If These Walls Could Talk | 5 Historic Homes

In storied locations from Sag Harbor to Sonoma, these irreplaceable homes offer the opportunity to own a personal piece of American history.

A Cape Cod Classic

Yarmouth Point, Massachusetts | Parke MaddenSotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage

Built in 1830 on Nantucket and relocated to Cape Cod in 1865, this elegant historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Impeccably restored, thoughtfully updated, and lovingly maintained, it features a handsome great room, a chef’s kitchen, an office, and a luxurious main-level owner’s suite with a lavish bath. A stream runs through the 1.48-acre property, which is bordered by conservation area and includes a heated saltwater pool and lovely landscaping with extensive irrigation.

Wine Country Grande Dame

Sonoma, California | Terry CrislerSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Brokerage

Dating to 1851 and extensively restored and remodeled in accordance with Sonoma’s historical society, this classically designed residence enjoys serene views and features three bedroom suites, a parlor, a dining room, a charming kitchen, a family room, two fireplaces, original doors and hardware, and period-appropriate fixtures and finishes. The 12-acre estate includes a swimming pool and pool house, idyllic landscaping, an orchard, and a 6.5-acre Chardonnay vineyard—all just minutes from the restaurants and shops of the historic Plaza.

Secluded Artist’s Sanctuary

El Guique, New Mexico | David CordovaSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

Nestled on the banks of the Rio Grande in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this 250-year-old estate has been meticulously maintained and renovated. It includes two adjacent 1,800-square-foot structures—perfect for use as a residence and guesthouse—lush lawns, grandfather trees, and a traditional acequia for irrigation. The interiors feature 10-foot ceilings, double adobe and plaster walls, wood floors, and ceiling vigas. Approximately 30 minutes from Taos, the property is fully fenced and gated for consummate privacy.

Hamptons History

Sag Harbor, New York | Caleb KerchevalSotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This iconic property, built in the 1820s by “Captain” Noah Washburn, is one of the enchanting historic structures that line Suffolk Street, the loveliest thoroughfare in the coastal enclave of Sag Harbor. It has been meticulously restored and reconfigured to comprise six well-appointed apartment residences while retaining numerous charming Federalist, Italianate, and Greek Revival details of the period. This uncommon offering is blocks from the picturesque harbor and the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Main Street.

California Colonial Revival

Pasadena, California | Gretchen B. SeagerSotheby’s International Realty – Pasadena Brokerage

This stately Colonial Revival home dates to 1889 and has been redesigned and restored by noted architects. The light-filled interiors feature wonderful period details—from the arched entry portico to a fireplace with a Grueby tile surround—living and dining rooms, a sunroom, a cook’s kitchen, an owner’s suite with an office, three guest bedrooms—one with its own sunporch—and a generous, versatile attic. The glorious grounds and gardens include porches, a pool and spa, a guesthouse, and a three-car garage with a studio.

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