What’s old is new again. A Rhode Island residence dating back 341 years is the oldest listing to hit the market this week on Realtor.com®. That shingled barn, in Newport, has been used for shipbuilding, as a funeral stable, and as a produce storage warehouse. Now it’s ready for its next life as a family home, small business, or commercial studio.
Other vintage highlights this week include an array of homes in Massachusetts—built long before the commonwealth claimed statehood. There’s a stylish makeover of an adorable home in Marlborough, MA, and a delightfully renovated antique in Marblehead, MA, with a harmonious blend of old and new.
For a horse- and history-loving buyer, there’s a turnkey equestrian property in Bedford, MA, with a restored farmhouse, 25-stall horse barn, and plenty of space to gallop on its 7 acres.
Step back in time with all 10 of the oldest homes on the market listed on Realtor.com® this week, each with plenty of vintage charm to tempt you to go Colonial with your next home buy. Take a look.
Year built: 1680
Historic barn: An astonishing 341 years old, this building is a rare 17th-century residence still standing.
Originally designed for shipbuilding and repairs, the structure was moved to its current location from a nearby harbor in the 1800s. It last changed hands in 1973, and the current owner has maintained original details of the building, which features quirky and multilevel living spaces.
Year built: 1700
Oak Pond Farm: Set on 18 bucolic acres, the property features a spring-fed pond, pool, tennis court, barn, and workshop. There’s also a meadow for farming or equestrian use.
While the four-bedroom abode has been completely updated, it still retains all its historic charm.
Year built: 1705
Turnkey horse property: Just 15 miles from Boston, this 7-acre property needs a buyer to saddle up and appreciate its historic charm.
The New England horse farm features a restored, three-bedroom farmhouse (circa 1705), a duplex cottage, a structure with 25 stalls, and indoor and outdoor riding rings.
Year built: 1705
Antique Colonial: Updated and expanded over the years, this three-bedroom home features beamed ceilings, wide-plank pine floors, brick hearths, and fireplaces in nearly every room.
Modern finishes and fixtures, along with an updated kitchen, result in an on-trend combination of old and new. Plus, the 1.4-acre grounds include lush lawns, flower beds, and a vegetable garden.
Year built: 1714
Well-located farmhouse: Set back from the road, the 3,500-square-foot home on 2 acres features an addition to the original house with a master suite, kitchen with skylight, and breakfast room.
The gorgeous grounds feature raised planting beds, an oversized two-car garage and barn, plus a potting shed.
Year built: 1720
Picturesque colonial: The 4,400-square-foot home is rich with architectural finishes while also offering oodles of modern updates.
For those cold Northeast winters, there’s a heated six-car garage, including a heated path. The marvelous modern kitchen comes with a wine fridge. And the spacious master suite has a wood-burning fireplace and a bath with heated floors.
Year built: 1722
Capt. Abel Moulton House: The antique Colonial is set on a knoll overlooking fields with river views.
The home includes a large country kitchen, maple floors, hewn beams in the living room, and a screened porch. The 1.51-acre property includes a 2-car garage, side yard, and stone walls on three sides. Thanks to its good looks and great price, it’s already pending sale.
Year built: 1730
Beautifully renovated antique: This four-bedroom home boasts a brand-new kitchen and an open floor plan.
Windows and French doors open to harbor views and easy access to the patio and yard.
If you love it, you’d better act fast. It’s on the market only until Aug. 1 and already has an offer in place.
Year built: 1733
The Farm: This nearly 300-year-old Georgian Colonial with a center entrance sits on a knoll in the quaint town of Kensington.
Melding old with new, the five-bedroom abode includes an updated kitchen, five fireplaces, wood floors, a three-season room, and outdoor living space. The 8.3 acres include a barn, shed, poultry shed, and small family cemetery plot.
Year built: 1735
Zimmerman House/Walker House: Own a piece of history, and then get to work on renovations.
This home on 8 acres features a couple of modern touches, including heat and air conditioning. But the dated kitchen and bath will need a makeover.
The listing claims that both Thomas Jefferson and Bill Clinton passed through it on their way to Washington, DC. After just days on the market, the small home with a huge history has already found a buyer.
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