Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vive La Victorian!

From Houzz tour - Eoin Lyons Interiors

Why do Victorian's get such a bad rap?

For a long time, the housing market has viewed Victorians as being stuffy dark places where ghosts and mice like to dwell.  Oh sure, there have been the hold outs, the purists who love a curvy Queen Anne Victorian parlor and whose mantra is "more is more"!  But for many, Victorians spell formality and fussiness.  But that attitude is changing, as evidenced by some recent tours on Houzz and Apartment Therapy featuring Victorians in a fresh modern light. 

Houzz tours:

From Houzz tour - Eoin Lyons Interiors
These homes are graced with high ceilings, deep moldings and warm wood floors - a perfect foil for contemporary lighting and furnishings.  They transport the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Stripped of the layers of competing patterns, the Victorian's woodwork becomes the star.
From Houzz look book - Lisa K Tharp Design
Apartment Therapy tour: Nyakinyua & Ivan's Bohemian ChicVictorian Home
I lived in a Queen Anne Victorian as a child and I still remember the intricate molded plaster that decorated the dining room in a fanciful collection of fruit and cherubs.  That house sparked my passion for historic homes.

Here on the cape, our historic homes date as far back as the 17th century, but there are pockets of Victorians.  The Cape became a popular tourist destination during the Victorian period.  You may be familiar with the charming painted cottages on Martha's Vineyard.

Here is one of our listings for a Victorian period house in Harwich Port that is for sale at $699,900, well below appraised value:
232 Bank Street, Harwich Port

232 Bank Street, Harwich Port

Would you like to see other Victorian homes on the Cape? click here

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