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Location: Camden, Maine
It's Renovation Week across the the Curbediverse and we're kicking things off with a House of the Day that shows how to live large in a 126-year-old building originally designed for wagons and the horses that pull them. Conceived as part of the Norumbega estate built by telegraph innovator Joseph Stearns, the circa-1890 carriage house features an expansive lower level that opens up to a bright, vaulted loft. The five-bedroom, 5,656-square-foot structure was given a thorough update in 2010, during which the owner replaced rotting beams, posts and trusses, and the roof, in addition to adding bedrooms and a recreation area to the loft.
Other modern touches include a gourmet kitchen (though there's still a couple of antique, enameled cast iron stoves in the space), spa-like master bath, walk-in closets, solar heating, and more. Perhaps the most striking part of the home though is its well-maintained 150-foot-tall tower with a spiral staircase and wraparound balcony. Once on the market for $4,795,000, the carriage house, which includes a private beach overlooking Penobscot Bay, has more recently been lingering on the market for $3.74M .
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