Old House Love: 6 Cool Features of Historic Properties

Old House Love - cool features of historic property palestine tx

Palestine has the second highest number of Victorian and historic homes in Texas (Galveston wins 1st prize). With so many historic properties, I am lucky to get to see many of these spectacular treasures! Of course, I have an extreme obsession  fondness for historic properties.  One of these days, I will make a post on the restoration of our office, an 1895 Victorian home that had suffered from decades of 1970s-era decorating..but that is a post for another day!  Historic homes have their own set of hurdles and owning/restoring one is definitely a labor of love, but daaaannnng the fruits of your labor are well worth it in the end!

So, without further delay, I present to you the 6 coolest features of historic homes:

1.  Decorative ceilings– ceiling details that make your average sheetrock seem lame!

Incredible plaster work

Incredible plaster work

Coffered ceilings--these are found now in high end new construction homes also

Coffered ceilings–these are found now in high end new construction homes also

Amazing wood inlays

Amazing wood inlays

Insane Plaster medallions!

Insane Plaster medallions!

Coffered ceiling

Coffered ceiling

metallic Tin ceilings, how I love thee!

metallic Tin ceilings, how I love thee!

2. Amazing built-ins!!

You cant have too many built-ins. Where else will you keep your tschotskes and 1st Monday finds?!

Built-in china cabinet

Built-in china cabinet

More built-in china cabinet--show off those pretties!

More built-in china cabinet–show off those pretties!

Gorgeous dark wood & leaded glass fronts. BYOB!

Gorgeous dark wood & leaded glass fronts. BYOB!

Classic elegance with these craftsman built-ins

Classic elegance with these craftsman built-ins

Storage is truly timeless

Storage is truly timeless

Utilizing dead space with built-ins!

Utilizing dead space with built-ins!

3. Molding (not the bad kind) and trim

Great example of Exterior Dentil molding.

Great example of Exterior Dentil molding.

Close-up of Victorian molding

Close-up of Victorian molding

gorgeous DETAILS!!

gorgeous DETAILS!!

Stunning woodwork

Stunning woodwork

Detailed wood stairs

Detailed wood stairs

They don't make them like this anymore!

They don’t make them like this anymore!

4. Soaring ceilings!!

 

Tall ceilings make a room feel twice as big!

Tall ceilings make a room feel twice as big!

Grandiose feelings from tall ceiling heights

Grandiose feelings from tall ceiling heights

5. Charming details!

Eastlake Victorian hardware- door hinge

Eastlake Victorian hardware- door hinge

Eastlake Victorian hardware - door knob

Eastlake Victorian hardware – door knob

STAINED GLASS!!..need I say more.,

STAINED GLASS!!..need I say more.,

Amazing light fixtures

Amazing light fixtures

Can you imagine coming home to this everyday.?! YES, please!!!

Can you imagine coming home to this everyday.?! YES, please!!!

6. THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE!!

If these walls could talk…what would they say?  Who built the home? Why? What happened to them? Are their descendants still in the area? Is it haunted? Is there a family plot on the property? Are there treasures in the attic? Are those the original owners tools in the garage? The more you know, the more you’ll want to know!

What types of lives did the former owners live? If these walls could talk!!

What types of lives did the former owners live? If these walls could talk!!

What did the rooms look like?

What did the rooms look like?

What secrets are within these walls?

What secrets are within these walls?

That’s all I’ve got for this installment. I could fill pages upon pages with unique historical home elements and still have many more to share. Historical homes have a special place in my heart and I love that more and more of these properties are being renovated and loved again!
Have any historic house stories, pics or questions? Want to invite me on a private tour to see yours? 🙂 I’ll be there!

Lisa E. Priest
Texas REALTOR® / Real Estate Agent in historic Palestine, Texas
Picket Fence Realty, Inc.
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lisa@rentpalestine.com
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