1859 Gothic Revival – Penobscot, ME

Added to OHD on 9/16/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments
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5 Wharf Rd, Penobscot, ME 04476

  • $210,000
  • 2 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1153 Sq Ft
  • 0.64 Ac.
Waterfront home with the distinct character of a Victorian lady. Sturdy in its strong bones while marked with age. Find your hideaway in the making, daydreaming as you smell the salt air. Relax on the shaded porch overlooking the slope of lawn down to the water. This home will be magic with the right TLC!
Contact Information
Aimi Baldwin, ERA Dawson Bradford Realtors,
(207) 947-6788

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23 Comments on 1859 Gothic Revival – Penobscot, ME

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  1. kmmoorekmmoore says: 420 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Loving every inch of this home. Would love to see those floorboards come back to life to bring some warmth in the rooms. I can imagine having coffee on the porch looking out over the beautiful scenery.

  2. tess says: 297 comments

    love it! Snow will nor accumulate on that roof. Reminds me of the beach house my family rented each summer. Seems much bigger than 2 beds, 1 bath, guess it’s the porches that make it seem bigger. Would be sooooo nice to sleep on the screened porch.

  3. says: 168 comments

    Love the architecture.

  4. SueSue says: 1111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    This is a very good price for this home and where it sits. I wonder what the taxes are on it. It would make a very nice summer home for Jeff and I. Sigh, to dream.

  5. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    Really really cute. I’m confused about the fireplace? was it turned into a wood burner at one time? super cute place. A lake!

  6. Sara Smith says: 3 comments

    Beautiful place, and the setting looks gorgeous

  7. Connie Murray says: 114 comments

    Lovely, lovely place but is it livable all year long? Also what are the flood patterns like? Seems high up from beach but it is? After Irma and Harvey, those are questions I have to ask.

  8. Lissie says: 238 comments

    Oh what a lovely cottage. I love the Gothic design.

  9. says: 10 comments

    Sweet home… the movie, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday immediately came to mind.

  10. Ryan says: 460 comments

    A little more modernized that I would like, but this could be a really charming home with a few minor changes, including the exterior color. And the location is wonderful. A few plants and flowers here and there. I could love this house.

  11. Ruthann says: 1 comments

    only 1248 very hardy souls live in this town….. I imagine it would be challenging to actually go anywhere in the winter = and in the summer, I wonder why you would want to go anywhere else?! lovely…. would be nice to see if there is a dock or water access….

  12. Joe says: 748 comments

    I have just found out how big the space is in those roof peaks above the ceilings in my own house. Rooms without enough room for beloved ceiling fans have become soaring spaces with plenty of room. What a great summer retreat.

  13. Colleen J says: 1061 comments

    The only thing I would worry about here is flooding, great property!!!!

  14. SneadsFerryElf says: 1 comments

    Beautiful home. After suffering through the heat living on the lovely coast of NC, I would happily live here in the summer and scoot home for the rough winters. Love the porches, the view, the simplicity of a grand little cottage on the shore!

  15. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 456 comments

    I lived in Maine for nearly 20 years and everyone’s comments help me feel nostalgic for living there. Winters could be challenging. One year we had two weeks of 20 below, that was the warm for the day, and there was no wind. You simply learn to deal with it. I used to shovel snow in a t-shirt. You just keep track of ears, nose, fingers and toes. And if it’s dangerous to drive, employers don’t expect for you to be at work.

    There were many falls where the leaves simply turned brown, call ahead before you visit for the leaf color change, but some falls, the leaves were so bright it literally hurt your eyes to look at them. And the lobster was cheaper than good quality cheese.

    This house is typical of many in New England, particularly Maine, with easily maintained shingles and simple trim on the non-public sides of the house. The interior is also typical for the 19th century homes of many prosperous but not wealthy families.

    There is an enclosed staircase to conserve heat, four panel doors, and entablatures over most of the woodwork. The new stove chimneys are clunky, as are the replacement sash. The chimneys could be enclosed in fire resistant sheetrock to make them match the interiors.

