The Post Where I Tell You We’re Selling Our House in Boothbay Harbor

by Barb, happily typing away in her study in Portland, Maine

Yes, it’s true. After a long, difficult decision process, Bill and I have put our house in Boothbay Harbor on the market. Our ties to to the house are deep. Bill’s mother bought it in 1989. For my kids, and my nieces and nephews, it is “Grandma’s house.” I wrote about her purchase of the house here.

Here is the listing, in case you know anyone who is looking for a Victorian house with tremendous harbor views.

Here’s the house shortly after it was built in 1879 by Captain George P. Murray.

And here it is today.

The very best thing about the house is sitting on the wide front porch and watching the activity in the harbor.

Here’s the master bedroom.

You can see the rest of the photos online.

Let me hasten to add, this doesn’t mean the end of my Maine Clambake Mystery series, which many people know is set in a suspiciously familiar Busman’s Harbor, Maine. There’s a new novella collection, Yule Log Murder, coming October 30, and a new novel, Steamed Open, coming December 18.

But it does mean the end of an era for us. In June, Bill had a different set of his siblings and their kids up every weekend. It was a time for laughter and tears and saying good-bye.

If you happen to know anyone who’s in the market for a place to make a lot of memories, pass the listing along!

About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at
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24 Responses to The Post Where I Tell You We’re Selling Our House in Boothbay Harbor

  1. A beautiful house in one of my favorite places. It makes me misty-eyed thinking about you and your family leaving leaving this lovely place.

  2. I’m so glad we got to have two Wickeds retreats in the house. I hope it sells soon and easily, but I know it wasn’t an easy decision for you and Bill.

  3. Gram says:

    I love this house! But we are not leaving ours if we can help it.

  4. Ah, temptation!

  5. debprice60 says:

    Wow! It is an amazing house, with a breathtaking view!

  6. Such a beautiful home and I’m sure the memories your family has made there are precious.

  7. Monica says:

    Beautiful home! I wish we were ready to move. Love the location.

  8. What a beautiful home, Barb. I hope it goes to a family that will love it as much as your family did.

  9. bethc2015 says:

    A beautiful home with such history. It must be a difficult decision for you. My heart goes out to you. I fell in love with the porch. I know where I’d have all my meals.

  10. Connie R. says:

    Beautiful! I covet a porch like that!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I wish!! Lived on Burnt Island, Oak St, Fullerton St as a child when my Coast Guard dad was stationed there. I do enjoy Busman’s Harbor!

  12. Julianne says:

    Oh my God! Your post is a dream come true. I have a 4 year old granddaughter who would have a conniption fit if her Nana moved from all most next door to half way across the continent! Sigh. Maybe in my next life….

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