Real Estate

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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Historic Properties for Sale: Under $200K Edition

Posted on: September 2nd, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

As much as I love profiling grandiose homes with foyers the size of my entire apartment, backyard pools overlooking rolling countryside, and platinum chandeliers dripping with crystal, I figured it was time to swoop down from dream-land this week and rest my feet on the cold yet comforting solid ground of reality. Fact of the matter is, not everyone has 11 million to spend on a house they found reading blogs on a Friday afternoon.

Oliver House - Milton, North Carolina

Built around 1845, the historic Oliver House was renovated according to Department of Interior and historic restoration guidelines. The home boasts three fireplaces, original mantels and moldings, as well as a second-floor screen porch. Pricetag: $125,000

Picturesque Italianate - Independence, Missouri

This 2,146 square foot house is move-in ready but awaiting your personal style and touch. Built in 1886 and located one block east of the Vaile Mansion - which is considered to be one of the best examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture - this home also features a one-bedroom backyard guest house. Pricetag: $99,900

Hudson Valley Hamlet Home - Claverack, New York

Located on one acre of land and within walking distance to the local library and grocery store, this center-staircase 1820 home still has much of its original interiors and hardware, a two-car garage, and new standing-seam metal roofs. Pricetage: $189,900

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He enjoys tangy frozen yogurt, good music, and long walks on the beach.

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Historic Properties for Sale: The Real Houses of New Jersey Edition

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by David Garber

 

New Jersey gets a bad rap. I hate to say it, but these days it's probably best known in everyday conversation for the Jersey Shore. And I ain't talkin' about the beach. (For those so fortunately out of the know as to have missed that reference, there's a "reality" TV show about a bunch of rowdy kids that invade the shore every summer. You aren't missing anything.) And the it's-too-hard-to-watch-yet-I-can't-peel-my-eyes-away Real Housewives of New Jersey comes in a close second, also managing to smear (or rather completely graffiti over) the reputation of this original colony state.

Anyway, I figured it was time to really put the spotlight on this beautiful Garden State. Please try to ignore the reality shows. Here are a few listings that show "the Jerz"'s more serene and stately side.

Riverside Estate - Middletown, New Jersey

How can you go wrong with a description like this? "A long, winding tree-lined drive leads to this exquisite canvas, richly colored by lushly landscaped grounds, towering specimen trees and beautiful plantings.  This lavish estate, occupying 12 prime acres and spanning over 650 feet of pristine waterfront is gracefully perched atop a picturesque terraced bluff, offering the ultimate privacy and sweeping views of the Navesink River.  The shore line includes a sandy beach, dock and five acre Riparian Grant. "

Pricetage: $10,999,999

Nathaniel Smith House - Middletown, New Jersey

This 18th century center chimney saltbox was erected in Massachusetts in 1732, dismantled and then restored and moved to this beautiful setting in the 1960s. Originally a toll house, this home has been restored with many of its antique features intact.

Pricetag: $1,199,000

 Jacob C. Allen HouseHackettstown, New Jersey

This beautiful Italianate home features walk-in closets in every bedroom (listing the most important features first, of course), a conservatory, ponds, an in-ground pool, original hardwood floors throughout, period lighting, high ceilings, crown moulding, and a garage.

Pricetag: $615,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is, quite possibly, driving through the great state of New Jersey as you read this. See yesterday's blog post.

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.