Antique Show: The 10 Oldest Homes To Hit the Market This Week

In the year 1690, the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued its first paper money, the first, in fact, in North America. Possibly, someone used a bunch of those crisp, new bills to build themselves a house in Wareham, MA. Today, a home that was built in that year is the first on our list of the 10 oldest homes to hit the market this week.

For those who enjoy antiquing, perusing listings of vintage homes is the ultimate in window shopping.

While these 10 homes all date to the early 1700s, none of them are 100 percent original on the inside—which is a point in their favor. (As in, indoor plumbing didn’t start sweeping through the nation until the 1840s.)

All of the properties have been updated to some extent and boast features including solar panels, air conditioning, in-law units, and open kitchens. A old-timey home in Miller Place, NY, even added a free-form pool to the backyard.

While you will appreciate the updates, you’ll never forget you’re in a centuries-old home, thanks to original touches such as wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and period fireplaces.

So doff your tricorner hat and tour the 10 oldest homes to go up for sale this week.

1. 709 Main St, Wareham, MA

Year built: 1690

Price: $499,900

Oldie but goodie: Known as Lincoln House, the updated Colonial is one of Wareham’s original properties. The place has been “lovingly restored” by its owners of the last 15 years.

The seven-bedroom home includes a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances.

Period touches include hardwood floors, a clawfoot tub, fireplaces, a wine room, and a library.  Set on almost 2 acres, the property also boasts a barn and carriage house.

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2. 457 Roode Rd, Griswold, CT

Year built: 1700

Price: $299,900

Oldie but goodie: With over 300 years of history, this five-bedroom home was first called Benjamin Coit Farm, after a local judge. In the 1800s and 1900s, it became Town Farm, also known as an almshouse, a place that housed the poor. 

The main area of the 3,680-square-foot layout includes six original fireplaces and wood plank flooring, as well as a kitchen, three large sitting rooms, a mudroom, and a full bath on the first floor.

Two stairways access the second floor, which features a large sitting area and two big bedrooms.

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3. 2201 Rosendale Rd, Niskayuna, NY

Year built: 1700

Price: $485,000

Oldie but goodie: Said to be the oldest home and parcel in Niskayuna, the “magnificent home” sits on a 2-acre lot.

The price reflects the repairs and exterior painting required to bring this six-bedroom home back to its original splendor.

The home’s exact age can’t be determined from property records, but estimates from the town’s historian suggest it could be even older than its listed age.

Niskayuna, NY

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4. 501 Naughright Rd, Washington Township, NJ 

Year built: 1700

Price: $414,900

Oldie but goodie: The “warm and welcoming” four-bedroom Colonial comes with updates to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Period touches including fireplaces, exposed beams, and hardwood floors remain intact. The 1-acre-plus property also includes a fenced backyard and patio. 

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5. 139 Elfreths Alley, Philadelphia, PA

Year built: 1703

Price: $600,000

Oldie but goodie: Located on the United States’ oldest occupied residential street, this historic landmark is up for auction, with a minimum bid of $600,000.

The winning bidder will acquire the two-bedroom townhome and all its furnishings and historic artifacts. It includes original fireplaces, cedar shingles, and exposed brick walls, yet boasts modern comforts including an updated bath, kitchen, and central air.

Get your bids in now—the auction concludes on Sept. 24.

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6. 178 N. Country Rd, Miller Place, NY

Year built: 1705 

Price: $699,900

Oldie but goodie: Known as the Richard Miller Home, this six-bedroom home is a party out back. Set on just over an acre, the backyard features a patio with free-form pool, and a barbecue area with dining and lounging spaces. 

Inside the covered front porch, you head in to the updated kitchen with granite counters and modern appliances, as well as a sitting room, dining room, and study.

The master suite comes with an en suite bath and walk-in shower. The finished attic with media room includes surround sound. Original features include wide-plank flooring, two fireplaces, and two staircases. A separate apartment with kitchen, living area, and bath can welcome guests, or house an au pair.

Miller Place, NY

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7. 4 and 5 Water St, Napanoch, NY 

Year built: 1707

Price: $579,900

Oldie but goodie: Fully restored, this three-bedroom home has been sensitively upgraded with an eye to historic preservation, with the integration of modern comforts.

