Historic homes offer charm and authenticity to buyers, and in many parts of the country they can also provide good value. Take this five-bedroom, four-bath home in Brodhead, Wisconsin. Built in 1895 by local lumberman Miles McNair for his family, the 4,107-square-foot house features Victorian appeal with many original amenities.
Sitting on a large, .33-acre lot, the home boasts many of the features that came standard in revival architecture of the turn of the century. A towering, asymmetrical facade includes blue decorative trim, a stone foundation, and an upper bay window. But the home’s best feature is the large wrap-around porch with picture-perfect swing.
Inside, guests are met with an expansive foyer and a grand wooden staircase that’s intricately carved. Period details include pocket doors, parquet in-lay floors, and leaded glass windows. The main rooms all boast 10-foot ceilings and original woodwork, and fireplaces add coziness.
The third floor includes a separate entry that could be used as a mother-in-law suite or rental, and a detached two-car garage rounds out the listing. If this looks like your Victorian dream, 706 East Second Avenue is on the market now for $379,000.