Historic Real Estate: The Colorful House Edition
While studying and furthering his art in Florence, Italy, Stephen Alcorn met his future wife Sabrina. Together, they came to Cambridge and have lived in this colorful historic home since 1986. The 19th-century carriage house is currently their studio.
The Big Yellow House -- Cambridge, New York
Home to acclaimed local artists Stephen and Sabrina Alcorn, this historic home is a piece of work itself. It has been well maintained over the years and features post and beam construction, wide plank floors, beautiful tin ceilings, and original handcrafted woodwork. In addition to the main living space, there’s also a fully restored guest cottage and carriage barn. Price: $349,900
The Big Green House -- Monson, Maine
This big green giant needs some work and finishing, but it has a lot of potential. The Victorian home was built in the late 1890s by a shipping captain. Its three floors still contain many original features, such as hand-hewn cypress banisters, wood floors, slate roof, and a fireplace in the foyer. With a large dining room, updated kitchen, two “great rooms,” and a plethora of bathrooms and bedrooms, you could turn this dusty gem into a spacious home, bed and breakfast, local inn, or anything else you can think of. Price: $150,000
According to the local Times-Standard, the H.H. Buhne Jr. House is the only building in Eureka to participate in a program that reduces property taxes in exchange for completing preservation projects.
H.H. Buhne Jr. House (The Big Red House) -- Eureka, California
In this house, you’re within walking distance to Humboldt Bay and Old Town Eureka (not to mention two miles from the beach and a three-hour drive to wine country). The light-filled home offers a number of fun features, such as stained glass windows, pocket doors, an original pantry, and a fully fenced, lush backyard, as well as updated elements, including new exterior paint, new roof, and a whirlpool tub. Price: $289,000