Crumbling Mansions for Under $100,000

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.

Ellsworth, KS

200 Court Ave, Ellsworth, KS

For sale: $39,000

200 Court Ave. Ellsworth KS


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.

See homes for sale in Ellsworth.

Lorain, OH

416 Washington Ave, Lorain, OH

For sale: $54,300

416 Washington Ave. Lorain OH

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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Altoona, PA

2430 Broad Ave, Altoona, PA

For sale: $68,900

2430 Broad Ave. Altoona PA

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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Medina, NY

228 Park Ave, Medina, NY

For sale: $89,900

228 Park Ave. Medina NY

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.

Check out homes for sale in Medina.

Holyoke, MA

188 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA

For sale: $50,000

188 Chestnut St. Holyoke Ma

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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Philadelphia, PA

2207 W Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA

For sale: $38,000

2207 W Tioga St. Philadelphia

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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Eastover, SC

213 Sandhill Rd, Eastover SC

For sale: $55,000

213 Sandhill Rd. Eastover SC

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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Pittsburgh, PA

304 Lafayette Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

For sale: $65,000

304 Lafayette Pittsburgh

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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Jacksonville, FL

245 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL

For sale: $75,000

245 W 3rd St. Jacksonville FL

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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Vernon, MI

310 E Main St, Vernon, MI

For sale: $34,900

310 E. Main St. Vernon Mi

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.

Check out homes for sale in Vernon.


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