Stepping Back In Time…

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For many years, the dominant real estate firm was William E. Severance in Center Lovell (located in what is now the Harvest Gold Gallery). Not only did they sell properties on Kezar Lake but they had listings throughout western Maine and New Hampshire.

Before the age of the internet and information spreading internationally within seconds, Severance published an annual ‘Property Guide’ that included not only listing details but info on local attractions and activities. It is my understanding that this booklet, filled with photos, was anticipated by many and was mailed throughout the country.

It is a lot of fun to look through the booklet and see properties that we recently sold or have listed currently and see the significant increases in prices. Just might show that an investment in housing, over the long haul, does pay! Buy a four-season home, with 200′ of frontage on Kezar Lake, for $82,500. Listing No. 2593J–Call before someone else scoops it up.

I also enjoyed the firm’s proud announcement of their new up-to-date computer system which will help them plot maps and calculate acreage.

One other interesting property was found in the ‘Commercial’ section–The Lovell Village Olde Country Store! Real estate and all equipment for $98,000.

Thanks to Sue Hamlin for sharing this gem from the family archives.

About kezarlife

I am a year-round resident of Lovell, owner of Kezar Realty ( and enjoy the variety of experiences that living in western Maine offers. Numerous lakes, ponds and mountains provide the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors every day. Married to Rondi we have two children. Ben is a Sergeant in the US Marines and with his wife Cassandra, son Jackson and daughter Reagan, live in Virginia. Ben's most recent deployment was to Afghanistan. Anna is a graduate of Fryeburg Academy, has studied in Beijing, China as well as Taiwan and now attends Hunter College in NYC where she is enrolled in their Chinese Flagship Program. I am active in many local organizations including the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Old Home Days, Lovell 5k Run, the Gasping Gobbler, the Tour de Lovell and the Brick Church for the Performing Arts. I also serve as President-elect of the Western Maine Board of Realtors. Please visit for up-to-date real estate listings and information on western Maine! Stan Tupaj
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2 Responses to Stepping Back In Time…

  1. Charlie says:

    Thanks for sharing..

  2. Lynda Rasco says:

    That is so cool!! I will have to come down and see the original!!

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