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The Oldest Massachusetts Houses for Sale for Under $215,000

All date from at least the 18th century

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It's one of those urban-dweller dreams: chucking the bustle of the city for some little slice of rural bliss in an aged fixer-upper, the purchase of which will not break the bank even if the renovations eventually do. To that end, we've mapped the oldest Massachusetts homes for sale as of March 31 for under $215,000 (data courtesy of research site NeighborhoodX and listings engine Zillow).

It turns out there are eight. These are basically the oldest affordable market-rate houses in our fair commonwealth, and all trace their bones to at least the 1700s. Many need quite a bit of work. Often, the relatively low sales price buys a shell, with the rest up to the imagination ... and the contractors. Let the real estate archaeology commence!

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1. 80 Farwell Road

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80 Farwell Rd
Tyngsboro, MA 01879

The bones of this Antique Colonial go back to 1683, about six decades after the Mayflower landed. It's asking $214,000 for its more than 3,300 square feet of interior space and four acres of land.

2. 333 South Main Street

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333 S Main St
Attleboro, MA 02703

The 4-BR, 2.5-BA, 2,796-square-foot Colonial dates from 1750 and comes with an acre of land. It's asking $200K even.

3. 1227 Central Street

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1227 Central St
Leominster, MA 01453

The fieldstone foundation of this 3-BR, 2-BA, 2,078-square-foot farmhouse dates from 1766, and the post-and-beam construction for the rest of it (and the barn on the same property) from much later (circa 1900). The whole shebang wants $184,900.

4. 124 Mechanic Street

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124 Mechanic St
Bellingham, MA 02019

The bones of this 4-BR, 2-BA house spread over 2,160 square feet date from 1770, but it needs a lot of work (the listing is very frank about this: "much potential"). It's asking $200,000 even.

5. 112 Lincoln Avenue

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112 Lincoln Ave
North Dighton, MA 02764

The 1,363-square-foot Colonial's frame and foundation date from 1775, the year before the Declaration of Independence. The "motivated seller," according to the listing, is asking $184,000, which is $16K less than what the spread traded for in 2002.

6. 1689 Oblong Road

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1689 Oblong Rd
Williamstown, MA 01267

The frame and foundation of this 2,480-square-foot house stretches to 1770. It's in need of "major repairs," according to the listing, including a new central chimney and water pipes, but it comes with a mess of land for the price: more than 26 acres. The total tag? $185,000.

7. 3 Maple Avenue

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3 Maple Ave
Hubbardston, MA 01452

This Federal house dates from around 1780, and appears to be the best kept-together of the whole bunch. The 3-BR, 2-BA, 1,560-square-footer wants just $124,900.

8. 274 Providence Street

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274 Providence Rd
South Grafton, MA 01560

The foundation and the frame of this 1,144-square-foot domicile goes back to 1785, and the listing is quite frank about its state: "rehab opportunity, cash sale." (In fact, that's the listing in its entirety.) How much cash? The asking is $80,000.

1. 80 Farwell Road

80 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro, MA 01879

The bones of this Antique Colonial go back to 1683, about six decades after the Mayflower landed. It's asking $214,000 for its more than 3,300 square feet of interior space and four acres of land.

80 Farwell Rd
Tyngsboro, MA 01879

2. 333 South Main Street

333 S Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703

The 4-BR, 2.5-BA, 2,796-square-foot Colonial dates from 1750 and comes with an acre of land. It's asking $200K even.

333 S Main St
Attleboro, MA 02703

3. 1227 Central Street

1227 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453

The fieldstone foundation of this 3-BR, 2-BA, 2,078-square-foot farmhouse dates from 1766, and the post-and-beam construction for the rest of it (and the barn on the same property) from much later (circa 1900). The whole shebang wants $184,900.

1227 Central St
Leominster, MA 01453

4. 124 Mechanic Street

124 Mechanic St, Bellingham, MA 02019

The bones of this 4-BR, 2-BA house spread over 2,160 square feet date from 1770, but it needs a lot of work (the listing is very frank about this: "much potential"). It's asking $200,000 even.

124 Mechanic St
Bellingham, MA 02019

5. 112 Lincoln Avenue

112 Lincoln Ave, North Dighton, MA 02764

The 1,363-square-foot Colonial's frame and foundation date from 1775, the year before the Declaration of Independence. The "motivated seller," according to the listing, is asking $184,000, which is $16K less than what the spread traded for in 2002.

112 Lincoln Ave
North Dighton, MA 02764

6. 1689 Oblong Road

1689 Oblong Rd, Williamstown, MA 01267

The frame and foundation of this 2,480-square-foot house stretches to 1770. It's in need of "major repairs," according to the listing, including a new central chimney and water pipes, but it comes with a mess of land for the price: more than 26 acres. The total tag? $185,000.

1689 Oblong Rd
Williamstown, MA 01267

7. 3 Maple Avenue

3 Maple Ave, Hubbardston, MA 01452

This Federal house dates from around 1780, and appears to be the best kept-together of the whole bunch. The 3-BR, 2-BA, 1,560-square-footer wants just $124,900.

3 Maple Ave
Hubbardston, MA 01452

8. 274 Providence Street

274 Providence Rd, South Grafton, MA 01560

The foundation and the frame of this 1,144-square-foot domicile goes back to 1785, and the listing is quite frank about its state: "rehab opportunity, cash sale." (In fact, that's the listing in its entirety.) How much cash? The asking is $80,000.

274 Providence Rd
South Grafton, MA 01560