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Randi + Dave: Towanda, IL

Randi + Dave first spotted their 6,000 sqft mansion, Duncan Manor – an Italianate beauty rising dramatically out of the center of a field – on our website. They happened to be at a wedding nearby and drove by the house, and exactly month (and one BIG leap of faith) later, they had left their tiny Denver apartment for a new life on the farm. After spending months camping on the porch, they were finally able to move inside, where their restoration adventures continue.


Follow along with their inspiring journey on Season 1 of Cheap Old Houses on HGTV or Discovery+ or on their instagram page @duncanmanor


(photo above by the very talented Stephanie Wood)

Tonya: Port Byron, IL

Purchase price: $50,000
House style: Greek Revival
Instagram: @1855revival

Amy + Brandon: Geneva, NY

Purchase price: $102,000
Built: 1875 by Maria Hemiup
Instagram: @grovecastlerenovation

Mary + Larry: Lexington, MO

Listing price: $62,500
Built: 1850
Instagram: @lexibelle_restoration

Brittany + Dave: Mid-Michigan

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!): @rademacherrevival


(photo above by the very talented Maria Horford)

Miguel + David: Bristol, CT

Purchase price: $175,000
Built: 1865
House style: Italianate with Greek/Federal facelift in the early 1900’s
Instagram: @hsbartholomewhouse

Kate + Cameron: Eastern Connecticut

Purchase price: $89,900
Built: 1880
Instagram: @the1880soctagon
TikTok: the1880soctagon

Ashley: Coatesville, PA

Listing price: $84,900
Built: 1740
Instagram: @theoldstonehome

Michael + Natalie: Norwalk, OH

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: @robins_nook

Doyle + Sonia: Frankfort, IN

Purchase price: $47,000
Built: 1877 by Pudley Miller
Instagram: @italiana1877

Karagen + Mitchell: Russellville, KY

Purchase price: $180,000
House style: Second Empire Gothic Victorian
Built: 1830
Instagram: @thedeleusomme

Shelby + Jake: Ironton, OH

Purchase price: $147,000
Built: 1855
House style: Victorian
Instagram: @thetowerhouseironton

Betsy: Wheeling, WV


This beautiful townhouse in the historic district of Wheeling, WV, was featured on @cheapoldhouses and purchased by a preservation-minded buyer for only $16,500 who is planning to restore it to its original glory. Follow along with her at @betsysweeny

Olivia + Brian: Petersburg, VA

Purchase price: $96,000
Built: 1940
House style: Colonial Revival
Instagram: @fixing_up_on_fairfax

Sean: Exeter, ME

Purchase price: $32,000
Fun fact: former Freemason Lodge
Built: 1915
Building style: Greek Revival
Instagram: @pequotpropertygroup

Justin + Vanessa: Wheeling, WV

Purchase price: $93,000
Built: 1860
House style: Victorian

Nick + Damien: Gowanda, NY


Nick + Damien snagged one of the prettiest homes in New York after it was featured on @cheapoldhouses for $59,900 (check out that mansard roof!). They’re allowing us to live vicariously through their adventures at @thekimblehouse


(photo above by the very talented Julie Peveto; you can find her on Instagram @juliepevetophotography)

Melissa + Fabian: Evansville, IN

Purchase price: $107,000
Built: 1899 by Eugene Brady
Instagram: @pinkhouserevival

Jack, Julia + Calvin: Mauricetown, NJ

Purchase price: $90,000
House style: Italianate
Instagram: @haymishhouse

Melissa + Matt: Bear Lake, MI

Purchase price: $93,000
Built: 1900
Instagram: @bearlakevictorian

Samantha: Olney, IL


This Colonial Revival with Queen Anne touches is now loved by Samantha, an interior designer, and her partner. Without finding this gem on @cheapoldhouses, they may have never been able to call this one home! For progress pictures and other design projects, follow along at @sambrazil1!


(photo above by the very talented Mackenzie Schmucker, which you can find @thelocalphoto_)

Willow: Camptonville, CA

Purchase price: $370,000
House style: Gothic Revival
Built: 1854 by Josiah Prentiss Brown

Emma: Shawville, Quebec

Purchase price: 72,500 CAD
Built: 1898 by Moses Chamberlain Eddy
Style: Queen Anne Victorian
Instagram: @imemmaelizabeth

Dustin: Mariaville, ME

Purchase price: $34,000
Built: 1903
Fun fact: it’s a church!

