Home Goes on the Market for the First Time in 700 Years
Looking for a longstanding property with some history? An estate for sale in Adlington, Cheshire, UK, has its roots in the Saxon era. Adlington Hall was the home to seven generations of Norman Earls until it passed to King Henry III in 1221. Some of that history is gone forever, as the oldest part of the existing house, the Great Hall, was completed in 1505. The house has been expanded, reduced, and remodeled in various phases since then. Adlington Hall has been the private home of the Legh family for hundreds of years. It can be yours for a mere £30 million.
For Sale: An American House Owned by the Same Family for 300 Years
Here's an opportunity to buy a historic home that figured in the American Revolution. If you don't have a couple million dollars to spare, you can look inside anyway and see how well-off people lived back then. The house at 99 Sudbury Road in Concord, Massachusetts, was built by one of Concord's original settlers, soon after the land was purchased in 1653. It was sold toDeacon Edward Wheeler in 1696, and has since been in the Wheeler family's possession. But on the death of Betty and Richard Wheeler, the home is now on the market. Owners of the home have included two Wheelers who fought in the American Revolution. During the war, the house was used to store supplies for the Continental Army, such as tents and tools. It has 4,510 square feet of interior space, which includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms (yeah, those were added long after the war). Historic details include wide plank flooring and five fireplaces outfitted for cooking. However, the kitchen is relatively modern, having been remodeled in the 1950s. One thing to keep in mind about buying a historic home is that it is protected through the local historical association, in this case the Historic New England Preservation Easement Program. It allows necessary upgrades to kitchens and bathrooms, but restricts total overhauls. Still, who would want to change a thing about this charming 369-year-old house? See 40 pictures of the outside and inside at the real estate listing. -via Fark#realestate #historichome #AmericanRevolution
New York City's Oldest Home is on the Market
In the priciest listings in the East Village of Manhattan, the top is dominated by full buildings of apartments that go for millions of dollars. But the second most expensive listing is for a single family home, at $8,900,000. The five-story house is sandwiched between other buildings, but at one time it was a free-standing home. Sure, it has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths, but the reason it's so expensive is its history. The house at 44 Stuyvesant Street is the oldest home in the city.The house was constructed in 1795 for Nicholas William Stuyvesant, per the 1969 St. Mark's Historic District designation report. He was the great-great-grandson of Peter Stuyvesant — the last Dutch director-general of the New Amsterdam colony, which eventually became New York City.
The Mansion That Inspired The Great Gatsby
There was more than one mansion on Long Island's Gold Coast that influenced the writing of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald. The neighborhood was the playground of the elite wealthy during the early 20th century. The most opulent was Harbor Hill, owned by Clarence Mackay and his wife Kitty. Mackay's story is one we've all heard before, even if the names change. Industrial tycoons of the Gilded Age passed their wealth down to descendants who only wanted to party the Roaring '20s away, until the crash of 1929 ruined everything. Let's take a look at the amazing display of conspicuous consumption that Harbor Hill was to Clarence Mckay, and ultimately to F. Scott Fitzgerald.#historicmansion #historichome #TheGreatGatsby #HarborHill
7 Modernist Homes Fit for a Movie Villain
The house above, named the Chemospere, resembled nothing as much as a UFO. In 1960, aerospace engineer Leonard Malin inherited land on a steep hillside that would be hard to build on. He enlisted architect John Lautner, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, to build the home. It was later the scene of a real murder, and in 1984 was the setting of Brian De Palma's movie Body Double. The Chemosphere is only one of a list of seven glorious modernist houses that were so striking that they made it into the movies. Five of the homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or architects who trained under him. Another is the Hollyhock House, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1922.
Britain's Smallest House has a 16-square-foot Interior
The smallest house in Britain can be found in Conwy, Wales. The Quay House has a useable floor space of only 16 square feet! How does someone live like that? Well, it was built in the 16th century, when no one expected a house to come with a bathroom, or even a kitchen. Quay House does have a fireplace, which is where one would cook back then. Besides a fireplace, the house has stairs to a second floor, which contains a small bed. The downstairs has room for a small bench and not much else. There's a water tap underneath the stairs. The house was occupied until 1900, but no one was interested in living there after that date. It's now a tourist attraction, and you can go inside for a small fee (one at a time, please). Read the history of the Quay House, the ultimate in tiny houses, and see more pictures at Mental Floss.#tinyhome #tinyhouse #Wales #historichome
Fairview Manor: The Perfect Tim Burton Setting Can Be Yours
Fairview Manor is an eccentric Victorian home near Hudson, New York, and it's on the market for 1.2 million. The 7400-square-foot house sits on 12 acres and includes two guesthouses and other assorted outbuildings. It's been for sale for a couple of years, and the price has dropped from 1.7 million. It's listed with zero bedrooms, because of its unique history as an institution, but there are plenty of rooms, so how you configure it is up to you. You might want to sleep in the auditorium! Built in 1869, the mansion has been a college, an orphanage, a boarding school, and an artist's studio. The current owner is renowned artist Mihail Chemiakin, who was exiled from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. The house is filled with his archives, art supplies, and sculptures. Sadly, not all of the whimsical sculptures that dot the landscape will be included in the sale.
Writer's Homes You Can Visit for Inspiration
One's surroundings can open the mind for creativity. A writer's home doesn't have to be sumptuous, but to produce classic literature, a writer must be comfortable enough to contemplate and craft stories. Of course, some writers start out poor and with success work their way up to owning a grand mansion, while others are born into wealth, education, and time of one's own. An author who achieves worldwide notoriety may eventually have a museum in their honor, often at the home they lived in. The grand house above was where Vladimir Nabokov lived in Siverskaya, Russia. Below, you'll see the famous boathouse Dylan Thomas occupied in Laugharne, Wales. While not quite as grand, it was inspirational. He wrote poetry in the garage he turned into a studio.
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