As any successful applicant knows, documenting your home’s historical pedigree for the National Register of Historic Places is akin to writing a book report. A long book report.
However, if you wanted to skip the documentation and the burden of presenting a case to the National Park Service, you could always purchase a home already on the register.
Owning a piece of the United States’ architectural history is a big get for a buyer intrigued by American historical moments, events, and architectural styles. For a homebuyer looking beyond the basic tract, it’s a chance to purchase a place that is one of a kind.
We scoped out listings from coast to coast and found seven properties for sale on the National Register of Historic Places. The great news? You don’t need to break the bank to own a slice of history—the prices are as varied as the historic styles.
Awesome adobe: Located in Phoenix, in the Medlock Place Historic District, this sweet three-bedroom adobe of just under 2,000 square feet has whitewashed brick walls, red concrete floors, and lofted beam ceilings.
Built in 1937, it has had many updates in recent years, including a new roof, electrical, plumbing, and landscaping. The home’s well-preserved vintage elements include original doors, hardware, concrete floors, ceilings, and millwork.
All additions and modifications are in line with the home’s period style. With a restoration this successful, it’s no surprise that the home earned a 2020 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award.
Price: $12 million
Spanish-style stunner: A beautiful example of Spanish Colonial Revival style, this 14-room manse was built in 1923.
Locals know it as the Bradbury House, and it spans 5,000 square feet. Inside, you’ll find adobe walls, carved-wood accents, hand-stenciled wood beams, and gorgeous tiles.
A truly palatial spread, the home centers on a tiled courtyard. The prized property includes two lots and features a swimming pool, gardens, and two-bedroom guest quarters,
Price: $1.12 million
Wright stuff: Built in 1915, the Brandt House is decked out with Art Deco embellishments. The four-bedroom home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style. The gorgeous home is nearly 4,000 square feet, and the outdoor spaces truly shine. The current owner—a founder of the local botanical garden—has maintained a lovely acre of raised decks, lush gardens, and a stream for the next occupants to enjoy. Inside, we love the master bath with a Hollywood Regency vibe—black soaking tub included! And, you’ll also have no trouble moving in thanks to an extremely wide front door.
Price: $1.1 million
Stately beauty: Flaunting Greek Revival style, black shutters and Doric columns provide serious curb appeal. With four bedrooms, the gated estate sits on a nearly 50-acre lot with additional outbuildings. Interior features include heart-of-pine flooring, rectangular glass fans, and oversized double doors.
Pre-American: Even among the abundant Colonials in Connecticut, this five-bedroom home is a standout because it was built in 1720—a few decades before the United States even came into existence. The former Babcock Tavern has also been a well-respected bed-and-breakfast. Cozy up to any one of the three original stone fireplaces; relax under wood-beam ceilings, and greet guests for dancing in the ballroom. A detached barn is also included in the sale. The historic home’s curb appeal is cemented by a lovely caramel-hued exterior marked by a red door.
Tudor-rific: With a peaked roof, dark-stained wood walls, and diamond-grid windows, this is English Tudor to its core. The three-bedroom home was built in 1938 and measures 3,000 square feet. The owners recently upgraded the heating and air conditioning, and there’s a flex space upstairs, plenty of storage in the kitchen, and large bedrooms downstairs.
Stone groove: Crafted from limestone, this whopper of a Colonial currently operates as an inn but could also be reverted back to a single-family home. Built in 1800, the huge home has seven bedrooms and a one-bedroom guesthouse with a fireplace. For budding gardeners, the 2.5-acre lot is a dream. A space in the home with original stone and wood-slat walls looks like the ideal spot for an art studio or home office.