Save This Old House: A Former Wheelwright Shop with Waterfall Views for $250K

This antique home, with picturesque grounds and two outbuildings, is the real estate steal of 2020.

When you walk through the farm gates at 142 Howard Hill Road in Foster, “You just slow down,” says Michelle Keach of Coldwell Banker. “Everything stops. Your wheels stop turning.”

No wonder: The 1826 home, now on the market, once served as a full-service wheelwright shop, where locals and travelers could pull in their carriages, stable their horses and stay the night while a craftsman repaired their road-weary spokes.

Over the years, the 240-year-old John Randall blacksmith and wheelwright shop was transformed into a single-family home. The lower level — where wagons and wheels were once repaired — recently served as a workshop for a sculptor; with full-sized windows, the space is flooded with natural light. The sale includes a parcel across the street with a stream and wetlands. Two outbuildings — one, the historic stable with a dirt floor, and the other outfitted with electricity — also dot the property. The main house affords views of a waterfall on an adjacent property, as well.

Keach says she commissioned a preliminary inspection report of the home, which is an estate sale and is offered as-is. One foundation wall, off the mudroom, will need shoring up. Some floors are sloping. The chimney has only one flue, and more would be required to operate the home’s several fireplaces. The home also has peeling paint, so it would not be a candidate for an FHA or VA loan. It needs lots of little updates, says Keach, but the historical charm and quietude make the work worth it.

“You just take a deep breath and enjoy where you are at the moment,” she says.

Won’t somebody save this old house?

For more information on 142 Howard Hill Rd. in Foster, contact Michelle Keach at 401-678-6274 or visit Viewings are by appointment only.