A reader let me know about this recent listing in Seekonk, Massachusetts: A 300-year-old, c. 1720 Saltbox colonial……called the “Remember Carpenter House”…..being marketed as “LAND!!” [that’s the realtor’s capitalized shout, not mine]. The amount of the land, by the way? A meager half-acre.
The house is being touted as “a great site for a new home,” marketed essentially as a building site with an asking price of $125,000. The realtor even made the weird and vague claim that, “In 2011, [the property] was not deemed a historical site.” False, sir. Perhaps it wasn’t located in a historic district? Maybe it didn’t have landmark status or statutory protection? But trust me … it IS “a historical site.” I admittedly don’t know if the house is restorable. I haven’t been there and the listing is full of disclaimers by the owner, who makes no representations about the house being safe. But I really hope the low price tag might prompt some sympathetic folks to look into this 300-year-old piece of history.
Even though it’s located in Massachusetts, the house sits almost literally a stone’s throw from Providence, Rhode Island — it’s right across the border, like maybe a couple thousand feet. The listing makes clear repeatedly that the owner “makes no representations” and that he does not suggest the house is safe to enter. In my experience, this signals the possibility of mold, and of course, maybe structural issues. Even though it still exhibits classic “saltbox form, perhaps there is not much historic fabric left inside. However, nothing is revealed — so we just don’t know. What is clear is that this 300-year old house is under extreme threat — at just $125,000 and being marketed as “a great site for a new home.” Please share with friends in hopes that it might catch someone’s eye before this house is bulldozed. Listing information is here. The “land” is here: