Have you ever pictured yourself living in a beautiful, time-honored house? Looking up its mysterious past, wondering about people who lived there, imagining scenarios that took place right there in the living room? If the answer is yes, there’s a perfect place on the internet that might let you vicariously live out your fantasies of owning a property that's shrouded in secrets.

Enter the subreddit called 'Century Homes', where history fans who value buildings that have reached or exceeded 100 years of age have a place to showcase these wonders. "We enjoy sharing stories and seeking advice to help us be great stewards of our historic homes," the moderators write in the description.

From breathtaking architecture to pleasantly surprising interior details, members of this online community invite us to admire the facades and take a walk inside their dwellings. We at Bored Panda have collected some of the most stunning and captivating pictures for you to appreciate, so continue scrolling and upvote your favorite ones!

Psst! If you’re interested in even more buildings that have withstood the test of time, check out our earlier post on the most interesting historical places spotted around the world.

#1

Undoing Years Of Paint

Undoing Years Of Paint

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RedCorvette
Community Member
1 week ago

Who would paint this?!

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#2

My Homage To The Wallpapers We’ve Removed

My Homage To The Wallpapers We’ve Removed

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Gigi
Community Member
1 week ago

good idea!

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#3

Moved Into Our New Home This Week. Built In 1878

Moved Into Our New Home This Week. Built In 1878

Estimates on square footage vary between 7 and 10k. My family and my sister's family bought it together so all 3 generations could be under one roof

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Taryn Wallace
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1 week ago

It's beautiful.... I mean it's 100% haunted but it's still pretty.

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The 'Century Homes' online community has been around for quite some time now. Created in 2011, this wholesome and helpful corner of Reddit has already amassed over 114K members at the time of writing.

The page has found the secret to success on the platform because it has become the perfect place for history and architecture lovers to ask for advice, share their insights, and have meaningful discussions about their passion — century-old homes. Many of the posts there provide clever and extremely useful renovation tips accompanied by stunning pictures of Victorian houses and intriguing objects left by the previous owners. Once you look at these images, it’s hardly surprising why the subreddit keeps on growing.

#4

We Bought Our First Home, Built Around 1920, And Have Been Slowly Doing Some Work. But I Definitely Would Never Change Our Original Entryway Tile

We Bought Our First Home, Built Around 1920, And Have Been Slowly Doing Some Work. But I Definitely Would Never Change Our Original Entryway Tile

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MacKenzie Moore
Community Member
1 week ago (edited)

Where are these houses!?!

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#5

Was Sorting Through Some Old Brick That Was Left Over From Our 1890’s Townhouse, And Came Across This

Was Sorting Through Some Old Brick That Was Left Over From Our 1890’s Townhouse, And Came Across This

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Iggnacious
Community Member
1 week ago

That darn cat,,,

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#6

San Francisco Victorian Home

San Francisco Victorian Home

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Jen&Tonic
Community Member
1 week ago

This lovely little home can be yours for just under $5 mil!

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Buying a historic home can be a thrilling experience, and the moderators of the subreddit are open to hearing stories and tips from the owners who want to embrace the character of their beautifully crafted dwelling. While they ask to keep the posts related to century homes, they also understand that many systems found in buildings that are more than 100 years old may be found in newer homes as well. "For instance, if you have Hydronic Heat in your 50-year-old house — it is ok to post a question here," they wrote.

Another rule on the subreddit asks users to refrain from sharing excessive sales or self-promotion posts. However, you’re welcome to mention your blog/vlog as you work through renovations on your historic residence, "but MODs have the right to ask you to limit posts or have a cooldown time between posts."

Moreover, the subreddit has some great resources for those who are in the market, have just purchased, or are already living in a historic home. From contacts for replacement windows to contractors that specialize in century homes, be sure to check out their page if you need some guidance.

#7

Just Closed On This 1920 Craftsman (?). In Great Shape. Just Needs Some Paint And Floor Refinishing Before Moving In

Just Closed On This 1920 Craftsman (?). In Great Shape. Just Needs Some Paint And Floor Refinishing Before Moving In

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Antonia
Community Member
1 week ago

I love the woodwork and stained glas windows

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#8

Spotted This Door Hardware On An 1880 Home For Sale In Ontario, Canada

Spotted This Door Hardware On An 1880 Home For Sale In Ontario, Canada

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Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 week ago

Even though I'm a huge fan of form following function, I can't help but adore these lovely details on something most people will never see. Life is hard; make your environment beautiful.

