Demand for high-end Rockland housing keeps growing

By Stephen Betts | Oct 29, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The rubble from the demolition of 33 Ocean St. will soon be replaced by a new home in Rockland.

Rockland — The purchase and demolition of a Rockland home next to the Ocean Street playground is the latest example of the demand for high-end housing in the community.

The city saw another flurry of permits issued this year for significant renovations to existing houses. For the second year in a row, permits for residential renovations topped $1 million in value. Several of the renovations exceeded the value of the homes.

And on Friday, June 25, the city's code officer issued a demolition permit for the house and adjoining cottage  at 33 Ocean St.

Lynn Potoff of Wells, through the Lynn C. Potoff 2000 Revocable Trust, purchased 33 Ocean St. in May for $175,000 from Mason Thompson of Sellersville, Penn.

The 1,3443-square-foot house was built in 1860, and along with an 180-square foot adjacent cottage were assessed by the city for $141,000. The buildings sat on less than a tenth of an acre with the land valued at $37,200.

The buildings were demolished Friday and a permit issued by the city for the construction of a new $450,000 house. The new house will be nearly 1,700 square feet with a 12-by-22-foot garage.

Last year, Code Enforcement Officer John Root told City Councilors that the city was experiencing a residential boom and that people were definitely looking to move to Rockland.

The Maine Association of Realtors report that throughout Knox County from June 1 through Aug. 31, the median sale price of homes was $232,750.


Comments (8)
Posted by: Harry Fitzgerald | Oct 31, 2019 07:07

Great more high end housing means higher taxes for all. But it's a win, because when locals, who have lived here their entire lives, can no longer afford to live here, the wealthy can buy their modest homes, tear them down and build another million dollar home on that half care lot. There won't be many around that will remember past life in Rockland and they can make it what they want. But there also won't be anyone to work the lower paying jobs because these workers will be forced to relocate to where they can find affordable housing and decent paying jobs. And that won't be in Rockland. I think I rather liked the "Rockland by the smell" because it meant good jobs, and families could afford to live here.

Posted by Nancy Fitzgerald

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Oct 30, 2019 11:28

Ron, I think your comments are meant for another article.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 30, 2019 06:58

How about some of those missing "facts."



"Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the first person to testify as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry who personally listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, told House lawmakers that the White House reconstruction of the discussion had key omissions, The New York Times reported.


Vindman, a decorated Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, appeared in front of lawmakers for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, the latest official to defy White House orders to share their direct knowledge of the call that set off the impeachment inquiry. According to his prepared remarks, which were obtained by HuffPost, he said he twice reported his concerns about the call and about President Donald Trump’s demands for a quid pro quo involving military aid and political dirt to one of his superiors, worrying that the exchange could affect national security. Trump reportedly sought a probe of political rival Joe Biden and his son, along with investigations based on conspiracy theories about 2016 campaign manipulation.


But Vindman, who testified before members of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, also shed new light on the White House reconstruction of the call, which was released last month. Vindman reportedly told the lawmakers that the document omitted crucial words and phrases that he attempted to see put back in the readout: Some of the changes were ultimately made, but others were not. He did not speculate on the reasoning behind the omissions."



I guess Sen. King's reconstruction of the call from trump's "transcript" and finding about twenty minutes missing, were accurate.  But then we know that anything that comes from trump is obviously a lie.

Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Oct 29, 2019 20:31

The rich are getting richer. To see this house torn down is sad, but let's appreciate the fact that rich people are moving to Rockland. It helps our tax base, and supports local business. Many less fortunate small cities in the US are failing, and houses are coming down, not to be replaced at all.

Posted by: Tiffany Dennison | Oct 29, 2019 19:56

We have so many homeless people in our area and pieces of history are being torn down so some “fortunate” ones can build large homes. How about some affordable rentals?

Posted by: Amy Files | Oct 29, 2019 11:08

One of the things that makes Rockland unique -- for better or worse -- is its old housing stock. Sad to see it torn down and demolished... loss of character and history.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 29, 2019 10:26

A shame that someone has that much money and people are starving to death around the world.

Posted by: Heidi Ruth Locke | Oct 29, 2019 08:10

What a shame!

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