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Beautiful Old Homes for Sale Across America

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Small-Town Stunner
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For some homebuyers, older homes conjure nightmares of pricey problems like bad plumbing, leaky roofs, creaking floors, and cracked foundations. For others, they have the warmth and history that newer homes simply can't replicate. Even if you'd never buy one, homes that have proudly survived the decades are just plain fun to explore. Here, we've rounded up some charmers across regions and budgets — including some dating back to the 18th century — so you can satisfy that turret-shaped hole in your heart.


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Grande Dame Victorian
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Grand Dame Victorian: A Peek Inside
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Grand Dame Victorian: A Peek Inside

The home’s centerpiece is a gleaming spiral staircase. There are intricate painted ceilings and carved woodwork throughout, not to mention period fixtures and fir flooring. 

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Midwestern Craftsman
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Midwestern Craftsman: A Peek Inside
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Midwestern Craftsman: A Peek Inside

This home has all the gleaming wood trim and built-ins you would expect, but a renovation has freshened up everything, including the all-important kitchen and bathrooms. A double-sided fireplace is the heart of the home. 

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Spanish-Style Stunner
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Spanish-Style Stunner

Phoenix 

$2.5 million

This striking four-bedroom home in a historic district dates to 1928. Outside, you'll find a graceful balcony and lush yard with tall palms, not to mention an outdoor fireplace and a resort-worthy pool and spa. 

Spanish-Style Stunner: A Peek Inside
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Spanish-Style Stunner: A Peek Inside

Renovated but still charming, this home has gleaming wood trim and an updated kitchen with high-end appliances galore. Wood beams add warmth, and folding glass doors help open the breakfast room and kitchen onto the patio and pool. 

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Dutch Colonial Charm

Park Ridge, Illinois

$549,900

Unpretentious but immaculate, this three-bedroom Dutch colonial built in 1925 is on a shady, winding street. There's a large back deck, and the large trees afford plenty of privacy.

Dutch Colonial Charm: A Peek Inside
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Dutch Colonial Charm: A Peek Inside

Wood floors, crown molding, and a fireplace leave plenty of warmth, but an updated kitchen and family room add modern practicality. There’s even a butler pantry with a wine chiller.


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Sprawling Stone Farmhouse
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Sprawling Stone Farmhouse: A Peek Inside
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Sprawling Stone Farmhouse: A Peek Inside

Four fireplaces, wood beams, and exposed stone walls are a testament to this home’s longevity, and the painted walls in the formal dining room are textbook early Americana. 

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Mississippi Mansion

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

$550,000

If you've always longed for a porch worthy of a rocking chair and a tall glass of sweet tea, this five-bedroom mansion with its striking red roof can more than play the part.

Mississippi Mansion: A Peek Inside
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Mississippi Mansion: A Peek Inside

Built in 1903, this house includes several crystal chandeliers and gleaming woodwork, including nine impressive gas fireplaces and a sweeping staircase. 

Small-Town Stunner
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Small-Town Stunner: A Peek Inside
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Small-Town Stunner: A Peek Inside

Highlights include a large yard with a fire pit, hand-scraped hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings with crown molding, and a custom kitchen with a tin ceiling, Edison lights, and exposed brick. 

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Lone-Star Storybook

Amarillo, Texas
$520,000

With its dramatic roofline, arched windows, and brick walkway, this dreamy mint four-bedroom cottage built in 1931 has a definite storybook feel.

Lone-Star Storybook: A Peek Inside
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Lone-Star Storybook: A Peek Inside

If you can get past the exterior, you'll find tons of charm inside. There are four fireplaces, three large living areas, an updated kitchen, and a formal dining room with a crystal chandelier. The master suite has vaulted ceilings and skylights.

Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece
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Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece

Middletown, Delaware

$469,000

You'll find this elegant six-bedroom Italianate a little over an hour south of Philadelphia. Built in 1884, it's on the National Register of Historic Places and has an inviting brick courtyard in the back plus the roomy front porch. 

Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece: A Peek Inside
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Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece: A Peek Inside

Though it still has many period features like a mansard roof, oak fretwork, stained glass, and plaster medallions, this home has been updated where it counts. The kitchen was updated in 2019 with granite and stainless steel, and there is a recent family-room addition. 

Blue in the Big Easy
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Blue in the Big Easy: A Peek Inside
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Blue in the Big Easy: A Peek Inside

A stunning fireplace, columns, and statement chandeliers anchor the living and dining rooms, and the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. There’s even original artwork throughout the space.

