c. 1910 Colonial Revival – Dexter, ME

Added to OHD on 10/18/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   38 Comments
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36 Free St, Dexter, ME 04930

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  • $89,000
  • Foreclosure
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3600 Sq Ft
  • 0.69 Ac.
HUD Owned. Large Victorian with 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, formal dining and living rooms on a in-town corner lot. . Very little TLC needed. Sold as is.
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Anne Bailey, DeWitt-Jones Realty
(207) 943-5225
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38 Comments on c. 1910 Colonial Revival – Dexter, ME

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  1. kathleen Doyle says: 1 comments

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. loriann says: 3 comments

    simple and beautiful!!

  3. Mary Dungan says: 12 comments

    What a price. Even if the furnace is shot, you could use it as a summer house.

  4. Emily says: 38 comments

    Take away the stripes (the wallpaper) and the checkerboard black and white tile. The kitchen tile needs replaced (another color to match) . A little to much use of black. Other than a few changes to remove the black, I like this home very much.

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  5. Shirley says: 1 comments

    Are the yellow post notes on pieces being taken by the owners or being reposessed?

    • Denise says: 3 comments

      Shirley, the yellow notes are usually on plumbing fixtures, letting folks know they have been drained ,winterized and are not functional.

    • Jim Darlington says: 7 comments

      Maybe inspection notes stating the plumbing is winterized?
      I had a house in Maine years ago that I let the pipes freeze…not good…

    • MidwestBecky says: 41 comments

      I think they are just indicating that the water is temporarily shut off. You certainly don’t want anyone trying to use the bathroom when there’s no water;)

    • Eileen Shultis says: 1 comments

      I think the post notes have something to do with the water being off…?? Usually you see them in foreclosures but I don’t really know what it is all about but they are all on sinks, toilets, dishwasher..

    • Jessi says: 1 comments

      They mean yhe house ad been weatherized. It’s a warning that antifreeze has been put dwn the drains and you need to flush it out.

  6. Tiffany says: 1 comments

    The notes all look to be on things that get “winterized” when a house sits vacant (i.e. preforclosure/foreclosure/seizure of property)

    I actually adore all of the wall paper, tile needs to be redone and the kitchen countertops as well. Wish there was a little more of a lot.

  7. Daystar says: 46 comments

    Maybe they’re part of the staging, but I’m kinda curious. Lovely home, more than one window seat so my furbabies don’t have to share:)would have liked a few more pics, but I always feel that way

  8. Compton says: 9 comments

    Love love love the beautiful black and white in the house I also love that it is black and white on the outside as well. This is a lovely home with great details all it needs is the furnace and a great owner to love it.

  9. gloria says: 1 comments

    it’s fantastic!! wish I could afford such a place…

  10. Susan L says: 24 comments

    Beautiful home. Wonder why it is so cheap?

    • SueSue says: 1136 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1802 Cape
      ME

      Susan, I think because it needs work in a part of Maine that is a bit isolated (although you are less than an hour from Bangor), with long cold winters,in a state where old homes are seen as a liability. We heard over and over “People just don’t want to buy an old house. They want new.” from more than one realtor when we had this house on the market. Even with ours not needing to be restored in a good location.

    • RitaB says: 108 comments

      Have had the pic of this house as screen saver for the past couple of weeks. Wanted it as a summer/early fall family gathering place for family. Had almost talked myself into buying it, when I found out the taxes are right at $500 a month. I could buy it but I just couldn’t afford the taxes month after month, year after year. It’s like having to buy it all over again every 15 years! The previous owners had it on the market a couple of years ago at $325,000 and above. Feeling sad.

  11. Deb says: 11 comments

    Love this home! If only I were single, I’d drop to one knee and propose! Just kidding, but it is beautiful and I wouldn’t change much about it.

  12. Diane says: 548 comments

    Someone needs to buy this yesterday – what a steal.

  13. Laurie W. says: 1738 comments

    Graceful mixture of early 20th-century & Greek Revival styles & proportions. It gives the impression of more spaciousness than 3600 sq. ft. I love the front. At any rate, it seems to need little beyond whatever cosmetic work a buyer wants. I’ll bet it was heartbreaking for the owner to lose it; looks like it was loved. Bargain time! Across the street, another handsome place, mid- to late 19th century with later additions, is for sale.

  14. KevinB says: 132 comments

    The price reflects the reality of the location – you are in a small town north in Maine. In Maine, all the action is along the coast up Rt 1. that’s where all the tourists mostly go. Dexter is in a pretty part of Maine and you have plenty of recreation there too but there isn’t much opportunity in terms of jobs etc.

