TOPSHAM – “Turner” is an historic name in town, and this home once belonged to one of the four Turner brothers, as did the long-gone tavern next door. Appearing to pre-date 1815, but with an official construction date of exactly 200 years ago, the house has benefited from careful maintenance and regular updates by its long line of owners, and stands ready to embark on it third century (officially speaking).

At 2,828 square feet, plus a big, unfinished upstairs room that includes one of the six fireplaces (the massive center chimney needs a new lining, though) the home has plenty of space for a family and plenty of character and vintage feature for lovers of antique homes. Like the fireplaces, built-ins seem to be everywhere – the first-floor bedroom, for example, has extensive cabinetry.

There are baths on both floors. The country-flavored, eat-in kitchen is huge. Next door is the carpeted, two-skylight, cathedral-ceilinged family room; off it, through full-view doors, is a large sun room. The two-vehicle, direct-entry garage leads to the three-story, post-and-beam barn, which a barn expert has deemed a combination of French and English barn styles.

There are professional/entrepreneurial business possibilities for interested buyers to check into, explained listing broker Sue Spann. One can easily imagine the family room, which receives excellent light and has its own entrance, becoming a gallery or a studio.

All windows have been replaced, and the roof is newly re-shingled. The property on its 2.5 acres is listed for sale at $249,000; but additional acreage, mostly wooded now but part of the home’s farming heritage, brings the total to 10.69 acres, and the asking price to $289,000.

The location, about a mile from the town’s historic district, and conveniently only about 10 minutes to I-295 Exit 31.

The home at 316 Middlesex Road, (U.S. Route 24) Topsham, is listed by Sue Spann and Lula Hansen of RE/MAX Riverside in Topsham.

Please contact Sue at 319-7814, 725-1967, or [email protected]; or Lula at 319-7817, 837-2363, or [email protected]t.


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