There's nothing quite like being home for the holidays. That is, unless you’re actually getting a home for the holidays. Think buying your sweetie pie an entire house as a gift sounds unrealistic, if not crazy, in this economy? Think again.
These houses can all be had for the low, low price of one paltry dollar (heck, some of them are even free). The only hitch is that you must be willing to restore or, in some cases, move them to new homes of their own.More From This Old House:
Location: Barrington, Illinois
Price: Free (Must be moved)
The village of Barrington, Illinois, a suburban community just 35 miles northwest of Chicago, is giving away three historic homes to anyone who can come up with a viable plan to move and restore them. The village will also provide any old-house saviors with $10,000 each to help finance their relocation efforts. First on the list is this 1930s Craftsman. While it’s long been used as office space, the sturdy little house retains its Craftsman character, including original windows and doors, exposed roof rafters, and several interior built-ins. Call Brooke Jones at 847-304-3472 for more information.
Located at 138 W. Station Street.More From This Old House:
Location: South Bend, Ind.
How could you refuse this offer? The city of South Bend, Indiana wants to give this handsome circa-1851 Italianate farmhouse away to anyone willing to properly restore it. Aside from the boarded up windows (the boards are painted to look like real windows), the place is in pretty good shape, with a completely restored exterior, new roof, and all new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. All you'll need to do is restore the gutted (but clean as can be) interior. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located near downtown, in a neighborhood that's seeing quite a bit of investment these days. Call 574-289-1066, ext 223 for more information.More From This Old House:
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Lynchburg is home to five National Historic Districts featuring wide, tree-lined streets and hundreds of remarkable homes -- from decaying Georgian Revivals, to perfectly restored Queen Annes. Unfortunately, some houses here -- such as this 1875 clapboard, with its rusting red metal roof -- are in serious disrepair. To remedy the situation, the city's Homesteading Program is looking for qualified buyers willing to rehabilitate and maintain Lynchburg's most endangered properties. This 1,191-square-foot home is available for just a buck. For more information, call Laurie Kennedy at 434-845-9011.More From This Old House:
Location: Kaysville, Utah
This unassuming 1910 brick bungalow in Kaysville, Utah was actually featured in both a Benji movie, and at least one episode of the TV show "Touched by an Angel." Now it's up for grabs to anyone willing to relocate it to make way for a new housing development. The house still has plenty of detail, including handsome mantels and millwork. Interested? Call Jacquie Jones at 801-979-5225.More From This Old House:
Location: Danville, Virginia
This circa-1890 home, with its two-tier porch and 2,300 square feet of living space is located in the Holbrook-Ross National Register Historic District of Danville, Virginia. Blocks away from the city's famed Millionaire's Row, the homes in Holbrook-Ross were built for African American doctors, lawyers and dentists at around the turn of the century. While the neighborhood fell into disrepair as those professionals moved to burbs and other cities, recent efforts by the Danville Historical Society to recruit buyers to rehabilitate its abandoned homes are paying off. This house will be given away (with attached covenants) to anyone willing to restore it to its original grandeur. Bonus: Historic tax credits and other incentives are available for the work. Call Susan Stilwell at 434-548-4816 for more information.More From This Old House:
Location: San Marino, California
Price: $1 (Must be moved)
This little adobe sure as heck wasn't meant to be a pool house. In fact, it predates the pool, and the high school that owns it, by more than a century. The cozy one-bedroom house was built by Michael White, a European settler, back in 1845. In 1955, San Marino High School was constructed right next door. The school now wants to expand its swimming pool and says the 145-year-old home, one of the very few remaining adobes in the area, is in the way. If you can provide a safe haven for this piece of California history, call Julie Boucher at 626-299-7000.
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