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Real stories of real people who have upended their lives to restore homes featured on @cheapoldhouses

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)

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

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

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

Kristin: Cumberland, MD

Listing price: $99,900
Instagram: @krbntt

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)

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

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_)

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

Laine + Kevin: Lewisville, GA

 

The “Little House” was for sale for years for $15,000 until a wonderful couple with an eye for good bones spotted it on @cheapoldhouses. Laine and Kevin named her Louise, and began documenting every bit of this incredible and ambitious restoration project over at @ourrestorationnation

 

Sadly, Louise burned in a fire in a freak lightening storm this summer. We are continuing to watch their journey unfold as they find their next restoration project!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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 johnbrownhousehalifax.com!

Chris + Jenny: Steuben, ME

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

Emily: Barnet, VT

Purchase price: $400,000
Built: 1796
Instagram: @for_agnes_with_love

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

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

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

Shelby + Jake: Ironton OH

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

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