Real Estate

Historic Properties for Sale: California Frank-enstein Edition

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

Halloween approacheth. And truly, there's no better way to mark the holiday than to show off an amazing, scary-only-in-price house by Frank Lloyd Wright. Followed by two also-pretty-amazing historic homes that, whose pricetags we hope won't completely spook you out of purchasing. (Yes, friends, another $1 million plus edition. Turns out these historic homes are kinda unique and in high demand.)

The Fawcett House - Los Banos, California

This Frank Lloyd Wright mid-century modern house was built in 1961 of concrete block, mahogany, and glass boasts 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and situated on 80 acres of land. Fifteen pairs of mahogany French doors open the entire interior space to the gracious terrace in the garden court. The deep overhanging roof with copper fascia creates a sense of refuge and a strong horizontal tie to the earth. Oh, and there's a dang cool swimming pool. Pricetag: $1,750,000

C. B. Pearson Estate - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Designed and constructed of local quarried Wissahickon schist in 1913 in the "Pennsylvania farmhouse" style, the C.B. Pearson Estate is situated on a very manageable half-acre parcel of impeccably manicured grounds. this 4,421 square feet residence is fully updated and move-in ready. Pricetag: $1,099,000

Huntingfields Manor - Huntingtown, Maryland

Historic Huntingfields Manor, c.1670, is a significant historic estate with much of its historic detailing intact - all within a gorgeous setting: rolling pastures, historic barns and stables, a tenant house, a one-acre pond, an in-ground pool, a four-bay garage, sauna, gardens, wood floors and so much more. Pricetag: $1,499,900

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Red, White, and Blue Edition

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by David Garber

 

Fourth of July fever? Nope. Collection of properties in that happen to fall into that color set? Yep. This week's Historic Properties for Sale post is a total hodgepodge. A red antiques barn here, a white house there, and an old blue post office over yonder. But yes, we do love us some America.

Revolutionary Cape Cod & Barn - Lisbon, New Hampshire

This 1781 cape cod and red barn form a perfect live-work property. The house has beautiful exposed beams throughout, a field stone fireplace, wide plank pine floors, updated kitchen, and five bedrooms. An adjoining apartment has one bedroom with a modern kitchen, large bath and living room. The heated barn has three levels and has been used as an antique shop and an auction hall. Pricetag: $344,900

Columned Victorian - Waverly, Rhode Island

Built in 1840, this Victorian home features double parlors, three fireplaces, hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures, and a three-bay garage. It is located just a short stroll from downtown Westerly, the local library, dining options, and Wilcox park. Pricetag: $429,000

Old Campbell Post Office - Charlottesville, Virginia

The original Campbell post office is now a country residence privately situated in the heart of the Keswick Hunt. Built in 1930, the home is well-lit and boasts hardwood floors, and a brand new kitchen. It even has a riding ring for all you horse enthusiasts. Pricetag: $250,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Close to (DC) Home Edition

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

I'm as big of a Washington, DC cheerleader as it gets. I love biking its wide avenues and rowhouse-lined neighborhood streets. I love that it's reinventing itself and that people are reinvesting in neighborhoods that could use a lift. I love how international it is, how front and center it is, and how there's something interesting to do any night of the week.

Although you won't often hear me advocating a move out of the city, I am somewhat contractually obligated (okay fine, these are great houses) to show off these on-the-market options just outside DC's border. You know, just in case you're in the market for Congressional representation.

Renovated Victorian - Chevy Chase, Maryland

This charming 1901 Victorian has been beautifully updated and maintained by its present owners. It is situated on a gloriously landscaped quarter acre with water fall and koi pond in the convenient and popular Somerset neighborhood. The home is graced by a gorgeous front porch, formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, sunny family room opening to a deck, and an eat-in kitchen. Pricetag: $1,795,000

Lord Fairfax House - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Centuries of grandeur permeate this renovated 5-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath historic home with exquisite woodwork and curving staircase. Built in 1801 for Thomas Lord Fairfax, a close friend of George and Martha Washington, this in-town mansion features a library, game room, up-to-date kitchen and breakfast room that cater to everyday living, and a magnificent dining room and grand salon for special events. The sunroom embraces a garden with year-round gazebo, garage, and off-street parking. Pricetag: $5,995,000

Maple Shade - Vienna, Virginia

Built in 1890, Maple Shade is a quaint farm house that retains the charm and ambiance of a bygone era. The kitchen and baths have been totally renovated for the 21st century, yet reflect earlier times. Newly painted inside and out, Maple Shade is just moments to shopping, nature trails, and the local historic district. Pricetag: $699,900

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Hello Ohio Edition

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by David Garber 2 Comments

 

As a one-time Ohio resident (go Miami Redhawks!) I can say with confidence that it's a state with a heckuva lot going for it. Cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland are on the rise, there's a hometown localism that's hard to ignore, and it has that American-flags-painted-on-barns-in-the-middle-of-giant-fields spirit infused throughout.

This week's Historic Properties for Sale post features three oh-so buyable places in Ohio, only one of which is actually a house.

Weiant-Wehrle House - Newark, Ohio

Nestled in a close, social neighborhood, which hosts the active Historic Hudson Community Association, this 4,000 square foot, 6-bedroom home is a preservationist dream.Built in 1890 out of brick and stone, the home features a wraparound porch is on a double city lot with a detached carriage house.

Libbey High School - Toledo, Ohio

Okay, so technically this went up for auction in August, but it's still a neat property to gawk over, so I'm including here with no hesitancy. If I didn't know otherwise, I might say it was the school from Sabrina the Teenage Witch - it's Just. That. Classic. (But why do school systems always drop the ceilings and reduce window height??)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church - Cincinnati, Ohio

Vacant since 1989, this church is the primary landmark of Sedamsville, a Near West Side community two miles from downtown. It is beautifully sited on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River andKentucky hills. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an ornate Gothic Revival brick church designed by German-American architect Adolph Druiding. It features ornamental brickwork, a rose window, an interior balcony and a 170’ spire.

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Properties for Sale: You've Got a Friend in… Edition

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by David Garber

 

You've got a friend in Pennsylvania! And a house, too, if you so choose. (And a "Save Wild Animals" license plate with a photo of a tiger on it... who knew they were native to the Keystone State??) Anyhoo, check out these lovely old Pennsylvania homes from our Historic Properties for Sale page.

Farm House - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Built in 1800, this stone and log home sits on 10 magnificently-landscaped acres. The property includes a renovated barn/guest house, a caretakers home, and gardens featuring a fruit-bearing orchard, berries, asparagus beds, a "private rose garden" with lily pond, and an in-ground pool. (Tell me where to sign!)

Castle Finn Mansion - Delta, Pennsylvania

Built in 1819, by Joseph Webb on the site of his iron forge, Castle Finn is one of the original Pennsylvania Mansions. Located on a hill overlooking Muddy Creek and the site of what was once the Palmyra Forge, this wealthy "ironmaster's" home was the bustling hub of the forge community. With spacious rooms and 11 foot ceilings, this Federal style manor home was built by master craftsmen and retains much of its original and unique architectural detailing.

Fairbrook Manor - Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania

Fairbrook Manor was built in 1834 and sits on 40 acres less than 20 minutes from State College and Penn State University. It is considered the largest and best preserved of the Central Pennsylvania manor houses, and includes nearly one mile of the famed Spruce Creek fishery.

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With each new state he write about, he wants to go there. Right now.

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