Our home is a hundred and seventeen years old, one of the first homes on the second street built in Millinocket, and we own it. No mortgage. It cost only $14,500 in 2000, but people have bought perfectly functional homes in Millinocket for under a thousand, even recently. I know one woman who paid $600 for a two-story home with a full basement. It needed some work, but nothing that would prevent someone from living in it. Ours was a 3-unit apartment building when we bought it, and we've never been sure of its history. I have an old postcard that shows only our house and the larger one across the street from us, plus another couple of houses that were under construction, on our part of the street. Since there were no building code requirements then, there's no record of the plans at the town office. Our building code officer wanted to do an inspection of our house in order to have record of it on file, but we refused to let him in. There was nothing in it for us, since he is a jerk. Without a record at the town office, I can do pretty much whatever I want on the inside without a permit. One story has it that our house was built as a boarding house for millworkers, as the one across the street clearly was, since his house has multiple stairways leading to parts of the house that are not accessible from the same floor. Another story is that our house was built for one of the mill supervisors, and was turned into an apartment building in the 1940s. That makes more sense to me because in making three apartments out of it, they had done weird things, like placing a toilet under the stairwell and turning what had clearly been a closet into a small bathroom. Plus, we had two bedrooms in the back that looked to have been a porch that had been separated and closed in, to create the two bedrooms. Plus, they had an odd piecemeal door halfway up the stairs. When I still had the energy and the money, we turned it back into a single-family home again, removing two of the three kitchens, as well as the toilet under the stairs. We removed the wall between the two back bedrooms and made a long library out of it. We removed two of the walls to a shower, to enlarge another room, and I put a floor on the attic, and had someone build a stairway to it. Actually, we didn't like the first stairway, so we later had someone else rebuild it. We removed other walls, and added walls. I still have to find the energy to finish the attic. We also own our camp, which has been paid for too. For most of my life, however, I have rented - and I hate renting.