Editor’s note: Homes in this article culled from listings on Realtor.com.
Take a journey across the country and back in time: Picture yourself in a five-bedroom, seven-bath, bluff-top home built in 1850 on the outskirts of Boston, or an antebellum manse with 12 fireplaces in downtown Savannah, Ga. Imagine life in a two-terraced, 1860-vintage triplex in downtown Manhattan, or a Gold Rush-era clapboard home in California’s Sierra foothills. Check out an East Texas cotton country bed-and-breakfast with retreat center, and a 7,000-square-foot, 151-year-old gem in the suburbs of Chicago near the shores of Lake Michigan.
The homes, which span the country and are listed for sale on Realtor.com, were built more than 150 years ago, between 1850 and 1861. If those walls could talk.
Most of the homes have been updated and remodeled — a Jacuzzi here, a luxury range oven there, an electronic-video security system in Manhattan — so a bit of the new world lives on in the old. At least two homes are certified historic places: a six-bedroom, stone-walled home built in 1852 near San Antonio, Texas, and a three-story, 10,000-square-foot Southern belle in Savannah, Ga. dating to 1857.
If you’re looking to own a piece of well-maintained history, it won’t be cheap. At $499,000, the Gonzales, Texas, home is your most affordable, and perhaps most quaint, option among these 10 homes. The small-town Sierra foothill clapboard goes for $750,000. The asking prices for the rest of the homes on the list are all above $1 million, with an eight-bedroom, 464-acre estate in Middleburg, Va., topping the list at $15.8 million.
Luckily, imagination, and history, is free. Enjoy the trip.
Location: Brookline, Mass.
|House size (sq. ft.)||9,300|
Location: Gonzales, Texas
|House size (sq. ft.)||5,677|
820 St. Louis St. Gonzales, Texas 78629 via realtor.com
Location: Middleburg, Va.
|House size (sq. ft.)||N/A|
39850 Snickersville Turnpike, Middleburg, Va. 20117 via realtor.com
Location: Savannah, Ga.
|House size (sq. ft.)||9,738|
20 W Gaston St., Savannah, Ga. 31401 via realtor.com
Location: Coupeville, Wash.
|House size (sq. ft.)||1,977|
502 NW Coveland St., Coupeville, Wash. 98239 via realtor.com
Location: New York, N.Y.
|House size (sq. ft.)||N/A|
22 Gramercy Park S, New York, N.Y. 10003 via realtor.com
Location: Washington, D.C.
|House size (sq. ft.)||3,800|
937 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 via realtor.com
Location: Round Top, Texas
|House size (sq. ft.)||2,440|
407 S. White St., Round Top, Texas 78954 via realtor.com
Location: Sutter Creek, Calif.
|House size (sq. ft.)||2,418|
13 Main St., Sutter Creek, Calif. 95685 via realtor.com
Location: Lake Forest, Ill.
|House size (sq. ft.)||7,066|
660 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Ill. 60045 via realtor.com
Inman News reporter Paul Hagey compiled this report.