Just how expensive is it to replace historic Craftsman windows?
I am looking at purchasing a small 1912 Craftsman bungalow to live in in California. It looks like a sweet deal, except the windows have all been torn out and replaced with ugly vinyl sliders. The house is in an historic district and the City has already filed a "notice of noncompliance" on the issue. The seller wants to dump this thing as-is. I think not wanting the hassle of dealing with the city is why no investors have snapped this thing up.
So here's my question. I keep reading that replacing historic windows is "really expensive." If I'm getting a $30k discount on a house, does that make up for it? It's a small house, so there are about 8 to 10 average size windows involved.
I am prepared to get real quotes from professionals if I am in the ballpark, but since I'm at home with a 7-month-old baby in a city about an hour away, I don't even want to get my hopes up if the numbers don't come close to penciling out.
Thank you so much for any info you might have.