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One Dollar House: 100-year-old Craftsman in Joplin, MO

The St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Joplin, Missouri has a great offer for you:   A brick, circa 1908, Craftsman bungalow for just $1.  Yes, one dollar.  Of course, the catch is that you have to move the property to another location.  This historic property, which is located at 728 S. Byers Avenue, appears to be in terrific […]

The Boston Traditional Building Show – March 12-14

It’s the largest national event for tradespeople and enthusiasts interested in renovating, remodeling, and restoring historic homes, and this year it will be held in Boston from March 12th to the 14th. The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference offers a unique opportunity for more than 4,000 architects, contractors, builders, developers, planners, real estate professionals, and old-house owners to […]

Valentine-Varian House Museum – Bronx, NY

I thought that since it is Valentine’s Day, it was a good excuse to feature this unique historic house & promote the non-profits that operate this property as a museum. Blacksmith Isaac Valentine built this four-level fieldstone farmhouse in 1758 near the Boston Post Road. His property included a blacksmith shop, outhouses, farmland, and a number of […]

Swanky Historic House Tour – North of Chicago

Just after the New Year, we wrote about how more & more REALTORs host tours of historic houses as a unique marketing tool, as a way to attract buyers of historic homes.  (Read that post here).   Next week, near Chicago, five real estate agencies are collaborating to host an impressive historic house tour in the swanky […]

Spanish Custom House- No Reserve Auction Feb. 10

The Spanish Custom House, the oldest property on Bayou St. John, and among the oldest houses in New Orleans, will be sold at auction on February 10. There is no reserve and this may be a great opportunity for the right buyer to purchase a truly spectacular piece of history at an equally spectacular price. The […]

We Have a Winner- Million Dollar Historic Home for $50

Last week, we posted about a Remodeled Historic Log Home in Edgewater, Maryland being auctioned off for $50 a ticket. Just under 24,000 tickets were sold and on Friday at 5PM in the Westfields Mall in Annapolis, homeowner Tom Walters drew the balls from the hopper that would determine the winner.  Karen McHale of Idaho Springs, Colorado, a chemical […]

Happy 200th Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe… and the North Carolina Poe House for Sale.

Edgar Allan Poe, that master of the macabre and inventor of the detective-fiction genre, has a birthday coming up on Monday. It’s his 200th and many organizations are celebrating the Poe bicentennial. The International Edgar Allan Poe Society is building a community centered around the Edgar Allan Poe 200 site. Boston College is sponsoring “The Raven Returns […]

Historic Maryland Log Home for $50 ! (1 in 27,000 Raffle)

As selling houses gets to be more and more of a challenge, owners and agents are turning to more creative means of marketing property. One strategy that crops up whenever the market turns is a house raffle. Lotteries have been successful for centuries, drawing participants in with dreams of a low investment and a huge payoff. House raffles are no different. Most […]

Historic (and Notorious) Al Capone House For Sale – Chicago, IL

When you consider the concept of historic houses, perhaps gangsters are not the type of people that pop into your head.  We generally associate “historic” properties with grand architecture, or rustic post-and-beam homes, or perhaps even an old farmhouse that has withstood the storms of a century.  Yet there can be no doubt that the simple, two-story, working-class property that […]

Are You Going? . . . Philadelphia’s “Historic Home Show”

Next weekend, on January 16th, 17th, and 18th, the Greater Philadelphia Historic Home Show will attract historic house entusiasts from all over the country. Sponsored by Old House Interiors’ “Early Homes” Magazine, the show will feature 70 exhibits, including experts on architectural salvage, floor & wall coverings, sills & foundations, furniture restoration, millwork & mouldings, […]