fixer upper

Under $100K Sunday ~ c.1900 Maine Fixer Upper Shingle House Under $85K ~ Off Market

27 Main St, Phillips, ME 04966

$84,900 ~ Reduced to $79k ~ Off Market



The realtor kinda contradicts himself on this Maine fixer upper. He says it needs renovations and updates, yet is move-in ready. I think he means that the home is livable. In any event, I am smitten.

Family History

According to US Census records, this c.1900 Shingle style home was owned by Fred N. Beal (1860-1950). Fred was a lumberman who married Ella in the mid 1880s. Their first son died at birth in 1886, but a healthy child, Hermina, was born in 1889. Sadly, it appears that Ella died in childbirth in 1893 at the young age of 30. The infant daughter was named after her mother Ella.

Fred grieved for quite a while. The children must have gone to live with relatives, because they were not with him in 1900. We find him, however,  reunited with his daughters Hermina and Ella in the house in 1910. Hermina’s husband is not in the picture, but her baby daughter Ruth is in the house.

Fred later married Louise Wellman Atwood who was 18 years his junior sometime between 1910 and 1915. They moved into 27 Main St. and had a daughter in 1915. They lived in the house for decades, at least until after the 1940 US Census.

Town Info

A long, winding stretch of the  Sandy River passes through the village of Phillips. In fact, the property of our featured house backs up to the river’s rock strewn shores. It was the ideal town for Fred’s trade as a lumberman as the river powered a sawmill, grist mill, and a carding mill around the turn of the century. Manufacturing activity centered on lumber, horse carriages and harnesses, furniture, and clothing.

Today the quintessential Maine village houses the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad museum which offers train rides and a walking tour of its buildings and restored railroad cars. It really is a lovely, quaint place.

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REFRESHED PRICE!!!! Fixer upper ready to renovate! This home is move in ready but is in need of upgrades. Located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Phillips with frontage on the Sandy River. This 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath just needs some TLC to bring it back to life. Only 25 minutes from Farmington, the hub of Franklin County, less than 30 minutes from the beautiful Rangeley Lakes Region and 45 minutes from Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Phillips is nestled in the foothills of Western Maine and offers everything for the outdoors enthusiast. Come and explore the possibilites!

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