Reese Witherspoon found inspiration over the summer in a run-down Southern mansion in Tennessee. She decided to scoop it up for $1.95 million and restore it to its former glory.
Why not you? All over the country, once-stately homes await a renovation. There are mansions in the Rust Belt that are slightly more move-in ready for those with bigger pockets. But if you’re looking for a great deal, here are some in a price range that is more realistic for non-movie star fixer-uppers.
For sale: $39,000
At more than 5,000 square feet, this once-stately mansion in Kansas has plenty of space. Inside, there’s original woodwork and … a toilet in the living room. It needs a little work to return it to its 1910-era glory.
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For sale: $54,300
This 1900 Victorian-style home near Cleveland has 5 bedrooms and a spacious front porch. The listing says it needs “some TLC.”
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For sale: $68,900
This huge brick mansion is more than 6,000 square feet. It has some updates, like a newer furnace and wiring, but needs to be restored, according to the listing.
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For sale: $89,900
This 8-bedroom, 9-bath historic home has architectural details like stained glass windows, woodwork and hardwood floors. With fresh paint and some updates, the listing says, it could be a bed and breakfast.
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For sale: $50,000
This large Victorian has “magnificent period woodwork and architecture,” according to the listing, but it was damaged in a fire. The sellers are willing to consider “any kind of offer.”
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For sale: $38,000
This Philadelphia stone mansion has 8 bedrooms, but there are some major updates to make to the 4,000-square-foot property before you can sleep in them.
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For sale: $55,000
This foreclosure sold in 2000 for $130,000, and now is being offered for less than half that. It is more than 4,000 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
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For sale: $65,000
This brick mansion, originally listed for $99,900 in 2013, was built in 1900. It has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and more than 3,000 square feet.
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For sale: $75,000
You’ll need cash to buy this landmark manse, the Dr. Horace Drew Residence — the historic home of a local printing magnate. The city skyline is visible from the arched windows in the third floor balcony.
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For sale: $34,900
This 5,000-square-foot mansion could be used as one grand residence or up to six historic apartments in downtown Vernon, MI. The 9-bedroom, 6-bath home was built in 1900.
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