Built in 1646, a Rare First Period House Is the Week's Oldest Listing


We don't often encounter the architectural style known as First Period. The likely reason? There simply aren't very many First Period homes still standing.

These historic homes were constructed before 1725, with pitched roofs and center chimneys. They were also built to face the sun as much as possible, to keep them warm.

This week, one of just 10 still standing in the state of Massachusetts landed on the market for $1.65 million. Known as the James Noyes House, this First Period classic was built in 1646. It's the oldest home to hit the market this week on Realtor.com®.

In this week's look at the 10 oldest homes, you'll find a rare home from the mid-1600s, as well as multimillion-dollar cottages, affordable compounds, and other Colonial gems sure to please even the most discerning home shoppers and gawkers alike. Take a look.

1. 7 Parker St, Newbury, MA

Price: $1,650,000
Year built: 1646
James Noyes House:
A rare treat, this is one of just 10 First Period homes still standing in Massachusetts.

The four-bedroom, 4,578-square-foot Colonial sits on an acre lot and features vintage details, including wide-board floors, fireplaces, and paneling.

There are two staircases, a sunroom, plus the more recent addition of a two-car garage with an upstairs office suite.

Newbury, MA
Newbury, MA


2. 46788 Glen Mary Farm Rd, Park Hall, MD

Price: $4,995,000
Year built: 1655
Glen Mary Farm:
Roomy and classic, this 200-acre farm has had only two owners in the past 90 years. One of the seven (yes, seven!) homes on the property dates to the mid-17th century.

Prospective buyers can choose between spending their days at the Duck House, the log cabin, the cottage, or an old barn converted into two apartments. For lovers of water sports, the farm also has a mile of shoreline, with deep-water access and a pier.

Park Hall, MD
Park Hall, MD


3. 8 Lee St, Marblehead, MA

Price: $899,000
Year built: 1700
Double lot:
This home is being sold along with a parcel of undeveloped land, which means that the front yard will always offer room to roam.

Currently, the home has been split into a couple of one-bedroom units, one on each floor. However, a new owner could reconfigure the space and make it a single-family residence again. The property is close to Old Town, the Boston Yacht Club, and Crocker Park.

Marblehead, MA
Marblehead, MA



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4. 133 Scotland Rd, Madison, CT

Price: $369,000
Year built: 1700
Beam Cape Cod:
Fully restored by a local craftsman in 2006, this two-bedroom, post-and-beam home is located just 2 miles from East Wharf Beach and Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Highlights of the 1,072-square-foot home include a charming center-chimney fireplace and a tempting speakeasy in the basement.

Madison, CT
Madison, CT


5. 115 High St, Ipswich, MA

Price: $850,000
Year built: 1725
Development potential:
This half-acre property is zoned for mixed use and includes a two-bedroom home, a two-story barn built in the 1920s, and another barn built in 1996. It has been used for retail, but a new owner could take this vintage property in a number of different directions.

Ipswitch, MA
Ipswich, MA


6. 89 Steep Hill Rd, Weston, CT

Price: $1,199,999
Year built: 1739
Peter Thorpe House:
A main house, two cottages, and a barn fill out this 4-acre compound steeped in history.

Once owned by opera star James Melton, the six-bedroom, 5,866-square-foot main house has its original stone hearth and wide-plank wood floors. A two-bedroom cottage built in the 1930s has a new kitchen and can be used as a guesthouse or for rental income.

Weston, CT
Weston, CT


7. 23 Meeting St, Charleston, SC

Price: $3,950,000
Year built: 1740
Historic Charleston:
This 3,705-square-foot mansion is dripping with charm, and every room was renovated in 2009.

On the first floor, you'll find the home's "public rooms," including the living room and kitchen, sunroom, and garden. An elevator leads to the second floor and an expansive master suite with office and bathroom. Guests can make themselves at home on the third and fourth floors.

Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC


8. 3322 Ady Rd, Street, MD

Price: $995,900
Year built: 1741
Wheeler Mansion:
Situated on 11 acres of pasture, this four-bedroom home was fully restored in 2017. Highlights include six fireplaces, hardwood floors, custom woodwork, and built-ins.

Street, MD
Street, MD


9. 111 Main St, Plaistow, NH

Price: $499,900
Year built: 1747
Village charmer:
This 1.1-acre property comes with plenty of rental income potential.

The three-bedroom main house features wide-plank pine floors and a wood stove in the master suite. A second home comes with two bedrooms and a private backyard.

Plaistow, NH
Plaistow, NH


10. 6 Follett Ln, Kittery, ME

Price: $2,995,000
Year built: 1750
Kittery Point:
Owned by the same family since 1797, this lovely home with a private beach sits on just under an acre.

Ideal for summer days, the property features 400 feet of shoreline with views of three lighthouses and Fort Constitution. Dating to 1750, the property's original "Piggin House" still has original shutters, window seats, fireplaces, and three staircases.

Kittery, ME
Kittery, ME


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