Real Estate

Historic Real Estate: The Stone Home Edition

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by Emily Potter 3 Comments

 

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Hendrick Kip House -- Fishkill, New York

Built in 1753, the Hendrick Kip House is one of the oldest pre-revolutionary homesteads in Duchess County, New York. It once served as the headquarters for Baron von Steuben, a Major General during the Revolutionary War. Today the stone country estate sits fully restored on 50 acres. Price tag: $779,000

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Historic 1750 Stone House -- Saugerties, New York

Carefully restored features such as exposed beams, wide Kingsboard floors, a nine-foot hearth, and hand-forged hardware make this home elegant and unique. Breathtaking mountain views surround the home and its three-car garage, horse barn, and outdoor heated pool. It is currently a vacation rental. Price tag: $995,000

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French Country Stone Cottage -- Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

Reminiscent of a French country chateau, this oval stone cottage overlooks the beautiful Lackawaxen River, made famous by author Zane Grey, known for his adventure novels about the American frontier, such as Riders of the Purple Sage. Private beach frontage and a screened-in gazebo offer easy access to idyllic views. Price tag: $549,000

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 

After you’ve researched your historic home’s history and determined whether you’re restoring or rehabilitating it, you can start planning your project. As we showed in the previous toolkit, you can take on as many or as few aspects of planning as your little home-owning heart desires. But no matter who helms the project, planning should include these integral steps.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Historic Real Estate: The Doctor’s House Edition

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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Rear view of Grandview Estate in Nashville, Ill.

Grandview Estate -- Nashville, Illinois

This beautiful Italianate home in the quaint town of Nashville, Illinois was carefully and lovingly restored by previous owners Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson. The house’s 4,000 square feet include five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a breakfast nook, and two parlors. Price tag: $450,000... Read More →

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

[10 on Tuesday] Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

Once you've decided whether you need to restore or rehabilitate your historic house, the next step is deciding whether you want to DIY-it or hire a professional.

Taking on a restoration or rehabilitation project can be enjoyable if you like hands-on work, whereas hiring a professional can save you time. Or, you might want to do a little of both, where you work on the projects you’re passionate about and contract experts to finish the rest.

Whatever approach you take, the decision involves knowing how much time and money you want to spend, what your interests are, and what skills you’re looking to hire someone for. This toolkit explains different types of professionals who can help you, plus important things to consider before hiring them.... Read More →

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 

Last week, after completing our series on how to buy a historic house, we embarked on the next step in the process: deciding whether to restore or rehabilitate your home. Once that’s decided, the fun really begins, since it involves playing detective. There are clues all around to what your house may once have looked like; you just need to know where to look.

We covered the go-to-the-library angle before in our 10 Ways to Research Your Home’s History toolkit, so today we’ll look more closely at what your house and its immediate surroundings might be trying to tell you. ... Read More →

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.