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Old 08-09-2020, 10:25 AM
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I came across the website www.cheapoldhouses.com today. I can’t stand new construction. I love the architecture of old homes. I bought an old home that was a complete gut and remodel and have thoroughly enjoyed bringing it back to life.

I want to buy so many of the homes listed

I am especially in love with this house.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5...9989408_zpid/?


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Old 08-09-2020, 10:29 AM
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Thanks for posting! I can't wait to check it out!

I love old homes, too! I love the construction and I actually don't like open floor plans, so old homes are more my style. I also love the charming, non-cookie-cutter-ness (haha, new word!) of old homes. I do appreciate when old homes are some what up-to-date with decoration, but of course that can always be changed if it's not.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:30 AM
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I admire your drive, Jackie. Even though itís practically free, I canít imagine taking on the amount of work that house needs.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:34 AM
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Amiga,

That remodel is way out of my league lol! However, I can totally picture what it could look like. I wish I had the ability (and money) to fix it up.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:34 AM
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The city owns something like 80 homes for back taxes, which get auctioned off. Lots of places for sale for under $60K.


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Old 08-09-2020, 10:49 AM
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Jackie- Being able to picture what it could like like is a true talent. When we were house shopping I couldnít do that. We bought a house that someone had perfectly cleaned, had all the lights on, and had music playing. The only thing they left out was baking cookies.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:49 AM
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I love looking at old houses. That one would be amazing if it was restored. I canīt help thinking they would be haunted though.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:56 AM
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The wood work in that home is charming. Beautiful wood work of days gone by.

But the practical side of me can not imagine dusting and polishing that staircase to keep it pretty. I do appreciate that others want to restore homes like this one however. Perhaps I could enjoy its loveliness on a home tour.
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:00 AM
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I bet it would take over a million dollars to restore that place to it's former glory. It would be a beautiful place when done, but quite the undertaking!
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:01 AM
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https://circaoldhouses.com/


I love looking at old houses.


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Old 08-09-2020, 11:12 AM
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I love older, unique homes, too. That house would make a great bed and breakfast inn if it's in a nice area. But it would cost a fortune to restore first. How sad that its owner let the roof deteriorate to the point of damaging the whole house.
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:15 AM
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Just noticed on Zillow it was sold a few days ago for $38k! Iím going to bookmark the address. Iím hoping it will be saved and restored. It is truly a diamond in the rough.

Claire, I also thought of the possibility of it being haunted, especially with itís history of being part of the Underground Railroad.
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:18 AM
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I also think about what it would cost to paint that exterior every few years and to insure it from fire damage. $$$$$ I'm just too practical I guess. Or maybe budget aware. But they are beautiful homes!
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:21 AM
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I also think about what it would cost to paint that exterior every few years and to insure it from fire damage.
You’d be surprised-not as bad as you think! My home was originally wood shingles. We had gotten estimates for having the home repainted. If I had the chance to restore that home I would replace the wooden shingles with vinyl shake. It would keep the look of the wooden shingles but without the maintenance of the wood.
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:42 AM
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Loved the indoor swimming pools!
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:43 AM
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watching Johnny Carson on late night welcoming Dolly Parton. He compliments her outfit and she replies..It takes a lot of money to dress this cheap.

The same is true about homes. It takes a lot of money to fix "cheap" old homes.

Both my DS and DD have bought older "cheap" homes (both over 100 years old) and it does take a goodly sum to fix them up, restore them and keep them in good condition.

They are well worth it if you love the feel and the history of older homes.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:10 PM
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I like to look at old houses, but seeing their potential and bringing them back to life is beyond me. I don't have the vision nor the reconstruction capabilities needed to do so. All I can see are the disadvantages of owning an old house. DD#2 bought a house built in 1921, and she and husband have been working on it for 9 years. They will likely be at it for another 10 years. They've gone through so much bureaucracy and so many headaches with a flooding and moldy basement, termites in the wood, unexpected repairs and so on, and I think they secretly regret buying the house.


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The only thing they left out was baking cookies.
wildflowerz, you'd be surprised at all the tricks real estate agents employ to make potential buyers feel like they've stepped into their dream house. And having freshly baked cookies straight out of the oven is one of those tricks.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:11 PM
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Our home was built in 1923. All the floors are original hardwood with all oak trim and windows. We have tried to keep a lot of the furnishings period and the same style. It is a bungalow. 80% of our furniture is antique with most of it having been recovered a time or two. It costs as much to do that as new furniture but this stuff is indestructible.

When I moved in every wall was covered with faux wood paneling. The ceilings were covered with glued on tiles and the floors had green 70ís carpet. We are 95% renovated with a giant addition that is seamless to the original house.

I love old homes but they are a lot of work.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:12 PM
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I love old houses. Mine is not that old. Built in 1949. It was originally in the middle of an orange grove and the grove manager lived in it. It was rebuilt on the inside in 1999. Restoration was about $150,000.

A more extravagant house nearby was up for sale for many years. The out of state owners allowed it to deteriorate to the point where the second and third stories collapsed. It was purchased last year as a tear down for $600,000. The new owners are finishing up the new house which looks like a 1910 farmhouse on the outside. It is really pretty. Hope I get a chance to see the inside when itís done
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:32 PM
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I love the charm and uniqueness of older homes too but unless I had a team of workers to get it done in a few months I wouldn't take on the task. Some workers of very old homes would need to be highly specialized and these talented people are hard to find around here. I'd love to see what that home looks like after the work is done.
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Old 08-09-2020, 01:17 PM
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I love the outside of the house and the beauty of the inside. I can just imagine what the restoration would do for this home. I have a cousin who is an architect and works in restoration of homes. I am sad that the owners did not take care of the home, and allowed it to come to such disarray. Whoever bought is lucky to have that home, if they restore it.
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