c. 1880 – Portland, ME

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Added to OHD on 10/24/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   6 Comments

394 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04102

  • $599,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 3861 Sq Ft
  • 0.37 Ac.
New description The savvy buyer knows there are four rules to a wise purchase: 1) buy in the very best location, 2) choose properties w/ views & lots of sun, 3) never buy the most expensive home in an area, 3) purchase a home where you can add your touches/improvements. Located in the Portland's most affluent neighborhood, this historic gem has amazing period details, lovely water views, gracious yard, large garage & much more. Updates are needed but the list price is $500K below recent sales/comps. Old description: One of a Kind, Historic Ornate, Slate Victorian with Water Views from almost every window. Large Kit & Dr with fireplaces & Bay Windows, beautiful detailed woodwork throughout. Many Original Fixtures, Stain glass windows, Porch, Deck, Large 1/3 Acre +/- Yard with Full Southern Exposure, Water views & fruit trees. Garage. An Oasis in the Heart of Town.
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John Hatcher, The Hatcher Group - Keller Williams,
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6 Comments on c. 1880 – Portland, ME

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5663 comments

    Looks like some old time carpenter used up a few scroll saw blades making the lavish gingerbread. The Interior is nice but why is the figural newel lamp shown in shadow? The side view of the mantel also diminishes the impact of whatever millwork details it might present. The scattered fine antiques around the house provide evidence of why much of Maine is considered prime antiquing country. Beautiful views too. All considered, the price seems a bit optimistic but then for all I know it might be an absolute bargain for this location. If I’ve learned one thing from this blog its that more than just the house itself needs to be considered in pricing-location applies just as well to old houses as it does to new. Maybe even more so as old houses tend to be centrally located in most communities.

  2. Julie says: 101 comments

    What’s the deal with the kitchen, do you think?

  3. John Shiflet says: 5663 comments

    I’m guessing it could have been the dining room originally or one of a double parlor. The large entryway at the end has the row of cabinets going through it which gives it an off balance look. I believe the original parlor has been repurposed as the current dining room. Original Victorian kitchens even in grand homes were universally primitive (as they were the domain of hired cooks and servants) so here we have a case of adaptive reuse. To minimize the risk of fires sometimes the kitchens were detached from the main house but that’s less likely in Maine’s colder winters.

  4. Meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 86 comments

    The slate siding is wonderful, I only wish the trim and gingerbread were given some life with paint to better match the charming and unusual facade.

  5. says: 38 comments

    What is the building to the left? I was disappointed with the kitchen. Also disappointed with photo of fireplace in the main parlor. Where is mantel in the upstairs bedroom? Could be a stunning home but for that price it should already be one!

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 7451 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    What a beautiful and interesting house.. The thing I love best about “Victorian” houses is strongly exemplified here. Very seldom were grand houses of this age which were built for the prosperous upper middle classes designed following specific plans used widely through the US. They were far more frequently designed by local or regional architects; or designed and built by highly skilled craftsmen who would work with homeowners to arrive at very unique and individualized homes. In other words, except for a very few examples, there were no “McMansions” in 1880.. This house is a delightful example of this, and one still exhibiting a good deal of it’s original decorative elements. Particularly gorgeous and unusual is the chinoiserie elements of the front porch gables and bracketing which seem in this case to have been brought down from their usual appearance in the smoking room or billiards room in the garrets to appear front and center at the entrance. LOVE! How wonderful that the bays, front and side, still have their fine decoration; and the brackets all around the house are still in excellent condition seeming to support the over broad eaves of the chinoise inspired gradated roofline. Delightfully unique.. I cant decide who the bronze newel lamp is depicting, but considering his popularity, my ed. guess, (owing mostly to costume and fat belly), is Dom Quixote De La Mancha. How fun!.. So many great unique decorative elements in this house. The fire surrounds from room to room are quite pleasing in their variety and give evidence that each room was likely originally decorated in very different styles from one to another. The mantle with overmantle and display cabinet in the former morning room / day room is really cool and unique. The previous or current owner’s choice to relocate the kitchen from the English basement to ground level in this room is questionable, and certainly not effectively executed. The large opening into the service hall with the cabinetry protruding therein does not “work” at all and gives the room a feel of very unsympathetic after thought. Living without servants does necessitate a ground floor kitchen, but this could certainly have been accomplished in a more cohesive manner.. Also, LOVE the circular radiator in the front hall; the bay in the front bedroom, the fine and varied woodwork thruought, and the super cool front entrance.. This house was no doubt commissioned by someone well connected to the arts and possessing a love of design and a wish to express their individuality thusly. I picture a jovial musical instruments manufacturer, or the owner of a large music retail store. Who knows; but GREAT house…..


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