Mason Township, Maine

Energy-efficient 2800 sf home on 85 acres in Mason Township, just west of Bethel. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, radiant heat throughout, incl. 2-car garage. Heat w/wood or propane; use solar or flick a switch for Central Maine Power; backup generator included.

Energy Efficient Home Green Home Healthy Home Natural Home Sustainable Home Off the Grid Photovoltaic (PV) Solar - Photovoltaic
$455,000 Asking Price (USD)
$2,294 Annual Property Tax
$250 Annual Utility Cost
2,800 Square Feet
3 / 2½ Beds / Baths
85 acres Lot Size
2003 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

ICF construction
Icynene non-offgassing foam insulation in attic
High performance Andersen windows
Radiant heat throughout house and garage
H.S. Tarm dual-fuel efficient boiler and water tank for radiant/domestic hot water
1700 watt Solar System on a Tracker w/battery backup
Whole-house Kohler backup generator
Gravity-fed well
Metal roofing; snow easily slides off
James Hardie cement board siding
Composite, easy-care decking
Venmar air exchange system
Energy efficient appliances: Danby fridge, Conserve chest freezer, Premier stove, Bosch dishwasher

Property Description

THIS IS A 2800 s.f. CUSTOM BUILT HOME that was off the grid for 12 years and was connected 3 years ago. It is an easy switch between on and off grid as desired. It's located in the rural Western Maine foothills surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest - just 8 miles from Bethel, a beautiful mountain village, near Sunday River Ski Area and Gould Academy, a private school. The property is very quiet and private, with trails, mountain views, a lovely covered porch, garden and wood sheds, a small maple sugar shack, raised bed and other gardens and a guest cottage with separate privy. There is a 1/4 mile driveway to the house from a county road that is very well maintained.

This house is built with 11" thick insulated concrete form construction and Icynene non-offgassing foam attic insulation, H.S. Tarm dual-fuel boiler that uses wood or propane, and either solar power or on the grid. There is Radiant floor heat throughout both house & garage, a Hearthstone soapstone wood stove in living room, and Jotul gas stove in family room, and Venmar air exchange system. The house includes a Kohler backup generator, and the well is gravity fed. The house has been heated primarily with wood from the property and uses 4-5 cords/year. It is very comfortable.

Energy efficient appliances include Danby All-Refrigerator, Conserv chest freezer, Premier gas stove with Broan fan vented outside, Bosch dishwasher.

The Living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom & full bath are on the first floor plus there is a craft room with a utility sink and a 5' 2" square pantry with shelving. The mudroom has 1/2 bath and 2-car garage access. The walk-out lower level family room opens up to beautiful gardens, has two more bedrooms, a hidden sleeping nook, full bath and 9 1/2 ft. by 18 ft. storage room with shelving. Ceilings on the main level are 9ft. high; lower level 8ft. high; garage almost 10ft. The house is oriented south/southeast - there's lots of light.

Listed with Kathy Ford Paquette, Bean Group, (scroll down for our listing), 207-357-2040. $475,000. MLS number is 1348806.

Neighborhood Description

A quiet neighborhood with ten year-round residents in a 3 mile length of road, and nine others who own land and/or homes which they visit. It is surrounded by much National Forest land, and the beautiful West Branch of the Pleasant River, with summer swimming holes and rocky falls for everyone's enjoyment. There are Appalachian Mountain Club hiking trails nearby and utter silence to hear the owls, crickets and coyotes in the distance. Star-gazing is a calming evening pastime.

Market Area

Eight miles away is the town of Bethel, often called the most beautiful mountain village. There is a small supermarket, pharmacy/drug store, post office, hardware store, lumber/building business, churches, many restaurants, cafes and inns. The ever-popular Sunday River Ski Area is 10 minutes from Bethel, offering even more dining/market/inn choices. 30-minutes south is the town of South Paris with more shopping options. Portland, voted best dining town, is 2 hours away - we go often-much to do.

School District

School Administrative District #44 in Bethel consists of an elementary, middle and high school. There is also Gould Academy, a private high school.


The community is close-knit, and includes the many part-time visitors and tourists who come for great summer fun - kayaking/canoeing/tubing/paddleboarding the Androscoggin River, camping on the lakes, hiking, great food. And winter fun - XC skiing, downhill skiing, great food - and several galleries of fine handmade wood furniture and other art, the Gem and Mineral Museum and much more.

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Elevation of Home


Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free No
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Heat Exchanger
Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration Active charcoal
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Municipal Energy
Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type ICFS
Exterior Finish Shingles - Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Cork
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Cotton Batt

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 780 sqft

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Contact Information

Faye Russell

507 Kings Highway
Mason Township , ME 04217 US

Listing ID: 20400