Katie + April: Elmira NY


A mother-daughter duo found this circa 1883 Queen Anne Victorian house on @cheapoldhouses and decided to tackle the plunge into saving this mansion. As the fanciest former dental office we’ve ever seen, they bought the home for only a cool $88,000. To see all of the incredible architectural details, give them a follow @samson_j_friendly_house.

Missy + Louie: Logansport, IN

Listing price: $73,900
Built: 1850
Fun fact: our very first ‘saved’ story!
Instagram: @louiesmomma_15

Will + Mary Kate + Sadie: Davenport, IA

Purchase price: $104,000
Built: 1890

Lora, Jeff, Libby + M: Blue Earth, MN

Listing price: $42,000
Instagram: @blueearth_yellowhouse_redink

Erin + Luke: Syracuse NY


This 1916 Arts + Crafts bungalow was designed by Ward Wellington Ward, and for sale for $94,500 when is was featured on @cheapoldhouses! Erin + Luke’s goal is to make it as original as possible—in their words, “it’s a time warp and we want to ‘warp’ it further!” They even have a designer in LA making a historically accurate linoleum floor. Music to our ears! Follow along: @erinlindemann

Melinda + Herb: Knoxville, MD

Purchase price: $52,000
Built: 1845
Building style: Pennsylvania Stone Bungalow
Fun fact: moved from Louisiana for this house!
Instagram: @stonehousemd1845

Maurizio + Antonella: Marion, IN

Purchase price: $75,000
Built: 1909 by Samuel Plato
Building style: Tudor Revival

Joel + Sherry: Lynn, IN

Purchase price: $74,900
Built: 1880
Fun fact: one of oldest wooden churches in Indiana

Eddie + Julie: Lincoln, KS


After being posted on Cheap Old Houses, this FREE Dutch Colonial house has gone from bleak to bright. To save the house from demolition, Eddie and Julie Flores will move the house to a new location a few miles away and rehab it as their new family home.

Jessica: Bergton, VA

Purchase price: $70,000
Fun fact: also an AirBnB!
Instagram: @riverbottomcottage

Nathan + Sarah: Buffalo, KY

Purchase price: $62,500
Fun fact: same county Abraham Lincoln was born!
Instagram: @rustickycabin

Lana + Bruce: Walhalla, SC

Listing price: $64,999
House style: Colonial Revival
Built: 1880
Instagram: @raising_catherine

Lise: Detroit, MI


We met Lise long before she became our right-hand lady and Content Manager at Cheap Old Houses! Purchased for $78,000, this Tudor was truly love at first sight; when she step foot into the living room, Lise knew this house was meant to be hers. You can read more about her journey here.

Spencer + Thomas: Norway, ME

Fun fact: former hunting club (and place to go to escape prohibition!)
Built: 1876
Instagram: @camp_cinnamon_1876

Steve + Beverly: Hico, TX

House style: Victorian
Website: thehouseonavenueb.com

Ross, Jacob + Will: Milledgeville, GA

Purchase price: $319,500
House style: transition between Federal and Greek Revival
Built: 1838 by Samuel Rockwell
Instagram: @rockwellhousega

Hallie + Ned: North Anson, ME


Hallie + Ned bought a stunning riverfront house that was featured on @cheapoldhouses for $100,000 and came with 10 acres! We call it a dream farmhouse; they call it “a veritable wallpaper retrospective.”  They’re documenting their journey: @tillerproject

Gene + David: Marshalltown, IA

Purchase price: $60,000
Built: 1920
Fun fact: they had to buy a skeleton key to lock the front door!
Instagram: @1920_mtown + @2guysyarn

Mike: Weedsport, NY

Purchase price: $66,000
House style: Victorian
Built: 1830
Fun fact: Mike uprooted his life in Las Vegas for this house
Instagram: @wyld_myk

Amanda + Ben: Merchantville, NJ

Purchase price: $175,000
Built: 1895
Instagram: @springfield_house

Abby + Trey: Aberdeen, NC


Despite the age of this 1913 Colonial Revival, Abby + Trey are only the third family to own the house! That’s right, the Page Mansion was completely furnished with antiques at the time of purchase. You can find some incredible before and after’s on their Instagram @turningthepagemansion!

Jodie, Garrett + Watson the Pug: Joliet, MT

Purchase price: $50,000
Built: 1900
Instagram: @mainstreethouse_

Ally + Jordan: Terre Haute, IN

Purchase price: $115,000
Built: 1882
House style: Queen Anne
Fun fact: original owner was a descendant of the inventor of the Coca Cola bottle!

