Encompassing 33 acres in Norfolk, VA, this week’s oldest listing is an estate with lake views, a pool, a tennis court, and a main house built in 1672. While the tennis court doesn’t date from the 17th century, the house harkens back to when North America began to catch the attention of Europeans looking for a new life.
And each of this week’s 10 oldest listings holds at least one magical surprise. There’s a Connecticut house with an 18th-century tavern in the basement still intact. A New Hampshire home built in 1700 features a backyard pond teeming with wildlife. And a crisp Massachusetts house built in 1709 with a brand-new barn just might be the ultimate work-from-home setup.
This week’s list of the oldest homes to land on the market is packed with fun features you won’t want to miss. Scroll through and peek at these American treasures just waiting to be rediscovered.
Year built: 1672
Crystal Lake: Encompassing more than 33 acres, this prime property offers views of Crystal Lake. On the large plot of land, you’ll find two homes: a four-bedroom antique Colonial and another four-bedroom home that can be used for rental income.
Built in 1672, the main house features an authentic beehive fireplace, library with fireplace, kitchen with fireplace, master suite with cathedral ceiling, and screened porch overlooking the lake. Outside, there’s a courtyard, in-ground pool, tennis court, and two garages.
Year built: 1700
Serenity now: This 3-acre country retreat features a two-bedroom, 1,182-square-foot home highlighted by pumpkin pine floors, a wood stove and hearth, and birch Shaker-style cabinets. There’s also a new master suite.
Outside, the yard is filled with flowering tress, bushes, perennials, and a garden. Nature lovers will swoon over a pond teeming with ducks and wildlife.
Year built: 1709
Scenic sanctuary: This four-bedroom Colonial has been expanded and upgraded over the centuries to its current size of 4,958 square feet. Vintage features include exposed beams and wide-plank floors.
The acre lot overlooks Little’s Pond and includes a newly rebuilt barn with an additional 3,400 square feet of space.
Year built: 1720
Wagamond’s Pond: Although the home is being sold as is, it’s not in bad shape. The two-bedroom Colonial has been updated with new windows and air conditioning.
Several trees were recently removed to improve the views of the nearby pond. There’s a large two-car garage, and the sale comes with a set of plans for a large addition to the back of the house.
Year built: 1723
John Van Steenburg Home: Close to restaurants and shops, this five-bedroom Colonial survived a British rampage during the Revolutionary War. The home features built-ins, an up-to-date kitchen, and an inviting patio.
Year built: 1732
Buck’s County history: This updated stone farmhouse sits on 13 acres. A wonderful kitchen features custom cabinets and a breakfast area.
Other highlights of the three-bedroom home include an unfinished basement, a pergola-covered patio, and a walk-up attic for storage. Outside, the property includes a barn with garage, a small stone structure believed to be the original smokehouse, and an in-ground hot tub.
Year built: 1735
New England farmhouse: Expanded and completely remodeled in 2002, this three-bedroom home features wood-burning fireplaces in the dining and family rooms. A private backyard offers pond views, gardens, and a tree farm off in the distance.
Year built: 1735
Transition house: After it was built, this structure was converted into a tavern sometime in the 1770s. Although the rest of the seven-bedroom home has been updated for modern life, the basement tavern still exists.
The stately home comes with a third-floor loft residence for an au pair or to rent out. Period highlights include custom millwork throughout as well as seven fireplaces. It’s situated on a 1.17-acre lot close to shops, restaurants, and schools.
Year built: 1740
Elsmere Farm: This former tavern and farm features a 14-room Colonial that’s recently been renovated. Original features like the 10-foot-tall ceilings, gunstock corners, wide-plank pine floors, and 11 fireplaces have been preserved.
There’s a professional-grade kitchen with griddle and pizza oven, and what used to be the barn has been converted into a family room. Upstairs is a roomy, three-room master suite with updated bathrooms.
Year built: 1742
Ann Whitpain House: This landmark has been expanded over the years and currently offers 2,306 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms.
The original living room features a fireplace at each end, a formal dining room with custom corner cabinets, two staircases, and a bright library. There’s also a newly renovated in-ground pool, pool house, and charm to spare.