Top 10 Old Houses Under $50,000 ~ August 2016 Edition

Some great old houses are out there under $50,000, just waiting for your love and attention!

145 North St., Catskill, NY 12414



I love this circa 1900 home! The windows are simply amazing. Look at the interior and exterior details around the windows. Don’t you just love it? Hardwood floors, a gorgeous staircase, cast iron radiators, original trim,  lovely fireplace mantel with green tiles, nooks and crannies everywhere call my name. I didn’t show the kitchen, because you’ll definitely have to redo it, but if you Google Map the house, you’ll see that it’s on a dead end street opposite a green vacant lot. Check out the old cast iron fencing, too.


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Cheatham Family Farm

5189 Dorsey Rd., Oxford, NC 27565



  • 3,828 square feet
  • Lot Size: 1.01 acres / Zoning: AR


Cathleen Turner , Regional Director
Preservation NC, Piedmont Office

“This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the same family. The 1870 tower addition distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County. With spacious rooms and a lovely landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat. It is less than an hour to RDU, 1 hour to Raleigh, 30 minutes to Durham or Wake Forest, just minutes from charming downtown Oxford, and 3 miles from Vance-Granville Community College. There are numerous opportunities for recreation, as this historic farmhouse is located between Falls Lake and Kerr Lake.

Area Information

The Town of Oxford was described a century ago as one of the prettiest towns in the state, and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. Today it remains an attractive example of small-town living with historic buildings situated on broad, beautifully shaded streets and a vibrant downtown. There are several locally-owned businesses, museums and cultural centers, and festivals and events year-round, including movie nights, Alive After Five events and a Farmer’s Market. Several parks and recreational amenities are located in or around Oxford with sports fields and leagues for adults and children, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a skateboard park, and horseback riding. Access to five different lakes including Kerr Lake (20 minutes) and Lake Gaston (50 minutes) offer fishing and boating. Located only 30 minutes from Durham, Oxford is also convenient to Research Triangle Park (35 minutes), Brier Creek (35 minutes) and Raleigh (50 minutes), several colleges and universities, major medical centers, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (45 minutes).

Architectural & Historical Information

This picturesque rural farmhouse was built early in the 19th century with successive stylistic updates by generations of the Cheatham family. The earliest section was built in 1800 by James and Katherine Cheatham as a modest 1.5-story dwelling that now serves as the rear addition. Their son James constructed the tall mid-nineteenth century section with spacious rooms divided by a wide central hall and grand staircase. This otherwise symmetrical Greek Revival façade was updated once more by the next generation, another James, with the addition of a 3-story tower and 2-story front gable ell, enhanced by an expansive porch with sawnwork brackets and turned balustrade that distinguishes the Cheatham Family Farm house as a rare example of the Italian Villa style in Granville County.

The spacious rooms within are further enhanced by simple yet refined woodwork including geometric post-and-lintel mantels, flush-board and paneled wainscot, plaster walls, an open-string staircase with octagonal railing, flat angled door and window surrounds, paneled doors, and wood floors throughout. Other features include 6-over-9 sash windows, three chimneys with finely pointed common brick bond, and beaded clapboard siding, all resting on an imposing stone foundation.

With 11 spacious rooms and a lovely picturesque landscape, this 19th century gem will make a fine country retreat, and more acreage is available for purchase, if desired (at an additional price). The house was rented out just a few years ago, but will require a complete rehabilitation including HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, new bathrooms and kitchen, some restoration carpentry and roof work, not to mention new paint.” As per North Carolina Preservation.

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2016-05-Cheatham-Family-Farm-12.jpg1164 Terrace St.,Muskegon, MI 49442



You’ll have to be a workaholic with a wad of cash for this one, but boy will it be worth it! Apparently, the owners have pretty much gutted this circa 1906 Victorian, leaving the beautiful wooodwork, pocket doors and double staircases intact. Some work has been started on the kitchen and one of the four and a half baths. Note the two sleeping porches, the beadboard attic and the ornately carved newel posts!

