History Buffs Can Snag Civil War-Era Homes

July 27, 2015

With the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War this year, homes near Civil War battlefields are growing in popularity. Many of these homes benefit from conservation efforts to protect battle sites, which have also made those areas more attractive to potential home buyers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Out of 1.8 million active listings in the U.S. at the end of May, 32,240 were on or near one of the roughly 300 Civil War battle sites, according to realtor.com®.

Javier Vivas, an economic-research analyst with realtor.com®, says that in the 23 markets with two or more battlefields, all but one have higher median list prices compared with prices last year, and 17 are seeing faster year-over-year listing-price growth than the national average of 7 percent.

Certainly, buyers are not just buying for the historical aspects of the home, they also may be drawn to the proximity to well-preserved battle sites and green space, Vivas says.

Some home owners of Civil War-era homes also say these homes can be perfect for history buffs or those looking for a treasure hunt. For example, one couple in Franklin, Tenn., says they found in a hidden staircase with a sheet of striped yellow wallpaper from the 1830s tucked inside. Other home owners say they've found historic coins, belt buckles, and ammunition on their properties.

For a 1,000-acre antebellum estate in Georgetown, S.C., the listing agent Carol Jayroe of Sotheby's International Realty teamed with a niche real estate listing website called FindEverythingHistoric.com, which caters to history buffs. The estate, known as Chicora Wood Plantation and listed for $13.475 million, features a 10,000 square foot Greek Revival home built in 1819 and also includes several historic buildings and a working turf farm.

Source: "For History Buffs, Civil War-Era Homes for Sale," The Wall Street Journal (July 23, 2015) [Log-in required.]