It’s all about the trim! In the late 1800s, homeowners used what came to be called gingerbread trim to dress up otherwise pretty basic-looking homes. Pierced frieze board, scroll-sawn brackets and balusters — the more frills and geegaws, the better.
During this holiday season, we thought we’d take a look at homes on the market that showcase gingerbread folk architecture. Which one is your favorite?
Bristol, Rhode Island
Year built: 1850
What we love most: The living room boasts a working fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus period woodwork has been preserved. Learn more about this three-bedroom home.
Year built: 1870
What we love most: This urban farmhouse is within walking distance of all the cool stuff in town. Plus, the wraparound porch, wide-plank floors and exposed brick details harken to times gone by. Learn more about this lovely single-family home.
Year built: 1895
What we love most: Where do we start? The tree-lined lot, the 10-foot ceilings and the absolutely adorable covered porches to enjoy the changing seasons! Learn more about this blue beauty.
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Year built: 1890
What we love most: All dental molding is original, but interiors have been updated to suit a modern family. The home includes both front and back porches to enjoy picturesque farmland and an Amish-built two-car garage (so you know it will last forever). Learn more about this country home.
Troy, North Carolina
Year built: 1905
What we love most: Original woodwork and doors remain intact! And we can't get enough of that cantilevered staircase and lion head/lion paw mantle. The home does need work — the right person could put his or her signature touch and make this a family home for multiple generations. Learn more about this grand Queen Anne.
Year built: 1991
What we love most: You get the look of a bygone era with all the modern and energy efficient features of new construction. This home comes with a porch swing and enough space in the backyard to host some pretty fun summer parties. Learn more about this shotgun bungalow.
Year built: 1900
What we love most: The fireplace mantel is quite striking and the gingerbread trim makes this home look almost like a confection. Interiors require TLC, but an experienced DIYer could whip this home into shape in no time flat. Learn more about this quaint cottage.
Year built: 1870
What we love most: Views of the Ohio River from this home are simply spectacular. Known as the McKee House, this grand lady is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts gardens, a gazebo and even its own boat dock. Learn more about this six-bedroom home.
Year built: 1847
What we love most: The home started its life as a one-floor dwelling. When German immigrant Frederick Kuenemann purchased the home, he added on to accomomdate a growing family. This building is an important Texas landmark. Learn more about the "German Jewel."
Year built: 1894
What we love most: This place, coined the Gingerbread Mansion, has served as a hospital, tenement and private home during its long life. Most recently a bed and breakfast, the property boasts beautiful English-style gardens. Learn more about this Northern California beauty.