July 18, 2014

Historic Real Estate: The State Park Edition

  • By: Emily Potter
You can be sure of a quiet neighborhood with this house. The Timberlake sits down the road from a U.S. Wildlife Refuge of 125 acres on the Rappahannock River. (Not a state park, but still protected land.)

Timberlake -- Port Royal, Virginia

One of the extraordinary features of this historic home is the Great Hall, which stretches from one end of the house to the other with a marble floor, fireplace, and built-in shelves. The home was built circa 1750 and has been added to over the years, including a family room built in the 1990s. Timberlake needs love and care, however, as the home requires a new roof, HVAC, and other more minor work. Price: $398,000

blog_photo_Stark Mansion
Living at Stark Mansion, you're just five miles away from Clough State Park, which offers fun activities for the family all year round -- fishing, hiking, biking, snow mobiling, plus a beach and an ATV trail.

Stark Mansion -- Dunbarton, New Hampshire

Stark Mansion was originally the home of Caleb Stark, son of the Revolutionary War General John Stark. The move-in-ready home sits on six acres that include a pond, field, and woods. Inside, the main house features hardwood floors and large, open rooms. Above the garage, a one-bedroom apartment offers its own large master bed/bath and living room with a separate entrance. Price: $315,500

blog_photo_Zardus Kent House
You'll be surrounded by green in this historic home, which sits on four acres of lush landscape featuring specially designed herb, vegetable, and perennial gardens, and overlooks Tinkers Creek State Park.

Zardus Kent House -- Aurora, Ohio

According to historic receipts from the Aurora Historical Society, Zardus Kent worked on public roads between April and October in 1828 in exchange for credit on his road tax on personal property and land. For those months, he received a total credit of $1.54. Today, this house still offers a glimpse into the past with rough hewn beams, random width plank flooring, and exposed brick walls. In addition to several more modern updates, the backyard is beautifully landscaped. Price: $369,000

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