BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- New-construction Victorian homes and other properties designed to look like they're from the 19th century or earlier offer the best of both worlds: classic architecture with modern amenities."Not everyone wants historic homes that are old -- with all of the potential pitfalls that an old house has," says real estate broker Melanie Delman, who sells new and old estates in upscale Newport, R.I. "Lots of people have a 'no muss, no fuss' mentality." That's why more and more upscale-home buyers and developers are building structures that look like homes from the 1800s on the outside but are wholly 21st century properties on the inside. These homes typically feature Victorian, Queen Anne or Baronial exteriors that belie the whole-house audio systems, chef's kitchens and spa bathrooms you'll find by stepping through the front door. "New-construction homes offer the kind of open spaces, modern entertainment systems and energy-efficient building materials that you couldn't get in the 19th century," Delman says. "Old homes have timeless designs, but we live differently than people did way back when." Click below to check out five superpremium homes for sale on Realtor.com that combine new-construction finishes with Old World good looks.
Sterling Hall Estate, Atlanta, Ga.
Asking price: $10 million
Listing agent: Troy Stowe, Beacham & Co. Realtors, 404-890-7635
This European Rustic-style mansion mixes a classic brick-and-limestone finish on the outside with all sorts of modern conveniences on the inside, from a central vacuum system to a private elevator.
Heartridge Estate, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Asking price: $9 million
Listing agent:Nicki LaPorta and Karen Chrystal, Ewing & Associates Sotheby's International Real Estate, 818-575-9915
This Queen Anne Victorian looks like something out of the 19th century, but was actually built in 2002.
Heath Street home, Brookline, Mass.
Asking price: $5 million
Listing agent: Mona Wiener, Hammond Residential Real Estate, 617-872-1406
This home offers a classic Colonial look even though it was built this year.
Ella Terrace home, Newport, R.I.
Asking price: $3.4 million
Listing agent: Melanie Delman and Robin Nicholson, Lila Delman Real Estate, 401-284-4820
This Shingle Style estate is so new workers are still adding the finishing touches.
Unfinished resort property, Prospect, Ore.
Asking price: $815,000
Listing agent: J.J. Kramer, John L. Scott Real estate, 541-840-2992
This 50-acre property near Oregon's Crater Lake National Park was supposed to be an eco-friendly resort, but fell into foreclosure before completion. Now it's up for sale by the lender.
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