I know exactly what you mean, Phyllis! We just rode through because my husband had heard a lot about a new golf course they had built there. I was knocked out by the main street with sidewalks, trees and beautiful old churches.
When we got home I went to realtor.com (area code 38901) to see what the houses were selling for and I found three or four that were all built in the late 1800s for around 179,000 with 4,000 sq. ft or thereabouts. Most had central heat and air and some even had swimming pools!
Even if I could swing the payments, I wouldn't be able to pay to run the heat and air! HA Oh, but I can dream, can't I? DH could not care less about a beautiful, old home but I might convince him to relocate to be closer to that golf course and the lake that's closeby.