c. 1850 – West Charleston, VT

Added to OHD on 5/15/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/1/20   -   15 Comments
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1242 Vt Route 105, West Charleston, VT 05872

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  • $119,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2937 Sq Ft
  • 17 Ac.
Charming 1800's Colonial/Farmhouse style home located in the Village of West Charleston, yet also offering 17 beautiful acres of land. The house sits on a spacious in town lot with a private drive to the majority of the acreage atop the hill behind the house with a picturesque Vermont country setting (approx. 50% open pasture/field and 50% sloping woodland). Ideal pasture or hay-land for animals, recreational use and potential to subdivide off a building site with privacy and long range views. The home is a classic 2.5 story farmhouse with 4 bedrooms & 2.5 baths, built well, has a good foundation, updated metal roof, drilled well and an older septic that is in need replacement, sellers have priced the property accordingly. Plenty of potential to keep as a spacious single family home and/or convert to a duplex as it had been at one time, no zoning in Charleston! Situated across the street from the Clyde River and just down the road from Charleston Pond. This property is need of some updating/TLC in terms of exterior paint, interior cosmetics, etc. Priced in as-is condition with motivated sellers.
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Ryan Pronto, Jim Campbell Real Estate
(802) 334-3400
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15 Comments on c. 1850 – West Charleston, VT

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  1. Cheryl kay says: 1 comments

    Omg it really is across the street from a river! Beautiful! There’s a house across the st along river boarded up but maybe someone will rescue it. Plus this house is located next to a quaint old church. Very cool!

  2. Sherry Hood says: 99 comments

    I love this house!! Please tell me there is wood under the carpets?! Also…what type of flooring is under that table?

  3. Kfidei says: 343 comments

    I love this place, but I am curious why someone removed all the details on the front, or maybe its the side of the house… the little roof over the porch, and the railing around the little balcony next to it. Do people remove them because of rot or damage, or to “modernize”? UGH. I would love this place, and I would immediately put them back.

    • Joseph Rice says: 435 comments

      Most likely reasons: Maintenance and modernization. I suspect that after a round or two of scraping/painting it’s an easier decision to take them off.

  4. Michele P Pagan says: 69 comments

    The house alone is worth $159K, never mind all the 17 acres attached. What a steal!

  5. kmmoorekmmoore says: 418 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    I wonder what happened to the attached barn?

  6. montana channing says: 232 comments

    no one cared for barn roof and that’s death for a post and beam. this place is nice – OMG -floor to ceiling windows – my fave and the typical VT upland farm. it’s perfect and I have the same Sears sideboard with mirror.

  7. says: 97 comments

    This house has a lot of promise. I do love when an older photo of the place is included.

  8. StevenFStevenF says: 788 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    It takes guts to paint a house this color and when it works, as it does in this case, it’s pretty neat.

    • Joe says: 757 comments

      -I agree with your premise, but can’t agree that this color scheme works. I find that the lack of contrast between the one over one replacement windows and the exterior trim wash out some great detailing. The modern, oddly sized, non-working shutters are inappropriately placed outside the trim. It amazes me that so few people realize that shutters had to shut, and when closed fit inside the exterior trim.
      -The wonderful old photo lets one see what it can be again. In my opinion it highlights what has been lost more than helping to sell the place. On the other hand it is an essential tool for seeing what restoration would require.
      -I hope I am not coming off as disliking the house, because I think it is a great house. I don’t have any knowledge of property values in that area, but it seems to be reasonably priced to allow a buyer with a good restoration budget to do improvements without over improving. Of course I would likely exceed that budget to have a post and beam barn added which would follow the old barn’s footprint and design, but I have no problem with over improving my own home. Crazy!?
      -The things that I have commented upon are mostly things that can be easily remedied the next time it is painted. It has to be painted regularly anyway. I suspect that there are goodies under the coverings on the interior surfaces too. One could turn it into a showplace by redoing it room by room. Every room is livable, it just appears to me to have been last done over on a shoestring budget.

  9. Brenda says: 53 comments

    This is my recently deceased Aunt Rose’s house. When I was young the house and barns were the Bill Bailey farm. I lived one house away and the school ( all 8 grades, now the Historical Society) is right behind this house and I would take a shortcut thru the farm to school because there was a dirt road on the south side of the building. Before Memorial Day became a Monday holiday the school would march all of us kids past the house and across the bridge and up the hill to the cemetery overlooking the town to put flags and flowers on the graves of veterans . When I was a teenager my Aunt who had been a schoolteacher in CT for decades , bought the house when old Bill Bailey, a bachelor, died. I helped her clean it out . The last time I visited her she gave me a book that I had given to my cousin . She loved books and had bookcases full in every room ! The maple sideboard was filled with tea cups and such . Charleston ( originally named Navy 1803-1825) is a very small town now but a devestating fire on May 19, 1924 burned every business , 18 buildings. Now there is just the general store and post office. There is an empty grocery store down on the corner going north and it also had gas pumps but it has been vacant for years. Very different town from when I grew up there ( I’m 65 now ) . An area of outstanding beauty and peace !

  10. JimHJimH says: 5271 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The house was likely built by the Bates family who resided there in the 1870’s, next to the Baptist Church with the old schoolhouse behind. As the photo indicates, a later owner was George L. Kinne (1854-1927), a farmer and carpenter who likely made some of the later improvements to the house. (Too bad the barn and porch have been lost.) George and wife Elsie Shaw had 5 children, and they were together over 50 years.
    On November 4th, 1927, a terrible storm caused severe damage across Vermont, and West Charleston was hit hard, with the bridge and power plant washed away. George L. Kinne was drowned trying to cross the stream to help that day, aged 73.

  11. abevyabevy says: 307 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    Nice. I don’t mind it all dark red. But I would want the doors a lighter color-just my opinion. House seems to be in good condition. I could move in on this one. I like it.

  12. Julie says: 1 comments

    Vintage photo of the other (south) side of the home. It can be enlarged by clicking on “Original File”. Still for sale! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:G.L._Kinne_House_in_West_Charleston,_Vermont.jpg

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