  15. LorenN says: 94 comments

    The $89K is most likely the starting bidding price on the forecloseur. Colonial Revivals always capture my attention because they have such Classic Style. I think a black and white or black and crème toile fabric inset in wood trim panels around the walls would have better served that room than the in the face black and white wall paper. Saw in person, a dining room with high ceilings & a wonderful chandelier done that way & it was quite lovely. Also, when one grows tired of it, easy to change the fabric toile out to some other color scheme. Overall, this is a lovely house which appears to have been well taken care of. Sad that the Stewards of it, lost it to forecloseure.

  16. BungalowGirl says: 142 comments

    Holy cow wow! Except for the cold climate, this is my husband’s dream house (technically not a “Victorian”, but more of a “Dutch Gambrel”… With a few cosmetic changes, this is a showplace! I really like the fact that the outbuilding matches the house architecturally. Very, very nice house indeed.

  17. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1171 comments

    What does HUD owned mean? (not familiar with that term here in Calgary) … Very sweet house … love the claw foot tub under the window. My thinking on post it notes is that water is shut off, probably because no one is living in the house.

  18. kathy stokes-phillips says: 200 comments

    look like a hotel, its so big, alota home to heat in winter, but like someone said, make it the summerhome.xox

  19. CharlestonJohn says: 1121 comments

    Note to realtor: Not all old houses are “Victorian.” By the time this home was built, the Victorian era and associated styles were over and beginning to be seen as unfashionable. The Neoclassical elements of this Colonial Revival house give it a formal look not often associated with gambrel roofs.

  20. Randi says: 9 comments

    A lovely old home! It really looks to be in pretty good shape, except as someone mentioned, the kitchen floor and countertop. It even has a small Butler’s pantry! Love the outside property, too, so pretty and scenic. I can imagine being there in the long snowy winters, too, how beautiful, if you love privacy and quiet like I do! I lived in Vermont and learned to enjoy the winters, it’s the mud season afterward that’s annoying! But, the summers are fantastic! This home would make a good movie setting! P.S. did you notice in the dining room, that the floor is done in the old money-saving way? The plain, unfinished wood square in the center is so that a carpet would be placed over it, and the nicely-finished better-quality wood will show around the edges of the carpet?

  21. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11793 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Rebecca shared this link on Facebook, history toward the bottom and some more pics.
    http://www.forsalebyowner.com/listing/36-Free-St-Dexter-ME/54fa5d94aff839a74c8b45c1

    • JimHJimH says: 5039 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks, Kelly! It makes sense that the house was built for the local mill owner, a common scenario in small-town New England. The gambrel roof and Georgian detailing were intended to evoke the great mansions built by captains of the China Trade at places like Salem and Portsmouth in earlier times, the same inspiration as many of the great Shingle Style summer homes of coastal Maine, Newport and elsewhere. As a 3rd generation industrialist, Arthur P. Abbott wanted a fine and impressive home, but not a huge mansion. He and his family lived here relatively modestly without servants for a few decades, and contributed generously to their community.
      One could buy a house of this quality for a bit more in other rural areas, and the extra $10k a year for taxes and fuel oil, with the climate here, would dissuade most. It’s a nice place to be though, and for folks who have a few bucks and want to be Down East without all the traffic, it’s a wonderful house.

  22. Frann says: 13 comments

    There is not much As Is about that sweet home except the kitchen pink tile counter tops. I could live there very nicely.

  23. John Price says: 8 comments

    Love the house inside and outside.all I would do is fix the problem s and I d move in . I just can’t believe some of the price’s on thes home’s

  24. John Shiflet says: 5473 comments

    Very formal and academically correct example of Colonial-Georgian Revival that reached a peak of popularity in the early 1900’s. As Jim noted, it must have been especially pleasing to the original owners in its setting as it does evoke nostalgia for the earlier grand New England homes of the Colonial era. Difficult to believe sometimes that homes like this end up as foreclosures. This one is a HUD owned property. “Sold as is” seems fine here.

  25. Momof9 says: 93 comments

    Lovely and very charming home!

  26. Momma64 says: 1 comments

    Dreamy Home!!!

  27. GoddessOdd says: 333 comments

    I was immediately smitten. Then I read the post about the taxes, and realized I could never afford that if I want to retire early. Even though I could pay cash for the house, a $500 a month expense, (with every likelihood that it would increase over time) and the cost of a new heater and other repairs, means you’d need very deep pockets indeed to be able to retire here. Deeper pockets than mine, anyway. $500 a month is almost what I pay now for my mortgage, and I pay $600 a year in taxes. I guess it really pays to do the research before falling so deeply in love 🙁

  28. Bigrog says: 174 comments

    Very nice home that with a TLC, as mentioned, and this could be a lovely home. If I could afford another mortgage it would be mine.

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