by Jamie L. Swann | March 10, 2017

The Roost: Antique Appeal

Standing proud for almost a century, these historic homes are primed for some TLC from their next owners

Photography by Kim Wennerberg

Photography by Kim Wennerberg


Perched on a generous corner lot, this pearly white 1910 Victorian beauty is in the hub of the historic district. This 5,030-square foot home may look like a pretty dollhouse, but it’s had many practical updates, including a complete electrical rewire, new roof, HVAC units and windows. The seven-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom home has rich chocolate floors and interesting light fixtures throughout, and double wrap-around balconies with captivating views of Lake DeFuniak—one of the few perfectly round spring-fed lakes in the world.

301 S. 11th St., DeFuniak Springs
LIST PRICE: $349,900

Photography by Ryan Gamma

Photography by Ryan Gamma


Enjoy wide-open views of Sarasota Bay from the wrap-around porches of this Old Florida style home. Vintage features like the original marble-faced wood-burning fireplace, exposed beams, real oak and heart pine floors fuse with today’s conveniences to keep the classic charm of the historic home. Built in 1914, the updated home has been lovingly maintained throughout the years. Large picture windows, which line the back side, allow sunlight to shine in nearly every room of this 3,084-square foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home. The big backyard leads to a deck that beckons for Adirondack chairs.

710 Indian Beach Circle, Sarasota
LIST PRICE: $1,895,000

Photography by Melissa Bryant East Coast Virtual Tours

Photography by Melissa Bryant East Coast Virtual Tours


Built in 1883 by a prominent mariner, this classic Victorian has a history as rich as its heart pine flooring. The 3,332-square foot, four-bed, three-bath wood frame home, perched on brick piers, looks out over the quiet beach town. Stained glass windows are mounted within the heavy wooden doors, which open to reveal details seen only in the homes of yesteryear. Carved wood banisters adorn the stairwell, antique light fixtures hang majestically in the foyer and four original working fireplaces warm the house during chilly North Florida winters. Highlights of the recently redone kitchen: a farmhouse sink, custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

121 N. 6th St., Fernandina Beach
LIST PRICE: $797,000

Mirisola Productions, Tom Mirisola

Mirisola Productions, Tom Mirisola


Framed by century-old oak trees, this Prairie-style American Foursquare was built in 1926 by J.H. Mooney, a citrus businessman. Remaining in the care of Mooney’s wife, Mary, until 1969, the all-brick home has been meticulously maintained by each of its owners. Original custom walnut woodwork and many classic features remain throughout the six-bedroom, six-bath, 4,241-square foot home. In 2002, a 675-square foot master suite was seamlessly added to the original structure. The gated property, located in the Lake Eola Heights Historic District, also features a large basement, back patio area and greenhouse.

213 E. Concord St., Orlando
LIST PRICE: $849,000

Photography by Rod Ostoski

Photography by Rod Ostoski


Blending classic charm with modern amenities, this carefully updated craftsman style home was built in 1908. Preserved woodwork, original stained glass windows, and vintage tin ceilings mix effortlessly with modern granite countertops and updated appliances in the 4,002-square foot abode. Featuring five bedrooms and four baths, the home is located on 1.24 acres of riverfront property in the heart of the Space Coast. Watch the sunrise over the Indian River, enjoy fresh pickings from various fruit trees that line the landscaped property, or relax in the large screened porch while indulging in a homemade pizza from the outdoor brick oven.

1226 Riverside Dr., Titusville
LIST PRICE: $800,000