Modern vs. Historic: You Choose

Which do you prefer: an older home with character or a newer design built for a contemporary lifestyle? To help you decide, we’ve found historic and modern gems for sale in cities across the country. Vote for your favorites by leaving a comment below!

Los Angeles

122 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $2.949 million
Year built: 1917

Los-Angeles-historic-home-01ffda-e1386267636680 (1)This historic home boasting Mediterranean revival architecture is for sale in L.A.’s Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. From the exterior columns to the fixtures and moldings, everything has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur.

936 Milwood Ave, Venice, CA
For sale: $2.999 million
Year built: 2013
Los-Angeles-modern-home-50564d-e1386267907605This new construction has 3 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms enveloped in a sleek design. Tall windows and a glass stairwell create a sophisticated, spacious feel in the main living areas.

47 E Division St, Chicago, IL
For sale: $2.299 million
Year built: 1886

Chicago-historic-home-4005d5-e1386103120502This colorful brick row house is ideally located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Dating back to 1886, the 4-bedroom has historical character as well as updated appliances and a luxurious walk-in closet.

323 W Evergreen Ave, Chicago, IL
For sale: $2.599 million
Year built: 2006
Chicago-modern-home-a68a44Also a 4-bedroom, this Chicago home was custom-built in 2006 with 14-foot ceilings, a mezzanine level overlooking the living and dining room, radiant-heated floors and a large back deck.

1625 Pine St, Boulder, CO
For sale: $1.485 million
Year built: 1876
Boulder-historic-home-1e0fb3-e1386106099730Boasting Victorian architecture, the historic Chauncey Stokes House has been well-preserved. Originally constructed in 1876, the home has had a few updates, but its storybook curb appeal remains.

1111 Jay St, Boulder, CO
For sale: $1.5 million
Year built: 2009
Boulder-modern-home-36315c-e1386106228291This contemporary home in the same price range is also for sale in Boulder. Skylights, extended roof eaves and a curved deck give the home architectural interest while staying current.

2537 NE 25th Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $599,900
Year built: 1923
Portland-historic-home-7b7774-e1386112719370This Dutch colonial is for sale in the heart of the historic Irvington neighborhood. The home showcases 1920s architectural details and charm such as original moldings, multi-paned windows and a wood-burning fireplace.

6108 NE 45th Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $599,000
Year built: 2009
Portland-modern-home-f0728f-e1386112638253At the other end of the design spectrum, this LEED Platinum-certified house has been called the greenest in Portland, according to the listing description. A heat recovery and ventilation system, reclaimed wood, weathering steel exterior and bamboo cabinetry are a few highlights.


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