Lisa: Carnesville, GA

Purchase price: $88,000
Built: 1873
House style: Gothic Revival
Instagram: @jewellville

Tung + Martha: Dayton, OH


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 for $79,900. They fell in love so quickly that they put in an offer before seeing it in person, and are documenting their journey over at @The.Minnie.Project

Randy + Sandy: Akron, OH

Purchase price: $85,000
Built: 1865
Instagram: @orchardhouseakron

Bea + Mike: Momence, IL

Purchase price: $74,000
Built: 1885
House style: Victorian Italianate
Instagram: @making_momence

Marguerite: Weyauwega, WI

Purchase price: $43,000
Built: 1900
Instagram: @maggiibleu_maison

Emily: Barnet, VT


After years of hunting for a city-free getaway, @cheapoldhouses was a key part of how Emily dreamed about the new life she would have when leaving the hustle and bustle of New York City behind. Emily spotted ‘the one’ in her home state of Vermont on the Cheap Old Houses feed. Follow along Emily and her pup Hanna as she brings new life to a very old home @for_agnes_with_love

Chris + Jenny: Steuben, ME

Purchase price: $99,000
Built: 1829 by the Dutton family
House style: Federal
Instagram: follow their amazing GC @pinestatebuilders

Matt: Mount Pulaski, IL

Purchase price: $15,000
Built: 1896
Building style: Queen Anne
Instagram: @mr_nostynova

Renee, Larry, Brad, + Julie: Hartford City, IN

Purchase price: $80,000
Built: 1888
Fun fact: old schoolhouse + found via our Cheap Old Farmhouses Issue #17

Jenn + Brandon: Halifax, NC


This Federal-period home with a Victorian addition was purchased by Jenn + Brandon for a cool $11,000 after seeing it on @cheapoldhouses. They were even able to have their wedding here among the restoration process. Follow along at @johnbrownhouse or visit their website at thejohnbrownhouse.com!

Shane + Bob: Xenia, OH

Purchase price: $75,000
Built: 1860 by George Duke Thornhill
House style: Italianate
Instagram: @dukesofthornhill

Shawn + Jennifer: Cartersville, VA

Purchase price: $156,000
Built: 1850 by John Todd Wood
House style: Georgian Greek Revival
Fun fact: there is a cemetery on the property where John T. Wood and his wife are buried
Instagram: @historicfarmhousefamily

Aaron + Rae: River Falls, WI

Purchase price: $190,000
Built: 1972 by Mike McGuire
House style: Bermed Earth Shelter
Instagram: @clarknelsonhouse

Mandy: Richmond, ME


With its incredible porch + ceilings, this rambling Victorian totally won us over when we posted it on @cheapoldhouses for $99,900! Its loving owner, Mandy, is bringing us along for the restoration ride: @theswanvictorian

Diana: McKeesport, PA

Purchase price: $9,001
House style: Queen Anne

Hannah: Hartford, WI

Purchase price: $230,000
Built: 1969
House style: Mid-Century Modern
Instagram: @justhannahbaird

Amy + Harell: Chesterton, IN

Purchase price: $67,000
Built: 1939

Kaycee + Mark: Norcross, MN


Kaycee + Mark are saving this remarkable former school to transform into their home. Purchased for only $35,000 and built in 1938, this art deco, solid concrete building will sparkle once again! Find their next restoration assignment at @schoolhousehome and artdecoschool.com


Kaye: Trenton, TN

Purchase price: $46,000
Built: 1905 by George F. Barber
Building style: Queen Anne
Instagram: @bringbackoldhouses

Kristin: Cumberland, MD

Listing price: $99,900
Instagram: @krbntt

Greg + Jennifer: Elwood, IN

Purchase price: $95,000
Built: 1903 by funds from Andrew Carnegie
Building style: Neo Classical
Fun fact: one of 1,689 Carnegie libraries in the U.S.
Instagram: @thecarnegieindiana

Brandon + Sera: Livingston, AL


A gas fireplace in nearly every room must’ve drawn this family in to take on downtown living for only $50,000! Brandon + Sera are planning on turning this C. 1924 house into their dream home. To see more of their Southern journey, find them at @foreverinthesouth

Dee: Richmond, IN

Purchase price: $91,400
Built: 1880 by The Kempton Family
Building style: Free Classic Queen Anne
Fun fact: they’re moving across the country for this house

Michael + Marge: Fitzwilliam, NH

Purchase price: $57,000
Built: church 1875 / bell tower 1899
Instagram: @thisoldnhchurch

Natalya + Edgar: Roswell, NM

Purchase price: $42,000
Built: 1912
Building style: Queen Anne
Fun fact: they moved 1,100 miles just for this house

Sarvie + Jasper: Big Indian, NY


Sarvie + Jasper’s lives were changed when they bought this amazing Bavarian Style Cottage! Featured on @cheapoldhouses for $95,000, they restored this gem! They have recently started a new chapter with another Cheap Old House in Europe.

