Fixer-Upper Friday: An Upton Colonial for $175,000
It was built before the United States declared independence.
11 Main Street, Upton
Size: 3,250 square feet
For $175,000, you could live in a house that predates American independence. Except, naturally, there’s a catch.
While this 1770 Colonial in Upton is listed for only $54 per square foot, it requires a lengthy list of extensive renovations. But what’s the point of living in an 18th-century home if you don’t give it some good old-fashioned elbow grease?
To figure out if the house is worth the minimal investment, we’ll lay out the pros and cons. First, the good: the Georgian-style abode is spacious at 3,250 square feet—it was once home to a congregational parsonage. It’s situated on a lot facing Main Street, and is fronted by a stone wall. The place also happens to be chock full of period details, including six fireplaces, antique door hardware, and handcrafted woodwork.
The bad: Those period details will require some meticulous restoring, and the original wood floors have to be brought back to life. The peeling ceilings and wallpaper need to be scrubbed and repainted, and the kitchen could use a major overhaul.
When all is said and done, the four-bedroom house is not far from I-495 and the Mass Pike. It has the potential to transform from a seemingly daunting project into a comfortable, commutable home. The first order of business? Submitting an offer.
For information, contact David Restic, Property Services Network, psnrealty.com.