The 10 Oldest Homes To Land on the Market This Week

Calacatta marble is nice, but the oldest homes to land on the market this week will have you swooning for wide-plank floors, keeping rooms, and Colonial charm.

The senior of the bunch dates to 1700, and the whippersnappers are a trio of homes completed in 1750. All have evolved over the centuries into comfy residences with oodles of vintage charm—conveying a feeling of comfort something like slipping into a favorite, well-worn pair of jeans.

These 10 houses offer a range of options for a buyer in search of history: acreage, many, many fireplaces, and a connection with the past that permeates every brick and board.


So have a look at this group of houses, which prove once and for all, when it comes to timeless real estate, age really is nothing but a number.

Price: $925,000
Year built: 1700

Historic Colonial: This 1.4-acre property is a quick commute to Boston,

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These two homes were once among the oldest in D.C. They’re in Virginia now.

When we think of Colonial houses, we often think of brick, Georgian-style homes, fine frame mansions or porch-adorned plantations. That’s because those are the ones that tend to be preserved. And yet many Colonial homes must have been built with a mixture of determination and desperation: I need to get this house up pronto. My family needs a roof over its head and there are crops to plant.

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In recent weeks, Answer Man has been exploring old houses in the Washington of today. But what about old houses in yesterday’s Washington? You will remember that when the capital was created in 1800, it included the existing city of Alexandria and the adjacent land known today as Arlington County.

What are the oldest surviving houses in those places?

[Two old stone houses vie for the title of oldest dwelling in the District]

Well, let us go first to 5620

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Visiting two of Northern Virginia’s oldest houses

In recent weeks, Answer Man has been exploring old houses in the Washington of today. But what about old houses in yesterday’s Washington? You will remember that when the capital was created in 1800, it included the existing city of Alexandria and the adjacent land known today as Arlington County.

What are the oldest surviving houses in those places?

Well, let us go first to 5620 Third St. South in Arlington. There we find the Ball-Sellers House, named for its first private owner and its last. It was acquired by the Arlington Historical Society in 1975, which just happened to be roughly 200 years after farmer John Ball built it. The vernacular style of the house — wooden logs chinked with plaster and covered in clapboard — allows historians to date its construction to the 1750s.

Ball farmed the area around his house with his five daughters and also ran

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Camera Made of Wood, Brass, and Bone May Be the Oldest Up For Sale

This early experimental “mousetrap” camera constructed out of wood, brass, glass, and bone may be the oldest ever to be sold once it clears auction. Purportedly from around 1840, it is expected to sell for between $65,000 and $91,000.

Described on its Flints Auction listing as unsigned and constructed of solid heavy-gauge mahogany, the camera is of a design that predates modern cameras. The box itself is held together with brass pins, and the front lens panel is also secured by six brass pins with the central aperture holding a brass tube with a single convex lens held in place with a split ring. The rear of the camera is a single door held in place with a steel wire loop and a bone wedge, hence the “mousetrap” design name.

To take a photo, one would place a sensitized piece of paper pinned to that back door.

According to the

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The oldest homes in the world still standing



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Log Cabin From 1638 Tops the 10 Oldest Homes To Hit the Market This Week

The oldest home to hit the market this week is a New Jersey log cabin that dates to 1638. Yes, 1638.

While 2020 feels like it’s gone on forever, it is hard to even fathom what life was like four centuries ago.

When we wrote about this historic property three years ago, it was available for $2.9 million.

It’s now back on the market for just $875,000—at a whopping 70% discount. Known as the Nothnagle log home, the 17th-century structure is for sale along with its accompanying museum and antiques, making it a true treasure trove.

The rest of our look at the oldest homes for sale this week is full of homes featuring wide-plank wood floors, vintage woodwork, and exposed brick. There’s even a Pennsylvania farm that was once part of the William Penn family farmstead and dates to 1731. For a sense of just how old all these

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NZ’s Oldest Bike Shop For Sale Offers New Business Owners The Ride Of Their Life


New Zealand’s oldest cycle retailer, with a
heritage going back almost a century, has been placed on the
market for sale.

MY
RIDE Dunedin is a well-known stockist of quality cycles
which traces its origins to a small pioneering bike shop
known as Browns Bikes, which was set up in the heart of the
city on Stuart Street in 1928.

Now located on a
high-profile corner site at 110 Crawford Street, the
business is reaping the rewards of a modern-day boom in
cycling fuelled by new technologies and swelling ranks of
riders.

The MY RIDE Dunedin business is now being
marketed for sale as a going concern with an asking price of
$350,000 plus stock and GST (if any) by Bayleys
Dunedin.

Salesperson Muir Gold said the business was
superbly positioned to capitalise on the opportunities of an
increasingly two-wheeled future.

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