1910 Colonial Revival – Palmer, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2011
Added to OHD on 12/16/11   -   Last OHD Update: 10/29/18   -   15 Comments
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Price

$134,900

Beds

5

Baths

1.5

SqFt

4600

Acres

7.83

Amazing views of 3 states! Historic property, former apple orchard. This "mini estate" includes huge screened porches, spacious rooms, marble sinks in bedrooms, and more. Come and see the potential for this diamond in the rough !

15 Comments on 1910 Colonial Revival – Palmer, MA

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  1. AvatarCathy B. of IL says: 11 comments

    Can see the beauty through all the destruction. So much potential, such a shame it fell to the wayside.

  2. Avatartoscar says: 56 comments

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    A real mess…water damge is MAJOR..could be a treasure again of course, but man the bucks to save this…..ugggh.

    It’s sad to see it in this condition.

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  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4610 comments

    States like Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, need to somehow get a grip on their high property taxes! I could see buying a property like this one with a great view, nearly 8 acres, and “good bones” for a project house but no way would I be comfortable paying nearly $9,000 in annual property taxes for something in this neglected condition. I can see why there is so much out-migration of people from the Northeast to lower tax “Sunbelt” states to the south and west. Texas, for example, has no state or local income taxes. (yet) Property taxes in Texas compared to those in the aforementioned states seem almost dirt cheap by comparison. (and in the interest of fair disclosure, state and local sales taxes are in the 7-10% range) Even in high cost of living California they have lower property taxes compared to the Northeast. But for those of us who love old houses, the Northeast and upper Midwest regions are the “mother lodes’ of these kinds of houses. Lowering taxes, even if it was only temporary, might halt and even reverse this outward migration pattern and could generate more tax revenue without raising tax rates. But that is mainly a political policy issue and not really a topic needed for debate or discussion here. If there were some kind of tax incentives in place to save and restore this one, I have little doubt that someone would be willing to take it on and bring the house back. Othwerwise, it’s hard to justify the high renovation costs involved combined with the high taxes.

    • AvatarBarbara says: 75 comments

      Ditto on the taxes! All this mess because a roof wasn’t maintained…it took years of neglect to reach this horrible state!

    • JimJim says: 4023 comments

      You’re certainly right about the taxes – very high property taxes AND state income taxes AND state and city sales taxes – it’s hard to live. Some of the NE states have Tax Rebate programs where they send you a check for a couple hundred bucks around tax time that’s supposed to make you feel like they really care.

  4. AvatarNic says: 4 comments

    My boyfriend just purchased this house. The pictures do NOT do it justice. Yes, it will take lots of time and money to get it up to speed but it will be so worth it. And yes, it has ‘good bones’. 🙂

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9826 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congratulations to your boyfriend! This is one of my favorite houses and glad to hear it will fall into good hands. 🙂

    • AvatarCathy B. of IL says: 11 comments

      WOW – how lucky! Congrats. Hope we can all get to see the progress of the blood sweat and tears put into this wonderful home. So glad it has a new caretaker….

  5. AvatarNic says: 4 comments

    Thank you both! I plan to keep a video journal of the progress. He owns many properties in the area and feels really connected to Palmer. We’re trying to maintain as much of the original integrity of the home as possible. The plan is to be living there in about a year. Cross your fingers! 🙂

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 9826 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      If you ever post the videos or pictures anywhere, let us know, we’d love to see the progress!

    • AvatarJP says: 1 comments

      I’m so glad that this house is being fixed! I remember what it looked like before the damage, it was George and Mildred’s pride and joy. I worked at the orchard in the late 60’s and mowed the lawn around the house.

      • AvatarNic says: 4 comments

        Hi JP-

        This house feels like the longest renovation project EVER! It’s almost complete on the inside, finishing up the master bathroom and then the kitchen is the last piece. The goal is to have the inside livable by the end of the summer.
        I would LOVE to hear more about the family and history of the house/land if you wouldn’t mind sharing. I’m considering hiring a historian to help me gather more info about the property/house/family.

        I will get some progress pictures posted soon!

        • AvatarJP says: 1 comments

          Hi Nic,

          No problem with sharing.

          View North Orchard was about 75 acres of different types of fruit including multiple apple, peach and pear varieties. When I worked there it was a self-sustaining farm that had its own bees, tractors, sprayer and long hours of labor. I learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes of an orchard. That was very eye opening for me. Lou Jacek who I believe inherited, or bought, the orchard, ran daily operations.

          George Stacy Gay and his wife Mildred “Millie” owned the orchard. They were elderly back then and I’m guessing were probably in their early seventies. They did not have any children but they did have a dog first “Sandy” then later “Teddy”. The dogs, both chows, liked snarling in a very threatening manner while showing teeth when I got close to the house cutting their lawn. Millie usually stayed at home and didn’t mingle with “the help” and most of the time we, mostly teenagers, dealt with Mr. Gay who even at his age came to work every day. I remember Louie telling me that George had a nephew who lived in Belchertown. I never saw this nephew but believe he might have been a policeman.

          The parking lot with a barn and an outhouse on one side had the showroom on the other side. The showroom had four large refrigerators on the ground floor that were controlled atmosphere “CA” rooms where apples were stored and sealed to retard spoilage which we opened and processed throughout the Winter. Thousands of bushels that were graded and packaged by hand over months all by hand. There was one box truck that we loaded every week and on Monday mornings Louie drove it to Boston where the apples were sold to wholesalers. We also sold fruit and cider directly to customers who visited the showroom. Throughout the Summer I worked 13 days, for 50 cents per hour (no overtime) with every other Sunday off. During the school year we worked after school everyday and fulltime on the weekends. We all wore “multiple hats”, there were no job descriptions, we just did what needed to be done from picking apples, tending to beehives, mixing sprayer chemicals, driving tractors and even cutting lawn. I found it to be a very positive experience.

          I’m so glad you two are fixing up George and Millie’s house. They were quiet, nice and reserved people. George had one heck of a work ethic.

          I’ll be in the area visiting family on Sunday April 3rd and would be happy to stop by and fill you in on more of what I remember. Let me know if that is something you and your boyfriend want to do.

          I’m also curious about your progress with the house.

          • AvatarNic says: 4 comments

            Hi JP-

            I am so sorry it’s taken me this long to get back to you, I am JUST now reading your reply. We would love to have you come visit the property when you’re in the area. I must confess, we have not made much progress in the last few months, life seems to have gotten in the way. We’re getting close though, at least on the interior piece of the renovation. The outside of the house will be an ongoing project we can do once we’re occupying the space.

      • AvatarPR says: 1 comments

        JP, I used to work for Sunset Farms in the 60s and we would pick pears and apples for the farm stand. Wasn’t the wife a teacher at Palmer High School. What was their last name? I remember the house also. A shame that it feel into disrepair.

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