1874 Italianate – Hallowell, ME – $496,500

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 2/12/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/12/19   -   33 Comments
38 Central St, Hallowell, ME 04347

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  • $496,500
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3800 Sq Ft
  • 0.77 Ac.
Elegant 1874 Italianate Victorian, Hallowell Historic District. Owners (13yrs) lovingly updated/restored/enhanced many features of this charmer. Inviting gourmet kitchen w stainless steel appliances, Viking cooktop d/w, double ovens, butler's pantry, copper counters, abundant storage. Elements of liquid Gold accents on crown moldings/tray ceilings, bay windows, two marble Rumford fireplaces are found on the main floor. The elegant spiral staircase leads to the second/third floors and belvedere. Five bedrooms with full bath and clawfoot tub/shower, storage closets and washer/dryer provide lots of private space. Third floor provides two large rooms available for expansion/storage. A 360 view from the belvedere captures the Kennebec River and Hallowell's beauty. Well landscaped property, porch and deck plus attached two-story carriage house with two car parking. Sellers have owned for 12 years and have spent $135,000 to insulate,update electrical,professional painting-floor refinishing.
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John Blouin, Brookewood Realty
(207) 620-8212 / (855) 715-8549
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33 Comments on 1874 Italianate – Hallowell, ME – $496,500

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  1. TXJewelTXJewel says: 277 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    Wowee wow wow! Love the floors! Love everything!!!!

  2. AvatarRick says: 78 comments

    Outstanding example on how a home should be shown.

  3. AvatarWendy T says: 45 comments

    Sometimes you just know it’s gonna be a stunner. I knew from the cover photo with the glowing lights in each room that this one would be special. I could happily live in the Belvedere…. the rest of the house would just be a bonus.

  4. AvatarAPRIL says: 8 comments

    Holy smokes! This house is so gorgeous. I am speechless. Wowza!

  5. AvatarPorch Freak says: 48 comments

    Wow, this is an incredibly special house. Anyone else getting a Peyton Place vibe from the last aerial photo? (I believe the movie was shot in nearby Camden back in 1957.)

  6. MichaelMichael says: 1268 comments

    I have to ditto the comments from the rest. The house is stunning! I would have my morning coffee up in the belvedere every morning!

  7. AvatarJoe says: 617 comments

    I really like this house. I did what I call a GMap walk and found that the whole neighborhood looks like it has great old houses. Here is my dilemma. I tried to find this house that I saw on my walk online. https://www.google.com/maps/@44.2873925,-69.7929218,3a,60y,284.96h,100.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjI8cXzHH5MF3WuGbuy0C-Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
    -It looks like it was for sale in the 2011 street view, but its address on Google maps, !7 Middle Street, Hallowell ME, shows the house to the left. 15 shows the house to the right. Anyone know how to get a look at the house in the link that I provided. I am confused! (MORE THAN USUAL)

  8. RossRoss says: 2384 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The house is very oddly sited.

    The front does not face the street. And looking at old Sanborn Insurance maps, it maybe never did.

    Quite curious!

    See here:


    The house sits atop a hill, so maybe it originally could see the river from the front?

    This yumminess is across the street:


  9. AvatarJudith Anderson says: 4 comments

    I love the night-time photo. Those aren’t very common, but it really helps to show off this incredible home.

  10. AvatarHazel Hayes says: 55 comments

    This is not a house but a palace!

    The floors are especially beautiful. The windows would easily take at least ten yards each to treat though the belvedere could be filled with gardenias and citrus. Are the fireplaces in working order?

    Everything about this place is stunning. For anyone who loves interior decoration and design it would be a joy to bring this place to its full potential.

    It would be fun to own this place as a guest house for artists and writers, even botanists; Yaddo at Saratoga Springs comes to mind.

    The photos, especially of the exterior, are terrific, especially the twilight photos of the house illuminated in the snow. How beautiful it must be at Christmastime. There is nothing quite like a double-leaf entry decked out with a pair of laurel wreaths with fat red bows.

    Yes, “WOW!” Something nice to dream about!

  11. AvatarMJ Gonzalez says: 16 comments

    The entrance and driveway to the house is on the block behind the house, 41 Central Street. Why would the Realtor show the address on Union Street? Love the house. Beautiful inside and out.

