do you like old houses

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    May 26, 2016 2:56 PM GMT
    Denver Colorado started keeping records ~1890 and structures that are dated 1920 are considered old. You have to put up with rusty tap water, mystic electricals, cracks in the walls that will not go away. But is there a charm in your heart for a money pit?

    Denver city is land locked and the real estate prices have doubled in recent years. Pricing peeps to the suburbs. I am thinking the current youngest generation will never be able to afford their own house. other will be priced out of a semi desirable democratic urban area. These two houses are not in the gay bro Cap Hill but still super very desirable:


    reference the zillow listing 1545 S Broadway Denver $800K/4.1Kft-sq:
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Denver-CO-80210/fsba,fsbo_lt/13369110_zpid/93287_rid/any_days/globalrelevanceex_sort/39.690202,-104.985958,39.686656,-104.990888_rect/17_zm/0_mmm/
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    reference a zillow listing 116 Elisworth Av Denver $320K/.95Kft-sq:
    http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Denver-CO-80210/fsba,fsbo_lt/13345070_zpid/93287_rid/any_days/globalrelevanceex_sort/39.718003,-104.983447,39.710913,-104.993307_rect/16_zm/0_mmm/
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  • Destinharbor

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    May 26, 2016 3:47 PM GMT
    I love old houses. But then I'm from Savannah so... Have lived in a few. Bought a pre-civil war three story townhouse in Savannah and was restoring it when I got transferred to Texas. I'd had all the crown moldings taken down and numbered and boxed and the same with the medallions and the marquetry floors in the living and dining rooms. The idea was to re-plaster and level the floors and reinstall everything with new wiring and plumbing. But I had to go so I sold it to a guy from Ohio who I went to dinner with to discuss the status of the work and go over plans for a new addition on the back for a modern kitchen, bathrooms, etc. Instead of restoring it, he sold the artifacts to Bennigan's, added on nothing, and chopped it into three apartments. Only the exterior was saved by historic ordinance.

    Bought a completely restored house in Alabama that was beautifully done except the bathrooms needed wallpaper. Really, the prior owners had done such a great job that they'd over-priced the market. The husband was getting really ticked at the wife for the cost and one day drove home to have it out with her and found her in bed with the contractor who lived in the guest house. So he pulled out a gun and chased him (naked) through the house shooting. The bullet holes were still in the walls. The guy got away but the (naked) wife was chasing after them screaming so he wheeled around and plugged her dead. Then went up to the Master bedroom and blew his own brains out. I got a good deal on the house.
  • rnch

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    May 26, 2016 3:53 PM GMT
    Look at my profile pics and you will know my reply.


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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 26, 2016 4:04 PM GMT
    I love old houses that have been modernized. My favorite style is "Mid-Century Modern"
  • jeep334

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    May 26, 2016 4:05 PM GMT
    I love old houses as well. Grew up in an area where there were many Revolutionary War era mansions. I was brought up in a beautiful flat roof Victorian home with a winding stairway and the whole deal. I own a home built around the turn of the last century which isn't old by most standards but still over 100 years old.

    I do like modern and open houses as well.

    Good pics.

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    May 26, 2016 5:06 PM GMT
    There are different types of old houses, you americans have hardly any high art buildings like art nouvau, baroque, renaissance, neoclassical, those are not old rusty houses, but true treasures and highly valued, they were build to last hundreds/thousands of years and still are one of the best buildings on the planet


    not your cheap crappy sheds what you have in usa, those are not houses
    ( and yes I am aware you have some high art buildings ) but compared to Europe, you have hardly any and your buildings mostly are very simplistic
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    May 26, 2016 5:37 PM GMT
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    Destin, I don't recall you were from Savannah. I love that place. Been a number of times. Mostly what I've done there is wander street after street studying the building details. Also loved the jazz and food, especially back before I went vegetarian. A while back there was this amazing singer pianist older lady who I used to enjoy when in town. I forget her name but man was she talented. One of my favorite things about those buildings are their fish downspouts. The waterfront, of course I love, just everything about that town. Love it.

