Victorian homes in the United States have been wildly popular since the late 1800s, precisely because they are built to last.
The rise of mass production of modular building parts, delivered by rail, enabled Americans around the turn of the century to create their own unique home designs, riffing on the Victorian blueprint.
As a result, several types of Victorians dot the landscape—Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, among other styles—but all boast ornate designs, detailed woodwork, and a flair for the dramatic in one combination or another.
In many areas of the country, well-preserved Victorians also have prodigious price tags. You could spend $5.5 million on a queenly abode in Palo Alto, $4.9 million in the Hamptons, or $4 million in New Orleans.
However, we wanted to see what a Victorian lover on a tight budget could score. We scoured the country to locate 10 Victorian homes priced under $150,000. The current median list price in the U.S. sits at $312,000, and it turns out you can spend half as much and still wind up with a vibrant Victorian.
Here’s a list of 10 bargain Victorians—because beauty and grace shouldn’t have to cost a fortune.
Lemon-lime lady: Painted up in cheery colors inside and out, this four-bedroom Victorian is full of surprises, like the enclosed sunroom, purple upstairs getaway, two-story workshop out back, and a storm shelter linked to the main house by an underground tunnel. Built in 1920, the home sits on a quarter acre with a backyard enclosed by a chain-link fence.
Elmira evergreen: Built in 1890, this four-bedroom home has been remodeled and is in “pristine condition,” according to the listing details. Highlights of the 2,350-square-foot home include a deep porch and second-floor balcony, open staircase, stained-glass windows, and built-ins. Recent updates include the electrical system, furnace, and kitchen.
Beech Avenue beauty: Built in 1900 and filled with natural woodwork and hardwood floors, this large three-bedroom is move-in ready. Ornate finishes and double staircases give the home plenty of old-world charm, while modern updates add a touch of convenience and comfort.
Audubon antique: For less than the price of a new SUV, you could purchase this 1895 Victorian just a block from the town square. With more than 2,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room for a family. The classic home has extensive woodwork and built-ins, and offers boundless potential to upgrade the property into something magnificent.
Midwestern Gothic: Built in 1870 and restored throughout, this three-bedroom home sits on more than half an acre close to the town square. Sweet touches like the stained-glass window with a lovebird motif, and the enclosed porch out back give the house a cozy, familial feel. The large yard also includes a roomy garage with workshop.
Yates Center, KS
Crown jewel: A formal entry with stained glass, a walnut staircase, and carved wood from a bygone era are just a few of the high points in this three-bedroom home. Built in 1850, it’s been maintained and restored in all the right places.
Wraparound in Waco: “Fixer Upper” fans, take note! Built in 1920, this three-bedroom home is only a 15-minute walk to the Magnolia Market Silos. It might need a bit of Chip and Joanna Gaines-style updating, but it retains much of its original appeal, topped off by a large wraparound porch.
Seeking renovator: This four-bedroom was built in 1907 and needs an enterprising buyer to help take the ongoing renovation over the finish line. The home still features lovely original woodwork, 10-foot ceilings, and large rooms.