Supported by brick piers, or built over a full “English basement”—raising the house lends advantages.
MOBILE, AL / $440,000
A 1905 Arts & Crafts Bungalow on brick piers has a pyramidal roof, a broad, gas-lit front porch with large square columns, original tiled fireplaces, stained glass, period woodwork, and a back porch with a swing.
RANDOLPH, NJ / $679,000
Tuttle Cooperage is a historic barrel-maker’s house dating as early as 1797, but with later additions. The oldest section of the National Register house is a summer kitchen in the English basement, with old brick floors, ceiling beams, a walk-in fireplace with a bee-hive oven, and iron cranes for cooking over the hearth.
NEW ORLEANS, LA / $759,900
Raised basements were essential for homes in low-lying areas. With a deep bracketed roofline, this raised Italianate cottage features floor-toceiling windows, heart-pine floors, a grand arch between parlors, and period mantels and doors.
APEX, NC / $549,999
This ca. 1905 Queen Anne on low brick piers has two front gables with lapped fish-scale shingles, a restored wraparound porch, and a new tin roof. Inside find tongue-and-groove pine flooring, the original staircase, nine fireplaces, vintage shiplap.
WASHINGTON, DC / $879,000
A deep, ornate cornice, ribbon coursing, and a setback entrance give this ca. 1890 brick row house architectural depth. Transoms over doors, an original staircase with spandrel ornaments, patterned brick fireplaces, and a full English basement await.
C. Esther De Wolde, (604) 309-3340, phantomscreens.com
Taffy Holvenstot, Re/Max Heritage Properties, remax.com
Jeremy Bradham, Capital Area Preservation, cappresinc.org
James Grant, Keller Williams Capital Properties, kwcapitalproperties.com
Michael Bain, Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s, dbsir.com