211 W Lafayette Street
The Lockett-Martin, circa 1840
Source: Bill Mackey Real Estate
This is one gorgeous old house under $50,000. Look at the lovely yard of this four-bedroom, two-bath Alabama historic home! A wonderful front door with sidelights and transom leads you into a spacious center foyer with hardwood floors, high ceilings and stunning staircase. Built-ins, original lighting fixtures, original doors and trim, clawfoot tub and multiple fireplaces cry out, “Buy me!” What is really amazing is that the kitchen is not a gut special. As you well know, usually kitchens in homes at this price point are either non-existent or worthy of being in a house of horrors. In fact, this updated kitchen looks like a keeper.
As per the realtor: “Circa 1840 Lockett-Martin home is remembered for being the site of the making of the Stars and Bars. This flag was designed by Nicola Marschall and sewn here under the direction of Mrs. Napoleon Lockett.
The home is an L-shaped two-story frame structure on 1 3/4 acres with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 10-ft ceilings downstairs and 9.5-ft upstairs. Beautiful plaster medallions and heart pine floors are special features. On the National Register of Historic Places, located in the West Marion Historic District.”
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943 Monroe Ave Scranton, PA 18510
Even if you’re not interested in living here, you have to take a look at this 1930 Scranton, PA, Victorian fixer! The 5-bedroom, 1-bath home has so many hidden treasures! Imagine painting the exterior with complementary colors so the many details pop. The staircase is beautiful, as is the natural trim woodwork. But did you notice the pink and black tiled bathroom floor and the built-in in the upstairs hallway? Usually, houses of this type have unfinished attics, but this gem has a great staircase up to two lovely rooms, one with that amazing Palladian window. Now for the cellar. My eye immediately was drawn to the original kitchen cupboard and old porcelain sink that most likely was a part of the home’s original kitchen. You know what I’d do. I’d trudge them right back up to the kitchen and reinstall them. My husband also noticed that the basement has hardwood flooring. Wow!
See full listing here for Scranton, PA, Victorian fixer.
19340 COUNCIL ST, Melfa, Accomack County, VA 23410
For those looking for a simpler, slower lifestyle with plenty of fishing and boating opportunities, Virginia’s Delmarva Peninsula is the place to call home. Our family loved spending weekends and extended vacations here, and here is a circa 1910, 3-bedroom, 1-bath home smack in the middle of the peninsula. This well-built house needs work, but it could be a beauty. After stepping onto the gingerbread front porch, you are lead into a spacious foyer with a lovely staircase. Multiple fireplace mantels, hardwood floors, high ceilings, bullseye moldings and chair rails are some of the original details that are awaiting restoration. Chincoteague’s wild ponies, the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, historic Cape Charles, beautiful, blue-gold marshland, Blue Crow antique shop, El Maguey Mexican restaurant, some great thrift shops and hiking are at your fingertips.
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6335 Warren St, Mitchell, GA 30820
Feast your eyes on all the beautiful brick fireplace mantels in this Georgia fixer upper! There is one in every bedroom! Built in 1923, this brick Colonial Revival boasts five bedrooms and two baths, hardwood floors French doors and an original pantry cupboard to die for. (I already own a collection of drawer pulls to replace the missing hardware.) A lovely staircase, spacious rooms and a can’t-beat-that price tag spell B-U-Y-M-E!
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82 S Main St., Dolgeville, NY 13329
Doesn’t this fixer upper look picture perfect with a dusting of snow? This upstate New York foreclosure has three bedrooms, 2,5 baths and sits on .61 acres in the quaint town of Dolgeville. A wrap-around porch, beamed ceilings, stone fireplace, original trim and doors, built-ins and wood floors give this circa 1900 farmhouse a homey feel. The amazing staircase and stained glass window, however, are are the real stars of the show. With some needed renovations I’m sure 82 South Main could be made into a comfortable and charming home.
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506 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144
This Salisbury, North Carolina, historic house has been up for sale for over a year now. Back in November 2015, it was listed at $39,777, but has since been reduced to $24,777. This reduced North Carolina home was built in 1872 and boasts three bedrooms, one bath and more than a half acre of land. Multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, stunning staircase and original doors and trim are all the makings of a great restoration project. If you Google Map the property, you can see the improvements that have been made to the exterior. The outside was covered in brush before trees were removed and the home was given a new paint job and new roof. A mountain of work is still required, but what a beauty it could be! My daughter’s alma mater is Catawba College in Salisbury, and I can tell you it is a lovely town.
From the realtor: “The Historic Low House has had the first step of stabilization done-the outside. Now it needs YOU to update and renovate the inside to make it your own. Home needs substantial rehab & is not up to code; maintains original details such as bullseye molding, original doors, trim and mantles. New composition shingle roof and exterior primer/ paint were complete 2014 to stabilize home. Low House holds such promise and opportunity for those who love and understand what it takes to renovate a historic home. Come take a look for yourself, roll up your sleeves, and see the possibilities.”
