If you can’t tell by now, I love old homes! I grew up in a typical, suburban 1950’s quad level (a twist on the tri-level) and when I grew up, I knew I wanted something different. My first house as an adult was a bungalow-type Sears catalog home built in the early 1900s. As soon as I stepped in the front door with the realtor, I knew it was “the one.” Our second house was new construction and I hated it. Not that new homes aren’t nice … it just wasn’t for me. My current home was built around 1875 and despite its quirky flaws, I love it. And I love walking around looking at other old homes, even if I’ve seen them hundreds of times before. I just never tire of it.
I’ve admired this beauty for years. It’s located in Geneva, Illinois in the heart of the Fox River Valley.
So many amazing details in this stone home, especially the cupola … aka “widow’s walk.”
Right around the corner is this gorgeous clapboard home. I knew someone who lived here,
and I thought they were crazy when they moved out. They said it was too high maintenance.
This new home, made to look old, is next door. Another cupola!
Okay, I could probably live in a new house if it looked like this one. Gorgeous.
Blue houses are my favorite, and this is another charmer I’ve admired for years.
Love the shabby fence …
… and the little gate that greets you!
Houses don’t have to be huge to be beautiful.
I featured the front door of this historic stone home in an earlier post.
A sunny yellow home. I read somewhere that yellow houses sell 80% faster than any other color home.
Here’s the back of the same house.
And a closer look at its darling little windows.
This old house now serves as an attorney’s office. I’m lovin’ that blue-green color.
Another beautiful stone home just a block from the Fox River. I’d love to live in an old stone home.
This love affair with old houses will never fade. Wouldn’t it be fun to live in a different one every year?