50 Abandoned Houses That Would Look Great Restored

If you think these abandoned houses look cool now, just imagine them restored!

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Castle Fit for a Noble

This property likely held some one of noble class at some time. It’d be a real wonder if it got restored to what it used to be.

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Norwegian Village

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.

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Prairie Land

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.

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Eastern Seaboard

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.

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Victorian Renaissance

It would be great to breathe some new life into this old beauty. Make home renovation projects a lot easier with these 17 tips.

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Seaside Retreat

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.

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Farmhouse Charm

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 on how to add farmhouse charm to your place easily.

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Greek Revitalization

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.

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Queen Anne Restoration

A Queen Anne style home complete with a turret would be a great renovation project once it was done. Check out a place with an incredible turret for … chickens.

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Treehouse Resort

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. Some are more resort than treehouse.

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Thailand Mystery

This expansive house in Thailand looks like it has aged considerably through 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.

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Royal Treatment

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.

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Colonial Keeper

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?

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Haunted House

A place like this one looks pretty creepy on the outside and it’s probably not much better inside. Don’t worry about having to clean this place, but get an idea on how to tackle your dirty home with these 100 awesome hacks.

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A Regal Residence

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.

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Beautiful Landscape

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.

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Latvian Fixer-Upper

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!

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Lots to Fix

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. Who knows, maybe you can throw a few tiny homes on the same spot.

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Tudor Style

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.

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Wowza Walls

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Minsk, Belarus

This house looks like something more like a hospital from a century ago. Located in Minsk, Belarus, it could be a stunning residence.

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A Stately Rehab

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.

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Russian Countryside

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.

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Russian Village

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.

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An old mansion in Abkhazia, which is a region next to Russia and Georgia along the Black Sea, 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.

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Horror Movie Set?

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.

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Rusty Farmhouse

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?

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Borgo Schiro, Italy

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.

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Victorian Restore

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.

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Vlasina Lake, Serbia

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.

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Lunteren, Netherlands

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 tot rehab. The brick exterior might make the project a little less taxing.

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Beachfront Possibility

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.

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Backwoods Setting

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?

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Ski Chalet Retreat

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.

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Pretty Picture

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.

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Farmhouse Fixer-Upper

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.

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Knock Down, Drag Out

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. Plus: Check out the 50 coolest tiny homes in each state.

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Decrepit Dream

This boarded up beast needs some serious work but once it was fixed up, it could become a masterpiece.

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Zakopane, Poland

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.

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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. Plus: Check out these 10 things your neighbor will never tell you.

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Ohio Farmhouse

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.

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Renovation Revolution

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 real pretty fixed up.

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Grand Remodel

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.

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Porto, Portugal

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.

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Osorno, Chile

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.

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Russian Manor

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.

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Russian Revamp

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.

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Greek Revisited

This old Greek place has a utilitarian charm to it, though stay away from any geometry debates in Greece.

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Muromtsevo, Russia

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.