Dream House in Cockeysville, MD
A spacious gazebo-accented wraparound porch, petite balcony, bay windows, and darling purple shutters make this beautiful circa-1887 home look like a life-sized dollhouse. The similarities end there — this gracious estate is anything but tiny. First off, there are separate garages that allow parking for up to nine cars. You’ll also have plenty of space for hosting guests, with six bedrooms, three full baths, a kitchen with a sunroom, and a bonus full loft apartment in the attic. The property sits on 1.8 acres (complete with garden) that back up to 6 acres of county land, guaranteeing a relaxing country view from any spot on the grand porch.
$599,944, 37 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Candy-Colored Charmer in San Pedro, CA
One of only a handful of homes in the region dating back to the late 19th century, this 1890 four-bedroom, two-bathroom residence has a vibrant exterior. And it’s just as lovely on the inside. Walk through the perky pink lacelike front door, and you’ll spy wood floors, hand-painted halls (the work of a local artist), graceful archways, and the original butler’s pantry. The spacious corner lot is bordered with an adorable white fence and comes with a delicious bonus: a giant fruit-producing avocado tree.
$424,900, 1216 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Demure Dame in Dillon, MT
Nicknamed “The Grand Old Lady,” this commanding Victorian looks to us just as exquisite today as it did in 1875, the year it was built. The detailed paint job accentuates the fantastic details, such as scalloped siding, millwork, and stained-glass accents. The interior transports you to another time, with lustrous hardwood floors, ceiling medallions, hand-carved moldings, two fireplaces, and engraved door hardware. Updates made to the kitchen and laundry room adapt this period-perfect landmark to fit the pace of modern-day lifestyles. With four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, this 3,933-square-foot home gives you plenty of space to grow on as well.
$429,000, S. Idaho St., Dillon, MT 59725
Soft Beauty in Bloomington, IL
A muted color palette gives this four-bedroom home a sophisticated feel. Named the William Gooding House, this stately circa-1893 residence is beloved by local history lovers and has been featured on the local historic-home tour. The interior has old-fashioned appeal, with a grand staircase, tin ceilings, pocket doors, and wood floors with plenty of character.
Lovely Landmark in St. Louis, MO
A handsome covered front porch creates a great first impression to this 3,423-square-foot Victorian, which was built in 1891. The 9-foot ceilings, grand staircase, and fireplace in the foyer graciously welcome visitors, who will surely flock to your home thanks to six bedrooms (and two and a half baths) and a bonus guest cabin. A large eat-in kitchen with an adjacent breakfast room is a plus for home cooks, while the 2-acre lot is great for sporty types or outdoor entertaining. Lustrous wood floors and refined moldings give every room a stately air.
Mountain’s Majesty in Asheville, NC
This home in Asheville’s trendy Montford neighborhood is big on Victorian charm. Built in 1896, it won a Griffin Award for its renovation in 2003. It’s easy to fall in love with historic details such as original heart pine hardwood floors, especially when they’re paired with modern upgrades such as a spacious master suite (with a balcony, sitting room, and walk-in closet) and a chef’s kitchen with a 48-inch Thermador range.
$964,500, 327 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Beloved in Berkeley, CA
Cheekily called the Painted Lady, this three-story restored Queen Anne–style Victorian in Berkeley was moved to its current site in the 1920s. The home’s seven-color exterior paint restoration project earned a preservation award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association in 2009 — but the interior is just as stunning as the exterior. Details include stained glass, transom windows, pocket doors, an updated chef’s kitchen with Carrara marble countertops, updated baths, and period moldings. Oh, and that structure in the backyard? It’s not a guesthouse: It’s a luxury chicken coop.
$1.85 million, 1830 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94703
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