Real Estate

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.

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Historic Properties for Sale: The Game of MASH Edition

Posted on: August 19th, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

 

No need for embarrassment. We all played MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House). You know, that game that predicts who you'll end up with, what kind of car you'll drive, what your job will be, and what kind of place you'll live in? I remember distinct moments on the playground and in carpool being so intrigued by what my future might hold. Because, duh, the game does have real-life epic powers of prediction... right?

Anyway, what better way to rehash those grand old days than to play the grown-up version with houses that are actually for sale??

 MANSION

The Starrett Mansion - Port Townsend, Washington


(Photo: Flickr user josema_a)

The Starrett Mansion overlooks the city and bay of Port Townsend, Washington. Built in 1889 by George Starrett for his beloved wife Anne, the house is also known as "the House of the Four Seasons" because of the frescoes that depict the four seasons hand painted on the cieling of the home's three story tower. Pricetag: $899,000

APARTMENT

New Raton Hotel Apartments - Raton, New Mexico

Now, of course this is a properties for sale post, so in the name of staying true to the game and the blog, this listing is an adapted hotel that contains three apartments - and a ground floor restaurant called the Santa Fe Cafe. Pricetag: $785,000

SHACK

Fachwerk Sunday HouseCastroville, Texas

Looking for a charming fixer upper with some acreage? This 1845 historic 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 633 square feet Alsacian-style fachwerk home boast 83 feet of Medina river frontage, and is located just 23 miles west of San Antonio. Pricetag: $179,000

HOUSE

Historic Ott Farm House - Raphine, Virginia

Located on ten acres of rolling pasture and adjacent to easement-protected land, the Ott Farm house was built in 1854 in the Carpenter Gothic style. The home is located only 45 minutes from Charlottesville and with its central AC and updated kitchen, is perfectly suited to modern family living. Pricetag: $495,000

So, which one did you get? The Queen Anne Victorian on the seaside of Washington state, the apartment in New Mexico, the (okay people it does have potential) shack in Texas, or the historically-beautiful house in Virginia? *Cue Jeapardy waiting music.* The mansion?! Lucky...

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If memory serves him right, he dreaded the "apartment" option as a child, yet now does, in fact, live in one.

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Historic Properties for Sale: Virginia Country Glamour Edition

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by David Garber

 

Today's highlighted Historic Properties for Sale all hail from that oh-so-wonderfully-American and oh-so-expensively-close-to-Washington-DC land called the Northern Virginia countryside.

Canterbury - Warrenton, Virginia
(Get ready for some serious glam country, folks.)

Called “One of the most beautiful homes in America" by the American and French Society of Architects after its completion in 1939, this majestic Georgian Revival home sits on 373 acres behind a mile-long private driveway.

Canterbury was modernized and restored to its original elegance in 2007. Pricetag: $14,500,000

Orange Hill - Marshall, Virginia

Built in 1801, this Georgian manor home sits on 200 acres in the prestigious Orange County Hunt.

As you can see, the home boasts gorgeous views of the countryside, and has that very Virginian foxhunts-and-boxwoods feel about it. Into horses? There's a 13-stall stable right on the property. Pricetag: $7,500,000

Pelham - Middleburg, Virginia

Pelham was built in 1878 and features whimsical design features of the Victorian age. As you can see, the home features a gracious front porch and cascading lawns that open up toward an expansive view of the Blue Ridge foothills.

The property contains a historic 6-stall barn with a wood paneled lounge area, exposed beams, heart of pine floors, built in shelves, half bath, kitchenette, and a cedar-lined storage room. Pricetag: $4,250,000

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He'd look into buying these houses, but then, he doesn't *quite* have the down-payment saved up.

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.