1902 Shingle – Bryant Pond, ME – $239,900

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Added to OHD on 8/15/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 36 Comments
171 Conservation School Rd, Bryant Pond, ME 04219











Step back in time in this amazing cottage on Lake Christopher. Truly a one of a kind property with 7 plus private acres of off grid living! Known as Birchmere, this 1900's gem is rich with history and full of period detail. Prepare to be amazed by beautiful built ins, vintage windows, original hardwood floors, Romanesque arches, fashioned brick fireplace and sweeping staircase to the second floor. Looking for a tranquil get away? You have found it! Call to set up an appointment today at 207-807-0732.
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Sally Harkins, The Maine Real Estate Network      (207) 824-1031
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36 Comments on 1902 Shingle – Bryant Pond, ME – $239,900

  1. Dibs!! If someone were to ask me to describe the house of my dreams, it is this one. From the windows to the simplicity of furnishings, this house has it all.

  2. This is spectacular. Stunning. What a heavenly lake house. I pray that whoever becomes its next caretaker will respect its incredibly intact bones.

  3. I want this place, reminds me of my favorite house in the movie Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Especially the huge windows on the enclosed porch area and that stairway, absolute heaven.

  4. off the grid, that big and no elec. i see gas stove and water faucet, so must have gas and waterwell? wonder why no elec?

    • I see one maybe-outlet in one photo—off the grid could mean solar I suppose? There’s a fridge but those can run on propane . . .

  5. Does off grid mean no electricity? I do not see any lamps except oil and candles, and perhaps a propane fixture. Is this a camp that needs to be shut down in the winter, ie: no central heating? Very cool, just the same.

  6. The apparent size of the refrigerator (and tub, too) is likely a distortion caused by a wide-angle lens. Realtors do that all the time… to make spaces seem larger than they are, I suppose. Lovely house!

  7. OK, the details on Realtor.com say four-wheel-drive needed to access, and “seasonal” so seems to be a vacation home in intent. I sure would want to live there year round though!

  8. We just fell in love with this house and called about it today. Needs completely new foundation,no wiring or electricity, no septic-however the cesspool can be “grandfathered” in. 🙂 Also it has a one mile driveway that has to be maintained by owner. And even with ALLLL of that, if we had pockets that deep, we’d buy it! I know our house is out there somewhere! We’ve been looking all over New England for the last 18 months 🙂

  9. I love everything about this home, it’s gorgeous! I’m interested in buying a second home in Maine and this would be perfect if year round. Still more than I could pay but maybe someday, lol. Is Bryant Pond also called Lake Christopher?

    • Lorna, there are so many old homes in Maine you will surely find what you desire in your price range. Truly you can’t throw a rock without hitting an old house. Ours was built in 1802 and my mother’s house across the street before this one. And to answer you question, yes it is also called Lake Christopher.

  10. A very interesting house. I love the “camp feel,” and it is very light and airy. The land is beautiful from what I can see, and at over 7 acres a real selling point. I can honestly say I have never looked at a house that is only lit by candles or lantern. Very romantic, at least for awhile. People do live off the grid but it is a different experience, but definitely possible, even entire communities sometimes do such as Vail’s Kirkwood Ski Resort in CA which includes a community of well appointed large newer houses (not rustic cabins by any means) and condos which finally went on the grid only two years ago after 40+ years of being off grid and turned off their diesel powered generators after installing 28 miles of line at a cost of 38 million for their community. Our historic house is just down the road and had been one of the last houses to have electricity by power line and from here the line just ended. Power in rural areas can be difficult to obtain, and I’m not about to say prices but I know first hand it can be expensive. It is much easier if you can run a short line right off the main power line but if the house was near to a power line to begin with it would already have service. My thought on this very beautiful and nostalgic house is that if it was easy and not prohibitively expensive they would already have electricity, but to some it hasn’t mattered and it shouldn’t matter if someone loves the house.

  11. Very picturesque looking location with the lake views. The house is impressive architecturally as a hybrid eclectic mix of Shingle Style and Dutch Colonial Revival. Seems spacious and airy inside but too much white for my old fashioned tastes. Some paint and/or wallpapers suitable for a house of this period could change all of that. The absence of electrical service seems problematic; however, solar or wind power could help if augmented with a large in-house generator that runs on propane if gas service is also lacking. If it were mine, I’d run the generator for just a few hours per day and use traditional lighting for the remainder. Might help to check with the neighbors and see how they manage their household energy needs. If acceptable energy solutions were not available I doubt this fine eclectic style 1902 house would still be around. The sunroom with the multitude of arched windows and beaded board ceiling is really special. This property looks like the perfect place to get away from it all and relax in tranquil surroundings.

  12. My daughter lives in the UP and there are many cabins/homes that have no electricity, heat except fireplaces, inside water nor bathrooms. They’ve been passed down through the generations and are valued for the very absence of modern amenities. With that and the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and flora, it can be a perfect summer place to get away. It does cost a LOT to run electricity several miles; contact the local utility for options/costs. Gas would most likely have to be propane. Septic would be another expensive option especially since it’s close to water. Maintaining the private drive and snow removal during winter is another consideration. All these are doable if someone wants a year round home with all the bells and whistles. I do think it would take away from the charm of the original intent – peace – tranquility – getting away – enjoying nature and the people who are with you for the summer.

  13. If there’s no wiring, how does the fridge run? I’ve never heard of a propane fridge. Gas-powered generator? That sounds 1) expensive and 2) smelly and environmentally hazardous and 3) noisy.

    BTW, I showed this house to hubby, who loves it! He wants to drive up to Maine and look at it. No, I said. Too expensive, too much work, we’re too old. Sigh.

    • There are propane fridges. Years ago we looked into living off grid (then we remembered we love air conditioning and internet) and lot of people use propane run fridges in those scenarios (or some even nearby creeks!) I don’t know how “new” that technology is since that one appears older it’s possible it’s powered by something else.


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