Do you love the way they used to build houses?Can you be spotted casting longing eyes at Craftsman Cottages in the downtown Roseville area? Do you have fun driving through the Fab 40s in Sacramento? Did you know those aren’t the only old homes for sale in the Roseville, Sacramento area?
I’ve created a search of just a couple of the many areas in Placer and Sacramento County where you can find interesting old homes for sale (see below). Some may be as-is. Some may be beautifully restored in the vintage look they are famous for. Some might be totally remodeled inside.
I made the list 1945 and older for my home town of Roseville and another for 1949 and older for Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks and Sacramento, to ensure including the lovely fab 40s of Sacramento. These homes for sale are updated regularly, every time the MLS updates the homes that are for sale, sold, expired, etc. And I put them in order from highest price to lowest (you’ll enjoy some delightful eye candy! 🙂 ).
Old homes can be beautiful when they are cared for. They often have special custom looks that are rare in today’s more modern homes. Things like crown molding (and YES, I checked, it can ALSO be spelled moulding – both are correct 😉 ) and handcrafted cupboards built into the living room. Often bigger yards for more outdoor fun with the grandkids. Big porches that are perfect for lovely autumn flowers (like these mums we added to our back yard to “tweak it” from summer to autumn decor) and are often shaded by old and mature trees like Camellias or Catalpas.
A sense of history – of sweet days long gone by. Sometimes, they can have a price tag that makes a first time home buyer grin big. Other times, they have a price tag that makes most people smile wistfully and move on, leaving it for those with bigger budgets.
Of course, old homes for sale can also have special concerns that you need to be prepared to address. Old electrical and plumbing may need to be updated. Homes painted before 1978 “may have lead-based paint. Paint that has chipped or is deteriorating, or is on surfaces that rub together such as windows and doors, creates lead dust which can pose serious health hazards to occupants and visitors. Thus the paint needs to be treated/removed/painted in a special way.” And that lovely mature landscaping may have huge roots that are causing or about to cause some major headaches.
Over the years, the various homes my family and I have bought and/or rented have included a 1900 Victorian Farmhouse that was one of the designated historical houses, a 1925 Craftsman Cottage, a couple of 1940s houses, a 1990s home, a brand new home and more. I’ve loved each one. For me, a house is made up of the sum of its parts – including neighbors and neighborhoods. And we’ve been blessed with each to have such great neighbors and friends that they colored each experience in a sweet and lovely hue. And to be honest, every single house has had big issues and small – even the brand new construction home. (That’s one reason I’m a BIG believer in home warranties. I’ve used Old Republic Home Warranty for years and really appreciate them!)
Nowadays, I look first for homes for sale that are good for aging in place options for my senior mom with easy to maneuver doors, walls, sidewalks, etc. no matter how old or young the home. Some older houses that are well maintained and have lower ceilings, making it easy to do home repairs like changing light bulbs, may be better than lovely new homes with really high ceilings. It depends on the needs you and your loved ones have at the time.
That being said, I do love old homes and enjoy the moments when I get to walk the shady streets sharing City of Roseville info with neighbors, admiring the gorgeous roses, and basking in the breeze that wafts through the tall trees. And oh, the creeks with the ducks and geese! Those are definite faves for me and my grandchildren. I also enjoy the holiday delights of the fun Christmas home tours in the Fab 40s in Sacramento – or as some like to call that area, the Fabulous 40 Sacramento. And YES! they are fabulous homes! 🙂
For those of you who would like to let your “fingers do some walking” as you look at the lovely “eye candy” of old and sometimes historic homes for sale in Roseville and the Sacramento area…. ENJOY! And if you have any questions or want to see any of these old homes for sale in person, just give us a call at 916-768-0127 or email us at [email protected] 🙂
P.S. You might also give my free real estate app a whirl. It’s a big help to all all across the country and beyond. (And YES, if you need help finding a great real estate agent elsewhere, I have gotten to know many in various areas and would love to help you find a trained agent to help you with your real estate needs. 🙂 ).
Last Updated 2017