These 5 Old School Mansions Cost Less Than a NYC Apartment
Given the backlash against McMansions over the past 10 years or so, it’s clear that many buyers today are seeking grand homes with a bit more personality than the cookie-cutter structures of yesteryear. For those who want even more authenticity and charm—while still enjoying plenty of space—older mansions are a great option, and they don’t have to break the bank.
Here, we’ve rounded up five homes across the country that are about 40 years old or more—with one dating back to the 19th century—that are chock full of original details and personality. Did we mention they all cost less than the median Manhattan apartment? Read on:
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Square feet: 10,419
This 1890 home is in Lafayette Square, one of the oldest and most popular neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri, centering on the beautiful Lafayette Park. The Victorian stunner comprises six bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. We can’t get enough of the original features, like art glass windows, custom woodwork, crown molding, beams, and wall murals. Plus, the property features a carriage house with an apartment.
Square feet: 12,821
This stately 1980 home in Houston, Texas, looks like something out of a movie—and the amenities are just as impressive. Not only does it have an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, it features a concrete go-kart track in the backyard and a six-car garage (presumably for the go-karts?). Between the sprawling main house and the guest house, it has nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Square feet: 8,125
Created by prolific architect A. Hays Town, this 1939 home in Jackson, Mississippi, is a classic Southern-style house. Offering six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, it was updated and renovated under the supervision of Town. It boasts high-end amenities and finishes, like hand-stained flooring and hand-painted cabinetry, alongside architectural features, like a reclaimed wrought-iron fence and a repurposed marble fireplace. The property also offers a carriage house and pristine landscaping.
Square feet: 9,909
The 1970s are making a comeback in the world of fashion, so why not in real estate, too? First off, this 1970 home in Fox Point, Wisconsin, has two heated pools—one indoor (with a soaring, wooden-clad ceiling and slide) and one outdoor. In the summer, relax by the gazebo wet bar. In the winter, enjoy the enclosed lounge deck. With a chef’s kitchen, seven bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms, it’s tailor-made for entertaining.
Square feet: 8,709
Want to impress your guests? Buy a house with a name. The Hornibrook Mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an 1888 home that has been carefully restored. Alongside six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, it features multiple fireplaces, stained glass windows, vintage light fixtures, and a sweeping staircase. Our favorite part? A hidden tower room offering skyline views of the city. There’s also a sizable carriage house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
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