504 Route 63, Chesterfield, NH $1
Save This Old House – c.1850 Carpenter Gothic in Chesterfield NH $1
Save this old house. The amazing Carpenter Gothic cottage is owned by the town of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and they are looking for someone to save it. Asking price is $1, with some conditions. A new owner is required to restore and maintain the exterior of the home with as much historical accuracy as possible. They must also show proof of funds to restore the house, estimated at $150,000 to $250,000. Chesterfield’s median home value is $260,000, and this home has bonus views of the Vermont mountains.
The Chesterfield Planning Board reviewed a change of use application submitted by New England Heritage LLC, and voted unanimously to conditionally approve it. The rehabbed structure would house a café on the first floor and a short-term rental space on the second level.
New England Heritage would serve as the property manager for the rental unit upstairs, but another company would run the café. New England Heritage was formed by Dylan Eastman and Gabriel Jones to save older buildings through adaptive reuse.
The cottage was built in 1850 by the Marsh family. It boasts a beautiful polychromatic slate roof, deep roof eaves, bargeboard, and wrap-around porch. It sits next to the fire station in the town’s center. In fact, from the late 1970s until 2007, the house served as the town offices. The house has been empty since 2008, when the town offices moved into a new building on the other side of the fire station. Over the decades, many prominent families have lived there, and the house also housed a dental office and the police department. If there are no takers, the town will eventually be forced to spend $30,000 to demolish the house.
*Contact Jeff Scott at [email protected] (Serious inquiries only!)