Iconic Rock And Soul Singer Sells Oldest House In Maine
If you’ve ever been to a bar with a jukebox you’ve DEFINITELY heard this guy’s tunes
The 351-year-old John Bray House was once designated for demolition until this “rock and soul” music icon and a champion of historic homes, stepped in and scooped up the 1.5-acre property overlooking Pepperell Cove in Kittery Point, ME about six years ago.
“It was the oldest home in Maine which interested me, and it was up for auction,” the singer explained to Sea Coast Online. “With auctions, you generally have a chance to actually get the home. I sent my architect up to check it out. It has modern, hot water heating, which was great. Then my assistant, Paul Meissner, went up for the auction. It was over in 15 minutes. I just went, ‘Wow! OK!’”
From there, he spent the next few years meticulously restoring the seafront home to a glory befitting a landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places. Using a description of the home from the will of a shipbuilder who previously owned it, Hall updated the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house while retaining many of its original features.
Measuring slightly less than 4,000 square feet, the home has detailed fireplaces, exposed-beam ceilings, paneled walls and hardwood flooring. A country kitchen now has top-of-the-line appliances and the master bedroom sports a generous soaking tub.
Despite his extensive restoration work, he isn’t looking for much more than what he paid for the home in 2007, reports Curbed. The music icon, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is asking just $19,000 over his original purchase price of $1.999 million.
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