Pure Bliss

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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

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…

125-meddybemps-shoresAfter seeking the best lot in the subdivision, arguably the best lot on Meddybemps Lake…this home was built to enjoy the property to it’s fullest! img_9195

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

 

 

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!

A newly built 3 bay, log sided garage is a wonderful sanctuary for anyone with a love of “puttering” or collecting cars.  img_9163

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oceanfront and Affordability

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One of the biggest reasons people are drawn to Downeast Maine is our stunning rocky coastline.  The reason for returning year after year or permanently relocating has a lot to do with how affordable it is to enjoy this beauty and peacefulness.

It would be just YOUR pure luck that right of way access and a small lot make this salt water cottage within easy reach!

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Meticulously maintained with salt water and weather in mind, this cottage features new metal roof, vinyl windows, vinyl siding and full walk out foundation that holds potential to be finished for additional living space!

Inside, the main floor offers itself well to entertaining with open concept kitchen, living and dining along with first floor bathroom – large picture windows to take in the uninterrupted view of the St.Croix meeting Passamaquoddy Bay and lofted ceilings to accommodate warmer temperatures.

The second floor features 3 bedrooms just waiting to accommodate family and guests!

The basement is currently set up for utility and storage with opportunity for additional living space.

Unlike many salt water cottages in the area, this cottage is more than suitable for year round use with full foundation, forced hot air heating, well, septic and laundry!

The well groomed slopping lot leads to a sturdy metal staircase for ease of access to the rocky beach at low tide.  Enjoy kayaking, lobster bakes or beach combing!

Rather you are seasonal or year round, this cottage is a great opportunity for you and those closest to you to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness Downeast Maine has to offer.  This home also features an opportunity to pay for itself with seasonal renting!

See more information here: 29 Brooks Road, Robbinston

Bank owned price leaves room for renovations!

With years of neglect behind it, this unique craftsman bungalow holds a bright future in the hands of a talented handyman.

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Retaining nearly all of it’s 1912 originality, this little diamond in the rough is seeking restoration or renovation.

Abundant character, large town lot and bank owned price = opportunity for greatness!

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For more information, see the link below!

94 Summit Street, Baileyville

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Most of this blog is dedicated to real estate and the way of life in Downeast Maine, but it crossed my mind that it may be helpful for some researching the area to know a little more about the author and why I choose to live Downeast.

Born and Raised is something you hear often around here – some stay, some leave and those who leave usually come back.  Something about this area and it’s connections really stick with people.  I often get calls from folks 2 or 3 generations removed from Downeast looking to get back to their family or childhood roots.  A quick drive though town will make you wonder what keeps us all here, but stay a while and you will see!

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After high school I was thirsty to see what the world had to offer, so I was quick to accept a scholarship to a Boston based school.  It was incredible, all of the store fronts filled with unique shops, the “T”, big concerts, professional sporting events and constant bustle.  I had a blast getting to know the area and all it had to offer…but Maine would draw me home every other weekend to spend time with friends and family, I felt like I was missing out on more here than in the big city of Boston.

My first trip home on the Greyhound from South Station I traveled by myself, I sat near the back and as the bus started to fill up I had a gentleman approach me and ask if he could sit next to me…who am I to deny, he bought a ticket.  About 20 minutes into our journey to Bangor, Maine, this fella looks at me and asks if it would be alright to ask me a personal question.  Hesitant, I told him sure.  His question was “Are you Billy Howard’s daughter?”.  Nearly 400 miles and 6 hours from home…this guy knew just by looking at me what gene pool I had drawn from.  To some, this may be bothersome…but to an 18 year old girl traveling on her own for the first time, it was more of a comfort to travel with someone from “home”.

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After 5 months in Boston, 4 years in Central Maine and a few hard learned lessons of the “Big World”, I came home for summer vacation and despite my intentions, never went back.  After 4 years of University, I barely felt qualified to submit a job application, so decided to take up a new major at our local community college. Adventure Recreation and Tourism, which focused on all of the incredible things our area has to offer us and how to give that experience to others that merely have time for a short visit.  From kayaking, sailing, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, atving, snowmobiling and more – I hadn’t realized growing up, that not everyone had a chance to really experience the outdoors.

