It’s impossible to resist oogling houses on the instagram accounts @cheapoldhouses @circahouses and others, and following #renovationdiaries or some similar hashtag. Or, maybe you’re more the type to dream while watching “Fixer Upper” or a similar HGTV show. (My mixed feelings remain on HGTV, as do my viewing habits.)
As preservationists, we see potential in most every building. And when there’s an affordable (sometimes incredibly cheap) house just waiting for a new owner to uncover its story and restore its beauty, it’s hard not to be tempted to scoop up the house. A few that caught my eye lately:
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4625 Forsyth St, Bagdad, FL — Such a sweet little Florida home! "Incredible opportunity for historic restoration of the Turner House. John B. Turner was physician to more than 3 generations of Bagdad residents and mill workers. Across the street you’ll find the Thompson House, and plenty more of historic old Florida charmers throughout the village of Bagdad. The recently opened Bagdad Mill Site Park is just a bike ride away, and is truly a one-of-a-kind park that sits on the Blackwater River. Great potential to give new life to this craftsman-style bungalow beauty! Be aware, there are renovation loans available for those looking to take advantage of financing!" — link in profile
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702 Mulberry St, Louisville, GA — My heart breaks for this $15,000 house. What an unbelievable place. The side photo is amazing, too! "The Little House in Louisville, GA is a rare grand example of residential Gothic Revival construction in Georgia." Please someone save this one! — link in profile
Would you ever pick up and move to a new place just for a house? While I fantasize about such things, because I daydream about old buildings, I don’t think I could actually do so. Once upon a time, younger me wanted to live in the middle of nowhere as long as I had land and beautiful old house. Actual grown-up me cannot fathom living in the middle of nowhere. I choose to live in the city, within walking distance to most everything, and not even in an old house. That last part is another story for another day.
What about you? Do you choose location? Do you choose your dwelling? Have your thoughts changed over time? What is more important to you and for what reasons? I choose location for economic, recreation, quality of life, and carbon footprint reasons. Maybe someday the perfect house in the ideal location will find its way to me. For now, I’m happy to gaze and daydream about cheap old houses, just my own preservation fantasies. What’s caught your eye lately?
(If you’re wondering, I love this instagram account, which is why I’m posting about it. Posts on Preservation in Pink are never sponsored. I simply share what I like.)