The oldest home to hit the market this week is a New Jersey log cabin that dates to 1638. Yes, 1638.
While 2020 feels like it’s gone on forever, it is hard to even fathom what life was like four centuries ago.
When we wrote about this historic property three years ago, it was available for $2.9 million.
It’s now back on the market for just $875,000—at a whopping 70% discount. Known as the Nothnagle log home, the 17th-century structure is for sale along with its accompanying museum and antiques, making it a true treasure trove.
The rest of our look at the oldest homes for sale this week is full of homes featuring wide-plank wood floors, vintage woodwork, and exposed brick. There’s even a Pennsylvania farm that was once part of the William Penn family farmstead and dates to 1731. For a sense of just how old all these homes are, the youngest house in our top 10 was completed in 1741.
For a full look at all of this week’s oldest homes, simply scroll on down.
Year built: 1638
C.A. Nothnagle log house: This 1-acre property includes the extraordinary C.A. Nothnagle log cabin built in 1638 as part of the New Sweden Colony.
According to the listing, the log cabin is the oldest in North America. It was built with bricks carried to America in the hull of a ship as ballast and square-hewn logs secured with wooden trundle pins. The cabin currently operates as a museum. A more modern two-story, three-bedroom home with 1,800 square feet of living space sits adjacent to the old cabin.
Year built: 1671
Sparks Tavern: Belly up to this beautiful residence. This townhouse is believed to have once been the Sparks Tavern, which was licensed all the way back in 1671. The home was renovated and expanded in 2014. Today it’s a three-bedroom modern home with natural light, a new kitchen, mudroom, and patio. The property also boasts a newly landscaped front yard and two deeded parking spaces.
Year built: 1685
Van Rensselaer lower manor house: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this cabin is one of the oldest homes in Columbia County.
The 62-acre parcel also includes a barn built in 1825 and what the listing calls a “cool retro” 1970s commercial building. The latter could be leased for income or used as a studio or workshop. The interiors of the main house still have many period details, including wide-plank wood floors, built-ins, and exposed brick.
Year built: 1700
Williams house: Sitting in the center of Northhampton, this two-bedroom historical beauty has 1,344 square feet filled with antique charm. It’s been upgraded with modern amenities like radiant heat and new plumbing. Yet it remains true to its roots with four fireplace hearths, original wide-plank wood floors, and a garden patio.
Year built: 1730
Country house: This fenced, 3-acre property has a three-bedroom main house, described in the listing as an “absolute dream for country living.”
Year built: 1731
Hoods Lane: This former William Penn family farmstead spans 4 acres of farmland and includes a four-bedroom main house made from fieldstone. The old home is said to be “a perfect mix of Colonial Pennsylvania architecture and 21st Century design and amenities.” There’s also an in-ground pool, patio, guesthouse, and barn.
Year built: 1735
Robert White house: It’s the town’s oldest house and has been restored by its current owner. Some elements of the structure are said to date to 1700, and the finished product is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The three-bedroom, English-Dutch-style house has wide-plank wood floors, built-ins, and a roomy yard.
Year built: 1740
Hopewell Forge: This six-bedroom mansion sits on 32 acres. The property also includes a 9,000-square-foot barn, which has been converted into a multipurpose building with office and full kitchen. It’s currently being used as a church auditorium. For a buyer in search of additional income, there’s also an updated six-unit apartment building on the property.
Year built: 1740
Heaven on the Delaware: This lovely three-bedroom stone house rises three stories above the banks of the Delaware River. It sits on a gated lot, which also includes a carriage house. Cozy and traditional inside, this Bucks County home offers rustic character with luxury upgrades for modern living.
Year built: 1742
Main Street Cape: Filled with historic details, this three-bedroom residence measures in at a sizable 4,161 square feet. An addition in 1995 added a first-floor master suite with a vaulted ceiling and two closets. The bucolic 2-acre property includes farmland, scenic views, as well as plenty of peace and quiet.
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