122 Somerset St, Rumford, ME 04276
$50,000 OFF MARKET
No you are not seeing double. Today we have twin fixer uppers in Rumford, Maine, a historic town in the White Mountains and site of of Pennacook Falls. Rumford has a rich history.
Industrialist Hugh J. Chisholm, recognizing the falls’ potential for the manufacture of paper, began operating the Oxford Paper Company mill in 1893. During this period of prosperity, a significant number of Victorian and Edwardian homes were built. In fact, to avert the slum housing endemic at Lowell Massachusetts, Chisholm commissioned a planned 30-acre company town of duplexes, known as Strathglass Park, built of “brick and stone and slate, and we will provide not merely for a house, but for comfort, elegance and social gratification.”
According to Wikipedia, “With attractive lawns and broad, tree-lined streets, all maintenance was provided by the Oxford Paper Company. Even valet service was included. Tenants paid a rent of $9.00 per month, plus $1.00 per month to the Rumford Falls Power Company, also belonging to Chisholm. But in 1948, the incomplete development was no longer economically viable, and the houses were sold for between $3,400 and $3,900 per duplex.”
The two homes featured today are single-family homes built in 1900, most likely for the mill’s higher management. Same price, too. Which do you prefer?
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This beautiful brick fixer upper home has a large living room, 4 bedrooms and two baths. There are two driveways. This house has very appealing architecture and located close to shopping and town services. This is an opportunity to add your touches to a home of this style!