1863 – Randolph, ME

Added to OHD on 9/25/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   14 Comments
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324 Water St, Randolph, ME 04346

  • $29,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1492 Sq Ft
  • 0.85 Ac.
1863 2 story house is in poor repair, being sold for salvage and as a building site. Elevated building site w/ river views. Includes 44 feet of river frontage across the street. The house features a granite and brick foundation and a barn with old beams and barnboards.
Contact Information
A Michael Lund, Coldwell Banker,
(207) 622-9000

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14 Comments on 1863 – Randolph, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Glad the agent let us see a peek of the inside.

    Posting because you never know, one of you might want to save this! 🙂

  2. John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

    Large conglomeration of conjoined structures here probably constructed over a longer period of time from the mid-19th century and later. Almost an acre of land and river views included, so if I were considering buying it, I’d also have to evaluate its rehab potential. I cannot get much of a read about the overall condition from the photos here. If they represent the worst areas, there’s reason for optimism; if these are not the worst areas, then it might not make economic sense to rehab. In some cases, if a house is being sold for salvage then the quality of architectural elements often justifies rehabilitation. A closer look is needed here before the best course of action can be determined by a prospective buyer. If best salvaged, then one would need a large area for storing the materials. In streetview, the immediate context remains residential and its near a grocery store and commercial venues on down the road. Looks like a picturesque site to me with well maintained neighboring homes.

    • Joseph says: 413 comments

      If you look on Trulia, you’ll see that this may not be that much of a bargain. The big Greek revival next door is 75K. (No interior pics, but looks livable, albeit with an unsympathetic alteration on the front which could be easily undone). A similar configuration (smaller scaled) down the road is livable (although looks like grandma didn’t do much with it after 1958) for 82K. Even saw one that looked livable, although at at busy intersection, which could actually be quite nice with some work – 11K!

      • John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

        Hmmmm…I see what you mean. And then Gardiner is just across the Kennebec River and it too is full of old houses and buildings. Still, I regret seeing what appears to be a possible rehab candidate disposed of for salvage. I recall reading in a where-to-find-antiques book that in Maine, prices go down considerably the farther one goes inland from the coastal areas. Perhaps the same applies to old houses in Maine but fixer uppers are usually bargain priced in smaller towns across the country. The old real estate saying about location is valid in most cases.

  3. Wm Mann says: 28 comments

    Not a whole Lot to go on from the limited pics. Obvious newer fireplace in middle of kitchen? The cape behind the front Colonial could have been the first habitation built,which was a common practice in early times. New Englanders in Colonial times were nothing if not practical.

    • Donald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 264 comments

      That FP definitely looks new…if you ask me, the interior was probably in the midst of being redone as an “open plan” (all the rage, I gather, in au courant home remodels) and the perpetrators ran out of money/time/commitment.

  4. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    I guess this is one like John said, you should check the comparables in the neighborhood to see if it’s the right decision.

  5. Barnluver says: 1 comments

    From the photos all builds were built same time. 1700 n 1800 barns are built onto the house for natural reasonings their livestock in harsh weather, feeding, milking, chores, whatever. Check into our heritage on barns n barn building. This barn according to last photo appears to have remained straight.

  6. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    This house is among some very nice homes that have been not taken care of over the years. It is on a very, very busy road in a so so area. In Maine most people looking for a home do not want old. Even one that has been taken good care of. So something like this would not be considered. Salvage yes but renovation, no.

  7. Ray Unseitig says: 198 comments

    I checked out the Coldwell Banker info on the net. Yearly taxes $3465.00– That can’t be right. 😕 I wonder how it would be to cross the road hope over the barrier and go down to the river. Looks interesting w proper paint on exterior. We have strip malls that have that “artsie” approach now.

  8. Ray Unseitig says: 198 comments

    I used to get Strout Realty and united Farm agency catalogs of rural places, for 29,000 in Maine or Missouri, you got 300 acres, big house 6 ponds, 4 barns and some live stock. That was a while ago tho. this one reminds me of that. Houses solid walnut etc. Fun stuff. No jobs there tho. taxes 60.00/yr. LOL

  9. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 470 comments

    Comments here are really interesting. I have a few observations.

    As noted, connected structures like this are common across New England. The ability to go from the house to the farthest barn under cover was important in winter, although as John observed, the lineup of farm buildings grew over time. There’s a great book on the development of Maine farm complexes, ‘Front House, Back House, Little House, Barn.’ Hubka, the author, demonstrated that there was a common development pattern to these complexes, often moving buildings into the lineup.

    That little room with its own roof at the rear of the barns is an outhouse; it looks like a single seater. A remote but sheltered outhouse was also common, and very practical.

    The ad lists the home as if it is only worthy of salvage. That’s a stiff price for a very narrow empty lot, and some salvage. There are enough demolitions in Maine that salvage is not a goldmine for any buyer. The barn and carriage shed here are not large enough to be salvaged for use as a barn-to-house conversion without additional construction. There are some nice beams in that barn, but pulling down a barn is lots of hard work.

    I wish there were good photographs of the interior. I wonder, is there an intact staircase? The chimneys are almost certainly stove chimneys, so there will not be any sexy fireplace mantles.

    You can see shreds of the blue tarps on the roof that were once used to stop leaks.

    That odd chimney in the back wing served two work areas, probably separated by a wall. Unfortunately someone has rebuilt it completely, ruining its historic importance. I suspect that the great brick arch in the basement photograph once supported a much larger chimney. Originally the chimney would probably have held back-to-back fireboxes, with a set kettle for laundry and cooking to one side, and probably a bake oven next to the firebox on the other, facing the kitchen.

    This is a town with some nice homes, but there has been some really unsympathetic development further up the river.

    Gardiner, across the river, is a fine and beautiful historic town, with lots of great buildings, including a really interesting and little known Richard Upjohn Gothic Revival mansion, ‘Oaklands’ of 1835. Also the A1 Diner.

    Gardiner has a Main Street Program organization, which like the programs across the nation, has been very successful in revitalization of their downtown, pushing up business and residential building values. I always enjoyed visiting when I lived in Maine. However, the downtown is flood prone, so there are restoration and flood insurance challenges.

  10. Tommy G says: 43 comments

    Maybe the best elements could be salvaged for a new build on-site. Design it according to the best available fabric.

  11. abevy says: 332 comments

    This is a house we often wish we could find to work on, however, so much to do. I like the old houses with built on barns. This would be so convenient in the winter. I would hesitate on this one because it is so close to its neighbor and on a busy highway. You can see it in the lst pictures. Hope they don’t tear this down.

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