Start off 2021 with a step back into the distant past. We invite you on a tour through the 10 oldest homes to land on the market this week.
This collection of centuries-old residences has seen it all. The oldest of the bunch dates from as early as 1725, and the “newest” was completed in 1790, the year President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address.
Some of the homes feature 21st-century upgrades, but all are a sturdy reminder of things that were built to last.
Quality woodwork, thick stone walls, and huge hearths are the features most likely to be around three centuries on. These days, those classic touches live in harmony with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and trendy gray-and-white paint schemes.
So ring in the new year with a look back at homes built nearly 300 years ago. Each has a story to tell, a history to celebrate, and plenty of life left to live with a new owner.
Year built: 1725
Bucks County: A parklike acre of land surrounds this five-bedroom stone Colonial farmhouse. Highlights of this historic gem include the wraparound front porch, built-in bookcases, random-width hardwood floors, and vaulted ceilings.
The master suite has been updated and features a skylight, whirlpool tub, and private balcony. Outside, there’s plenty of space for entertaining and an oversized, detached garage.
Year built: 1732
Stone farmhouse: Stately and proud, this three-bedroom stone farmhouse sits at the end of a long driveway, with many of its original features intact. Highlights include four fireplaces, as well as original floors, woodwork, and hardware.
The property also has a four-bedroom guesthouse with an updated kitchen, outbuildings including a bank barn with horse stalls and a garage, a seasonal creek, and an orchard.
Year built: 1739
Beardsley house: Built by Charles Lane for the Beardsley family, this stylish, four-bedroom Colonial with the bright yellow door has been loved and maintained over the centuries.
There’s a newer kitchen, with a farm sink, granite counters, and breakfast bar, as well as a keeping room with a fireplace, a library, and a sunroom. The 3,315-square-foot home sits on almost 1.5 acres, with a patio, fireplace, stone walls, pergola, and waterfall.
Year built: 1760
Beesley’s Point: Right next to Great Egg Harbor Bay and close to the shore, this classic three-bedroom is a true Jersey Shore throwback. A huge, 1.6-acre yard sprawls around the house, which is only a short distance from a boat ramp, the beaches, and bike paths.
Year built: 1770
Restored Colonial: This is the first time in 200 years that this 4-acre property has been for sale. Recently updated, the home now features four bedrooms and 3,122 square feet of living space.
There’s a keeping room with beehive bake oven, a kitchen with granite and butcher-block countertops, four fireplaces, as well as original paneling, moldings, and wide-board floors.
The second floor is accessible via two staircases, and the walk-up attic could be finished and turned into additional living space.
Year built: 1772
Ivy Cliff: This home, smack-dab in the center of Virginia, was once home to the Revolutionary War hero Capt. Henry Brown.
The 17-acre lot has lovely views of mountains, a spring-fed pond with covered dock, and many outbuildings. The five-bedroom main house has undergone a complete renovation and has 10 fireplaces, 44 reglazed windows, and over 1,000 square feet of porch.
Year built: 1780
State Line Farm: This farmhouse dates to 1780 and includes 16 acres of fenced pasture land with a pond and red barn.
According to the listing, the three-bedroom main house is “in good shape for being 240 years old, but could use a little work.”
Year built: 1786
Antique Colonial: This 2-acre property on the east edge of the Berkshires includes a main house, an apartment, and two large sheds.
The four-bedroom main house has a large kitchen/dining room with wood ceiling, original woodwork, and pocket doors. The apartment has a full bathroom, large living room, and eat-in kitchen.
Both overlook the large backyard with pool and are located only minutes from downtown Westfield.
Year built: 1790
Candlewood Lake: Updated in 2018, this three-bedroom Colonial comes with an in-ground gunite pool, stone terrace, perennial gardens, and garden shed.
The main house features new paint, a renovated kitchen, new roof, laundry, and updated electrical.
Year built: 1790
Jeremiah Tuttle house: This brick Federal-style, six-bedroom home has just under 2 acres conveniently located near shops and commuter routes.
Inside, highlights include wood paneling, seven wood-burning fireplaces, and 9-foot ceilings. An attached barn offers possibilities for conversion into a guest space or storage.