1892 School – Lee, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2011
Added to OHD on 5/24/11   -   Last OHD Update: 10/30/18   -   10 Comments
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  • $595,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3000 Sq Ft
  • 1.9 Ac.
IMPRESSIVE RESTORATION OF 1892 VICTORIAN in South Lee. Saved and returned to its original beauty by David E. Lanoue, this vibrant 6000sf post & massive beam former schoolhouse on 2 ac, has been converted into raw lofty space for 2 condos or a single family home, crafted with only the best materials & endless dedication to details. Attractive views of Beartown Mtn. State Forest.
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10 Comments on 1892 School – Lee, MA

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  1. AvatarEmily says: 1 comments

    What is the deal with the creepy guy standing in the basement, was someone having fun with photoshop? I love your blog, keep it coming.

  2. AvatarJohn C says: 468 comments

    I (belatedly) agree with you, Kelly. Unless someone wanted to purchase a 1902 school as a school, the structure had to change. This is charming!

  3. AvatarJack says: 5 comments

    Me likey! If a vintage structure is to deviate from its “original” floorplan, this is the way to do it. Good example of not remuddling and the owner has clearly added many more years to the life of this property. I love the exposed interior timbers. Not sure if the unfinished walls, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. are negatives or positives. It does allow the next owners to put their “stamp” on the house and for someone spending $500k this would be no problem–let’s hope they do it as gracefully as the current one did with his restoration/renovation so far.

  4. AvatarJack says: 5 comments

    Two more things. Did anyone else notice the massive price reduction from $985k to $495k. Wow! Also, where’s the creepy guy in the basement? Was he photoshoped out? All I see is what might be a shadow of a person on the lower left hand side of the image.

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 707 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I know, what a drop! I think the person doing the photographing was trying to do something artistic, judging from some of the other photos in the listing.

      • AvatarJohn C says: 468 comments

        When did it really have the price of $995,000? Zillow doesn’t show it. It shows it at the lower figure beginning April 10, 2011. Realtor shows the higher figure — from April 8, 2011. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1440-Pleasant-St_Lee_MA_01238_M37775-63586?source=web

        Put another way, the $495,000 figure might be for the 3,000 sq ft condo — one of two. See Trulia http://www.trulia.com/property/3048199726-1440-Pleasant-St-Lee-MA-01238

        Listing Info for 1440 Pleasant StMost recent information provided by Jennifer Harvey-Montano via Point2 on 03/20/2012 03:37 AM:
        •Price: $495,000•Status: For Sale•MLS/Source ID: 193644•4 Bedrooms•3 Bathrooms•3,000 sqft•Apt/Condo/Twnhm•Built In 1892.View more details from Jennifer Harvey-Montano via Point2 »

        Public Records for 1440 Pleasant StOfficial property, sales, and tax information from county (public) records as of 09/2011:
        •Duplex (2 units, any combination)•6 Bedrooms•4 Bathrooms•2 Partial Bathrooms•5,468 sqft•Lot Size: 1.86 acres•Built In 2009•Stories: 2 story•Heating: Forced air unit•Exterior Walls: Wood Siding•Roof: Asphalt•12 Rooms•1 Building•Construction: Stone•Fireplace•County: Berkshire.

        • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 707 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Yeah, I don’t know why Zillow is not showing the price history, Trulia and other sites show it though.

          I don’t see this place as being bigger than 3000 square foot (some sites say 6000 sq ft but it just does not look that big) and if they had split it up, wouldn’t the listing description say so? They are saying you can either make it into a 2 condo or single family home.

  5. AvatarJohn C says: 468 comments

    My “take” is that you can have two condos/one house for 995,000, one condo for $495,000 — but then I am speculating on what is a confusing situation arising from various descriptions. I suppose if someone has the money to spend on a place in that area of Massachussets, any confusion would be momentary — you pick up the phone.

    I suspect to locals this conversion of a well-known school building needs no explanation on line. Whatever the explanation, it is a very well done conversion.

    As to the square footage, I realize that the figures are approximate: 3000 for a condo, 5468 for the whole thing. If you include the basement as finished space (which appears to be the plan) and all of the second story no matter the slope of the roof, I could visualize something close to 5400 square feet. However, we have all gotten so used to these fish-eyed photographs that make rooms look gigantic it is difficult to tell.

    Don’t get me wrong, in other words: great thing to put before us, whatever any confusion on my part, as inspiration to us all.

  6. AvatarTony says: 75 comments

    I would buy it just for the Colonel in the basement! Love it.

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