c. 1880 – Dexter, ME

Added to OHD on 4/24/19   -   Last OHD Update: 8/18/20   -   27 Comments

26 Park St, Dexter, ME 04930

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  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1990 Sq Ft
  • 0.41 Ac.
This home has been vacant now for many years and has fallen into disrepair with portions unsafe in its current condition. It is sited on a very nice corner lot with 120ft on Park St, and 148 ft on Prospect St with public water & sewer available. This will either be a major renovation project, or tear-down. Sellers have requested that anyone entering the house provide proof of funds or pre-approval letter for financing, as well as a hold harmless waiver. Property being sold as is.
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Jim Quimby, Realty of Maine
(207) 942-6310 / (207) 270-1659
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27 Comments on c. 1880 – Dexter, ME

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12143 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Could be a fun project for someone looking for a challenge. 🙂

    • RayRay says: 202 comments
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      1958 prarie, or mid century
      Escondido, CA

      I think fixing is doeable. to bad, no inside pix. and foundation shots, etc. That would interest potential fixer buyers. I rebuilt a tear down in CA, the only problem was the city hit me, with double permit charges because the property was condemned. So I got punished for improving the hood. LOL.

      • ZannZann says: 519 comments
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        1940 Cottage
        Mobile, AL

        Now doesn’t that just figure?

        I wrote something not-quite-nice about “when some agencies see money, they want money,” and I deleted it. I’ll just say that I am sorry you were punished for such a good job well done.

    • JimHJimH says: 5264 comments
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      A little birdie has told me that the house is essentially original and intact, dry and with no great damage inside, and that the buyer is an OHD guy with the intention and experience to restore it faithfully. Fingers crossed!

  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12143 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I was waiting to see how long it took before someone declared this “too far gone.” 10 minutes. I’d slow clap if I weren’t slightly annoyed when people do that. I don’t care about what you see or what the listing says, we actually don’t know how bad the damage is on top of there may be someone in the world that is able to take up the job of saving it. I’ve posted countless homes that had such damage and most of them were saved. So to those armchair inspection specialists…no, I’m going to shut up here or else Cora will need to ban me. 😀

    • RossRoss says: 2417 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      In the 1980s, I purchased a condemned house in Newport, RI.

      “It can’t be saved” everybody said.

      I saved it.

      About ten years ago, after I was long gone, it sold for almost $900K. I should have hung on a bit longer!

      My current house? It was boarded up in the late 1990s. It looks a lot better today!

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1052 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      Homes are rarely “too far gone”. IMHO.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1046 comments
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      The opinions of armchair inspection specialists (who have likely never actually restored a single house anywhere) are utterly worthless; thanks for sparing us from them. Anything can be saved; it just takes desire and knowledge. People are so freaking soft today; it really doesn’t take much to frighten them.

      This house exudes character and still maintains a commanding presence in spite of its obvious neglect. And it’s built of wood far superior to that which is most readily available today! I truly hope that someone sufficiently knowledgeable will tackle this place and revive it in some manner, even if it’s a modern interpretation… it’s simply too beautiful to be a tear-down. Please keep posting this type of house — they are fascinating and need all the exposure they can get!

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments
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      Charleston, SC

      Funny, I saw the pics and though, “Huh, doesn’t look too bad.” Someone has taken the time to ensure it’s relatively sealed up. It appears square and has some semblance of a roof. That’s about all you can tell from these pics. For a sale price likely well under the $20k ask, I’d hope someone has the vision and fortitude to bring it back. Oh, and my last house was a vacant foreclosure that the neighborhood kids used to play “haunted house” in. It was “too far gone” as well.

    • ZannZann says: 519 comments
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      1940 Cottage
      Mobile, AL

      “Too far gone” should be changed to “too far gone to me.” What I or you or anyone else feel strongly is “too far gone” does not mean someone else out there can’t rebuild it from the ground up if they wanted to.

      Humans…. we forget our limits, opinions, and funds are the universal answer.

  3. dunamovindunamovin says: 175 comments

    Still a proud old gal. The price makes it doable.
    Let’s hope it finds a forever owner.

  4. It’s still standing, so I doubt it’s too far gone. And not only is it still standing, it’s standing straight and has a roof.

  5. roxxxroxxx says: 522 comments
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    A beautiful lady. I hope someone saves her.

  6. beckybecky says: 102 comments
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    bass lake, CA

    I say nothing is too far gone! Not when it comes to these houses. Construction was SO much better in those days… not like the fiberboard crap we see these days and we all know what that is all about! Why didn’t they show anything from the inside?! What do the neighbors have to say about this house? I’d bet they have had a real good knowledge of what is in there. I have seen far worse come out surprisingly fantastic. It’s just a matter of how much work one wants to put into it. So why has it been vacant for so long without being tended to? Had I been one of those neighbors, I’d have had plenty of input to insure history.

  7. MarjaSMarjaS says: 24 comments
    1998 Cottage
    Hayden, ID

    I always wish that houses like this could tell me their story. The history they’ve seen! I hope someone helps it write a new chapter.

  8. MichaelSMichaelS says: 10 comments
    1917 Bungalo
    Charlotte, NC

    Wish we could see some interior photos. This one looks like it could be awesome again.

