House of the Day: The Old Normal

While most of our Houses of the Day have price tags with lots of commas and zeroes, today we departing from the norm to feature this 154-year-old gem in Normal, Ill., Listed at $400,000, the property is a step back in time to a period where rooms were smaller because they were easier to heat that way, and the closest thing to "outdoor living" was a porch swing.

The charm of this four-bedroom home is inescapable. As owner Amy Millett says, "To a person stepping through our back-door kitchen entrance, it's like walking into the past. You can almost smell the fresh-baked bread as the wood-burning stove comes into view. Our home isn't as flashy as the multimillion dollar estates, but to some, it's just as appealing."

Yep, it's speaking to me.

The 2,625-square-foot historic Italianate has five fireplaces and three porches -- one of them screened. It was built on a stone foundation in 1857 and in a concession to modernity has central air and heat. The property is an acre.

It has wood floors, a custom built oak bathroom vanity and an antique wood stove.

The property is for sale by owner.

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