Three-story Victorian is waiting for you to complete the renovation project. The home has newer roof and siding was recently repaired and painted. The porches and balconies have new tile floors. The electrical work is completed on main floor. Some plumbing is completed. Some insulation and drywall is installed. The original woodwork is intact. There are two staircases and a full basement.”

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300 N Main Cross St, Frankford, MO 63441




This 1920 beauty is beyond words for an old house under $50,000!

From the realtor. “Original woodwork including scroll work in door trim, leaded glass windows, and transoms. Details in fireplace woodwork. A little TLC will restore this home to its past grandeur. Pocket Doors, hardwood floors, bay window, and beautiful staircase display original woodwork. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, main floor laundry. Almost 3000 sq ft. Closets in every bedroom, big kitchen, just needs U.”

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318 W Washington St Saint Louis, MI 48880





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19 Price St, Jamestown, NY 14701




This circa 1910 beauty is located in Jamestown, New York, hometown of Lucille Ball. Apparently, a lot of old houses under $50,000 are on the market in Jamestown. Could it be the weather, with 98 inches of snow annually, humid summers and less than average sunny days? If so, then this home is set up for the cold, with a garage in the back and a lovely fireplace in the living room. I love the wainscoting in the dining room, and the kitchen nook is a keeper. The realtor rambles on about its many attributes below.

“Northside colonial with frontage going from Price straight through to 15th St. …Garage is on 15th St., drive in and come out the back door of garage through a trellised archway leading into back yard of the house! Looking at the front of the house it appears there is no garage or driveway…but the garage is in the backyard with access on the next street over.So the driveway and garage is behind the house instead of alongside of it. A cute concrete sidewalk runs from the back of the garage to the back door of the house, so you can drive into your garage and exit out of its backdoor into the private fenced yard, walk down the sidewalk and into the back kitchen door; very convenient!~~~Huge living room with majestic fireplace and hardwood floors. Formal dining room with French doors to living room and leaded glass window. Cute kitchen with checkerboard tiled floor and a breakfast nook with built in table and benches! Enclosed sunporch.Very unique staircase that opens from both the kitchen with its own set of stairs and the living room with it’s own set of stairs and they meet and combine leading to a landing where the stairs then turn back into one staircase to complete the ascent to the 2nd floor. The 2nd story has 4 bedrooms, master bedroom has hardwood floors and a fireplace.A ceramic tiled bathroom has has separate toilet area from bathtub and sink.The basement is full, with it’s own outside entry access. The garage has a rear patio and the backyard is fenced for privacy.Insulated attic as well.A stone retaining wall across the front yard is impressive…Nice home but because this home needs some repairs it will have to be a cash sale…its not mortgageable with repairs being needed.****”

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2909 Denver Ave., Lorain, OH 44055




This 1920 brick foursquare is located in Lorain, Ohio, a city situated along Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River. The home features a lovely front porch, three bedrooms and one bath, spacious rooms, hardwood floors, a gorgeous staircase and original interior trim. It has been used as a rental since since 2007, and requires $1555 in repairs to bring it to code. On the other hand, a new roof was installed last year and the furnace is just five years old. Hey, for $22,900 it’s a real steal, and the seller is motivated to boot!

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The Nagele Merz House, circa 1870
Knox Hill Neighborhood, Cincinnati, Ohio $20,000



Bedrooms: 2
Approximate square footage: 1800
Contact: Paul Willham or Gregory Drake
Victorian Antiquities & Design

“Additional $5,000 cut! Price slashed to $20,000 for immediate sale, was $42,500. Priced far below cost to date. Situated in the Knox Hill Neighborhood, once an area of weekend retreats and summer cottages for the wealthiest families in Cincinnati stands the Nagele Merz House, a second Empire Cottage. This home is offered for only the third time in its history. Built by the Kinsey family as a guesthouse in the Knox Hill Neighborhood, circa 1870-71, it was convenient to the Schuetzenverine, an exclusive shooting club of the cities most prominent families. However, this “weekend” cottage was treated to “mansion like” decorative arts.

