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One family, multiple generations, this old farm house is sharp as a tack and charming to boot.

Located down a long town maintained dirt road on the Alexander – Cooper town line with 170 acres, you will LOVE the sprawling open fields, views of forest below and Meddybemps Lake in the distance.

Built in the early 1900’s, this home has been well loved and it shows.  Over the last 100 years, the property has been used for farming, hunting and summering.  A true gem in  the land of dense forest, these open fields make it easy to add livestock and large gardens!  Provide for your family or the farmers market, many resources nearby to help you along the way!

A new barn built in 2011 serves well for equipment or alter for animals.  Two original barns remain for additional tools, wood or hay.

When entering though the side porch you’ll see a large woodshed to your right for convenience and a kitchen door straight ahead, a place to hang your coat and the back staircase traditional of most New England entries.  Step back to a simpler time in the kitchen where you can almost picture a full house, large meals, canning the harvest and late nights prepping for the following work day.  Currently a gas range and wood heat stove are the modern replacement of what likely would have been a wood fired cook stove, still making it the warmest gathering place in the home.  A large farmhouse table seats 7+ with some rocking chairs for good conversation, perhaps while snapping some green beans for dinner.  A large pantry makes room for all of your summer’s bounty and everything you need to prepare it.

When it comes time to retire for the day, nothing beats this living room with both early and late sun…and warmth from the brick hearth in the winter when there is little sun.

A first floor bedroom and 3/4 bath are great for when the home is less than full, making it easy to maintain the first floor during the winter months or just for ease of access.

Heading up over the handsome staircase the second floor features 4 average bedrooms and a “master bedroom” on the end with full bath and back stair case to the kitchen.

New windows in the master with some of the best views in the house!

Fulfill your hearts desire to go back in time or update with top of the line amenities and just enjoy the raw beauty of this modern day rarity. Major components such as well, septic and roof were just added in the last few years and the furnace of the 80’s is in great condition with little use.  From here on out it is up to you to bring new life to this well loved old home!

For more information click here: 22 Greenhill Road, Cooper

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

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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.

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Front and back porches greet guests warmly.

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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.

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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

Don’t judge the size of a house by it’s exterior!

In 1994 this handsome cape was built by the hands of local carpenter Jimmy Jackson.  Known for his wood working talents and meticulous detail, his homes are built to reflect traditional style with modern comforts.

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The front of the home features a living room ideal for cozy tv time, book reading or intimate conversations free of interruptions.  The open concept kitchen and dining are ideal for larger gatherings with room for a good sized dining table, additional seating and island.

Off the hallway is a full bath, laundry closet, bedroom and access to the basement.

Crest the top of the stairs and you will notice immediately the traditional cape style turn modern with cathedral style ceilings to give the feel of a large open space.  The master bedroom even features a new heat pump – no more sweltering summer nights!  In addition to the two second floor bedrooms, is a full bath and plenty of closet space.

A full dry basement allows for great storage space or recreational area!  Oil and wood heating options.  Newer roof lined with heat wire to eliminate ice build up and roof raking!

Details are abundant with an eye catching coffered ceiling, peaked window trim throughout the main floor, new hardwood floors carried out from downstairs to upstairs and lots of knotty pine!

Sweet little yard with swing set, shed for storage, deck for BBQing and room for a garage.

Just a short jaunt to the memorial park, ball fields, pool, elementary school and other town amenities!

For additional details follow this link: 50 Lafayette Street, Calais

Go Big, Go Home!

3You would be hard pressed to recreate a home of this size for anything less than a small fortune!  These old homes offer so much character and life that new homes can not seem to duplicate.  Read on…Fall in Love!

With each generation, this old home was altered to suit it’s family’s needs, most recent upgrades such as kitchen and bath were completed in the 1970’s-1980’s.  A large barn added for equipment and office.  New roof/vinyl windows/vinyl siding added for ease of maintenance.  Now this grand home is ready for it’s next page in history.

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With proper repair and renovations, this home will be a show stopper!  Great original features – Large molding, hardwood floors, original mantels, winding stair case, lead glass window and french doors.  These spacious and sunny rooms are begging to entertain your friends and family, house your guests and celebrate your traditions.

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Wavering on the brink of love and intimidation?  Old homes get a bad reputation for being inefficient…but many of today’s building materials are made to adapt to old homes, make them more efficient, modern and comfortable.

Should the home itself not have you sold yet, surely the large corner lot will.  Then there is that barn…a rarity in town and likely the price of the home to reproduce today!

Envision, Buy, Do…It’s waiting for you, at a new reduced price to leave you more room for renovations!!

