These 100-Year-Old Charmers Are Back on the Market, Starting at $339k

published Jan 29, 2020
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It’s officially the ’20s again, and we’re throwing it back to the Roaring 1920s all weekWhether you love Jazz Age decor, historic homes, or just learning how people lived 100 years ago, we’ve got you covered. Cheers, old chap!

Here at Apartment Therapy, we’ve decided it’s high time to embrace the ’20s. That goes for 2020, the decade we’ve just entered, and the 1920s, a throwback to a simpler—and perhaps jazzier—era.

To celebrate the designs and homes of the 1920s, we’ve rounded up a selection of houses on the market that were built between 1920 and 1929. Featuring period details like built-ins, high ceilings, crown molding, and more, these residences from coast to coast that prove some things just get better with age.

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14 Sanborn Ave., Boston, Massachusetts
Price: $500,000
Size: 936 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1

About half an hour from downtown Boston, this Cape Cod-style cottage feels right at home in West Roxbury. Hardwood floors and freshly painted walls can be found throughout the house. It offers two spacious bedrooms and a recently renovated bathroom with Grohe and Kohler fixtures and radiant-heated flooring. An enclosed back porch overlooks the fenced-in yard, and the bonus basement room is a great flex space.

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4626 Franklin Ave., Los Feliz, California
Price: $499,000
Size: 888 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

There’s something about living in a Spanish-style home in L.A. that just feels so right. This renovated condo, featuring original windows and hardwood floors, is flooded with natural light, lending it an airy vibe. Vintage cabinets with brass hardware and new hand-sanded butcher-block counters bring character to the kitchen. Plus, high ceilings give the illusion of more space.

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2516 N. 53rd St, Omaha, Nebraska
Price: $339,900
Size: 1,986
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

This Colonial for sale is a classic 20s abode. The heart of the three-story, red-brick home is the recently remodeled kitchen, boasting a gas cooktop and stainless steel appliances. On cold winter days, the ventless fireplace and adjacent sun rooms are lifesavers. Recent additions include a new furnace, central air, and a Ludowici tile roof.

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817 Eaton St., #5, Key West, Florida
Price: $459,000
Size: 422 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1

You don’t get more centrally located than this detached cottage in Old Town Key West. The two-story Key West-style unit includes a private outdoor area for lounging–the most popular island pastime. The cheerful light-filled interior features hardwood floors, French doors, and a wood staircase leading to the second-floor bedroom suite, complete with a powder room, washer, and dryer.

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633 Scott Ave., Greensboro, North Carolina
Price: $339,000
Size: 2,157 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3

This recently renovated Craftsman home is the perfect blank slate. With refinished pine floors, gray walls, and white trim, it creates a neutral palette for your design goals. The open floor plan extends to the kitchen, which is outfitted with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Other highlights include an office, a first-floor master bedroom, a new back deck, and all new windows.

In Our Dreams

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1325 N. Astor St., #13, Chicago, Illinois
Price: $7,999,000
Size: 7,900 square feet
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6

Designed by prolific Windy City architect David Adler, this duplex penthouse is on the market for the first time in almost 50 years. We’re in love with the chic library and the dining room that can accommodate 18 of your closest friends for dinner. And don’t miss the incredible city and lake views from three separate terraces.

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380 N. Gilpin St., Denver, Colorado
Price: $5,995,000
Size: 10,073 square feet
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 9

If walls could talk, we’re sure this historic home, designed by Denver architect Burnham Hoyt, would have plenty to say. But its original features also speak volumes, including leaded glass windows with the original owners’ initials, a weather vane designed and gifted by Hoyt, and—book worms, brace yourselves—a 4,000-volume wood-paneled library. While the original character of the home has been preserved, modern updates make it comfortable for today’s lifestyle.

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104 Murray Blvd., Charleston, South Carolina
Price: $3,400,000
Size: 4,869 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

Talk about location, location, location. This Federal-style home is situated on Charleston’s iconic Murray Boulevard and faces the river, offering gorgeous views. (What’s more, it’s built above flood elevation.) A replica of the Twickenham Plantation house, the four-bed, four-bath home is best described as stately. Its new owners are bound to to spend ample time outside, whether that’s lounging on the two porches, on the covered piazza, or in the private walled garden in the backyard.