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Historic Properties for Sale: Colorful Colorado Edition

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

As a Colorado native (yes, the green bumper sticker is proudly displayed on both my bike and at my desk), it is my distinct pleasure to feature two awesome Historic Properties for Sale from the great and mountainous western state.

Van Briggle Home - Colorado Springs, Colorado

This vintage 1911 bungalow in the prestigious Old North End Historic Preservation District was designed by N. Van Den Arend who designed the Van Briggle Pottery building. The home features an original Van Briggle tile fireplace, beamed ceilings, and wood floors in the living and dining rooms, leaded glass bookcases in the living room, stained glass and French doors in the dining room, and a butler's pantry with original cabinetry with marble countertop. Pricetag: $440,000

Happy HollowPalmer Lake, Colorado

The above photo shows the c. 1915 house (right) next to the even older foundation and chimney of the home that used to grace the property. It is rumored that J.P. Morgan slept once on the front porch of the original home. Updated in 2006, the existing home features knotty pine, a pellet stove, and three decks - one with a hot tub. The house sits on a large hilltop lot with Mt. Chautauqua,  Sundance Mountain, and Chimney Rock views. Pricetag: $375,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Although he is technically a Colorado native, he is proud to be a resident of the District of Columbia.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Garage Apartments Edition

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

 

[First off, happy Veterans Day. We are grateful for and indebted to those who have served in our nation's military. Thank you so much to those who have sacrificed, served, and to those who are still serving.]

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

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

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Historic Properties for Sale: Basic Shapes Edition

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

Basic shapes. First thing that comes to mind is that child's toy where you hammer shapes through a raised platform. Anyone else? Basic shapes seem so ... elementary - but they're everywhere! Look how these Historic Properties for Sale incorporate circles, squares, and triangles into their designs.

Java Head - Coral Gables, Florida

This historic landmark waterfront estate was built in 1936 for Dr. James Jude, one of the co-inventors of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (better known as CPR). Reminiscent of Art Moderne and Art Deco, the home and estate is comprised of three acres, which includes baynan trees, gardens, tennis court, pool, pool house with guest house, a four-car garage with separate apartment, and a 125 feet protected coral rock dock with direct ocean access. Pricetag: Contact Agent.

Clarkson-Watson House - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Meticulously and sensitively renovated by four architects in 2007-2008, the Clarkson-Watson House (circa 1740) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its links to American history are profound. It was owned in 1793 by Mayor of Philadelphia, Matthew Clarkson; Thomas Jefferson lived there during the summer of 1793 when he resided in Germantown to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged Old City Philadelphia; and the upstairs parlor was used as a meeting place by the Generals Washington, Knox, and Greene after the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Pricetag: $599,000

Fairlee Mansion - Catonsville, Maryland

This grand Victorian home on two and a half acres is located in Catonsville, Maryland, close to both Baltimore and Washington, DC. It features spacious rooms, high ceilings, extensive historic detailing, two staircases, a large wrap-around porch, custom fireplace mantels, in-law suite with kitchen, gorgeous wood floors, and much more. The historic Fairlee Mansion is one of the largest and most distinguished homes in Catonsville's Historic District. In addition to its historical significance, the Historic Fairlee Mansion served as a set for two episodes of Law & Order. Pricetag: $835,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He's imagining a basic shape right now. A rectangle. His bed. Snooze.

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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.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.