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Beautiful Old Homes for Sale Across America

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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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Grand Portland Victorian
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Grand Portland Victorian: A Peek Inside

There is plenty of carved woodwork and stained glass throughout, but the kitchen, flooring, and HVAC are all updated. 

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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 wood trim and built-ins you would expect, but with a fresh white coat of paint that brightens the whole place. There's also an updated kitchen, a beautiful master bathroom, and a private backyard with a deck and fire pit.

Spanish-Style Stunner
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Spanish-Style Stunner

Mesa, Arizona
$850,000

This striking four-bedroom home in a historic district dates to 1906. Outside, you'll find a graceful porch and lush yard with a guest house.

Spanish-Style Stunner
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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 a Viking stove, built-in fridge, and a show-stopping carved cabinet. In the basement, there's a media room with surround sound.

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Twin Cities Charm
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Twin Cities Charm

St. Paul, Minnesota
$475,000

Unpretentious but immaculate, this four-bedroom Dutch colonial built in 1936 is perched on a corner lot in the leafy neighborhood of Highland Park. There's a brick patio and private courtyard, and it's walkable to shops, parks, schools and restaurants. 

Twin Cities Charm: A Peek Inside
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Twin Cities Charm: A Peek Inside

This home has an updated kitchen, a new deck, and a brick porch where you can dine al fresco.

Sprawling Stone Farmhouse
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Sprawling Stone Farmhouse

Downingtown, Pennsylvania
$1.1 million

The phrase "stone farmhouse" doesn't do this five-bedroom property outside Philadelphia justice. Renovated and expanded by Amish craftsmen around the original 1865 structure, it includes original stone walls and arches, wood beams, wood-burning fireplaces, and a glassed-in, illuminated well in the foyer.  

Sprawling Stone Farmhouse
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Sprawling Stone Farmhouse: A Peek Inside

The kitchen and bathrooms are thoroughly modern, and there's even a two-story, two-stall barn with its own water and electricity.

Mississippi Mansion
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Mississippi Mansion

Columbus, Mississippi
$795,000

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

Mississippi Mansion
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Mississippi Mansion: A Peek Inside

Built in 1860, this house includes several crystal chandeliers — even in the bathroom, over a claw-foot tub, of course — plus a fully renovated kitchen, a sweeping front staircase, and a lush walled garden. 

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

Highlights include a massive yard with a grape arbor surrounded by mature trees, a grand double-door entry, refinished original flooring, a renovated kitchen, eight fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings, and a carriage-house-style garage.

Lone-Star Storybook
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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.

Wild West Spirit
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Wild West Spirit
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Wild West Spirit: A Peek Inside

The home's renovated interior includes a kitchen and bathrooms with intricate new tilework, but exposed brick, generous trim, tall ceilings, built-ins, and stained glass remain. 

Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece
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Mid-Atlantic Masterpiece

Parkton, Maryland
$797,000

You'll find this elegant six-bedroom home, Hill House, up the highway from Baltimore. Built in 1850, it's on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds include perennial gardens, a deck and hot tub, an outbuilding, and lots of large trees.  

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

Hill House has been meticulously updated while maintaining original Second Empire features like a mansard roof, spiral staircase, elaborate fireplaces, and a stone cellar.

Grande Dame in the Big Easy
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Grande Dame in the Big Easy
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Grande Dame in the Big Easy: A Peek Inside

Shaded by mature trees, this classic Southern home features crystal chandeliers for days, 12-foot ceilings, a private courtyard with a tennis court, and a sweeping staircase that just begs for a grand entrance.

Buffalo Beauty
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Buffalo Beauty

Buffalo, New York
$650,000
"Stately" might be the most fitting adjective for this six-bedroom colonial 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
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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 white kitchen, a sun room, a master closet that can fit your entire wardrobe and then some, and a bonus office or playroom upstairs. Not enough space? The basement is partially finished, too.

A Wine Lover's Dream
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A Wine Lover's Dream

Cinnaminson, New Jersey
$630,000

Dating to 1797, the five-bedroom Sweetwater Homestead would be sweet indeed for a wine lover thanks to its massive wine cellar and tasting room. 

A Wine Lover's Dream
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A Wine Lover's Dream: A Peek Inside

 Wood beams and built-ins speak to this home's original charm, but a massive renovation has also added a thoroughly modern feel, with features including a spa-like master shower and a third-floor theater room.

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Mountain Gingerbread House
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Mountain Gingerbread House
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Mountain Gingerbread House: A Peek Inside

A thoughtful renovation has modernized this home's interior and added lots of floor space while keeping features like the original fireplaces.

Motor City Tudor
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Motor City Tudor

Detroit
$600,000

Tudor lovers will find plenty of options in Detroit, where the city's plentiful stock of historic homes is slowly being rehabbed. This stately five-bedroom in the Boston-Edison Historic District has curb appeal in spades, plus a backyard oasis with a large deck and a pond with a waterfall. 

Motor City Tudor
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Motor City Tudor: A Peek Inside

Built in 1925, the home retains its charming built-ins and hardwood floors, but the kitchen is thoroughly modern. There's also an updated master suite and a roomy basement rec room.

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.

Gorgeous Gothic
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Gorgeous Gothic: A Peek Inside
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Gorgeous Gothic: A Peek Inside

Restored by a preservationist, the home has a dining room with a custom bar, living spaces with gracefully arched trim, and a modern kitchen with granite countertops. There are warm wood floors throughout, and the bathrooms are updated.

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 includes fireplaces and French doors galore, and a formal dining room that is just begging to host the next big family Thanksgiving. A third-floor suite has vaulted ceilings, wood beams, and a swoon-worthy window seat. 

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

The home itself is full of pristine woodwork, elaborate wallpaper, stained glass, and grand chandeliers. The buyer may even get to keep much of the furniture, artifacts, and heirlooms at no cost.

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 Peoria, Illinois
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A Religious Experience
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A Religious Experience: A Peek Inside

The home's modern kitchen has high-end appliances, and there are other modern flourishes like a walk-in closet in the master. Outside, there's a brick patio and vegetable gardens.

Perfect Symmetry
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Perfect Symmetry

San Diego 
$1.73 million
West Coast home prices are no joke, but neither is this pleasingly symmetrical four-bedroom bungalow, built in 1930. Outside, there's a charming front porch, a gorgeous side deck ideal for indoor-outdoor living, and a small fenced yard perfect for pets and small kids.

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

This California dream house boasts an open floor plan, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and bright white wainscotting and trim. The master suite, a new addition, has a gleaming bathroom you may never want to leave. 

Maine Attraction
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Maine Attraction

Camden, Maine
$1.2 million

This classic four-bedroom estate, built in 1904, just screams "Maine," from its cedar shakes to its picket fence to its views of Penobscot Bay. There's also a gorgeous stream, and a deck with a hot tub and a gazebo.

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Maine Attraction: A Peek Inside
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Maine Attraction: A Peek Inside

The great room has soaring ceilings with beams and a stone fireplace, and the homey eat-in kitchen has tall cabinets and two show-stopping stoves — one old, one new. There's even a full bar.  

Tennessee Head-Turner
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Tennessee Head-Turner

Memphis
$255,000
This elegant three-bedroom Tudor cottage, built in 1930, is a lovely fusion of old and new at an affordable price. The arched windows, front door, and living-room ceiling give it a storybook feel.

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

The home's modern kitchen has butcher-block counters, shiny new appliances, and a farmhouse sink. With shiplap, exposed brick, and expert tile work, the modern bathrooms still have plenty of character.