Homes from the United States’ glorious past have surfaces that have been touched and polished over hundreds of years. Their stories and secrets have developed over the centuries. Owners of these (very) old homes are more than simply residents. They are also caretakers of historic structures.
Interested in joining the society of owners of these venerable homes? We’ve rounded up the 10 oldest homes to hit the market this week.
All of these places were built in the 1700s—the oldest dates back to 1720. Of course, some are in better shape than others. A couple were picked up and moved to new lots decades ago, but all share substantial character and vintage charm.
Coastal Colonials, a Bucks County beauty with beamed ceilings, and a fairy-tale farmhouse ringed with heirloom lilacs are just a few of the centuries-old homes up for grabs right now. So if you swoon over wide-plank floors, hand-carved doors, and ornate mantels, prepare yourself for love at first sight.
Here are the 10 oldest homes to go up for sale this week…
Built in 1720: The crisp, white Joseph Whipple House was originally located just a couple of streets from where it sits now, on the city’s East Side. It was moved in 1979 from nearby Star Street, and given a modern makeover with custom millwork, hand-made doors and windows, as well as antique wide pine floors. As a result, the two-bedroom home is airy and full of natural light. Outside, stone walls surround the yard with professionally designed gardens, a wood patio, and a hidden garden shed.
Built in 1723: This quaint Colonial on 4 country acres is being sold as is. Highlights include a living room with a library and a fireplace that opens up to the patio. There are beamed ceilings throughout the four-bedroom home. It also includes a studio over the garage, plus an in-ground pool out back. The listing details say that the home is priced below its value, so maybe it’s an old-time bargain?
Built in 1728: This three-bedroom Colonial is one of the oldest homes in Warren. A recent update included installation of wide-plank floors, a remodeled kitchen, and new electric and heating systems. The improvements went a long way to breathing new life into this old-timer. There’s even a two-car garage, with a wood stove and an irrigation well. For a buyer with big dreams, the 1.5-acre lot could be subdivided into two buildable lots.
Built in 1735: This cute cottage sits on just over an acre, surrounded by mature trees and with a private pond. The petite two-bedroom home could use a little love, but is ready for an intrepid buyer to bring it into the 21st century and make it a magical hideaway from the rest of the world.
Built in 1735: This lovely four-bedroom home is the fifth-oldest home still standing in Simsbury. It was moved to its current location on a full acre lot in 1950. The kitchen was recently renovated as part of a larger project, and two bathrooms were also recently updated.
The property is designed for functional modern living. Highlights include the mudroom and laundry area, pantry, and the large owner’s suite. The home sits just minutes away from trains, trails, bike paths, and the city center.
Built in 1740: Just steps to the water, this three-bedroom home on Rings Island has it all. There are formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, wood floors, a family room that opens to a three-season room, and the original Captain’s staircase.
Outside, there’s a stone patio for entertaining, and two outbuildings for storing beach gear, chairs, and toys.
Built in 1744: This freshly updated farmhouse benefited from a large addition in 1992, overseen by the architect Bruce Beinfield. The home now features four bedrooms and over 3,100 square feet.
On a professionally landscaped full acre in Wilson Point, a gated, waterfront community with a private beach, the home also has its own heated in-ground pool and screened-in porch, for vacation vibes all year long.
Built in 1745: Expanded and updated over the centuries, this Bucks County beauty has five bedrooms and more than 5,600 square feet. Most recently, a great room with 20-foot ceilings, an exercise room, and an extra bedroom suite were added.
Antique highlights include random-width pumpkin pine and heart-of-pine floors, open beams, exposed stone walls, fireplaces, and original millwork. According to the listing details, the nearly 2.5-acre property also includes a separate three-bedroom cottage that brings in $1,800 per month in rental income.
Built in 1745: If you’re in search of distinctive style, check out this historic Colonial, known as the Jonathan Hale House. The style is described as “Brick Dutch Gambrel,” with dual chimneys.
The keeping room, five fireplaces, wide board floors, and Colonial decor harken back to the home’s past. The oversized lot allows ample space for outdoor lounging on the patio and by the pool.
Built in 1750: The listing details state that only six families have owned this residence over its 270-year history. It’s filled with original details, including antique heart-pine floors, interior doors with forged hardware, post-and-beam construction, and a kitchen with barrel-roll ceiling.
These vintage elements have been married with modern luxuries like stainless-steel appliances, custom built-ins, and a whirlpool bath. Outside, the 2.6-acre lot has a parklike yard with gardens, heirloom lilacs, stone walls, a potting shed, barn, mahogany decks, and heated saltwater pool.