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#9

1896 Queen Anne. My Dream House We Bought In 2016!

1896 Queen Anne. My Dream House We Bought In 2016!

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 week ago

This looks like a cozy little fairytale house... the snow makes it look so snug and warm.

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While not everyone has the means to become a steward of a century-old home, that shouldn’t stop you from sharing your love for historic architecture with this online community. Maybe you stumbled upon a charming building while house hunting. Perhaps you know a gorgeous time-honored structure right there in your area. Both the moderators and the members of this online community enjoy admiring old homes from every corner of the world, so everyone is welcome to share their findings with the group.

#10

We Found Some Cat Paw Prints In The Original Concrete In Our 116 Year Old Home

We Found Some Cat Paw Prints In The Original Concrete In Our 116 Year Old Home

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago (edited)

Cats are curious indeed lol cute paw prints, I'd keep the original concrete

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#11

This Is Our House In Regional Victoria (Australia). We Are Slowly Restoring It To Its Former Glory

This Is Our House In Regional Victoria (Australia). We Are Slowly Restoring It To Its Former Glory

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 week ago

This is just beautiful. Early morning cuppa on the balcony :)

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#12

Saw This Sign In An Old House Today And Figured You Folks May Get A Kick Out Of It

Saw This Sign In An Old House Today And Figured You Folks May Get A Kick Out Of It

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago

Well well well, talk about a blast from the past!

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For those exploring the possibility of buying a house, there is nothing more enticing than the chance to own a piece of history. After all, time-honored buildings can provide us with a tangible link with the past. And as you’re scrolling through this list, you’ll notice just how mesmerizing they look both outside and inside. You'll also probably realize how important it is to make them functional for future generations and save them before the bulldozer comes knocking.

#13

Moved In 2 Months Ago. Decorated The Reception Hall In Our 1908 Home

Moved In 2 Months Ago. Decorated The Reception Hall In Our 1908 Home

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Susan Green
Community Member
1 week ago

This is stunning!

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#14

Then And Now Of Our New (To Us) Home. Built In The 1870s, Scotland

Then And Now Of Our New (To Us) Home. Built In The 1870s, Scotland

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miss miss
Community Member
1 week ago

A beautiful country with eons of history

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#15

Our 1885 Door That Needed Desperate Love. We’re Blown Away By The Finished Result!

Our 1885 Door That Needed Desperate Love. We’re Blown Away By The Finished Result!

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Antonia
Community Member
1 week ago

well done!

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If you wish to pursue living in one of these beauties, it might be daunting to know that restoring your little slice of history is far from a small undertaking. Dealing with old structures and building materials requires extra care and knowledge because old houses can sometimes be full of surprises. However, when a renovation is done right, all worries quickly fade away when you’re left with a dreamy home.

#16

1925 Eastern Shore Farmhouse: Finally Tore Up Last Owner’s Kitchen Tile, And Look What We Found

1925 Eastern Shore Farmhouse: Finally Tore Up Last Owner’s Kitchen Tile, And Look What We Found

We restored original wood floors throughout the house prior 10 years back, but this floor (and it’s condition) was a very welcome surprise.

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1 week ago

Why did people cover up these beautiful wood floors so often?!

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#17

Woodwork And Lighting In Our 1896 Tudor-Ish

Woodwork And Lighting In Our 1896 Tudor-Ish

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago

Ooooh niiice 😍😍 Yep, this one is my favorite now 😆 I'd buy it and move in real friggin quick, this is definitely more my style

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#18

Pink Grey Victorian House

Pink Grey Victorian House

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Kelzbelz79
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1 week ago

This right here is my dream house.

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Scott Sidler, owner of a historic restoration company and founder of The Craftsman Blog suggested taking the "house sandwich" approach to remodeling. "Start with the roof and make sure it’s not leaking, and after that, focus on the foundation to make sure it’s solid," Sidler told Apartment Therapy.

"It may be out of level, but as long as it isn’t continuing to settle, you’re good. Then focus on everything in between." That involves taking care of siding, windows, doors, and the interior. "After the envelope of the house is in good shape then you can move to the inside and take your time with remodels since you’ve got a protective shell," Sidler added.

#19

Before And After. Why Would Anyone Paint These!?

Before And After. Why Would Anyone Paint These!?

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 week ago

These are really pretty. I especially like the details on the hinge pins. You must have taken layers and layers and layers of paint off... good job!

