There certainly aren’t many new Victorian homes going up across the U.S., but thanks to the renovation movement and some extremely thoughtful and meticulous owners, there are still plenty of ornate, original Victorian houses out there—many of them available at amazingly reasonable prices.
Take these five beauties we’ve found in diverse parts of the country, for example. Not one of them is a day under 120 years old, yet they’ve had so much work done they could well be model homes. And many of them have a treasure trove of original features.
Another benefit that comes with age is the mature landscaping—tall trees, grassy lawns, established gardens. In these homes, you can really put down some roots.
Or you could use them as investment properties—one is located near a lake, another near colleges, one just off a Mardi Gras parade route.
These sweet and colorful Victorians have it all, and all are priced below $350,000. Take a look!
Business and pleasure: This absolutely charming three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,740-square-foot main house in and of itself is a treasure. Just check out that round window out front! But when you find out it comes with a three-story barn that can be used for a home business, renovated into more living space, or whatever else you can think of, this Victorian really feels like a great opportunity.
Originally built in 1879, it has had many recent updates, including a remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, a large island, butcher block countertops, and new appliances. Plus, new luxury vinyl plank flooring runs throughout the lower level. Both bathrooms have also been beautifully renovated.
Marvelous in Mobile: Almost too good to be true, this colorful Victorian, from 1899, has oodles of curb appeal and is equally charming inside. Who can resist a porch swing in front, a screened porch out back, and a cute little guesthouse on the side?
That guesthouse has a main room, full bath, and closets downstairs, plus a sleeping loft upstairs. The main house has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, in addition to several fireplaces, original molding and woodwork, stained-glass windows, and an eat-in kitchen with a peninsula and granite countertops.
This lovely property is located within two blocks of the Mardi Gras parade routes and entertainment areas. And if you really like the area, the owners will make you a great deal on the lot across the street.
Pennsylvania pleaser: The terrific, teal claw-foot tub in the upstairs bathroom alone could seal the deal for us. And there is a lot more to love in this three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,313-square-foot home, which has a large basement for storage galore.
A very pleasant, screened porch looks out on an expansive, grassy backyard with mature foliage—the lot measures 8,712 square feet, so there’s some room to run around.
Other fine features include impressive original woodwork and pocket doors, a cozy fireplace, and an eat-in kitchen. We can’t help but wonder if there are wood floors under all that cushy carpeting. But as the owner, you’d have plenty of opportunity to find out—and add your own personal touches to this unique, 1876-built home.
Perfect for a professor: Walk into the grand foyer, and you know at once that this is truly one of the best maintained and restored Victorians you’ll ever see at this price range. It’s the perfect blend of timeless elegance and modern convenience.
Built in 1902, it has original features like patterned ceilings, impressive woodwork and built-ins, vintage light fixtures, and hardwood floors. But it also has a charmingly updated kitchen and new baths that fit right in with the historic decor. All plumbing and wiring have been updated as well.
There are four bedrooms, with a potential for a fifth in the attic, and two baths, in 2,052 square feet of living space. Ashland is a college town, with all the fun activities and eateries that go along with that.
Best bargain: This extraordinarily well-maintained and restored Victorian was built in 1873, but it has everything a family could need in 2023. That includes five bedrooms, two baths, and a distance of only three blocks from an elementary school and Lake Michigan.
The leafy lot comes with a detached garage and a charming, raised dining gazebo outside, from which you can enjoy the lush landscaping in the spring, summer, and fall.
Inside, there are original features like 11-foot ceilings and hardwood floors downstairs, a claw-foot tub in the second-floor bathroom, plus some vintage doors and moldings.
The kitchen was renovated just last year, and get this—there could be a second kitchen, as one of the upstairs bedrooms was plumbed for that, and was, in fact, used for a full kitchen in the past. With a little bit of elbow grease, you could convert the place into two units, in order to live downstairs and rent out the upstairs as a separate unit.