    I liked having stoves. It gave me a chance to look for early cast iron stoves, much different form the pot-belly kind, and when the power was out for two weeks due to an ice storm, they kept the house warm, and I cooked my meals and melted snow on them. And put all my frozen food out on my screened porch.

    • says: 10 comments

      I loved reading your comment. It sounds so dreamy, and I can see why you get nostalgic pangs for such a place. Thank you for sharing.

    • Susan Lind says: 80 comments

      Yes, George, thank you for sharing. When I was much younger, I yearned to live in New England. But as I aged, those winters sounded too daunting.
      That said, I’ve lived in Illinois all of my life, and am a happy subscriber to “Yankee” magazine for many years.

    • Susan says: 80 comments

      Yes, thank you George, for sharing. In my younger life I yearned to live in New England, but as I matured, the winters sounded too daunting.
      Having said that, I live in Illinois (which is no tropical winter paradise, either), but I have been a “Yankee” magazine subscriber for many years.

  16. jenny says: 52 comments

    And thanks to the realtor who didn’t use those dreadful filters that make the rooms look like a watercolor and then when one goes to see the house, the reality has little resemblance.

  17. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 456 comments

    Susan Lind, and you other very kind folks, thanks very much. Again, a warning, call ahead for fall leaves in Maine. Also remember, New York state, Pennsylvania, and many other places are also beautiful in the fall, with great towns and buildings.

    Maine was a hard place to live because there were so few jobs. I worked at three jobs, plus I ran my own antiques business, to survive: I was cook, baker, produce manager and specialty Cheese manager for the shop at Wallingford House in Kennebunk (on the web), taught architectural history and antiques identification for summer Elderhostels, and worked at a very large box store in South Portland. The box store was very hard job, but they gave me permission to discourage home owners from installing vinyl and aluminum siding, replacement windows and wall insulation in old and historic homes because of the damage they cause.

    Just a quick and surprised note: I have never heard that Illinois was particularly warm in the winter.

    If I were not caring for my 91-year-old mother, I’d be back in old house land in a second. Those cheap beauties are calling to me… Just need to save up plane or car fare.

    • Susan Lind says: 80 comments

      Well, first, I need to apologize for calling you George☺️.
      And Illinois is NOT warm in winter, but I believe it’s still warmer than Maine (and our summers are extremely hot and humid, so you have us there, I think).

  18. Lori Powell says: 1 comments

    Gregory….it sure is fun to dream of owning another amazing old home like the ones they share on this site! So many beauties! I too have given up my home to care for my 98 yr. old mother….but I continue to dream of a place to restore. I have a hope chest of antique goodies just waiting for the perfect home….or should I say “storage buildings full?????”

  19. Gregory Hubbard says: 456 comments

    No apologies necessary for the George bit. If that is going to ruin my day, I’m in real trouble! Besides all you folk are lovely. If I win the lottery, I’ll have you ALL over for a really swell dinner….and give each of you a fine house as a party favor.

    My little brother called me years ago to tell me he’d found a fine old house, ca. 1910, in Pasadena, Ca. I could come back and join the family (We’re all natives of San Francisco). The house was $225,000.00, for about 1500 sq.ft. He said he’d help me buy it while I found a job. I told him my architecture and antiques books alone filled 30 feet of shelving 5 feet high. What could I do with 1500 sq. ft?

    But I decided to check what $225,000.00 would buy in the ‘East,’ in Old House Land. In Virginia, just outside of recession-proof Washington, DC., it would have paid for a 2 1/2 story plantation house with all original fittings and a barn. In Maine, just $125,000.00 would have purchased a three bedroom Cape on the coast at the back of the Rachel Carson Nature Preserve. I chose the Cape, and for 20 years I lived on the Maine coast. I’ll never forget it.

    It’s a pleasure helping my mother now, even if we’ve had a few 115-117 degree days this summer here in LaLa land (Los Angeles). Legally, no place should be allowed to get that hot.


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