The oldest listing to hit the market this week is a spectacular country estate in Massachusetts. Built all the way back in 1672, the property is dotted with flowering trees and offers lovely views of Crystal Lake.
Other highlights from the week’s oldest homes include a daffodil-yellow cottage from 1690 near Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, and an elegant kitchen makeover in a 1703 home in Rhode Island.
So relax and dream of sunny days spent napping by the lake and surrounded by flowering trees at one of these enchanted slices of history. Because some things just never go out of style.
Year built: 1672
Norfolk’s finest: This 17.5-acre parklike property offers spectacular views of Crystal Lake. The four-bedroom main house measures in at a generous 4,038 square feet.
Formal rooms like a library with fireplace are broken up with casual spaces, including the family room with fireplace and wet bar. There’s also a kitchen with wood beams overhead offering room for a crowd, a screened porch, and a bedroom suite with cathedral ceiling.
Year built: 1690
Prime location: This Colonial sits on nearly 3 acres less than a half-mile from Manchester-by-the-Sea and just a few minutes from the beach. The four-bedroom house measures 3,954 square feet and includes a sunroom. The grounds feature a detached two-car garage and carriage house, which could be turned into a guesthouse, studio, or office.
Year built: 1700
Country cottage: An ideal getaway for a harried New Yorker? The interiors of this country jewel let the substance and beauty of its antique construction speak for itself.
The two-story, four-bedroom farmhouse features a wood-burning fireplace, old wood beams on the ceilings, and wide-plank wood floors. Set in the countryside, the yard of this 2-acre property is ideal for families, pets, and kids.
Year built: 1703
Colonial charm: This historic four-bedroom home has been transformed into a jewel thanks to elegant updates throughout.
The remodeled kitchen is a true highlight for cooks. Other highlights include a dining room with original clapboard siding, covered porches, and wide-plank wood flooring.
Year built: 1715
Hop River: Can you rescue this 300-year-old home? Currently in critical condition, this three-bedroom Cape Cod is prime for a remodel.
For an enterprising buyer, there’s material to work with, including a large, built-in kitchen fireplace, original beadboard walls, gunstock beams, and wide-plank pine floors. The 5-acre property is also zoned for commercial use and is being sold as is.
Year built: 1717
Storybook home: Built from local fieldstone, this Bucks County beauty also has exposed stone walls throughout the interior spaces.
Other timeless details include deep windowsills, hand-hewn support beams, random-width floorboards, a pie staircase, and a walk-in fireplace. Updates to the kitchen and modernized systems ensure this place offers the conveniences today’s buyers want.
Year built: 1720
Rare historic beauty: Currently set up as a duplex, this handsome Colonial could be converted back into a three-bedroom, single-family residence, according to the listing. It’s the second-oldest home in the city and located close to downtown.
Year built: 1725
The Pines: This pre-Revolutionary home has been updated and expanded over the years and now features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The 10-acre property includes a barn with a one-bedroom apartment and loft. The main house has charming exposed beams and stone walls, a stone fireplace, original pumpkin pine flooring in the living room, and a kitchen fireplace.
Year built: 1730
Country fare: Full of rich history, this three-bedroom, 2,674-square-foot home is filled with rich woodwork, front and back stairs, and a beehive oven. The 1.5-acre lot includes a greenhouse, orchard, and an attached two-car garage.
Price: $425,000 (off market)
Year built: 1731
Amazing barn: The listing notes this property comes with an “amazing barn.” With exposed beams from centuries ago, it doesn’t disappoint.
The interiors of the four-bedroom main house have been meticulously maintained and updated. The 4.5-acre parcel abuts the Nashua River and Marion Stoffard Conservation area and has its own chicken coop. There’s plenty of space to add new buildings.
(Although this property was listed just days ago, it is now labeled “off market”—which may mean it has an offer, or that the owner had a change of heart. Stay tuned!)
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