Historic Real Estate: The Front Porch Edition
William W. Early House -- Brandywine, Md.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the William W. Early House is a classic example of Queen Anne-style architecture. William W. Early, grandson of William H. Early, an important landowner and developer of the village of Brandywine, had the house built in 1907 on the property of his childhood home. Today the house is fully restored, features a gourmet kitchen and spacious rooms, and offers scenic views of the park-like landscape from its expansive porch. Price tag: $599,000
A Pfeiffenberger Design -- Alton, Ill.
This Italianate-style house was once home to the owner of the Eagle Packet Company, one of the largest steamboat companies in the early 1800s. Walk through the doors of the double parlor and relax in front of the original white Carrara marble fireplace, or sip your coffee in the sun room off the back of the house. A custom-made gazebo in the backyard is perfect for dining during late summer evenings. Price tag: $289,000
Old Manse -- Orange, Va.
Old Manse was built in 1882 by George Peyton as the manse for the nearby Waddell Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the Victorian house is an important structure within the Rapidan National Historic District. The current owners have respectfully and carefully restored many of the original features throughout the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house. One element that has stayed intact since the beginning is the view across the Piedmont to the Blue Ridge. Price tag: $545,000