Erin + Chris: Collinsville, IL

Purchase price: $35,000
Built: 1870 by Capt. George Miller
Building style: Second Empire
Fun fact: known as the Miller Sims House

Tiffany: Mason City, IL

Purchase price: $50,000
Built: 1929

Jess + Tareq: Montezuma, GA

Purchase price: $69,900
Built: 1900
Building style: Queen Anne Victorian
Fun fact: made an offer sight-unseen
Instagram: @volatile.renovation

Jason + Rebecca: Mayodan, NC


As featured on @cheapoldhouses Instagram and HGTV show for only $58,000, Jason + Rebecca relocated their family from California to the Mayodan Hotel. The building came furnished and they continue to find treasures tucked in drawers in every room. They already started work on the hotel using several archival photos to guide them. Follow along at @mayodanhotel

Cynthia: Orange, MA

Purchase price: $150,000
Built: 1903 by John Wheeler
Building style: Classical Revival
Instagram: @revivalwheelermansion

Tracy + Tom: Wabash, IN

Purchase price: $70,000
Built: 1885 by Frank Morse
Building style: Italianate
Instagram: @once.upon.an.italianate

Ryan: Dayton, OH

Purchase price: $110,000
Built: 1926
Fun fact: the previous owner left their extensive wine collection in the wine cellar!

Connor + Kayli: Higginsport, OH


Found in our Cheap(ish) eNewsletter, Conner & Kayli were drawn to this unique property and purchased it for $165,000. They were told that the original owner was a whiskey dealer; he would drive his horse and buggy through the tunnel into the wine cellar. How wild!

Connie + Steve: Canisteo, NY

Purchase price: $83,500
Built: 1836 by Lawrence Allison
Building style: Greek Revival

Stella + Panos: Catskill, NY

Purchase price: $81,000
Built: 1900
Fun fact: Everyone in the village claims to have dated a person living in it!

Bebe + Marvin: Davenport, IA

Purchase price: $105,000
Built: 1864 by Margareta and August Marks Steffen
Building style: Italianate
Fun fact: they moved cross country from Phoenix for this house!
Instagram: @margaretaauguststeffenhouse

Deirdra + Leif: Flaxton, ND

Purchase price: $46,000
Built: 1912
Fun fact: they’re finding historical items and messages behind the walls
Instagram: @deirdraeden

Kristin: Syracuse, NY

Purchase price: $45,000
Built: 1885 by Archimedes Russell
Building style: Shingle
Fun fact: the previous owner considered duct tape as a building material
Instagram: @kristin_mahoney_ny

Kim + Robert: Ebersbach, Germany

Purchase price: $68,000
Built: mid 1860’s
Building style: Half-Timber
Fun fact: it’s a hotel known as The Lamplelburg and was built where a previous castle existed

Jack + Kelley + family: Cullowhee, NC

Purchase price: $69,000
Built: by Black Mt Lumber Co.
Fun fact: purchased as a family summer retreat and they refer to “her” as Someday, because ‘someday’ she will be finished
Instagram: @someday.farmhouse

Jesse + Susie: Mitchell, IA

Purchase price: $84,900
Built: 1873 by C. C. Vanderpoel
Building style: Gothic Revival
Fun fact: they moved 2,000 miles to save this house and are only the 4th owners
Instagram: @updationnest

Jenni + Sarah: South Bend, IN

Purchase price: $112,000
Built: 1904
Building style: Free Classic Queen Anne by John Nietzel
Fun fact: moved a historic garage to this property via Indiana Landmarks’ May House that destined for demolition unless it could be repurposed
Instagram: @pennyhillhomes

Logan + Makayla: Atchison, KS

Purchase price: $113,000
Built: 1857
Building style: Italianate

Eric + Lauren + Xavier: Durham, NC

Purchase price: $479,000
Built: 1923
Building style: Foursquare
Fun fact: connected with the grandchild and the great grand child of the original owners; they were able to share before and after pics with them

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