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Top 10 Old Houses Under $50K ~ December 2019 Edition

From an octagon house to a converted trolley car, here are the top 10 old houses ~ December 2019 edition.

51 Elm St, Milo, ME 04463     $49,900 ~ Off Market



This riverfront home on 2.23 acres in Milo, Maine, is packed with original details at a bargain price. I attempted to do some research on the house, and I believe that Roland E. Shaw, a spool turner at the American Thread Company, and his wife Estelle, an assistant librarian, may have lived here in 1920.



Classic Riverfront Home for your Residence or Bed + Breakfast. 5 BRs 5.5 Baths. Great Character: Original Woodwork, Built Ins, Hard Wood Floors, Slate Sink, Tin Ceilings, + Farmer’s Porch. Level 2+ Acre yard with views of the Sebec River in back.




1139 Huron Ave, Renovo, PA 17764   $34,900 ~ Off Market

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This Queen Anne is some house for the money. View, wrap-around porch, tower, leaded glass, French doors, cast iron radiators, stunning woodwork and magnificent floors grace the home. Renovo’s Flaming Foliage Festival takes place right across the street every fall.

The City of Renovo was built by and for the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad as the center point between Philadelphia and Erie. Laid out on a mostly-flat flood plain along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Allegheny Mountain area, the town became know as a mountain resort and later for its sprawling Railroad Shops complex. When the shops closed in the 1960s, the town went into decline.

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15 First St., Malone, NY 12953    $48,114 ~ Sold



Plenty of curb appeal and original interior details to boot! This foreclosure in Malone, New York, boasts stained glass, built-ins, gorgeous staircase, hardwood floors and natural woodwork. For New York, the real estate taxes are not as bad as most I have seen.



PRICE REDUCED ON this village foreclosure. Beautiful hardwood flooring, spacious rooms and additional living area upstairs.Close to all amenities and schools. Would make great duplex!! HUD home. Sold AS IS by elec. bid only. Prop avail 12-4-19. Bids due daily by 11:59PM Central time until sold. FHA Case #371-505348. Insured w escrow Rpr. Eligible for FHA 203k. For Prop conditions, forms, LBP, discl & Avail please visit For additional forms, updates, step-by-step videos & free photo list, please visit BLB Resources makes no warranty as to condition of property. Buyer to verify all info.




4 Wiley Ave, Cameron, WV 26033    $34,900 ~ off Market



Tower, built-ins, natural woodwork, beautiful fireplace mantel and clawfoot tub grace this c.1900 Queen Anne fixer upper in Cameron, West Virginia. At some point they enclosed portions of the wrap-around porch denying outside access to it. Me, I would want to open up at least one portion of the porch, replace the gable windows and get rid of the dropped ceiling.

Cameron is a small city (pop. 946) in the Wheeling Metropolitan Area. After a terrible fire in the early 1900s, the city charged that all buildings in the downtown area must henceforth be constructed of materials other than wood. Cameron Downtown Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Of special interest is the Curved Building shown below.

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VICTORIAN 2 STORY fixer upper …Full of Old Time CHARM as you step up to the front covered porch! OVER 2400 SF of living space just waiting to be brought back to life! This Cameron home sits on a corner lot and is across the street from the Cameron Elementary School. US Route 250 is just 1 block away.

The main floor consists of the kitchen, living room, dining room, family room and main bath while 4 SPACIOUS bedrooms and an additional bath are awaiting you on the 2nd floor! Come check out the GORGEOUS woodwork of days gone by and let your imagination run free! Homes like this, at this MODEST PRICE, are few and far between so ACT QUICKLY!!



The Curved Building, Cameron WV


193 County Route 7A, Copake, NY 12516   $49,900 ~ Pending



The last time I saw this octagon house in Copake, New York, was 20 years ago when we were on our way to Bash Bish Falls, just a few miles from the house. Our  son fell on his head at the falls, and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. We always tell him, “Well, if you had to fall and bash your head, Bash Bish Falls was apropos.”

The octagon house was built for Dr. John D. Reynolds (1837-1883) a Union College graduate and a surgeon with the 44th New York Volunteers during the Civil War. Dr. Reynolds expanded Orson Squire Fowler’s octagon design by adding his doctor’s office. John, wife Anna and their three children lived here. After Anna died in the 1870s, John left his children with family, remarried and moved to Seattle. He died there of cancer in 1883.

