With a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, historic barns once home to horses, cows and pigs can be restored and converted to perfectly pleasant private residences fit for human habitation. So although you may not have been born in a barn, you can still call one home.

Where They Kicked the Cows Out in Connecticut

In the sleepy, river side community of Middle Haddam, Conn., a converted 19th-century barn, currently listed at $300,000, occupies a wooded 1.6-acre parcel on a quiet country road. The three-story, former farm building measures 1,560 sq. ft. and includes two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms and three wood-burning fireplaces.

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Once the hayloft, the entire second floor has been given over to the rustic master suite that has antique wide-board wood floors, a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, a fireplace and oodles of built-in storage. The bedroom and bathroom are open to each other and perhaps the most unique, if not exactly the most private feature of the house is the oversized, claw-footed bathtub that sits on a platform smack in the middle of the room with a view of the wooded property through a huge window.

In addition to formal living and dining rooms with wide-plank wood floors and built-in cabinetry there is a well-equipped, eat-in kitchen with barn board walls, antique beams, stacked stone walls and a vaulted wood ceiling. On the lower floor, a hot tub has been installed in the three-season porch and across the circular drive is a one-bedroom and one-bathroom guesthouse.

For additional information, contact Marabeth Gildersleeve (860) 301-3618 at Prudential CT Realty in Glastonbury, Conn.

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A Sensational Seasonal Set-Up in Marble

Just an hour from the super swank community of Aspen, Colo., and 3.5 miles outside the tiny and historic tourist town of Marble, an antique timber frame barn clings dramatically to a massive marble outcropping and is offered for sale as an eco-friendly and self-contained seasonal getaway with an asking price of $1,949,000.

The antique support structure was originally part of an 1830s Dutch bank barn in the Delaware Water Gap that was dismantled, meticulously restored and painstakingly relocated to its current site within the White River National Forest. Located at the tail end of a marble quarry road, the remote property is accessed by a trestle-style timber bridge that spans a rugged river ravine, encompasses 62 scenic and sub-dividable acres and includes both mineral and adjudicated water rights.

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The exterior is clad with antique wood siding from a west coast pickle factory and the somewhat spartan but surprisingly sophisticated 2,128 sq. ft. interior includes well-worn wide-plank wood floors, cedar siding walls and several lofted sleeping areas tucked above the living space among the rough hewn wood beams of the former hayloft. Five hundred sq. ft. of decks ring the residence and overlook the sublime and stupefying beauty of the surrounding terrain.

While the residence retains the quirks, charms and rusticity of a historical barn building, all the comforts of home are provided and powered by modern-day solar and hydroelectric systems. The pristine property includes a turn-of-the-century miner’s cabin and tower and is being offered fully furnished including dishes, pots, pans and even a CJ7 Jeep.

For additional information, contact property owner/attorney Kim McIntyre by e-mail at kim@mcintyrelaw.net or call (480) 226-6729.

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