Demand For Local Historic Homes Shrinking, Say Realtors

 

The interior to Arthur and Tricia Thurm’s 1841 Upper Makefield, NJ house, which the couple is finding difficult to sell at $2.4 million. | Photo: William Thomas Cain, for The Inquirer

The interior to Arthur and Tricia Thurm’s 1841 Upper Makefield, NJ house, which the couple is finding difficult to sell at $2.4 million. | Photo: Courtesy of Arthur and Tricia Thurm 

  • The Inquirer considers the diminishing allure of living in an historic home for this generation of home buyers, who don’t seem to have the time or interest in undertaking the financial baggage that historical structures often bring, opting instead for a hefty mortgage that would guarantee a contemporary layout in move-in condition. But this is only a general reading of trends. A sufficient market is still there for “antique housing,” say analysts. Realtors simply have to look a bit farther north along the I-95 corridor to find appreciative buyers.
  • The Mural Arts Program has teamed up with Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) Playgrounds for this summer’s Playground for Useful Knowledge, a pop-up community space that activates a vacant lot at 632 Jackson Street by taking inspiration from “the ludic imaginaries of the artistic and architectural avant-gardes of the 20th Century” who taught us something “of the disruptive potential of play as a powerful form of public ritual where new ways of being together and of inhabiting our shared spaces can be rehearsed.” [Passyunk Post]
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  1. I wouldn’t mind living in a historic home. My only concern would be heating it in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer.

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