Cheap Old Houses

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  • TV-G
  • 2021
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (94)

Cheap Old Houses is a captivating reality show from HGTV which follows husband-and-wife team Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein as they scour the country in search of the most affordable, charming and historical properties that need restoring. The show, which premiered in 2021, highlights the duo's passion for finding and restoring underappreciated old homes, showcasing the dedication required in bringing the properties back to their former glory.

Throughout the series, the Finkelsteins travel to various locations and encounter different properties that are in need of saving. Each episode features a different home that is available at a very affordable price, but is also in a state of disrepair. Ethan and Elizabeth, who are experienced in home restoration, enter each home and point out its charming features, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed. They also provide insights into the history of these properties, and the vital role they played in the communities they are situated in.

The captivating couple has an eye for detail and a deep appreciation for period architecture, which they showcase by highlighting the most extravagant elements of the houses they come across. Additionally, the pair has a knack for improvising solutions to the structural problems they come across while restoring these properties. This quality of unfaltering determination makes the show a hit among viewers.

It's not just the properties that make this show intriguing though; the Finkelsteins return to their passion for restoring historical homes with an expertise in the field, making every episode as interesting as the last. Viewers see the incredible transformations of old spaces, turning them into modern livable homes.

Throughout the series, the Finkelsteins give viewers some tips and tricks for restoring old houses on a budget. They also give advice on how to maintain an old property and teach viewers about the history and culture of different architectural styles.

Another aspect of the show that draws viewers in is the way it showcases the different regions of the United States. The Finkelsteins showcase the unique characteristics of each area, demonstrating how the houses they come across are representative of the regions they are from. Each episode highlights local history, famous landmarks and interesting people who inhabit the areas.

Overall, Cheap Old Houses is a must-watch for anyone who has a deep appreciation for American history and period architecture. The passion and expertise of the Finkelsteins is prominent throughout the series, making it perfect for anyone interested in renovating a cheap old home or just dreaming of going on this journey themselves.

Cheap Old Houses is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on August 9, 2021.

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The Cheapest Old House
10. The Cheapest Old House
September 6, 2021
Elizabeth and Ethan are on another trip across the country to see a restored church-turned-home that was purchased for just ONE dollar. On the way, they check out an iconic four-story tower in Ohio and massive 1880s Queen Anne Victorian in Pennsylvania.
Cheap Old Barns and Ballrooms!
9. Cheap Old Barns and Ballrooms!
September 6, 2021
In New York, Elizabeth and Ethan visit two 1800s-era homes whose unique features include a massive barn, formal ballrooms and historic landmark status. Then, they find out how a first-time homeowner turned a restored 1930s bungalow into his dream home.
A Whole Hotel for $8 a Square Foot
8. A Whole Hotel for $8 a Square Foot
August 30, 2021
Elizabeth and Ethan are heading to North Carolina to visit two for-sale houses featuring unique, time capsule qualities -- and, best of all, they're both under $60,000.
Cheap Old Farmhouse Dreams!
7. Cheap Old Farmhouse Dreams!
August 30, 2021
As one of America's first colonies, Pennsylvania is a great place to go for old houses. From cozy bungalows to stone farmhouses to precisely built Victorians, there's something for every Cheap Old House lover in the Keystone state.
Playful Indiana Victorians
6. Playful Indiana Victorians
August 23, 2021
Indiana is a haven for Victorian-era houses, so Elizabeth and Ethan stop at a 1890s Queen Anne with some subtle surprises. Then, they explore a 1870s Italianate with lots of potential and tour one of the most-remarkable saved Victorian homes they've seen.
Monster Midwest Mansions
5. Monster Midwest Mansions
August 23, 2021
Bigger is better in the Midwest as Ethan and Elizabeth fall for the ornate ceilings and rich woodwork in an 1800s mansion. Then, they visit a 1902 schoolhouse with limitless possibilities and save the best for last with a lovingly saved 1800s manor.
A Midcentury Gem Under $150K
4. A Midcentury Gem Under $150K
August 17, 2021
While visiting homes in Texas, Elizabeth and Ethan meet an owner who unearthed and restored an 1890s stone house from beneath a condemned building. They also explore an American Foursquare with a famous owner and find a home filled with midcentury gems.
ITS. SO. OLD: Built in 1750
3. ITS. SO. OLD: Built in 1750
August 17, 2021
Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein hunt for properties to post on their Cheap Old Houses site in Upstate New York. They fall in love with a 1750 saltbox with a huge fieldstone chimney, a 1795 tavern with a 1970s renovation, and a restored 1865 Greek Revival.
Peoria: Cheap Old House Heaven
2. Peoria: Cheap Old House Heaven
August 9, 2021
Ethan and Elizabeth head to historic Peoria, Illinois, to explore a 1890s Queen Anne Revival hiding original woodwork and windows. Then, they check out a 1900s Dutch Colonial Revival with pocket doors and visit a 1908 Tudor restored with modern design.
Time Warp in Upstate New York
1. Time Warp in Upstate New York
August 9, 2021
While in New York, Ethan and Elizabeth visit a 1850 Italianate with a jaw-dropping midcentury interior and a 1900 Victorian with its original details; they tour a 1850 schoolhouse restored by a father-daughter team with a connection to the building.
Sneak Peek: New York Time Warp
101. Sneak Peek: New York Time Warp
August 3, 2021
Check out this sneak peek of the brand-new series Cheap Old Houses as property enthusiasts Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein visit a 1900s Victorian with its original details.
Where to Watch Cheap Old Houses
Cheap Old Houses is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cheap Old Houses on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Sling and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 9, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (94)