1886 – Wakefield, NH – $210,000

For Sale
Added to OHD on 2/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 24 Comments
123 Maple St, Wakefield, NH 03887

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Queen Anne Victorian built in 1886 with matching carriage house/barn located on a quiet street in the quaint village of Union. Extensive renovations will be required to return this historic beauty to its former grandeur, but it will be well worth the effort. The house retains most of its original features; including three working fireplaces, hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and exquisite woodwork seldom seen in modern construction. The drive-thru carriage house/barn, approximately 40'x50', features post and beam construction, a cupola and original hardwood woodwork. The barn is also available separately. It could be moved to a new location and reborn as a residence or office.
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Bob Watson, Better Homes & Gardens Masiello      (603) 335-4663
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24 Comments on 1886 – Wakefield, NH – $210,000

  1. I’ll beg someone to buy this just to make sure the carriage house stays!

    Anyone local? We need a peek of the inside of the home and more interior photos of the carriage house!

  2. This house had me at private 3rd floor balcony. It’s almost hidden, but how rad is that? A very good spot to sneak away and contemplate life. 😀

  3. I have but two words.

    OH. MY.

    Oh, and one more word.


    And a question.

    Where are my smelling salts?

    • I thought of the Cross house as soon as I saw this one with its cool carriage house and wonderful design.

  4. Man, yes, love that carriage house/barn. When I saw the first B/W photo, all I was thinking was please let the barn still be there. And it was! And it and the house all looks just about exactly the same!

    Whole place looks ready for an “easy’ restoration. Not sure how much repair work is needed. But it at least all looks still fairly original, not all messed up with updates and poor repair work.

    House looks bigger than 2,654 sf too.

    I am not sure about the local market, but $210K seems like a pretty decent price for something like this.

  5. Oh, please, do NOT move that barn. It needs to be with it’s mother. I wish we could see the interior of the house. The description sounds delicious. At a purchase price of $210K, I’m not sure of the potential of restoring it, but I’d sure like to give it a shot!

    • Randy, I was thinking the same thing: please don’t take the baby away! Everything needs to stay right where it was born. Just beautiful!

  6. The barn interior appears to have a high quality of finish so I can only imagine the nice period details that may be waiting inside the main house. The location is really out in the sticks as the paved road going up to the house soon fades away to a gravel road a short distance beyond. There’s a nicely painted and maintained Queen Anne style home next door and I can only imagine what this house might look like fully restored. Hopefully, someone can visit the place and have a few interior photos to share with us.

  7. What, were you raised in a barn?
    Yes, that one over there.
    Oh, wow – that’s a pretty nice barn!

  8. Please, please, please don’t remove the carriage house from this property! That would be so tragic the thought of it makes me want to cry. I will be dreaming all night of what the interior of that house looks like.

  9. I wish that they would take a picture from the same vantage point as the old time picture. It’s hard to see if all the details are still intact. Looks like a beauty of a property. I have dibs on the barn!!

  10. Is that a slate roof, or just shingles? I love these houses that have a few separate geometries that are bundled like this — such as where the tower is just not quite hatched from the main mass, and is breaking free up and through the porches. It makes each elevation and roof line a surprise. The belt course of shingles is killer. I love the idea that a house like this is out in the sticks. Usually these grand houses were built along the main drag for all to see. Not this house. This house was built for the owners to keep all to themselves. Drooool.

  11. I agree, great looking carriage house! But the elephant in the room is the home’s interior. No pics concern me of real condition. Price seems like a good deal but how much of the original interior remains?

  12. whar to start jejejeje
    (insert theme to the Addams family and install a nice automated mini pipe organ in the attic) jejejejeje

  13. Going out to buy a lottery ticket …. so I can have deep pockets to restore this beauty, I don’t even care there are no inside pictures. What an amazing looking property and buildings upon it, I want it! Oh I wish!!!!!

