A Lot of House in the South
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Beautiful Old Homes For Sale Across America

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A Lot of House in the South
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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. But 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 years-old charmers across regions and budgets 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 interior
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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.

Midwestern Cottage exterior
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Midwestern Cottage
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Midwestern Cottage: A Peek Inside

If you can get past the dreamy exterior, you'll find a renovated interior straight out of an HGTV special, including fresh paint and dazzling tilework. Need more room? There's a guest house with its own kitchen and bathroom in the backyard.

Spanish-Style Stunner
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Spanish-Style Stunner

Mesa, Arizona
$899,900

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.

Urban Craftsman
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Urban Craftsman

Minneapolis
$599,999

This four-bedroom Craftsman built in 1914 just screams cozy and family-friendly, plus it's in walking distance to restaurants and shops.  

Urban Craftsman
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Urban Craftsman Porch: A Peek Inside

This home has all the wood trim and built-ins you would expect, an updated kitchen, a new deck, and a brick porch with a swing where you can chat up your neighbors and watch the world go by.

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
$850,000

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 stunner
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Lone-Star Retro

Austin, Texas
$1.24 million

"Mad Men" called, and it wants you to ogle this house, a three-bedroom mid-century modern home in Austin's well-heeled Tarrytown neighborhood. 

Lone-Star Retro
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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.

Bungalow Beauty
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Bungalow Beauty

Wichita, Kansas
$395,000

Low Midwestern cost of living means you can snag a historic gem like this three-bedroom, turn-of-the-century bungalow for less than $400,000. The backyard courtyard offers privacy and space to relax with friends and family.

Bungalow Beauty
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Bungalow Beauty: A Peek Inside

This house in the Sunflower State boasts a massive front porch, warm woodwork, an updated open kitchen, and a 925-square-foot master suite with skylights.

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.

Upstate Eye-Catcher
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Upstate Eye-Catcher

Rome, New York
$469,000
"Stately" might be the most fitting adjective for this five-bedroom home in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Outside, there's a large carriage-house garage, a wrap-around back porch, and a salt-water pool with a slide and an outdoor fireplace.

Upstate Eye-Catcher
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Upstate Eye-Catcher: A Peek Inside

Built in 1872, this home has loads of stained glass, exposed brick, a curved staircase, and plenty of built-ins, but recent updates have left the first floor surprisingly open and airy.

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

Cinnaminson, New Jersey
$689,999

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
$349,900

Tudor lovers will find plenty of options in Detroit, where the city's plentiful stock of historic homes is slowly being rehabbed.

Motor City Tudor
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Motor City Tudor: A Peek Inside

This three-bedroom home, built in 1931, retains its charming built-ins and hardwood floors, but the kitchen and bathrooms are thoroughly modern and on trend. There's also a Florida room and a fully fenced-in backyard.

postcard perfect
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Postcard Perfect

Danby, Vermont
$1.25 million
Does it get any more bucolic than this four-bedroom Federal-style farmhouse on a dirt road near the mountains? Built around 1800, the house has been updated while maintaining its historic character.  

Postcard Perfect  Danby, Vermont
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Postcard Perfect: A Peek Inside

This home's standout features include a family room with a vaulted ceiling, a dining room with wood beams and a massive stone fireplace, a pool, two ponds, a guest house, and a cherry-red barn.

Warm and Welcoming  Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Warm and Welcoming
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Warm and Welcoming: A Peek Inside

Built in 1890, this house has a homey wraparound porch, a light-filled foyer, a dining room with built-ins, an updated kitchen with an island, and a covered back porch. The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling, dual closets, and a huge modern bathroom with classic subway tiles.

Connecticut Classic
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Connecticut Classic

Guilford, Connecticut
$1.49 million

Renovated historic homes don't come cheap in Connecticut, but they sure are lovely to look at. This clean, classic four-bedroom Greek Revival dates to 1884 and has a 1,000-square-foot guest house ideal for the in-laws (or that 20-something you just can't seem to get rid of).  

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Connecticut Classic
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Connecticut Classic: A Peek Inside

The main house includes plenty of updates, like high-end kitchen appliances, a master closet worthy of a fashionista, and a family-room addition with vaulted ceilings.

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 back to 1780. Set on 30 acres bordering a nature conservancy and a national forest, this one is for the 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 Jose, California
$2,499,000
West Coast home prices are no joke, but neither is this pleasingly symmetrical four-bedroom bungalow, built in 1924. Outside, there's a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, and even a bocce ball court. 

Perfect Symmetry  San Jose, California
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Perfect Symmetry: A Peek Inside

Walkable to shops and restaurants, this California dream house boasts refinished oak floors, a wet bar, three gas fireplaces, and a gourmet kitchen that opens up to the family room.

Life at the Lake
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Life at the Lake
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Life at the Lake: A Peek Inside

Inside, you'll find wide wood-plank floors, wood beams, built-ins, a modern kitchen and family room, and even a sauna.

Tennessee Head-Turner
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Tennessee Head-Turner

Pulaski, Tennessee
$304,900
This cheerful yellow four-bedroom cottage, built in 1900, has turn-of-the-century charm in spades, including plantation shutters, three fireplaces, high ceilings, and crown molding. 

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

The home's modern kitchen has tall cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, and outside is a perennial garden and stone patio with a fire pit. Like butterflies? The yard is a registered waystation for monarchs.