The property includes a historic paper mill, and overlooks waterfalls on a private river.

The house features stonework, wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and three fireplaces. Meanwhile, the new kitchen includes walls of windows, a large island, and bar seating.

Napanoch, NY

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8. 726 Reservoir Rd, Burrillville, RI 

Year built: 1707

Price: $300,000

Oldie but goodie: Known as the Zachariah Eddy Homestead, this three-bedroom home is said to use “King’s wood,” which was reserved for the ships of George III.

There are also wide-plank floors as well as four fireplaces. The kitchen is furnished with new appliances, and includes a butler’s pantry.

Other highlights include an upstairs bonus room, a newer roof, newer paint, and an outbuilding.

Burrillville, RI

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9. 23 Parker Bridge Rd, Andover, CT

Year built: 1713

Price: $274,900

Oldie but goodie: The center-chimney Colonial Cape offers a home where history mingles with modern style.

The three-bedroom residence includes three fireplaces with wood-burning stoves, wide-plank floors, and post-and-beam construction.

Modern conveniences include thermopane windows, ductless AC, solar panels, and vinyl siding. There’s also brand-new, wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room and den. 

Andover, CT

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10. 1866 Main Rt 6A St, West Barnstable, MA

Year built: 1720

Price: $499,000

Oldie but goodie: You know a house is old when the floor plan includes a “birthing room.”  In addition to an in-home delivery room, this lovely two-bedroom home has wide-plank floors, an eat-in kitchen, three fireplaces, a living room, and a dining room or family room.

Set on over an acre, the grounds include a private rear yard, specimen trees, a lawn, and a garden.

The location is only minutes to downtown Hyannis, Millway Beach, and Barnstable Village and harbor. 

West Barnstable, MA

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Craving Extra Square Footage? Here’s Where Renters Can Score the Most Space for Their Money

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After being homebound for months on end, many Americans are craving a bit more square footage, some outdoor space, and a home office or two—all the better to ride out the rest of the pandemic and beyond. But where can those seeking a bit more room go while still being within commuting distance of the big cities?

They should probably head south. John’s Creek, GA, about 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta, offers the largest average apartment size outside one of the 30 largest cities, according to a recent analysis by RENTCafe. Apartments in the Atlanta suburb clocked in at an average of roughly 1,225 square feet. That’s plenty of space for an extra work area, an online schooling nook for the kids, or even a hobby room.

The median rent in John’s Creek was $1,950 a month, according to realtor.com® data.

The rental site looked at apartments only within the 30 largest metropolitan areas, which include a main city and surrounding suburbs, towns, and smaller urban areas. RENTCafe used Yardi Matrix data to analyze apartment sizes. Only rentals in buildings with 50 or more units were included.

More Americans have been moving out of the cities, seeking more privacy and space since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the suburbs have become hot markets for both renters and home buyers. And as white-collar workers continue to be allowed to work remotely, they’re moving farther and farther out.

Only two other burbs offered more than an average 1,200 square feet.

Wellington, FL, about an hour and 20 minutes north of Miami, offers renters an average of 1,208 square feet. Meanwhile, Lake Wylie, SC, about 30 minutes southwest of Charlotte, NC, provides an average 1,205 square feet.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Pikesville, MD, outside of Baltimore, at 1,185 square feet; Longwood, FL, outside of Orlando, at 1,178 square feet; Avenel, NJ, outside of New York, at 1,176; Park Forest, IL, outside of Chicago, at 1,168; Bear, DE, outside of Philadelphia, at 1,141; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, outside of Los Angeles, at 1,133; and Woodbury, MN, outside of Minneapolis, at 1,123.

Other notable metro areas not in the top 10 were Camp Springs, MD, roughly 30 minutes southeast of Washington, DC; Peabody, MA, about 30 minutes northeast of Boston; and Menlo Park, CA, about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

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Watch: How to Calculate Your Home’s Square Footage–It’s Surprisingly Tricky

 

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‘The Pandemic Should Be a Wake-Up Call’: Neighborhoods That Were Redlined Are More Vulnerable to COVID-19, Research Suggests

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The legacy of redlining lives on today in terms racial disparities in wealth and education.

And now with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging communities of color, researchers say that racist housing policies have contributed to worse health outcomes for many Americans.

