- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
My DH and I live in a house built in 1814, and I love it! It has its challenges, but it also has so much charm and an interesting history (built originally by a big mill family in the town, and then was a church rectory for many decades)!
I would love to see pictures if you feel comfortable sharing! Totally understand if you don’t. We were going to look at an old church that was converted into a house, but our realtor scared us with re-sale worries.
I still think about it
I would never live in one, but that is because I grew up in a haunted house (built in the 1910’s) and it was pretty creepy. My mother always made us look at old farm houses and there was one in particular that she almost bought that was almost as creepy as our house at the time. Fortunately we ended up in a 1960’s ranch haha.
That having been said, I currently live in a house that was built in 1927 by my SO’s great grandparents that he completely redid. I know for a fact his grandfather died in it, but I have no creepy feelings what so ever!
Our house isn’t as unique/cool looking as some rectories, probably because it wasn’t originally built to be a rectory. I don’t have many pictures on my computer (we just moved in a couple months ago), but here is one of the outside:
I also really love the ceiling in the dining room…this is a picture from the listing that doesn’t do it justice, but it’s really ornate. It was tin, originally, and I’d love to restore that, but am afraid to totally ruin it.
There’s also fun things like old pocket doors, hidden cabinets, some stained glass, etc. The attic isn’t finished, but is huge with a really cool layout and an eyebrow window. I’m dying to finish it and turn it into a library/family room–someday! 🙂
Nope. Too many hidden costs and updating with old homes, IMO. I like my house modern and clean! And ghost free, lol.
OMG I love old brick farmhouses like these!
I love looking at them when I’m driving in the middle of nowhere.
That second one is gorgeous! Most of the houses in my neighborhood are early 1900’s. The one my dh and I bought is from 1901 and I love it! Surprisingly, he and my younger brother got our CA king mattress up to the finished attic (our bedroom) with not much trouble.
The house I grew up in was built in 1903, and the one I currently live in was built in 1890. I also lived in a very old house for a time which was built in the very early 1800s.
The most recently built house I ever lived in was a flat built in the late 1970s. I also lived in a shared house dating from about 1930.
I didn’t find differences in maintainance/repair at all. A well maintained house is a well maintained house… we have had to do a lot of work on our house, but that’s because a DIY nut tried to do it up in the early 2000s, so we are basically having to rip out everything he did and redo it properly.
The quality of the build is definitely better in older houses, IME. No sticking problems to deal with, either.
I would buy either of those in a flash! Aside from foundations, anything else can be dealt with. I grew up in a 1890s Victorian farm house and I’m slowly mourning the dream of buying a historical home. Fiance and I are being relocated to a newer Southern city where “new new new” is preferred and many of the older homes have been torn down for new construction. Anything old enough to survive the “purge” is two to three times anything we’ll every be able to afford. “Old” houses in are price range are Korean War-era base housing…sorry but no lol.
What I love about older east coast houses is the emphasis on the kitchen as a great room. You don’t find that in the South because they don’t want to keep the extra heat like northern households, and newer construction often has kitchens that are open to a great room, but a living room rather than a dining area.
Fiance and I will probably build to mimic an older northern house to suit our tastes and needs. I do wish I could give TLC to an older home like the ones you posted though! What a dream! At my parents, I always washed the wood floors by hand and repainted all the crown moulding myself. New woods floors don’t have nothin’ on original hardwoods. I have laminate and it’s just not the same. Plaster work, resashing windows, etc. all take dedication, but in my experience the maintenance on an older home can be very cost effective. For instance, if a window pane breaks, you only replace a small pane, not the whole thing. Storm windows and screens are replaced in the same manner. Bathroom fixtures are usually indestructible piping, not the PVC piping that’s prone to cracking or leaking in harshly cold weather. Same thing with replacing patches of plaster instead of entire sheets of dry wall.
As to your concerns about spirits and such, you will know the second you walk into a house whether the energy is good or bad. If you’re concerned, ask to read the abstract for the house. For an eastern state, the abstract should include land titles back to the original colonial land patent. With a little digging, and perhaps some help from a historian, you should be able to trace the families that lived there and check for any deaths on the property, strange incidents, etc. I actually traced the house I grew up in. The first boy who lived there was born precisely 100 years before me!
Good luck with your house hunt! 1900 is a perfect year between modernization and older construction!
I love old houses! The are I live in has a bunch built in the 1700 and 1800’s and maybe some even earlier. I don’t believe in ghosts or anything so I wouldn’t worry about it being haunted. However I would worry about the repairs and updates that would eventually need to be taken care of. So I would only buy an old house if I could comfortably afford tomproperly care for it.
The house we just purchased was built in 1910. We lucked out in that the former owners painstakingly restored (original moldings, floors, fire places, vents etc) and upgraded the house (windows, insulation, wiring, a/c… The basement is bone dry.) Any work we have to do is purely cosmetic and fun.. My house prior to this was a new build and that one couldn’t hold a candle to the solidness and character of my current home.
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