Cities with the most beautiful old houses – 24/7 Wall St.


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Older homes, especially historic or so-called century-old homes, may have a special appeal. They are filled with character and often feature unique architecture and / or materials from an earlier era. Along with character, however, they often come with other, much less appealing issues – mold, termites, outdated wiring and plumbing, etc. And maintaining an old house and keeping it up to date can be expensive, especially if you want to keep the character intact. (These are the oldest homes for sale in America.)

Most towns across the country have old houses, built in 1949 or earlier. Many also have historic homes, so designated because of their cultural or architectural significance. In some towns these may be in a state of disrepair, while other towns have some of the finest historic homes in the country.

How do we define “nice?” Using data from the 2019 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo compared the median value of older homes (those built in 1949 or before) to the median value of all homes. If the older ones are nice – well maintained and updated – they would likely have a higher median value than the median of all homes.

It is not surprising to find that older cities, specifically known for their beautiful historic neighborhoods – like Savannah, Georgia; New Orleans; and Charleston, South Carolina – are among those with the finest older homes.

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Most of the cities on our list are located in the south or northeast, many along the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida. But some western states are also represented, notably California with three cities and Colorado with one. There are also two in the Midwest. Surprisingly enough, there are none in New Mexico, where some of the first American colonies were founded. (These are the oldest cities in America.)

To determine the cities with the most beautiful historic homes, 24/7 Tempo looked at data on median home values ​​by year of home construction from the US Census Bureau. Squares were ranked based on the ratio of the median home value for homes built in 1949 or earlier to the median home value for all homes. Only places with at least 500 housing units built in or before 1949 and at least one historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places of the National Park Service were considered. Data on median house values ​​and the number of houses built in 1949 or earlier are from the 2019 American Community Survey of the US Census Bureau and are five-year estimates. Data for the National Register of Historic Places comes from the National Park Service and is current as of June 2021.


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