Neighborhoods that were historically barred from mortgage lending continue to see a lower life expectancy and a higher prevalence of chronic diseases, according to a new study from researchers at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Richmond.

“Historical structural racism created economic and health disparities we see today,” Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, said in the report’s release. “That’s an old problem, but the pandemic should be a wake-up call.”

Other research has shown how redlining policies of the past continue to affect Americans today. Following the Great Depression, a federal agency known as the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation was tasked with assessing the risk of real-estate investments nationwide. Color-coded maps were drawn up designating neighborhoods that where lending was deemed less risky.

However, those designations were largely predicated on the racial composition of these communities. Predominately Black neighborhoods were redlined, marking them as the most hazardous areas for mortgage lending.

As a result, Black Americans faced significant challenges becoming homeowners. While civil-rights legislation officially banned redlining, its effects continue today in the form of socioeconomic disadvantages — and chronic health conditions.

The NCRC study found that rates of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and obesity were significantly higher in redlined areas when compared with areas that were marked as “best” on the color-coded lending maps. Furthermore, the life expectancy in redlined areas was lower by 3.6 years versus these other neighborhoods.

Those chronic health conditions are believed to make it more likely that a patient with COVID-19 could experience a more severe illness or complications.

“What struck me when we began this study were the stark differences in life expectancy of neighborhoods of the same city only a mile or so apart,” said Bruce Mitchell, NCRC’s senior analyst and one of the study’s co-authors. “The deeper our analysis went, it became more apparent that the segregation and disinvestment imposed by redlining are associated with concentrated disadvantage and terrible health outcomes for communities of color in American cities.”

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Our Favorite LED Light Strips

Ready to upgrade your decor before the next party or family event? Try using LED light strips.

Ready to upgrade your decor before the next party or family event? Try using LED light strips. (Pixabay/)

There’s something magical and elegant about LED light strips, whether you’re putting them up for a party, lighting your outdoor patio, or adding some charm to your home. Beyond adding to your décor, they’re also excellent for shedding some light on poorly lit areas, such as underneath kitchen cabinets, around an island, or even in around a bathroom mirror. If you’re ready to add some pizzazz to your home with LED light strips, here are our favorite options.

Customize the length and attach with adhesive tape.

Customize the length and attach with adhesive tape. (Minger/)

Not only are these LED strip lights by MINGER a budget-friendly option, but they’re still lots of fun with the ability to change both colors and speed. Beyond the traditional blue, red, and green, you have 16 multicolored options and a DIY option that lets you create the perfect mood lighting. Designed for indoor use, the strip features 150 LEDs along 16.4 feet, with brightness and dimmer controls for easy customization. The remote controller features short circuit protection, memory function, and overcharging protection. With the ability to cut off extra strips of light, it’s possible to cut these lights to fit any area. Adhesive tape works on any flat, dry surface, ensuring flexible installation.

A built-in microphone syncs the lights to music coming out of any speaker.

A built-in microphone syncs the lights to music coming out of any speaker. (Govee/)

There’s an app even your LED strip lights. These lights offer Bluetooth and WiFi control via an easy-to-use app, and the app will turn off the lights, turn them on, change the brightness, and change your colors. Create your own favorites by mixing together colors and saving your creation for later use. Timer function also allows you to ensure they turn off if you forget. These lights work with Alexa as well as Google Assistant with simple voice commands. The kit comes with fixing clips, 3M adhesive, WiFi controller, adapter, and the light strip, so you’re ready to create some magic right out of the box.

Six levels of brightness will fit any occasion.

Six levels of brightness will fit any occasion. (Govee/)

These bright LEDs are perfect for events, lighting up mirrors, dark rooms, or under your cabinets. With six levels of brightness to choose from, it’s easy to adjust the lights to set the mood for any occasion. The control box turns on, off, brightens, and dims the LED strip lights to the level you desire. These lights come with powerful 3M adhesives and clips so you can stick the lights to any clean, dry surface, and it’s possible to trim the lights to meet your unique lighting needs. Safety features like built-in short circuit prevention technology ensure the lights are safe for home use.

Great for patios, bathrooms or any spot with challenging conditions.

