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Location: Camden, Maine
By now, the former-carriage-house-as-modern-mansion is a common enough trope in high-end real estate coverage, inevitably followed by a sentiment along the lines of "if this is the carriage house, think about what the main house was like!" Here's what the main estate—a Victorian built by Joseph Stearns, inventor of the duplex telegraph—looks like. In this case, the carriage house might look better, and plus, it has a tower.
Owner Sam Rowse recently spoke to Zillow Blog about what the renovation involved, aside from wiring and amenities: replaced rotting beams and trusses, installing a "'75-year roof' that he feels sure 'you could park a semi on.'" Three of the five bedrooms are upstairs, off the former hay loft, which is now a combined rec area and lounge.
Downstairs, a pair of dueling stone hearths take center stage. The kitchen has two antique, enameled cast-iron stoves, and there's also a wood-fired pizza oven in the basement. Total square-footage is 5,656, about half that of the main house, but up 150 feet in that tower, you have all of Penobscot Bay and laid out before you.
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