The learning experience, connections and qualifications received in just 2 years at community college far bettered me as a worker and member of the community than anything I had experienced away from “home”…furthering my decision to stay here because there really was more to offer than I had originally thought.

My two year internship was also completed right here in Washington County at Downeast Lakes Land Trust.  The two summers spent between the bow and stern of the boat went far beyond researching loon habitat and nesting patterns.  46 lakes once a month for 4 months – Not only did I know most of the camp owners and guides…most of them knew me or some member of my family dating back as far as my Great Great Grandfathers.  From genealogy and geography to fishing and first responder skills I could have never obtained this information anywhere else other than right here at “home”.

My intentions after graduation were to work in the wildlife biology and habitat field, but my intentions were crushed with the severe nationwide recession eliminating such jobs.

The Washington County depression of 2008 hit us with what we all feared most, the closure of our local pulp mill.  After being sold by Georgia Pacific, we had lost our paper and OSB plants…we were hanging on by a thread with the pulp production.  As the remaining hundreds were let go, many fled to other area mills in hopes of employment leaving the area with a brief period of emptiness.

Then, the unfathomable started happening in our area.  The last of the remaining mill workers choosing to stay in the area took advantage of grant money and went back to school at our Community College and Machias University to obtain degrees in areas they had always wanted to work in but had been bound financially by their positions at the mill.  We started to see more entrepreneurs come out of the woodwork…creating and building successful businesses, researching and discovering new ways to expand the area and becoming more active in the community.  With 3+ ports to Canada and a strong Canadian dollar, we were, despite what many thought…”getting by”.

Despite a bleak outlook for some, I hadn’t given much thought to leaving the area around this time, in fact it only made me want to stay and contribute more.

In 2009 I jumped at the opportunity to work at Due East out of the Eastport office assisting 6 agents.  This of course was only intended to be temporary until the recession ended and I could put my college degree to use.  I hadn’t realized then, just how much that degree would contribute to my real estate career.  It started slowly, using my knowledge of the local lakes and surrounding wilderness to help agents promote properties, providing clients with the best accommodations for the type of experience they were looking for…then it was all in with promoting our area on behalf of the company by volunteering in the community and getting brochures, ads and pamphlets to reach areas unaware of our existence.

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Once I obtained some comfort in my job, I took on a little more.  My father had worked for Due East for over 5 years at this time and carried nearly half of our company’s listings.  His office was out of his truck, traveling up to 500 miles a day for listings, research, showings and closings, not to mention his community volunteer efforts that ranged from Machias to Princeton.  It started with a complete re-haul of files, spread sheets with contact numbers, listing numbers, addresses and owners – then it was the weekly ads, taking updated or seasonal photos, experimenting with different advertising outlets, promotional products, being somewhere when he couldn’t be in two places at once and so on.

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In 2012 I obtained my real estate license so that I could be of more assistance to my father.  Once I had license in hand I thought a brief relocation to obtain an appraisal license would be beneficial to the area and company, but it was merely a thought when I was contacted with my first listing the day I announced my licensing.

Since my first sale, I have bought my own house, started my own family and planted my heels deeply into the Downeast dirt because there is no way that I alone could teach my children just how powerful a few good people can be by telling them stories…they need to be here to see it.  A great deal of persistence and determination has been brought forth to our area within the last 8+ years and while a lot of brave souls made it on their own here without the mill, we now not only have our pulp mill up and running since 2010, but we are about to embark on the newest expansion – St.Croix Tissue!  Our St.Stephen neighbors, like us, have just completed a long awaited BIG contribution to the area – The Garcelon Civic Center, which is now prompting larger companies to expand to the area.

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As I enter my 4th year, I am still amazed by how incredible and supportive our community really is, not only from my business stand point but seeing others succeed with the help of our local bankers, business owners, civic groups, family and friends.  It is pretty tight knit here and we all want to see each other succeed.  Rather you were “born and raised” or from “away” it’s where you choose to make your “home” that brings us all together to make great things happen in here Downeast.

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