In the year 1690, the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued its first paper money, the first, in fact, in North America. Possibly, someone used a bunch of those crisp, new bills to build themselves a house in Wareham, MA. Today, a home that was built in that year is the first on our list of the 10 oldest homes to hit the market this week.
For those who enjoy antiquing, perusing listings of vintage homes is the ultimate in window shopping.
While these 10 homes all date to the early 1700s, none of them are 100 percent original on the inside—which is a point in their favor. (As in, indoor plumbing didn’t start sweeping through the nation until the 1840s.)
All of the properties have been updated to some extent and boast features including solar panels, air conditioning, in-law units, and open kitchens. A old-timey home in Miller Place, NY, even added a free-form pool to the backyard.
While you will appreciate the updates, you’ll never forget you’re in a centuries-old home, thanks to original touches such as wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and period fireplaces.
So doff your tricorner hat and tour the 10 oldest homes to go up for sale this week.
Year built: 1690
Oldie but goodie: Known as Lincoln House, the updated Colonial is one of Wareham’s original properties. The place has been “lovingly restored” by its owners of the last 15 years.
The seven-bedroom home includes a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances.
Period touches include hardwood floors, a clawfoot tub, fireplaces, a wine room, and a library. Set on almost 2 acres, the property also boasts a barn and carriage house.
Year built: 1700
Oldie but goodie: With over 300 years of history, this five-bedroom home was first called Benjamin Coit Farm, after a local judge. In the 1800s and 1900s, it became Town Farm, also known as an almshouse, a place that housed the poor.
The main area of the 3,680-square-foot layout includes six original fireplaces and wood plank flooring, as well as a kitchen, three large sitting rooms, a mudroom, and a full bath on the first floor.
Two stairways access the second floor, which features a large sitting area and two big bedrooms.
Year built: 1700
Oldie but goodie: Said to be the oldest home and parcel in Niskayuna, the “magnificent home” sits on a 2-acre lot.
The price reflects the repairs and exterior painting required to bring this six-bedroom home back to its original splendor.
The home’s exact age can’t be determined from property records, but estimates from the town’s historian suggest it could be even older than its listed age.
Year built: 1700
Oldie but goodie: The “warm and welcoming” four-bedroom Colonial comes with updates to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Period touches including fireplaces, exposed beams, and hardwood floors remain intact. The 1-acre-plus property also includes a fenced backyard and patio.
Year built: 1703
Oldie but goodie: Located on the United States’ oldest occupied residential street, this historic landmark is up for auction, with a minimum bid of $600,000.
The winning bidder will acquire the two-bedroom townhome and all its furnishings and historic artifacts. It includes original fireplaces, cedar shingles, and exposed brick walls, yet boasts modern comforts including an updated bath, kitchen, and central air.
Get your bids in now—the auction concludes on Sept. 24.
Year built: 1705
Oldie but goodie: Known as the Richard Miller Home, this six-bedroom home is a party out back. Set on just over an acre, the backyard features a patio with free-form pool, and a barbecue area with dining and lounging spaces.
Inside the covered front porch, you head in to the updated kitchen with granite counters and modern appliances, as well as a sitting room, dining room, and study.
The master suite comes with an en suite bath and walk-in shower. The finished attic with media room includes surround sound. Original features include wide-plank flooring, two fireplaces, and two staircases. A separate apartment with kitchen, living area, and bath can welcome guests, or house an au pair.
Year built: 1707
Oldie but goodie: Fully restored, this three-bedroom home has been sensitively upgraded with an eye to historic preservation, with the integration of modern comforts.
The property includes a historic paper mill, and overlooks waterfalls on a private river.
The house features stonework, wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and three fireplaces. Meanwhile, the new kitchen includes walls of windows, a large island, and bar seating.
Year built: 1707
Oldie but goodie: Known as the Zachariah Eddy Homestead, this three-bedroom home is said to use “King’s wood,” which was reserved for the ships of George III.
There are also wide-plank floors as well as four fireplaces. The kitchen is furnished with new appliances, and includes a butler’s pantry.
Other highlights include an upstairs bonus room, a newer roof, newer paint, and an outbuilding.
Year built: 1713
Oldie but goodie: The center-chimney Colonial Cape offers a home where history mingles with modern style.
The three-bedroom residence includes three fireplaces with wood-burning stoves, wide-plank floors, and post-and-beam construction.
Modern conveniences include thermopane windows, ductless AC, solar panels, and vinyl siding. There’s also brand-new, wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room and den.
Year built: 1720
Oldie but goodie: You know a house is old when the floor plan includes a “birthing room.” In addition to an in-home delivery room, this lovely two-bedroom home has wide-plank floors, an eat-in kitchen, three fireplaces, a living room, and a dining room or family room.
Set on over an acre, the grounds include a private rear yard, specimen trees, a lawn, and a garden.
The location is only minutes to downtown Hyannis, Millway Beach, and Barnstable Village and harbor.