2.10.2010

Real Estate Sampler (Part II)

Today's real estate sampler features a small California mid-century modern dream home, a pristine brick Victorian mansion in Missouri at an unbelievably low price, and an unusual 70's modern fixer in a small coastal town in northern Maine.

First up is a 1953 Cliff May Rancho in Long Beach. 3 Bedrooms/1.75 Bathrooms with 1,361 sq. ft. With a backyard oasis like this (and views of it from almost every room), I would never want to leave home. Priced at $595,000. During the boom a few years ago, I imagine this home would have been worth about 1.2 million.



House #2 is a pristine Victorian mansion in Nevada Missouri, built in 1882. From the listing: "This Victorian gem was built around 1882 by "Dutch" Wachtel. The exterior is brick with wood gingerbread trim. Window lintels and sills are stone. The front doors have ruby red glass inserts that are highly unusual, they allow you to see out but not in. The interior wood trim is the original pine. Pine was the rare wood in this area where oak and hickory were common trees. The home features large stone sills at the interior doorways on the first floor. 

Previous owners have done extensive and careful renovation. The mechanical systems, included but not limited to the follow have been updated: wiring, central heat and air, plumbing, and hot water heater. The roof has been reshingled with architectural shingles. The interior has all of the orignal details: transoms (with opening hardware), the original door hinges and knobs; all of the original wood trim and woodwork (which is in excellent condition). Home is in immediate move in condition."

Priced at $124,900. I think this home sold or the listing expired in the past few days, because I can't find it on eBay anymore. Still worth posting because it's crazy that in some parts of the country you can still own a Victorian mansion for this price.





This 1971 modern home in Calais, Maine has great bones, and I'm itching to get my hands on it for renovation. Built in 1971, this 3/2 has 1600 sf, an ocean view, an indoor pool, a fireplace in the kitchen, and some great modern elements (though currently they're well-hidden by some really tacky decor). $235,000.
realtor.com





It's fun to dream...

12 comments:

Pretty Little World said...

I love all three of these houses, and they're all such different styles.

I think the last one is my favorite, mostly because I feel as though I would immediately feel at home anywhere in Main (despite the fact that I've never been there). You're right about that interior though - yeesh, bad. Honestly though, I can't believe a house right on the ocean like that is only $235,000 - somehow I imagine oceanfront property costing way more than that!

~KS said...

OMG... that 1st one?!?! The pool... the tree in the pool?? I would never leave my house... ever.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That pool is awesome!

Awesome Sara said...

ru buying these homes??? get the first one!!!!

Sam said...

Swooon-o-rama with the pool in number one!!! Imagine! Such heaven! The historicity of the Victorian house really appeals to me too though....hmmmm I'll have to think it over!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

The Bonsai island in the pool is quite creative! Greetings fm Singapore dear! xo*

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Marsi you could make this a regular feature & I'd be thrilled. You've picked such great homes to transform. How about that island in the middle of that great pool..hah! Just thinking about breathing new life into these sleepers gets my blood pumping. Hope you are doing well and thank you so much for your 'expat' advice. SO..so..appreciated. You are one smart cookie and I value your opinion. Great weekend to you and your husband xx deb

Beth said...

My fave is the brick Victorian, but I'd like to see it in Maine, not Missouri. But not Calais -- that's way, way up by the Canadian border. Too far out for me! I like how you are doing this feature on homes. I love houses!

tinypaperheart said...

aww love that floral chandelier! :)

Purple Deer said...

AHH!! That mid century house at the top is to die for. Sometimes I think people just make homes like that to torture the apartment dwellers like moi.

The Knitwit Hues said...

This is a great post! Such fun to explore and dream. I often search the RE listings online, but this was WAY better. Hope you do this again!

OneCraftyFox said...

Very interesting and diverse.