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Today's Historic Properties for Sale post is dedicated to houses with garage apartments. This under-appreciated housing type certainly fills a niche. Not only does extra space above a garage provide rental housing in single-family and rural neighborhoods, it can be turned into a guest house, teenage rock band headquarters, and studio space. Unfortunately, most jurisdictions have zoned out the ability to build garage apartments - but as the affordable housing need rises alongside urban home values, these spaces are making a comeback.
Florida Beauty - Bartow, Florida
This 100-year-old architectural gem is located in historic downtown Bartow on one and a half acres. The home features 5 fireplaces, extraordinary woodwork, two large mahogany pocket doors to dining room, a wide central staircase that divides at the second floor. The home also boasts a garage with apartment. Pricetag: $675,000
Sandstone Dutch Colonial - Saddle River, New Jersey
Circa 1751 and 1811, this notable antique sandstone Dutch colonial with gambrel slate roof is situated on a three and a half riverfront acres. The generously proportioned rooms offer wide plank pine flooring, numerous built-ins, beamed ceilings and oversized English fireplaces. The property includes a barn, a charming and sizable guesthouse which includes a large tavern room/fpl and bar and powder room, a three-car garage and apartment. Pricetag: $1,595,000
Fountain Rock Farm - Shepherdstown, West Virginia
This historic estate, c. 1870, sits on the site of the Battle of Kearneysville. Situated on 11 private acres with a stream, fountains, orchard, vineyard, gazebo, and outbuildings. Restored and renovated, the 5,000 sqare feet home features original floors, elegant detailing, six fireplaces, a library, a first floor master suite, gated entry, and a three-car garage with apartment/offices above. Pricetag: $980,000
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