A cottage has gone on sale in Vermont with a unique cell-ing point.
The New England home comes complete with its own set of seven jail cells that would make sticking to any future lockdown a cinch.
A Vermont realtor recently placed the quaint ‘jailhouse’, based in Guildhall, near the Canadian border, on the market.
The Vermont home was built in 1880 and set on almost an acre of land in Guildhall close the Canadian border
The Vermont house was an old jailer’s residence and comes complete with a set of seven rusty old prison cells
Although the jail was discontinued in 1969, the rusty cells and jailers office remain but need work to be renovated
There are no tales of hauntings or creepy noises coming from the 28-foot-by-40-foot wing that once housed inmates
The house is full of charm including this compact office space that has views of the outside
There is still plenty of space for any new owner to make their mark on the home which needs some renovating in certain parts
The boiler room looks to be in good working order with relatively new copper pipes providing central heating
The 2,190-square-foot, four bedroom, two bathroom home was originally a ‘jailer’s residence’ when it was built in 1878.
The cells were in use until 1969 and were a part of the Essex County Jail.
According to the property description, the cells come complete with ‘the original barred windows & the jailers office.’
‘This house was the jailer’s house, with the attached jail. Over the years, the house has been updated. It’s been a single-family home for many years, and the jail has just kind of been there,’ says the listing agent, Jennifer Allen.
The four bedrooms, two bathroom, seven cell 2,190 sq ft home is selling for $149,000 having sold in 2018 for $75,000
The home looks perfectly quaint on the outside and blends into it’s New England surroundings
The kitchen has been updated, although it retains a vintage stove that has been outfitted with modern features
There are some fine features to the house including this dining space which has been tastefully decorated in shades of yellow
This comfortable living room is worlds apart from the basement cells down below
Another view of the refurbished living room with large windows and even a ceiling fan for the warm New England summers
A wooden staircase leads up to the second floor of the home from a checkered floor hallway
‘The jail is still fully intact. It’s got the bars, it’s got everything, but it’s deteriorated, so it’s definitely not something that someone could just go in and start using it. It needs work. But it is still there and is attached to the house,’ says Allen.
Photos show rusty floor-to-ceiling cages and old, broken bathroom fixtures.
Any new owner would be able to use the unique rooms perhaps as an office or maybe a room to send misbehaving children.
‘There are some historic things—like the old brick—that wouldn’t be able to be taken out, but somebody could take out the bars and turn it into living space,’ says Allen. ‘The sellers were considering making it into a big family room or gathering room that’s attached to the house.’
There is a considerable amount of space in the back yard just waiting for a good makeover
The home is in prime position when it comes to enjoying the spectacular colors of the leaves in the New England fall
Waking up in this bedroom might have you questioning whether you were still hungover from the night before…
Another of the home’s second floor bedroom with a turquoise accented wall to give the room added punch
You can be truly ‘In the pink’ after spending a night in this cosy looking bedroom on the home’s second floor
The bathroom has also been furnished in a modern style with wood paneled walls and granite floor tiles
The listing asks prospective buyers to ‘bring your own ideas on what this 28′ x 40′ wing could be!’
‘It would be great to see somebody buy it that would want to create something out of the jail. I’d love to find a buyer that would be able to bring the jail back so it’s a usable space again,’ said Allen.
After finding freedom the four-bedroom home features more enticing features including a sheltered porch an a detached barn for ‘additional storage’ – all for an asking price of $149,000 according to Realtor.com.
The house was last sold in 2018 for $75,000.
From the outside, passers-by would never be able to tell what lies beneath in this old home from 1878
The vast expanse of New England countryside can. be enjoyed from the front porch of the Vermont home