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Greater Boston tops for old homes

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis May 3, 2013 07:28 AM

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Yes, we are the old home capital of the country.

That's the the verdict from Trulia, which just released a national survey looking at American homes through the decades.

The Boston area comes out on tops, with a quarter to a third of all homes built before 1940.

The North Shore is a hot spot for old homes, with 32 percent of homes in Peabody built before 1940 and more than 11 percent before 1900.

That makes it the No. 1 place in the country to go house hunting for something with historic appeal, or so says Trulia.

Boston is No. 2 on the list, with just under 30 percent of all homes built before 1940 and 9.5 percent built before 1900. The western suburbs - Middlesex County - weigh in at No. 5, with 26 percent of all homes built before 1940 and nearly 7 percent before 1900.

Living in a Natick fixer-upper that dates to at least the 1920s, I am a big fan of old homes.

Yet I would have to also say it's buyer beware - the Boston area has more than its share of older homes in need of major work.

Also, familiarity breeds contempt - equalizing for location, you are going to pay more for new construction, which is much harder to get here, than for something older and charming.

What's your favorite era, decade for homes? Are you looking for something with historic, or shiny and new? Here's link to a pretty neat overview of the home styles popular in each era,

Happy house hunting!

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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