This Old House magazine—which calls itself the "guilty enablers of your old-house addictions"—recently released its list of the dozen "Best Places to Buy an Old House."
From This Old House:
Our top criteria for choosing a winner included architectural diversity, the craftsmanship of the homes, and the preservation momentum in the area. But we were also interested in neighborhood amenities: walkability, services, and community. What we found is that people who live in historic places aren't just lovers of golden-age architecture, but of old-fashioned neighborhood values as well.
Interested? Here's the first half of the list, via REALTOR magazine:
Centre Park Historic District, Reading, Pa.: five-bedroom townhouse can be purchased for about $60,000, a large Queen Anne for $135,000, and a mansion for less than $600,000.
Hampton Heights Historic District, Spartanburg, S.C.: homes range from $50,000 for a 1930s Arts and Crafts fixer-upper to $250,000 for a restored Queen Anne.
Galena, Illinois: a Greek Revival or Second Empire home can be bought for as little as $130,000.
Kempton's Corners, New Bedford, Mass.: prices run the range in this area, starting at $180,000 and then running as high as $800,000 for a Victorian.
Old Louisville, Ky.: a rehabbed manse might cost about $275,000, with prices topping out at $800,000.
Pleasant Ridge, Mich.: prices range from the low $100,000s for a modest bungalow to more than a million for a big Colonial Revival or Tudor.
You can check out the full list and a nice photo gallery here.