Victorians have a little something for everyone -- formal living areas for special occasions, space for a growing family and ornate architectural details like icing on a gingerbread house. They also present challenges for a contemporary lifestyle. Nooks and built-ins, while full of character, can become dead space in a home where families like to gather. Partition walls between rooms and decorative chandeliers can obstruct walkways.
On this week's episode of NBC's "American Dream Builders," the final four designers opened up the floor plan, knocked down walls and took out a wetbar to make to a Chatsworth, California, Victorian more family-friendly. As a result, the Zestimate® home value increased by 42 percent -- the biggest jump in value seen on the show thus far. While the Zestimate is not a substitute for an appraisal, it's a great starting point for determining how much a home is worth.
To see Victorians currently for sale, we've gathered a few standouts below. Click on the links for interior photos, Zestimates and other home facts.
Victorian Homes as Seen on 'American Dream Builders'
For Sale: Victorians, as Seen on 'American Dream Builders'
Victorians on the East Coast tend to be large with two or three stories. This home in Scranton is no exception with 5,400 square feet of living space spanning three finished floors. The Victorian also boasts an inviting front porch, six fireplaces, a new kitchen and two sunrooms.
This striking Victorian was featured in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” according to the listing description. Built in 1842, the historic residence formerly served as a bed and breakfast. Now a single-family residence, the property includes a garden room, koi pond, renovated kitchen and rich woods throughout.
If you’ve dreamed of owning a castle, consider the “Castle Victorian” on 60 Nebraska acres. Constructed from architectural plans first drafted in 1885, the home features several period details including wood shingles, a steeply-pitched roof and a porch wrapping around the exterior.
If you aren’t sure if a home is Victorian, a good place to start is the roof. The style is characterized principally by its distinctive rooflines, such as the concave shape and cupola depicted here. Known as the Purrington House, this Victorian was built in 1874 by a local business leader. Several period details remain -- including carved soapstone and marble fireplaces, ornate crown molding and 9-foot-high ceilings.
Depicting the Queen Anne style of Victorian houses, this Pacific Northwest beauty was built in 1997 but is filled with old-world charm. Of note, an elegant staircase features intricate woodwork and the kitchen range is built into a brick wall for added architectural interest.