The Homestead Craftsman, who mostly builds furniture for a living, has started buying and fixing up old houses. A place like this would be a good starter home in the right location. On a homestead you could live in it while you build your dream natural home out of more sustainable materials.
Maybe you’d prefer a fixer-upper instead of starting from scratch? I love old world stone houses like this. Note how the structures are attached. They were probably added on one at a time over the years.