    Very into old buildings. But also I like modern especially minimalist. I've redone three older houses and enjoyed that as much of a pain in the ass as it was. Were it not for all this fucking arthritis I might have considered doing another but I've gotten too old for this shit. If this body had held up better I'd have loved to rehabbed an American craftsman home, which is one of my favorite styles.

    Back when I was with my Calif bud he took me by Harley out to see Greene2's Gamble house. Wonderful. Here in Florida we've got two really good repositories of craftsman in Tampa/St. Pete and Orlando. Sadly, they're generally not on properties large enough for all the bamboo.

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  • Corby

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    May 26, 2016 8:44 PM GMT
    I love old houses! Especially built in ghotic and romanian gothic style!
  • Lanter

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    May 26, 2016 8:57 PM GMT
    I enjoy the charm and history of old homes and I've thought it might be fun to rehab a big old house, but I have also known from a very young age that I wanted to build a custom home. Which is exactly what I'm planning to do. And by build, I mean actually design and oversee the construction process from start to finish right down to the smallest detail. Not go into a Toll Brother's or other developers model home, buy a lot and pick out a floorplan with options to go on it. lol

    I've already hand drawn my house on sketchup (computer drawing program). So I don't know if I'll ever live in an old home, but I still can enjoy thinking about it =)
  • interestingch...

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    May 26, 2016 9:03 PM GMT
    Yeh, I couldn't live in a new house, mine is 650 years old with 5 ft thick stone walls and mullion leaded windows, I love it and during the winter with the fires lit, its really cosy. Living in a new house to me would be like living in an office or commercial building, it wouldn't feel homely to me. I like the history and the fact that many people have lived in my house, I consider myself a guardian of heritage and will look after the history for future generations, its a grade 2 listed building so it has restrictions on what you are allowed to do to it.
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    May 26, 2016 10:47 PM GMT
    I love old houses! My town is the oldest in Connecticut and has many houses dating back to the mid-1700's. I've been in a couple of them and while they don't look any different on the outside (except for wood vs. aluminum siding) the differences on the inside are very evident.

    When I was a teen we lived in a home built circa 1890. We had several people say they'd been inside and they all had different versions of what it had been like. One person said there had been a fireplace in every room, yet another said there were none. There was one when we were there. My mom replaced the wallpaper in the master bedroom, first stripping the walls of old paper (6 layers) when all of a sudden it got easy...turns out whoever had used the original layer of wallpaper had taken out a chimney and just papered over the hole, so we were able to confirm the fireplace story. There was also a room that could only be accessed through my bedroom and we learned that had originally been maid quarters with a stairwell going up from the kitchen; a previous owner had taken out the stairs, changed the direction to go down into the storm cellar, and created a door between the rooms.

    The stories older houses could tell!
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    May 26, 2016 11:34 PM GMT
    I like old houses, especially pre-war houses. I live in a 1929 Spanish house and appreciate all the gorgeous architectural details (carved plaster walls & ceilings, beams and mahagony trim everywhere, amazing hand carved ceilings, period windows & doors, & custom hardwood floors with intricate design patterns). With a pre-war house, you may not have the huge kirchens, bathrooms & closets of today's houses, but the trade offs make it worth it!
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    May 27, 2016 1:23 AM GMT
    Absolutely love them. I would love to live in a big ass Victorian house. They have so much character and it's so cool when your home has a history.
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    May 27, 2016 1:33 AM GMT
    I once lived in an apt that once belonged to Tennessee Williams.
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    May 27, 2016 2:29 AM GMT
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    Destin, I don't recall you were from Savannah. I love that place. Been a number of times. Mostly what I've done there is wander street after street studying the building details. Also loved the jazz and food, especially back before I went vegetarian. A while back there was this amazing singer pianist older lady who I used to enjoy when in town. I forget her name but man was she talented. One of my favorite things about those buildings are their fish downspouts. The waterfront, of course I love, just everything about that town. Love it.

    Very into old buildings. But also I like modern especially minimalist. I've redone three older houses and enjoyed that as much of a pain in the ass as it was. Were it not for all this fucking arthritis I might have considered doing another but I've gotten too old for this shit. If this body had held up better I'd have loved to rehabbed an American craftsman home, which is one of my favorite styles.

