Hinsdale does have a few beautiful Victorian type homes on the market. They have been on the market a long time partially due to bad market conditions as well as being overpriced when they first went on the market. Price reductions between $400,000 to $600,000 now make these homes much more tempting. We have an older home with a mix of gas forced air & radiators - the radiators win hands down! We have a space pak in our attic for cooling that works fantastic. Make sure the major mechanicals have been updated - heating, cooling, plumbing (make sure water service pipe that connects to main is copper), electric (your home inspector will be able to tell you if it is up to code), insulation. If you need to relocate within 1-2 years, in this market it would be difficult no matter what you buy. However, I do think that at these low prices, you should be fine with these Hinsdale beauties!