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102 Brown St., Rutland, VT
This reduced Vermont fixer upper has great curb appeal! The exterior reminds me of the home my parents had on historic Willow Street in Islip, New York, after they became empty nesters. I love the gingerbread front porch and the attic window of this circa 1880 four-bedroom, two-bath dwelling. The inside is reminiscent of our collective grandma’s house, chock full of varying wallpapers, teapots and mail everywhere. It has a certain charm, however, despite the busy-ness. Note the original front door, hall wainscoting, beautiful staircase original interior doors and bullseye moulding. More wainscoting appears in the kitchen and original lighting fixtures are in almost every room. How about that clawfoot tub, butler’s pantry and lovely stained glass window? And is that Lincrusta I spy on the parlor ceiling?
As per the realtor: “REDUCED PRICE!!! Great two story, four bedroom, two bath home is priced to sell. This property features a living room, parlor, dining room and kitchen with a walk-in pantry. Beautiful stained glass window in the dining room. The 3 bedrooms and master bedroom with full bath and walk-in closet complete the second level. Open front and back covered porches. Being Sold “As Is”
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15 Chapel St., Canton, NY 13617
Break out the tools for this northern NY fixer upper! Built in 1880, you can see that this was a grand house in its day. It’s located in Canton, a college town. In fact, my husband went to school there. Don’t you just love the Empire roof, bay window and exterior woodwork? The interior details are equally impressive. Take a look at the exquisite corbels under the arched doorway, ornate ceiling medallions and original lighting fixtures. It is highly unusual to find a newel post lamp, but one that is still intact in a house at this price point is incredible. My husband always wanted one. The 3016-sq.-ft, three-bedroom, one-bath home requires a lot of work, but you have to admit, it could be a showstopper!
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331 Starrucca Creek Rd, Starrucca, PA 18462
If the vintage dump truck is included with this PA Victorian fixer upper I’m in! Seriously, you have got to Google Map this circa 1900 home. It is located in the sweetest little hamlet ~ a handful of lovely older homes and beautiful views of the hills. The rural setting draws me right in. The house itself has a great yard with mature plantings, front porch and multiple stained glass windows. Original trim, exposed brick in the breakfast area, decent kitchen and clawfoot tub are a few of its boastful features, and there has to be hardwood floors under the carpets. I’m going to end now, as I’m envisioning myself sitting on that back deck overlooking the peaceful, bucolic scene.
As per the realtor: “TURN OF THE CENTURY CHARMER – A very nice sized and charming home in the quaint borough of Starrucca in Northern Wayne County. Great as a primary residence or possible rental/investment. Living, Dining, Eat-in Kitchen, and Family room as well as 4 bedrooms and a full walk up attic. Covered front porch and nice back yard and deck too…”
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This large historic home in Wewoka, OK, was originally a doctor’s home and office. Built in 1920, this bank repo fixer upper is not in livable condition at the moment. According to the realtor, however, despite the necessary complete renovation, the location is good and the price is great! The 3738 square foot dwelling sits on a 75′ x 140′ corner lot. It features a wrap-around porch, three-over-one windows, five bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors and an original staircase that needs work. French doors, brick fireplace, original trim and interior doors, old porcelain sinks, transoms and a lovely second-floor landing give you some idea of what this house once was. The roof appears to be newer, but the electrical, heating and plumbing systems are suspect. It will be sold “as is” with a quit claim deed.
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And one for good luck!
3663 Dexter St., Blackville, SC 29817
Wow! A gorgeous antebellum with loads of original details on 1.2 acres!! This South Carolina house under $50,000 has a wrap-around porch, portico, transoms, hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, French doors, a stunning staircase and columned room divider. Right there, I’m hooked. Then you add cottage-style windows in a bay, a sunroom, high ceilings, original interior doors, trim and hardware, some unique ceilings, beadboard wainscoting, wide second floor hall and front and rear staircases and I’m a goner. Okay, so the kitchen is nonexistent. Here’s your chance to design your dream kitchen from scratch. Plus, get a load of that amazing butler’s pantry! And how about the door to nowhere?
As per the realtor: “Large and Gracious 2-Story Antebellum Home Built in 1892!! Home Boasts 5-6 Bedrooms Based on Use of Layout, Large Entrance Foyer, Living Room, Parlor w/Sunroom, Dining Room or Family Room, Butler’s Pantry, Front and Rear Staircases, Wrap Around Porch, Attached Carport, Rear Deck and All Situated on Special Corner Property Roughly 1.2 Acres in Size!! Home Had Been Updated at One Time but Currently in Disrepair…Work, Repairs and Renovations are Needed, but Lots of Value in This Very Special Property!!”
See full listing here for South Carolina house under $50,000.