Great for patios, bathrooms or any spot with challenging conditions. (Iusmnur/)

If you want to take the party outdoors, these waterproof LED strip lights are an excellent choice. From the back patio to your garden area to areas that often get wet like the kitchen and bathroom, there’s no need to worry about these light strips being damaged by water. They’ll definitely amp up any party with the music mode control options. The built-in microphone allows the lights to sense and sync up to music that’s playing, making them perfect for events and celebrations. (We put our set under the kitchen bar so that it lights up the cooking area while still blinking along to our playlists on the nearby Bluetooth speaker. It’s super impressive to turn dinner time into a dance party.) These lights are both easy to cut to fit your area and they’re linkable with other strips as well. This makes it easy to mix and match lengths to suit your needs. This model was easily one of the editor’s favorite options.

Design your own combination of looks.

Design your own combination of looks. (DayBetter/)

The first feature that will grab your eye is the ability to choose different color modes and dim the lights by remote with these color-changing LED strip lights. But another essential feature is the strong self-adhesive these lights feature. They come with a powerful adhesive that sticks well to walls, TVs, cabinets, and more, making installation a breeze. They’re also cuttable, allowing you to cut the lights every three LEDs along with cutting lights so you can tailor the size to the area you’re decorating. Perfect for everything from weddings to Christmas parties to lighting your bedroom, you’ll have fun testing out all the different color combinations with the included IR remote.

Our Favorite Learning Games for At-Home Children

Engage your child's brain and motor skills with these learning games.

Engage your child’s brain and motor skills with these learning games. (Pixabay/)

Games are an important part of childhood development, supporting a child’s social and behavioral development while teaching critical thinking and problem solving. These games are also a smart way to limit screen time in younger children as well as keep them active. Here are our favorite educational games for children.

This cube is safe to use with babies and toddlers.

This cube is safe to use with babies and toddlers. (ThinkFun/)

Roll the soft, plush cube, select a card with the matching color and just act out the instructions, such as “make a happy face” or “roar like a lion.” These simple gestures foster creativity and motor skills. The package includes the cube, 48 game cards, a storage pocket along with easy-to-follow instructions. Roll and Play was featured on “The View” as one of the best gifts you can find for your toddler

This is a great activity to help your child learn the foundations of reading.

This is a great activity to help your child learn the foundations of reading. (ThinkFun/)

Zingo! Sight Words is a twist on the classic game Bingo! Your child will quickly recognize and learn sight words in this interactive word game. The best part: Even though it’s a word game, it’s still fun for pre-readers. This game was the Winner of an ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Award as well as a 2013 Game of the Year Finalist.

These multi-use sheets provide hours of educational brain teasers for children.

These multi-use sheets provide hours of educational brain teasers for children. (Skillmatics/)

Skillmatic’s Brain Game comes with six double-sided activity mats, each designed to teach your child to think critically and problem solving in a fun environment. All mats are reusable and can be wiped clean and completed again with a dry erase marker. Brain Game is designed for children ages 6 and up. This would make a great game to bring along on a flight or road trip.

Comes with 60 challenges that become increasingly difficult as you play.

Comes with 60 challenges that become increasingly difficult as you play. (ThinkFun/)

ThinkFun’s Circuit Maze is the STEM and critical thinking game of your dreams. Your child will create a real electrical circuit that lights up designated beacons. There are more than 60 challenges to keep your child entertained for hours. With easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be able to play this game within minutes of opening the box.

Our Favorite Bathtub Trays and Caddies

Soak your troubles away with a bathtub caddy.

Soak your troubles away with a bathtub caddy. (Homemaid/)

There’s nothing quite like taking a warm, relaxing bath to calm your mind and body in the evening. Add some bath salts or bubble bath along with a candle and it’s a complete sensory experience to enjoy. Whether you enjoy having a glass of wine with your bath, reading a book, or you simply like to have a spot to organize bath and shower supplies, a bathtub tray or caddy can come in handy. Here are a few we recommend.

This model is extendable. It even fits clawfoot tubs.

