Hello ~ Happy December! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving was even more meaningful for us. After searching for a few years, we are grateful to have finally closed on a family vacation home. I have to say the search was exciting but quite challenging and frustrating as many of the properties we loved were out of our budget or had higher offers. Our focus had been on older homes that needed work and a bit of TLC.
So where is our new place? It is located in historic Castine – a small and very special coastal town in Maine. I look forward to writing a proper post on Castine, but for now, enjoy the mini pictorial tour below.
We are thankful to Karen Koos of Saltmeadow Properties for assisting us in Castine. Her expertise, guidance and patience proved invaluable. If you need a fabulous realtor for either a purchase or rental on the Blue Hill Peninsula, please contact Karen. Many thanks, Karen, for finding us our home!
Our home, built in 1804, has certainly seen its share of ups and downs. During the Victorian Period the house was renovated, and the ceilings were raised on the top floor with a new mansard roof added. Later in the 20th century, it sat uninhabited for nearly 50 years. Then it was extensively but sympathetically renovated, expanded and modernized 15 years ago. But, alas, the house once again is in need of attention.
We intend to gently repair and attend to important issues immediately – postpone other projects until resources become available. Our goal is to spend parts of the year in Maine, and tackle a project each season.
Despite all the renovations, much of the early architecture, charm and charecter remain true. We love the exterior’s quiet beauty and lack of pretense – much like Maine itself. And once inside, there is a sense of warmth, comfort and history, but not perfection.
Here are photos of the exterior: