As much as I love profiling grandiose homes with foyers the size of my entire apartment, backyard pools overlooking rolling countryside, and platinum chandeliers dripping with crystal, I figured it was time to swoop down from dream-land this week and rest my feet on the cold yet comforting solid ground of reality. Fact of the matter is, not everyone has 11 million to spend on a house they found reading blogs on a Friday afternoon.
Oliver House - Milton, North Carolina
Built around 1845, the historic Oliver House was renovated according to Department of Interior and historic restoration guidelines. The home boasts three fireplaces, original mantels and moldings, as well as a second-floor screen porch. Pricetag: $125,000
Picturesque Italianate - Independence, Missouri
This 2,146 square foot house is move-in ready but awaiting your personal style and touch. Built in 1886 and located one block east of the Vaile Mansion - which is considered to be one of the best examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture - this home also features a one-bedroom backyard guest house. Pricetag: $99,900
Hudson Valley Hamlet Home - Claverack, New York
Located on one acre of land and within walking distance to the local library and grocery store, this center-staircase 1820 home still has much of its original interiors and hardware, a two-car garage, and new standing-seam metal roofs. Pricetage: $189,900
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He enjoys tangy frozen yogurt, good music, and long walks on the beach.