For more information click here: 61 Washington Street, Calais

 

Peace and tranquility can be found here…

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Unseen from the road and lake with plenty of buffer room between the 100′ set back regulations, the lot remains well wooded for privacy and animal habitat.  A winding path takes you to the private sand beach with tree surround and views out into the open lake.

Enjoy time outside from the large deck and covered porch or take it all in through the large windows and doors inside.

A cozy cedar lined contemporary home built with all amenities available on the main level and a loft with additional bed and bath on the second level.

Warm and inviting this home gives you the feeling of being secluded in the woods yet the convenience of being just 20 minutes from town.  There is also no need to worry about future crowding in this subdivision, with a double lot, restrictive covenants and abutting conservation lands, this area will remain as peaceful as the day you buy it.

Come enjoy this sweet home on one of the areas most desirable lakes…Meddybemps Lake.

For more information, click here: 125 Meddybemps Shores

New Home Fever is Upon Us!

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The easiest way to get a brand new home for an affordable price is a mobile or modular home!  Unfortunately many towns have restrictions on where you can put them…  This Calais lot is not only on a dead end street next to a small park but allows for mobile homes!

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Lot 2 on the map above, shows you a 0.28 acre lot with city water and sewer hook up and power pole in place, for the mere asking price of $7,000 everything is ready, you just need to buy the home!  And with many places like Al Benner Homes, Coastline Homes and Disher Homes you can be living here in a jiffy!

For more information on this lot, click here for details: Carver Street

Other lots available in Calais do not offer the option for a mobile home but do allow for modular, such as: South Street Lot

And larger lots just outside of town are open to nearly anything! Like this beautiful river front acreage: River Road

Like the idea of being out of town?  Try these locations:

Ayers Jct, Charlotte

South Princeton Road, Baileyville

Off US Rt 1, Robbinston

Love the location…then build the dream house!

 

 

Big Lake Special

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Typically places like this one will remain in one family for many generations due to it’s rarity and unique features…and that is just what has happened here.  Over 5 generations of the same family have spent substantial time here enjoying the serenity and natural beauty that this unique island location offers.

The love and enjoyment that this island retreat has brought over the years is very apparent in it’s buildings and contents.  A work shop has acquired, over many years, every various nut, bolt, screw and hand tool one would ever require for island ingenuity  and repairs.  A small kitchen has provided many of meals caught right off the dock out front…and those meals eaten at the picnic table in the porch that over looks the beach.  Rainy stormy days present no threat with shutters that close up the screen porch, a wood stove for the chill and many of books, board games and puzzles to occupy until passing.

The boat house opens up to the lake and doubles as a bunking area for when you have a big crowd on the holiday weekends.

The outdoor living space is just as adorn as the interior with several out buildings, all with their own functions, a gas shed, a generator lean-to, a two seat outhouse, tent platform, sheltered picnic area and fire pit with homemade wind shields.

Perhaps one of the most important features of this little paradise is it’s sand beach, very few lakes in Downeast have one, especially as private as this one!  Not only does it make for great swimming, it is incredibly easy to pull up on shore in a boat…or a float plane.

With sweet spots like this increasing in rarity due to bigger roads, decreased lot sizes and amenities available even in the deep woods of Downeast, this back to basics lake retreat allows you to enjoy a simpler life…even if only for short periods of time.

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In addition to all that is offered here, this paradise is just shy of 3 acres, surveyed and passes elevation for flood insurance requirements.

For more information, click here: White’s Island

 

 

It pays for itself…and then some!

Does your business need a permanent home where you can customize and expand while alleviating your mortgage payment by renting out the two residential units and additional commercial unit.  Perhaps you are just looking for an investment that will pay for itself with a little additional income.  This could be the perfect set up for you!

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Built new in 2001, the first floor commercial space is currently fully rented with front and rear access.  The first unit offers a garage door for easy loading and unloading for freight.  Both commercial units currently share a half bath with options for alterations.  Additional features of the commercial spaces include radiant heat, handicap accessibility and designated parking.

The second floor offers two modern one bedroom apartments with separate exterior decks/stairs as well as a shared interior entrance with coin-op laundry.  Nice open concept kitchen/living area with plenty of cupboard space and good size bedroom with closet space.  Both currently income producing!

Don’t wait to invest in your real estate portfolio today!

