5 Oldest Homes for Sale in America—All Built in the 1600s
As we prepare our Thanksgiving table, our thoughts might turn to the very first people who started the American holiday. There’s one fascinating fact you might not think about: The settlers sure knew how to build a shelter back then.
In fact, some of the homes that were built during the 1600s are still standing, and some are even on the market.
In the spirit of the season, we did some sleuthing and found the five oldest homes for sale in America right now, in good living condition, despite being built not too long after the first Thanksgiving in the 1600s!
Lucy Bran House: It’s hard to believe this cozy cottage has been standing since 1670, especially when you set foot inside and see a large, beautifully updated kitchen with a granite-topped dining island and stainless-steel appliances.
The three-bedroom, two-bath cottage still has plenty of Colonial-era charm. Details include original ceiling beams, beautiful wide-plank hardwood floors, wood paneling, and granite steps and stone walls on the 8,716-square-foot lot.
The detached, two-level barn fits one car on the lower level.
To accommodate modern living, all of the bathrooms have been redone and the place comes with a laundry room with a washer and dryer, a separate study, and a wood-burning stove.
The charming downtown of Medfield is only a half-mile away.
Newman-Fiske-Dodge House: Standing since 1658, the 4,000-square-foot Newman-Fiske-Dodge House has oak wood beams, paneled walls, brick fireplaces, and a barn from the era.
This landmark home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, plus a bright kitchen (thanks to a newer skylight) where you can cook on a modern gas stove or an older pot-bellied stove.
Bonus rooms include a flexible third-floor loft, which could be used as an office. There’s also a formal dining room and an enclosed porch.
Glen Mary Farm: This nearly 400-year-old beauty certainly doesn’t show its age. The original Colonial builders would be astounded to see what the 200-acre, waterfront property has become since its origin as part of the first permanent settlement in Maryland in 1654.
This unique estate offers 13,691 square feet of living space, a deep-water pier, a pool, a full mile of shoreline on St. Mary’s River, five barns with 30 horse stalls, and more than 100 acres of fenced pasture land.
The six-bedroom grand manor retains some Colonial elements, including brick imported from England, fireplaces, some doors, and paneling.
There are six more residences on the property, including an annex, two barn apartments (fully furnished), plus the Duck House, a cottage, and a log cabin—which need to be renovated. Possibilities for the property include farming, ranching, rental income, and holding special events.
The price has been reduced by over $1 million since it was initially listed in 2021.
Loring House: Built circa 1633, the Loring House is the oldest U.S. home on the market. Features that appear to be original include its four fireplaces, paneling, wide-board pine floors, and beamed ceilings.
The Cape-style cottage features two bedrooms and 1.5 baths, plus a small study, a living room, a dining room, an open kitchen with an island, two staircases, and a newer furnace, to keep you warm during those harsh New England winters.
There’s also a two-car garage with a loft that could be converted into a workroom or studio.
This place is located within walking distance of a pier where you can catch the commuter boat to Boston.