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Home in Plympton MA for sale by HGTV hosts on Zillow Gone Wild

PLYMPTON – Want to live in what may be the oldest house currently on the market in America? You don’t have to look very far.

The Stephen Bryant house, one of the oldest and best preserved 17th century houses in Plympton, is for sale for $800,000. The home is located at 125 County Way in Plympton.

According to the Instagram page zillowgonewild, it is currently the oldest home currently for sale in the US.

It is known as a First Period house – a style of American architecture that originated between about 1626 and 1725 and was used primarily by British colonists. Among American counties, Essex County, Massachusetts has the highest number of surviving early period architectural buildings, according to Wikipedia.

The History of the Stephen Bryant House

Built around 1669 as a half house and in 1703 by Dr. Caleb Loring expanded to the current five bays.

The current owners purchased the property, an early post-and-beam home, more than thirty years ago and have carefully restored and maintained it, according to the listing.

The home features working fireplaces, wide pine floors, custom historic lighting, antique and custom replica handcrafted windows, exposed hand-hewn beams and more. The 2,500-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and sits on approximately 2 acres of land.

In a video about the property, real estate agent Jennifer Macdonald said the house is one of the oldest in the area and is located in the historic Harrub’s district of Plympton. She said the town’s doctor lived in the house, which later served as a tea room.

“This area is nestled among five other historic homes that were once the inn, post office and horse watering hole on one of the oldest roads in the country,” her Instagram post about the home says.

You may know this real estate agent from the HGTV program ‘Houses with History’

The Houses with History series follows Plympton couple – designer (and real estate agent) Macdonald and historian Mike Lemieux, owners of Full Circle Homes, and carpenter Rich Soares as they refurbish historic – but dilapidated – houses. The first season featured houses on the South Shore, one of which was built in 1666.

The show has two seasons.

A Viral Facebook Page Inspired the TV Show ‘Zillow Gone Wild’

“Zillow Gone Wild” is a new HGTV series that premiered on May 3. According to an article on HGTV’s website by Beth Braden, it all started when Samir Mezrahi, a former accountant who had recently moved to New York City to work at Buzzfeed, had the idea to create the Zillow Gone Wild Facebook page in 2020 .

The idea was simple: post wild photos of crazy houses he finds on Zillow (houses with prison cells, potato barns, you name it), and the concept was immediately loved. Today, the Zillow Gone Wild Facebook page has 1.5 million followers, the Instagram page has 1.9 million followers, and the TikTok page has 153.5K followers.

This Plympton house is not featured in the upcoming TV programme.

What is the oldest wood-frame house still standing in the US?

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, is the oldest known half-timbered house still standing in North America. It was built around 1637 for Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks and their six children and was home to eight generations of the Fairbanks family for 268 years. The Fairbanks House is now a historic house museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places.