Buffalo Beauty
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Buffalo Beauty

Buffalo, New York

$779,000

"Stately" might be the most fitting adjective for this classic four-bedroom on a well-manicured street in Buffalo. It's also close to historic Delaware Park, home to the Buffalo Zoo, Shakespeare performances, and plenty of scenic spots for a stroll.

Buffalo Beauty: A Peek Inside
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Buffalo Beauty: A Peek Inside

Built-ins, French doors, and hardwood floors grace the understated but elegant interior. There's a modern kitchen, a lovely formal dining room, third-floor bonus space, and even an in-ground pool out back. 

Motor City Tudor
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Motor City Tudor

Detroit 

$400,000

Tudor lovers will find plenty of options in Detroit, where the city's plentiful stock of historic homes is slowly being rehabbed. This stately four-bedroom in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood has curb appeal in spades, plus a large back deck and a shady yard.

Motor City Tudor: A Peek Inside
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Motor City Tudor: A Peek Inside

Built in 1928, the home retains its elegant arches and ceilings, but the kitchen has been updated and has a cozy breakfast nook. The master bedroom is spacious and has its own fireplace and ensuite bathroom.  

Postcard Perfect
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Postcard Perfect: A Peek Inside
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Postcard Perfect: A Peek Inside

This home's standout features include a dining room with crystal chandeliers, a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a large island, and a cozy sitting room with a fireplace and exposed brick.

Connecticut Classic
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Connecticut Classic: A Peek Inside
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Connecticut Classic: A Peek Inside

Renovated but still charming, the house is light and bright with a stunning kitchen, light-filled sun porch, and original wide-plank wood flooring. The master bedroom boasts a bathroom with a massive shower and radiant heated flooring. 

A Lot of House in the South
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A Lot of House in the South: A Peek Inside
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A Lot of House in the South: A Peek Inside

The home itself is full of pristine woodwork, elaborate wallpaper, a sweeping staircase, and grand chandeliers. There are seven fireplaces, a library, an updated kitchen, and a butler’s pantry. 

Revolutionary-Era Cabin
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Revolutionary-Era Cabin

Hot Springs, Virginia
$749,000

Travel back in time — way back — with this three-bedroom cabin dating to 1780. Set on 30 acres bordering a nature conservancy and a national forest, this one is for outdoorsy types who still need their creature comforts. 

Revolutionary-Era Cabin
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Revolutionary-Era Cabin: A Peek Inside

A modern renovation has kept the home's original foundation, hand-hewn logs, ceiling beams, and chimney while adding an airy family room, an outdoor shower, and more. 

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A Religious Experience

Red Wing, Minnesota

$599,000

Looking for something a little different? This Lutheran church built in the 1880s has been converted into a show-stopping three-bedroom, but the arches and 22-foot ceilings mean it still has a regal feel. 


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A Religious Experience: A Peek Inside
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A Religious Experience: A Peek Inside

The main level is almost completely open, with a lofted bedroom the kids will probably fight over. Downstairs, there’s another massive living area perfect for a rec space that has its own kitchen and bar. 

Perfect Symmetry
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Perfect Symmetry

Oakland, California

$1.8 million

West Coast home prices are no joke, but neither is this pleasingly symmetrical four-bedroom Georgian, built in 1921. Outside, there's a lovely view from the balcony and backyard, and everything has been professionally landscaped. 

Perfect Symmetry: A Peek Inside
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Perfect Symmetry: A Peek Inside

This California dream house has been renovated to the extreme with light and bright rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and warm wood floors. The master suite has a gleaming bathroom you may never want to leave, complete with a clawfoot tub and a glass shower enclosure.

Isle Au Haut, Maine
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Maine Attraction

Isle Au Haut

$2 million

The beach experience in Maine is more rocks and pines than sand and palms, but you’ll be in once you lay eyes on this postcard-perfect light keeper’s home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s a two-bedroom guesthouse, and don’t worry about the lighthouse — it’s automated and maintained by the town.

Isle Au Haut: A Peek Inside
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Maine Attraction: A Peek Inside

This four-bedroom has all the charm you’d expect from a turn-of-the-century home, from warm wood floors to a dining room with a kerosene chandelier and lighthouse views. The large kitchen has two gas ranges and granite countertops. 


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Tennessee Head-Turner

Cleveland, Tennessee

$998,000

This elegant six-bedroom home, built in 1930, is a lovely fusion of old and new. An expansive back patio with a fountain has a storybook feel, and there’s plenty of room for your wheels in the detached three-car garage that even has its own apartment.

Tennessee Head-Turner: A Peek Inside
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Tennessee Head-Turner: A Peek Inside

The formal dining room is big enough for years of Thanksgivings to come, and the modern eat-in kitchen with a butler’s pantry offers more than enough space for all the prep work — and it even has its own cozy fireplace.