Susan Stivaletta's Blog
All houses have character. All houses have personality. Yet, some houses are filled with more history, the type of history that is publicly known and celebrated, than others. Once houses are placed on the national history registry they are rarely, if ever, lived in again.
Living in a history rich house
One such house that is nationally recognized that has been lived in is Biltmore House and Gardens. Some members of the Biltmore family continue to spend time in the house, even if only for a few hours a day, week or month.
The chance to live in a house that's rich with history could come by surprise. You could move into a house and later find out that a famous person once owned the house. Or you might learn that a crime was committed in the house.
Depending on where you reside, you might live in the birth house of a future government leader. An innovative business leader who goes on to develop a worldwide popular product or service might have spent her childhood in the house that you go on to buy.
Let a reporter start digging into this person's past and you could look up and see television cameras posted in your front lawn. Another thing that you might see is pictures of the house highlighted on the Internet. You might even be asked to participate in radio, television or newspaper interviews, sharing personal stories about experiences that you have had since you moved into the house.
Finding houses with history
Agencies that list celebrity homes that are for sale are great resources if you're looking to buy a house with history. Interior designers may also know where celebrity homes in areas that they service are located.
Companies like Zillow also list celebrity real estate directories. Magazines and websites that are geared toward upscale communities and money management also post celebrity homes for sale. If you're simply looking for a house that has lots of history, ask your realtor to tell you about the history of homes that attract you.
Online registries and history sites might have details on whether or not a house was in a historic natural event like a hurricane, earthquake or tornado. Historic registries could also reveal whether or not a house was constructed and lived in during historic events like the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, women's suffrage movement or American Revolution.
To buy and live in some of these homes, you might have to move to another part of the country. For example, you could live in a house that existed during the American Revolution if you move to the Northeast.
Just know that many historic homes, especially houses that were once lived in by a celebrity, are larger and more expensive than an average house. Views that these houses offer can be breathtaking. You also might land a house that is large enough to comfortably operate a home business out of. Some houses that are loaded with history still have clothes and other belongings once owned and worn by a famous person hanging in the closet or another part of the house. These items can easily drive the value of the house upwards.