    Back when I was with my Calif bud he took me by Harley out to see Greene2's Gamble house. Wonderful. Here in Florida we've got two really good repositories of craftsman in Tampa/St. Pete and Orlando. Sadly, they're generally not on properties large enough for all the bamboo.

    Orlando
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    Tampa
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    St. Pete
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    Pasadena Calif
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    I love the Craftsman style from the outside it has always been one of my favorites designs- we have several neighborhoods here in the Bay Area: Berkeley, Piedmont, Oakland, etc. that reflect that period and you see them. I would love to purchase one of these one of these days, but of course gut the inside to ensure it has all the modern conveniences, but still leave the authentic architecture inside.
  • jeepguySD

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    May 27, 2016 3:06 AM GMT
    My house is an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian that I have been restoring for a few years now. It's a beautiful house, but A LOT of work to restore! Well worth it in the end.
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    May 27, 2016 3:26 AM GMT
    i live in my grand parents ' house built in 1919 , when they got married.
    It underwent many transformations through the decades so it has no " heritage" value per say, but a huge sentimental one ! I grew up in it . I could say i'm hoping to die in it but i'm not sure i want that really.
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    May 27, 2016 4:09 AM GMT
    Arts and Crafts homes like the ones pictured above are beautiful.
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    May 27, 2016 10:36 AM GMT
    I love brand new, luxury houses with all the amenities. I lived in older houses all my life, but moved into a brand new house last year. I've never been happier (or prouder) with my surroundings like this. Even when the house is a complete mess, it looks fantastic. Old houses just can't compete.
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    May 27, 2016 12:03 PM GMT
    If they have history to it or some personal connection. There are many old houses in India. The houses here are often passed down generations and you will find many of us will age and die in the same house, our parents/grandparents or even great grandparents were born into. Most people buy a house here with the intention of living there forever.
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    May 27, 2016 3:11 PM GMT
    ya there certainty is an attachment to the house you grew up in. I had more than more expected feelings for my parents house when selling off the estate. Knowing this than i would have been more efficient.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 27, 2016 4:08 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidI love brand new, luxury houses with all the amenities. I lived in older houses all my life, but moved into a brand new house last year. I've never been happier (or prouder) with my surroundings like this. Even when the house is a complete mess, it looks fantastic. Old houses just can't compete.

    In addition to the two old houses I mentioned above^^^, I've had two other old houses. But when I moved to Destin, I bout a brand new townhouse within a high-rise and I have to say, new plumbing and wiring and windows and doors is awful nice. And no yard work.
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    May 27, 2016 4:25 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said... high-rise townhouse and no yard work.
    so obvious HOA fees here. All good but in the end the hoa has debs on the property possibly next in line to taxes. you can pay off your condo mortgage but the hoa fees will always remain and they can increase with time too. Not as good for a retirement sit.
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    May 27, 2016 5:11 PM GMT
    uombroca saidI love the Craftsman style from the outside it has always been one of my favorites designs- we have several neighborhoods here in the Bay Area: Berkeley, Piedmont, Oakland, etc. that reflect that period and you see them. I would love to purchase one of these one of these days, but of course gut the inside to ensure it has all the modern conveniences, but still leave the authentic architecture inside.


    I'm familiar with the ones in Pasadena because my bud was in Hollywood by Griffith and so we used to ride through there out into the mountains. Very beautiful. But I've not been to the Bay area even though I've some family there. Before I was ever out to your coast, back in college, one of my favorite cousins lived in San Fran and was an officer at Tassajara. And now I've another cousin there, a real nice guy, but I've not kept contact because his sister is the one who completely screwed me so I don't want to interfere in their relationship (though she's screwed him too, surprise! only not as badly). Also I've a very good friend down around Newport. But I'd love to travel further north in California one day. All the pictures I've seen of it are stunning so I can imagine how wonderful must be the houses there.
  • rnch

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    May 27, 2016 6:49 PM GMT
    As I quickly found out, old houses are often ice breakers and quite often aphrodisiacs for gay guys.




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