c. 1790 – East Brookfield, MA – $369,900

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Added to OHD on 9/30/20   -   Last OHD Update: 11/18/20   -   11 Comments
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195 Howe St, East Brookfield, MA 01515

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  • $369,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2726 Sq Ft
  • 28.9 Ac.
Unique opportunity to develop this 28 acres lot with 2334' road frontage! Great commuter location close to Mass Pike, Rt 49, and just minutes off Rt 9 in East Brookfield. Renovate the 1790 farmhouse or tear it down. There is a fireplace in the kitchen and living rooms. The barn was constructed in 1814 and needs repairs or removal. There are many gardening areas, fields and special places to explore all overlooking a beautiful meadow and pond. This property will provide many ANR frontage lots. This is a corner lot with 988' of frontage on Young Rd and 1346' of frontage on Howe St. The lot has private water with a deep water artesian well and has private septic. Town water is on Howe St just down the road. Zoning requires new lots to have 150' frontage and 30,000-43,560 SF of land. Lots of opportunities for the investor or savvy homeowner! Call now for more information and to schedule a viewing.
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Cynthia Lavine Leinonen, Houseworks Realty
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11 Comments on c. 1790 – East Brookfield, MA – $369,900

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Is it hopeless to dream that this WON’T get developed and someone with the right heart will buy it and lovingly care for it? What an amazing property.

    • TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 211 comments
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      Coastal Cottage

      I was thinking the same thing, Bethany! I cringed when I read “Renovate the 1790 farmhouse or tear it down” Nooooo! But it would take a very special person and a lot of money to bring this Colonial beauty back to glory! Beautiful property!

  2. CarebearCarebear says: 1184 comments
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    Well, theres some work to be done here, and I hope someone not afraid of hard work buys this property.

  3. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 478 comments
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    I also cringed when I read how enthusiastically the opportunities for destruction were presented. Presumably that’s not uncommon in this area. The town is an hour away from Boston by car and there is also a rail line that passes through town on the way to Boston.

    Twenty nine acres is a substantial buffer between this property and any future construction that may occur. I’d want to know if the ridge line belonged to me or was developable. Speaking for me, I’m offended by the existence of houses that sit smack dab on top of a hill. I think it just looks wrong.
    There was a house like that on the very top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. During the great El Nino winter of 1996-1997, it fell down the hill. First it began slipping, due to soil erosion with first rocks and then boulders starting to fall, then after a few days it just fell all the way down the hill. Destroyed. Completely demolished.

    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 478 comments
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      Correction: The El Nino was 1997-1998. A glorious winter, btw. Except for 7 to 10 days in February, the rain was as warm as summer rains in those parts of the country were it does rain in summer. I put on my rain suit and went out and gardened in it, dragging my decidely-less-than-enthusiastic dog along with me. The Essence of Bliss.

  4. Anne M.Anne M. says: 951 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Tear it down?? I think not! The barn would make me a bit nervous because of its condition but I couldn’t imagine tearing the house down. (Also, there isn’t train service in East Brookfield, the closest commuter rail stop to Boston is about 15 miles east in Worcester)>

  5. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1068 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    “renovate or tear down” boy oh boy. 😟

  6. Sandy BSandy B says: 832 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Underneath the rubble there is real evidence of what was a quintessential 18th-century Cape. I might not keep the barn, depending, but sure would love to get my hands grubby working on the wonderful house.

  7. Old house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJOld house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJ says: 45 comments
    1973 bungalow
    Chincoteague Island, VA

    I don’t know what I expect, but t=when I see the conditions of these ancient homes, I could just cry.This home is a mess…and I just don’t understand how it gets to this point.

  8. ErnieErnie says: 323 comments

    It’s distressing to see homes like this, homes built only 15 yrs. after the Revolutionary War allowed to die. They have seen so much, they deserve so much better. I hope someone comes along & restores this place, home & barns.

  9. PuristaPurista says: 177 comments

    Funny, it doesn’t look in such bad shape to me. I was surprised to see such huge, really nice panels of raised paneling surrounding two fireplaces. The seemingly unfortunate part is that it appears that the original massive center chimney has been removed completely–unless it has been capped below the ridgeline. But that’s hoping against hope since there is an anemic chimney nearer one gable that seems to have replaced the center one. The firebox that is shown, the one with the small crane in it, is totally rebuilt and badly mis-proportioned. Still, it would be awful if anyone tore this down.


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