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Old 01-29-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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If you loved old houses, would you ever buy one and renovate it or would you find it too creepy? Most people picture a typical spooky old Victorian mansion with ghosts, but what about an old house built in 1820? I see this old house, nothing fancy but it must have had many people born in it and die in it. It was there during the Civil War and every war since then. If money to renovate was not an issue, would you take a chance and hope it's not haunted or is the risk too great that a house like this would have so much history both good and bad that it would freak you out whenever you heard a strange noise. I'm not thinking of buying this, but someday an old house will be in my future.

223 West Factory Street, Harrodsburg, KY For Sale | Trulia.com
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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The only thing scary about that house is the work it needs to be habitable.
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Old 01-29-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I've lived in two houses I'd describe as haunted (interpret that label however you wish), both built in the 19th century. One was the house I grew up in, the other an old farmhouse I rented with friends back in my college days. I also rented for 6 months a room in a pre-revolutionary house in northern Connecticut. There were sounds in the wall, but it was only mice and the sounds went away when the owners set some mouse traps. It was an awesome house, and I never felt anything remotely creepy when living there.

Whatever's behind the experiences we call hauntings, it doesn't seem to be directly related to the age of a house.

My main problem with the listing from Trulia would be the structure of the house; most of the really old homes I've seen weren't built for modern convenience -- or our big modern bodies. Try navigating the ultra narrow staircases in some of those old old houses, with the too tall or too shallow risers. Brrr. Now that's scary!
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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If you loved old houses, would you ever buy one and renovate it or would you find it too creepy?
Harrodsburg is in a beautiful part of Kentucky. I wouldn't buy that particular house but I'd have zero problems buying an old house in that area. Not worried about ghosts or things that go bump in the night.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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I've lived in houses of all ages, oldest being one built right before the gold rush. It had something...not sure what, for sure was not mice or rats.
I lived in a house built in the 70's, it was for sure haunted. All who dwelled there experienced the ghost.
And I have lived in an inbetween aged house, with something there that moved things around.
None of that bothered me. I actually found it to be interesting and 'fun'.
I would not want to live in KY, but that is a nice farm house that would fix up to be quite charming.
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:27 PM
 
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I think it's beautiful. I would love to live there, haunted or not. Wouldn't matter.
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:59 AM
 
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The only thing scary about that house is the work it needs to be habitable.
Yup. That and stairs. With my knees, and hubby's back, stairs are out. And it seems awkwardly laid out....ghosts wouldn't be on the list of so many reasons I wouldn't by that house.
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:55 AM
 
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Would be interesting to checkout whats in the walls.

Looks like a solid investment property though. Solid construction and foundation and hardwood floors. Drop about 20 grand in it and you could rent it. Or you could drop about 40 grand in it and turnaround and do an owner finance sell for 130K ish.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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What do you mean creepy? It's just an old house that needs work. At this stage in my life I'm not ready to move into a house that needs total renovations, but I don't see anything that would cause me a second's hesitation.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:33 AM
 
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Harrodsburg is in a beautiful part of Kentucky. I wouldn't buy that particular house but I'd have zero problems buying an old house in that area. Not worried about ghosts or things that go bump in the night.
It's once of the areas I hope to retire to but that's not for another 4-5 years. I keep a watch on the local real estate to see housing trends, crime rates and so on but I always end up wondering if a very old house like this would be haunted and how much that would or wouldn't bother me. This house must be one of the oldest ones still standing in Harrodsburg.
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