I've noticed recently that my colleague who has been writing the weekly real estate post has mentioned a few times that he wants to do a post all about listings on the West Coast. I thought this seemed like a splendid idea, so when it fell to me to pull together today's post, I immediately picked up on that topic. And then I began perusing the Historic Properties for Sale site and discovered why he'd been avoiding the left coast... he had already covered nearly all the listings we had.
Thinking there simply had to be more options, I expanded my search beyond the lower 48, since Alaska and Hawaii have coastline too, and as such could be stretched to fit the theme, but there were no listings for our non-contiguous friends, either. Feeling increasingly desperate, I looked at the other three states served by our Western Office (Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona) and again found nothing. I'm not gonna lie: This left me staring at my computer in confusion.
Now, I have as much East Coast bias as any person raised in the great state of New York and currently living in Washington, DC can have (which is, um, a lot) but you can't tell me there are no fabulous historic properties out West. I know there are!
And then I remembered the site is still fairly new and we're in growth mode, so I thought I'd switch things up and aim today's post not at buyers, but at sellers - and their realtors. We truly want the Historic Properties for Sale website to be a great resource for people who love living and working in historic buildings, but we can't do it without having listings that span the entire country. If you're selling your house, please encourage your realtor to list it on the site, and if you're in the business of selling property yourself, well, please consider including all the historic properties you're representing. Oh, and if you've been putting it off because George Washington didn't sleep there or because the listing is not on the National Register, there's no need to worry - those are not our criteria. The building just needs to be 50 years or older.
I'm told by those who know such things that our online advertising rates (starting at $60 for two months) are really quite reasonable. Also, unlike other property listing sites, this one benefits preservation. That's right - revenue from the site helps support our work here at the National Trust. You can sell houses and help save places at the same time - not a bad deal at all!
If you've read this far, thank you for putting up with a pitch for more listings in the spot where your weekly dose of lovely houses usually lives. I'm doing this for you, I swear. More listings = more pretty places for us all to drool over.
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If she had a house to sell you can bet that a) it would be historic and b) she'd list it on the Historic Properties for Sale site. For reals.