Nine Affordable Homes Built in the 1700s

These Massachusetts abodes are all under $500,000.
36 Ragged Hill Road, West Brookfield / Photo via Bernice Giard Realty

36 Ragged Hill Road, West Brookfield / Photo via Bernice Giard Realty

Compared to the many time-honored homes sprinkled along Massachusetts’ back roads, new constructions seem so…boring. With storied pasts and plenty of quirks, antique houses only come in a single size: one of a kind. Yet historic homes often have hefty price tags in addition to their labor intensive upkeep.

That’s why real estate analytics firm NeighborhoodX has identified nine affordable antique homes for sale in Massachusetts. All built between 1720 and 1790, these abodes prove it’s possible to purchase a historic property for less than the price of a typical one-bedroom condo in Boston. The homes are priced under $500,000 and can be found across the state—from seaside towns on the Cape to commuter towns outside of the city.

The oldest home is located at 592 Plymouth Street in Halifax. At 297 years old, it boasts three fireplaces and wide-pine floors. The youngest is complete with an authentic beehive oven, and can be found at 116 Nipmuck Street in Palmer.

“While some (homes) have the characteristic exposed beams, raised panels, beehive ovens, and wide-pine floorboards, others have those details waiting to be uncovered beneath layers of vinyl siding, linoleum flooring, and carpeting,” says Constatine Valhouli, cofounder of NeighborhoodX.

Houses on the list range from $65 per square foot $486 per square foot. The least expensive home of all is tucked away on 7 So. Royalston Road in Royalston for $299,900. On the other end of the spectrum, the stunning home at 37 Acorn Street in Marshfield asks $449,000.

Check out the complete list below and consider owning a piece of history.


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com