A different sort of cell job: jail for sale in Dorchester
Property features 15 cells, solitary confinement, a gym and a yard complete with coiled barbed wire
Anyone in the market for an out-of-commission jail need look no further than the village of Dorchester, where Andy Partridge is putting his 15-cell property up for sale.
Partridge said it was an impulse buy when he put in a bid 16 years ago upon hearing the property was up for sale. As the only bidder, he won. The idea was it would be an investment property.
"I have a gym upstairs."
One elaborate pencil drawing shows cartoon cat Garfield with his owner John behind bars.
"I had rented out some of these cells for storage, secure storage as you can see and in the upper part it was my apartment for about four years."
Built in 1800
"I was told that this area was used to house the inmates on death row, the ropes came down through the from ceiling and that was the end."
"There were many people hung here."
While Partridge doesn't live in the building anymore, he isn't squeamish about the jail's gruesome history.
"It was just a roof over my head."
"The quarters upstairs are really quite comfortable."
Exercising in former jail's gym
From the treadmill, she said, "It doesn't bother me a bit, it's got everything I need."
Sitting in the middle of town, behind the village office which was also the former court house, the yard features a cement court and basket ball net, surrounded by a chain link fenced topped with coiled barbed wire.
The unusual property has been on the market for two years. Partridge said he's reduced the price twice and is now asking $159,000, but is in no hurry to sell. He said he'll wait until the right buyer comes along.
"My main goal was to have something here that would benefit the community and ideally the new buyer, it would be awesome if they thought the same."
Partridge said he's looking to sell the former jail as part of his retirement plan. But looking back over the last 16 years he said if he could do it all over again, 'I'd have bid on it, It's been an interesting occupation."