It came to be the grandest home in town when it was built in the early 1900’s and has yet to be outdone.


In 1904 Edward and Clifford Chase inherited their fathers legacy, Chase Mills, previously located at the very end of Front Street along the St.Croix River.  The brothers employed many of the locals in their store, lumber and box mills until they sold their holdings to St.Croix Paper Company in the 1930’s.

Both brothers had built elegant homes along Baring’s Front Street and according to the 1930 census, Clifford and wife Zora’s home was valued at $6,000, the highest valued home in town while others rested around $1,000.

The superiority of the home is evident even by today’s standards.  Starting at ground level, the home was built on a full foundation of perfectly squared granite blocks, not one shifted or out of place over the last 100 years.


Front and back porches greet guests warmly.


The kitchen, quaint and reminiscent of old fashioned home cooked meals.

A dining room that puts on a show with it’s bay window, built in china cabinet, patterned hardwood floors and wide dark molding.

The grand foyer is the heart of the home showcasing each of it’s main floor rooms with wide archways.

In today’s world, the second parlor would likely be used as a family room, play room or media room.  Still equipped with it’s original french doors, this bright and sunny space is enjoyable any time of day.


The main living room or formal parlor is stunning with it’s ornate coffered ceiling, bold trim, skinny maple flooring and brick hearth with wood stove insert to make this space just as comfortable as you imagine.

Just off the living area is a unique space likely intended as a library. Possibly the most inviting room of all with it’s soft afternoon light, detailed woodwork, cozy window seat overlooking the back garden area and french doors to block out distractions.

Three average sized bedrooms carrying out the hardwood floors line the left quadrant of the home while the master runs nearly the length of the second floor with it’s own full bath.  Through a short hallway to the end of the home is a large full bathroom with laundry room. Generous living space with full attic staircase for storage.

Outside, enjoy a 2.39 acre spread that spans all the way to the small town park.  Though thick in growth now, the yard was once home to horses with a couple of stalls in the back portion of the garage.  Plenty of room for gardens, a pool, recreational space, larger garage…you name it.

Located in Baring Plantation, parents of young children have choice of Calais or Baileyville school systems.  Additionally the home has private water and sewer to alleviate the quarterly expense many other towns require.  A new well was drilled in 2016 and septic anew in 1995.  Current owners utilize both wood and oil heating sources.

This home is ready for it’s next generation, it lends itself well to modern updates while keeping it’s classic grander.  Put your sweat equity into a home that will repay you with many years of joy and comfort.  See more information below:

38 Front Street, Baring

Author: Jessie Howard

Downeast Maine Realtor. Native of the Area. Outdoor Enthusiast. Community Volunteer. Mom of Two. Home Renovator. Amateur Photographer. Planner of Social Events. Dabbler of Many Hobbies.

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