Wellington, Maine — Green Home For Sale

Peace and privacy in a beautiful and unique owner-built home in the heart of Maine. 18 acres of forested land, 800' frontage on a year-round stream, organic gardens, fireplace, sauna, pool. Visit our website at http://tinyurl.com/caqrrmb for details.


Listing ID: 19475


  • Green Home

Annual Property Tax $1,100
Annual Utility Cost $2,000
Home Area 2,000 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Total Property Area 18.8 acres
Year Built 1979

Property Description

This house is one of those rare places that people take one look at and say, "Wow!" Without exception. From the extraordinary roof lines to the massive stone fireplace in the living room to the sauna and heated pool in the basement, it beguiles everyone who steps through the door. There's also a cozy enclosed porch, a covered deck, a walk-out basement, a workshop, and amazing amounts of storage space.

Outside there's a large organic garden, a small orchard, raspberries & blueberries, a little pond, 800 feet of frontage on a year-round stream, lots of perennial flower beds, and 18 beautiful acres of forested land.

Please visit our website at http://tinyurl.com/caqrrmb for an inside look.


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The original house (Phase 1, if we can call it that…) was constructed of logs felled on the site and from lumber harvested and milled locally. Recycled materials were used almost exclusively — even down to the concrete forms, which were disassembled and re-used in the roof and floors. The addition (Phase 2) is a more conventional stick-built structure, but built to a very high energy-efficiency standard. The house faces directly south and has lots of windows, so the solar gain is considerable. We've not installed any photovoltaics, but the huge expanse of south-facing roof would make doing that a piece of cake. For 35 years we've heated primarily with wood harvested right here on our lot, which is mostly mixed hardwood.


Neighborhood Description

This is a very private place. The house sits 2,000 feet back from the main road and the nearest neighbor in that direction is about half a mile away. As the crow flies, the closest neighbor is actually about a quarter mile off through the woods. Except for the peepers in the spring and the occasional hooting of a barred owl, things are pretty quiet around here.


Market Area

Wellington is a tiny town of only about 300 souls with no industry. There are a few artists, a couple of dairy farms and some occasional wood harvesting, but that's about it. The town of Harmony (nine miles down the road) is the nearest place to get a jug of milk. When we need a dose of "urban" lifestyle we head to Waterville (home of Colby College) or to Bangor. Both are about an hour away. Economists would probably describe the area as "depressed" but I look around at the folks I've known for years and see people who know how to get by and don't need a lot. No-nonsense make-do kind of folks.


School District

MSAD #4 (Guilford) is a small rural district, but highly regarded state-wide for their technology initiatives.


Community

Guess I've already done that!


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Other


Building Details

Air Quality

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

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Other
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Other
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Shingles - Wood
Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Carpet
Tile
Wood - Laminated
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No