735 Stevens Avenue

Portland, Maine

Sold $697,500
  • 4,090 Approx. Sqft
  • .4998 Lot Size
  • 3 Stories
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2 Car Garage

The Forbes-Webber House

Join Us for A Public Open House: Sunday 10/21 from 12PM‑1:30PM

Named after builder Elizur Bliss Forbes and the Webber family who lived here for much of the early‑twentieth century. Forbes built the original three‑story structure in the grand Greek Revival style in 1839 on land purchased from Zachariah B. Stevens. Over the many years that followed, successive owners have updated, enlarged, entertained, and cherished this special home. Set on nearly 1/2 acre, the grounds are both gracious and inviting.They offer a peaceful respite after a long day, the perfect place for entertaining, mature trees and plantings to behold, flower and vegetable gardens.The current owners are the true definition of 'good stewards' having returned this remarkable home back to its original glory and beyond. History has been honored and livability has been enhanced with spa‑worthy baths, a true gourmet kitchen and a full suite of updates including wiring, plumbing, heating, roofs, paint, 4,000sf, 5‑6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, barn, and much more!


Welcome to Our Home,

For my husband and me, it is hard to imagine leaving this extraordinary property after eighteen years and all the wonderful memories we have had, and the traditions we have been proud to carry on as only its forth owners in it’s 168 years. But it’s time for us to pass it to you, the next custodians.

Lou and I were anxious yet tentative when we first came upon this special place which was in complete disrepair. The prominence and beauty of the architecture was completely obscured by neglect.  We couldn’t contain our excitement to restore the house back to its former glory and make it our home.

Through the many years of repairing, updating, modernizing, re‑insulating and more, we have discovered weather reports from the 1800’s, written and preserved on the back of a basement door, a newspaper from 1903, and love letters written by a young couple to each other long ago.

We have been fortunate to share our home with family and friends but also with the community through hosting events and visitors from near and far. The occasional strangers who have stopped by as we were gardening include the decedents of Webbers and Forbes to an elderly woman who recalled her unexpected visit with Dr. Webber after she had fallen off the trolley just outside the house on to the cobblestones. Entertaining and visiting with two people or two hundred has seemed effortless with the flow and grace of this home. The footprint may be large, but the house lives intimately, and its history and soul are something you feel every day.

We were asked to share with you what we will miss about the home and the most obvious answer to me is that we will miss it all.  It is entirely possible to have “An affair with a house”.

All the best,

Therese & Louis

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Benchmark Real Estate

72 Pine Street #16
Portland, Maine 04101