Even if you didn’t like The Dark Tower, it’s a good year to be a Stephen King fan. With Stephen King’s It still creeping towards us in the dark, and numerous other projects on the way in 2017, the prolific writer has been in the news constantly this year. Perhaps that’s why the current owner of the house on 664 River Road in Orrington, Maine, thought it might be a particularly good time to sell. It’s the house where King — with the loss of his daughter’s cat Smucky on his mind — wrote the novel Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.
The listing on Zillow tells the tale:
Storied House with Thrilling Past! This 4 bedroom piece of American history can be yours for $255,000. This Orrington home is where American literary icon Stephen King–upon the loss of his daughter Naomi’s pet cat Smucky–created his famed novel “Stephen King’s Pet Sematary”. The 113 year-old historic charmer sits on over 3 acres. It features wood floors, a country kitchen with butler’s pantry, “potting room” porch, luminous all-season sun porch, and beautiful and bright formal dining and living rooms. New paint throughout. Level floors. Two fireplaces. Wood stove in kitchen. Master Bedroom offers 3/4 en-suite bath. A home renovator’s dream playground. The enormous 2nd floor bonus room above garage (with existing separate garage entry) would make a great in-law suite conversion, rental apartment, or an excellent studio or workshop for a hobbyist, collector, or home-based business. Expansive multi-car sized garage with ample storage and historic “tack room” workshop space would be ideal for all-season recreational and sporting goods storage, workshop, plow gear, etc. Extensive land in backyard–if cleared–is a gardener’s paradise, or ideal area for a large playground, backyard ice rink, or more. Quick closing possible with highly motivated sellers.
I grew up in a 100+ year old house with a big back yard a little bit like that myself. No “Pet Sematary” nearby, though I did find some small Native American artifacts around on a few occasions, and I can vouch for the notion that it’s pretty cool to live in a place where you feel particularly connected with history.
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