The Wilsey family owned the octagon for almost a century from approximately 1880 to 1971. Then Chris Rose and Elsie Grozinger purchased it. In 1973 James Carlson bought it, and later in the ’70s Helen Mang, an employee of the Independent Living Center, purchased the octagon house. Somewhere along the line a cobblestone chimney was installed and Greek Revival style trim, unusual features for an octagon house.

By the late 1970s, the Copake octagon house was one of only about 100 such structures in New York, and one of only three in Columbia County. As Helen Mang aged, it became increasingly difficult for her to maintain the house, so in 2011, a neighbor, Ruth Thomas, founded Copake Community Cares to help clean up, repaint and repair the home. For some reason, however, the work was never completed.

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Wonderful 1860’s OCTAGON HOUSE designed and built for Doctor, with side entrance to office. Potential galore, walk to stores, services, nice town NEEDS TOTAL REHAB, GREAT LOCATION.



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The Octagon House in better days.


201 E Jefferson St, Aberdeen, MS 39730    $29,900 ~ Pending



This fixer upper had me at the gingerbread. Then I saw the wrap-around porch, old iron fencing, multiple mantels, hardwood floors and the vintage kitchen with that amazing sink, and I was a goner.

The  c.1898 fixer upper Queen Anne, known as the Kirby Lann House, is on the National Register of Historic Places and part of Aberdeen, Mississippi’s South Central Aberdeen Historic District, an overwhelming collection of 179 buildings dating from 1848 to the 1970s.

Kirby Lann (1862-1928) was a hardware merchant who built the house and lived there with his wife Laura, sons Felix and Kirby Junior, father-in-law Felix Henley, and cook Catherine Dardin.



Here is a chance at a traditional home close to the hospital. 4 bedroom & 2 bathroom fixer upper with the possibility of a 1 bedroom apartment. Seller will not complete any repairs to the subject property, either lender or buyer requested. The property is sold in AS IS condition.



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307 Locust St, Brownsville, PA 15417      $40,000 ~ Sold

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This for sale by owner home in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, is perhaps one of the most stunning homes for $40K that OHU50K has come across. The owner is very motivated and says bring all cash offers! Read the owner comments below for a fantastic description of what this stunning home has to offer.

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
    *2,156 sqft
    *Lot Size: 6,534 sqft
    *Build Date 1920
    *Realtor: For Sale By Owner: Property Owner(239) 265-6729

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To the right you will see original pocket doors leading into the living room. The living room has three ginkgo leaf stained glass windows. The ceiling boasts of wooden beams and original light fixture. In the back of the living room there is a fireplace with original bookcases that has leaded glass doors and bench seating on both sides of the fireplace. The living room has had new carpet laid. To your left from the foyer you will see another set of pocket doors and the dining room. The dining room has original glass pennant light fixture hanging from the center of the room and original wooden plate rails.

The ceiling has the original plaster ribbon. The owner painstakingly took the time to accentuate the beautiful ribbon to give it the adoration it bestows. The floors are original hard wood. Walking through the door way between the dining room and the kitchen you will find to the left the butler’s pantry and to the back, the kitchen. For the person who loves to cook the butler’s pantry offers spacious counter tops and plenty of storage room. The kitchen appliances are contemporary black, comes with a double wall oven and new gas cook top stove, double door refrigerator and reverse osmosis water system.

The owner has stayed with the art deco era style and the floor tile reflects the design. The kitchen has three doors, one that leads down to the basement, another that leads to the back stairwell that goes up to the 3rd bedroom (old servants quarters) and the third door way that leads to the back porch . The basement covers the whole of the bottom of the house and has ¼ bathroom.

The laundry area and an enclosed room that houses the furnace. The owner has put in a new whole house on demand hot water heater and updated copper pipe plumbing was installed. The exterior basement walls have been painted with Behr exterior paint to match the siding color. Going to the second floor you will find 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and a linen closet. Looking from the foyer to the stairwell that leads up to the second story, you will see mahogany stained posts and rails that lead to the landing. The posts hosts original solid brass and glass torch style lamps that have new wiring. From the landing you see a stained glass stairwell window. Between the rails in the stairwell is a pennant lamp hanging from the second floor ceiling down the center allowing the stairwell to brighten with a golden hue when the lamp is lit. From the top of the stairs looking left is another set of stairs leading to the top floor; also to the left you will see the door to the masters chambers (his). To the right you will see three doors one being the hall closet, the lavatory and the third chamber room. In front of you from the top of the stairwell is the second master chamber room (hers).

