabulous wood details, (often called gingerbread!) wraparound porches, turrets and other adornments are truly fit for a queen. I, personally, can’t get enough of the curb appeal offered by a Queen Anne dripping with details. These […]

5 of the Best New Hampshire Old Houses For Sale Right Now!

220 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH Quaint towns and expanses of wilderness make New Hampshire the perfect place to settle down into your own private little piece of history. Charming capes indicative of New England, pleasingly symmetrical colonial facades dotting large, roaming acreages and more are all on offer in this state of rich landscapes and […]

5 Fabulous Old Houses Under $100k

Glasglow, VA Fixing up an old house is such a rewarding project. We highly recommend embarking on an old house journey. It’s the best labor of love! If you’re looking to polish up an old gem without breaking the bank, take a look at these homes that are priced right and full of potential. 1. […]

Jawdropper Alert! This National Register Italianate is Remarkable

This gorgeous c. 1874 Italianate sits on an unbelievably charming, tree-lined street and immediately drew me in with its fabulous wood trim, decorative bays and carved stone details. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the interior packs in even more original details. Enter through substantial double doors and you’ll find 12′ ceilings, ornate hand-carved […]

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