If you’ve ever dreamed of living next door to the world’s most famous horror writer, you have several options in Bangor right now. But they will cost you plenty.
Five houses are for sale on the block of West Broadway where Stephen King owns the historic red Victorian known for its black iron fence decorated with bats and gargoyles.
The houses’ list prices start at $369,000 and go all the way up to $690,000, all of them more than double the median price of $154,987 for homes currently on the market in the Bangor area, according to real estate site Zillow.
Real estate agents who have listed the houses near King’s, which is at 47 West Broadway, say some potential buyers mention that they would like to be his neighbor. King purchased the house with his wife, Tabitha, in 1979. (The Bangor City Assessor’s office now values that house, which sits on 2 acres, at $1.2 million.)
“There is something to that — living next to someone famous,” said Lisa Caron of NextHome Experience, who is negotiating a contract for 91 West Broadway, which is three doors down from King and is listed at $419,000.
A native Mainer is interested in purchasing that 3,487-square-foot four- bedroom home, which was built in 1929, Caron said. She’s not sure whether he is a King fan.
Some would-be buyers looking at the houses in that neighborhood might be concerned that several times a day King’s fans pull up in front of the author’s home to take photos. “I could see where it would be a pain in the butt,” Caron said.
Most prospective buyers seem more interested in the historic neighborhood than in rubbing shoulders with King, said Margaret Campbell, the agent representing the seller of 65 West Broadway, the massive six-bedroom Victorian built in 1892 that is next door to the King family home.
When people consider buying 65 West Broadway, they do ask about King, though, Campbell said. “I tell them, ‘He’s an interesting man,’” the real estate agent said.
The current owners are selling the mansion, which has eight working fireplaces, because they no longer want something so large, said Campbell, who has the home listed for $690,000 with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group.
“They’ve raised their family. It was a neighborhood filled with children 25 years ago, and the parents are looking to downsize,” Campbell said. “As a real estate agent, you see that all the time. It’s a wonderful neighborhood with broad streets and beautiful homes.”
Three doors away from King’s house is 75 West Broadway, a 5,835-square-foot home built in 1897 with six bedrooms and three bathrooms, curved rooms, fireplaces and several chandeliers. It lists for $675,000.
On the other side of King’s residence sits another house he owns, 39 West Broadway, which the city values at $965,000. Next door to that second house, at 29 West Broadway, is a 4,958-square-foot historic Victorian with a mansard roof. It sits on an acre of land and has nine bedrooms, plus a carriage house. The asking price is $540,000.
Across the street and five houses down from King’s residence is
10 West Broadway, a 10-bedroom, three-bathroom 3,645-square-foot house built in 1895 and now listed for $369,000.
Meanwhile, the Orrington house where King was living when he came up with the idea for “Pet Sematary” is still on the market, but there has been some interest, said Loran Dosen, whose parents own it.
During a recent open house, several fans stopped by just to take a look at the 1904 home, Dosen said.
“It was weird because people were arriving in groups of three,” she said, saying most would-be home buyers show up in couples or by themselves.
The house is at 664 River Road, near Center Drive. The King family lived there for about a year in 1978 while the author was a writer-in-residence at the University of Maine, his alma mater.