c. 1920 – Vassalboro, ME

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Added to OHD on 5/14/18   -   Last OHD Update: 6/3/18   -   20 Comments
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This wonderful Mansard style home awaits your renovations. Unbeatable location across the street from China Lake with unobstructed water views on 1.9 acres. Great features: tin ceilings in the living room and large foyer, ornate archway w/ hanging glass lights, stain glass window, hardwood and pine floors, original trim and doors. The first floor has a large kitchen w/ half bath, spacious dining and living rooms, and bedroom/office with closet and built-ins. Up the eye-catching staircase to the massive second floor landing: 3 BDs and full bath, and a walk-up attic. Many more pluses: Public sewer and water; newer oil tank and on-demand propane hot water; metal roof and newer roof shingles. Open porch and large flat back yard. Impossible to miss are the views of China Lake (without paying the taxes), and down the street from the public boat landing.
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  1. AvatarBethany otto says: 2518 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    This is fantastic! I haven’t seen those built-in lights in woodwork like that before, on the arch; experts, is that original?

  2. Tommy QTommy Q says: 460 comments
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    1912 Craftsman
    Fort Bragg, CA


  3. AvatarDean Latten says: 4 comments

    Not “Mansard-like…” Great house and location!!!

  4. AvatarPaul Price says: 202 comments

    Pretty awesome. Pretty cold I suspect for wimps like me, though.

  5. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 793 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Picture purfect, house is pretty and the town is a beautiful quaint resort town? Love it. Simple and pretty.

  6. AvatarJane Maxwell says: 35 comments

    It’s beautiful! I’ll take it, I love the cold!

  7. Avatarjanet says: 31 comments

    Ahh! So many beautiful old houses, so little time…

  8. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 777 comments

    François Mansart was a 17th century French architect who is most famous for his use of a special type of gambrel roof that featured steeply sloped lower sections with windows that made the attic space below habitable. I’m curious as to what the realtor’s definition of “Mansard style” might be. The roof on the posted house is hipped with the exception of a small projecting gable and, of course, that super cool four sided witch’s hat on top of the tower. Maybe the realtor is talking about the curved shingled section? I can kinda see the idea.

    • AvatarRon G says: 162 comments

      I have seen several houses with this style of flared (sloped) siding detail. Most notably on several craftsman, where the first story had brick veneer. The second story framing was aligned with the first floor framing, therefore needing a detail to cap the brick. On this house, this design was quite possibly used as a way to break up the height of the house by creating a belt band.
      I also question the front porch roof being original. Is possible that on the left side of the tower (sunroom) had a hip room. The right side shows a hip. It appears the left side was altered to match the overhang produced by the original design. It may also be possible that the porch was also extended.

      • JimHJimH says: 4023 comments
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        I think the house is pretty much original, 1910ish, though the front porch carrying the sunroom failed at some point and was poorly rebuilt. The windows in the sunroom match those in the house, and the proportions of main roof, large dormer and the pyramid roof of the sunroom look right in elevation, though a bit awkward looking up. The flare detail was pretty common in Shingle Style houses, which this is a late example of – the whole house may have looked like the exposed shingled section originally, or possibly there was lap siding below.

        • AvatarRon G says: 162 comments

          JimH, I agree with you regarding the porch being poorly rebuilt. I think if the porch was rebuilt and extended the full width of the front would add a lot to the character to the house along with adding new railings and spindles. Plus, it would be a good time to rethink that small portico (flying portico) over the side entrance. It could easily be redone with brackets to enhance it and make it more appealing.
          When looking carefully at the interior pictures, there is a lot of water stains around some of the windows and their could be some poorly installed flashing to the left of the tower.

  9. AvatarKfidei says: 347 comments

    I was wondering the same thing…and that shingled portion is unusual, it looks as though they just thought they might try something different on this section to see how they liked it. I was wondering how difficult it would be to replace the missing light fixture, until I saw it sitting by the pillar. LOVE when the pieces are all there.

  10. AvatarDerek says: 39 comments

    I’d love to see some pics of this place in the winter.

  11. AvatarKaren Abadie says: 67 comments

    It’s a great house, but my concern would be all that water damage that’s plainly visible.

  12. Avatarjoanie joyce says: 5 comments

    Boy oh boy, the buffet and china closet in the dining room are exactly the ones my grandmother had in her dining room. Bittersweet…..sure wished I had those 2 pieces today. this house sure become a stunner.

  13. AvatarCaroline says: 17 comments

    I wish I had the money to save this one. The location is perfect and the house itself has so much potential. With the front porch rebuilt to move the stairs back to the center it would be stunning.

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