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Wilderness Realty, Inc.

Maine Land Sales Specialists

Farm House on 77.5 Acres, Solon, Maine

SOLD

This is a rare opportunity to own a vintage Maine farmhouse with acreage. Downstairs there are two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, bathroom, laundry room and sitting room. Unique to the property is that the water is provided by a public system. In addition, there are two enclosed porches. Upstairs is unfinished and can accommodate an additional 2-3 bedrooms. Attached to the house is a shed and large barn, both with plenty of storage space. A detached shed provides even more room to keep things out of the weather. The home is winterized and heat is provided by hot water baseboard powered by an oil furnace/boiler system.

This well maintained farm sits back a way from Pleasant Street on 77.5 acres and is accessed by a tree-lined driveway. There are large, mowed fields on either side with apple trees dotted about. To the back of the buildings is a small pond. When one pulls into the driveway, you get a sense of peace and serenity with a nostalgic look back to a long ago era.

In addition to the farm and fields is the woodlot. A narrow woods road winds its way through the interior of the property. Towards the front, there are several fields with apple trees scattered about. As one drives deeper into the woodlot, the forest gets denser with a heavy pine component.

Solon is a small community at the foothills of Maine’s western mountains. The property is located on Pleasant Street a mile or so from the village center. There is plenty of recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, boating and hiking. A snowmobile trail passes through the back portion of the land.

Real estate of this caliber does not hit the market very often. This particular property has been in a family ownership since the 1970s. Call now to find out more about this unique listing.

Listing Number: 139
Acres: 77.5
Water Access: Farm Pond
Price: $160900
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MY LAND GROWING CHRISTMAS TREES

Christmas Trees

Another “cottage industry” in Maine that will provide a woodlot owner with income.  There are two ways to approach this.  The first is to plant seedlings, preferably balsam fir, in a field or cleared area.  Seedlings can be purchased from nurseries or government agencies.  The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is one such agency that offers an annual tree and shrub sale in the spring.  A 6’ X 6’ spacing is sufficient to provide enough room for the trees to spread.

Another source is wild trees.  Simply walk your property in early spring and carefully dig up 6-10” fir seedlings for transplanting.  Good places to look are along woods roads, trails and openings.  Transplant them soon after harvesting.

If you have an area with established fir regeneration 2+ feet in height, thin out the stand to the desired 6’ X 6’ spacing.  Favor healthy looking trees with good needle growth.

To get your trees in the traditional Christmas-tree shape, you need to prune every year.  Mid June is the best time when new growth is established but not yet “budded out”.  A hedge trimmer is a good tool for this purpose.  A manual one is fine for a small grove of trees, for a larger operation this task will be easier with a power (electric or gas) trimmer.  They key to trimming is to start shaping the tree in the traditional shape when the trees are still small.  Cut the leaders when the trees are about 3 feet tall to promote bushy growth.

I have about 140 trees that I have been planting in rotation for the past 16 years.  Some are from wild stock and others were purchased.  I can trim up the trees with a hand trimmer in about 12 hours; though it is taking longer now that I have more large trees.  I have been selling a few each year on a “cut your own basis”.  Of course each year we get to pick out the best one for our own use.

Fir trees will easily grow on most land.  Our listings at www.wildernessrealty.com are excellent candidates for growing Christmas trees.  Check out our inventory!