50 Abandoned Houses That Are Begging to Be Restored
If we could wave a wand, we’d want to restore these gorgeous abandoned houses right now.
Castle Fit for a NobleLuka70/Shutterstock
This property likely held someone of noble class at some time. It’d be a real wonder if it got restored to what it used to be. Check out these 31 other homes hiding secrets.
It’s already got that rustic farmhouse charm that everyone’s after so this little, abandoned house in a Norwegian village would look amazing restored. You can get after it by creating a rustic barn wood door real quick.
Prairie LandAlicia Shields/Shutterstock
This house looks like a scene in the prairies of the heartland. Imagine watching a storm roll in from the front porch if this home got fixed up. One of the most immediate fixes would need to be the roof. Find out the 15 silent signs your roof is failing.
Eastern SeaboardStephen Orsillo/Shutterstock
An abandoned beach house on the Gloucester shore in Massachusetts could be the perfect piece of property for a rehab project. Just make sure you’re cleaning windows like the pros if you’ve got a view of the water.
Victorian RenaissanceRacheal Grazias/Shutterstock
It would be great to breathe some new life into this old beauty. Make home renovation projects a lot easier with these 17 tips.
Seaside RetreatSandy Maya Matzen/Shutterstock
With such a view of the water, it’s a shame that this abandoned house hasn’t gotten fixed up. Make sure you’re picking the right projects if you want to increase the resale value of your home.
This old farmhouse needs some TLC but if it got a coat of paint and some other features it’d be really eye-catching. Get a sense of how to add farmhouse charm to your place easily.
This old Greek revival style home could look spectacular with some upgrades. A lot of brickwork would have to take place as well as new windows. Don’t miss these 11 home improvement projects you can do yourself.
Queen Anne RestorationNatalia Bratslavsky/Shutterstock
A Queen Anne style home complete with a turret would be a great renovation project once it was done. Keep these DIY projects you should never do yourself in mind, though.
Treehouse ResortPetr Malyshev/Shutterstock
This home looks like it’s in great shape and with a second-story porch it’ll feel like hanging out in a treehouse a little. If you want the real deal, check out these incredible DIY treehouses.
This expansive house in Thailand looks like it has aged considerably over the years but a little bit of a makeover could give it new life. Check out the affordable home improvement tasks you can do that won’t cause headaches.
This place looks big enough to be part of a castle. Though the exterior is weathered it would surely stun if it were cleaned up a little, like one of these 50 extremely remote castles.
Colonial KeeperDave Hann/Shutterstock
This Colonial-style house has seen some better days but it’s an architectural masterpiece if fixed up the right way. Did you know a gabled dormer is a great way to add square footage to a house?
A place like this one looks pretty creepy on the outside and it’s probably not much better inside. These home improvement fails will make you cringe.
A Regal ResidenceVinterriket/Shutterstock
If this residence got the attention it deserves, it’d be quite the estate. Just like one of these houses in the U.S. that rank as the largest in their state.
Beautiful LandscapeRolf E. Staerk/Shutterstock
A little landscape work would improve the view of this property set in Langoelan, Brittany in France. Get a grip on landscaping with 12 incredible tips.
Latvian Fixer-UpperVjacheslav Shishlov/Shutterstock
This little project place in Latvia is set in Dobele, a town of about 10,000 in central Latvia. It could be a cool European getaway, like one of these mind-blowing eco-chic houses you can find.
Lots to FixKokoulina/Shutterstock
Busted out windows all around, siding missing in spots, as much as this house would look cool restored, it’d be a ton of work. Be sure you have this home renovation cheat sheet handy.
Tudor StyleRam Kay/Shutterstock
This place looks like it draws some style from the Tudor period and could make for a great haunted house. Instead, it might be best to restore it and be able to host more than one event a year there.
Just Add a RoofAnastasia Makhnenko/Shutterstock
These palatial ruins would be great to restore but they’re missing a roof and several other important features. It’s still an outstanding spot.
Wowza WallsCreative Lab/Shutterstock
The walls of this abandoned house make it worth saving. The intricate design and the wainscoting make this place a treasure. Get some stunning wall accents you can do yourself.
Minsk, BelarusLasko Dmitry/Shutterstock
This house looks like something more like a hospital from a century ago. Located in Minsk, Belarus, it could be a stunning residence. Find out the secrets to finding a home renovation contractor you can trust.
A Stately RehabKris Mari/Shutterstock
Over in Belarus again, this manor would seem like a nice house to renovate. Up on a little hill in the countryside sounds kind of nice. Don’t miss these 15 home improvement myths busted.
The Novgorod region in northwest Russia has a rich history as a trade route and this older home would shine if it were restored to its former look. The intricate woodwork makes it an interesting place. Get into woodworking with one of these 40 easy projects.
Also set in the Russian countryside, this little place could be a vacation getaway if you lived in Russia. It could be on par with these 16 cabins you have to see to believe.
An old mansion in Abkhazia with overgrown plants could be a prime rehab project. The high ceiling and loads of windows likely made for a striking image in a past life.
