Serene, secluded, and stylish, Red Farm on Martha’s Vineyard dates to the 1600s and is the oldest listing of the week on Realtor.com®.
The gorgeous 21-acre farm on the desirable isle features a main house built in 1687. That main house is connected to an antique home brought in from New York and painstakingly rebuilt on-site. If that isn’t enough, the property also boasts a replica of the cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote “Walden,” complete with a pond.
Besides Red Farm, there’s plenty to ponder in this week’s oldest listings. A Massachusetts inn known as Ashley Manor is a hilltop paradise, a log home built in 1727 on a luscious, wooded 10-acre lot in Bucks County is simply beautiful, and a shingled historic home in Connecticut is a true standout.
This week’s top 10 roundup is full of restored barns, gorgeous gardens, and other antique touches. Have a look, and take a trip back to yesteryear.
Year built: 1687
Red Farm: This 21-acre compound comes with a number of intriguing dwellings. According to the listing, the Robert Luce homestead, built in 1687, is “one of the first and oldest English style houses” in the area.
It’s now connected to an antique home originally built in New York that’s since been integrated into the main house as a master suite. An antique barn houses a greenhouse, sauna, and soaking pool; a forge on the property has been converted into a guesthouse; and there’s even a replica of the cabin where Thoreau wrote “Walden.”
Year built: 1690
Gaston Manse: Once the home of Capt. Alex Gaston, this four-bedroom Colonial has serious roots. Gaston’s son William went on to become mayor of Boston in 1871 and governor of Massachusetts in 1875.
The 3,020-square-foot residence sits on just under 3 acres, with stone walls, gardens, and a duck pond for a true New England country living experience. Inside, the home features three fireplaces and an updated kitchen.
Year built: 1710
Capt. Daniel Warren House: Wood beams run throughout the bottom floor of this four-bedroom Colonial. Parts of the home could use a refresh, but it’s obvious the bones are solid.
The 1-acre property east of Boston is conveniently close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and comes with a private deck.
Year built: 1710
John Glover-Schmidle House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this shingled beauty is one of the first homes built in the area by one of the town’s first settlers.
The four-bedroom Colonial still has many of its original elements, including wide-plank floors, a brick fireplace, wood beams, and handmade wainscoting. There’s also a custom office, roomy kitchen, two staircases, and an enclosed porch.
Year built: 1715
The Rev. Graham House: This 3.3-acre compound includes three distinctive buildings: a three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot main house; a two-story barn with an upstairs party room; and the historic two-story Red School House, which was previously used as a storefront.
Buyers intrigued by this historic offering will also find a lovely backyard with bluestone patio, potting sheds, and an art studio.
Year built: 1720
Ashley Manor: This lovely seven-bedroom, 4,519-square-foot, Federal-style home currently operates as a successful inn.
The landmark home has a library, spacious living room with open hearth and beehive oven, and formal dining room. There’s also a one-bedroom cottage, patio, gazebo, and tennis court.
A turnkey business opportunity, the home is being sold fully furnished, with a few exceptions.
Year built: 1727
Serene setting: Ten wooded acres in Bucks County make an idyllic backdrop for this two-bedroom log home from 1727. Other outbuildings and barns are scattered across the property.
The main house has exposed beams, a walk-in fireplace, and a walk-out basement. A detached building just off the house comes with a heated studio space. The property sits just minutes from Nockamixon State Park and the Delaware River, making this a great country escape or year-round home.
Year built: 1730
Springbank: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 2-acre estate has a brick four-bedroom main home and guest cottage.
The property’s fieldstone walls and gardens were designed in 1936 by landscape architect Marian Cruger Coffin. Renovated and restored, the three-story main house includes a roof deck overlooking the gardens, a formal living room with built-ins, and French doors opening to the terrace.
Year built: 1732
Post and beam: Overlooking a beautiful open field, this lovely red Colonial has three bedrooms and 2,624 square feet of living space.
Inside, you’ll find a custom cherry kitchen, spacious mudroom, and vaulted ceilings. There’s also an office with built-ins, a deck, and a four-car garage.
Year built: 1732
Mill Stone Farm: Updated for modern living, this three-bedroom farmhouse features four original rooms, a first-floor office added in the late 1800s, a family room with original keystone fireplace, and a master suite added in 1996.
Outdoors are equally beautiful: The 7.5-acre property runs along the Neshaminy Creek and abuts the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve.
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