Which do you prefer: an older home with character or a newer design built for a contemporary lifestyle? To help you decide, we’ve found historic and modern gems for sale in cities across the country. Vote for your favorites by leaving a comment below!

Los Angeles

122 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $2.949 million
Year built: 1917

Los Angeles historic home
This historic home boasting Mediterranean revival architecture is for sale in L.A.’s Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. From the exterior columns to the fixtures and moldings, everything has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur.

936 Milwood Ave, Venice, CA
For sale: $2.999 million
Year built: 2013

Los Angeles modern home
This new construction has 3 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms enveloped in a sleek design. Tall windows and a glass stairwell create a sophisticated, spacious feel in the main living areas.


47 E Division St, Chicago, IL
For sale: $2.299 million
Year built: 1886

Chicago historic home
This colorful brick row house is ideally located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Dating back to 1886, the 4-bedroom has historical character as well as updated appliances and a luxurious walk-in closet.

323 W Evergreen Ave, Chicago, IL
For sale: $2.599 million
Year built: 2006

Chicago modern home
Also a 4-bedroom, this Chicago home was custom-built in 2006 with 14-foot ceilings, a mezzanine level overlooking the living and dining room, radiant-heated floors and a large back deck.


1625 Pine St, Boulder, CO
For sale: $1.485 million
Year built: 1876

Boulder historic home
Boasting Victorian architecture, the historic Chauncey Stokes House has been well-preserved. Originally constructed in 1876, the home has had a few updates, but its storybook curb appeal remains.

1111 Jay St, Boulder, CO
For sale: $1.5 million
Year built: 2009

Boulder modern home
This contemporary home in the same price range is also for sale in Boulder. Skylights, extended roof eaves and a curved deck give the home architectural interest while staying current.


2537 NE 25th Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $599,900
Year built: 1923

Portland historic home
This Dutch colonial is for sale in the heart of the historic Irvington neighborhood. The home showcases 1920s architectural details and charm such as original moldings, multi-paned windows and a wood-burning fireplace.

6108 NE 45th Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $599,000
Year built: 2009

Portland modern home
At the other end of the design spectrum, this LEED Platinum-certified house has been called the greenest in Portland, according to the listing description. A heat recovery and ventilation system, reclaimed wood, weathering steel exterior and bamboo cabinetry are a few highlights.


About the Author

Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design.

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