1873 – West Paris, ME

Added to OHD on 8/21/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   35 Comments
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43 Abbott Hill Rd, West Paris, ME 04289

  • $145,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2300 Sq Ft
  • 18.5 Ac.
Loving Needed! Step back in time with this lovely Country Farmhouse w/lots of charm once was a bustling Apple Orchard, trees still remain may have some great heirloom apples located on 18.5 acres w/gorgeous mountain & lake views. Home has lots of rooms, two kitchens one up/one down great to restore for the blended family. Only 20 min. Mt. Abram Ski Resort, 25 min Sunday River Ski-Golf Resort, 55 min to Portland, 3 hours to Boston come ski, hike, swim, boat, kayak, paddle board & relax "The way life should be!" Sold as is less personal property. home next door also for sale.
Contact Information
Helen Robillard, Keller Williams Realty,
(207) 879-9800

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35 Comments on 1873 – West Paris, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11923 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I could see this home having it’s own spread in Country Living after being fixed up.

    Larger and slightly better quality pics on: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Abbott-Hill-Rd-West-Paris-ME-04289/2093059587_zpid/

  2. Joe says: 750 comments

    I’d love to see this one just to see where the funny angled window is and why it would make sense to put it there. I count three kitchens. I am amazed that this house with the acreage has a lower asking price than the one next door, which is much less interesting. There is something so true about an old house that seems to have grown with the family and their needs.
    Can’t tell for sure, but quite a few of those carpets could be old linoleum ones for Daughter of George and other such aficionados. If it weren’t so far away, I’d go see it.

  3. RitaB says: 108 comments

    Joe, when I visited Vermont and Maine, I saw those slanted windows in quite a few houses. I still have no idea why. It didn’t appear to be that it was the only way they would fit. Maybe someone knows.

    • Joseph Rice says: 414 comments

      Common up in New England. Sure bet that is the wall that connects to an ell, where the the ell roof butts the wall, the slant fits in the space between ell roof and main roof.

    • Joseph says: 414 comments

      The wiki link somewhere below gives a good explanation, and it is clearly done for practical purposes. We are so used to modern conveniences that we forget how concerned occupants had to be with heating, light and ventilation before the days of flipping a switch. Back then, every little bit helped.

  4. GeoffreyPS says: 104 comments

    Love the angled window!

  5. ElizabethC says: 1 comments

    Those old sideways windows are called “witch windows.Google it! Fascinating history.

  6. Steve H says: 152 comments

    It’s called a Witch Window –

  7. Marianne says: 16 comments

    Those crooked windows are called,”witch windows”. They are also called, “coffin Windows”. depending on what you want to believe, a witch window prevents a witch from entering your home because the witch can’t fly her broomstick through the slanted window. The coffin window theory is that if someone dies on the second floor, they can be removed in a coffin through this window instead of trying to get that person in a coffin down twisty, narrow stairs. The probable conclusion is that it was put there for ventilation to prevent spontaneous combustion in the summer.

  8. Krystal says: 71 comments

    lol oh that slanted window made me laugh out loud in my office – love it so much. I am also in love with that incredible curved wall/closet?/hallway? in the one bedroom. I want to homestead on this property so bad. 🙂

  9. Karen60 says: 174 comments

    If you do a quick google search you will find interesting info about this type of window. Also called “Witch Window,” “Coffin Window,” “Vermont Window,” “Sideways,” and “Lazy Window.” Have fun!

  10. ddbacker says: 507 comments

    Thank you for all of the info on “witch windows”, which I have never heard of. The first thing I thought of is Yankee thrift. We have this window, it won’t fit the regular way, and we would hate for it to go to waste, so we’ll just jam it in at an angle. Problem solved!

  11. BethanyBethany says: 3513 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This is dream-home property! I would drop everything and move there in a heartbeat if I could get the rest of the family on board. It’s like something out of a novel! And I love each of the three kitchen!

  12. mary dunton says: 14 comments

    I think they’re called “Witch Windows”?

  13. Linda R says: 213 comments

    Seems like a bargain for the land alone. would have a head start on removing the wallpaper; it looks like the house is rejecting it! The witch window info is great. Have never seen that before myself, love to learn about regional uniqueness.

  14. RosewaterRosewater says: 6658 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Does anyone know what those off kilter windows are called?

    JK 😉

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11923 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Multiple answers happen when others can’t see the unmoderated comments. I sleep sometimes! 🙂 It’s cool though, you never know when something isn’t answered. I’d rather have multiples of the same answer rather than none at all.

  15. jimtownjimtown says: 89 comments
    1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
    upmiusa, MI

    That house belongs in a painting. Many of the rooms are a photographer’s dream. They’d make great backdrops. The colors and textures and those angles are a lot to look at all on their own. Great finds today!

  16. jeklstudio says: 1105 comments

    This is a real project, but how stunning it could be! So much to work with and on top of it all, you could have a real business if you turned the orchards around. Heirloom apples are not seen much anymore what with ‘new’ varieties, etc.
    Yep, lots of work, and some $$, but oooh, wouldn’t it be beautiful?!

  17. SueSue says: 1127 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Maine people are very practical and will do things like put a window on an angle if needed. It is obvious that people have been living in the house “as is” for awhile. Again one of the many houses here in Maine that are just waiting to be brought back to their original beauty. An exquisite spot too.

    I would take those adorable donkeys in a heart beat!

  18. JimHJimH says: 5156 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The landscape in Maine is beautiful even far from the coast, add a cute old house, lots of space, and apples. Sounds nice to me!

    A contrasting bit of suburbia next door:

  19. RitaB says: 108 comments

    Looking at the county records, I think the same man may own both properties. Last name Abbott, of course!

  20. Colleen J says: 1156 comments

    I was wondering if both properties were owned by same man. Though I really like the smaller house, the other bigger one is calling me in LOL. There’s just something about it, not sure what, talk about a lot of kitchen space my goodness!

  21. KfideiKfidei says: 329 comments

    I am smitten. Running an orchard has been one of my dream job fantasies (along with being a shepherd… no reason I couldn’t do both, with 18.5 acres, right?) and the house looks like it needs mostly cosmetic stuff, but then, hard to judge things like plumbing, wiring, etc from photos. I don’t care though…I LOVE this place!

  22. Maria Hanley says: 22 comments

    I love to learn from the experts – in all my years I have never heard of a witch window until now. I wish they had posted a photo of the entryway showing the first floor staircase though. And I’m wondering if there’s a tub in the second bath! What a gem.

  23. kmmoorekmmoore says: 432 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    I want this place in the worst way! So many treasures!

  24. License2kilt says: 1 comments

    I love the linoleum rugs and the 30s wallpaper, original kitchen intact!

  25. abevy says: 327 comments

    Looks as though there was a leak in one room. Liked the green cupboard kitchen –did you note the ceiling in this room. Barn add-ons are a plus to me also.

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