  14. Many of you know that when I post comments on OHD, it is usually in reference to a home designed by George F. Barber. But this home is a bit of an exception for me because there is another example of this exact same design, built just a few doors down from my home in Reading Massachusetts. And because I know much about the Reading example, I can share some interesting data regarding the origins of this particular home. So this home (and the Reading sister house) was designed by an architect named Horace G. Wadlin, of Reading Massachusetts. For more info on Wadlin, click the link below.


    The Reading example is in considerably better shape, although it has some unfortunate modernizations detracting from the historic exterior. Also, the Reading example was originally built with a detached carriage barn, that, curiously enough, was subdivided from the original house lot and moved forward to become a residence unto itself. For a view of the Reading home, and a link to the inventory form, click on the link below.


    I hope this home can be restored by a new sympathetic homeowner. If anyone is interested in purchasing this Union, NH home, I can put you in touch with the current homeowners of the Reading sister house, in the hopes that the Reading example can be used for guidance for a restoration. Great find Kelly, as usual.

  15. You can’t look at old houses with the same calculus you look at new houses. The costs aren’t exactly comparable. Yes, you can get into an old house for far less per ft2 than a new McMansion, but that’s where the savings end. Old houses cost more to own because of higher utility costs, and higher repair and maintenance costs. But… you are also paying to live a different lifestyle, and in surroundings that just isn’t the same as one you will have in a new-build house.

    I managed to pick up my old house for a bit over 50% of the original asking price. It was big, and old, and certainly needed a lot of cleaning and work, but I was willing to do it. I was curious as to why a house with this much potential sat on the market for so long, and then sold for so little. The realtor mentioned this type of thing happens a lot more often than you would imagine. Most buyers are seeking move-in ready homes. While my house could be lived in, the kitchen and bathroom situation was pretty bad, driving away 95% of the potential female clients and probably 75% of the men. His comment was “People want to move into a new house and enjoy it, not sign up for years of cleanup, renovation, and ‘getting by until it gets better’…”. Also, when a house is in that kind of condition, its size actually counts against it. Renovations are expensive. When the house is huge, so are the renovation costs. That’s the reason houses in this condition usually fetch so little on the market.

    My motivations were different than most buyers. I wanted to live in a big old historic house. I cannot afford one that’s fully restored, and I was also ready for a major project. Buying a project house on the cheap is my way into that lifestyle. I get to live in the house immediately, but then also get to gradually improve it over time as the $$ becomes available. As I go, I learn new skills, make sure the work is done exactly the way I want, and get a history lesson along the way. I appreciate that I have a “blank canvas”, and can renovate any room in exactly the way I want it.

    In the end I hope to have a house that’s uniquely customized to the way I want to live in it, with plenty of stories to tell about the journey that got me there. So far its been a sometimes frustrating, but overall hugely satisfying adventure.

  16. I can’t believe all the original house storm shutters are still there and appear to be functional! Even the carriage house has all it’s shutters except for one on it’s side, and possibly 2 sets on 2nd floor (hard to tell on that, but looks odd without them). Only other changes I see from exterior shots would be something changed on the double windows that appear to be the kitchen? (cafe curtains on window). One last thing … when comparing the original photo with the listing photos, part of the original front door porch extension is missing from next to the turret, and it appears something is also missing on the back left corner of the house – you can see the roof line has some sort of railing along edge of roof of original photo, and I don’t see that on any of the new photos …. do wish we had the exact line of site on one of the newer photos to compare with).

    • I thought something looked funky on those double windows too. On a closer look though I think they were always that way. I think they are staggered that way because they are over a stairway. Interior pictures would answer that.

  17. Dear carriage house, I’m sorry I called you a barn. I didn’t mean it. You are better and prettier than that. Don’t let anybody tell you any different!

  18. A cupola, turret and third floor balcony in one property? Be still my beating heart! I don’t even care what shape the interior is in, I would be quite content to live in the unbelievably cool carriage house.


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