Click here for more information: 16 Beech Street, Calais

 

 

Make your dreams come true this year…

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In this line of work I get to know folks from all walks of life that for one reason or another end up here to retire, relocate for work or seasonally reside, but it really comes down to more than that, typically when folks end up here, they are looking for a peaceful retreat, a quiet place to retire, a slower pace of life, lower cost of living…although we do not offer abundant shopping outlets, endless organized activities for children and high end eateries, we make up for it in other areas.  Boundless outdoor recreation, minimal traffic, back yards and porches meant to entertain family and friends, undisturbed wildlife, vast bodies of water and properties at a fraction of the cost of…well anywhere!

This home is a prime example of what Washington County has to offer!

Now the home itself is short on frills but the upgrades that have been made are very desirable for efficiency and necessity.  A new wall mount propane furnace and hot water heater, 2 upstairs heat pumps, 1 basement heat pump/dehumidifier, on demand whole house generator, 1,000 gallon new propane tank and pad, metal roofing on home, barn and garage, new paint on house and deck and more!!

Now we will get to the dreamy part.  This home is situated on 19 acres, unseen from the road and no neighbors in sight.  If it is your desire to have horses, raise chickens, cattle or just garden, the open well maintained acreage lends itself very well, with plenty of room to clear and extend.  A large barn can also accommodate livestock…or a deep sea boat, large RV, Tractors…and if that isn’t big enough, there is plenty of room to build something more!

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As if all of this wasn’t enough, IT’S WATERFRONT!  That is right, it is situated in Lewis Cove, open to Passamaquoddy Bay…the Atlantic Ocean folks!  Kayak, clam, throw out some lobster traps…or just enjoy the view and cool breeze.

Enjoy the peace and quiet or entertain with the generous back yard, large deck and granite BBQ patio.

No matter your reasoning for residing in Downeast Maine, this property lends itself well to nearly any desire with an incredibly low price to boot!

For more info follow this link: 1929 US Route 1 Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love

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The beginning stages of searching for the right home might feel a bit like profile matching on eharmony.  First finding a realtor and a banker that you are comfortable with…because there are a lot of personal details to be shared.  No matter what stage you are at in life, buying a home is one of the biggest commitments you will ever make, having the right people beside you can make or break the outcome and experience.

46e5b1fe6b519ec83ecabb42a3510798A great Realtor is familiar with the area and it’s offerings, from amenities and home listings to history and events – which tackles the first and greatest task of home searching – LOCATION!  Spending time researching an area online before you arrive can be very daunting…trying to gauge distances, not knowing which amenities are offered in each town, what are the seasonal differences, where will you find the cheapest taxes… these questions and many more can be answered by your knowledgeable Realtor.

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NEXT – We all want to get as much as we can for our money but the bank’s pre-qualification process and loan requirements can sometimes limit possibilities.  Expressing financial expectations with your Realtor can sometimes be just as helpful as discussing with a banker.  In dealing with many different transactions each year, Realtors can often guide you to a lending institution that will best suit your needs and the home you desire.  -Denied for a home loan, here is a list of banks that will work with your credit score, income, past history. -Home doesn’t qualify for the mortgage, here is a list of banks that will finance a mobile home, fixer upper, investment property. -Closing costs or down payment too high, here are some loan programs that require less or none at all.

Aside from financing, it is important to have a price range in which you feel comfortable, the last thing you want to do is strap yourself with a payment for a home you can’t afford the utilities or improvements on…let alone enjoy the many wonderful things your area has to offer.

Investment, are you looking for something that will hold a return in the near future?  Is this a second home you could rent seasonally?  Are there possibilities for an income suite?  All valid considerations when you are looking to buy a more expensive home for less expense.  Let your Realtor know you are open to these possibilities.

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Third on the list is what makes you FEEL at home, do you crave the unique features and comforts of an older home, the minimal maintenance of a new home or the abundant possibilities and rewarding feelings a fixer upper can bring.  Do you have an in-home business, is rental income needed to help financially, does it need to offer self sustaining attributes?  Fine tuning these items can help you find your home faster and make decisions easier.

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Once the home has been found, the offer has been accepted and the bank has given the green light…the home BUYING process truly begins.  Inspections and tests are first to be completed, on comes the appraisal, legal work and underwriter approval, often delayed with need for more paperwork or clarification from professionals. The average loan closes in 45-60 days from original offer date…and never without some sort of hurdle.

Being familiar with the different banks, loans and requirements, a Realtor can often foresee issues and have them resolved before they arise.  Need clarification or help providing documents…they can assist with that too.

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Closing day is always long awaited and like a few glasses of wine…you swear you’ll never do it again.  But regardless of if you do or not, keep your Realtor’s number on hand, they can be a great resource of information for contractors, service providers, clubs, charities, events and more.