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These Are the 10 Oldest Homes for Sale in Salem

You could live in Nathaniel Hawthorne's former house for less than $800,000.
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14 Cambridge Street and 18 Chestnut Street photos via William Raveis R.E. & Home Servies and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Before Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter in 1850, he spent his days working at the Salem Custom House and living in a Federal-style manse at 18 Chestnut Street. His former home is believed to be the oldest house on the street—and it asks less than $800,000.

But according to a new report from real estate analytics firm NeighborhoodX, the residence at 18 Chestnut isn’t just the oldest house on the street, it’s the oldest house for sale in all of Salem. It was constructed in 1800, as was this building on Essex Street, which is home to a two-bedroom condo for sale for $279,000.

NeighborhoodX’s report identified the 10 oldest homes on the market in Witch City. Overall, they were built between 1800 and 1851 and ask between $159,000 and $1,687,000.

All of the antique homes are gems in their own right, but a few jewels stand out. First there’s the iconic townhouse at 23 Chestnut Street, dubbed the Pickering-Northey Residence. The newly renovated manor stretches to more than 6,500 feet, and asks under $1.7 million. At $234 per square foot, it’s on par with home prices per square foot in Mattapan, according to the report.

Then there’s 14 Cambridge Street, a Samuel McIntyre-built beauty in Salem’s historic district. It’s complete with original museum-quality McIntyre millwork. And the 166-year-old Gothic Revival on Lafayette Street? It boasts arches, striking trim, and diamond-paned windows.

If you’re craving more old home eye candy this Halloween season, peep the rest of Salem’s historical houses for sale below.


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


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