  9. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    I love the design of this house! I hope it can be saved. Check out the 2007 streetview that explains the Tyvek tarp on the back of the house. There used to be a long rear extension: https://goo.gl/maps/sv9asnH4uZzLddt77

  10. DianeEGDianeEG says: 561 comments
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    1896 Farmhouse W/Swedish roots
    Rural, IL

    Like several of you, we also took a “tear down” and made it a beautiful home again. An inspection will let you know the problems, then understand costs and decide if it’s possible for your level of finances and talent. Often times houses that have been so very neglected have the best remaining details because no one has modernized it into something else. And yes, we found cedar siding of the exact kind on our house at the local lumber yard where it had been stored from that original era. Hope this home finds the right buyer.

  11. MJGMJG says: 2278 comments
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    I wish there were interior photos. If its totally gutted inside i wouldn’t consider, but if there is value in the pieces inside I would.

  12. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5428 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    With some of the side windows visually open to the elements in streetview, there’s sure to be some water damage inside. Add to that the caution stated in the listing that anyone touring the house has to sign a “hold harmless” waiver and it does give some cause for concern. I do agree with most here that the term “too far gone to save” is an overused cliche`. Now, from an economical perspective, I’ve seen a number of long neglected homes over the years that because of location or other mitigating factors were not economically feasible to rehabilitate.

    Then again, not everyone “runs the numbers” when considering an old house needing work. A rough estimate of a budget is helpful but sometimes the love and appreciation for an old house exceed its monetary value. My advice to anyone considering a house like this is to do some deep thinking before taking the plunge-what are your plans for the next five or ten years? Will the location work in the longer term? For those with ample funds perhaps considering this more as a summer retreat, different considerations enter into the picture. Just as no two houses are likely to be exactly the same, buyers are individuals with each one having different needs and abilities.

    As for this particular house, some steps have already been taken to keep the elements out. If it were totally trashed inside I don’t think anyone would have gone to the trouble to secure the place. The sellers could do themselves a huge marketing favor by adding a small number of interior photos showing the proverbial good, the bad, and the ugly. Perhaps one of our intrepid OHD volunteers would be willing to pay the house a visit and take a few representative photos to help entice or dissuade that ideal buyer who could transform this house back to what it once was.

    On site inspections should address the roof, foundation, structural, and finally cosmetic condition of the house, in that order. Assume all utilities must be replaced or added (the listing hints about long disconnected utility services) If it were mine, some type of shelter for vehicle storage and protection (Garage or Carriage House) would also be needed. Last, unless you have the services of an architect and a large work crew, its best not to go in and gut everything to the studs…we’ve seen far too many examples on these pages where the would be rehabbers hit an unexpected challenge, stumbled, and finally gave up only to leave an already deteriorated old house in complete shambles. Taking one room at a time in a logical order of importance works for most rehabbers doing a lot of their own work. Outdoor work is undoubtedly challenging in Maine winters so best to get that work done first before winter sets in. Put available money where it does the most good; a new outfitted bathroom can wait but a water heater probably can’t. Like many famous artists, create a mental vision of what this house will look like when you are finished and don’t give up until your vision and reality are the same. Houses back then were built with a level of patience now alien to most working in the fast paced modern construction trades, so if you are an impatient, get it done in a hurry type, tackling a major old house rehab may not be a good choice. Remember, it took the house many years to get in a neglected condition so don’t expect it to look pristine again overnight. Always remember to take before and after photos as your project continues-it’s sometimes difficult to see the progress being made when you are constantly working on it. With careful planning, patience, and occasional good luck, you’ll reach your goals. Creating a blog or Facebook page can be helpful as well. Keeping a sense of humor or developing one can help preserve your sanity as well as your work in progress. Take pride in your work as your restored old house will be part of YOUR legacy.

    • LisaNLisaN says: 71 comments
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      1845 Greek Revival
      Ithaca, NY

      Love your commentary John. You are so helpful. I would certainly consider this house if it was in the south. I can no longer take the cold weather as I cannot really focus on my art here in NY. So like you said about knowing what you need before you take on a home. I know the things I need. Warmth is one of them. My current house I think was built at two different times. It was a lumber mill, school house, carriage stop, goat farm. As for “too far gone”, my home was condemned back in the 70’s and someone put her back together. She isn’t perfect, she lost a lot of her original details, but in the 10 years that I have owned this home, I think I have touched every inch of it to restore, repair or replace something. I now have my 1890’s ish Greek Revival farmhouse on the market to sell so I can move south and I will cry when she goes as I don’t know if anyone will take care of her cedar siding, and wide plank pine floors like I have. I can only hope someone loves her and doesn’t gut her. I appreciate this site greatly for everything I am learning about old homes and about myself.

  13. BeachavenBeachaven says: 5 comments
    1943 Nelson,

    Would love to see this restored. Wish a few more people here in NZ would take as much care of old houses as people on this site do.

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12143 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Burned, I think a controlled burn by the fire department (if I understood a previous owner correctly) for the current owner (not the one that bought it, secured it, this was two owners after that.)

  15. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 678 comments
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    I’m crying — after all the hopeful/helpful comments posted here it has come down to this. There is a lot one could say (and in my case I am saying it out loud here at my computer) with respect to the individual responsible for such a tragic end to this lovely home — I mean, BURNING it down? My God!


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