Technically, anything that is neither antique nor contemporary could be labeled vintage. Does that apply to homes, too?
What is a vintage home?
I am not sure if there is an official definition but whenever I am approached by Silver Spring, MD area home buyers to help them find a vintage home, the following are the criteria we go by:
- although vintage generally means between 25 and 100 years old, when it comes to homes most buyers are looking at pre-1970 construction
- the homes must be representational of the era they were built in: a home that was added on to so much that it is no longer a bungalow or cape cod or mid-century modern would not make it onto our vintage-home-tour-list
- original character and original features must be present (and possibly be intact): if a home has been updated to such a degree that it lost its original character, vintage house hunters are typically not interested. They'll make one exception, however: the possibility of restoration - because many also like a project or 2 and delight in treasure hunting.