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How to Find the 100-Year-Old Home of Your Dreams

I am not exactly sure why I have become so obsessed with 100-year-old homes. But if I had to guess, I would say that it’s because I love their character, how well they are built, and the history they represent. One of the most asked questions I get is “How did you find your one-hundred-year-old home?” Today I am going to share how you can use Homes.com to learn, inspire and even find your next home.

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I am not exactly sure why I have become so obsessed with 100-year-old homes. But if I had to guess, I would say that it’s because I love their character, how well they are built, and the history they represent. One of the most asked questions I get is “How did you find your one-hundred-year-old home?” Today I am going to share how you can use Homes.com to learn, inspire and even find your next home.

Our 100-Year-Old Pasadena Home

We own two homes that are more than a century old. Our primary residence is in the Pasadena area of Southern California. In California, a 100-year-old home is not only considered very old but is also very difficult to find. We bought this home from my in-laws and it’s fun to learn that in 104 years, only two families have owned it.

Our 100-Year-Old Waco Home

About a year ago we bought a hundred-year-old home in Waco, TX. We bought it as a project to fix up and use as an Airbnb. It’s been a long remodeling project but I am loving how it’s turned out. It will be done in a couple of weeks!

 

Where To Find The 100-Year-Old Home of Your Dreams

For most of us, it’s just not practical to get in the car and start driving around to find the perfect home. It makes much more sense to shop online even if you are looking in your own neighborhood. I use Homes.com to find new listings, check prices and get inspiration from older homes. Most people read a book or magazine when they have free time. I search for old homes!

When I am looking at older homes, I tend to put them in one of three categories. The classic beauty is an older home that has already been restored. Usually, it needs very little updating and is often “move-in ready.” With that said, a better condition home usually comes at a higher price. If you don’t want to go through the pains of a remodel, this kind of home is probably what you’re looking for.

The next category is the cosmetic beauty. These homes need updating but usually only minor cosmetic upgrades. Our house in Pasadena fits in this category. When we first bought the house from my husband’s parents, all we did was paint. Over the next twenty years, we did a lot of remodeling but it wasn’t mandatory.

The final category is what I call the fixer-upper beauty-to-be. There is no doubt the home we bought in Waco fits in this category. The house was inhabitable and needed a new foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows, heat and air conditioning, and more. A fixer-upper beauty-to-be often comes at a great price but is usually not a home where you could live in while updating. And a major remodel doesn’t come without headaches. Trust me, I know!

Here are the steps we went through in the Waco home to remodel just one of the bedrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Search for Older Homes

I did some searching on Homes.com and I wanted to share with you my favorite listings in Waco, TX that fit into my three categories. I have to realize our Waco house is almost done and who knows, maybe it’s time for another project!

I always start out with the “Search by Location” field. Then I go to the “More Filters” drop-down. This is where you can add your  “must-have” and “nice-to-have” in regards to specific home features. I always select the “year built” feature to find homes built before 1930. You can also add square feet, lot size, number of stories, view, lot type, and additional features. If you want a basement or a walk-in closet, you can specify that here.

The House in Sanger Heights Classic Beauty

It didn’t take long for me to find what I think of as a classic beauty home. This home is a traditional home in a good neighborhood. It’s over 4,000 square feet and move-in ready. It’s already a bed and breakfast and has four bedrooms and three baths.

 

The 1800-Square-Foot Cosmetic Beauty

Next, I searched for a home that needed cosmetic updates and was priced less than the classic beauty. This home is in good condition but needs paint and likely a kitchen remodel. It would also be great to either hide the laundry in the kitchen or move it somewhere else if possible.

The One-Story Fixer-Upper Beauty-to-Be Home

Fixer-upper homes are my favorite to research because the idea of restoring a home to its original beauty is my dream. The only problem is that I want to save them all! The minute I saw this house I knew this was the one. This two-bedroom, one bath home is in downtown Waco and only a few blocks from the Magnolia Silos. It needs a major remodel but it sure would make a great Airbnb!

It’s easy to see how much fun it is to search for Homes.com for your dream home. With the excellent search features, you will likely find exactly what you are looking for. You can also try the Snap and Search feature which allows you to take a picture (or upload one from your camera roll) and the Homes.com software will find homes with similar features to it. For older homes, like Victorians, it can help narrow down the home search in no time at all!

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Leslie Saeta

After spending a corporate life in marketing and art, Leslie is a full-time lifestyle blogger sharing home decor, DIY crafts, recipes, flea market shopping, and entertaining tips. On her Instagram and blog, My 100-Year-Old Home, Leslie enjoys sharing her real-life which includes simple and easy ways to entertain and create home decor. Her most recent project has been renovating a one-hundred-year-old home in Waco, TX. Leslie's home has been featured in Country Home, American Farmhouse, Cottages and Bungalows, and Flea Market Decor Magazine. She is also a monthly columnist for Flea Market Decor and is a wife and mother of three grown sons. Leslie and her husband live in Southern California in their one-hundred-year-old family home.

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