Stephen King slept here. In fact, he lived here, in this four-bedroom, three-bath house built in Orrington, Maine, in 1906, when he was inspired to write “Pet Sematary.”
And it can be your second home for a mere $255,000.
According to King’s website, he was living in the home in 1979, serving as writer-in-residence at the University of Maine at Orono. The home bordered a major truck route and because of that, frequently dogs and cats would end up hit by passing trucks.
“In the woods behind his house, local children had created an informal pet cemetery,” the site explained. “One day, his daughter’s cat was killed by a passing truck. Stephen was faced with the task of burying the cat in the pet cemetery and then explaining to his daughter what had happened.”
Three days later, the idea for “Pet Sematary” came to him.
As scary as the book is, the home is not. It may be 113 years old, it has great bones and lots of room.
There are wood floors throughout, and a kitchen with butler’s pantry that (despite needing some updates) is a great size, a “potting room” porch, another sun porch, and formal dining and living rooms.
The latter rooms are lined with windows, making for a bright, airy place for entertaining guests.
There are two fireplaces for the cold Maine nights and a wood stove in the kitchen. The master bedroom has a 3/4 ensuite bath, and a bonus room on the second floor above the garage – with a separate entry – is open to interpretation. Put your stamp on it – is it an in-law suite conversion? Is it a rental apartment? Is it a studio?
There is a multi-car garage that can handle cars, storage, and workshop space, and it sits on three acres that could be a great playground, garden or even, the owner says, a backyard ice rink.
But what is there to do in Orrington? While the town is small (perfect for quiet getaways), beaches abound – and the most you’ll have to drive is about 30 minutes. There are plenty of King-related touristy things to look out for in the area (Bangor, Maine, is about a 15-minute drive).
And of course, you could work on this list of things to do in Maine, too.
The home is for sale by owners, and they said they’re motivated.