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#20

One Of The Most Gosh Dang Beautiful Homes In The Area

One Of The Most Gosh Dang Beautiful Homes In The Area

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 week ago

The garden :'O

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#21

My 1450's House

My 1450's House

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago

Very very nice house, I love this one too xD Aww man how I wish I was a multi millionaire, because so far there's 3 homes on this list including this one that I REALLY admire, and I'd buy all 3 of em loool

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Moreover, remember that purchasing and living in an old house is a commitment. "If you’re going to buy a historic house because you love the old wavy glass windows and the spirit of the floors, you must understand that you’re not going to be able to have some of the creature comforts that come with 21st century living," interior designer and architect Steven Gambrel told Curbed.

"I would do anything on earth to maintain that wavy glass in the windows, even if it means having a drafty room," Gambrel said. "I would just put on another sweater. But, if you’re not that person, then that’s not the right house for you."

#22

Closing In A Month! 1932 Tudor, First Time Home Owners. Lots Of Work To Be Done But We’re So Excited!

Closing In A Month! 1932 Tudor, First Time Home Owners. Lots Of Work To Be Done But We’re So Excited!

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MSP
Community Member
1 week ago

You must have two VERY good jobs to afford this house in this market. And yes, I'm VERY jealous - and happy for you!

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#23

The Staircase In My Parents 1890 Queen Anne Victorian Home (Illinois)

The Staircase In My Parents 1890 Queen Anne Victorian Home (Illinois)

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1 week ago

Every time I see these big staircases, I'm reminded of Home Alone. Growing up in FL, we never really saw old homes like this, most everything was newer construction. When I moved to PA, there were gorgeous Victorians and Queen Anne's everywhere! Perfect spot for a Brady Bunch-style picture!

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#24

1500’s Fireplace Surround In My 1640’s Cottage

1500’s Fireplace Surround In My 1640’s Cottage

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Caro Caro
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1 week ago

Fireplace is big enough to roast a whole pig!

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#25

Our House Was Built In 1844 And Is On Our County's Underground Railroad Map. The Original Owners Were Abolitionists And Held Regular Meetings Here. The Tale From The Historical Society Is That This Capped Off Tunnel In The Basement Was For Escape. It Currently Goes Back 10-12 Feet

Our House Was Built In 1844 And Is On Our County's Underground Railroad Map. The Original Owners Were Abolitionists And Held Regular Meetings Here. The Tale From The Historical Society Is That This Capped Off Tunnel In The Basement Was For Escape. It Currently Goes Back 10-12 Feet

The original owners were abolitionists and held regular meetings here. The tale from the historical society is that this capped off tunnel in the basement was for escape. It currently goes back 10-12 feet.

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 week ago

This is great! How lucky you are to have this piece of history in your home. I would love to know where the tunnel came out... is the house near a river?

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#26

Mexia, TX

Mexia, TX

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Hedgeh og
Community Member
1 week ago

Fun fact 1: "Mexia" is pronounced "muh-HAY-uh". Fun fact 2: Anna Nicole Smith was from this town.

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#27

This Beautiful Home Was Restored In Brush Park, Detroit MI

This Beautiful Home Was Restored In Brush Park, Detroit MI

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1 week ago

The little accents on the roof! And the bay window in the front! This seriously looks just like a home you'd build in The Sims. The brickwork is lovely.

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#28

Found A Suitcase In A Wall, This Is The Contents

Found A Suitcase In A Wall, This Is The Contents

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Janelle (jellybean/nellie)
Community Member
1 week ago

Strange to be in a wall. I would have been worried if they were all different sizes... :-/ Different women. Unless the person had a penchant for foot size.... so many creepy thoughts.

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#29

We Bought A Ridiculous And Amazing House From 1891

We Bought A Ridiculous And Amazing House From 1891

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago

I don't find anything about it ridiculous, not even the colors. I'm a sucker for bright colors and have always been particularly attracted to the "cotton candy" colors; but, as keeping with my preferred taste, I'd keep the blue paint and replace the pink with white. That's again just my taste, either way, very nice house :)

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#30

If You Want To Move To Southern Illinois For Only $235,000 This 1899 Beauty Could Be Yours!

If You Want To Move To Southern Illinois For Only $235,000 This 1899 Beauty Could Be Yours!

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TonyTee
Community Member
1 week ago

I don't know any better as I have NO experience in the house market, but I would think for a house this old and still looks great, that's a very good, reasonable price no? Sounds like a hell of a good deal to me

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