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    My heart hurts for the want of this one. Everything here is nearly perfect and gorgeous and appropriate. Highest tier turn key. Beautifully photographed and presented in the listing. The best. Another stunning North Eastern Italianate villa beautifully photographed in winter.
    Keep them coming Kelly. Heheheh. The kitchen space is just perfect really; best of the best in terms of footprint, flow, light, space: it just needs a REALLY great stove a-la: (which only needs a few mica panels and a good dusting): (for daily winter use of course); https://i.pinimg.com/originals/59/92/cc/5992cc25819dbb792e369169c083ca5b.jpg 100 more pix of secondary areas please. Thank you.

    • AvatarHousenut says: 74 comments

      The only negative I have about this house is the placement of the cook top in the island. I don’t see an exhaust or extraction fan and I worry about little hands touching the burners Given the climate I would have used an AGA Otherwise perfect

  13. JimHJimH says: 4115 comments
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    The home was built for clothier and manufacturer Samuel W. Huntington (1816-1876). He only enjoyed it for a short time before his death, and his son Samuel L. took over the house and business.

    An 1878 Bird’s Eye View shows the house before those just below it were built, giving a sense of its visibility high on the hill – on Central above the church:

  14. AvatarLesley says: 12 comments

    I used to live in this town not too far from this house and I remember it well . It is a charming town that is situated on the banks of a beautiful river. The land in Hallowell is gorgeous and the town is very historic . I would recommend this small community of 2500 to anyone!

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  16. AvatarMaggie says: 10 comments

    Shouldn’t there be fireplaces in the bedrooms? The house is amazing!

    • AvatarHousenut says: 74 comments

      In one or more of the photos you can see the “gravity” grills. This allowed heat from the lower floor fireplaces to rise to rooms above. This house could have also had an early boiler I suspect and “central” heat with radiators

  17. AvatarRosalie Rinaldi says: 9 comments

    Oh to be 30 years younger. This is my dream house. I enjoy the comments from everyone, especially those with first-hand knowledge of areas, design etc. I’ve learned a lot. Thank you all.

  18. AvatarLes Fossel says: 85 comments

    Fireplaces in the North by the time this house was constructed were decorative. I suspect that some of cast iron grates you see in the floors are part of the original central heating system. I have seen warm air central heating systems in Maine that date back to the 1840s – with brick ducting! Most of the floors were designed to be carpeted.
    The wide knotty pine that is so admired is the 19th century equivalent of the chipboard we put under wall to wall carpeting. The inlaid floors in the front hall and the staircases are the only floors that were clearly designed to be exposed – though the same is probably true of the narrow tongue and groove in the less formal rooms in the back of the house.
    Houses in Maine tend to either face the road, or (especially before roads were laid out) they face in the direction that people approached them. In the case of Hallowell they faced the river, since it was a very active port.
    The professional photographer did a wonderful job here. Too often the photos taken by real estate agents are either out of focus, or taken with a cell phone camera that radically distorts the image when used for architectural photography.
    Les Fossel

  19. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 811 comments

    This house might well be one of my all-time favorites! The exterior paint scheme is to die for, the interior is refined but not too over-the-top like Victorians with super busy wallpapers. The woodfloors and staircase are just incredibly beautiful.

  20. AvatarHousenut says: 74 comments

    I think it would have been nice and more family friendly to have sacrificed the upper bedroom with the angled corner as 2 bathrooms, one opening to the front bedroom as a master en-suite the other to the hallway to serve the bedrooms across the hallway. One bath to serve 5 bedrooms would not have worked for me,

  21. AvatarPolly says: 13 comments

    I agree that the house is drop-dead gorgeous. The use of soft wood on the floors (except for center hall) surprises me. As my eye travels from the elegant ceilings down I am a bit jarred by the rustic knotty pine.

  22. AvatarCarolyn Clary Haeberli says: 1 comments

    My great grandfather Charles Henry Clary lived for many years in this house. The Clary plot with the broken pedestal is the most stunning plot in the whole Hallowell Cemetery. His son my grandfather Justin Robert Clary graduated from the University of Maine in 1897 and his mother and father and 3 siblings were all living in this house at that time. Justin married his Hallowell High School sweetheart Mabel Coombs. My family has many Clary family photos taken of all 4 of Charles’ children and grandchidren in and outside of the home.

    • AvatarPorch Freak says: 48 comments

      Fascinating. I enjoy learning the history of the beautiful homes that Kelly posts. I’m sure this house was well loved by your family during the time they lived there.

  23. AvatarBrian Burbank says: 17 comments

    Magnificent is an understatement!!!!!

  24. AvatarJulie says: 33 comments

    Wow! An exquisite house AND a row of towering, gorgeous evergreens lining the back of the house..what’s not to love!❤️❤️❤️❤️

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