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    Operation Preservation: Historic Home From 1740 Is This Week’s Most Popular

    This week’s most popular home on® is nearly three centuries old. Yes, you read that right!

    Built in 1740, The Groves-Hodge House is on the National Historic Register and is one of the coolest live-work opportunities we’ve seen in a while. Curious folks across the country were also intrigued, propelling this Maine property into our top spot.

    The one-time frontier trading post now operates as Wiscasset Antiques Center. The property consists of a farmhouse and a delightful residence that’s been updated in a careful and deliberate fashion.

    For a buyer looking to get out of the big city and embark on a simpler life as a proprietor of antique goods, this historic (and popular!) find presents quite an opportunity.

    Groves-Hodge House plaque
    Plaqie for the Groves-Hodge House in Wiscasset, ME

    It isn’t the only business on this week’s list. Robinson’s Concrete Statuary in Michigan is this week’s runner-up. Thrown in with the sale price are not only the Virgin Mary but a large collection of birdbaths.

    Besides these two businesses, you also clicked on a nearly 900-acre piece of Yosemite National Park and a concrete home in Arkansas built into the side of a mountain bluff.

    Whether you’re ready to start a business of your own or simply settle into a comfortable abode, we have you covered. Scroll on down for all of this week’s most popular homes…

    10. 3504 35th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN

    Price: $174,900

    Why it’s here: Tiny home sensation! This itty-bitty bungalow packs a wallop, with a layout that takes advantage of every inch of the home’s 567 square feet.

    We love the clean, bright orange and blue color scheme on the exterior and the updated interiors. This is a happy place waiting to happen for a buyer who doesn’t mind thinking small.

    Minneapolis, MN bungalow exterior
    Minneapolis, MN


    9. 9 Beaverbrook Ln, Duxbury, MA

    Price: $1,890,000

    Why it’s here: This smart-looking estate is just a short drive south of Boston, on nearly a full acre. The five-bedroom home is known as “Sprague Hall,” and was built in 1750.

    And talk about continuity—it’s been owned by the same family for the past 65 years.

    The interiors are true to the home’s period, and it’s filled with bright, classic spaces. Outside, the wraparound porches offer views of the pool and surrounding gardens.

    Duxbury, MA estate exterior yellow door
    Duxbury, MA


    8. 70 Garfield Ave, Danbury, CT

    Price: $285,000

    Why it’s here: It’s hard not to love a cute Colonial, particularly when it’s sitting in a prime city-center location, close to parks and shopping. Built in 1883, this three-bedroom house features formal living and dining rooms, built-ins, a partially finished attic, a two-car garage, and a backyard garden.

    Danbury, CT colonial
    Danbury, CT


    7. 206 Edgemere Dr, Rochester, NY

    Price: $799,900

    Why it’s here: Custom-crafted from century-old Medina stone in 1936, this four-bedroom English country manor sits on just under a half acre on Lake Ontario.

    High-end finishes include walnut flooring and granite imported from Tuscany. It’s also heaven for a skipper—the property features a 10,000-pound boatlift, as well as a 60-foot, concrete-and-steel pier.

    Rochester, NY English country manor
    Rochester, NY


    6. 58 Sheffield Dr, Valparaiso, IN

    Price: $165,000

    Why it’s here: Midcentury modern in the Midwest! This boxy wonder from 1969 has three bedrooms and more than 2,300 square feet, but will need a little love from a restoration expert.

    It’s filled with built-ins and storage, and the layout is arranged around a central courtyard, accessible by French doors.

    Valparaiso, IN midcentury modern exterior
    Valparaiso, IN


    5. Country Road 8376, Jasper, AR

    Price: $329,900

    Why it’s here: At the end of a wooded road, this 1,700-square-foot concrete home is built right into the side of a large bluff.

    The house has tile floors, a rocky ceiling, cedar stairway, and interiors unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It’s on a secluded 81-acre wooded lot way off the beaten path and accessible only by country road.

    Jasper AR bluff house
    Jasper, AR


    4. 6 Mariner Dr, Sewell, NJ

    Price: $264,500

    Why it’s here: Postcard-perfect from the second you drive up, this four-bedroom home is a complete charmer.

    Interior highlights include wood floors, open spaces for entertaining, and plenty of natural light. Outside, there’s a one-year-old pool, deck, fenced yard and dedicated gas line for a grill.

    Sewell NJ colonial exterior
    Sewell, NJ


    3. 7392 Henness Ridge Rd, El Portal, CA

    Price: $2,477,000

    Why it’s here: Live inside Yosemite? Yes please!

    This 897-acre property is within the gates of Yosemite National Park. The land offers views, plenty of rock outcroppings, and abundant wildlife.

    The two-bedroom mountain cabin on the property was built in 1972, and offers 1,800 square feet of living space. There’s also plenty of outdoor deck space for breathing in the clean mountain air.

    El Portal, CA cabin exterior
    El Portal, CA


    2. 7350 US Highway 131 N.E., Mancelona, MI

    Price: $150,000

    Why it’s here: If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of opening a statue business, this is your chance to purchase a turnkey operation.

    The purchase price includes custom molds, tools, and the existing inventory of statues.

    While there isn’t much of a home to speak of, the property does come with more than 4 acres of land, a storefront, offices, break room, and a pole barn.

    statuary business exterior in Mancelona, MI
    Mancelona, MI


    1. 4 Hodge St, Wiscasset, ME

    Price: $1,295,000

    Why it’s here: This prime piece of history was built in 1740. By 1983, it had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being torn down. That’s when William and Mary Ann Dykes jumped in to save this centuries-old classic

    According to a plaque marking the home as a historically significant site, it was difficult to find the right contractor for the job. So the couple took the project into their own hands.

    Over the next 23 years, they meticulously restored the home to its previous glory, before selling it in 2006. Now the one-time frontier trading post is operating as the Wiscasset Antiques Center, waiting for a new owner to decide what its next chapter will be.

    Wiscasset, ME antiques center exterior
    Wiscasset, ME

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