Fixer Upper

The housing crisis in Maine and honestly throughout the country is real. Maine is seeing an extra boost in sales to out-of-staters paying in cash to escape the cities and work from home in this new world of COVID-19.

For many, the only hope in being a homeowner is finding a fixer-upper.

In Washington, Maine there is a large farmhouse for sale for $169,900. The house at 10 Waldoboro Road is nearly as old as the town of Washington itself.

According to Maine Geneaology, the town was incorporated as the town of Putnam in 1811 and changed to Washington in 1823. In 1860, Washington became part of Knox County, which was born from parts of Lincoln and Waldo counties.

It was in the 1860s that this farmhouse on Waldoboro Road was built.

The location is wonderful with a quick drive to Augusta or the Midcoast and right across the street from the iconic Washington General Store. From the outside, it’s a beautiful property with the landscape just a tad overgrown. The inside of the property is quite the mystery.

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Inside the 1,165 square foot space are 5 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms as well as a 1-car garage. The house sits on 6 acres. One feature not apparent in the listing until you start clicking through the photos is the jail cell.

In recent years, a home was spotted in Vermont that was similar to this Washington, Maine, property. Charming old farmhouse on the outside but inside? Well, for this home there was a SEVEN-cell jail. Turns out it was the former Essex County Jail that was discontinued in 1969, according to News 18. In Missouri, a stunning renovated home also housed a jail with NINE cells, according to Daily Mail.

An old house with a jail cell? Intrigued?

Oh, and one room has a mirror on the ceiling. Worth noting.

Check out the photos below. What do you think about this property? Are you curious about this place's past?

There's a Mysterious Jail Cell Inside This 1800s Maine Home You'll Want to Explore

The property is at 10 Waldoboro Road in Washington, Maine. It is listed by Cates Real Estate.

Skinny New England Home Built Out of Spite is For Sale for $1.2M

As the story goes according to Boston Magazine, the home was said to have been built by a man in 1890 on a plot of land that was left by his father to him and his brother. Well, this guy had been off fighting in the Civil War, and once he returned he discovered that his brother had gone ahead and built a big house on that land.

Then, out of pure spite he built the skinny spite house on the remaining plot between his brother's house and another building to block sunlight and harbor views from his brother.

Comparing Two Vastly Different Modern Maine Homes For $300k

With the housing market always being unique in Maine and being extra crazy due to the pandemic, what can $300,000 get you in June of 2021? Here's a breakdown of the two properties. One in the heart of Downtown Portland and the other, in Somerset County in St Albans.

The Portland property is currently pending sale through Dan Roche of Kennebunk Beach Realty.

The St Albans property is still on the market as of publishing through Zachary Monroe of Realty of Maine - Bangor.

So, which property would you prefer?