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    This $2.3M property in midcoast Maine comes with a granite quarry

    By Zara Norman,


    PROSPECT, Maine — On its own, this modular home in midcoast Maine isn’t much to sniff at.

    But the simple 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house at 265 Bowden Point Road in Prospect sits on a 30-acre property that includes a commercial warehouse, horse stables, 1,000 feet of access to the Penobscot River and a historic granite quarry. All that pushes its price tag up to $2.3 million.

    “I wouldn’t say that the house is a highlight of the property,” listing agent Adrienne Wylder, a real estate agent with ERA Dawson, said. “The property itself is the gem.”

    It’s one of 21 Waldo County properties on the market right now for more than $1 million, according to Zillow , showing how hot the upscale housing market is in the midcoast. By comparison, only nine Waldo County homes on the market right now are affordable for the average household income , according to Zillow’s affordability calculator .

    Though the Prospect property is not the priciest one on the market, it’s certainly one of the most peculiar offerings. Its most curious feature is an on-site granite quarry and sluice area. The quarry has been active for more than 200 years, Wylder said, and though there can’t be any further blasting there, its extensive reserve of stone can be, and still is, mined.
    Aerial view of the granite quarry at 265 Bowden Point Road. Credit: Courtesy of Adrienne Wylder, ERA Dawson

    Other highlights include a stable and pasture for horses, a large barn, a workshop and a commercial building that the previous owner, Bruce Worcester, used as a leasing office. Worcester built the compound in 2004 and ran a saw mill and bait business on-site, Wylder said. Worcester is selling the property as he’s moving out of state, the agent added.

    Another perk of the property is that it is surrounded by conserved land on either side that won’t be developed. That protected forest is land that a new owner is free to explore, Wylder said, and one mile of roads has already been developed around the property.

    The 3,800-square-foot home itself has a modernized kitchen with an industrial refrigerator and — obviously — granite countertops mined on-site. Neither the home nor any of the buildings need any updates or renovations aside from maybe a fresh coat of paint in places, Wylder said.

    A range of businesses could find a home at this property. A new owner could erect seasonal short-term rentals or set up a glamping area on the grounds, Wylder suggested.

    Wylder said she first listed the property last week. Though she has since received several inquiries on it, she expects it will take awhile to sell.

    “It’s not a price where it’s going to be flying off the shelves,” Wylder said. “It’ll take a special, unique kind of buyer.”

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