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Nope! Just two people obsessed with cheap old houses.
We look at listings all day long, so we always have a good stockpile ready to share. This is partly because we’re just obsessed, and partly because our jobs require it. We run an old house real estate marketplace called CIRCA, which features new historical house listings everyday. Elizabeth also writes the real estate section for Country Living Magazine. And all day, every day, people are DMing and emailing us listings, because we’ve kind of become known as the cheap old house people. We’re cool with that.
Elizabeth has a masters degree in Historic Preservation, so she knows a good old house when she sees it! All of the listings we show are very architecturally-intact and full of original charm and character. Hate is a strong word, but we strongly dislike houses that have been flipped and stripped of all character.
We don’t currently offer state-specific newsletters. However, if you visit our Instagram feed @cheapoldhouses, you can search listings by state using hashtags such as #cheapoldhousesny or #cheapoldhousesms
With its incredible porch + ceilings, this rambling Victorian totally won us over when we posted it on @cheapoldhouses! Its loving owner, Mandy, is bringing us along for the restoration ride @theswanvictorian
One of the sweetest "save" stories comes from Miguel + David, who had broken up and were living apart when Miguel saw this house on @cheapoldhouses. He wrote to David about it, because David had long admired this house. The couple got back together, bought the house, and are restoring it to its former glory! Follow them @hsbartholomewhouse
"Thank you for the post that changed my life", wrote Missie after she spotted her dream home for $73,900 on @cheapoldhouses, and became our very first "save" story! (and yes, we cried tears of joy.) Missie + her basset hound, Louie, are documenting the restoration of this incredible mansion over @louiesmomma_15
Randy + Sandy of @orchardhouseakron snagged this charming Victorian that was featured on @cheapoldhouses, and are hard at work bringing the 1865 Orchard house—and it's killer staircase—back to its original glory.
With zero experience in restoration, first-time homebuyers Tung + Martha have taken on an incredibly beautiful (and incredibly large!) Victorian that was featured on @cheapoldhouses. They fell in love so quickly that they put in an offer before seeing it in person, and are documenting their journey @The.Minnie.Project
Jodie, Garrett + Watson the Pug first spotted their dream bungalow on @cheapoldhouses, and are slowly chipping away at the restoration of the home and its beautiful linoleum rugs. You can live vicariously through their journey at @mainstreethouse_
After spotting it on @cheapoldhouses, Mike left the glam life in Vegas to settle into his Victorian dreamhouse in New York's Finger Lakes region. The home is filled to the brim with Eastlake style details—he scored a gem!
Brittany + Dave are restoring a gorgeous, old Italianate house that sits on 20 acres and was featured on @cheapoldhouses. Follow along with their adventures (and hilarious stories!) at @rademacherrevival
Meet Ross, Jacob + Will, who are collectively restoring the Rockwell House-one of the grandest homes ever featured on @cheapoldhouses (and with the kind of staircase that dreams are made of). Follow their hard work and adventures at @rockwellhousega
Steve + Beverly are restoring this wonderful Victorian in Texas, which they bought after their son sent them the original posting on @cheapoldhouses. They’ve long been documenting their journey at @thehouseonavenueb
One of our favorite Canadian save stories comes from Emma, who bought this incredible Victorian after it was featured on @cheapoldhouses. Join in the fun at @imemmaelizabeth
Nathan + Sarah bought this 150-year old log cabin (on 14 acres!) after it was featured on @cheapoldhouses. They're turning into the dreamiest of all family retreats while restoring its original beauty. Follow along with them at @rustickycabin
After spotting this house on @cheapoldhouses, Jessica fell head-over-heels in love. On 3.57 acres and with a swimming hole, it just happened to be right across the road from where she lived as a toddler! She snatched it up (for $70k!) and fixed it up. You can follow her journey @riverbottomcottage
This beautiful townhouse in the historic district of Wheeling, WV, was featured on @cheapoldhouses and later purchased by a preservation-minded buyer who is planning to restore it to its original glory. Follow along with her at @betsysweeny
This stunning yellow house was featured on @cheapoldhouses and is being restored by a wonderful family who are, in their own words, "tackling a Victorian-era fixer-upper on a Thatcher-era budget." Follow along with them @Blueearth_Yellowhouse_Redink
After it was shown on @cheapoldhouses (price: $62,500), Mary + Larry fell in love with this Italianate house, swept her up and named her Lexibelle. Their restoration adventures are all documented over at @lexibelle_restoration
Nick + Damien snagged one of the prettiest homes in New York after it was featured on @cheapoldhouses (check out that mansard roof!). They're allowing us to live vicariously through their adventures at @thekimblehouse
Michael + Natalie uprooted their lives in New Orleans to move across the country to save this house, which was featured on @cheapoldhouses. Follow along with them at @robins_nook
We’re dreamers. We love old things. And we believe that you’re being sold the wrong American dream. Contrary to what everyone else says, you don’t actually need to buy a million dollar house and go into extreme debt to live a satisfying and beautiful life. But the magic of cheap old houses is not within us—it’s within the hundreds of thousands of people who feel the same way, and who have supported this idea from the very beginning.
There are scores of people who have bought these homes—who are showing the world the immense satisfaction that comes with taking your life in your own two hands, and restoring a little piece of history while doing it. This is the dream that lies within every single listing we find over on @cheapoldhouses. Thank you for being a part of the movement.