Home, sweet $1.5M home


What kind of a home can you buy for $1.5 million in Newry, Maine?

Apparently one that offers a heck of a lot more than what you’ll get in most other parts of the country.

Tune in to HGTV tonight at 10:30 to see for yourself when popular Home & Garden Television presents six homes during its “What You Get for the Money” program.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based network has selected greater Bethel as a growth area for demographics and lifestyles and, from there, found Karl Wadensten and his family, who live in South Kingstown, R.I., but drive to Maine almost every Friday to spend their weekends at “Ridge House” on Bald Mountain.

The rambling cedar home with a view of Sunday River Ski Resort in the Mahoosuc mountain range is for sale, for $1.55 million. The Wadenstens designed the place with help from Lindal Cedar Homes, and plan to build a new cedar home farther up the mountainside.

“We love the people of Newry. We love Maine,” Wadensten said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re an active family of skiers. We’ve been up 53 days so far this year; a four and a half hour ride every Friday.”

Designed by Lindal and the owners, the homes are built by local contractors. The Wadenstens’ home was built in 2003 and features four bedrooms, three baths, nearly four acres of land and a front-row seat to the resort’s weekly wintertime fireworks displays, as well as the snow cats that groom trails at night.

“We know where the trails have been freshly groomed,” Wadensten, president of a concrete vibrator company in Rhode Island, said of yet another feature of the home.

The post-and-beam house includes a three-car garage, chef’s kitchen, a full-equipped media room, security system, hot tub, cathedral ceilings and broadband Internet access.

“There’s lots of glass,” said Lindal designer Dom Vingiano. “It’s just beautiful.”

Vingiano, whose dealership is located near Framingham, Mass., said he has designed 50 cedar homes that were built in Maine. All of the homes were built for out-of-state residents looking for a piece of the Maine mystique. The Wadenstens’ home took about nine months to build, he said.

A film crew from Colorado came to Newry last summer to tape the segment for tonight’s show. It will feature Wadensten, his wife Kymberly and four children, ages 5 to 12.

The episode will be repeated at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Homes in San Diego, Calif., Sedona, Ariz., Birmingham, Mich., Reno, Nev., and Colorado Springs, Colo., also will be featured on the show.