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Classic Massachusetts Colonial From 1683 Is the Week’s Oldest Home

When you’re one of the first folks to build a house in a new town, you get to pick a plum spot.

This week’s list of the oldest homes to land on® includes a cavalcade of Colonials. Some have been renovated with flashy makeovers and expansions, while others await their turn at a remodel. One element that these homes all have in common? They’re all positioned on some of the prettiest pieces of property available.

As a testament, the week’s oldest home dates back to 1683 and sits on 4 acres in Massachusetts filled with mature trees and rolling hills, selected by the original owner, Deacon Cornelius Waldo. The listing says that it was the second home ever built in the town of Tyngsborough.

There’s also the Kenney compound on Martha’s Vineyard. It has 15 pristine acres, which surround the original main house, built back in 1719. Or an incredible stone farmhouse in New York, which was stylishly reimagined and is surrounded by 2.2 lush acres of heaven.

So take a look at these old homes and the prime slices of terra firma on which they sit. There’s a benefit to being first—dibs on the best parcel in town.

1. 80 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, MA

Price: $399,900

Year built: 1683

Deacon Cornelius Waldo House: This historic 4-acre property was the second home built in the area, and includes a barn, stable, and one-car garage.

The four-bedroom, 3,314-square-foot residence features a whopping eight fireplaces, large rooms, and wood flooring. There are also newer bathrooms, a new hot water tank and a new septic system.

Tyngsborough, MA
Tyngsborough, MA

2. 172 Halls Hill Rd, Killingly, CT

Price: $289,000

Year built: 1690

Gaston manse: The son of the man who built this home was William Gaston, who went on to become Boston’s mayor and eventually governor of Massachusetts in 1875.

Today, the bright-red, four-bedroom, 3,020-square-foot home offers a large formal dining room, as well as decorative stone fireplaces. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. Outside, the 2.9-acre lot includes stone walls, a garden area, and even a duck pond.

Killingly, CT
Killingly, CT

3. 39 Main St, Port Republic, NJ

Price: $299,999

Year built: 1710

As-is Colonial: Sitting on just over an acre, this historic four-bedroom Colonial offers 3,546 square feet of living space.

Highlights include a wraparound porch out front, a formal dining room, and three staircases. A rear addition to the home includes a large family room with fireplace and study. Recent updates include a new roof, hot water heater, and HVAC system.

Port Republic, NJ
Port Republic, NJ

4. 52 Middle Rd, West Tisbury, MA

Price: $6,750,000

Year built: 1719

Kenney compound: Spread out on more than 15 acres on Martha’s Vineyard, this multimillion-dollar compound includes the historic Tilton House from 1719.

In 2000, the 300-year-old home was restored, updated, and expanded to double its size. An additional cottage and pool area were added in 2006.

West Tisbury, MA
West Tisbury, MA

5. 7 Granite, Gloucester, MA

Price: $539,000

Year built: 1724

Post and beam: Meticulously maintained and updated, this three-bedroom Colonial includes a first-floor in-law suite with its own entrance.

A private deck overlooks the yard, with gardens, fruit trees, and an outdoor shower.

Gloucester, MA
Gloucester, MA

6. 2887 Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY

Price: $585,000

Year built: 1728

Stone farm house: This two-bedroom, stone-cold stunner has undergone a meticulous restoration across its 1,424 square feet. It’s also been carefully maintained by its current owners for 20 years. A basement is fully finished with a den and bathroom. The park-like 2.2 acres includes a rolling lawn, mature trees, and a large screened-in porch.

Stone Ridge, NY
Stone Ridge, NY

7. 511 Hingham St, Rockland, MA 

Price: $458,800

Year built: 1730

Antique Cape: Take this historic project to the finish line. The seller has already made a number of updates, but is now ready to sell the home as is.

Offering five bedrooms and 2,063 square feet, the home sits on just under a full acre. Inside, you’ll find wide pine floors in the dining room, plus pull-down attic storage. The listing says the kitchen, sunroom, bathrooms and flooring are livable, but ready for an upgrade.

Rockland, MA
Rockland, MA

8. 5777 Locust Valley Rd, Upper Saucon Township, PA

Price: $450,000

Year built: 1730

Southern Lehigh: Owned by the same family since 1974, this stone farmhouse is in excellent condition.

The four-bedroom, 3,708-square-foot home once served as a bar and later, as a store. Nowadays, the single-family home sits on just under an acre, with an additional bank barn, as well as a detached, two-story garage and workshop.

Upper Saucon Township, PA
Upper Saucon Township, PA

9. 757 Central Ave, Dover, NH

Price: $449,000

Year built: 1730

Classic Colonial: One of the area’s oldest homes, this four-bedroom, 2,516-square-foot residence features antique, hand-hewn beam ceilings, wide pine floors, and six working fireplaces.

The listing notes helpfully that the home has been carefully maintained in the three centuries since it was first built.

Dover, NH
Dover, NH

10. 6 Crescent St, Stow, MA

Price: $650,000

Year built: 1735 

Samuel Gates House: Updated with modern amenities while keeping its original antique charm, this four-bedroom was built in the Georgian/Early Federal style.

It sits on just under a half-acre lot, with front and back porches, five fireplaces, a mudroom, and a third-floor owner’s suite.

Stow, MA
Stow, MA

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