Author Topic: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE  (Read 414 times)

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Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« on: July 13, 2021, 09:52:59 PM »
Ya know, just as I got settled into my new place, this comes up:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/193-Federal-St-Wiscasset-ME-04578/123003047_zpid/

Warning, its EXPENSIVE, but it does include a fair chunk of WW&F ROW on the Sheepscot River.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2021, 09:05:10 AM »
Half a million for a 2-bed ranch? No thank you.

I know, I know, "waterfront", "7 acres"...

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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2021, 09:07:18 AM »
And, on top of the high purchase price, increased property taxes due to a "water view"...

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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 09:24:59 AM »
Million dollar question is how close is this to rr owned property? Does it but up against any?
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2021, 09:46:10 AM »
The strip of land along the shore (visible in some of the photos as a dirt road) is the WW&F RoW. The museum (and/or the W&Q RR) does not own this RoW.

The museum does own one small portion of this RoW along the shoreline in Wiscasset - but I'm not sure where it is. The other nearest portion is in Alna, at least 2 miles north of this spot.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2021, 09:56:18 AM »
Ahh thank you. I was just wondering about it maybe it was near another owned section.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 10:07:08 AM »
I think, based on Wiscasset Tax Records, that the WW&F owned parcel in Wiscasset is  a portion of the "27" lot shown in this map:

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The actual Map/Lot number is U03-027-A, which suggests that Lot 27 was subdivided after the map was prepared.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 10:18:04 AM »
Graham, I can't enlarge the image at work (security you know), but I think you are correct, we own 27-A.  I don't know if the owners of lot 27 are charged for water view, but their taxes were reduced quite a bit by donating the ROW.

The lot immediately north of that belongs to a school (not the public school), and so is non profit (and thus no property tax), north of that is the Old Jail, also non-profit.  Everything north of that is privately owned.  There'll be a few parcels between our lot 27-A and this lot that's on the market.

If anyone's interested - move quickly.  Maine real estate is moving like hot cakes right now, this may not still be on the market by the end of the week.

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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2021, 10:22:26 AM »
On that map, the School is 36 and 38A. ROW and former Wiscasset yard is on the right side of that, With the line to the MEC diamond being the finger that is pointing Southeast (top of map being North).  27 is on the wrong side of Federal St.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 10:50:35 AM »
Graham's post contains the wrong tax map.

Attached is a map showing the parcel for sale (R-6-2) in proximity to the WW&F owned parcel (U-3-27A). It also serves as a stark reminder of how difficult it would be to extend the railroad into Wiscasset.
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2021, 01:03:31 PM »
Thanks Ed. That makes more sense now. Anyone looking to retire to Wiscasset?
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2021, 07:21:06 PM »
IMHO, that modest property is way over-priced -- for the buildings.  The acreage may be a different story.

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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2021, 08:09:03 PM »
Has anyone given a thought or extended a hand to the current owners to sell just the ROW access?
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2021, 08:00:55 AM »
we seriously considered that house when it was listed before but timing wasn't right.  Its a bit out of our price range now.  Taxes don't worry us, RI taxes make those look downright cheap
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Re: Wiscasset House with WW&F ROW FOR SALE
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2021, 08:41:57 AM »
In a slightly more perfect world, the museum would have a multi-million dollar endowment from which we could temporarily pull funds to buy a property like this, reserve an easement, and put it back on the market for a higher price because, well, it has a railroad easement, and who doesn't want a railroad in their back yard as well as a run-on sentence?

Lacking that endowment, however, after the house sells, it might be a good time to contact the new owner and offer to pay a small sum for an easement, since they'll likely be cash-poor at that time.