Building featured in ‘Castle Rock’ sold for $100K in Orange

  • Dan McLaughlin and Christine Parcher of Dan P. McLaughlin and Co. Auctioneers talks with winning bidder Devon Turner, right, of Boston who is in line to own 50 South Main St. in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • 50 South Main St. in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ—PAUL FRANZ...

  • 50 South Main Street in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Auctioneer Dan McLaughlin, on the loading dock, reads conditions of the auction at 50 South Main St. in Orange is auctioned off on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • People gather at the rear of 50 South Main St.in Orange for the auction of the building. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Robert Tremblay of Templeton is the new owner of the former Johnson Farm on Wheeler Ave in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The former Johnson Farm on Wheeler Ave in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The former Johnson Farm has land on both sides of Wheeler Ave in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2021 4:20:05 PM

ORANGE — The South Main Street building portrayed as a real estate office in the Stephen King-inspired Hulu series “Castle Rock” sold for $100,000 at auction on Friday, and the 24-year-old buyer said it will remain standing, though he does not yet know the specifics about the structure’s future.

“It will be getting fixed up,” said Devon Turner, of Boston, following his winning bid on 50 South Main St. “But we’ll see what happens.”

He said there is still some paperwork to be completed and he expects to have ownership in about 30 days.

“We’re not sure what we’re going to do,” Turner said. “It’s going to take some time to figure out what we’re going to do, but it’s an opportunity to do something.”

Turner paid a $10,000 non-refundable deposit after winning the auction and immediately entered into a real estate purchase contract.

Daniel P. McLaughlin, owner of real estate auction firm Daniel P. McLaughlin & Co., handled the auction, held behind the building that once was part of the New Home Sewing Machine Co. and was most recently used in “Castle Rock.”

A handful of people showed up, but Cynthia Butler, owner of the old Wheeler mansion at 75 East Main St. in Orange, and Turner were the only ones trading bids. Bidding started at $10,000 and increased in $10,000 intervals. The building was sold in “as is” condition.

Butler, who congratulated Turner on his winning bid, said she bid because she is interested in owning a building that complements the Wheeler mansion, where she plans to host tours, weddings and other private events.

“Anything that happens in Orange will now affect my business and I want to have an event space, bed-and-breakfast, and I want there to be cultural, artistic sort of endeavors for people to check out,” she said. “I lived in the last 19 years in Los Angeles, in the arts district, and it all started out with warehouses like this. And I lived in one for 19 years. That was an old mechanic shop that slowly got turned into the arts district, which is one of the most sought-out neighborhoods in Los Angeles now. And, so, I see something like that being able to happen in these old mill buildings.”

Butler said she will monitor the real estate auction scene for other opportunities.

Former state Rep. Denise Andrews attended Friday’s auction to observe the proceedings and said the brick building and the ones near it could be used for housing or retail.

Earlier in the morning, McLaughlin handled an auction at the former Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, now Green Karma Farm, on Wheeler Avenue. Robert Tremblay, of Templeton, bought the property (80 acres, a house and restaurant, barn and sugarhouse) for $475,000. He told the Greenfield Recorder he plans to live there for the time being.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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