Owner will continue to work on home until home is sold. This house is being sold as is. Owner prefers a cash sale.

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709 College St, Gleason, TN 38229     $49,500 ~ Pending

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Fixer upper in Gleason, Tennessee. Gleason is a small town of 1,375 whose residents look forward to the Tater Town Parade and Festival every fall. According to Wikipedia, a “few things are important to residents: girls’ basketball, Dollar General, and fund raisers. Throughout the year, several fund raisers are held, with notable ones being the football team’s annual Coca-Cola fund raiser, the Beta Club’s annual Gleason apparel fund raiser, and the softball team’s annual Krispy Kreme fund raiser.”

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Unique fixer upper house with large front porch. Metal roofing. Full bath on each floor. Large utility room. Enclosed back porch. First floor has central heat and air conditioning. Second floor heating is gas wall heater and air conditioning is window units. This sale is only part of Parcel 76.00. Site size for this listing is 115 ft x 170 ft. No survey has been done.




2-C Cottage Ln, Reading, PA 19605      $15,000 ~ Off Market



Here is a unique vacation getaway for you; an old trolley car converted into a bungalow. The realtor’s build date of 1960 must be referring to the addition, because Reading’s last trolley reached the end of the line in 1952.

Some history I researched: Reading Street Railway Co. began its 78-year history in 1874 with horse-drawn cars. When the city’s population reached 60,000 residents in 1890, the trolleys were electrified. They were operated by two persons – a motorman, or driver, and a conductor until 1948, and usually had seating for 44 passengers. By the 1940s, buses were 4 cents cheaper to ride, and the trolleys could no longer compete. In fact, the slow moving vehicles had become driving impediments for buses and automobiles.

As they rusted in peace, the old trolley cars were sold off for use as restaurants, antique shops, etc. There does not appear to be too many left. This one, No. 182, a single truck Brill, is a delightful cabin steps from Maiden Creek and with a semi-private fishing dock.



If you are seeking a peaceful vacation getaway that is minutes away, look no further. This quaint bungalow is located minutes north of Reading. The stress will melt away as you realize that you are approaching a vintage and historical former local trolley car that has been renovated and updated to provide a full bathroom, kitchenette and living quarters. This property is steps from the peaceful and meandering Maiden Creek. It features a semi-private fishing dock on the creek. Activities include fishing, swimming kayaking, and simply floating on the creek! Note that this property is purely a seasonal recreational cabin/ Year round residency is not permitted in the community.



113 North St, Auburn, NY 13021    $50,000 ~ Pending



Welcome to Under $75K Thursday. This one is within our regular $50K parameters, but I just couldn’t wait until Friday to feature the beauty.

A jaw dropping fixer upper historic Gothic Revival mansion for $50K! Holy Mackerels!! As I have written before, my daughter’s college boyfriend played pitcher for the Auburn Doubledays Minor League Baseball Team. We visited Auburn several times to watch his home games, and the town is full of architectural gems!

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Exciting opportunity for someone who loves classic brick Victorian mansions. The fixer upper mansion was built for Auburn banker James S. Seymour in 1861. Mr. Seymour was well known for his philanthropy, having founded the Seymour Library and the Auburn City Hospital. The house was later owned by Charles A. McCarthy, founder of Dunn and McCarthy Shoes.

Inside this three-story historic beauty, you’ll find nearly 6, 000 square feet of living space, a stunning hand-crafted curved staircase, pocket doors, hardwood floors, 4 marble fireplaces, 10 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 full, 2 half), beautiful original custom woodwork and built-in cabinetry. The home is situated on nearly 1 acre of land with a 2-story carriage house. (Price Reflects Condition.) Are you a Buyer with the best plan to restore this property?




James Sheldon Seymour


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The Dunn & McCarthy Shoe Factory opened in 1891 with access to the nearby Owasco River to power its cutting edge use of assembly line techniques. After Charles McCarthy became a partner with Dunn, the company employed 2,000 people by 1900 and become a national name. Sadly, as shoe imports increased the company closed its doors three years prior to the fire.

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Dunn & McCarthy shoe factory fire 1993.
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The Aftermath


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