Historic Properties for Sale: Garage Apartments Edition

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by David Garber 3 Comments

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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 BeautyBartow, 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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3 Responses

  1. Jeanne Bridgforth

    November 13, 2011

    I’m interested in advertising an historic house for sale in Richmond, VA. Do you have a rate less expensive than $500?

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    November 14, 2011

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  3. W. White

    November 17, 2011

    How exactly are any of these buildings examples of garage apartments, or affordable housing for that matter? They all have garages with living/working spaces above or connected to the garage; however, that does not mean that these are examples of garage apartments, especially not on eleven acres in rural West Virginia. What you have posted is three examples of nouveau riche, hedge fund manager housing that happen to possess garages. Garage apartments do not have gated entries; they are off inner city alleyways next to where sanitation workers pick up garbage. $1,595,000 does not equate to affordable housing, no matter how many garages the house possesses.