This model is extendable. It even fits clawfoot tubs. (Royal Craft Wood/)

This caddy from Royal Craft Wood is large enough to work for two people for a romantic bath for two. Because this bathtub caddy tray is extendable, it fits most bathtubs. It includes a candle slot, book or tablet holder, wine and phone holder, and trays for any other favorite accessories. It’s designed for two, so it’s great for an anniversary, honeymoon, or date night celebration. Made from organic bamboo with a layer of lacquer for additional protection, you’ll appreciate the durability of this tray. It also has non-slip grips that keep it in place so you don’t worry about it moving around.

The simple elegance of this model makes it a great way to spoil yourself.

The simple elegance of this model makes it a great way to spoil yourself. (Bamfan/)

With a classic design, this bathtub caddy tray looks great with both modern or antique tubs, so it’s perfect with any bathroom décor. It sports a slew of easy-to-reach compartments, so bring all your favorite items to the bathroom. It also adjusts between 29.4 inches and 44.2 inches in length to fit nearly every tub.

The eco-friendly construction is the big attraction here.

The eco-friendly construction is the big attraction here. (Cabot & Carlyle/)

Made from quality bamboo, this luxury caddy is an environmentally friendly choice that also looks great. It comes with a bamboo soap holder and a wine glass holder. It folds up when not in use to save space. While folded up, it’s only 14.5 inches long, but it extends from 29 inches to 41.5 inches to ensure it fits most tub sizes. It’s got a great spot for your phone, a book, candles, or tablet, as well as a handy spot to keep all your bath supplies.

Enjoy a good book and some bubbles with this model.

Enjoy a good book and some bubbles with this model. (Homemaid/)

Anyone who loves to read will appreciate this bathtub caddy that comes with a reading rack. It also doubles as a tablet holder if you prefer watching a show while you soak. The tray also has a wine glass holder and a soap holder. Suitable for every type of tub, it adjusts from 29.5 inches all the way to 43 inches. The bamboo looks gorgeous and is water-resistant, so you can simply wipe it down when you’re done.

Take Shade in these Outdoor Gazebos

Relax! We've done the gazebo searching for you.

Relax! We’ve done the gazebo searching for you. (COOL/)

When selecting an outdoor gazebo, you’ll want to choose the right design, pick something that stays within your budget, and keep the ultimate purpose of the structure in mind. Whether you want a budget-friendly pop-up gazebo or you’re looking for a more permanent structure that adds sophistication to your grounds, there’s something for everyone. To help you out, we’ve put together a few of the great outdoor gazebos we love.

Here's the glamour and comfort of a resort in your own backyard with protection from bugs, rain and the sun.

Here’s the glamour and comfort of a resort in your own backyard with protection from bugs, rain and the sun. (Kozyard/)

One of my favorite things to do is eat outside with friends. However, I live in Florida with lots of sun, rain and mosquitoes so this permanent gazebo is the perfect solution. It’s glamorous yet built to last and features a hard metal top that holds up to the elements. The two-layer roof design offers superior ventilation for your gazebo, and it comes with a quality water gutter design to ensure that water doesn’t come inside. The polyester, PBV-coating mosquito netting keeps out bugs, and you have an additional polyester solid sidewall you can pull around the gazebo for additional privacy.

This model has enough room for up to eight people.

This model has enough room for up to eight people. (Gazelle/)

If a permanent gazebo isn’t for you, this gazebo tent by Gazelle lets you enjoy having your own sheltered outdoor area in a jiffy. With a unique hub design system, you can set it up in just 60 seconds, which means you’ll spend more time enjoying the tent than setting it up. Win-win! The roof is made from UV-resistant and waterproof material to keep you protected, and the walls are designed with a tight-weave mesh to keep out the bugs. The system packs up into a portable carry bag and at just 34 pounds, you can take it with you. Tailgating and beach – here we come!

Blocks 95 percent of harmful UV rays with its water-resistant cover.

Blocks 95 percent of harmful UV rays with its water-resistant cover. (Suntime/)

What’s not to like here? The number from Suntime covers all the bases by fighting off weather, UV rays and mosquitos. It also features four LED lights that are solar powered. And setup is quick and easy thanks to push-up technology.

Canvas wall panels are included and can be attached and zipped closed for added privacy.

Canvas wall panels are included and can be attached and zipped closed for added privacy. (Great Deal Furniture/)

This soft-top gazebo is easy to setup – all the tools are even included. It offers a classic design but offers optimal protection from the sun’s rays and those pesky flying insects.