The formal parlor, formal dining and bedrooms were all treated to hand painted Neo Grec stenciling and sky mural work. The home was sold to Antone Nagele and his wife Emma Merz in the late 1880’s. Nagele was a noted stone artisan who worked on many important Cincinnati landmark buildings and built the original retaining wall still on site. The home remained within the Nagele-Merz families and heirs until 2008. The home had suffered serious decline and the elegant stencil work had long been painted over and the home suffered the indignity of being a rental home. By 2008, sitting in foreclosure and possibly destined for demolition, few thought or expected it to survive.

Purchased by the owners of Victorian Antiquities & Design in late 2008, as restoration work began many secrets were revealed including the rare stenciling which was fortunate since the firm is known for its interior restoration and decorative painting. A great deal of work has been done to the home including the arduous task of restoration of the formal parlor stencils and hand painted sky ceiling. Additionally the formal dining restoration has been begun and is well underway. The exterior had its 1920’s siding removed and the home was repainted in 2009 but is ready for some touchup.

The home has had new wiring carefully fished through walls and new Pex plumbing is in place and ready for hookup. The home includes two beautifully restored cast iron mantels and custom built over mantel and matching ebonized wood valance in parlor. Both rooms have hand painted medallions and period light fixtures. The parlor has a new custom period bordered floor and material is on site for the dining room floor. The home comes with clawfoot tub and many other materials to continue the restoration. The home is priced far below restoration costs to date.

The home is eligible for registry nomination based on architecture and history. The home has a protective deed covenant requiring exterior work be done to historic standard and a protective covenant on the parlor stenciling. The home is zoned single family and sits on two large lots with much landscaping and historic stone wall in front. It has been featured in numerous publications and blogs and was the feature home in the 2012 Knox Hill Preservation Opportunity Home Tour.

Owners are expanding their historic period design business operation and must regrettably sell this one of a kind home to new stewards who will continue with its restoration.”

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424 Allen Street, Ehrhardt, SC 29081


Source: Coldwell Banker.


Joanna Gaines would go crazy for all the shiplap in this 100-year-old fixer upper! Plus, it has beadboard walls, built-ins, multiple fireplaces and original doors and trim.

The realtor is really enthusiastic about this one. “100 YEAR OLD VICTORIAN FIXER-UPPER! Wonderful opportunity to live in yesteryear! This lovely home features an attractive foyer and staircase, plenty of large rooms, original hardwood floors, 10 ft. ceilings, 4 fireplaces (two that have been used in the last few years), Formal Living and Dining Rooms, 3 spacious bedrooms (with fireplaces), master downstairs, two full baths, back den, large kitchen, a bonus room adjoining the upstairs front bedroom (that would make a huge walk-in closet, baby room, or office!), wood walls and ceilings, and last, but not least, a front porch that beckons you to sit a spell! Ehrhardt is a friendly, relaxed southern town where you can enjoy living and being part of the community, but its just 26 miles from Walterboro where you can pick up I-95 for easy travel, shop at Super Walmart and dine at nice restaurants! Hampton, and Bamberg, the county seat, are just a short drive; Orangeburg and Savannah are only about an hours drive! Just 5 minutes from a private school – Andrew Jackson Academy! Adjoining property, 13530 Broxton Bridge Rd., is also available on the market, for families that would like to live close! (Year built is approximate, property to be sold AS IS) Call today to see this treasure!

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210 Guy Park Ave Amsterdam, NY 12010




This 1890 Victorian was once a fabulous house in a beautiful neighborhood. Today it is a neglected, eery structure reminiscent of the house in Beetlejuice. The neighborhood has seen better days, but there are still extravagant houses across the street and down the block from this 5-bedroom home. In fact, this once grand home stands next to a magnificent old brick church and is across the street from a green.

Note the turret, the intricate shingle designs, sleeping porch and gingerbread. Then consider the hardwood floors, the window details, stunning mantel and gorgeous kitchen built-in. I am so hoping that someone has the money and time to make this house glorious again.

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