Like a nice bottle of whiskey or a favorite pair of jeans, many homes simply get better with age.
But don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at the 10 oldest homes in the U.S. to land on the the market this week, and prepare to be impressed by these well-preserved residences.
The oldest property dates back more than three centuries, to 1709, and the whippersnapper of the group is only 270 years young. Both homes, and all the others in between, are spectacular, filled with memories, history, and character.
Stone fireplaces, wide-plank wood floors, and land ringed with established gardens and century-old trees–the elements are there, waiting for a buyer to take these homes into their next phase.
So when it comes to homes, older is very often just better. Scroll on down for a closer look.
John Stevens house: Built in 1709, this three-bedroom Colonial sits just steps away from Newport Harbor.
The 1,940-square-foot home offers plenty of charming details, including pine flooring and many built-ins. The kitchen has been updated, and outside you’ll find a fenced-in patio that’s a perfect spot for warm-weather entertaining.
Bucks County farmhouse: The original fieldstone farmhouse dates to 1710. The three-bedroom home still has pumpkin pine floors, a stone fireplace, and a pie staircase going from the second-floor master suite to a third-floor office space.
The 4-acre property comes with a stream, and there’s a barn with a basement.
Artist studio: Impressionist artist Matilda Browne used to paint here in the early 20th century, but the Cape Codder dates to 1710.
After a meticulous restoration in 1998 by an antiques renovator and an addition in 2006, the four-bedroom home now features a generous 3,690 square feet of living space. The property also includes a studio with plumbing, gardens, and a patio.
Johnathan Bane house: Also known as the Wabi Cafe, this four-bedroom home was built in 1721 on a wooded half-acre.
The first floor is a cafe and bar, with an adjoining tearoom and stone patio.
An art gallery is upstairs, as well as the four-bedroom residence. Original features include wide-plank wood floors and a stone fireplace.
Amerscot House Inn: This 14-room Colonial was built in 1732 and has operated as a bed-and-breakfast for years.
Updated with modern amenities, the five-bedroom home has 4,731 square feet of living space and comes with 2.5 acres. An innkeeper’s wing was recently added, along with a two-car garage. This charmer could continue as a B&B or be converted into a sumptuous single-family home.
Hessian house: Built in 1735 for a man named Joshua Bispham, it’s now known as the Hessian house.
According to the listing, the home was commandeered by retreating Hessian officers in 1778 during the Revolutionary War.
Today, there are no signs of soldiers, but the home has been updated with central air, a sunroom, balcony, and fenced yard.
Captain Bradley house: Beautifully restored, this three-bedroom Colonial was built in 1739.
Highlights include the refinished wide-plank chestnut floors, remodeled kitchen, and a basement. Outside, the 2-acre yard includes a porch and a brook.
The farm: This sprawling 30-acre spread dates to 1747. The three-bedroom home features a wood-burning fireplace, beamed ceiling, and pumpkin pine floors, all of which date to the home’s construction.
Out back, there’s a large deck overlooking gardens, an in-ground swimming pool, as well as a summer kitchen with a barbecue and refrigerator.
Iconic farmhouse: This local landmark was built in 1750 and has been in the same family for 250 years.
The listing notes that the home has hosted presidents, governors, and other dignitaries throughout its history. The four-bedroom house comes with 2 acres and is ready for a new chapter.
Maine homestead: With open fields and frontage along the Eastern River, this 28-acre estate comes with a farmhouse built in 1750.
The four-bedroom home is cozy and rustic, and there’s an artist studio and workshop. The property also features a pond and established gardens.