There’s something so inspiring about the idea of living in a historic home. Imagine puzzling over “Westworld” on your 4K TV in the same room where Founding Father James Madison once scribbled notes for the Constitution. Consider bragging to the BFFs at your next Botox party that the parlor they’re relaxing in survived the Civil War. Or contemplate recovering from a sloe gin fizz hangover in the life-affirming final design of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Historic homes are often large and beautiful, mashing up charm and grandeur with cultural or architectural significance. They can have high resale values, and it’s easy to go gaga over the idea of living in one.

But not always in a positive way.

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