Horror Movie Set?Vladimir Mulder/shutterstock
This old house seems like a perfect setting for a horror movie but it might make for a better renovation project. A couple of balconies and porches with lots of windows make this a unique place to revamp.
The corrugated steel roof has quite the patina on this old farmhouse. But imagine what it might look like fixed up a little bit. Add a little screened-in porch?
Borgo Schiro, ItalyRoberto La Rosa/Shutterstock
On the island of Sicily near Palermo sits the abandoned village of Borgo Schiro, which was built during the agricultural reforms of Mussolini. It’d be a great spot to retool. Here are some of the questions to ask before taking on a renovation.
Victorian RestoreJohn Arehart/Shutterstock
The large porch area of this Victorian house would be especially fun to restore. The witch’s tower also makes this home standout and could be a really lively house if fixed up. Make sure you avoid these home upgrades that are a huge waste of money.
Vlasina Lake, Serbiajanus13/Shutterstock
A little lake cottage in Serbia could turn into a really lovely retreat space. Set on Vlasina Lake, which was created by the crossing of the Vlasina and Vrla rivers, it’s known for its floating islands. The floating islands are formed by peat bogs. These are the most expensive homes in every state.
A pastoral setting is great to get away from the bustle of city life so this little place in the center of the Netherlands would be great to rehab. The brick exterior might make the project a little less taxing.
Beachfront PossibilityIlja Krahman/Shutterstock
The possibilities are intriguing with an abandoned house sitting on a lake. A large porch would be great for sunsets though there might be some tree removal necessary to open up the view.
You wouldn’t have to go far to pick out a Christmas tree at a winter cabin setting like this. Ever wonder what the best species is for a Christmas tree?
Ski Chalet RetreatKonoplytska/Shutterstock
This big beauty in the Carpathian Mountains looks like the perfect retreat for a ski trip since it already looks like a chalet of sorts. See how to store your winter sports gear before the next ski adventure.
Pretty PictureMichi Hayashi/Shutterstock
You couldn’t paint a prettier mountain scene than this view from an abandoned house at the foot of a mountain range. It’d be something special to wake up to every day.
Farmhouse Fixer-Upperwernerimages 2018/Shutterstock
This big farmhouse has some character to it and it’d be nice to see it again after a coat of paint and other repairs.
Knock Down, Drag OutJosef Zima/Shutterstock
This house might just be a knock down with a collapsed roof but it’d be a shame to lose some of the great craftsmanship of the stone exterior. It might be more of a knock down, drag out fight of a remodel. Check out the 50 coolest tiny homes in each state.
Decrepit DreamSpiroview Inc/Shutterstock
This boarded up beast needs some serious work but once it was fixed up, it could become a masterpiece. Here are the secrets contractors want homeowners to know about.
It’s hard to believe that building sits empty in Poland but apparently, it’s waiting for renovation. It looks pretty good now but it’s a wonder to see what it will look like renovated.
Detroit has had its woes economically the past decade and many abandoned homes are simply getting knocked down. The city had 70,000 vacant buildings in 2012, according to the New York Times. As Detroit continues to rethink its city, it’d be nice to see some of the houses remodeled if possible. Check out these 10 things your neighbor will never tell you.
Ohio FarmhouseCorey B Stevens/Shutterstock
Out in the rural Ohio landscape rises an old farmhouse near the Kentucky border. It features pillars of Greek revival and looks like it’s standing tall.
Renovation RevolutionDoug McLean/Shutterstock
An old farmhouse in need of some serious attention. It needs new windows in several spots as well as replacement parts for the porch railing. It would, however, look really pretty fixed up. These 31 home improvement projects could double the value of your home.
Replacing a roof and pressure washing the stone of this run-down house would likely just be the start but there’s some beauty to this house. Some restoration work would reveal its former magnificence.
Porto, PortugalAdinda Zeij/Shutterstock
Porto, much like Detroit, experienced tough economic times and approximately 20 percent of the buildings in the town’s center sit vacant. Now tourists can tour buildings like this one in the town, which dates back to 300 BC, though it’d be nice to imagine what it’s like fully restored.
Osorno, ChileJorge A. Russell/Shutterstock
An architectural sight in Osorno, Chile, this place might look even more magnificent. As it stands now it looks like a fine mansion, almost out of the movie The Birds.
This former Russian manor would look regal again with a massive overhaul. The old pillars restored and the fine brickwork would make it a jewel once more.
This grand-looking manor could look great with some careful attention paid to it. There’d need to be a massive amount of concrete work but that’s easy once you know how to pour a concrete slab.
Greek RevisitedElena Tiniakou/Shutterstock
This old Greek place has a utilitarian charm to it, though stay away from any geometry debates in Greece. These 12 easy home upgrades could bring serious value to your home.
Muromtsevo, RussiaAlex Marakhovets/Shutterstock
This Gothic castle in Russia has slowly started to fade away through the past four decades and sits between Vladimir and Moscow, next the Golden Ring. The manor dates back to 1884 and belonged to Count Vladimir Semenovich Khrapovitsky. After Khrapovitsky left for Germany in 1921, the estate started to fall into ruin. These 50 remote castles are pretty cool, too.