I am a history buff, and a big fan of historic real estate. As such I like to look around and see what types of properties are out there. As it turns out there are a ton of great websites that feature all types of historic properties from around the country. Whether you are looking for Colonials, Earth Ships, or an Art Deco in need of tender love and attention, there are sites dedicated to each and every type of real estate.
However, in all of this browsing, I had not expected to find historical preservation opportunities that were waiting to be adopted for free. Much to my surprise, those opportunities do exist. Usually there is a catch of some type. For example, many times these historic properties are standing on property that is going to be put to a new use, or will be redeveloped. As such, often the catch is that you must agree to move the property.
But the economics of such a situation can still be helpful. It would be very expensive to attempt to build a house that had all of the historic patina of a colonial, or craftsman. But if you are willing to move a property, then the history is there, and it simply becomes a matter of restoring it gradually over time.
Now clearly, this type of project is not for everyone. But if you are someone who would consider such a challenge, then the opportunities to exist. You simply need to look, and weigh your options. For example: Craftsman homes have been popular throughout the nation for ages. Who knew you could find one for free. But you sure can.
So money does not have to stop you from your preservation dreams. You just need to be flexible, creative, and willing to think big.
Best of luck finding your restoration dream.
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